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.
For D.C. United, the US Open Cup was supposed to be a respite. Instead, the 0-0 draw against the Richmond Kickers that ended with the Black-and-Red moving on via penalty kicks was a reminder of many of the things we've been doing wrong all year. The defense more or less held up against Richmond's attacks - not that there were many of them, and Joe Willis was forced into a couple tricky saves - but the offense was as dull and slow as ever.
Think of somebody you'd want to play if you were an MLS team on the ropes and riding a seven-game losing streak. Now picture the exact opposite. There's a good chance you're thinking of Sporting Kansas City, D.C. United's opponents tonight. Here goes nothing.
Joe Willis is a rather large gentleman. If you pay attention at all to his blonde facial hair, he also frequently looks like he's spent considerable time lost in the Rocky Mountains, which is borderline conceivable for the Colorado native and University of Denver product. He might actually be Bigfoot, now that I think about it.
As the 2013 MLS season approaches, we're running the proverbial rule over each player on D.C. United's roster.
Joe Willis is a rather large gentleman. If you pay attention at all to his blonde facial hair, he also frequently looks like he's spent considerable time lost in the Rocky Mountains, which is borderline conceivable for the Colorado native and University of Denver product.
Thierry Henry and possibly Tim Cahill cost the New York Red Bulls a lead goal in the 69th minute of their Eastern Conference semi-final clash after Kenny Coopers spot-kick had to be retaken following the former Premier League stars encroachment and sub keeper Joe Willis saved the resulting re-take just moments after replacing the red carded Bill Hamid who gave away the spot-kick.
Tonight's game at Columbus is not a season defining game, but it may well demonstrate whether
the first 17 minutes of last Sunday's match at Houston or the 73 that followed were. Coherence and
a small degree of dominance broke down when Bill Hamid was ejected and DC United failed to survive
the loss of one player.
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 [.
Ben Olsen promised changes to his lineup due toineffective play from some of the players whom he counted on this season. Usual central defensepartners Brandon McDonald and Dejan Jakovic were left on the bench in favor of Daniel Woolard and Conor Shanosky who was making his MLS debut. Well, it really doesn't seem to matter [.
While the effort was better for D.C. United the result was the same. Another loss, this time to 2-1 to FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium tonight in Frisco, Texas. The loss for United, their seventh straight, has now established a new team record in a season that is now quickly evaporating. Je-Vaughn Watsons chested [.
Nick DeLeon's 88th minute goal was the game and series-winner as D.C. United stunned New York Red Bull 1-0 in the second leg of their MLS playoff series in Harrison, NJ. United won the aggregate 2-1 over two legs, but not without the requisite storybook finish.
The readjusted and then delayed Eastern Conference final series between DC and New York ended with an 88th minute Nick DeLeon goal on Thursday night in Harrison, New Jersey. DC advance 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate. The series took another odd turn in the second-leg, with DC goalkeeper Bill Hamid ejected in the 69th minute.
The Los Angeles Galaxy will be out for a dose of SuperClasico revenge this weekend.
Chivas USA grabbed its first win in the Home Depot Center rivalry since 2007 with a 1-0 triumph
in May. Come Saturday, the Galaxy will look to even the season series and widen their narrow lead
over Chivas for the fifth and final Western Conference playoff slot.
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.
The Richmond Kickers played their second preseason match this weekend, but the first that included D.C. United players. Both Ethan White and Taylor Kemp started against the Carolina Railhawks, while Conor Shanosky played the entire second half. Shanosky was kept out of the starting lineup by Phillippe Davies, formerly of the Vancouver Whitecaps and a recent call-up to the Canadian National Team.