For the second preseason in a row, Bill Hamid will not participate
As first reported by Steve Goff, D.C. United and US Men's national team goalkeeper Bill Hamid had surgery on his right knee on Monday. We can further confirm that Hamid had arthroscopic surgery on the knee, which he aggravated during preparations for the national team camp.
Sporting KC made a single move in Thursday's second stage of the re-entry draft, selecting goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra formerly of DC United. Sporting KC will now has the rights to make a bona fide offer to Dykstra over the next seven days.
Dykstra is a eight year MLS veteran having played with the Chicago Fire and DC United in career along with stints on loan to the Charleston Battery and Richmond Kickers.
The man who rose most on the depth chart gets a look.
Signed as an undrafted free agent at the beginning of 2015, Travis Worra appeared on the bench of D.C. United's 2015 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal campaign, backing up Andrew Dykstra as Bill Hamid was out because of offseason surgery.
After a scoreless 120 minutes, the NASL side prevailed 4-3 in penalty kicks
D.C. United crashed out of the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, as the NASL won 4-3 on penalties. 120 minutes of scoreless soccer between the two sides meant penalties, where United lost when Luciano Acosta had his effort saved, and Jared Jeffrey hit the bar.
D.C. United seems to be alternating between wins and losses with each week these days, having yet to go on a win streak in 2016. When they beat the New York Red Bulls last week, in retrospect, a draw or loss was in the cards (speaking as one who predicted a loss, cough cough).
Richie Marquez's late goal propelled the Union past rivals (I said it!) D.C. United.
The Philadelphia Union's Heineken Rivalry Week (oh yea) clash with D.C. United was a total snoozer, but Richie Marquez scored late to save his side from a fourth-consecutive draw. The win sees the Union rise to first place in the Eastern Conference, a position with which they are quite familiar at this point.
The MLS Player's Union released the list of player salaries as of May 15. Notable names over MLS include salaries for Tim Howard ($2,100,000 base compensation) and Jermaine Jones ($600,000) of the Colorado Rapids, recently acquired New England Revolution forward Kei Kamara ($1,000,000) and once almost-D.
D.C. United needed to get back on track after their loss to New York City FC, and in beating the New York Red Bulls by a 2-0 margin, it may not completely wash away the existing sins of the Black-and-Red, but anytime you beat a rival, it sure does feel nice, doesn't it?
With D.C. United playing the New York Red Bulls tomorrow, there are plenty of stories about the team swirling out there. Let's dive in, shall we?
D.C. United closing in on full fitness ahead of New York Red Bulls clash - Black And Red United: Bill Hamid and Fabian Espindola are training at full speed, and Alhaji Kamara is getting worked in quickly.
Bill Hamid has returned to practice ahead of Friday's battle with the Black-and-Red's oldest rival
It has been a long four months since D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid went under the knife to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. United have had an uneven start to the season, picking up just 10 points through their first 10 games, as Travis Worra has filled in as keeper with the additional loss of Andrew Dykstra to back surgery.
We examine the Black-and-Red's night through the wonders of subjective numbers.
D.C. United came into Sunday night with Chris Rolfe added to the injury report next to Fabian Espindola, though in theory, facing a New York City FC defense that has a few holes in it, the probability for some goals should have been certain.
Taking a numerically subjective look at Saturday's match.
D.C. United went to Illinois to play a Chicago Fire side who had two weeks since their last match with the Chicago Fire and will have 10 more days before their next game, a midweek clash at the Vancouver Whitecaps. They were missing a couple of key offensive pieces to boot.
D.C. United faced a New England Revolution side Saturday who was in desperate need of a win as well. D.C. played decently and similar to their win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, they scored an early goal and cinched the game over the Revs late in the second half en route to winning 3-0 over Jay Heaps' side.
Relegated to the bench of starting the first couple of games this season, the little Argentine scored his first MLS goal to ensure all three points
As the clock wore away for D.C. United against the New England Revolution, it looked like Lamar Neagle's first half penalty kick would be the only tally the Black-and-Red would need for their second win on the season.
A look at how individual Black-and-Red players did in this weekend's loss to TFC
In a game that saw them rack up evidence that they were "dominating" when they really weren't, D.C. United fell behind after 59 seconds and never recovered en route to a 1-0 home loss to Toronto FC. Despite controlling most of the possession and generating plenty of chances - well, first half chances, anyway - United found TFC's defense either too organized or too acrobatic to equalize.
We rate player performances so you don't have to. But you can if you want.
D.C. United came into Saturday's game with the Vancouver Whitecaps on a rough week: a member of the District Ultras had been banned for setting off a smoke device, and hours before kickoff it was learned one of its owners is part of a group that will be buying Premier League side Swansea City.
