DCU vs Chicago Fire recap


DCU – Bono, Najar, Birnbaum, Williams, Davis, Canouse, Klich, Dajome, Pirani, Ku-DiPietro, Benteke

DCU Bench – Zamudio, Pines, Hines-Ike, Ruan, Durkin, Asad, Santos, Hurtado, Fajardo

CHI – Brady, Souquet, Teran, Czichos, Aceves, Navarro, Gimenez, Herbers, Gutierrez, Haille-Selassie, Kamara

CHI Bench – Richey, Pineda, Omsberg, Navarro, Doumbia, Shaqiri, Koutsias, Torres, Przybylko

Player Notes

  • Forward Christian Benteke scored a brace and recorded an assist tonight; he now has 10 goals and four assists on the season.
  • Forward Ted Ku-DiPietro scored his fifth goal of the season in the 20th minute; assisted by Christian Benteke.
  • Midfielder Mateusz Klich recorded his eighth assist of the season; he led the team with seven final third entries and completed 90 minutes.
  • Alex Bono made his second MLS start of the season and recorded his fifth clean sheet across all competitions; he recorded three saves.
  • Defender Andy Najar made his first start for the Black-and-Red since August 20 against the New York Red Bulls; he led the team with four successful dribbles and nine possessions won.

Stats of the match

Possession %

49.2 – 50.8


11 – 13

Shots on Goal

4 – 2

Blocked Shots

4 – 4

Total Passes

444 – 439

Passing Accuracy %

84.7 – 85.4


2 – 5


6 – 23


2 – 0

Duels Won

47 – 49

Tackles Won

8 – 5


3 – 1


26 – 9


13 – 13

Yellow Cards

0 – 1

Red Cards

0 – 0


DC emphatically beat Chicago as they changed to a 4 back formation and stopped the slump to return above the playoff line. Benteke was an absolute beast in the game and scored a brace while KDP returned to the starting 11 and capped it off with a goal. And Bono returned in goal for the injured Miller and kept a clean sheet against a side who were impotent up front.

1st Half

Frenetic opening minutes of the game. Atmosphere was loud and you could tell the players knew they were in for a game. The forward line of Dajome, Pirani, Ku-DiPietro and Benteke were on fire early on, with KDP and Pirani having early efforts. But it was the man who had been cold recently who opened the scoring. Benteke turned up the heat with his opener, ball through, chest down, cut back inside onto his left foot and placed it into the bottom left corner. A fantastic way to start the game and for the Fire, who hadn’t won any of their previous 16 matches where they conceded first. A tough ask for them to bring it back. Then there was the goal that was ruled out, a long ball by Bono to Benteke, who nodded it to Pirani who then played it back after the big man turned his defender, this though was where Benteke had become offside. Benteke then squared it across, however rather than Pirani getting onto the end of it, it was a Chicago defender who put it in the net. The offside was clear to see and this didn’t even need to be checked. However, DC were able to extend their lead in the 20th minute through KDP. And again it was Benteke who was involved. Dajome hit the ball long to Benteke. Benteke, who had no-one near him, had time to take the ball down, do a keepy-uppy, and then feed the ball through to Ted, who absolutely was cooking and slid it into the back of the net. It wasn’t all positive though for DC as Williams picked up a knock in the 1st half and had to be replaced, and he was replaced by Brendan Hines-Ike. And it was the same for Chicago who had to bring on Doumbia for Navarro. From the 25th-35th minute, Chicago had more of the play but not as much attacking threat while DC, who didn’t have many chances, still looked the more threatening going forward. The best chance for Chicago came in the 38th minute for Kei Kamara. The ball is played into him who is able to chip it up, turn and then volley it, though Bono puts his hands to the side and is able to react quickly and save brilliantly. DC’s 3rd and final goal of the half came in the 40th minute. A bit of a confusion happened as the ref appeared to call for a goal but had his hand up to his ear. Ball was played into Benteke again, who clipped it to KDP, KDP went through but was tackled by Teran. Teran as he fell, played it to his own foot and chipped it over his own keeper. If this hadn’t gone in it was certainly a penalty. And that was the last meaningful play of the half.

Photo by Daniel Rankin – Ted Ku-DiPietro and Christian Benteke celebrating

Best chance of the 1st half?

DC – Could choose from any of the goals really. 

CHI – Kei Kamara’s effort in the 38th minute.

Surprise of the 1st half?

Bono threw the ball up in the air when he clearly meant to roll the ball out, but also the fact that DC controlled the action, looked dominating and were in the lead 3-0 at the break. Also, the Kasper Out banner was asked to be removed from display.

2nd half

Shaqiri came on for the 2nd half to see if he was able to change Chicago’s fortunes. 

