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Salihi, De Rosario lead United past Rapids

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Salihi, De Rosario lead United past Rapids

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dwayne De Rosario scored in the first half, and Hamdi Salihi added his first goal at RFK Stadium in the second to help D.C. United beat the Colorado Rapids 2-0 on Wednesday night.

United (6-4-3) is undefeated in six home games after opening the season with a 1-0 loss to Kansas City.

Matt Pickens made eight saves for the Rapids (5-6-0). They went 1-2 on a three-game trip.

The Rapids, shut out for the third time this season, are 1-8-5 in Washington since 2000.

Salihi, signed as a designated player from Austrian club Rapid Vienna this winter, scored twice in United's recent three-game trip.

After twice forcing saves from Pickens on close-range headers, Salihi got his first home goal in the 60th minute, sweeping in the rebound of Branko Boskovic's header.

De Rosario put United ahead in the 25th minute when he reached Lewis Neal's diagonal ball after Neal turned a midfield giveaway into a counterattack.

It was Neal's first assist of the season, in just his second start.

Two minutes later, Pickens made two impressive saves to keep Colorado in it, pushing over De Rosario's deflected shot before thwarting Robbie Russel's header off Boskovic's corner. Pickens also denied Salihi's goal-bound effort, also from Boskovic's corner kick, 2 minutes into the second half.

Bill Hamid needed just two saves to preserve United's fourth shutout of the season. United will play twice more at home during the next 10 days, then won't return until a June 30 game against Montreal.

The Rapids will play five of their next six games at home.

Washington and Baltimore on the list of stadiums considered for inclusion in the bid for the 2026 World Cup

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Washington and Baltimore on the list of stadiums considered for inclusion in the bid for the 2026 World Cup

The World Cup could be coming to Washington or Baltimore.

The official list of 49 stadiums that will be considered for inclusion in the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup included Fed Ex Field in Landover, MD, as well as M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada officially started its process for cities to declare their interest to serve as Official Host Cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, by sending Requests for Information (RFIs) to 44 cities across the three nations.

After these cities, including Washington and Baltimore, declare their interest, the United Bid Committee reviews all of the submissions, and plans to have a short list put together by Sepember. The Bid Committee plans to have between 20 to 25 venues on the list to present to FIFA.

If chosen to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, after going through FIFA’s determination process, it's expected that at least 12 locations could serve as Official Host Cities for the North American bid.

All stadiums are required to have at least 40,000 seats for group stage matches, and a capacity of at least 80,000 to be considered for the Opening Match and the Final.

Here's a full list of the cities and stadiums being considered.

 

 

D.C. United edges Vancouver on controversial penalty

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D.C. United edges Vancouver on controversial penalty

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Lamar Neagle scored on a penalty kick in the 61st minute and D.C. United beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.

The penalty was awarded after defender Kendall Waston was called for hauling down Jose Ortiz in the box. The B.C. Place Stadium fans voiced their displeasure when replays showed Waston barely touched Ortiz.

Neagle sent the ball into the top corner for his sixth goal of the season. United improved to 4-6-2.

The Whitecaps (5-6-1) had a chance to tie it in extra time. Vancouver was awarded a penalty kick following a collision between United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and Vancouver's Brek Shea. Cristian Techera took the shot, but hit the post.