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D.C. United 2012 Season

Our immediate reactions to each match on the schedule

Starters on notice: DCU vs. Columbus Crew

After a poor performance for many players against the Red Bulls, D.C. United starters are on notice to play well.

Chris Pontius Named To 2012 MLS Best XI

Following a stellar season that saw him succeed on the field and provide leadership off of it, Chris Pontius has been named to the 2012 MLS Best XI.

CP13, NDL, and Olsen up for year end awards

United continue their streak of nominations for end of the year awards with nominations for Comeback Player, Rookie, and Coach of the Year.


In a wild end to a wild series, United came out on top. But only after a Bill Hamid red card, a penalty kick infraction with an ensuing save from Joe Willis, and a magical assist from Robbie Russell to Nick DeLeon.

DCU Playoff Reax: No time to dwell, back to work.

With a quick turnaround to the second leg of its series with the N.Y. Red Bulls, D.C. United need to shake off the disappointing 1-1 draw from Saturday's first leg and refocus on getting a road result. Plus: media roundup on the first leg.

United Can't Overcome Mistakes In Playoff Draw

A missed penalty kick by Chris Pontius, a weak swat by Bill Hamid, and a red card from Andy Najar. If not for these things, United would be leading the series heading into New York. But the series is still very winnable, according to Ben Olsen and hi

DCU Reax: Pajoy Scores! Hamid Saves!

D.C. United locked up the second playoff seed in MLS's Eastern Conference on Saturday with an away draw to the Chicago Fire. Thanks in no small part to goalkeeper Bill Hamid, D.C. have a better chance to host the MLS Cup Final than anybody had hoped.

D.C. United Ties Chicago Fire, Secures 2nd Seed

It wasn't a win, but a tie was all that D.C. United needed against the Chicago Fire, thanks to some incredible stops by Bill Hamid, and the always maddening play of Lionard Pajoy and Branko Boskovic.

DCU Reax: Playoffs! Playoffs! Playoffs! Playoffs!

With D.C. United now locked in for its first MLS Cup playoff berth in five years, we look back at media reaction to United's 3-2 win over Columbus on Saturday and add our own analysis to the mix.

D.C. United Beats Columbus Crew, Clinches Playoffs

Even before the game-winning goal was scored by Lewis Neal, this was the best match that D.C. United has played in two months. Or at least certainly the most memorable.

DCU Reax: United's Snidely Whiplash Impression

Needing a goal to secure a win at Toronto FC on Saturday, two D.C. United players - and one TFC goalkeeper - conspired to give three points to the visitors. Join us as we look at the media response to United's win and dive deeper into the result.

D.C. United Beats Toronto FC 1-0, Grasps 2nd Place

In probably the ugliest, least convincing victory ever over a last place team, D.C. United is on the brink of clinching a playoff spot, thanks to Bill Hamid and Hamdi Salihi.

D.C. United grinds out a point in Portland

Lots of good teams have traveled to Portland and lost. In a fairly ugly match, United managed a draw, with some help from an All-Star, from a ref, and from a sleeve.

Branko Boskovic Nets Winner Over Chivas USA

The stories about Boskovic write themselves, but the defense is what impressed us the most tonight. This United team has now given up just one goal in its last three matches.

D.C. United 1-0 Philadelphia Union: United Is Back In Playoff Position While Finding Its Best 11

D.C. United 2-1 New England Revolution: An Imperfect Performance Puts United Back In Playoff Position

Dwayne De Rosario may be out for the rest of the season, but the remaining core group of players want much more. They want to keep playing in November. Right now, it looks like they will.

D.C. United 0-1 Real Salt Lake: Another Decent Performance On The Road Isn't Enough

Last night's results tell us that at least one above-average Eastern Conference team will miss the playoffs. How do we ensure it won't be D.C. United?

D.C. United 2-2 New York Red Bulls: Dwayne De Rosario Scores 100th Goal In Entertaining Draw

It's only fitting that Nick DeLeon would set up Dwayne De Rosario's 100th MLS goal. Find out why.

D.C. United 0-3 Montreal Impact: Lapses Undermine Defensive Gamplan As United Falls

D.C. United lost focus at a crucial moment and never recovered, as the Montreal Impact rather fortunately emerged 3-0 victors in Quebec. Thoughts on the game, including a dissection of the first goal.

D.C. United 4-2 Chicago Fire: Home Field Domination Continues For D.C.

In a 4-2 win over the Chicago Fire, D.C. United added another great performance to the growing list of great performances at home this year. It's unfortunate that the list of great performances on the road is still empty. At least until Saturday nigh

D.C. United 1-1 Philadelphia Union: Referee Mark Geiger Steals Victory From United

In an absurdly officiated match, United saw two goals taken off the board and had to settle for a draw. But perhaps the resilience shown by United will still benefit them in the end.

D.C. United 1-2 Sporting Kansas City: Tactical Deficiences Give United Another Road Loss

Its hard to see a team succeeding in the playoffs when they can't beat playoff-bound teams on the road. Tactical deficiencies held back United again tonight against Sporting Kansas City.

D.C. United 1-0 Columbus Crew: Nick DeLeon & Emiliano Dudar Return To Earlier Form In United Win

Nick DeLeon bounced off the rookie wall and bounced back. He set up the lone goal for D.C. United tonight in a 1-0 win over the Crew.

D.C. United 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Scores For PSG, Video Highlights

D.C. United held their own against Paris Saint-Germain at RFK Stadium, despite allowing an early goal to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

D.C. United 0-1 Columbus Crew: United Drops Second Straight Match On The Road

We were able to write off last week's loss as D.C. United being the victim of unfortunate circumstances. Not this week though. This week we deserved it.

D.C. United 0-4 Houston Dynamo: Early Mistake From Bill Hamid Costs United A Chance For Victory

Unfortunately we didn't get to see these two playoff-bound teams play 11 vs. 11, because a recurring problem for Bill Hamid recurred again.

D.C. United 3-0 Montreal Impact - United Proves They Belong On Top

Pontius and Najar on the wings? Boskovic in the middle? DeRo at forward? Sounds familiar. Sounds like a winner.

D.C. United 2-3 New York Red Bulls: United Deservedly Falls In Entertaining Atlantic Cup Showdown

Brandon Barklage and the Red Bulls sent a message to D.C. United tonight. If they received it, then this won't have to happen again.

D.C. United 1-0 Philadelphia Union: A Poor Performance, But The Better Team Still Won

Is it better to be lucky than good? Well its best to be both. Tonight D.C. United was only one of those things. We weren't good. We were lucky.

D.C. United 1-2 Philadelphia Union: 2012 U.S. Open Cup Run Ends For DCU

"This is on me, and its on the players," said Ben Olsen following United's loss in the U.S. Open Cup to the Philadelphia Union

D.C. United 2:1 Richmond Kickers: United grit out a tough win

It wasn't pretty, but D.C. United was able to grit out a tough win in the US Open Cup against the Richmond Kickers.

D.C. United 3-2 New England Revolution: United Hits Summer Break On 3-Game Winning Streak

With a 3-2 victory over the Revolution, D.C. United enters the summer break on a 3-game winning streak and in first place


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