United looked their best in 3-2 win over Philadelphia Union
After doing so well during the second half of 2016, D.C. United decided to stand pat for the most part this offseason. Sebastien Le Toux and Jose Ortiz were the two biggest signings, but both appear to be likely substitutes rather than starters.
The Union defense unravels in final preseason outing
Well that wasn't a good way to end the preseason. The Union defense was atrocious in their final tune up, a 3-2 loss to D.C. United. Poor officiating cost D.C. United two more goals making the result closer than it should have been. Substitutes Derrick Jones and Marcus Epps showed well in the second half, the latter scoring on a nice strike outside the box to cut the lead in half.
Philadelphia Union could be the most improved team in the Eastern Conference, but when teams like Toronto can pick up guys like Victor Vazquez, it means most teams are getting better thanks to TAM. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.
We are halfway through D.C. United's preseason, and the games start back up again this weekend. United has played three preseason games so far, and has done so against the US U-17 team, the Philadelphia Union, and Jönköpings Södra.
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Chris Odoi-Atsem and Eric Klenofsky made waves in Florida
Two of the rookies that D.C. United drafted this year during the MLS SuperDraft made inroads during United's first preseason camp, earning playing time during the first set of friendlies. Chris Odoi-Atsem, the right back selected in the first round from played in the first two friendlies, against the USA U-17 team and the Philadelphia Union, while Eric Klenofsky, the towering goalkeeper from Monmouth University, played the second 45 minutes in all three games.
Despite tough competition on the wings, the former Philadelphia Union attacker wants to be a major factor for the Black-and-Red
As D.C. United transitioned from struggling to score goals in the first half of 2016 to becoming one of the highest scoring teams by season's end, the wide midfield positions were one of their biggest strengths.
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D.C. United, Philadelphia Union finish tied in preseason match (us): Preseason gamers, with on-site quotes? Yep, that's this. Steven Streff is down there, so check back occasionally for more content in Bradenton.
The left back joins the Black-and-Red after two trial stints
D.C. United announced today that they signed Canadian defender Maxim Tissot to the club after his successful trial during this preseason. Tissot joins the team after spending the back half of 2016 with the Ottawa Fury (then of the NASL) after being waived by the Montreal Impact.
D.C. United continues their preseason against a USL team
D.C. United is back in action this afternoon, taking on St. Louis FC of the USL in their second match of the Suncoast Invitational. United showed some good signs during their 4-2 loss to the Montreal Impact, even if the score line itself doesn't reflect that; they will look to build on that and try and put together a complete performance as they ramp up for the season.
The Black-and-Red are renting out an international roster spot for 2017
D.C. United announced today that they've traded an international roster spot for the 2017 season to the Montreal Impact. In exchange, they've acquired $75,000 in general allocation money (GAM). The move leaves United with five international roster spots, four of which are occupied by Julian Buescher, Luciano Acosta, Alhaji Kamara, and Jose Ortiz.
Some of you may be sleeping in because of the holiday. To others of you, good Monday.
Hey, did you hear D.C. United received final approval to build Audi Field at Buzzard Point? On the off chance you didn't get the chance to look at things Friday, there is some leftover stuff from Goff here and here, here (Soccerwire) and here (Clad Global).
One of the best midseason acquisitions of the 2016 season was made by D.C. United, and the club has locked up its star forward to a multi-year contract extension, according to theWashington Post.
Patrick Mullins, who scored eight goals in 14 games after arriving from New York City FC, is expected to lead the line and provide more production in the final third for the Black and Red in his first full season with the club.
The New York Red Bulls needed a replacement for Dax McCarty in the captain position, and it has been filled by one of his former midfield running mates.Sacha Kljestan was given the armband for the 2017 season on Wednesday.
Kljestan helped guide the Red Bulls to the Eastern Conference finals for the second consecutive season in 2016.
The stadium's naming rights are among the highest in the league
D.C. United announced today that they have secured a sponsor for their new stadium at Buzzard Point. The team is returning to the greater VW Group by partnering with Audi, giving us Audi Field.
Jason Levien, D.C. United managing partner, had glowing things to say about the partnership with Audi:
We are thrilled to partner with such an incredible brand that is not only recognized in North America, but throughout the world Audi has transcended the automobile industry and fully embraced the culture of soccer, especially in MLS.
Four-time MLS Cup champions D.C. United today revealed a totally new look away jersey for their 2017 and 2018 league and US Open Cup seasons. The well-supported club from the capital of the USA will return to action in March in a secondary jersey that introduces a new henley collared adidas shirt design to the [.
Black & Red United can confirm that D.C. United have re-signed forward Patrick Mullins to a multi-year contract extension. Mullins made $126K in guaranteed compensation last year, and looks poised for a well-deserved raise. As per MLS policy, exact terms were not disclosed.
D.C. United's first streaming preseason game is today
After playing their first two preseason games behind closed doors, the world will get its first glimpse at the 2017 version of D.C. United as the team takes on Sweden's Jönköpings Södra IF. After this game, United will return to DC and that is traditionally when the first round of cuts to the trialists comes, so they especially will be looking to make an impression on Ben Olsen and his crew.
Two homegrown signings are pushing for playing time during United's preseason
The two youngest players under contract with D.C. United happen to be linked together in a couple of ways. United's most recent homegrown signings Chris Durkin and Ian Harkes are roommates on this preseason trip, and there are hopes that both players are regulars in United's engine room for years to come.
Goals from Marcelo, Acosta, and Le Toux pace a 3-2 win over Swedish opposition
D.C. United wrapped up the first portion of their preseason with a 3-2 win over Swedish top flight side Jönköpings Södra IF on Wednesday afternoon at the IMG Academy. Fielding different lineups each half, United raced out to a 2-0 halftime lead, with goals from Marcelo Sarvas and Luciano Acosta.
A District legend should get his face on a local monument of sorts
So in listening to a podcast recently, I heard that Ben's Chili Bowl, the iconic establishment and purveyor of half-smokes for almost a half century, had painted over their existing exterior wall mural, which included former President Barack Obama, go-go musician Chuck Brown, comedian Bill Cosby and longtime DC DJ Donnie Simpson.
Champions League action, Jordan Morris, Wayne Rooney, and a bad-but-actually-good PK make up today's links
Hello folks! Hope things are going well. I started watching this Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design and so far it's pretty good. SheBelieves Cup kicks off next Wednesday and that's another thing I'm excited about.
There isn't much drama at the end of D.C. United's roster
D.C. United has confirmed to Black and Red United that the team has released all of the trialists from the first part of preseason camp, save for Maxim Tissot. Tissot has impressed so far as a potential backup for Taylor Kemp, and Steve Goff has reported that the team has offered Tissot a contract.
Monday marked the center back's first 2017 practice with United
After spending nearly a month with the US national team for their annual January camp, playing all 90 minutes in friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica, center back Steve Birnbaum was out on the practice field with D.C. United on Monday.
The sixth in a series of Tales from Buzzard Point that explores the rich history and traditions of legendary Buzzard Point – a legacy that the current D.C. United ownership should honor in their plans for naming the new soccer specific stadium.
Today's entry was researched by "Tales from Buzzard Point" Series Editor David Rusk.