Archive for the ‘2008 D.C. United’ Category

April 17th, 2009

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution

The two storylines tonight revolve around New England’s health problems and Emilio’s current 3-game goal-scoring streak. With the Revs a solid 2-0-1 and United looking to rebound from a 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake, neither team can afford to let up.

The Revolution welcomed their bye last weekend, and spent it trying to rest up many if its injured players. While Steve Ralston is back, keeper Matt Reis is out, while forward Kheli Dube is on the bench but isn’t expected to play. And you can’t forget that Taylor Twellman and Gabriel Badilla have both been out with long-term injuries. It’s a setback that hasn’t hurt New England yet, but with a strong United team and a dangerous Emilio, the Revs must be cautious.

For United they’ll look to Emilio to take nearly all their shots tonight. Jaime Moreno needs to play more than the 6 minutes he had against Houston the other week, and he too will be a threat. Another guy the Revs need to pay attention to is midfielder Chris Pontius. He has a habit of creeping up the wing and pressuring the defense into making a mistake.

 
April 4th, 2009

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo

Tonight will be my first time covering DC United from the press box, and the conditions couldn’t be better, with the temp. a sunny 64 degrees. There was even a match between DC United’s U-16 Academy team and Real Madrid’s U-16s. It was the opening match in the Tiffany Trophy Cup, a U-16 tournament pitting several area soccer academies against their international counterparts here in DC. While Real Madrid won 1-0 with a goal on a scramble at the top of the box, it was still a good game to watch.

Now there’s some down time as everyone gets ready for tonight’s big game, which is scheduled to kick off at 7:30. Both DC and Houston are looking for their first win of the young season. The Dynamo sit near the bottom of the Western Conference after a 1-1 tie and a 3-2 loss. DC United sits in the middle of the East with a pair of ties, the first a 2-2 draw at Los Angeles, the second a 1-1 deadlock with Chicago.

United looks forward to a full roster for tonight’s game, something they haven’t had in quite a while. Says the Washington Times’ John Haydon;

The club was badly hit by injuries last season but enters Saturday’s meeting with the Houston Dynamo healthy for the first time since June. Every player on the roster participated in training this week, and only backup goalie Josh Wicks will be sidelined against the Dynamo at RFK Stadium.

A bright spot among all the injuries has been the play of United’s two first-round picks from this past draft.

[Rodney] Wallace, a Bullis School graduate who left Maryland after two seasons, has started on the left side of midfield. [Chris] Pontius, from UC Santa Barbara, started at forward and scored in the season opener at Los Angeles before shifting to the right wing last weekend against Chicago.

Even with nearly all the veterans back from injury tonight, these two may still find themselves starting because of their impressive play so far.

Houston also “expect(s) to have Brian Ching and Kei Kamara together for the first time this season“, so United’s defense won’t have it easy. Ching is Houston’s go-to guy up front. He led the Dynamo with 13 goals last season and scored in the only game he’s played this season. United’s D has the task of shutting him down while not letting any of Houston’s other attackers sneak free. Certainly a tall order for goalie Louis Crayton’s first start of the season.

Both teams are warming up on the field, and I know I’m excited to see the game start. Both squads look relaxed as they go through their routines. Hopefully that confidence carries over to the game, and we see an exciting contest tonight.

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October 29th, 2008

2008.10.29 CD Marathon vs. DC United, 4-2 L

DC United finished their 2008 campaign on Wednesday evening with a 4-2 loss to CD Marathon. Both teams played an aggressive, physical game and gave the small but enthusiastic crowd a solid performance.

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Early in the first half, forward Francis Doe (#30) puts the first goal on the board for DC United with an athletic shot after a rebound off the right-side upright. (Photo by Pete Silver/OffWingPhoto.com)

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DC United midfielder Santino Quaranta (#25) chips the ball in front of the CD Marathon goal to set up his teammate for a header. (Photo by Pete Silver/OffWingPhoto.com)

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DC United and CD Marathon gave the under 2000 strong crowd a lot to cheer about in a game marked by crisp passing, daring shots and athletic play-making by both teams. (Photo by Pete Silver/OffWingPhoto.com)

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October 2nd, 2008

Cruz Azul Too Much For United

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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 1: Marc Burch #4 of the DC United fighting for control of the ball with Cesar Villaluz of Cruz Anul during a CONCACAF game at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC October 1, 2008. (Photo by Allen Clark/www.OffWingPhoto.com)

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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 1: Craig Thompson #28 of the DC United makes a flying kick during a CONCACAF game at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC on October 1, 2008. (Photo by Allen Clark/www.OffWingPhoto.com)


WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 1: Francis Doe #30 of the DC United looks to pass the ball against Cruz Azul during a CONCACAF game at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC on October 1, 2008. (Photo by Allen Clark/www.OffWingPhoto.com)

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September 14th, 2008

DC United Tie One On With Dallas FC (2-2)

DC United and FC Dallas were both coming into today’s match-up looking to improve their chances of claiming a wild-card spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Today’s 2-2 tie didn’t help DC as they look toward a grueling schedule for the remainder of the regular season.

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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 13: Thabiso Khumalo #17 of the DC United controls the ball through FC Dallas defenders during a MLS game at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC Septemeber 13, 2008. (Photo by Allen Clark/www.OffWingPhoto.com)

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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 13: Santino Quaranta #25 of the DC United controls the ball against Dax McCarty #13 of the FC Dallas during a MLS game at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC Septemeber 13, 2008. (Photo by Allen Clark/www.OffWingPhoto.com)

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July 13th, 2008

CD Guadalajara Outshines DC United

Here are a few shots from DC United’s losing effort against CD Guadalajara. We will be posting up more a little later today. Last night’s game was the 2008 SuperLiga opener, United lost to CD Guadalajar 1 – 2.

RFK stadium lost power in half the stadium last night during play. The outage delayed play while the lights had to reset themselves and come back on. This provided an opportunity for some photos that would typically have to be staged or “Photoshopped.”

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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 12: Gonzalo Martinez #23 of the DC United stretches in the dark after half of the stadium lost power during a SuperLiga game against CD Guadalajara at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC July 12, 2008. (Photo by Allen Clark/www.OffWingPhoto.com)

We will have more coverage of this game posted later today. If you are interested you can also check out OffWing Photo, where we also have more pictures from the game. You can also see more photos from the event by visiting our complete photographic game coverage on our Flickr site.

Goalie Zach Wells

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 12: Goalie Zach Wells #1 of the DC United misses the ball during a SuperLiga game against a CD Guadalajara at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC July 12, 2008. (Photo by Allen Clark/www.OffWingPhoto.com)

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May 8th, 2008

Chicago Fire Snuffs Out DC United, 2-0

For more on DC United’s loss to Chicago Fire check out our coverage on OffWing Photo.

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April 27th, 2008

United Cruises To Victory Over Real Salt Lake, 4-1

For more on the United’s victory check out our coverage on OffWing Photo.

 
April 17th, 2008

DC United v. Columbus Crew (1st Half)

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Photo by Ellen Blanchard

More photos to come plus be sure to check out this and other pictures from tonight’s game on our flickr page and also our Photoshelter account

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