D.C. United captain Chris Pontius was honored this week with his selection to the 2012 MLS Best XI side, as voted on by MLS players, staff and media.
Today Pontius fell agonizingly short in the polls to Sounders striker Eddie Johnson for the Comeback Player of the Year award. Pontius, returning from a broken leg that ended his 2011 season, led his club in scoring with 13 goals, 4 assists in 31 games and captained the Black and Red to their first playoff berth in five years. Pontius was also named to this year's All-Star team and voted the Most Valuable Player after scoring the equalizer and assisting ont he game-winner in a 3-2 victory over Europena champs Chelsea FC.
Three of United's finest were named as finalists for three different MLS awards but despite their outstanding accomplishments in D.C.'s rebound season, each fell short in voting.
Last week Chicago defender Austin Berry stole Rookie of the Year honors for 2012 with former college teammate, Nick DeLeon, coming in as his runner up. DeLeon notched six goals in his rookie campaign --a record for a DCU freshman-- and played an integral role in three of United's four playoff goals this season.
Olsen, a finalist for MLS Coach of the Year, came in third behind Peter Vermes (SKC) and the overwhelming winner, San Joe's Frank Yallop.
In just his second full season at the helm of his former club, Ben Olsen pulled DCU from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to the top, finishing the 2012 season with a seven game unbeaten streak and advancing to the the Eastern Conference Championship for the first time since 2006. Olsen's club claimed second place in the regular season standings with its 17-10-7 record, which included an 18-game unbeaten streak at home.
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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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.