The 1st real note of action in the 2nd half was in the 58th minute with DC having another goal ruled out for offside. Benteke was played through by Najar, he squared it to Pirani who tried to pirouette and shoot but it then fell to KDP who slotted it home. Only then did the flag go up for the offside against Benteke with the ball coming through to him fractions late. DC could have extended the lead to 4 in the 60th minute through Birnbaum from a set piece. Ball is whipped in and Birnbaum is free at the back post, but his header is well wide of the goal. He really should have hit the target here. It seemed that the play had slowed down quite a bit, which was to be expected with DC trying to control the game, not being in any hurry as they held a 3 goal cushion. In the 75th minute Bono was forced into a great save by his feet from point blank range. Chicago were calling for a penalty in the 80th minute for a tackle by Ruan on Navarro but it wasn’t given. Replays showing that it was a good clean tackle. Benteke wrapped up the win in the 91st minute thanks to Durkin’s cross. But this came from a great ball by Birnbaum over the top to Pirani as he was free. Pirani was tackled but still able to find Ruan, who slipped Durkin in and Durkin was able to drive it across goal to Benteke who all he needed to do was tap it in for his 10th of the season.

Photo by Daniel Rankin – Team celebrating in front of the Chico Stand

Best chance of the 2nd half?

DC – Apart from the goal, the goal that was disallowed.

CHI – 75th minute and Bono is forced into a great save by his feet from point blank range or Giminez’s effort from 12 yards out which is placed wide

Surprise of the 2nd half?

Teran’s attempt at a throw in where it slipped out of his hands and went about 1 yard.

Christian Benteke & Tyler Miller selected for MLS All Star 2023

D.C. United forward Christian Benteke and goalkeeper Tyler Miller have been named to the MLS All-Star team for the 2023 match against English Premier League side Arsenal. Both players were selected by head coach Wayne Rooney as part of the coaches picks.

Benteke has been in excellent form this year for the Black and Red, being a threat in the air and leading the way in the scoring charts for the club with 8 goals, while also contributing with 3 assists. Miller has started every single MLS match so far this year and has recorded 6 clean sheets and 51 saves.

The MLS All Star roster was picked by 3 different methods, fan/player/media votes (12 players), coaches pick (12 players) and 2 commissioner’s picks. The full roster is below and how they were picked.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Roman Bürki (St. Louis CITY SC / Voted In), Tyler Miller (D.C. United / Coach’s Selection), Djordje Petrović (New England Revolution / Coach’s Selection)

DEFENDERS (7): Álvaro Barreal (FC Cincinnati / Voted In), Jon Gallagher (Austin FC / Voted In), Ryan Hollingshead (LAFC / Coach’s Selection), Matt Miazga (FC Cincinnati / Voted In), Tim Parker (St. Louis CITY SC / Coach’s Selection), John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls / Coach’s Selection), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC / Voted In)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Luciano Acosta (FC Cincinnati / Voted In), Thiago Almada (Atlanta United / Voted In), Mathieu Choinière (CF Montréal / Commissioner’s Selection), Héctor Herrera (Houston Dynamo FC / Coach’s Selection), José Martínez (Philadelphia Union / Coach’s Selection), Aidan Morris (Columbus Crew / Voted In), Hany Mukhtar (Nashville SC / Voted In), Riqui Puig (LA Galaxy / Coach’s Selection), Lucas Zelarayán (Columbus Crew / Coach’s Selection)

FORWARDS / WINGERS (7): Christian Benteke (D.C. United / Coach’s Selection), Dénis Bouanga (LAFC / Voted In), Cristian Espinoza (San Jose Earthquakes / Coach’s Selection), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas / Voted In), Giorgos Giakoumakis (Atlanta United / Coach’s Selection), Kei Kamara (Chicago Fire FC / Commissioner’s Selection), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC / Voted In)

Highlights of the 2023 MLS All-Star roster include the following:

  • Sitting atop the Supporters’ Shield standings with 43 points, FC Cincinnati led all MLS clubs with three players selected to the All-Star roster: midfielder Luciano Acosta and defenders Álvaro Barreal and Matt Miazga.
  • Overall, 18 clubs are represented on this year’s All-Star Game roster: Atlanta United, Austin FC, FC Cincinnati, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo FC, LA Galaxy, LAFC, CF Montréal, Nashville SC, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, and St. Louis CITY SC.
  • The players have ties to 15 different countries: Argentina (four players), Armenia (one), Belgium (one), Canada (one), Gabon (one), Germany (one), Greece (one), Ireland (one), Mexico (one), Serbia (one), Sierra Leone (one), Spain (one), Switzerland (one), Venezuela (one), and the United States (nine).
  • Nineteen of the 26 players will be making their MLS All-Star Game debut, while Nashville SC’s Walker Zimmerman is the most-capped All-Star on this year’s team, making his fourth appearance.
  • Eight of the 26 players on the All-Star roster arrived in MLS in 2022 or later: Thiago Almada (Atlanta United), Christian Benteke (D.C. United), Dénis Bouanga (LAFC), Roman Bürki (St. Louis CITY SC), Giorgos Giakoumakis (Atlanta United FC), Héctor Herrera (Houston Dynamo FC), Djordje Petrović (New England Revolution), and Riqui Puig (LA Galaxy)

The MLS All Star match is being broadcast through MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.