We attach numbers to how each player did. Chime in with yours.
D.C. United was searching for their first win of 2016 going into their first game Avaya Stadium against the San Jose Earthquakes and now...they're still searching for it after their 1-1 draw Saturday night, with a late goal from the hosts that resulted in shared points on the night.
D.C. United was facing an FC Dallas team Saturday that was missing most of its defense yet still retained its offense. In an attempt to jumpstart the productivity of some starters there was some minor juggling, but the resulting 3-0 loss left a lot of salt to go with some sour.
Back for the fourth year in a row, the Richmond Kickers start play this weekend
USL starts play this weekend, and for the fourth year in a row D.C. United will be sending players to the Richmond Kickers. This affiliation has helped players like Travis Worra, Taylor Kemp, Jalen Robinson, Collin Martin, and plenty more get valuable playing time and prepare to challenge for the United first team.
D.C. United came into their home opener with the Colorado Rapids with a dominant record over the Rapids at RFK both over Major League Soccer's 21 years and in recent memory. So while many would (should?) consider a late stage 1-1 draw a disappointment, there is still the whole matter of new players, newish formation, and all that, so let's see what arbitrary ratings look like?
An unremarkable game has left us in need of some inspired television for guidance.
There's no need to pretend that D.C. United's game with the New England Revolution was anything other than a boring match. There are things to learn, sure, but overall it had next to nothing to offer in terms of visceral entertainment.
On-field news broke tonight at the Black-and-Red's season ticket holder event.
At a D.C. United season ticket holder event last night, we got some stadium updates, some humor, and some players talking about how they use Metro ahead of tomorrow's end of days scenario. We also got an update on the Black-and-Red's goalkeeper situation, and it's not good news:
Chad Ashton says Dykstra having back surgery this weekend, time out TBD #dcu
— Ryan Keefer (@reefa_k) March 15, 2016
This has become an Anchorman sort of "that escalated quickly" situation.
With a score of 141 points, #Gio'd led the double game week. Diego Valeri (POR, $10.6) led the team with an armband-aided 32 points on the strength of a goal. Backing him up was Pedro Morales (VAN, $11.1), who scored a goal and added two assists for 21 points, followed up by Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.
Our overall leader also led the round, as !BL4CKnRED-2014Champ took advantage of the double game weeks to score 129 points. David Villa (NYC, $11.4) wore the armband and scored 42 points on two goals. Lee Nguyen (NE, $11.2) tallied two assists and 17 points, while Diego Valeri (POR, $10.
The league was led this week by Otten's Army, with a score of 92 points. Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.2) was the captain and led the team with 28 points, scoring two goals. Four players scored 9 points -- Cyle Larin (ORL, $9.2), Lamar Neagle, (DCU, $7.7), Chris Pontius, (PHI, $7.
Is it just me or was the bunch of two-game players kind of a letdown?
Just one team scored more than 100 points, and that was ddoub92, with 101 points. Chris Wondolowski (SJ, $10.9) set the pace with an armband-aided 36 points on two goals. Trailing him was Fabian Castillo (DAL, $10.8), who scored a goal and an assist for 13 points, while David Bingham (SJ, $6.
A score of 79 points led the league this week, as Lord Sauro(n) set the pace. Mauro Diaz (DAL, $10.4) captained the team, and scored 22 points on the strength of a goal. Namesake Gaston Sauro (CLB, $7.6) earned a clean sheet and 9 points, followed by his teammate Harrison Afful ($7.
We all know that Ben Olsen loves his players, but are any of them close to making way for another option?
As our own Steven Streff reported, Ben Olsen does not see wholesale changes to the lineup coming anytime soon. The starting lineup against the New England Revolution will almost undoubtedly be the same group as those who took the field against Toronto FC, but hoping that tweaks to strategy and mindset will help this group unlock its potential.
We break down the draw with New England, and preview this Sunday's game against the Colorado Rapids
Filibuster is back with a late in the week podcast, but we're never going to leave you hanging. We talk about D.C. United's 0-0 draw with the New England Revolution, talking about how this game looked for neutrals, the new broadcast partners in WJLA and Sinclair, and how the missing pieces affected this game.
Two goals called back kept Richmond from securing three vital points
The Richmond Kickers saw their prospects for a home playoff game dwindle Wednesday as they drew 0-0 against Charlotte Independence at City Stadium. With both teams seeking the top four spot required to host a playoff game, the game was chippy but also low on mistakes.
As we prepare for another double game week, Amish Rakefighters led this round with a score of 92 points. Captain Didier Drogba (MTL, $11.8) led the team with 32 points, aided by a goal and two assists, while his teammate, Ignacio Piatti ($10.