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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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Russell Canouse Expected to Miss 3-6 Weeks with Collapsed Lung

News coming out of Washington DC is that Central Midfielder Russell Canouse will be missing for potentially the next 3-6 games. This is what the press release said.

D.C. United midfielder Russell Canouse suffered a small pneumothorax (collapsed lung) to his left lung during the second half of the 0-0 draw against the Chicago Fire on Saturday, July 27. He was transported to Rush Hospital in Chicago where he had the pneumothorax drained. He was observed in the hospital for two nights and was discharged on Monday. He arrived back in Washington, DC on Tuesday, July 30. He is expected to miss 3-6 weeks.

A pretty nasty injury, and you knew something was up after he went down 3 times in very quick succession. Initially fans thought it was a winding at 1st, but after the 2nd and 3rd time, everyone thought it was worse. Hopefully he will be back sooner rather than later and be back on the field.

Loudoun United FC announce the assistant coaching staff for the remainder of the 2019 season

News coming out of Loudoun United, in which they’ve added to the backroom coaching staff. This is what’s been said.

Loudoun United FC have announced the hiring of former D.C. United forward Luciano Emílio, Jason Boxx and Jack Stefanowski as the assistant coaching staff for the remainder of the 2019 season. 

“Adding a former League MVP and club legend, a former international manager and an up and coming academy coach, will help continue to strengthen our relationship and make us one of the best in the league,” Ryan Martin, Loudoun United Head Coach, said. “We are excited to continue to push the group forward towards the playoffs and help the players develop.  It is another exciting time in Loudoun United’s short history.”

Luciano Emílio joins Loudoun United after owning and operating a Brazilian Soccer Academy, Lesa FC, which is an affiliate of D.C. United that helps develop the skills of young soccer players. He started his professional career at the age of 16, playing for XV de Piraciacaba, a member of the state league of São Paulo. Emílio signed with D.C. United on January 6, 2007, following appearances for Real España in the Honduran league and Mexican second division side Querétaro in 2006.

Emílio debuted with United in the 2007 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup against Olimpia, scoring four times in three games. In his first season he scored 20 goals paving the way for him to receive the MLS Golden Boot and earn the 2007 MLS MVP award. He played for United until 2010 when he left to join Rio Branco, only to return to United on April 20, 2010 on a short term contract. 

Jack Stefanowski joined Loudoun United in February and serves as an assistant coach and head goalkeeping coach. Stefanowski started his coaching career at St. Peter’s College after graduating from New York University with a BaS in Physical Therapy. The 44-year-old is certified by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) A License. 

In addition, Stefanowski was the assistant and goalkeeper coach for Puerto Rico FC (2016-2017), head coach for Bayamon FC in 2009, head coach for Sevilla FC Puerto Rico in 2008 and assistant and goalkeeper coach for Puerto Rico Islanders FC from 2008-2012. Stefanowski helped lead the Islanders to winning four championship titles and experienced four consecutive years in the CONCACAF Champions League group stages. He currently serves as the Head of Goalkeeping for D.C. United Academy and Loudoun United FC after holding an assistant coaching position at Puerto Rico FC.

Jason Boxx has been the Residential Program coordinator and the U-12 head coach since August of 2017. He joined D.C. United in June of 2016 where he worked as the U-16 and U-18 assistant coach. Jason graduated in 2016 from the State University of New York at Cortland with a Bachelors in Sports Management as well as currently holding his USSF B license. Jason is originally from London, England and moved to the U.S. when he started college.

Great to see so much effort being put into the club and wanting to make it a success. Soon they’ll have their own ground to call home and will hopefully be a breeding ground for new young soccer players to thrive and then go on to play at Audi Field for DC United.

What do you make of the coaching additions at Loudoun United? Let us know in the comments.

DC United statement in regards to FloSports

For all of you reading this who aren’t from Washington D.C, you may not be aware of the broadcasting issues that happened for the match at the weekend. I was lucky enough to be able to watch it on Sky Sports and have uninterrupted viewing. For those who were watching it on FloSports, well, they might as well have not bothered. Technical issues after technical issues, some of which got better in the 2nd half, it’s something which should never have happened in the 1st place. So much so, it’s brought out the Chairmen who have come out with a statement, and it reads…

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What do you make of this? Were you one of the people affected? I’d love to hear from you if so.

Also, I just want to shout out to all the pubs and bars who went the extra mile, like Across The Pond who were giving away free drinks because of the issues. It wasn’t their problem but they more than made up for it. Customer service like that deserves to be noticed! Vamos United!

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In The News – March 8th 2019

Welcome to the 1st edition of In The News. In these posts we will be looking back on DC United news from the past week, and this could be literally anything from transfers, to injuries, well anything newsworthy. We will round up the best of the best.

Acosta Contract


‘Our priority is to get him under contract’: D.C. United wants Luciano Acosta to stick around

Washington Post had some news from Dave Kasper in the progress of getting Luciano Acosta’s contract sorted.


In a meeting Tuesday with editors and reporters from The Washington Post, Kasper said: “Certainly our priority is to get him under contract. If we are not able to, we will address it at that time, but that is our goal. We want to win a title this year. We want to keep him here all year. There may be a temptation in the summer window to sell him, but we want to win.”

Acosta’s contract is into its final year, and with PSG hunting for him back in January, he is free to talk to foreign clubs when the 6mth period comes up. Now this is something of a talking point. Do D.C let him go on a free? Or do we want to make him into a legend of a club? From a fans point of view, you would want him to stay, who wouldn’t? He is magical on the field and the partnership he has with Rooney is something else. Drop a comment below with your thoughts?

Transfers

In other transfer news, three of DC United’s players will join Loudon United for their 1st match. Full back Akeem Ward, Centre Back Donovan Pines and Attacker Antonio Bustamante. No news whether this extends beyond just the one match, it would be strange if it didn’t. What I am liking about this partnership with Loudon is now DC United have a proper 2nd team for those players who wouldn’t normally be a part of the starting squad to go out and get some game time. I am certainly looking forward to seeing the fruits of this partnership.

NYCFC Match

DC United Head Coach Ben Olsen giving his thoughts on the next match

As I said after the game, we have to this with a grain of salt

Just this line alone shows how down to Earth he is. He was pleased with how the team played, and how we managed to get a shutout, a goal from a set-piece too. But he is also aware of how different NYCFC are compared to Atlanta. It’s a new look team and a different style of play to play against.

Atlanta Match

Here are some of the headlines and links from last weekends match

Paul Arriola, Luciano Acosta lead D.C. United past Atlanta United – ESPN

MLS round-up: Wayne Rooney’s DC United beat champions Atlanta in first game of season – Sky Sports

D.C. United in control, triumphs over Atlanta United 2-0 – Black & Red United

Match Review: DCU vs ATL – DC United Kingdom

That’s all for this week. Stay tuned here for further news which will come out a bit more regularly. Let us know any of your thoughts below and if there is anything you want to see. Also you can donate to help the cause and you can have your name in “lights” over on the donation page.

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