Tuesday, May 31, 2011

United Soccer Club to host ?Spring Kick? end of season tournaments

D.C. United and its non-profit arm, United for D.C., will be holding two days of tournaments to mark the end of the spring season of United Soccer Club. The tournaments will involve all children, ages 6-12, which participated in United Soccer Club this spring. The events will be held on Wednesday, June 1 and Friday, June 3 from 4:30-7:15 p.m. on the RFK Stadium Training Field and will feature matches, player autographs, D.C. United mascot Talon, carnival games, music, and much more.

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Rodney Wallace Q&A

On Sunday, May 29 D.C. United will play its first match against MLS expansion side Portland Timbers. Even though this will be an inaugural encounter for two teams steeped in tradition, there is familiarity between these sides due to a number of offseason transactions that saw several players swap teams. United and Portland exchanged goalkeepers, as Steve Cronin joined the Black-and-Red and Troy Perkins left the District for the Rose City. 

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Olsen: Gold Cup snub a "blow" to DC phenom Najar

WASHINGTON ? For Andy Najar, this June was supposed to be about stepping on the field and representing his native Honduras for the very first time in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

But a tricky series of events and a back-and-forth between D.C. United and the Honduran federation threw a wrench in the plans, before Honduras coach Luis Fernando Su�rez finally decided late last week not to call the midfielder into camp.

Najar was back on the training field Wednesday with D.C. United, and the youngster will spend the next month playing for his MLS club.

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Defense-first Woolard brings consistency to DC back line

WASHINGTON ? After spending all of 2010 out of MLS, a rash of injuries have given D.C. United defender Daniel Woolard another chance to prove himself in the top flight.

When Marc Burch failed a late fitness test back on May 4 against the Seattle Sounders, opportunity knocked for Woolard, who prior to that had managed just a single start in league play. The left back responded with three solid performances in a row and has helped solidify what had been a shaky defense.

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Brettschneider, Kitchen step up for United in win

From the beginning of the season, D.C. United made it very clear that young players would have to play a central role in any success in 2011.

On Sunday, two rookies ? Perry Kitchen and Blake Brettschneider ? stepped up as a makeshift DC side sent the Portland Timbers to their first home defeat of the year with a 3-2 win.

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Training notes: Wolff back on the field

WOLFF RETURNS TO TRAINING, DAVIES WORKS OUT

Eleven days after making an early exit in United's draw against Colorado with a strained groin, forward Josh Wolff returned to the training field at RFK Stadium on Wednesday to particpate in his first team session since the injury. The 34-year-old Wolff took part in seven-on-seven scrimmages, and he hopes to be ready for Sunday's match in Portland.

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Olsen: Gold Cup snub a "blow" to DC phenom Najar

WASHINGTON ? For Andy Najar, this June was supposed to be about stepping on the field and representing his native Honduras for the very first time in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

But a tricky series of events and a back-and-forth between D.C. United and the Honduran federation threw a wrench in the plans, before Honduras coach Luis Fernando Su�rez finally decided late last week not to call the midfielder into camp.

Najar was back on the training field Wednesday with D.C. United, and the youngster will spend the next month playing for his MLS club.

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Preview: Timbers put home streak on the line against DC

The Portland Timbers once again are putting their undefeated JELD-WEN Field league record on the line when they entertain D.C. United on Sunday afternoon. The Timbers have won five games on the trot at home, last a 1-0 win against Columbus. United are unbeaten in three games after a 1-1 draw with Colorado two weeks ago. The clubs also share a common opponent in Holland?s AFC Ajax, who they?ve faced in friendlies over the last week.

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Much-improved DC United back line set to lose Jakovic

WASHINGTON ? Just as D.C. United?s back line is finding consistency, Gold Cup duty will claim Canadian international Dejan Jakovic for most of June.

Though he?ll leave the club after Sunday?s meeting with the Portland Timbers to join up with Canada, he said remains focused on taking care of business this weekend.  

?I?m not thinking about [the Gold Cup] right now," Jakovic said. "We obviously have an important game against Portland. The standings are so close, one win puts us in a very good position.?

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Training notes: Kitchen proves versatility

AJAX FRIENDLY PROVIDES MENTAL BOOST

In last Sunday?s friendly against Dutch side AFC Ajax, D.C. United showed that it could hold its own against the newly-crowned Eredivisie champions. Though the Black-and-Red fell 2-1 to Ajax, the experience provides a boost to the team?s confidence when the players resume League play against the Portland Timbers this coming weekend.

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