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Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 2

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Join me, for the 1st time in a long time, on my own as I go through the news over the last week and chat with Steven Birnbaum about preseason and goals for 2022, hint, it’s winning MLS Cup.

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Intro Song – Mike Stringer – Shake The Rattle – https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/jltVgYTQvn
Outro – Mike Stringer – Hit and Run – https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/1eKcv02Vyf/
MLS 101 Theme – https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/ZSFUv1t11v/

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Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 1

Join me, Daniel & Tom as we discuss the 2022 season preview. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast to be kept up to date on all new shows.

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Outro – Mike Stringer – Hit and Run – https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/1eKcv02Vyf/
MLS 101 Theme – https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/ZSFUv1t11v/

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Estrada Signs on Loan

News has just come out that D.C. United have completed the signing of Ecuadorian forward Michael Estrada on loan for the 2022 season with an option to buy. From looking at some “sizzle” reels he looks like the kind of forward who likes to power them home. Be prepared for some bulging nets!

Bolstering our attack has been a priority for us in the offseason and we’ve been closely monitoring the possibility of bringing Michael to the club. He is a dangerous #9 who we believe will be a great addition to our attacking unit, and we’re excited to get him on loan for the 2022 season.

Dave Kaspar – D.C. United President of Soccer Operations
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Kempin Re-Signed for 2022

News coming out of D.C. United is that they have re-signed Jon Kempin for 2022. After Chris Seitz left the club this offseason and being #2 for the club when Bill Hamid was injured, the club have realised that they needed to keep someone as they have not brought in anyone so far. Rumours are swirling around that the club is after a keeper, namely from Europe but that potentially won’t happen until the summer.

This is what they club have released as a statement

We are happy that we’ve re-signed Jon [Kempin] for the upcoming season. He has embraced the culture at the club and was an important member of our squad last season. We’re looking forward to his continued hard work and commitment to the team in 2022.

Lucy Rushton, General Manager D.C. United
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D.C. United receive $2mil GAM in trade

The news that we’ve all been dreading but knew was going to happen has happened. Paul Arriola has been traded to FC Dallas. D.C. United have received a record breaking amount in trade fees. Initially DCU will receive $1.5mil in 2022 followed by another $500k next year. On top of that, there is a performance related bonus of up to $300k as well as 30% of any fee if Arriola is sold outside of MLS.

It will be sad to see Paul go, after all we did sign him to a YDP contract and he has gone on to make 91 appearances in MLS for us, as well as scoring 20 times and laying on 16 assists for his teammates. I, along with many of you will wish him all the best at Dallas, just not when they are playing us 😉

“We want to thank Paul for his commitment and service to the club since he arrived in 2017, he has been an integral player for our team and has been a model professional both on and off the field. We wish him luck in the next chapter of his career in Dallas.

Lucy Rushton – General Manager, D.C. United

Transaction: D.C. United acquire $2,000,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) from FC Dallas in exchange for winger Paul Arriola. The club will receive $1.5 million GAM in 2022 and $500,000 in GAM in 2023. D.C. United will also receive an additional $300,000 in GAM if Arriola achieves certain performance-based incentives while with FC Dallas, as well as retain 30% of any transfer fee if the player is transferred outside of MLS.

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News: Preseason schedule announcement

Today D.C. United announced the preseason schedule for the build up to the 2022 season. DCU will play 4 matches in the build up to the season, the schedule is below. Information regarding to the streaming of these matches will be released in due course.

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Podcast: S3 Ep23 – After the internationals

Join James, Daniel & Angus as we discuss how DCU can end the season and preview this weekends fixture against Nashville

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Podcast: S3 Ep22 – 3rd in the East

Join James, Tom & Angus as we discuss the fact that we have moved up to 3rd and how can we get that home playoff match

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D.C. United Expand Ownership Group

News coming out today that the club have expanded the ownership group even further after Mark Ingram II earlier this year. Headlining this new round is Mario “Yo Gotti” Mims. Below is the press statement from the club

D.C. United today announced that the club expanded their ownership group with the introduction of four new owners, headlined by multiplatinum musician, record executive, and philanthropist Mario “Yo Gotti” Mims. Major League Soccer’s most decorated club also welcome Adam Gerry, Chief Executive Officer of Granite Associates, Inc., Jake Silverstein, current co-owner of English Championship club Swansea City A.F.C. and former owner of Houston Dynamo FC and the Houston Dash, and local Washington, D.C. businessman, Joe Mamo to the club.

