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United Abroad: Alumni News & Notes for January 2014

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Clyde Simms retires, Long Tan goes on trial with the Sounders, Hamdi Salihi turns down a Ligue 1 trial, and much more!

United Abroad is back in 2014 giving you your monthly update on former DC United players. Here's what has happened since the ball dropped about a month ago:

Clyde Simms anounces his retirement | Instagram

Former DC United mid fielder Clyde Simms announced his retirement from soccer yesterday via his Instagram account.

The Freddy Award, for the biggest story of D.C. United's 2013 season.

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Which story D.C. United's 2013 season most resonated with the fanbase? Let's find out!

The Benny Awards continue, with today's award named after one of the most infamous members of D.C. United: Freddy Adu. You all know the story of the "next Pele" who signed with MLS when he was 14 and since then has appeared on 9 different teams in the next 10 years.

The Donnety Award, for D.C. United's most disappointing player

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In one sense, you could probably nominate almost every player on the team for the Donnety Award, which is presented to the most disappointing player on the team. For those who don't remember, the award is named for Matias Donnet, the Argentinian star midfielder who had played previously at Boca Juniors and Venezia before coming to D.

D.C. United Roster Update: In which the team starts to come into focus

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Yesterday, D.C. United tweeted a roster update that indicated, among other things, that they have two available international slots. This was news to most of us, as most people's math had the number pegged at one. As is usually the case, Steve Goff, the Post's Soccer Insider, has the scoop today and is reporting that LEWIS NEAL has received permanent residency in the U.

Jiangsu Sainty F.C.'s official microblog says that the Chinese team has signed D.C. United striker Hamdi Salihi

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According to the official Weibo, the Chinese approved version of twitter, of Jiangsu Sainty F.C., the team has signed D.C. United striker Hamdi Salihi; the striker will meet up with his new team in Turkey today. This is not the team with which he was rumored to be signing a few days ago, but it is a team in the same league.

Is D.C. United's Hamdi Salihi going to Chinese team FC Tianjin Teda?

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As everyone who has watched D.C. United this offseason knows, Hamdi Salihi is not in Ben Olsen's plans for next year. The team has been actively attempting to offload him, preferably through a transfer that would allow United to clear his designated player contract off of their books without having to eat any of it.

D.C. United Roster Needs: Central Midfielders

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When we're looking at formations, central midfield is where the changes usually are. Teams don't go from 4231 to 3412 to maintain their central midfield trio, for example. If you're the third-best guy in that situation, you get dropped so that the back four can be maintained.

So it was for D.

D.C. United's Next Designated Player: Hamnard Salijoy

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We all know that Hamdi Salihi isn't a perfect fit for the way that Ben Olsen wants D.C. United to play.

Salihi has some skills that are seen as valuable in any league in the world - he's got a clinical finishing touch when given some room and time near goal. But Salihi's weaknesses kept him from being a regular starter for United.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew Reax: Playoffs, baby! Back where we belong.

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Ahem: WOOOOOOOO!!!!

With that out of the way, let's see what's being said around the intertubes about D.C. United's playoffs-clinching 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew.

What They're Saying About It

Shatzer: We weren't surprised to see both teams going for the win, with so much at stake in the dying moments of the game and the dying moments of the season.

Vote For The 2012 D.C. United Goal Of The Year

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D.C. United has scored more goals in the 2012 season than all but three other teams in MLS. Some of them have been a bit lucky. Some have been opportunistic. But some have been very attractive. Some have been game-winners. Some have come at huge moments, or in huge games.

You can vote for your favorite Goal of the Year on dcunited.

D.C. Pounces on GK Mistake in 1-0 Win at Toronto

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D.C. United climbed into third place in the Eastern Conference after Hamdi Salihi took advantage of sloppy mistakes to score a goal in the 88th minute of a 1-0 victory at Toronto FC.

The decisive play began when Toronto defender Jeremy Hall – under pressure from D.C.'s Maicon Santos – misplayed a high bouncing ball at midfield.

D.C. United 1-0 Toronto FC: Hamdi Salihi's Late Goal Ends Ugly Performance

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Let's discuss this match in two parts.

Would you like the good news first, or the bad news?

Good news? Okay. Then let's call this a gritty win. A win on the road. A win that was secured by a great defensive effort from Bill Hamid, Dejan Jakovic, and Brandon McDonald. A win that extended D.

Could Hamdi Salihi Start Against Toronto FC?

