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)
The Washington Spirit are hitting the road as they prepare to face off against the Utah Royals FC on Saturday at 9 p.m.
Utah is hosting Washington in their home opener of the season at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
The Spirit are coming off of a victory over Sky Blue FC 2-0. The win moving the Spirit to the top of the NWSL rankings.
It was a big night for the Spirit’s new additions.
During Saturday’s game against Sky Blue FC Spirit rookie defender Sam Staab scored a corner kick during the 59th minute giving the Spirit a 1-0 lead. Washington’s Megan Crosson also scored her first goal two minutes into the second half-stoppage time, sealing the win.
This will be the first game of the season for Utah. Utah finished the 2018 season with a record of 9-7-8, falling two points short of the playoffs.
New Utah Royals FC midfielder Veronica “Vero" Boquete is expected to be a major contribution to Utah this season. Boquete is a Spanish Women’s National Team veteran midfielder who was captain of Spain’s first-ever World Cup in 2015. Bouquet was named NWSL Best XI after winning league Player of the Week three times.
The last time the Washington played Utah, Washington lost 0-1.
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The Washington Spirit will kick off their first game of the 2019 NWSL season on Saturday, April 13th at 7:00p.m. The Spirit will host the Sky Blue FC at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.
Washington finished the 2018 season in eighth place with a 2-17-5 record and 35 goals. However, with some new additions to the roster they are expected to make major improvements in the 2019 season.
During the off-season the Spirit announced former professional soccer player Richie Burke as the new head coach and signed all five of their 2018 NWSL College Draft picks, including first-round picks Jordan DiBiasi, Sam Staab, Tegan McGrady and Dorian Bailey, and second-round pick Bayley Feist. The Spirit also added two new international players in midfielders Amy Harrison and Chloe Logarzo of Australia.
USWNT trio Andi Sullivan, Mallory Pugh and Rose Lavelle and goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe will return to the team.
In 2018 Bledsoe and Sky Blue goalkeeper Kailen Sheridanboth led the league in saves with 108, setting a new NWSL record.
The last time the two teams met they played to a 1-1 draw. Sky Blue FC midfielder Sarah Killion tied the game in the 87th minute after Spirit forward Arielle Ship put the Spirit in the lead during the 71st minute.
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