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RSL beats Vancouver; Focus now shifts to the U.S. Open Cup

Heading into the home stretch of MLS play, Real Salt Lake notched a critical win at Vancouver to stop the points bleeding away from the last two losses. In so doing, they keep alive the chance of first place in the Western Conference and a possible Supporters’ Shield. But all of that will have to wait – RSL now will shift complete focus to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final match...
Via Total MLS
September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Zbikowski, McDonald suspended

Free agents Tom Zbikowski and Brandon McDonald were both suspended by the NFL on Tuesday. Zbikowski, who was waived by the Bears at the end of the preseason, was suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He went to Notre Dame and was a third-round pick by Baltimore in the 2008 draft, Zbikowski has appeared in 64 games with 25...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Team Previews: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Key Additions RB Jeff Demps, RB/FB Brian Leonard, WR Kevin Ogletree, TE Tom Crabtree, G/T Gabe Carimi, DE George Selvie, CB Darrelle Revis, S Dashon Goldson, K Nate Kaeding, P Chas Henry, CB Johnthan Banks (draft), QB Mike Glennon (draft), DT Akeem Spence (draft), DE William Gholston (draft) Key Losses RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Arrelious Benn, TE Dallas Clark...
Via Heff's Sports Blog
September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Real Salt Lake acquires McDonald

D.C. United traded defender Brandon McDonald to Real Salt Lake for a pair of draft picks. United receives a third-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and a conditional selection in 2015 as part of Wednesday's deal. The 27-year-old McDonald played in 63 games, with 62 starts, for United, which acquired him from the San Jose Earthquakes in June 2011. He had three goals and...
Via Fox Soccer
July 17, 2013  |  Discuss

DC United Fall to Toronto FC

In this weeks analysis of DC United's performance against Toronto FC at RFK Stadium, I'm certainly going to sound like a broken record.  Week after week I constantly feel as if I say the same thing: DC United lack leadership, cannot finish their chances, and overall seem content with losing.  The current MLS campaign for DC United is just going terribly as nearly none of...
Via Total MLS
June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

DC United Snag a Point from New England at Gillette Stadium

On a brisk Saturday evening in Massachusetts, DC United displayed what seemed to be a new found confidence moving forward. After a disappointing start to their MLS campaign (1-10-2, 5 points) which is good for last place in the Eastern Conference, Ben Olsen made another gutsy move to leave Brandon McDonald and Dwayne De Rosario out of the starting XI. As the first team regulars continue...
Via Total MLS
June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Timbers Handle DC United: Is DC's Playoff Hopes All But Gone?

After the worst start to an MLS season in the history of DC United, what's next?  Personally, I've asked myself that question on numerous occasions, and I just cannot seem to figure out the answer.  Each week I convince myself  "This is the week DC will turn things around" but week after week, those thoughts seem to go out the window, quite quickly. ...
Via Total MLS
May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Short and Sweet: DC United's Slump Continues

DC United were once again defeated on Saturday at Crew Stadium 0-3 as the Columbus Crew handled matters fairly easily. The scoreboard at Crew Stadium set ablaze on Saturday and it was certainly not because DC United had tallied so many goals that the jumbo screen malfunctioned - if anything, the Black & Red had no use for the scoreboard at all. The continued struggle to find...
Via Total MLS
April 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Jack Mac's Pair Paces Union Win in D.C

This past weekend the Union traveled to RFK stadium to play rival, DC United. The game ended up being the most thrilling game of the season and the Union came out with a 3-2 victory. Quality play was displayed from the Union throughout the first half, however they once again, failed to maintain their worthy efforts for the second half. Things kicked off early on, when...
Via Total MLS
April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Where Do We Go From Here? Questions Arise as DC United Lose Again

Another day, another loss at RFK Stadium. As the Philadelphia Union traveled to the nation's capital - both sides were experiencing a goal drought which was certainly put to bed on Sunday. The Black & Red lost a thrilling match to the Union who proved triumphant after a brace from in-form striker Jack McInerney which saw his side leave RFK with a 3-2 victory and with a crucial...
Via Total MLS
April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Union 3, United 2

Union 3, DC United 2. Updates. Jack McInerney scored two goals before halftime to lead the Philadelphia Union to a 3-2 victory over D.C. United on Sunday. Conor Casey also scored early for the Union (3-2-2), who led 3-1 at halftime. It was Philadelphia's first victory in four matches. Lionard Pajoy scored early in the second half to help United (1-5-1) back into the game. Perry...
Via AP on Fox
April 21, 2013  |  Discuss

I-95 Rivals Meet Once Again as DC United Welcomes the Philadelphia Union into RFK

    On Sunday evening, DC United will once again renew its rivalry with the Philadelphia Union at 5pm at RFK Stadium (game to be aired on ESPN 2).  The start to DC United's season has been anything but pleasant as Ben Olsen's side have only scored a combined two goals.  Aside from stellar performances from Brandon McDonald, Dejan Jakovic and an occasional solid performance...
Via Total MLS
April 21, 2013  |  Discuss

