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Thomas Floyd covers D.C. United for The Washington Times.
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.
For the past two matches, D.C. United's energy has been admirable considering the sheer number of minutes those players have logged over the past two weeks. But United took just a single point from those contests, settling for a draw at home against New York before falling 1-0 last night at Real Salt Lake.
For the first time since mid-May, D.C. United tonight will face a Western Conference opponent. United's trip to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on Real Salt Lake is a definite change of pace for a club that has faced a slew of crucial in-conference matchups in the past month.
On a night when league legend Dwayne De Rosario scored the 100th goal of his MLS career, who would have thought makeshift left back Wilman Conde would be the one stealing the show with a spectacular finish?
One of the reasons D.C. United have found themselves enjoying increased success in 2012 is the team's uncanny ability to avoid losing streaks. Just twice this season has the club dropped two games in a row, and it has avoided a three-match skid altogether.
With Saturday's first-ever trip to Montreal to face the Impact, D.C. United have a prime opportunity to bury their closest opposition for the final playoff slot and make claim consecutive wins for the first time since May.
Now there's the D.C. United team we got used to seeing this spring. After scoring just three goals in their past five games, United (12-8-4) surpassed that total in a mere 90 minutes Wednesday with a key 4-2 win over the Chicago Fire (12-8-5).
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