DC United

SKC-MLS-CupFC Dallas stays in the number one position in the MLS rankings, while Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy both jumped up the rankings after good weekends.

1: FC Dallas
Even if they’re not playing well, they’re always so dangerous on set pieces that they can just bury you. It was even through an hour this weekend, then Houston gave ‘em an inch. And then it was over.

Last Week: Won vs. Houston, 4-1
This Week: Saturday vs. Seattle

2: Real Salt Lake
Going on the road and getting a point is always a good result. Doing it at the MLS Cup champions’ place, and getting a MotM performance from your backup ‘keeper? Tough, gutty early-season performance.

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erick-thohirWith the takeover of Inter Milan by D.C. United‘s part owner Erick Thohir it was only a matter of time before the two clubs announced some sort of “strategic partnership” between the two clubs. What struck me reading the press release was how benign this partnership is.

Here is the official release:

D.C. United and F.C. Internazionale Milano announced a collaborative agreement to form a strategic partnership. This partnership, which will include the sharing of team, organizational and competitive best practices, will be subject to relevant rules and regulations of the appropriate governing bodies.

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The D.C. United 2014 schedule has been released and we have tickets to every big D.C. match, both home and away this season.  You can also buy your D.C. United tickets directly from your  iPhone or Android  phones with our new ticket app.

D.C. United 2014 Schedule
Mar 8 7:00 ET DC United v ColumbusBuy DC United Tickets
Mar 15 11:30 ET Los Angeles v DC United – Buy DC United Tickets
Mar 23 4:00 ET Toronto FC v DC United – Buy DC United Tickets
Mar 29 5:00 ET DC United v ChicagoBuy DC United Tickets

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seattle-sounders-fansMajor League Soccer has announced its complete 2014 regular season schedule, and just as it did during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, MLS will take a two-week break between June 12-24, when the 2014 World Cup is taking place in Brazil.

The league’s 19th season will begin on Saturday, March 8 in Seattle, where the host Sounders will take on Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field, followed by seven matches that evening and one on Sunday, March 9. The regular season will end on Oct. 26 before the MLS Cup playoffs begin the following week.

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BVioiM8CYAIC1lNI have bene fortunate enough to meet many of the top players and coaches in Major League Soccer. The nicest person I have met is D.C. United‘s Ben Olsen. He has endured three really tough seasons in charge of D.C. United, but he wakes up this morning as US Open Cup champion.

Real Salt Lake were heavily favored to win the 100th US Open Cup in their fortress at Rio Tinto Stadium, but Lewis Neal’s 45th-minute strike was enough to seal victory and send United into the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League

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Post game interview with DC United coach Ben Olsen after last night’s 0-0 draw with the New England Revolution:

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thefort2The New Enland Revolution drew 0-0 with D.C. United tonight in front of 14,163 fans at Gillette.

This was the perfect trap game for New England.  They came into the game flying high after putting five past the LA Galaxy last weekend. Expectations were high that New England would extend its winning streak against the MLS‘s worst side.

New England certainly created enough chances to win. Last week the Revolution had five shots on goal and scored five goals against the Galaxy. This week they had four shots on goal, but could not score, mainly because of DCU goalkeeper Bill Hamid who made some terrific saves, the pick of the bunch being a flying save to deny in-form Diego Fagundez in the 66th minute.

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Major League Soccer has released its 2013 schedule and it has a new wrinkle this season: Rivalry Week.

Eight of the nine matches in Week 3 (March 16 weekend) will pit regional rivals against one another, with the NBC Sports Group on board to air three live matches that weekend showcasing some of the league’s premier rivalries.

Rivalry week games include:

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The beginning of the 2012 Major League Soccer season is right around the corner and the folks over at MLS Soccer have released their first preseason power rankings. As expected the LA Galaxy are on top, while the New England Revolution get no love, as MLS Soccer ranks them below the expansion side Montreal Impact.

What do you think of the rankings?

1: LA Galaxy
Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, Mike Magee, David Beckham … holy crap this team is going to score a lot of goals. Chances are, though, that they’ll concede a few more than in recent years thanks to the departure of Juninho and the injury to Omar Gonzalez. Still, Bruce Arena has to be salivating over the talent at his disposal this season.

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The folks over at MLSSoccer.com have update their weekly power rankings. No surprise that Real Salt Lake is in first place. The Portland Timbers are one of the big winners moving up to four places after a week that consisted of two home games, seven goals and six points.

Major League Soccer Week 5 Rankings

1. Real Salt Lake
No. 1 in the MLS power rankings, and fighting to be No. 1 in CONCACAF as well. The next 10 days will determine whether this RSL bunch go down as a great team, or a truly legendary one. Win or lose against Monterrey, this is still the best team in MLS until someone proves otherwise.
Last Four: WWWW

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