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D.C. United news and notes

The latest from RFK Stadium ahead of D.C. United’s trip north for the playoff opener Sunday … Forward Luis Silva, the club’s co-leading scorer sidelined for four weeks with a hamstring injury, saw a doctor Friday instead of practicing but is “moving along very well,” Coach Ben Olsen said. “It’s a possibility [he could return] […]

D.C. United will face New York Red Bulls in MLS playoffs

MLS’s longest enduring rivalry is set for a renewal in the playoffs. Bradley Wright-Phillips, the league’s top scorer, struck twice in the last 13 minutes, including a header in the 90th, as the New York Red Bulls overturned a deficit and ousted reigning champion Sporting Kansas City, 2-1, in a first-round match Thursday night in […]

Thursday kickaround

The MLS playoffs began Wednesday with a match-deciding call by referee Mark Geiger. FC Dallas 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 1. Skip to the 5:30 mark on this video: In a comprehensive story in The Province, Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted said: “It does touch his arm. It just bounces off. But I don’t think the big man can […]

Americans abroad, Wednesday edition

In his third match since returning from a knee injury, American forward Terrence Boyd scored the last goal during RB Leipzig’s 3-1 extra-time victory over Erzebirge Aue in the German Cup’s second round. Boyd entered in the 61st minute and scored in the 108th, 10 minutes after his club had taken the lead and about […]

And my MLS MVP is …

The end of MLS’s regular season ushers in not just the postseason but the awards season. The biggest prize, and typically most scrutinized, is the MVP trophy. MVP is, of course, an abbreviation for most valuable player, a Rorschach test for voters and fans: How does one define “most valuable?” Most valuable to the club’s […]

D.C. United’s Luis Silva ahead of schedule with injury recovery

Luis Silva, D.C. United’s co-leading scorer, is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a strained hamstring and might return to active duty in time for the playoff opener Sunday, Coach Ben Olsen said Tuesday. Silva had been ruled out four to six weeks after suffering the injury Oct. 12 in Houston, a setback that […]

D.C. United, by the numbers

Everyone knows D.C. United has made great strides this year after a terrible 2013 campaign. Here are a few numbers showing that improvement … Points: +43 over 2013 The 59 points are the most by the club in the post-shootout era (2000-14). The record is 72 in 1998. DCU finished third in the Supporters’ Shield […]

Five area college teams to watch

With the regular seasons nearing the end, we shine the spotlight on five teams from the D.C. region carrying postseason promise: 1. The best female player in the NCAAs missed five consecutive matches while on a U.S. national team assignment. The Virginia women won all five without enormous difficulty. Now, after helping the United States […]

MLS announces playoff schedule

The playoff schedule and national TV listings … All times are Eastern EASTERN CONFERENCE First round Thursday: #5 Sporting Kansas City at #4 New York Red Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN2) Conference semifinals (Total goals, away goal rule applies) Kansas City (49 points) or New York (50) vs. #1 D.C. United (59) First leg: Sunday at […]

U.S. women win CONCACAF championship with 6-0 victory over Costa Rica

Abby Wambach, international soccer’s all-time leading scorer, posted a first-half hat trick Sunday and finished with four goals as the U.S. women’s national team clobbered Costa Rica, 6-0, to win a seventh CONCACAF championship and continue a near-perfect reign in the region’s World Cup qualifying history. Both teams had already secured berths in next summer’s […]

U.S. players abroad, weekend roundup

A wrap-up of weekend performances by Americans playing in foreign leagues … Of note: Several U.S. players competing in smaller leagues or with reserve squads are not listed. ENGLAND Premier League Goalkeeper Tim Howard played 90 minutes in Everton’s 3-1 victory at Burnley Goalkeeper Brad Guzan and Aston Villa are at QPR on Monday (4 […]

D.C. United earns 1-1 draw at Montreal in MLS regular season finale

Fabian Espindola scored a superb equalizer in the 86th minute Saturday as D.C. United tied the Montreal Impact, 1-1, to cap a remarkable regular season on a six-game unbeaten streak. Off a corner kick, Espindola worked a combination with Samuel Inkoom, dodged a challenge and then dribbled across the top of the penalty area. He […]

MLS matchday: D.C. United at Montreal

D.C. United has reached the end of a remarkable MLS regular season campaign, morphing from the lowliest performance in league history to the top of the Eastern Conference. The finale comes in Montreal against the last-place Impact at Saputo Stadium. Pregame reading material: My preview looks at the importance of finishing the schedule on a […]

United States qualifies for Women’s World Cup with 3-0 win over Mexico

The U.S. women’s national soccer team clinched a World Cup berth Friday, defeating Mexico, 3-0, at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., to continue an unbeaten, untied, unscored-upon tournament. Carli Lloyd struck twice and Christen Press added a goal for the Americans, who will make their seventh consecutive appearance in the global championship. Costa Rica qualified for […]

D.C. United is top seed in CONCACAF Champions League knockout stage

“Worst to first” has been a common theme around D.C. United this year, and with the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League complete, DCU can add another glossy item to the 2014 portfolio: the No. 1 seed heading into the knockout stage of the international competition. United was the only club among 24 entries […]

D.C. United in Panama for CONCACAF Champions League group finale

Half of D.C. United’s roster is in Panama today for the CONCACAF Champions League group finale. The other half, including all of the usual starters, are in Washington. Having already secured a quarterfinal berth, United sent 13 reserves and an MLS pool goalkeeper to face Tauro FC in a match that is inconsequential aside from […]

NCAA soccer in the Washington region: Who’s hot, who’s not

With two weeks left in the women’s regular season and three remaining for the men, the Insider looks at teams from the region on the rise and decline: WHO’S HOT 1. Given the Maryland men’s illustrious history, it sounds strange to say the Terrapins have pulled off an upset, not to mention two of them […]

U.S. women’s national team comes to Washington for World Cup qualifier

There has never been much doubt whether the U.S. women’s national soccer team would advance to the World Cup next summer in Canada. The clincher in the weak regional qualifying tournament will almost surely come Friday at PPL Park outside of Philadelphia. Rather, the question surrounding the world’s top-ranked squad has always been how stylish […]

D.C. United secures 1st place in MLS Eastern Conference with 2-1 win over Chicago Fire

Reading material: My match report from D.C. United’s 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire before the largest crowd at RFK Stadium this season. As a first-place finisher, United clinched a 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League berth. Playoff plans: United (58 points) will open the Eastern Conference semifinals Nov.1 or 2 away against the winner of the […]

MLS matchday: D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire

With Toronto FC’s 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact earlier today, MLS’s Eastern Conference playoff field is set: D.C. United, New England, Sporting KC, New York and Columbus. It’s now a matter of settling the seeds. DCU will wrap up first place with a victory or draw tonight against the Chicago Fire at RFK Stadium. […]

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