United Watch Archive: November 2012


  • Josh Wolff retires, joins D.C. United coaching staff full time

    Confirming a development that long had been assumed, D.C. United on Wednesday announced forward Josh Wolff will retire and become a full-time assistant coach after serving as a player-coach in 2012. Published November 28 2012

  • Interview outtakes: Kevin Payne and Ben Olsen

    After D.C. United on Tuesday announced Kevin Payne, the only top executive the club has ever known, was stepping down as president and CEO, I had the opportunity to take part in a conference call with Payne and also chat on the phone with coach Ben Olsen. Published November 28 2012

  • D.C. United's Chris Pontius named to MLS Best XI

    Fourteen months after a broken leg derailed a career year for Chris Pontius, the D.C. United attacker has been rewarded for coming back better than ever in 2012. Published November 26 2012

  • D.C. United, Branko Boskovic mutually part ways

    D.C. United and midfielder Branko Boskovic have agreed to mutually part ways so the Montenegro international can attend to family matters, the club announced Wednesday. Published November 21 2012

  • Postgame roundup: D.C. United 1, Dynamo 1

    There was a sense of optimism that filled RFK Stadium on Sunday before kickoff as the D.C. United faithful unveiled an elaborate display reading, "They can't hold us back -- we are United." For the team with the best home record in MLS, it sure seemed like there was more than enough energy to fuel a two-goal victory. Published November 18 2012

  • Dynamo, deficit between D.C. United and MLS Cup

    It's amazing, really, the position D.C. United are in. If they can overcome a two-goal deficit at RFK Stadium on Sunday, a league-best fifth MLS Cup title will be within their grasp. They'll be playing for that crown from the comforts of home. And barring a setback, they'll have a fit and healthy Dwayne De Rosario in the mix. Published November 17 2012

  • DeLeon, Pontius, Olsen among MLS awards finalists

    MLS on Thursday announced the shortlists for its 2012 awards, with D.C. United's Nick DeLeon (Rookie of the Year), Chris Pontius (Comeback Player of the Year) and Ben Olsen (Coach of the Year). Published November 15 2012

  • Postgame roundup: Dynamo 3, D.C. United 1

    D.C. United have had no problems getting results without Dwayne De Rosario. But without him, Chris Pontius, Brandon McDonald, Marcelo Saragosa, Bill Hamid and Andy Najar? That, it turns out, is too much to overcome. Published November 12 2012

  • After dramatic win over Red Bulls, D.C. United move on to Dynamo

    D.C. United's 2-1 aggregate win over the New York Red Bulls had enough drama in its two matches to last an entire playoff run. But all of that is in the past. Now, United have turned their focus to the Houston Dynamo, the club they visit Sunday (4 p.m., NBCSN) for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final. Published November 11 2012

  • MLS suspends Andy Najar for conference final

    D.C. United will be without right back Andy Najar for both legs of their Eastern Conference final series against the Houston Dynamo after MLS on Friday announced the 19-year-old would receive an additional two-game suspension for throwing the ball at referee Jair Marrufo on Saturday. Published November 9 2012

  • MLS postpones second leg between D.C. United, Red Bulls

    Mother Nature must have something against D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls. First, the teams swapped playoff dates, switching New York's home game from the first leg to the second to give the organization more time to prepare following Superstorm Sandy. But when Game 2 at Red Bull Arena finally arrived Wednesday, it was postponed after an hourlong delay because of snow brought on by a nor'easter storm pounding the East Coast. Published November 7 2012

  • D.C. United braces for stormy showdown at Red Bull Arena

    D.C. United have gone through a yearlong odyssey taking the club from a team on the outside looking in at a playoff spot to the third-best record in MLS. After playing to a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal Saturday, United must claim victory at Red Bull Arena in tonight's second leg (8 p.m., NBCSN) of the two-game, total-goals series to keep their season alive. Published November 7 2012

  • Robbie Russell, Daniel Woolard ready if called upon

    If there was a silver lining to Andy Najar's red card Saturday that knocked the 19-year-old right back out of D.C. United's second leg against the New York Red Bulls, it's that the club has a couple veterans with playoff experience ready to step in. Published November 5 2012

  • Postgame roundup: D.C. United 1, Red Bulls 1

    It was far from pretty, but D.C. United's first playoff game in five years Saturday sure was entertaining. In a match that featured a missed penalty kick, a red card after two rapid-fire cautions, and, most bizarrely, the teams trading own goals four minutes apart, United and the New York Red Bulls will enter Wednesday's second leg tied 1-1. Published November 4 2012

  • D.C. United, Red Bulls set to open semifinal series

    After five years, the D.C. United faithful Saturday night will finally see playoff soccer again -- four days earlier than expected. Published November 2 2012

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