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D.C. United acquires Mike Chabala from the Portland Timbers

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D.C. United acquires Mike Chabala from the Portland Timbers

Today D.C. United announced that the club has acquired defender Mike Chabala from the Portland Timbers in exchange for a natural first round selection in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft. The 28-year old will arrive in DC later this afternoon and practice with the team for the first time tomorrow.

Were excited to add Mike to our roster today, said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. Mike is an experienced MLS defender who will immediately upgrade our depth at the left back position.

In his current season with the Timbers, Chabala has made 9 appearances (6 starts) and helped the Timbers to a 3-4-2 record when in the lineup. His best season to date came in 2010 when he played in 25 total League matches (22 starts) and secured a goal and four assists. For his career, the defender has played in 70 MLS matches (55 starts), logged 5,154 minutes on the field and tallied two goals and nine assists. Prior to his move to Portland last season, Chabala spent more than 5 seasons in Houston. While in Houston, Chabala was a teammate of current United players Dwayne De Rosario and Danny Cruz.

Full player transaction information:
Name: Mike Chabala
Height: 6'0
Weight: 175 lbs.
Position: Defender
Birthdate: May 25, 1984
Age: 28
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Birthplace: Fresno, CA
Previous Club: Portland Timbers
Acquired: Acquired from the Portland Timbers in exchange for a natural first round selection in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft on 8912.

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.