DC United

SKC-MLS-CupThe new MLS Power Rankings are out and the Seattle Sounders stay in the number one position. What amazes me is that after losing seven games in a row, that the New England Revolution are viewed as only the third worst side in MLS. How bad are Houston and Montreal?

1: FC Dallas
Xander Bailey. Enough said.

Last Week: Bye
Last Five: W-W-W-L-W
Next MLS Game: July 28 vs. LA

2: Sporting Kansas City
Don’t usually get wound up about All-Star snubs, but to say Benny Feilhaber wouldn’t help vs. Bayern is bonkers.

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Revs Coach Jay HeapNew England Revolution‘s 2-1 victory over D.C. United Saturday night at Gillette Stadium might have been their most impressive win of the season. Yes it lacked the offensive fireworks that marked the clubs previous thumping’s of Seattle and Philadelphia, but in winning, Jay Heaps side showed a grit and determination that we had not seen this season.

DC boss Ben Olsen had set up his side to stop New England‘s free flowing attack and the first 45 minutes reflected that, as the Revs midfielders struggled to find any room while United were content to sit back and wait for a counter attack opportunity.

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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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