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Thomas Floyd covers D.C. United for The Washington Times.
One year after Jason Levien and Erick Thohir joined Will Chang in D.C. United's ownership group, the team and D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced plans Thursday for a $300 million soccer-specific stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest. Only so much of the post-news conference availability with Levien and United coach Ben Olsen could make it in, however, so here's the full transcript.
With the acquisition of Conor Doyle on loan Thursday, D.C. United made the striker the fourth new face added to the locker room since July began. The common denominator? They're all younger than 25, and they're all American.
D.C. United on Wednesday continued their midseason roster shakeup, trading veteran center back Brandon McDonald to Real Salt Lake for a third-round pick in 2014 and a conditional selection in 2015.
D.C. United's youth academy produced its sixth homegrown player this week, with Collin Martin following in the footsteps of Andy Najar, Bill Hamid, Conor Shanosky, Ethan White and Michael Seaton. In a lucky coincidence, I happened to have a story scheduled for Thursday profiling the man in charge of United's youth development, ex-Ajax star and Dutch international Sonny Silooy.
D.C. United made three moves Tuesday, acquiring playmaker Luis Silva from Toronto FC for allocation money, signing academy product Collin Martin to a professional deal and reportedly selling defender Alain Rochat to Swiss club BSC Young Boys.
While their struggles don't rival those of D.C. United (1-11-3), the Earthquakes (4-6-6) have just two wins in their past 12 games going into their visit to RFK Stadium on Saturday
With voting for this summer's MLS All-Star game open to the fans, I figured I'd reveal the 11 players I believe deserve to start when AS Roma visit Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., on July 31.
Mired in a club-record 11-game winless stretch, D.C. United on Thursday added veteran leadership and defensive polish with the acquisition of left back Alain Rochat.
D.C. United last won March 9, with a 1-0 triumph over Real Salt Lake. On that same day, the Portland Timbers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Montreal Impact. Since then, United haven't won and the Timbers haven't lost.
It was a simple strategy, really. D.C. United finished with the third best record in MLS last season and advanced within a match of hosting MLS Cup. While a few part-time players were replaced, Andy Najar was the only regular starter to exit. And captain Dwayne De Rosario — without whom United went 6-1-4 — was back in the fold.
Through three games, D.C. United clearly weren't playing their best soccer. But the excuses were reasonable and the results were still there. Despite missing Dwayne De Rosario for two of those matches, which all came against playoff teams from a year ago, United still walked away with four points. Not bad. But Saturday was different.
While D.C. United's two road trips this season haven't exactly produced inspired soccer from the visitors, one thing has become clear: With Bill Hamid in goal, United always have a chance.
It was far from the prettiest game, with both teams still shaking that early-season rust, but D.C. United were plenty happy Saturday night to claim a 1-0 over Real Salt Lake and walk away from Dwayne De Rosario's two-game suspension with a split.
D.C. United's season-opening trip stayed to the script. The Dynamo continued their unbeaten run at home since opening BBVA Compass Stadium, and the visitors struggled to get much going offensively without suspended playmaker Dwayne De Rosario, dropping to 0-8-1 all-time in Houston.
With D.C. United set to kick off their 2013 campaign Saturday in an Eastern Conference final rematch at the Houston Dynamo (8 p.m., NBCSN), here is a player-by-player breakdown of the club's roster after a fairly quiet offseason focused on building depth.
By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
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