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

  • 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

    By Thomas FloydPublished July 26, 2013 Comments

    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.

  • **FILE** Conor Doyle celebrates after scoring for the U.S. during an U-20 CONCACAF Championship soccer game against Guatemala in Guatemala City, Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Conor Doyle loan continues D.C. United youth movement

    By Thomas FloydPublished July 18, 2013 Comments

    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.

  • Not only has Brandon McDonald helped bring stability to United's back line, he's contributed on offense as well with three assists. (Associated Press)

    Ben Olsen discusses trading Brandon McDonald to Real Salt Lake

    By Thomas FloydPublished July 17, 2013 Comments

    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.

  • 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

    By Thomas FloydPublished July 11, 2013 Comments

    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.

  • Toronto FC 's Luis Silva, bottom, battles for the ball with Montreal Impact's Matteo Ferrari during first-half MLS soccer game action in Toronto, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Hello Luis Silva, Collin Martin, goodbye Alain Rochat: Breaking down D.C. United's busy day

    By Thomas FloydPublished July 9, 2013 Comments

    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.

  • San Jose Earthquakes's Chris Wondolowski, right, controls the ball next to Real Salt Lake's Will Johnson (8) and Jamison Olave (4), far left, during the second half of a MLS soccer game in San Jose, Saturday, April 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Beleaguered Earthquakes pay D.C. United a visit

    By Thomas FloydPublished June 20, 2013 Comments

    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

  • **FILE** New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry dribbles the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer game against the D.C. United, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Booking tickets to Kansas City: TWT's MLS All-Star picks

    By Thomas FloydPublished June 18, 2013 Comments

    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.

  • D.C. United on Thursday acquired defender-midfielder Alain Rochat from the Vancouver Whitecaps. (MLS)

    So where does Alain Rochat fit in for D.C. United?

    By Thomas FloydPublished June 6, 2013 Comments

    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.

  • 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

    By Thomas FloydPublished May 24, 2013 Comments

    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

    By Thomas FloydPublished April 19, 2013 Comments

    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.

  • Columbus Crew defender/midfielder Agustin Viana, left, fights for the ball against D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario (7) during the second half of an MLS soccer game on Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Washington. Columbus won 2-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Postgame observations: Crew 2, D.C United 1

    By Thomas FloydPublished March 24, 2013 Comments

    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.

  • New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry, right, kicks the ball as D.C. United midfielder Brandon McDonald defends during the first half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Postgame observations: D.C. United 0, New York 0

    By Thomas FloydPublished March 17, 2013 Comments

    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.

  • DC United forward Lionard Pajoy, center, splits the defense of Real Salt Lake's Kwame Watson-Siriboe, left, and Tony Beltran (2) during the first half of an MLS soccer game on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Washington. DC United defeated Real Salt Lake 1-0. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

    Postgame observations: D.C. United 1, Real Salt Lake 0

    By Thomas FloydPublished March 10, 2013 Comments

    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.

  • Houston Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark (13) wins a header from D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen (23) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool)

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

    By Thomas FloydPublished March 3, 2013 Comments

    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

    By Thomas FloydPublished March 1, 2013 Comments

    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.

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