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D.C. United players, personnel get new perks with partnership with St. James

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D.C. United players, personnel get new perks with partnership with St. James

DC United players' latest training facility partnership now comes with a spa, pool and celebrity chefs. 

The team entered into a five-year partnership with The St. James, a sporting complex in Virginia, the club announced on Tuesday.

“We’re excited to partner with The St. James, the premier destination for sports and wellness in the region,” Andy Bush, D.C. United Chief Revenue Officer, said in a statement. “We wanted to give our first-team access to expertise, services and facilities that would give them the best platform to compete on the field. The St. James has been a great partner to us throughout the season and has been integral to our team’s early success in 2019. Our partnership with The St. James will allow us to continue our upward trajectory and fuel the chase to bring trophies back to the District.”

The partnership will allow the access to performance strength and conditioning, injury prevention and wellness services for all team personnel. The facility also has the only FIFA regulation sized indoor pitch in this area.

D.C. United is coming off a 2-0 loss to New York City FC earlier this week.

Their record currently sits at 2-4-2 and they have a chance to improve their win column total on Wednesday when they hit the road to take on the Columbus Crew.

Wayne Rooney to captain England in his final international game

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Wayne Rooney to captain England in his final international game

By Joey Sabet

Wayne Rooney will wear his familiar No. 10 shirt Thursday night in his final match for England, when the Three Lions meet the United States in an international friendly at Wembley Stadium in London.

Rooney, who will earn his 120th cap for England, will start the match on the bench before entering, according to his manager Gareth Southgate.

“All of our group have great respect for Wayne and they feel that it is fitting that his last game should be in the No. 10,” Southgate said in a news conference Wednesday.

The D.C. United forward’s 53 goals with England is most in his country’s decorated soccer history, and no English outfield player has more international appearances than Rooney.

He left Everton Football Club to join D.C. United midway through the 2018 MLS season, appearing in 20 games and starting 18.

Despite his relatively brief time with the club, his 12 goals led United, and he spearheaded a turnaround that took the team from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to a berth in the postseason, where they fell in the opening round to the Columbus Crew in penalty kicks.

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MLS Playoffs 2018: Previewing D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew SC

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MLS Playoffs 2018: Previewing D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew SC

By Jason Murphy

With a championship trophy back in Washington D.C. thanks to the Capitals, the nation's capital is hungry for another. The next team with the chance to do so is D.C. United.

The Black-and-Red kick off their quest to hoist a league-record fifth MLS Cup with a knockout-round match against Columbus Crew SC tonight, Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET at Audi Field on FS1.

The summer surge by Wayne Rooney and Co. earned United the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference and a home match in the knockout stage. Tonight's one-off will be the 16th home game for D.C. United since the new stadium opened July 14 and the team holds a 12-2-1 record at Audi Field in its inaugural season.

Since the start of September, D.C. United lead MLS in wins (7), goals (21) and points (24) powered by Rooney (9 goals since Sept. 2) and teammate Luciano Acosta (5 goals since Sept. 2).

Although Rooney's introduction catapulted D.C. United to new standards on the offensive side of the ball, the resurgence in defense has been overseen by the return of Bill Hamid between the woodwork. Hamid, who struggled to find playing time at FC Midtjylland after signing with the Norwegian side after the 2017 MLS season, returned on loan this summer and has backstopped 5 shutouts in his 14 matches in net this season.

Since Hamid's return, United has allowed more than a single goal just once, allowing three in a 3-3 tie to the Supporter's Shield-winning New York Red Bulls, and are allowing just 0.86 goals per game.

United have fared well in one-off playoff matches throughout the club's history, owning a 6-4 record but are 0-1 in knockout round games (suffered a 4-2 loss to Montreal in 2016) in MLS' new playoff format that began in 2015.

The two teams split the season series, with both sides holding serve at home (Columbus earning a 3-1 win on March 24 and D.C. returning the favor in a 1-0 win at Navy-Marines Corps Memorial Stadium a few weeks later).

The Black-and-Red have won all three previous playoff meetings between the two MLS original sides, including 6-of-8 total matches played between the two in the postseason. Tonight marks their first postseason meeting since the 1999 Eastern Conference Championship, which United won en route to their third of 4 MLS Cups.

The winner of Thursday night's knockout round match will advance to face No. 1 seed New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, with the legs taking place on Nov. 4 and Nov. 11. The No. 3 seed New York City FC advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals to take on the No. 2 seed Atlanta United following a 3-1 knockout round victory over Philadelphia Union. 

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HOW TO WATCH D.C. UNITED vs. COLUMBUS CREW SC 

Who: No. 4 seed D.C. United vs. No. 5 seed Columbus Crew SC
What: 2018 MLS Playoffs Eastern Conference Knockout Stage
Where: Audi Field, SW Washington, D.C.
When: Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Fox Sports 1
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

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