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Thomas Floyd covers D.C. United for The Washington Times.

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DC United soccer Managing Partner Jason Levien, seated left, and Washington Mayor Vincent Gray, seated right, sign a public-private partnership to build a soccer stadium during a news conference in Washington, Thursday, July 25, 2013. DC United and city officials have agreed to a deal that would keep the Major League Soccer franchise in the District of Columbia with a new, $300 million soccer-only stadium. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf )

Jason Levien, Ben Olsen discuss D.C. United's $300M stadium plan

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.

Jan Jacobus "Sonny" Silooy, a former Dutch footballer and current Director of Youth Development for D.C. United Academy initiatives, poses for a photo during an academy league training session held at the auxiliary field near RFK Stadium, in Washington, DC., Thursday, July 10, 2013. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

Interview outtakes: Sonny Silooy

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.

Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson celebrates after scoring a goal in penalty time at an MLS soccer game against Chivas USA in Portland, Ore., Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Timbers won 3-0. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Timbers pose tough matchups for D.C. United

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.

D.C. United midfielder Marcos Sanchez (25) gets a hand to the face by New York Red Bulls defender Jamison Olave during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Harrison, N.J. The teams tied 0-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Taking a look at D.C. United's struggles

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.

Postgame observations: Crew 2, D.C United 1

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.

Postgame observations: Dynamo 2, D.C. United 0

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.

Breaking down D.C. United's 2013 roster

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.