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DC United blanked by Fulham in Jacksonville friendly

Posted on 27 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Moussa Dembélé hit a hat-trick as the Whites completed a good work-out to defeat D.C. United at the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, EverBank Field.

Dembélé’s exquisite finish started the ball rolling on 22 minutes, after Chris David’s pin-point pass opened up the D.C. defence, and the Washington outfit were punished further when Dembélé struck again on the stroke of half-time.

With 15 minutes left on the clock, the French striker added a composed finish to wrap up a convincing victory, while moving another 90 minutes closer towards match fitness.

The Whites walked out to the sound of London Calling, before lining-up alongside D.C. United and observing the United States national anthem.

Starting off with a midfield diamond, with David supporting the forward duo and Tim Hoogland at the base, the Whites took time to settle with the MLS outfit enjoying good possession but failing to trouble our back-line.

There were warning signs for United when Rodallega’s turn of pace drew a free-kick from Conor Shanosky and David stepped up to curled the ball over the wall and back off the post.

The American side threatened from wide areas, with Conor Doyle heading wide on 18 minutes, but three minutes later a defensive lapse was punished by Dembélé after David’s precision pass cut through the middle of the back-line.

It could have been two when Hyndman’s drilled effort whistled fractionally wide on 39 minutes after Collin Martin only half-cleared Kay Voser’s whipped cross, before Jesse Joronen was forced into action on the break, making a double save from Michael Seaton and then Doyle on the rebound.

On the stroke of half-time, Dembélé’s doubled his tally, taking advantage of Boswell’s sliced clearance from Konstantinos Stafylidis’ cross to fire in from six yards.

Patrick Roberts joined the action in place of Ryan Williams at half-time, as the Whites aimed to build on a solid first-half but they were almost undone when Seaton’s far-post header cleared the crossbar.

Smart skills from David opened up space for Kay Voser to cut inside and shoot but his left-foot effort never troubled sub goalkeeper Bill Hamid’s goal.

D.C. continued to move the ball well and Stafylidis and Cameron Burgess were called into action to make good blocks, but Seaton was left open to head the ball across goal and wide of Joronen’s post.

And Dembélé ensured he had the final word, calmly rolling the ball into the corner of the D.C. United goal after being afforded acres of space to complete his treble.

(Recap courtesy of Fulham FC)

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DC United fall to Houston Dynamo in stadium opener

Posted on 12 May 2012 by WNST Staff

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Pontius Tallies Hat Trick To Lift DC United to Victory

Posted on 22 April 2012 by WNST Staff

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Late Pontius Goal Lifts DC United Past NE Revolution

Posted on 14 April 2012 by WNST Staff

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Former Maryland Soccer Star Townsend Drafted by Chivas USAps

Posted on 12 January 2012 by WNST Staff

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Casey Townsend became the eighth Terrapin to be drafted with a top five pick in the MLS SuperDraft Thursday. The senior forward was selected fifth overall by Chivas USA.

Townsend was named an NSCAA Second Team All-American and a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist this season while garnering first team All-ACC honors for the second straight year. The Traverse City, Mich., product racked up 17 goals as a captain for the Terps.

Townsend, a four-year starter, is tied for third on Maryland’s all-time scoring list with 43 goals and is also tied for sixth in Maryland single-season scoring with 17 in 2011.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Casey today,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “After being such a workhorse for our program the last four years, we can’t wait to see Casey flourish as he takes the next step in his professional career. I am positive I speak for all of Terrapin Nation when I say we wish Casey nothing but the absolute best in the MLS.”

The captain became Maryland’s fourth top 10 pick in the draft in the last three seasons, joining Zac MacMath (fifth overall – Philadelphia), Omar Gonzalez (third overall – Los Angeles), and Rodney Wallace (sixth overall – D.C. United).

Townsend is the eighth top five pick for the Terps all-time, joining Leo Cullen (1998 – first), Taylor Twellman (2002 – second), Jason Garey (2006 – third), Chris Seitz (2007 – fourth), Maurice Edu (2007 – first), Gonzalez (2009 – third), and MacMath (2011 – fifth).

