Ready to Rumble
Over a total of seven MLS regular-season games between the Union and the Black-and-Red, there have been a total of 166 fouls, 22 yellow cards, and 10 red cards.
The Union’s Soft Spot
Historically, five of United’s 11 goals against the Union came in the 61st-75th minute interval. In 2013, the Union has allowed three of its seven goals allowed during that same interval.
& Chris Albright
Chris Albright played with D.C. United from 1999-2001, featuring in 56 games (39 starts). The defender notched four goals and two assists in three seasons with the Black-and-Red. Albright was a teammate of United Head Coach Ben Olsen at the University of Virginia (1997), as well as during his three-year stint with United.
D.C. United vs Philadelphia Union
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 5:00 PM ET
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It’s going to be a busy weekend for the I-95 rivals at both the youth and professional level. While the D.C. United First Team gears up to take on the Philadelphia Union, the D.C. United Academy is also training hard in preparation for their matches against F.C. Delco.
Following days off on Sunday and Monday, D.C. United hit the training field hard at RFK Stadium Tuesday morning. After a brisk warm-up, the team broke down into possession exercises prior to extended rounds of 5 v 5 on a field about the size of the 18-yard box. The small-sided games featured numerous goals, a heightened focus and good attitude – all positive signs for the club ahead of its matchup with the Philadelphia Union on Sunday night at 5 p.m.
Frustrated with his team’s performance following its third straight loss, D.C. United coach Ben Olsen said Saturday that the club needed to fix something. He went so far as to suggest looking within the league for a trade partner.
A solution to United’s scoring woes (two goals in six matches), however, could possibly come from within as forward Casey Townsend, on loan to the Richmond Kickers, scored twice in a 4-1 victory against Charleston on Saturday.
When Dejan Jakovic tries to recollect his most vivid soccer memory, he takes a long pause and contemplates the question for a while. Ethnically Serbian, the D.C. United central defender and his family moved to Toronto, Canada at a young age after fleeing from the war-torn former Yugoslavia. The many twists and turns his path in life has taken – from Croatia, to Ontario, to Alabama for college, to Serbia and finally here in the nation’s capital – provide for a plethora of options. After some ruminating, the 27-year-old chuckles after sharing the story.