“As D.C. United continue to grow it was important for us to add a diverse blend of experience and expertise to our ownership group to further elevate our business,” said Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan, Co-Chairman of D.C. United. “We are really excited about the knowledge and know-how that this group of investors bring to our club. The diversity of this group, paired with the addition of Mark Ingram II whom we welcomed as an owner earlier this year, truly rings in a new era for D.C. United. As we continue to evolve, we are confident that the expanded ownership group will help us to further engage our fanbase – both existing and new, create additional forms of entertainment, and ultimately deliver a pathway for success for our club both on the pitch and in the community.” 

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Yo Gotti rose to stardom by releasing a slew of internationally renowned smash studio albums, mixtapes, and singles, including “Down in the DM,” “Rake It Up,” and “Put a Date on It,” among many others. Along the way, Gotti formed his own record label, CMG Records, where he has discovered and developed the next generation of superstars, like Moneybagg Yo, 42 Dugg and EST Gee. Kal Ross along with Jordan Stuart spearheaded the partnership between Yo Gotti and D.C. United.

“I was introduced to the game by my son and watched how quickly it has grown in our country, so I’m honored to join the D.C. United ownership group,” said Yo Gotti. “I’ve long admired Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan’s ambition and entrepreneurship and look forward to collaborating with them – and the entire ownership group – to further elevate D.C. United’s commitment to connecting soccer, entertainment, community, and culture. Together, we’re going to enhance fan experience and bring new and exciting events to Audi Field.”

The second addition to the ownership group, Adam Gerry serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Granite Associates, Inc., an investment entity controlled by the Gerry family. Adam currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Frederick Gunn School and previously served as a Director for NCH Healthcare System, Inc. He earned his B.S. from Rollins College along with his MBA from Crummer Graduate School of Business (Rollins) and a JD from Syracuse Law School. 

“I’m delighted at the opportunity to join the D.C. United ownership group,” said Adam Gerry. “The tradition, culture, and excellence of this club attracted me to get involved. I look forward to playing an active role in helping elevate this exciting era of D.C. United to new heights and to assist in the continued growth of Major League Soccer.”

D.C. United also welcome Jake Silverstein, who will bring significant Major League Soccer experience thanks to his six years of ownership of Houston Dynamo FC. He also brings a global perspective on the game via his ownership role of Swansea City A.F.C. in the English Championship, where he has an existing partnership with Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan. Silverstein has played a leading role in growing the sport both on the men’s and women’s side, and is passionate about connecting more young people to the game through several initiatives, like delivering 15 mini pitches across Houston with Ben Guill and the United States Soccer Federation. 

“I deeply believe in Major League Soccer. After six years on MLS’s Board of Governors, I know first-hand how special this league is,” said Jake Silverstein. “It could not be a more exciting time to join D.C. United, one of the most innovative and storied clubs in American soccer. Jason, Steve, and I are deeply aligned about the future of this club and the league, and I leapt at the opportunity to deepen our existing partnership. I am thrilled to see the caliber of soccer in this country continuing to soar, and the opportunities in and around the D.C. metro area are vast and exciting. I look forward to deeply engaging with the club and playing a part in the future of the league.”  

The fourth addition to the D.C. United Ownership group is Joe Mamo. Mamo, a native of Ethiopia moved to the Nation’s Capital in 1987. Through his company Capitol Petroleum Group, he currently owns about a quarter of the area’s station. In addition to being a successful businessman, he is an active voice in the Ethiopian community in D.C., which is widely recognized as the largest in the United States. 

“Soccer has been a part of my family for several decades. My father owned a team in Ethiopia for many years and the opportunity to do the same here in Washington, D.C. — the place I call home — is great for me and my family,” said Joe Mamo. “Soccer is the most popular sport to the Ethiopian community and I look forward to bringing the greater Ethiopian and African population within the District closer to the game we all love and to D.C. United.”  This expansion of the club’s ownership group follows the addition of Heisman trophy winner and three-time NFL Pro-Bowl running back Mark Ingram II, who was presented as a minority owner earlier this year.

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