On the last of the player season reviews, we discuss the recently traded goalkeeper Joe Willis.
Entering the preseason, it was widely assumed that Joe Willis was set as the #2 goalkeeper for D.C. United behind Bill Hamid. The preseason training camp, where Joe Willis even practiced as the #1 for a period when Hamid was on international duty, seemed on its face to solidify that fact.
We continue our season review with backup goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra.
During the preseason, most fans figured that goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra was set for another season down I-95 with the Richmond Kickers in USL-Pro, where D.C. United had sent him on loan the previous two seasons. Last season, as the Kickers' first-choice keeper, he made 14 appearances for the USL-Pro regular season champions, winning the USL-Pro Goalkeeper of the Year award in the process.
D.C. United's friendly against Fulham was more costly than expected, as backup goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra will miss the rest of the 2014 season with a torn achilles tendon. United has recalled Joe Willis from his season-long loan with the Richmond Kickers as a result.
We have you covered for tonight's US Open Cup match between the Richmond Kickers and the New England Revolution.
While most of D.C. United bowed out of the US Open Cup in disappointing fashio last night, there are still two players who have games yet to play. Tonight, Joe Willis, Christiano Francois, and the rest of the Richmond Kickers welcome the New England Revolution to Virginia.
Not all of D.C. United's players are out of the US Open Cup: Joe Willis, Christiano Francois, and the Richmond Kickers take on New England tonight.
The US Open Cup excitement doesn't end with D.C. United's loss to the Rochester Rhinos. Joe Willis, Christiano Francois, and the rest of the Richmond Kickers take on the New England Revolution tonight.
The Richmond Kickers take on the Rochester Rhinos in a Friday night spectacular.
The Richmond Kickers beat up on the Dayton Dutch Lions last weekend, winning 5-1; however, the one Dayton goal came off of a bad mistake by Joe Willis, coming off his line but not making it to the ball. Hopefully now that he is back in Richmond, Willis can develop some consistency and get back to the player he has been in the past.
With the Black-and-Red on a four-match unbeaten streak, claiming 8 of the last 12 available points, the highest-scoring team in the league comes to visit RFK. How will los Capitalinos fare against league-leading FC Dallas? See our picks and share your own here.
D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers are back together once again, so we go to give you some information on our friends to the south.
Just as we did last year, we decided to give you an introduction to the Richmond Kickers, D.C. United's USL PRO affiliate. Joe Willis, Jalen Robinson, Christiano Francois, and Michael Seaton have all been sent on long-term loan to the Kickers, but they can be recalled at any time and other players can be sent down at any time.
D.C. United loans Willis, Caskey, Birnbaum, FranÃ§ois, and Seaton to Richmond for their last preseason game.
The Richmond Kickers and D.C. United announced today that Joe Willis, Alex Caskey, Steve Birnbaum, Christiano Francois, and Michael Seaton will all be loaned to the Kickers for their final preseason game, which is this Saturday against the University of Virginia.
A couple of players have been loaned to the Richmond Kickers so far, but who is going to end up there for the long haul?
While there is no D.C. United game this weekend, there will be D.C. United players in action. While no announcement has been made yet, it is highly likely that a number of players will be loaned to the Richmond Kickers either for their weekend intersquad match and for their preseason game a week from today against the College of William & Mary.
Three prime candidates for loans to Richmond, Collin Martin, Joe Willis, and Christiano Francois, have been sent to the River City for a preseason game.
D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers announced today that Joe Willis, Collin Martin, and Christiano Francois have been loaned to the Kickers for their preseason match against the University of Maryland.
Benji Joya is making himself right at home with the Chicago Fire.
The U.S. youth international netted the game winner in the Fire's 1-0 win Wednesday over D.C. United. In the 75th minute, Joya, acquired last week in a weighted lottery on a one-year loan from Liga MX side Santos Laguna, took a pass from Victor Pineda on the left flank and fired off a curling, right-footed shot past the reach of United goalkeeper Joe Willis.
With the opening kick of the 2014 MLS season less than five weeks off, we look at the depth D.C. United have at goalkeeper.
The countdown to D.C. United vs. the Columbus Crew on March 8 is well and truly on now. With 31 days to go until the opener, we look at #31 on United's roster, back up goalkeeper Joe Willis, who received an overwhelming 95% "cake" vote in our Cake or Death series last fall.
With its picks in the MLS Supplemental Draft third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected Zach Barnes and Travis Golden.
While D.C. United is often said to have a penchant for good drafts, the third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft (formerly known as the first two rounds of the MLS Supplemental Draft) are not likely to produce players that stick on MLS teams.
With the 2013 season finally, mercifully behind us, it's time to run through the D.C. United roster and determine who should stay and eat cake and who should leave the team and find inevitable death. Today: backup goalkeeper Joe Willis is on tap.
D.C. United are incredibly fortunate in one on-field department: goalkeeper.
Bill Hamid is undeniably D.C. United's number one goalkeeper. The home-grown product has started almost every league game for which he's been eligible over the last few seasons, making way for Joe Willis when hurt, suspended or gone with the USMNT. In that time, we've seen him improve from an incredibly athletic but raw 'keeper into one with better decision-making abilities and one who has learned to better channel his emotions.
D.C. Unitec plays Toronto FC this weekend in a game in which everyone knows that United will be playing backups and young players. However, there are still choices for Ben Olsen to make: whether or not he choses his veteran backups, like Carlos Ruiz, or whether he goes all in with the youth movement and gives the kids a chance.