Podcast: S3 Episode 16 – Can you believe it?

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MLS is Back Back

Announcement has just been made that the 25th season of MLS is making it’s full return. The 1st six fixtures have been decided. Regular testing of the players, coaches and staff will also be a part of the return.

The 1st fixture for D.C. United will be a road game against FC Cincinnati on August 21st, 7:30pm ET/12:30am BST. We return to Audi Field (without fans I should add) for a match against New England Revolution on August 25th at 7pm ET/12am BST. The rest of the fixtures can be found here which includes two games against the Red Bulls.

Each club will play 18 additional regular season games in a phased approach, culminating with Decision Day on Sunday, Nov. 8. In an expansion of the postseason for 2020, 18 clubs will compete in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs — up from 14 teams last year. MLS Cup will be played on Dec. 12.

DCU vs Toronto postponed

After FC Dallas were withdrawn from the tournament, I had worries that that was only the beginning. Unfortunately, my worries rang true. Not only have we been postponed, but a number of other fixtures have been delayed also. Was it right to have this tournament? Or even have the games kick off now? I’m sure reflection will happen once all of this has been done.

So when do we play Toronto then? Thankfully it’s not a huge wait, just a couple of days. We kick off against Toronto on Sunday at 9am ET, which gives us a kick off of 2pm BST! I’m rather happy about this and means us Brits don’t have to have bleary eyes. Vamos United!

Major League Soccer today announced that the MLS is Back Tournament has rescheduled the Toronto FC vs. D.C. United match that was originally scheduled for July 10 to July 12 at 9 a.m. ET (ESPN2, TSN, TVA Sports) due to Toronto’s delayed arrival into Orlando.

D.C. United statement

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.

DC United Club Statement


DC United to play Colorado Rapids in home opener

Announcement of all the 25th MLS season has been made, and all the clubs will be playing on ther opening weekend. We will be up against Colorado Rapids at Audi Field on February 29th. Kick off will be at 1pm ET/6pm GMT. Full fixture list below.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

1 PM D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids (Audi Field)

3 PM Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution (Olympic Stadiu)

3:30 PM Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy (BBVA Stadium)

5:30 PM San Jose Earthquakes vs. Toronto FC (Avaya Stadium)

6 PM FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia Union (Toyota Stadium)6 PM Orlando City SC vs. Real Salt Lake (Exploria Stadium)

8 PM Nashville SC vs. Atlanta United (Nissan Stadium)

10:30 PM Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Sporting Kansas City (BC Place)

Sunday, March 1, 20201

2:30 PM Columbus Crew SC vs. New York City Football Club (MAPFRE Stadium)

1 PM New York Red Bulls vs. FC Cincinnati (Red Bull Arena)

3 PM Seattle Sounders FC vs. Chicago Fire FC (CenturyLink Field)

5:30 PM Los Angeles Football Club vs. Inter Miami CF (Banc of California Stadium)

7:30 PM Portland Timbers vs. Minnesota United


Opinion: MLS Promotion/Relegation, how I think it could work

Let me start off firstly by saying this is just my opinion and an idea. I understand that American Sports just don’t do this, but let me put it to you that it’s something that could happen and could be revolutionary. Here is my opinion/idea.

There has been a lot of talk around this concept. Something that happens in the majority of leagues around the globe. But why has it cropped up more and more recently for our American Cousins, and how would it affect the league? I’m a fan of promotion and relegation, one reason for the fact it adds something for the teams to fight for the entire season, you have the joy of staying/going up, you have the heartache of going down or missing out on promotion. There are arguments against this, one I can agree with too, which is the buy-in fee for MLS, why would a team owner want to pay the buy-in fee if they aren’t going to reap the rewards? Because at the end of the day, these clubs are franchises and are required to make money. And maybe that’s part of the problem, it’s the bottom line, but as fans, aren’t we wanting to be entertained? For me, being entertained will bring fans, which will bring money. With the entertainment in mind, how would I do promotion/relegation?

League Setup

Well I would keep it as it is right now, having the Eastern/Western Conferences. I love that, I think it’s a great way of building the league. And I love the MLS Cup. I love what it stands for and what it means to the club’s & fans. I would stick with playing your conference teams home & away, and then the opposing conference team once, however the home/away should alternate year on year. One thing I love about being a supporter of an MLS club is the road trips. It’s what makes the league unique. I would never scrap that.

