Loudoun United Sign First Two Players

Loudoun United (D.C. United’s USL affiliate) has signed it’s first two players in team history today. 26 year old local goalkeeper Calle Wilson, and 18 year old midfielder Omar Milton Campos.

Goalkeeper Calle Brown, is originally from Leesburg, Virginia and has extensive ties to the area. Last season, with the USL team Seattle Sounders 2, Brown made 70 saves, had 2 clean sheets, and conceded 40 goals over 21 games. It seems likely that the local goalkeeper will be eventually competing for the starting job with goalkeeper Earl Edwards jr., who is currently training with D.C. United. 

Here is an older highlight reel from 2015 that might be interesting to checkout, of his time at the University of Virginia:

The next signing, the much younger Omar Milton Campos, is an El Salvadoran youth international player. He represented El Salvador at the U-18, U-19, and U-20 levels. This signing is a bit more interesting because he is only 18 years old and seems like a longer term development oppurutunity for D.C. United.  Milton is coming from C.D. Dragón in the top division of El Salvadoran soccer. This seems like the very beginning of what could become a huge part of the development pipeline into D.C. United. 

It’s great to finally see the signings officially start, and it they will likely start to flow in now that it has started and the season starting relatively soon!

D.C United close to signing Quincy Amarikwa

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[Update] Steven Goff has confirmed that Quincy Amarikwa has signed a contract with D.C.

It has been reported that veteran striker Quincy Amarikwa has arrived in D.C. for a physical and workouts. Quincy is currently a free agent, and most recently played for the Montreal Impact in 2018. In 10 appearances with the Impact in 2018, he scored 1 goal. In all MLS seasons, he has had 25 goals and 22 assists over 199 appearances. I think it’s totally possible that he can be a bit more productive on D.C. - the amount of talent we have to combine with is something he hasn’t necessarily always had in his career.

Amarikwa will be a backup to Rooney and likely play the “Darren Mattocks” role from last year - coming on later in games where United is tied or down. It’s unclear when any official word will come, but it’s a really good sign that we are adding some veteran talent as a backup and not relying on just repositioning Segura to striker as a backup.

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Week in Review (Week of February 4th)

There isn’t as much D.C. United stuff this week, but let’s get right into it.

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After a 2-0 win against Costa Rica, USMNT players Russell Canouse and Paul Arriola joined back up with the team in Florida. Costa Rican international Joseph Mora did so as well. This comes right in time for the second preseason game for the Black and Red - against MLS newcomers FC Cincinnati. The game ended in a tie, and United dominated the first half. With an first half goal - it seems like Acosta is not too phased by the disappointing no-deal with PSG. Another interesting thing was that Ulises Segura started as a striker, since Rooney has been day-to-day with a shin bruise. It was mentioned that United would be trying him up top during the preaseason. Rooney did however come in later in the second half. At half time, the team subbed in some of their depth pieces so they could get some game experience and be evaluated. The Black and Red got to see backup goalkeeper Chris Seitz get a decent amount of work and eventually conceded a goal after impressive play by Cincinnati.

Tactically, United are emphasizing building out of the back and creating oppurtunities - something g that was noticeable by spectators of these two games, and confirmed by head coach Ben Olsen as being one of the things that has been emphasized during training camp. Check out my full write up for more information about the match.

this weekend, Loudoun United - D.C.’s USL affiliate - had tryouts this weekend. Here is a fun video of a a small speech by Loudoun’s head coach Richie Williams. Hopefully Loudoun can start filling out their roster since the season is coming very soon.

 It was also shared that D.C. United were close to closing a Spanish language radio deal a few weeks ago. It’s unclear if this is still a possibility or not, but  this would be pretty nice for fans who speak Spanish. It is also unclear if there is any English language radio deals in the works.

Thats it for this week, hopefully next week there will be signings to report on - for now let me know on Twitter what you thought!  https:://www.twitter.com/dcu_soccer

D.C. United ties MLS newcomers FC Cincinnati 1-1 in preseason game

With international players returning, D.C. United had a strong seeming first half against the new MLS side FC Cincinnati. There was no stream - so we can only derive a few things from the handful of tweets about the game by the official D.C. United Twitter account and others at the game. From all accounts, D.C. dominated the first half - even without star Wayne Rooney or Argentinian transfer Lucas Rodriguez. In Rooney’s spot to start the game, was Ulises Segura - who is being tried as a striker for some time during the preseason. Acosta, after being rested for the previous preseason game - got a goal in the 21’. One point that was made during the game, was that D.C. was having success playing out of the back - a point that Olsen has talked about working on for this upcoming season. 

