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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: S3 Ep19 – Send in the pigeons

We are back! Sorry for no show for a while but we return to discuss all things DCU. I hope you enjoy the show.
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Podcast: S3 Episode 16 – Can you believe it?

Wow! What a week it has been, we’ll be discussing all the latest things that have been going on with DCU, but also England too. Be ready with us and if you have any questions, ask them live on the show!

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Podcast: S3 Ep15 – It’s Coming Home

After the huge England result in the week, do I need to say anything more than, IT’S COMING HOME!

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Match Report: TFC vs DCU

MLS is Back! 128 days since the win against Inter Miami and despite the delays to the game, it was certainly entertaining. If I hadn’t shaved my hair off, I don’t think I would have had much left of it after this game. A proper game of two halves, rollercoaster of emotions and a game that really had it all. Where do we begin with this one? Let’s go from the beginning.

This game was due to be played on Friday evening, however this was delayed due to Toronto arriving late into Orlando. Roll on Sunday, things are shaping up well, I’m doing an exclusive event, then, shortly before the kick off was supposed to happen, it comes out that the game has been postponed due to a player on either side testing positive for Covid-19. Not exactly great but it’s always best to do this to ensure player safety. Not happy with how it happened I must say though. Match get’s delayed by 24hrs, I’m back at work so I have to make do with whatever I can watch. So here goes, the 1st report, albeit not really full, for 4 months.

That 1st half, it could not have gotten much worse from our perspective. We started very sluggish, defence not really clicking, the attack not firing, just a bit all over the place. I was watching through Bet365 so I was able to hear everyone on the pitch and sidelines. Hamid was yelling away, but to be honest, it didn’t do a huge amount. Two goals from Akinola, the first coming from just outside the box and a thunderstrike into the far corner, the 2nd being a tap in after a Brillant was caught flat footed with a failed rugby tackle allowed Pozuelo to assist. To add insult to injury, Junior Moreno is sent off for two bookable offences, offences he should have easily avoided. I’m sure Ben Olsen will not have been happy with this, especially so after the 2nd booking came deep into 1st half added time. I was able to catch up with all of this as I was on my lunch break from work. The 2nd half I had to make do with what I could.

The 2nd half had an incredible end to it. After not a huge amount happening for the first 25/30mins, it suddenly ruptured into life. Felipe Martins threading a first time ball through to debutant Federico Higuain (for his 50th assist), who, with all the composure and class in the world, cheekily lobs it over the Toronto keeper. It always seemed like it would be a consolation goal. Down to 10 men, surely we couldn’t do the comeback. 90 minutes comes around, 6 minutes of added time on the clock, DCU get a free kick from deep. The ball comes in from Felipe, nodded across goal by Birnbaum and headed in by Brillant, a looping header over the top of the keeper. DCU wrap up a comeback and get a point, a vital point in what seemed to be a game which we could have walked out with an embarrassment.

To me this shows the heart of the team, against all odds they worked their socks off and got something from it. I feel like I have said that a lot previously, and I wish we didn’t have to go through this, but isn’t this what we follow a team for? To go through those highs and lows together. I wish I could have enjoyed it more with you all together, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Other things to take note of, this was Federico Higuains debut for the club, a fantastic way to make your debut. Also, it was youngster Kevin Paredes’ debut after he came on for Julian Gressel. I’ve had messages about how good he looked from fans of other teams. Goes to show how good he looked and we have a hot prospect for the future. Brillant has for the first time scored in back to back matches and DCU are the first side since 2007 to have been 2 goals down and have a man sent off to make a comeback.

Up next is New England Revolution, for us in the UK it’s at 1am this Friday/Saturday, I’ll be up watching this one.

Player Notes

  • Kevin Paredes replaced Julian Gressel in the 57th minute to make his debut for D.C. United.
  • Federico Higuaín came on for Ulises Segura in the 80th minute to make his debut for the Black-and-Red; Higuaín scored his first goal for United in the 84th minute.
  • Felipe Martins recorded his 50th career assist in MLS on Higuaín’s goal in the 84th minute.
  • Frédéric Brillant has scored in consecutive MLS matches for the first time in his career.

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  • D.C. United are 14-10-9 against Toronto FC in club history. 

Match Notes

  • The Black-and-Red played their first match in 128 days after beating Inter Miami CF 2-1 on March 7.
  • D.C. United are now tied for second place in Group C of the MLS is Back Tournament. 
  • D.C. United are the first team in MLS since 2007 to earn a point after having a player sent off while trailing by two or more goals. 