For the league below, let’s call it “MLS II”, it would be the exact same setup, 2 conferences, home & away for same conference and once for the opposite conference. I’d want both MLS & MLS II to have the same amount of sides too.

But how would that leave the USL? As I understand it’s classed as a separate entity but have got the “B” teams of some MLS sides. This is similar to how it is in Spain. I do like that, but it’s not entirely correct, for me that’s punishing other sides who don’t have that luxury. I’d like to see a reserve league for the “B” teams.

Promotion/Relegation Battle

I would have it as 2 teams promoted and relegated from each conference. This means that 4 teams in total will be changing each year. This means that under the current playoff scenarios for 2019, only 3 teams at the end of the season would be dead rubbers. Let’s take a look at what would happen right now.

Under my idea, FC Cincinnati & Columbus Crew would be going down from the Eastern Conference, and Colorado Rapids would be going down alongside Vancouver Whitecaps. In both conferences there are two sides that are clearly the worst. Right now, there is nothing to punish them, in fact, they get the 1st round picks in the SuperDraft. Surely, not only would it incentivise the team to not get relegated, but also add a bit of spectacle to the league.

In MLS II, for promotion, I would have the top team in each conference guaranteed promotion. Then, I’d have the next 4 sides battle it off in true Playoff style. 2nd vs 6th, 3rd vs 4th, and then the winners from the Semi’s to play each other for that final promotion spot. It works great elsewhere in the world, it would be great for American Sports fans as they get yet another conference playoff, and for the many fans across the globe who love promotion.

That is how I see Promotion & Relegation working in MLS. Let me know your thoughts, have I missed anything, or do you not agree, let’s get a healthy debate going if so.

2019 MLS Player Salaries

This is something that I do like to see from MLS. Each year the MLS Players Association will release the Salary Guide to show how much each player is earning from their base salary and then a guaranteed salary too. If you don’t understand what the Guaranteed Salary is all about, the MLSPA have you sorted.

The 2019 Salary Guide contains salary information for all MLS players under contract as of June 1st, 2019. In the Guide, player salaries are broken down into two numbers:

Current Annualized Base Salary

Annualized Average Guaranteed Compensation

The Annual Average Guaranteed Compensation (Guaranteed Comp) number includes a player’s base salary and all signing and guaranteed bonuses annualized over the term of the player’s contract, including option years.

For example, a player earning an annual base salary of $500,000, whose contract has an initial term of two years with two one-year options and received a $100,000 signing bonus, his average annual guaranteed compensation would be $525,000 (base salary plus signing bonus ($100,000), with the signing bonus divided by the number of years covered by the contract (4)).

The Average Annual Guaranteed Compensation figure also includes any marketing bonus and any agent’s fees, both annualized over the term of the contract. The Average Annual Guaranteed Compensation figure does not include Performance Bonuses because there is no guarantee that the player will hit those bonuses.

These figures include compensation from each player’s contract with MLS. They do not include any compensation from any contracts with individual teams or their affiliates.

Player Salary explaination:

With the release of this, I thought I would share the DC United players salaries with you. I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Anyone you think is being underpaid/overpaid? Drop me a tweet or a comment

Company Last Name First Name Playing Position(s) 2019 Base Salary 2019 Guaranteed
DC United Acosta Luciano M/F $600,000 $702,000
DC United Amarikwa Quincy F $70,250 $70,250
DC United Arriola Paul M $675,000 $707,000
DC United Birnbaum Steven D $525,000 $550,000
DC United Brillant Frederic D $265,000 $300,000
DC United Bustamante Antonio D/M $70,250 $74,485
DC United Canouse Russell M $247,500 $247,500
DC United Durkin Chris D/M $95,000 $104,167
DC United Edwards Earl GK $70,250 $73,583
DC United Fisher Oniel D $70,250 $74,917
DC United Hamid Bill GK $461,820 $487,495
DC United Jara Leonardo D $500,000 $560,000
DC United McCann Chris D/M $580,000 $608,000
DC United Mora Joseph D $150,000 $164,250
DC United Moreno Junior D/M $140,000 $159,500
DC United Odoi-Atsem Chris D $56,250 $56,250
DC United Pedroso Marcos D $375,000 $375,000
DC United Pines Donovan D $90,000 $102,000
DC United Robinson Jalen D $80,004 $80,004
DC United Rodriguez Lucas M/F $262,000 $298,550
DC United Rooney Wayne F $3,500,000 $3,507,500
DC United Segura Ulises M/F $170,000 $170,000
DC United Seitz Chris GK $165,000 $165,000
DC United Stieber Zoltan M/F $787,500 $787,500
DC United Ward Akeem M $70,250 $70,250
DC United Yow Griffin F $70,250 $76,368
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