Below is a breakdown of Maryland in the MLS SuperDraft:
2012 – Casey Townsend, first round (fifth overall)
2011 – Zac MacMath, first round (fifth overall)
2011 – Billy Cortes, third round (38th overall)
2011 – Jason Herrick, third round (45th overall)
2010 – Drew Yates, second round (29th overall)
2010 – Kevin Tangney, third round (35th overall)
2009 – Omar Gonzalez, first round (third overall)
2009 – Rodney Wallace, first round (sixth overall)
2009 – Jeremy Hall, first round (11th overall)
2009 – A.J. Delagarza, second round (19th overall)
2009 – Graham Zusi, second round (23rd overall)
2008 – Stephen King, third round (40th overall)
2007 – Maurice Edu, first round (first overall)
2007 – Chris Seitz, first round (fourth overall)
2006 – Jason Garey, first round, (third overall)
2006 – Marc Burch, second round (24th overall)
2006 – Michael Dello-Russo, fourth round (42nd overall)
2006 – Kenney Bertz, fourth round (47th overall)
2005 – Domenic Mediate, second round (23rd overall)
2005 – Abe Thompson, supplemental draft second round (16th overall)
2005 – Noah Palmer, supplemental draft third round (25th overall)
2004 – Clarence Goodson, first round (seventh overall)
2004 – Scott Buete, first round (ninth overall)
2004 – Seth Stammler, second round (18th overall)
2004 – Sumed Ibrahim, second round (20th overall)
2002 – Taylor Twellman, first round (second overall)
2001 – Nick Downing, second round (21st overall)
2000 – Dan Califf, first round (sixth overall)
1999 – Keith Beach, second round (17th overall)
1999 – Randy Merkel, third round (33rd overall)
1998 – Leo Cullen, first round (first overall)
1998 – R.T. Moore, third round (34th overall)

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MLS Wants to Know: Can Baltimore Support a Team (Maybe DC United)?

Posted on 02 November 2011 by WNST Staff

Major League Soocer (MLS) Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Russ Findlay blanketed Baltimore sports fans Tuesday with an email survey in an attempt to find out the viability of the league in the market.

There has been reported interest between the league and the city about a soccer specific stadium in the Westport area. Earlier this year, MLS Commissioner Don Garber described Charm City as a “viable option” for a potential relocation of Washington’s DC United franchise-which has been struggling to find a new stadium deal to replace their aging home RFK Stadium.

The message from Findlay read as follows…

Dear MLS Fan,

As the Major League Soccer playoffs build toward MLS Cup, we are busy looking ahead to the future of our League. As a part of this planning, we are conducting research in Baltimore to help determine the viability of the market as a potential future home of an MLS Club. As a soccer supporter from that area, we’d appreciate a few moments of your time to complete the attached survey. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Click here to take survey now.


Russ Findlay
Chief Marketing Officer
Major League Soccer

The survey, hosted by the website “Turnkey Surveyor” appears to be live for anyone, not just those included on Findlay’s mass email.

The questions in the survey are very specific about the interest of the sport, the interest of the league, the interest of DC United and the interest of a team playing in the Westport neighborhood in general.

So, Baltimore-this is your chance to answer the question. Is Baltimore a viable option for DC United/MLS?

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Typical Baltimore politics…

Posted on 10 October 2009 by mike3505

I’ve been frustrated,  indeed almost infuriated, by the news that Baltimore is looking to woo DC United up here by dangling a new soccer stadium.

My main reaction was…why? Let’s face it, the city is doing very little to help our current indoor soccer team of over 25 years to remain solvent and successful. Ed Hale has been fighting for a new arena in a fresh, safer location for what seems like forever, and instead he is told that they’re just going to use the exact same site all over again, which obviously raises the question as to where the Blast will play for the three or more years it will take to re-build it.

With all that being said, why would the city jump literally through hoops to find a location, find the financing in a still moribund economy, and build a soccer stadium when this is far from a sure thing. Unlike the jump from the CFL to the NFL where pretty much everybody WANTED to upgrade to the better-known and respected league back in the mid-90s regardless of the delightful success of the CFL team here, who outside of some serious  outdoor soccer hardcorers is really pushing for the DC team to come here, which would no doubt drive the final nail in the coffin of a beloved Blast team that has so much history here and has forged so many ties to the community, and yet barely is able to play games year to year due to league mismanagement or simply not being able to get the message out well enough amidst the glut of other entertainment opportunities these days.

Does anyone else out there find this as ridiculous as I do? I know that Drew Forrester certainly doesn’t care for the idea at all, and HE’S a serious soccer guy..now what does that tell you?

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (10/7/09)

Posted on 07 October 2009 by Jack McManus


Willie Anderson is next up. He talks about his decision to retire after last season. He states that he believed his body needed a break and he could not go through an entire season. He has not ruled out a return to football and believes he could return to the Ravens in the future, if the team needs him. He next talks about Jared Gaither and his physical tools. He gives credit to Ozzie Newsome for continuously finding players like Gaither that other teams have passed on.  


