United's 2013 roster beginning to take shape


United's 2013 roster beginning to take shape

In just the first week of the postseason D.C. United has already begun to reveal the shape of their 2013 roster with announcements concerning their backline and midfield.  

On Tuesday the club announced that it will retain the services of defender Dejan Jakovic. This season Jakovic appeared in 23 matches, starting 21, and picked up his first MLS goal.

“Dejan has become one of the top central defenders in Major League Soccer and finished his best season at D.C. United,” D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper said via press release. “We are thrilled to have secured his future at our club. It is an important objective of ours to keep our back line intact moving into 2013, and this signing is a big step in that direction.”

Jakovic joined the club in the Spring of 2009 after he was acquired from the infamous serbian team, Red Star Belgrade. At the time, Jakovic was told that United was looking to build their defense around the then 23-year-old. Since the move, Jakovic has been a solid mainstay on the Black and Red backline and is DCU's longest-tenured defender. To date, Jakovic has played in 80 games, 77 starts for United.

Dejan took to Twitter on Tuesday to express his excitement over his new contract:

Very excited to continue playing for DC United! Thanks to the whole DC United family and the best fans in the MLS!

— Dejan Jakovic (@DejanJakovic) November 20, 2012

A day later, the team announced that they would part ways with midfielder Branko Boskovic.  Boskovic has spent three seasons with United, started in each of D.C.'s four playoff games this year and scored the club's only goal in the second match of the Eastern Conference Final against Houston.  

Citing family reasons, United agreed to mutually terminate the Montenegrin-born midfielder's contract.  

"I have had some private family matters for several months now," said Boskovic in a team press release. "It’s a difficult decision for me after a very good season here. I think that we will get better and better, but now I must leave. I wish all the best to this team and this club. This city is going to be my heart in the future."

Boskovic joined DCU as a designated player on June 14, 2010 from the Australian Bundesliga's Rapid Vienna. He played in 43 games, including 21 starts, notching two goals and seven assists during his tenure in D.C.

USWNT routed by France in SheBelieves Cup

USWNT routed by France in SheBelieves Cup

WASHINGTON -- Camille Abily scored two goals, Eugenie Le Sommer added another and France beat the United States 3-0 on a rainy Tuesday night to win the SheBelieves Cup at RFK Stadium.

France scored two goals in the first nine minutes and cruised.

Le Sommer got behind the defense for a through ball and was tripped in the box by goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Abily calmly rolled the penalty kick up the middle in the eighth minute as Naeher dove to her left.

Le Sommer made it 2-0 one minute later after racing past the defense again to be first to Wendie Renard's long ball. She took a touch in the box to split two defenders and slotted it near post.

In the 63rd minute, Eve Perisset was left open down the right side and she played it across goal for an Abily touch.

The US had some good scoring chances. Tobin Heath dribbled down the left sideline in the 26th minute, took four touches along the 18-yard box and sent a shot just wide. In the 48th, Crystal Dunn had a close-range redirection saved by Meline Gerard.

Alex Morgan entered as a substitute in the 70th minute and she was just off on a header in the 82nd.

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D.C. United, Sporting KC play to scoreless tie in final RFK Stadium opener

D.C. United, Sporting KC play to scoreless tie in final RFK Stadium opener

WASHINGTON -- Bill Hamid made five saves, including one late against Dom Dwyer, to help D.C. United tie Sporting Kansas City 0-0 on Saturday night in the team's last Major League Soccer home opener at RFK Stadium.

Dwyer spun a defender in the midfield and fired a shot that Hamid knocked away in the 78th minute. Dwyer returned from ankle surgery in November, and has 50 in goals in three seasons.

In the first half, Hamid jumped to punch away Benny Feihaber's free kick over the crossbar in the 14th minute, and Dwyer's header shot from close range sailed over the crossbar in the ninth.

Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia dove to his right to block Marcelo Sarvas's penalty kick in the 17th, and then got up to save Patrick Mullins shot off the rebound. Melia also made five saves.

The United have played at RFK since their debut in 1996. The team will play at Audi Field next season.