Could DeRo return for NY match?

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Could DeRo return for NY match?

As D.C. United takes on the Red Bulls in Part II of their two-game Eastern Conference Semifinals series, they could have last year's league MVP back in the line up to face his former club.

After suffering a grade 3 MCL sprain in early September, the club announced that Dwayne De Rosario would be sidelined 10-12 weeks and was expected to remain out for the remainder of the season.  With the chance to advance to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2006 on the line, it appears that the club is considering bringing the midfielder back early.  

Both head coach Ben Olsen and De Rosario himself were unavailable to comment after a practice that the DCU midfielder fully participated in on Monday, but his teammates hinted that he could be a part of their game plan in New York.

"I think there's a chance," said current captain Chris Pontius.  "[De Rosario] looked good out there today.  It' s just about how his body responds to practices like this."

De Rosario's return to the pitch would clip his recovery time to just eight weeks, but according to teammates, the midfielder appears ready for action.    

"He looks like the old DeRo to me right now," said Pontius.

"I think with the progression he's made, it seems like just yesterday he got hurt and now looking at the practice field he's going all in," said defender Brandon McDonald.  "I think it's a good chance but you never know.  It's his and [Olsen's] call on how he feels."

Prior to his injury, De Rosario notched his 100th career MLS goal (his seventh of the season) and his 12 assists on the year ranked second in the league.  Despite numerous scoring chances in Game 1, the Black and Red offense failed to register a goal.  De Rosario could add the spark and final touch that D.C. lacked on Saturday.  

"He's MVP of the league last year and he can always bring that special something," said defender Chris Korb.  "Even if it's late in the game coming off the bench he'll definitely add something."

Barron Trump plays soccer with D.C. United players at Easter Egg Roll

Barron Trump plays soccer with D.C. United players at Easter Egg Roll

D.C. United participated at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday at the invite of event organizers.

Throughout the day, the select players on hand played soccer with the children present.

And one of them was Barron Trump, the 11-year-old son of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.

While there, United forward Patrick Mullins and midfielders Julian Buescher and Marcelo Sarvas all received an unscheduled invitation to meet Barron in the White House, where they talked soccer and even kicked around the ball. Sarvas' eldest son, who is around Barron's age, and Talon, the United mascot, also played.

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“He was very knowledgeable about soccer, knew about D.C. United and was interested to know more,” Mullins told the Washington Post. “Little kid to have a passion for the game and to be knowledgeable and have a conversation with us, it makes me feel good about kids growing up playing the game.”

At some point during the day, 94.7 Fresh FM’s Dana McKay tweeted a photo of Barron outside the White House playing soccer in an Arsenal jersey.

According to the Post, Barron received a D.C. United soccer ball that was signed by the players and personalized with a message welcoming him to Washington. He also has an open invitation from the team to visit with them.

Barron currently lives in New York City with his mother.

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United have now won back-to-back games after slow start to the season

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United have now won back-to-back games after slow start to the season

WASHINGTON -- Lloyd Sam and Luciano Acosta scored in the second half in D.C. United's 2-1 victory over NYCFC on Saturday.

After going scoreless in the first three matches of the season, D.C. United (2-2-1) has scored two goals in each of the last two.

In the 53rd minute, Lloyd stole the ball from defender Frederic Brillant deep in NYCFC's half and fired the ball from near the penalty spot past the sliding Johnson. Sam's first goal this season came in his 100th MLS start.

Acosta scored his second goal this season in the 73rd minute via a rebound. He passed to Sam, whose shot was blocked by Johnson back to Acosta for an easy score.

Bill Hamid made a terrific double-save for United in the 82nd minute, but two minutes later, NYCFC's Thomas McNamara sent a cross to David Villa, who scored his third of the season.

NYCFC (2-2-1) dominated possession and outshot United 15-12, with both teams putting six shots on target. NYCFC beat United 4-0 on March 12.