Tag: Dax McCarty

Henry’s Magical Goal Takes Down the Crew

When you have seen a world class striker perform many times, either on television or in-person, you think you have seen that player do everything.  Then they score an amazing highlight reel goal that makes you scratch your head and you remember their greatness.  Thierry Henry is that player. In the mid-week early afternoon game against the Chicago Fire on July 18th it was the kiss off the inside of the near post and in after a Sebastien LeToux cross that he settled off his chest. This time it would be inside second half stoppage time that got the 17,000 ... Read more

DC United Swaps Dax McCarty for Dwayne DeRosario

Photo by Sam Teigen Earlier this month DC United let midfielder Fred leave for Australia as a free transfer, signaling to the league that they would be in the market for a creative, play-making midfielder.  Today they got their man.  In a shocking move, DC sent midfielder and former captain Dax McCarty to New York for five-time All Star Dwayne De Rosario.  Straight up. Weirdly enough this is the second time both players have been traded this season.  McCarty was acquired for DC in the offseason during the Expansion Draft in a trade widely hailed as a steal for DC. ... Read more

Bob, Robert, and Omar: The Week in Review May 9-13, 2011

After a midweek tease, the MLS slate is full this weekend with all but two teams playing on Saturday.  For those looking forward to a little Friday night soccer, there will be none so you’ll just have to wait for Saturday night’s glamorous TV lineup, which includes the renewal of the U.S. leg of the Cascadia Cup rivalry. Now for the other stories catching our attention this week: Marcos Mondaini received a four game suspension and a $1,500 fine for his aggressive tackle on Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales.  The suspension is much less than Brian Mullan’s, but the league ... Read more

Davies Shines in D.C. United Win Over Crew

DC United and the Columbus Crew are two of the MLS’s original franchises and two that are going through the reboot phase.  For DC United, the rock bottom came last year with a last place finish, a porous defense, and an offense that at times wouldn’t scare a high school team.  Management decided the team needed a facelift, leading to a starting XI tonight that featured five players suiting up for the first time in a DCU shirt. Columbus, conversely, is hoping to avoid DCU depths after an offseason where the club offloaded some of their biggest names to begin ... Read more

MLS ’11 Preview : Can the Black and Red Unite Under the Fiery Olsen?

Team: DC United Coach: Ben Olsen Last Year’s Finish: 8th Eastern Conference, 16th Overall, 6-20-4 This year’s seemingly annual retooling of DC United carries much more weight than usual.  After finishing not only the worst season in club history, but likely the worst in MLS history, United had holes to fill all over the place.  But before adding pieces to a league worst everything (attack at the bottom, tons of goals against), DCU needed to decide who would attempt to lead them from the abyss.  After initially claiming the United legend was not a candidate, the front office did a 180 ... Read more

Could Charlie Davies Make DC United an MLS Cup Contender?

The rumor mill was in full tilt Tuesday with the news that national team member Charlie Davies was sent by his French club Sochaux to train with D.C. United in Florida, with a successful training leading to a year-long loan.  Yesterday, the Black-and-Red confirmed Davies was in camp and was being given a fitness tryout to see if he is physically ready to receive playing time again.  Assuming Davies is fit, United would have the striker they have sought this offseason and Davies would have a chance to rehabilitate his career. The reaction not surprisingly has been mixed, with some ... Read more

Predictions for the U.S.-Chile Friendly

Tomorrow night (or evening for those on the West Coast) the United States January camp team will take the pitch against Chile in a friendly where both sides are lacking all of their biggest stars.  Chile is a good South American squad, normally second-tier behind countries like Brazil and Argentina, but with their former coach leading the team and not bringing many starters, this is a tough match to judge how far the U.S. is coming against international competition.  And as has been stated ad nasuem, this is a very very young United States team, with a total of 23 ... Read more

Bob Bradley’s January Call-Ups Barely Old Enough to Drink

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the players who have been called up and accepted the invitation to the U.S. men’s national team training camp in January.  These players are the ones who will play in the next friendly against Chile in California and likely Egypt in Cairo.  And the theme of this year’s team is youth. It was expected that the club would be full of MLS (20 players) and Scandinavian (3) club members, since both leagues are on winter break currently.  And because this training camp is taking place almost six months before the Gold Cup, it gives Bob ... Read more