Senior NFL.com writer Vic Carucci makes an appearance. he begins by discussing the trade of Braylon Edwards to the Jets. He thinks that Edwards’ personality will fit better with Rex Ryan than Eric Mangini. The different attitude may allow Edwards to better focus on games. Carucci next talks about how Bill Belichick is able to assemble different players to form strong teams each season. He states that the Denver Broncos have a legitimate defense and compares their team to the 2000 Ravens. He next speaks about the disappointing results for the Sand Diego Chargers this season. He explains they have struggled defensively, especially with the loss of Jamal Williams, and have no playmakers on that side of the ball.    


Joe Trainer, coach of Towson’s next opponent Rhode Island is next up on the Comcast Morning Show. he starts off by discussing how strong the CAA is as a conference this season. He goes on to talk about how his program and Towson are in very similar situations. Both teams are in a rebuilding mode, have the same record, and have played a BCS school this year. He talks about the week-to-week process of building up a team. He states that he must maintain an even keel as coach of a team in this situation.  


Joe Beninati, play-by-play voice of the Capitals makes an appearance. Drew describes how Beninati “broke his heart” with his call of the Flyers’ game winning goal. He also speaks about how the Capitals have fared so far this season. He describes how Semyon Varmalov has struggles this season, but should still be a solid goalie in the future.


Allen McCallum comes on to talk about the end of the Orioles season. He describes how his excitement for next season is much greater than in any recent season. He states that Chone Figgins should be a priority for the team this offseason. He also believes that team should overpay for Jason Bay. This addition would allow the team to move either Nolan Reimold or Luke Scott to first base or to another team.  Allen next argues with Drew about the strategy the team should take moving forward. He thinks the team should try and let the young talent develop rather than buy high-priced free agents when the team is not yet ready to win. He states that Wieters, Matusz, Bergesen, Markakis, and Roberts are the only Orioles who are untouchable in trades.


Some Breaking News: Braylon Edwards has been traded to the Jets.


A caller talks to Drew about the future of the Orioles in comparison to the Twins. Drew points out that since the Orioles play in the American League East they must do more to become competitive than if they were members of the AL Central.


Rob Ambrose makes an early appearance on the show. He talks about the Tigers’ loss to New Hampshire this past weekend. He stresses that the team will not transfer into a contender overnight and the team and fans must not forget the ultimate goal. He also speaks about his individual interactions with players during the game.

Early this morning there was a great deal of discussion on the death of former Ravens Tony Fein.  

Drew and Glenn also spoke about the possibility of DC United moving to play in a new stadium in Baltimore. Drew believes the city should wait until a new arena is built before moving on to a soccer stadium. On the other hand, Glenn thinks that if possible a stadium should be added first.

Drew also seems to be very angry about the result of the Capitals-Flyers game


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Posted on 11 May 2009 by Vince Fiduccia

In just over two months (July 24) Chelsea FC and AC Milan will play at M&T Bank Stadium in a world class event. Yes, it’s an exhibition match or friendly as they call it in soccer, but for Baltimore and the area it’s huge.  These are two of the most storied club teams in the world with superstars dotting both rosters and big time owners.


Chelsea, owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, became the fifth English team to win back-to-back league championships since the World War II, in addition to winning an FA Cup 2007 and two league cups in 2005 and 2007.  The Blues, as the West London team is known, has a payroll equal to the Yankees in baseball. 

AC Milan has won 18 officially recognized international titles; the club has won what is today known as the UEFA Cup seven times.  As far as Italian competitions are concerned, Milan is the second most successful club with 17 league titles.  Their owner is Italian entrepreneur, media mogul and current Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.  

Add two rosters filled with international superstars and what I hear is going to be a very large crowd, and it will be a special night in downtown Baltimore.  What makes it even better is so many people will be coming from out of town and infusing downtown with badly needed tourist dollars.  Plus, it will give casual fans a chance to experience the passion and pageantry of international soccer.  The purple palace will be rocking with singing and chants. 

For this area, it could be the start of something great.  No, don’t get any illusions soccer fans; we are not getting an MLS team.  DC United, although still searching for a new stadium, is not moving to Baltimore or Timonium.  Nor will we be getting an expansion franchise.  Philly, New York, and Baltimore mean no MLS for Baltimore.  But what it does mean for the city is that we could get this type of event on a regular basis–two international sides in an annual late July game or the United playing a regular season or international exhibition in Baltimore every year.

Maybe next year it’s Manchester United vs. Real Madrid or The United versus an English Premier League team in an exhibition.  This could become a yearly tradition that brings big time soccer into the area.  In time, the city could set up a festival with kids’ soccer games and clinics.  

But for this year, it will be a fun night with a chance to break out the tailgate equipment or have a few at the neighborhood pubs prior to the start of the Ravens season.  Enjoy soccer fans, and even if you are not a fan of the beautiful game, come anyway; I guarantee you will have a good time.