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This is a game that D.C. United needs to win. It is not a must win, as they can still make the playoffs without it; dropping points, however, would lead to talk of backing into the playoffs rather than the team controlling its own destiny. More than that, even, there is still a chance that United could catch the New York Red Bulls or the Chicago Fire and get out of the play-in round.

Frustrated United still looking for answers

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When you take the hands out of a game, you remove man's special tool for refined play and frustration becomes the order of the day. The low scoring rate in soccer reflects that reality.

There are two ways to address the problem, run up your opponent's frustration by forcing him to make more passes to get to the goal or minimize your own frustration by accepting the delay and beating it with cunning and skill.

It’s time for DC United to control possession

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When you take the hands out of a game, you remove man's special tool for refined play and frustration becomes the order of the day. The low scoring rate in soccer reflects that reality.

There are two ways to address the problem, run up your opponent's frustration by forcing him to make more passes to get to the goal or minimize your own frustration by accepting the delay and beating it with cunning and skill.

Frustrated DC United still looking for answers

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DC United has drifted into a deep malaise over the past two months. Only sporadically does the team seem to be in sync. Play is unfocused and only moments of individual brilliance have allowed the team to salvage as many points as they have.

Frustration is the spirit of the day and Sunday's game saw it come out.

Analysis & player ratings: DCU 1-1 Union

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The Geiger Show and Andy Najar took center stage, while Marfan, Mac and Hop went silent. PSP has postgame analysis and player ratings of Sunday's 1-1 tie between the Union and DC United.

Match report: DC United 1-1 Union

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The Union earned a stunning 1-1 draw on the road Sunday against DC United, as referee Mark Geiger sent off three players and disallowed two United goals, including one by Dwayne De Rosario. PSP was at RFK Stadium and has a recap, with quotes from both teams.

United gives up Cruz in trade with Philadelphia; Was this the right move?

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D.C. United's trade of Danny Cruz to Philadelphia for Lionard Pajoy took everyone by surprise. Was it a panic move or was it the right move?

DC United continues to seek mojo against Sporting KC

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It's not easy being Ben. Good coaches have a basic philosophy and try to fit their team into a framework within which it can succeed as a unit. To that end, a new coach will seek players to fit his system and adjust to what he inherits as he builds the new structure. His task is complicated as injuries, trades, losses to international duty, and the unanticipated variables of the game mess with his plans.

DC United continues to seek mojo against Sporting KC

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It's not easy being Ben. Good coaches have a basic philosophy and try to fit their team into a framework within which it can succeed as a unit. To that end, a new coach will seek players to fit his system and adjust to what he inherits as he builds the new structure. His task is complicated as injuries, trades, losses to international duty, and the unanticipated variables of the game mess with his plans.

Busy Stretch Closing Out For Sporting

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It's been 56 days since Sporting Kansas City defeated Toronto 2-1 at Livestrong Sporting Park. That game started a string of 17 games in that time frame. Basically a game every 3 days for an 8 week period sees KC with some very tired legs. Meanwhile in that same stretch of time, Kansas City's opponent tomorrow is DC United has played only 8 games.

United vs Montreal: United back in control with 3-0 win over Impact

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D.C. United returned to the friendly confines of RFK Stadium for the first time in a month and didn't disappoint in their 3-0 thrashing of the expansion Montreal Impact. Chris Pontius scored his fourth goal in his last three matches to lead United to their sixth consecutive win at RFK.

United reclaims first place in Eastern Conference after cruising past Impact

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D.C. is once again in sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference, with the Montreal Impact being their latest victim.

United cruised to a 3-0 victory over the expansion Impact in front of a season-high crowd of 18,302 at RFK Stadium on Saturday night. Chris Pontius scored his third goal in two games after a great dribbling effort just before halftime, and Robbie Russell and Hamdi Salihi each found the back of the net in the second half.

With a new contract, it’s Boskovic time for DC United

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Just as the transfer window has opened up DC United has made two speculative player moves. Given his small salary, Long Tan, acquired in a trade from Vancouver, is low risk as an addition to a fairly large cadre of forwards. Branko Boskovic is the high risk/reward signing and he needs to see more playing time to justify his new contract.

Match #12 Preview: Philadelphia Union Vs. D.C. United

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Setting: Saturday, June 16 at PPL Park in Chester; kickoff scheduled for 7:15 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: CSN Philadelphia (JP Dellacamera, Bob Rigby), with coverage beginning at 6:30 PM Eastern with a pre-game show / CSN Mid-Atlantic (Dave Johnson, John Harkes) / Galavision nationally / MLS Live (CSN Philadelphia feed; blacked out in the DC area)

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SBI MLS Player of the Month: Alan Gordon

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When the San Jose Earthquakes needed a late goal this past month, Alan Gordon came to the rescue. Not once, not twice, but three times. In a row.

