While barely a month has passed since the Los Angeles Galaxy claimed MLS Cup, the SuperDraft and first day of preseason now are just two weeks away. On Thursday, D.C. United unveiled their full preseason schedule.
Thomas Floyd covers D.C. United for The Washington Times.
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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.
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).
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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.
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.
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.