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Podcast: S3 Ep22 – 3rd in the East

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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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Podcast: S3 Ep21 – Cincinnati Preview

For this show we take a review of what happened in Atlanta and how we got beat, but we also look ahead to this weekends game against Cincinnati. Can we return to winning ways this weekend?

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Podcast: S2 Ep20 – Feat. Claudia Pagán

In this episode I am joined by DCU Host & Reporter Claudia Pagán.

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D.C. United and MLS Announce Remaining Regular Season Schedule

We have the rest of the regular season fixtures announced. Great news as we can all start planning our evenings. Who have we got coming up I hear you ask? Check out the games below with both ET and BST/GMT times.

D.C. United Schedule:
Saturday, Oct. 3vs. Atlanta United | Audi Field | 7 p.m. ET | 12 a.m. BST
Tuesday, Oct. 6 @ New York Red Bulls | Red Bull Arena | 7 p.m. ET | 12 a.m. BST
Sunday, Oct. 11 @ Chicago FC | Soldier Field | 7:30 p.m. ET | 12:30 a.m. BST
Wednesday, Oct. 14 vs. Philadelphia Union | Audi Field | 8 p.m. ET | 1 a.m. BST
Sunday, Oct. 18 @ FC Cincinnati | Nippert Stadium | 7:30 p.m. ET | 12:30 a.m. BST
Saturday, Oct. 24 @ Atlanta United | Mercedes Benz Stadium | 4 p.m. ET | 9 p.m. BST
Wednesday, Oct. 28 vs. Columbus Crew SC | Audi Field | 8 p.m. ET | 12 a.m. GMT
Sunday, Nov. 1 @ New England Revolution | Gillette Stadium | 7:30 p.m. ET | 12:30 a.m. GMT
Sunday, Nov. 8 vs. Montreal Impact | Audi Field | 3:30 p.m. ET | 8:30 p.m. GMT

As you can see, for us Brits there are a couple of earlier kick offs (huzzah). 4 home games and 5 road games, should make for an interesting time. We’ve got New England Revolution for the 4th time this season as the penultimate game, Atlanta United twice in this run and another game at Red Bull Arena. 7 matches in total for October, rather a lot for a month but this is how this season has panned out. Hopefully, our run of injuries can come to an end so we can start utilizing our roster to its fullest.

What do you think of this run of games to end the season? Can we get into the post season?

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Podcast: Extra Time show – Dedicated to all the Dads out there

This show is for all the Dads out there. Me and David Shams are talking about soccer but also being 1st time Dads in this bizarre time. I also touch upon some mental health issues I’ve had and what I’ve done to try and help myself. I hope you enjoy this bonus episode as it is a bit different to the norm. Links below that have been mentioned in the show

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MLS is Back group draw

The draw has taken place, with one group of 6 and the rest are 4. Each group had a main seed with the rest being unseeded. D.C. United were unseeded for this tournament. I’m pleased to say that we have been in Group C alongside Toronto FC, New England Revolution & Montreal Impact.

The draw itself was broadcast live over social and it was incredibly MLS. It’s good to have it back but my word, it was kinda awkward to watch. I know it doesn’t happen often (if at all) with drawing names out of the proverbial hat, I think it could have been done a lot better. Each top seeded team got to pick at random a number to have in their group. I’d have preferred the classic method of each team being drawn by the host. Either way it has been done and we have got who we have got.

Are you excited by the fact we have MLS back? What do you think of the draw? Hit me up on social and use the hashtag #DCUnitedKingdom

D.C. United have been drawn into Group C in the MLS is Back Tournament. The Black-and-Red are joined by 2019 MLS Cup runners-up, Toronto FC alongside fellow Eastern Conference Teams the New England Revolution and Montreal Impact.
D.C. United’s tournament schedule will be announced at a later date, potentially as early as next week, with all matches available for live viewing across Major League Soccer’s network of national broadcast partners. 

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DCUK Pub Quiz

You may have seen it socials, your friends may have told, if for whatever reason you have missed it, tune in to the 1st ever DCUK Virtual Pub Quiz. I have teamed up with D.C. United & Across The Pond Pub & Restaurant to not only bring you rounds, but also prizes too. We have limited edition scarves and gift certificates to give away. So stay tuned for the show to find out details on how to win! If you want to watch you can live stream below, the quiz begins at 2pm EDT or 7pm BST. If you do join in, have fun!

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Podcast: Episode 8

In this episode I chat with Ben Olsen where he will be answering not just my questions, but some of yours too.  Find out the past, present and future with Ben.  

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