D.C. United erased a woeful start to their season with their first victory of the 2012 campaign, a 4-1 win against FC Dallas Friday night at RFK Stadium in the nation’s capital.
A three-goal outburst in the second half proved the difference as United were spurred on by veteran Maicon Santos and rookie Nick DeLeon. Dallas, meanwhile, struggled to keep up after an even first 45 minutes and dropped their second road decision in a row.
VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Whitecaps hosted D.C. United on Saturday night and both teams picked up their first draw of the season in what ended up as a 0-0 affair in front of 19,394 fans at B.C. Place.
The match started off slowly. Although there were some clever touches in midfield from Vancouver's Camilo, Eric Hassli and Davide Chiumiento, they didn't lead to anything meaningful for the home team, which just had the edge in possession with 51.6 percent of the ball.
D.C. United bested the home side Charleston Battery 3-1 to win the fabled “Coffee Pot Cup” as 2,634 fans supporting both sides packed Blackbaud Stadium on a mild February night in Charleston, SC.
On a cool night in Charleston, newly acquired Designated Player Hamdi Salihi notched the lone goal as D.C. United topped the Chicago Fire in the opening match of the 2012 Carolina Challenge Cup.
D.C. United played its fourth preseason scrimmage against Real Salt Lake Tuesday afternoon at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. The Black-and-Red showed character and determination to overcome a 0-1 deficit, earning a 1-1 draw against the Western Conference rivals.
D.C. United played its third preseason scrimmage Saturday afternoon against Sporting Kansas City in Casa Grande, Ariz., falling 2-1. Regardless of the final score, United players felt they improved over the prior two preseason matches, relying on the team's depth to overcome the abscences of injured playmakers Branko Boskovic and Dwayne De Rosario.
Olsen's team stepped onto the field with a classic 4-4-2 formation; with Marcelo Saragosa and Perry Kitchen in the middle, and Andy Najar and Nick DeLeon on the flanks. Trialist Ryan Richter paired with Maicon Santos up top.
D.C. United faced Swedish team Malmo FF at IMG Academy
in Bradenton this morning, in a match that saw the sides play to a 1-1
draw. After ten days of training in Florida, the scrimmage marked the end of
the first stage of preseason for United, who will remain in D.C. for three days
before departing to Arizona on Monday.
D.C. United traveled to Fort Myers, Fla. to take on
the Chicago Fire at Florida Gulf Coast University in front of a sellout crowd
of 1,800. The match marked the first test of the year for Ben Olsen and his
players, who delivered a solid defensive performance and a clean sheet, as
United tied 0-0 with the Fire.