DC United and New York Red Bulls Both Struggle Early in MLS Season

DC United will look to rediscover there form at RFK Stadium on Saturday (7pm) against the also struggling, New York Red Bulls.  Both the New York and DC clubs have been quite streaky to date, and both have certainly underperformed.  DC currently sit ninth in the Eastern Conference (1-3-1) on 4 points, while New York sits in 7th place place (1-3-2) with a game in hand.    ...
Via Total MLS
April 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Struggling DC United Look to Dismantle Sporting Kansas City

DC United will look to rebound against a very well organized Sporting Kansas City side on Friday night at (LIVESTRONG) Sporting Park at 8:30pm.  After an extended break for the Black & Red, Ben Olsen's starting XI should come right out of the gates swinging.   Although DC lost a real heartbreak against the Columbus Crew in their last outing this period of no MLS matches...
Via Total MLS
April 05, 2013  |  Discuss

DC In Need of More Unified Attack Against Columbus Crew

Although we should not take away anything from the defensive posture form DC United's center-backs of Dejan Jakovic and Brandon McDonald - the Black & Red are going to need a more solidified attacking approach if Ben Olsen's side are to triumph over a very technically sound Columbus Crew side.  DC take on the Crew this Saturday at RFK Stadium at 3:30pm. Goalkeeper...
Via Total MLS
March 23, 2013  |  Discuss

DC United Triumph over Real Salt Lake in Season Home Opener

From the get-go, RFK Stadium was rocking for the season home opener and the Red & Blacks certainly did not disappoint the home crowd.  Courtesy of a Lionard Pajoy diving header off a Nick Rimando rebound, United took a 1-0 advantage and never looked back. The lone-goal was well deserved from the home side who looked fairly comfortable throughout the entirety of the match. ...
Via Total MLS
March 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Hamid's Heroics Fall Short as DC Lose to Houston in Opener

  Both DC United and the Houston Dynamo had their chances on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium; however, Dominic Kinnear's side were able to capitalize on their chances off an own goal from substitute James Riley and and a late tally from Ricardo Clark.  Despite plenty of stretches of excellent chances for Ben Olsen's side from Nick DeLeon, Brandon McDonald and Chris...
Via Total MLS
March 05, 2013  |  Discuss

DC United Face Immediate Challenge at BBVA Compass Stadium

DC United start their 2013/14 campaign on the road against reigning Eastern Conference champs, Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday (8pm). The Black and Reds will look to continue their success from last seasons excellent late run to end out there season which then extended to all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. Ben Olsen's side immediately...
Via Total MLS
March 02, 2013  |  Discuss

DC United 2013 Season Preview

DC United have plenty of talent to work with in preparation for the 2013/2014 MLS season, and manager Ben Olsen should be very pleased with this firepower. DC United had their rough patches last season, but conjured up a series of great performances to see themselves all the way to the Eastern Conference finals where the squad eventually fell to the Houston Dynamo.   ...
Via Total MLS
February 10, 2013  |  Discuss

No Excuses as DC United Look to Bounce Back at RFK

DC United limped out of the BBVA Compass Stadium last Sunday night battered and bruised.  Ben Olsen had to make two first half substitutions in both Chris Pontius and Marcelo Saragosa, two highly influential players to the United squad.  Olsen also made a fairly early substitution in the second half as Brandon McDonald had to depart with an apparent calf injury.  As DC United...
Via Total MLS
November 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Dynamo-United Preview

D.C. United need at least two goals Sunday to have any chance of keeping their season alive, and their leading scorer is in doubt for the second leg of the Eastern Conference final. The Houston Dynamo hope to take advantage at RFK Stadium and reach a second consecutive MLS Cup final - with perhaps the same opponent awaiting them there. The front end of this series could hardly...
Via AP on Fox
November 17, 2012  |  Discuss

DC Struggle at BBVA with Injuries and Suspensions

DC came out against Houston at BBVA Compass Stadium sporting a lineup of a 4-4-1 despite being down key players of Najar and Hamid. Ben Olsen was surely focusing on getting a result on the road in Houston with Brad Davis explaining that it would be a hard fought game, and this was a tribute to the Houston fans in attendance. Davis also explained the "do or die" atmosphere...
Via Total MLS
November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

DC's Playoff Journey Continues in BBVA Stadium

DC advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals to take on the Houston Dynamo for the first leg on November 11th at BBVA Stadium. The home match for DC United is the following Sunday November 18th at RFK Stadium. If DC United are able to win the two legged affair, DC will see the MLS Cup Final at RFK Stadium, therefore DC has a whole lot to play for going forward. The Houston...
Via Total MLS
November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Joe Willis and Nick DeLeon Play Heroes as DC Advance to East Finals

DC United vs New York Red Bulls game was postponed on Wednesday night due to the nor'easter Athena and the high volumes of snow on the pitch. The field was deemed unplayable and unsafe for its players, so the game began on Thursday night. Ben Olsen said in an interview "I'm baffled. Have you seen the field? It looks fine to me." Needless to say, Hans Backe was all...
Via Total MLS
November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

CB Marshall placed on IR by Dolphins

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Cornerback Richard Marshall has been placed on injured reserve by the Miami Dolphins, who also claimed cornerback Brandon McDonald off waivers. Marshall started four games then missed the past four with a back injury. Nolan Carroll has been starting in his place. McDonald was released Tuesday by Tampa Bay, and Miami is the fifth team for the six-year veteran...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 07, 2012  |  Discuss
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