Gordon's trio of consecutive late-game goals directly secured five points for the Earthquakes, and his heroics helped earn him SBI MLS Player of the Month honors, becoming the second Earthquake to win in as many months, following in the footsteps of Chris Wondolowski.

United defeats Kickers to advance in Open Cup

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D.C. United defeated their nearest rival, the Richmond Kickers, 2-1 to advance to the next rounds of the U.S. Open Cup. United needed a extra time play to dismiss the Kickers from the 98 year old tournament with a strike from Marcelo Saragosa in the 107th minute of play. Photo Matt Mathai.

Major League Soccer

The End Of A Disappointing Era: Saying Goodbye To Hamdi Salihi

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Fans of D.C. United certainly had reason to have high expectations for Hamdi Salihi when he signed with the team. His resume contained some numbers that were just stupid - Salihi had scored 142 goals in just 262 professional matches before arriving in MLS.

There was another number on his resume that should have stood out to us also though.

Weekend Recap: MLSers in World Cup Qualifiers

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MLS had nearly 50 players playing in World Cup qualifiers and friendlies over the weekend. Here is how they did:

Albania (3-1 win vs. Cyprus, WC qualifying)
F Hamdi Salihi (D.C. United) – started, played 81 minutes

Australia (3-0 win at Lebanon, friendly)
M Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) – started, played 51 minutes, scored one goal

Colombia (4-0 win vs.

45 MLS Players Called Up For World Cup Qualifiers

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The September FIFA break is on for MLS. Below are the 45 players that have been called up by their national teams.

Albania
F Hamdi Salihi (D.C. United)

Australia
M Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls)

Canada
D Andre Hainault (Houston Dynamo)
D Dejan Jakovic (D.

MLS Week 22: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Nine months after claiming the Eastern Conference crown, the Houston Dynamo are finally on the verge returning to the top of the ladder.

Riding four consecutive wins, the Dynamo will face the New York Red Bulls Friday night with sights on extending the streak and passing their conference foe for first place.

Major League Soccer Weekend Match Recap – 30 June 2012

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DC United move on top of the Eastern Conference, San Jose extended their Western Conference lead, and much more in Major League Soccer (MLS) on June 30, 2012.

Toronto FC 1-1 New York Red Bulls

TFC's poor season continued with a draw after New York took an early lead. The point puts the Red Bulls just behind Eastern Conference leaders DC United while Toronto are pretty much already out of the playoff race.

Maicon Santos

Herculez Gomez: The Designated Player D.C. United Needs

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Over the second half of the 2012 season there have been plenty of things for D.C. United fans to disagree on. Even as the club embarked on an impressive run during September and October, returned to the playoffs, and invigorated a fanbase that had seen casual support lapse, there were rumblings of discontent.

United vs. Toronto FC: Late game-winner from Salihi further solidifies United’s postseason hopes

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A pair of defensive mistakes opened the door and seldom used Designated Player Hamdi Salihi pounced and slammed the door on Toronto FC in D.C. United's 1-0 win in Toronto, Canada this afternoon.

Episode 104 – He’s not a Honkey

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Join the guys as they look back at United's victory over the Revolution and their Open Cup win over the Richmond Kickers. The guys also take a look at the US Men's National Team's action in anticipation of their match vs Antigua and Barbuda.

The Rest

Must-See Goal: Hamdi Salihi

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United sign Brazilian striker Rafael on-loan to Young Designated Player contract

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D.C. United announced today the signing of Brazilan striker Rafael to aYoung Designated Player contract. Rafeal, a20-year-old forward, will be a season long loan signing from Bahia in Brazil and will most likely cost United between $150,00-$200,000 on their salary cap. Rafael will join compatriots Marcelo Saragosa and Raphael Augusto (in negotiations to extend his [.

More on Pfeffer loan, MLS news, rankings, ratings, is it 2013 yet?

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Yanks Abroad confirms Union have already picked up the 2014 option on Pfeffer's contract. Eastern PA USOC qualification recap. MLS Cup Final viewership numbers. Will Messi break Muller's record today? More.

MLS International Recap

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MLS players were busy over the last couple of days in international games (2014 World Cup qualifiers). We know about the US win and I've joked about the Canada blowout on Twitter (8-1, seriously?).

Anyways, here is how everyone did these last couple of days in their respective games.

Albania – Won 1-0 vs.