The Filibuster guys are back once again and are following D.C. United on their long slow descent into hell. The talk about Bill Hamid's performance against the New England Revolution, whether or not there is a goalkeeping controversy with Joe Willis in the US Open Cup Final. They then (unfortunately) have to talk about the rest of the defense's performance in that game, ponder whether or not United could even get Dejan Jakovic off their books if they tried, and consider whether Conor Shanoksy has a chance to start next Tuesday in Salt Lake City.
In recent wins over the Montreal Impact in MLS action and the Chicago Fire in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, D.C. United used every weapon at its disposal. United used its current best 11 in both matches, with somewhat surprisingly successful results.
With the exception of Bill Hamid returning in place of Joe Willis, each change that United made to its lineup on Saturday night against the Philadelphia Union was intentionally designed to get a younger less experienced player more time on the field.
After two draws in the past two games, there was the closest thing to hope that D.C. United has had this season coming into the game against the Chicago Fire. That hope was quickly dashed as the team gave up two goals in the first 13 minutes and never really stood a chance against one of the most average MLS teams in the league this year.
Let's be up front about the fact that anything that comes out of a friendly needs to be taken with a grain of salt. That said, D.C. United may not have been the better team over the course of the game, but they weren't blatantly out-played, led for about 17 minutes, and a draw is not an entirely unfair outcome.
The first and last word on D.C. United's 0-0 draw with the Colorado Rapids on Sunday night was and is "Willis", as in Joe Willis. In the midst of one of those joyless MLS games that seem to happen all too frequently when the Capital Club is not playing well, United's backup goalkeeper was clearly its best player on the field, and, along with Rapids' winger DeShorn Brown, one of the two players who stood out from the match.
So here's the thing when you're a really, really bad team: Results that might be encouraging, grind-out-a-bad-night sort of draws on a team pushing for playoff position have to be viewed as either manna from heaven or else symptomatic of the team's futility and thus, simply not good enough. Depending on which part of last night's D.
It was a close call in Seattle all the way until the second to last play of the game. Obafemi Martins was able to put two goals past Joe Willis to cement another Sounders win. The Black and Red fought ferociously throughout the whole match but were unable to score. This lost puts DC United at 2 wins, 3 ties, and 13 loses for the season, and still in last place in the Eastern Conference.
No referee to pin this one on; referee Allen Chapman actually had a pretty decent game. No, this loss is all on D.C. United being outplayed by a better opponent. Tonight, that opponent was the Seattle Sounders, who managed two remarkably similar goals through Obafemi Martins, one in each half. In the 19th minute, Seattle gained control of a D.
D.C. United made three trades in MLS' four-hour trade window this morning ahead of Wednesday afternoon's MLS Expansion Draft. While not as significant as the number or quality of trades made last offseason to bolster United's roster (don't worry folks, there are still three months to make moves before the season starts in late February [.
D.C. United capped off a perfect group stage in the CONCACAF Champions League stage with their 4th win in four matches, this time a narrow 1-0 win over Tauro FC in Panama City, Panama tonight. As a result, United is now booked for a top seed in the upcoming knockout stages of the tournament which [..
D.C. United gave up a corner kick goal on the last touch of the match to settle for a 1-1 draw with the home standing Charleston Battery tonight at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina United will need to win outright on Saturday afternoon against the Seattle Sounders to take home the Carolina Challenge Cup [.
D.C. United has endured a nightmare season. Can't score goals much less create many chances and defensive blunders have reared their ugly head on more than one occasion. Yet the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has been an oasis for the side as United stunned the Chicago Fire 2-0 tonight at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, [.
Once again D.C. United offered very little offensively in the final third of the field but desperate defending and solid goalkeeping from Joe Willis earned the Black-and-Red a solid road point in their 0-0 draw last night against the home side Colorado Rapids. United was shut out for the 8th time in 9 road matches [.
Obafemi Martins scored both goals tonight as the Seattle Sounders took care of business in their 2-0 win over D.C. United at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington. Once again United were powerless on offense getting shut out for the 11th time in 18th matches this season and the 7th time in 8 road matches.
D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario hasn't had the best of seasons so far in 2013, at least in Major League Soccer. Get him in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament and we're talking something completely different. De Rosario scored the game-winning goal in United's 3-1 win this evening over the visiting New England [.
The Richmond Kickers welcome their old rival, the Charleston Battery, to town this evening as the middle game of a three week homestand. The Battery are surprisingly bad this season, sitting in a four-way tie for last place. But don't let their record fool you; Kickers-Battery games are always contentious, and this one should be no different.
The Richmond Kickers welcome Arizona United SC to town on their first-ever road trip.
The Richmond Kickers take on the artists formerly known as Phoenix FC tonight at 7:00 PM at City Stadium. Your intrepid Richmond correspondent will be making his triumphant return to the press box, so watch the game on YouTube (or come to the stadium) and hang out with me!
D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers announced their loanees, sending Joe Willis, Jalen Robinson, Michael Seaton, and Christiano Francois to RVA.
The Richmond Kickers and D.C. United today announced the players that United will loan down to the River City, sending Joe Willis, Jalen Robinson, Christiano Francois, and Michael Seaton on long-term loan.
Some history, some America, some FIFA, and an update on #OurFriendClyde.
It may be the offseason and almost Christmas (or just Thursday, however you roll), but apparently soccer still does some things. So I'm here to tell you about some of those things, even though I'm nearing some sort of Christmas cookie-induced coma.
With a total of 92 points, My Ferrari Soares soared to the top of the round's leaderboard. Landon Donovan (LA, $10.3M) wore the armband and scored 34 points with 2 goals and an assist. His Galaxy teammates Gyasi Zardes ($5.6M) and Robbie Keane ($11.2M) scored 14 and 11 points respectively -- Zardes with a goal and an assist, and Keane with 2 goals.