FC Cincinnati equalized in the second half after some of the depth pieces came on for D.C. - a key standout in terms of performance was Chris Seitz who had a lot of action in the second half. D.C. definitely seemed to struggle in the second half with the backup squad. Later in the 63’ - Rooney came in as a substitute. This is good news, as he has been day-to-day with a bruised shin. Lucas Rodriguez did not make it into the game at any point, however. There’s likely to not read much into much of that - as it’s just the preaseason. 

D.C.’s next preseason game is Saturday February 16th at 8 PM EST. Its unclear whether we will have a stream we can watch for this game. 

Week in Review (Week of January 28th)

What a week! Lots to go over, so let’s get started...

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First up, on Sunday, it was announced that Goalkeeper David Ousted will be going to the Chicago Fire. What was interesting about this is the affect on D.C.’s salary. It was reported that Chicago will take on 150,000 and the rest was paid off by the Black and Red’s investors. This is a good sign - it keeps the rest of the salary (240,000) off our books for this season - and it shows a bit more ambition / investment in the team than we have had in a while.

Next up, Leonardo Jara was officially announced by D.C. United, after the long spell of rumors and Jara’s all-but-official-confirmation posts on Instagram. As we’ve previously said here, this is a big move that fills a much needed spot in our back line. Jara has stated that a big reason he decided to come here was because of Luciano Acosta. Acosta, Jara and Lucas Rodriguez have previously been teammates at Estudiantes, in 2015. Looking forward to seeing him play!

Some more good news, D.C. confirmed that Chris Odoi-Astem has had his last treatment for cancer. He is aiming to return to playing - and has reported to training camp while the team was in D.C., but remains home while the team went to Florida for preseason for this last treatment.

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Next up, after a crazy transfer day - Luciano Acosta will be staying with D.C. United. Early in the day before the transfer deadline in Europe - a report came out that D.C. had turned an offer for the Argentine playmaker for $6.2 million. The report concluded with some more confirmation that D.C. United was working with Acosta and his agent on an extension to his contract. This gave fans some huge confidence that Acosta will be resigning and not transferred during this window. Then, a couple hours later - Steven Goff reported that Acosta had left training camp and was on his way with Dave Kasper to Paris to potentially sign a deal with French giant PSG. During transfer deadline day - the tension was high but it turned out that it’s likely that either the money wasn’t enough for D.C. and/or the head coach of PSG vetoed the transaction. Either way, Acosta was reportedly devastated - however wished to get right back to training camp after head coach Ben Olsen offered him a few days off. We’ll see how this plays out - I am hoping United can resign him, to at least avoid having to lose him on a free transfer.

Shinya Kadono fighting for the ball.   Source:   Twitter

Shinya Kadono fighting for the ball.

 Source:  Twitter

Lastly, D.C. faced USL side Bethlehem Steel in their first preseason game of the 2019 season. There was no stream for this game so it’s hard to really judge this game or know too much about what happened. United pulled out a 1-0 win with an early second half goal by Shinya Kadono - a second round draft pick picked up by D.C. United. Shinya came on in the 18th minute for Wayne Rooney, who suffered from a slight lower leg injury - and is currently day-to-day with the injury and was taken off as a precaution. Notably - Akeem Ward - a right back playing left back (Mora is on international duty) was reported to have played well and linked up multiple times effencintly with left winger Zoltan Stieber. The second half was mostly play by trailists and some of the depth pieces. The next preseason game is this Thursday against FC Cincinnati.

Another notable take-away is that Luciano Acosta was seen doing warmups and sprints at the preseason game, however Olsen chose not to play him because he had missed a few days of training.

Joseph Mora and Paul Arriola after the USA vs Costa Rica friendly. 

Joseph Mora and Paul Arriola after the USA vs Costa Rica friendly. 

Paul Arriola played 90 minutes for the US Men’s National Team in their international friendly vs Costa Rica. Arriola played exceptionally well, and was a standout in the offensive side of the ball in this game. He started the game on the left side but moved over to the left when NYCFC’s Jonathan Lewis came in.  Arriola was able to ran past defenders very easily, created space for other players, and was able to get a couple pretty good crosses off.

Later in the game, D.C. United left back, Joseph Mora, came in for Costa Rica - although we didn’t get to see much of him. One interesting fact is that he was playing in the midfield for them instead of as a left back.

One disappointing thing about this friendly is that the Balck and Red’s star defensive midfielder, Russell Canouse, wasn’t included in the squad at all - and therefore had no playing time. I’d say it’s pretty likely that Arriola gets another call up when the whole squad is available for the Gold Cup, however it will probably be a while before Canouse gets another call.  

 That’s it for this Week in Review! Let me know what you think on Twitter: twitter.com/dcu_soccer