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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Andy Najar
Andy Najar, who chose to play for Honduras rather than wait for U.S. citizenship, was among 23 players selected for the Catrachos' World Cup roster.
D.C. United will be without Andy Najar for the Eastern Conference final after Major League Soccer suspended the defender for two games on Friday.
A raucous RFK Stadium crowd may have witnessed the theatrics of postseason soccer for the first time in five years Saturday, but neither D.C. United nor the New York Red Bulls seemed well cast as playoff contenders. When all was said and done, United and the Red Bulls found themselves deadlocked 1-1 after the first leg of their two-game, total-goals Eastern Conference semifinal.
For the past two weeks, Andy Najar has represented Honduras on one of the most glamorous stages the sporting world has to offer, wearing the blue and white of Los Catrachos while introducing his dynamic play to observers around the globe.
For Andy Najar, D.C. United's 19-year-old burst of flair and finesse on the right flank, representing Honduras in the London Games this summer is about the familiar Olympic tropes. History, patriotism and prestige all apply.
Coach Ben Olsen often noted this past offseason that D.C. United's restructured roster, with substantially more depth and balance than in years past, sure looked good on paper. But in Saturday's 2-1 win at the New England Revolution, those qualities paid dividends where it matters most - on the field.
Chris Pontius scored twice, and D.C. United snapped a seven-game home winless streak with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at RFK Stadium on Saturday night.
Chris Pontius scored twice, and D.C. United snapped a seven-game home winless streak with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.
Some fine play from the team's newest arrival and a sensational goal from the club's youngest player Saturday couldn't make up for D.C. United's bad habit of giving up late goals and dropping precious points at home.
For the moment, D.C. United has stopped the bleeding. The club also may have found its creative spark.
MLS rookie of the year Andy Najar has signed a multiyear contract with D.C. United.
He announced in April 2011 he had chosen Honduras over the U.S., and he has one goal in 15 international appearances.
"I'm very happy that the coaching staff has given me the opportunity to be back in the starting lineup," Najar said this week. "I now have to take advantage of this opportunity."