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Dwayne De Rosario voted into 2012 MLS All-Star Game

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Dwayne De Rosario voted into 2012 MLS All-Star Game

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Today the MLS announced that D.C.United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario was selected to the All-Star First XI byfans who voted through text messages, online votes at MLSsoccer.com, andTwitter.Under the direction of his ownD.C. United coach Ben Olsen, De Rosario will join the other MLS All-Starsas they face off against Chelsea FC at 8:30 p.m. on July 25th. Thegame will be broadcast live on ESPN2, TeleFutura, and in Canada on TSN and RDS.Thisselection marks the seventh time De Rosario has been named to an MLS All-Starsquad, adding to an extremely impressive list of accomplishments for one of themost decorated players in MLS history. Along with seven MLS All-Starselections, De Rosario boasts four MLS Cups, two MLS Cup MVP awards, and an MLSMVP award.Itsa huge honor to represent this League, represent D.C. United and representmyself, said Dwayne De Rosario. Its a tribute to those guys in the lockerroom here at D.C. United, the coaching staff, and the whole D.C. United family.Im going to enjoy myself, enjoy playing with some of the guys I admire in thisLeague, and its nice to know Ben Olsen is going to be our coach.DeRosario is the only United player to play in and start all of theBlack-and-Reds 18 games this season with an impressive 1566 minutes played. Hecurrently leads the entire MLS in assists with ten, and he has found the backof the net five times. After an impressive month of May, where he won Player ofthe Week (514-521) and Player of the Month, De Rosario is just two goals awayfrom reaching 100 career MLS goals.TheAll-Star First XI ballot consisted of six players from each club, as chosen bya panel of media members. The selections in their entirety are as follows:2012 MLS All-Star First XI As voted by fansGoalkeeper: Jimmy Nielsen (SportingKansas City)Defenders: Steven Beitashour (San JoseEarthquakes), Aurlien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Jay DeMerit (VancouverWhitecaps FC), Heath Pearce (New York Red Bulls)Midfielders: David Beckham (LA Galaxy),Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi(Sporting Kansas City)Forwards: Thierry Henry (New York RedBulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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.