Thomas Floyd covers D.C. United for The Washington Times.
For D.C. United, the drought is almost over. With just a draw in either of their final two games, United will clinch their first playoff berth since 2007. A win in either match will ensure D.C. will finish no worse than fourth, guaranteeing the club at least one home playoff game. And two wins will lock United into a top-three spot and a bye to the conference semifinals.
With U.S. all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan sidelined by a knee injury, former University of Maryland standout Graham Zusi, now an All-Star and MVP candidate with Sporting Kansas City, seems poised to take over a creative midfield role for the Americans during crucial World Cup qualifiers Friday night at Antigua and Barbuda and Tuesday against Guatemala.
D.C. United are getting pretty good at this winning ugly thing. With a 1-0 triumph at Toronto FC on Saturday, the club improved to 4-0-1 since captain Dwayne De Rosario suffered a sprained knee ligament. And three of those wins have been 1-0 results.
After enduring the United States' Olympic qualifying disappointment, suffering an ankle injury and briefly losing his starting job with D.C. United, goalkeeper Bill Hamid has quietly put together a standout campaign.
D.C. Council member Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat, said the city is in "final negotiations" to complete a stadium deal with United during an interview Friday on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.
D.C. United may have let two points slip away late in their 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday, but it was a sound result nonetheless.
D.C. United left back Daniel Woolard, who has been sidelined since Aug. 4 with a concussion, has started jogging on the side but still is suffering headaches when he ups his exertion, coach Ben Olsen said Wednesday.
Ten days ago, D.C. United's playoff hopes seemed dim. The club sat on the outside looking in at the postseason as news came out that the club would be without captain Dwayne De Rosario for the rest of the regular season. Forgiving schedule or no, that was a tall task for the United team that has missed the playoffs four years in a row.
No De Ro? No problem. OK, that's not really true. But in the two games since D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario sprained his MCL, the club has secured all six points, putting together its first winning streak since June when it wrapped a four-game tear with -- you guessed it -- a 1-0 win at the Philadelphia Union.
Seemingly releasing months of pent-up frustration Tuesday, D.C. United midfielder Branko Boskovic vented about the coaching staff's penchant for pulling him early in matches amid concerns about his fitness. In today's paper, my story dives into Boskovic's comments, coach Ben Olsen's response and what it means for the club down the stretch.
D.C. United midfielder Branko Boskovic, who has made it past the 75th minute in just one of his 10 starts this season and was pulled in the 56th minute of Saturday's 2-1 win over the New England Revolution, on Tuesday sounded off on his playing time.
It sure wasn't pretty, but D.C. United got the job done last night in Game 1 of this seven-game stretch that will test the team's talent, depth and resolve as it attempts to make the postseason without the help of injured MVP Dwayne De Rosario.
D.C. United on Friday announced All-Star midfielder-forward Chris Pontius has signed a new long-term contract that will keep him in the nation's capital.
With D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario, the reigning MLS Most Valuable Player, sidelined for 10 to 12 weeks with a knee sprain suffered on Canada national team duty Tuesday, the club's playoff aspirations have taken a notable hit.
After joining D.C. United last month in a trade with the Philadelphia Union, forward Lionard Pajoy had little choice but to acclimate to his new team as quickly possible. Being thrust into the starting lineup for five games in two weeks will do that.
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