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By Bob Dole
The industrious island has proved itself worthy of U.S. inclusion
Topic - Chris Korb
D.C. United defender Chris Korb is expected to miss two to three weeks after having surgery on his left knee.
The victory was the first for D.C. United (2-11-3) since March 9 and snapped a club record 13-game winless streak.
If the intensity of D.C. United's push for the playoffs wasn't evident before their 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, it sure is now.
Chris Pontius doesn't take anything for granted. It's an ideology he has embraced through the all-too-familiar hardship afforded by months of rest, rehabilitation and missed opportunities.
Perry Kitchen stood in the D.C. United locker room Saturday night shaking his head in disbelief.
D.C. United's young defenders were somewhere between toddlers and teenagers when soccer icon David Beckham was winning Premierships and prestige at the world's richest club, Manchester United, starting in the mid-to late 1990s.
Paced by the influence of newcomer Charlie Davies, D.C. United's attack appears poised to make the club's goal-scoring futility of last season a distant memory. With nine tallies in six games, D.C. is on track to eclipse its entire 2010 scoring output well before this campaign's midpoint.
Listed at 6 feet 3 inches, 225 pounds, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid presents an imposing figure between the posts. The shot-stopper's reputation as a fiery, vocal competitor who wears his emotion on his sleeve only enhances the effect.
"Last year, he was all over the place for us," said defender Chris Korb, who played with Kitchen at Akron. "Now that he knows he's in that role, I think he's settled in more."
"He was definitely commanding back there, letting us know where we needed to be," said right back Chris Korb, one of United's first-year defenders. "It's always good to see your goalie getting up and yelling at people."