Training Notes: November 4, 2014

Preparing for the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals
Training Notes

Ben Olsen at training - 2014

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D.C. United continued preparations for it’s crucial Saturday afternoon game against the New York Red Bulls (2:35 pm ET), which will indeed determine which Eastern Conference team moves on to the Conference Finals (buy tickets here). Luis Silva, who has been rehabbing a hamstring injury, practiced fully again with the team.

Chris Rolfe's Twitter Q&A: November 4, 2014

Mindset heading into leg 2, banter with new teams, bank heist decisions and Disney princesses
Rolfe's Twitter Q&A

We asked you to get your questions ready for when D.C. United Midfielder Chris Rolfe took over our Twitter account for a quick Q&A. As usual, everyone came prepared with great questions. If you happened to miss it, here are all the Tweets exchanged between D.C. United fans and Rolfe.


Away Goals Rule explained

How the tiebreaker applies to D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls
Away Goals Rule

Bill Hamid vs New York - 2014 playoffs first leg

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With the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls this Satuday, here is a look at the possible scenarioes in which the new "Away Goals Rule" could come into play.

The Costs and Benefits of District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014

Please join us for a roundtable discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 5
Costs & Benefits of Stadium Development Act

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces the scheduling of a public oversight roundtable of the Committee of Whole on “The Costs and Benefits of Bill 20-805, District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014.” The roundtable will be held Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. This notice has been revised to reflect a new date and time, and the addition of a witness.

Playoff Memories: Tom Costigan

Long-time Season Ticket Members share their best Playoffs memories
Playoff Memories: Tom Costigan

First one:
We flew up to Providence, RI for the 1999 MLS Cup Final at Foxboro. Upon return to the airport that night after beating the LA Galaxy (again), about 30 to 40 D.C. United supporters were all waiting for the same flight back to Baltimore and we started chanting "D.C. U-ni-ted!!....D.C. U-ni-ted!!" at the boarding area, much to the concern and/or amusement of other passengers making their way through the airport.

D.C. United vs New York Red Bulls: Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 1 Match Review

The Black-and-Red falls 0-2 at New York Red Bulls
DCU vs RBNY Match Review

Newsstand - November 3, 2014

A sampling of DCU-related media
Newsstand - November 3, 2014

New York TimesRubber-Legged Red Bulls Make a Charge

USA Today: Bobby Boswell shows he’s matured as a DC United leader

5 Observations from New York: November 2, 2014

A rivalry with respect, candy and inspiration from Davy Aranud
5 Observations in NY

Fans at RBA 2014

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Tony Quinn

A loss is always tough to take, especially in the playoffs. The fact that it was against the New York Red Bulls is like putting salt in the wound. But, the good news is they have to come to RFK on Saturday (buy tickets). This series is far from over. To finish off the weekend trip, here are five observations about our trip to New Jersey in no particular order.

Post-Match Quotes: November 2, 2014

"It’s not over. Other teams have done it before and we can do it. This is a group that can."
Post-Match Quotes

D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen

On New York Red Bulls tonight:
I think New York put a whooping on us. They were very good, and we weren’t. You know like I said about halfway through the first half.

On their shortcomings tonight:
Well in a game like this you have to have everybody play well, and we had very little of that. Our passing was poor, we lacked ideas, it wasn’t for lack of want, it just was an off night. It’s not good timing to happen.

D.C. United can come back

DCU's loss at NY means an uphill battle to advance from the conference semifinals
D.C. United can come back

Davy Arnaud vs New York - 2014 away leg playoffs

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It wasn’t the start D.C. United was hoping for, but a 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena is nothing the Black-and-Red cannot overcome.

Of its nine loses this season, five were followed immediately with a win. United scored two or more goals in 16 of its 34 regular season games, 14 of which were wins.

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