D.C. United lineup: Bill Hamid; Joseph Mora (Chris Odoi-Atsem, 69′), Steven Birnbaum, Frédéric Brillant, Russell Canouse; Felipe Martins, Júnior Moreno; Ulises Segura (Federico Higuaín, 80′), Julian Gressel (Kevin Paredes, 57′), Edison Flores (Yamil Asad, 57′); Ola Kamara (Oniel Fisher, HT) 
Unused Substitutes: Earl Edwards Jr., Mohammed Abu, Donovan Pines, Moses Nyeman, Griffin Yow

Toronto FC’s Lineup: Quentin Westberg; Auro, Omar Gonzalez (Erik Zavaleta, 64′), Chris Mavinga (Laurent Ciman, 64′), Justin Morrow (Richie Laryea, HT); Tsubasa Endoh, Marco Delgado, Michael Bradley, Alejandro Pozuelo (Nick DeLeon, 78′); Pablo Piatti (Erickson Gallardo, 73′), Ayo Akinola  
Unused Substitutes: Alex Bono, Liam Fraser, Noble Okello, Griffin Dorsey, Jayden Nelson, Jacob Shaffelburg, Patrick Mullins

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D.C. United To Begin Voluntary Small Group Training at Audi Field on June 4

After the MLS & MLSPA agreed upon a new CBA that will be seen through to 2025, the 2020 season can be resumed, and with that, training. Club statement below.

D.C. United will begin voluntary small group training at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 4. 
Major League Soccer announced on Thursday, May 28 that clubs may begin to use outdoor team training fields for small group training sessions in compliance with detailed health and safety protocols that were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts.  
D.C. United will implement the following plan approved by the league and local government officials, inclusive of detailed health and safety protocols based on consultations with local and national health professionals and adhere to the following guidelines:

Players will only have access to the field at Audi Field, as indoor facilities remain closed to all players with the exception of those requiring medical treatment or rehabilitation under the direction of club medical staff, that cannot be performed from the safety of their residences.

Audi Field can be divided into a maximum of two equal halves and a group of players will be assigned to each full or half field.  

Audi Field can be divided into up to six zones per half field, spaced at least 10 feet apart. Only one player may be in a zone at any given time in order to maintain physical distancing standards throughout the session. For clarity, a maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group with each player accommodated in a separate zone.

During training sessions, players may switch zones within their own group only if another player is not currently in that zone and players must maintain a physical distance of at least 10 feet from all other players and coaches while moving between zones.

Within a single group, players may pass the ball and shoot on goal; however, all training exercises must allow players to maintain a physical distance of at least 10 feet from one another.

Players may only train with the other players within their own group and may not interact with other groups. While the groups may not be rearranged during a single training session, clubs may rearrange the combination of players in each group from session to session.

Coaches and technical staff must wear a face mask at all times and may direct players from the perimeter of the field, never entering the field, while maintaining at least 10-feet of distance from other staff and players.

Only approved equipment may be used during the training session including balls; small and regular goals; rubber dots; small discs and cones; rebounders; rings; GPS Pods and personal equipment that is not shared between players. Mannequins, poles, bands, weights and ball machines may not be used.

Goalkeepers may not spit on their gloves and must clean, disinfect and sanitize their gloves after each training.

In addition to the health and safety protocols found above, D.C. United will continue to maintain the health and safety protocols implemented during the club’s voluntary individual workout session, hosted at Segra Field in Leesburg, VA, home of D.C. United’s United Soccer League (USL) affiliate, Loudoun United FC, on Friday, May 29, including:

Restricting training ground access to essential staff only, with specific staff listed in the plan.

Sanitization and disinfection plans for all training equipment and spaces, including disinfection of any equipment used by players (balls, cones, goals) between every session.

Completion of a Standard Screening questionnaire by each player prior to every arrival at the training site, and temperature checks upon arrival at the facility.

Staggered player and staff arrivals and departures, with designated parking spaces to maintain maximum distance between vehicles.

Player use of personal protective equipment from the parking lot to his designated position on the field, and again on return to the parking lot.

Staff use of the appropriate personal protective equipment throughout training, while also maintaining a minimum distance of 10 feet from players at all times.

Hand washing and disinfectant stations for required use before and after sessions.

An Emergency Action Plan for all COVID-19 related issues.

The league-wide moratorium on full team training remains in place through, and including, Monday, June 1.

The small group training protocol set by Major League Soccer prohibits media access to club training facilities, restricting access to players and essential staff only.

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D.C. United Begin Individual Workouts at Segra Field

News has come out that D.C. United will begin individual workouts at the clubs USL team Loudoun United’s stadium Segra Field. From what has been said this will be a watered down version of training and only essential staff will be on site. This begins as of tomorrow and while it is great to see some progress being made, it will still be a while before we get back to normality. Full club statement below.

D.C. United have announced that the club will begin voluntary individual outdoor workouts for players at Segra Field in Leesburg, Va, home of D.C. United’s United Soccer League (USL) affiliate Loudoun United FC, on Friday, May 29.
On Tuesday, May 26, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that the state will move into phase one of easing pandemic-related shutdowns on Friday, May 29. Major League Soccer (MLS) had previously announced that players could begin to use outdoor team training fields for individual workouts beginning May 6.
D.C. United will implement detailed health and safety protocols based on consultations with local and national health professionals and adhere to the following guidelines previously announced by MLS for the workouts at Segra Field:

Restricting training facility access to essential staff only, with specific staff listed in the plan.

Sanitization and disinfection plans for all training equipment and spaces, including disinfection of any equipment used by players (balls, cones, goals) between every session.

Completion of a Standard Screening Assessment survey by each player prior to every arrival at the training site, and temperature checks upon arrival at the facility.

Staggered player and staff arrivals and departures, with designated parking spaces to maintain maximum distance between vehicles.

Player use of personal protective equipment from the parking lot to the field, and again on return to the parking lot.

Staff use of the appropriate personal protective equipment throughout training, while also maintaining a minimum distance of 10 feet from players at all times.

Hand washing and disinfectant stations for required use before and after individual workouts.

Segra Field will be divided into a maximum of four quadrants with only one player per quadrant allowed access at a time. There will be no equipment sharing or playing (passing, shooting, etc.) between players.

Individual training sessions will be limited to 60 minutes per player.

There will be no media access. D.C. United Communications will provide photos and video for media use following individual training sessions.
D.C. United are also continuing to work closely with the Mayor’s Office in Washington, D.C. on when the club may begin to use Audi Field along with RFK’s Training Fields for individual training opportunities.

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Match Report: DCU 1-2 Colorado Rapids

The start of the 25th season of MLS came and went, DC seemingly had a good offseason off the pitch as the Front Office listened to the fans and installed safe seating, the social media content was getting better and there were good vibes everywhere. It looked like we could get off to a great start. I was full of hope and optimism, seeing the likes of Flores and Gressel in the 11 and then with Asad & Sorga on the bench, I felt good.

Just under 17,000 (16,932 to be exact) were in attendance for the defeat by Colorado Rapids. From what I had seen and been told, it was freezing temperatures. The 1st half had lots of energy but a lot of scrappy play, which to be fair, for a first game of the season, that is to be expected. Nothing hugely clear cut from either side however, we did have a goal chalked off for offside. Flores moving just a little too early, but with a great header just inside the far post. And then moments later, Felipe had an effort fantastically saved by the Colorado keeper Clint Irwin. With neither side finding the back of the net, it finished 0-0 in the first half.

2nd half kicks off, and Colorado were looking the more energetic, keeping the ball, having some fluid attacking moves down the wings, really opening up the play. Kei Kamara doing what he does best and being a pain in the neck for the CB’s. Sam Nicholson looked good down the Rapids right hand side. But it was DCU who broke the deadlock. A cracking corner from Gressel, who had been lethal from the set piece all game, whips it in towards the far post, Canouse peels away from his marker and is left alone to nod in the 1st goal of the season. Then 7 minutes later, it was 1-1. A ball came in from the right and Kei Kamara moved in to also head home. No-one picked him up, it seemed that Brillant should have been the one and he didn’t get in front of him.

Yamil Asad came on for Flores which appeared to change how we played, and it was great to see him back. Asad has a more direct running approach compared to Flores. However we looked very leggy, tiredness seemed to dictate how we played after he came on. We fell into a more defensive shape and it felt like DCU of the back half of 2019. Ben not using his subs as they were not tall enough was not a good reason to not use them.

And the tiredness kicked in when in added time we conceded the winner, in the 92nd minute Canouse’s clearance didn’t really make it out of the box, and up steps Jonathan Lewis to slot it home to take the kick out of DC United’s home opener.

Match Facts

  • Russell Canouse scored his first goal of 2020; his second career goal. 
  • Julian Gressel recorded his first career assist for the Black-and-Red; his 36th career MLS assist.
  • Edison Flores made his D.C. United and MLS debut as a starter.
  • Julian Gressel made his D.C. United debut as a starter.
  • D.C. United are 21-14-10 against Colorado all-time. 
  • The Black-and-Red started their second full-season at Audi Field since opening in July 2018.
  • D.C. United are 19-7-7 at Audi Field all-time. 

Lineups

D.C. United lineup: Bill Hamid; Joseph Mora, Steven Birnbaum, Frédéric Brillant, Russel Canouse; Felipe, Júnior Moreno; Ulises Segura, Julian Gressel, Edison Flores (Yamil Asad 71′); Ola Kamara 
Unused Substitutes: Chris Seitz, Oniel Fisher, Kevin Paredes, Emmanuel Boateng, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Erik Sorga

Colorado Rapids Lineup: Clint Irwin, Keegan Rosenberry, Drew Moor, Lalas Abubakar, Sam Vines, Kellyn Acosta, Jack Price, Younes Namil (Nicolás Mezquida 64′), Sam Nicholson (Jonathan Lewis 85′), Andre Shinyashiki (Diego Rubio 80′), Kei Kamara 
Unused Substitutes: Danny Wilson, Deklan Wynne, Cole Bassett, Andre Rawls

Man of the Match

Post match press conference

Up next

We have expansion side Inter Miami at Audi Field on March 7th. Kick off is 8:30pm(ish) and is being shown on Freesports here in the UK.