Wednesday, June 7, 2017

DC United Greatest All-Time Team

MLS Cup 1996
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

USAMexicoCosta RicaHonduras,
Central America without Costa Rica and Honduras.
Canada or Canadian born Players

Jamaica/Jamaican DiasporaCaribbean Countries.
African American PlayersGerman Americans/American Germans
Hispanic/Latino American Players

USA 2010
NY CosmosLA GalaxyDC United,


University of VirginiaUCLA.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

DC United competes as a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS), the top level of professional American soccer. The franchise began play in 1996 as one of the ten charter clubs of the league and won the first ever MLS Cup the same year. It is one of the most successful clubs in the MLS. At the time of writing, it is one of two American clubs that has won the CONCACAF Champions League.
2004 MLS Cup

Team
GK: Nick Rimando (USA)
Nick Rimando's father is of Filipino descent and his mother is of Mexican descent.  He played for Miami Fusion and DC United.  Since 2007, he played for Real Salt Lake.  He is one of the best keeper in MLS.  At the time of writing, he was capped 22 times for the United States.  He is mainly a backup to Tim Howard. He was a member of the 2010 World Cup team. His wife played in the WUSA.
Nick Rimando

GK: Bill Hamid (USA)
From Virginia, Bill Hamid spent his most of entire career with DC United in MLS, winning the US Open Cup in 2013. In 2018, he moves to FC Midtjylland in Denmark. He was MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2014.  He was capped only 6 times for the USA at this moment.  He was on two Gold Cup winning team in 2013 and 2017.

GK: Troy Perkins (USA)
During the 2006 season, Perkins was the starting goalkeeper for United, playing thirty of thirty-two games. He was also named 2006 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Best XI, and voted to the 2006 All Star Team. Perkins finished the 2007 MLS season with a 1.10 goals against average, eight shutouts, and sixteen wins, the most in the league. He also played for Vålerenga in Norway, Portland Timbers, Montreal and Seattle Sounders. Capped 7 times.

RB: Bryan Namoff (USA)
Drafted by DC United in 2001, Bryan Namoff would spend most of his career with them.  He had a loan spell with Richmond Kickers. Along with teammates Bobby Boswell, Brian Carroll, and Joshua Gros, Namoff made his first (and, to date, only) international appearance for the United States men's national soccer team on January 20, 2007, against Denmark. He retired in 2011 because of concussion issue.
Bryan Namoff 
RB: Andy Najar (Honduras)
Andy Najaf moved to the US when he was 13. He played 3 seasons with  DC United.   At the time of writing, he play for Anderlecht in Belgium, a club he joined in 2013.  Although he lived in the US since he was 13, he did not have US citizenship.  He chose to play for his native Honduras. He was on their 2014 World Cup team.

CB: Eddie Pope (USA)
Eddie Pope is considered one of the greatest American defenders. He spent 11 seasons with DC United, where they dominated MLS in 1990's. He won the MLS defender of the Year award in 1997.   He also played for Metrostars and Real Salt Lake City. He was capped 82 times between 1996 and 2006.  He went to France 1998, Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany 2006. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He helped the USA to win the Gold Cup in 2005.
Eddie Pope
CB/DM: Ryan Nelsen (New Zealand)
Ryan Nelsen spent his early career playing NCAA soccer in the United States.  Professionally, he played for DC United, Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspurs and Queens Park Rangers.   From 1999 to 2013, he played 49 times for New Zealand. He was the All-Whites captain at the World Cup Finals in 2010, which was New Zealand's first appearance at the Finals since 1982.  New Zealand earned 1-1 draw against reigning World Cup Holder Italy.

CB: Bobby Boswell (USA)
Undrafted in 2005, he signed for DC United that same year.  His breakout was 2006, where he was the starting centerback for United and named the 2006 MLS Defender of the Year and selected as a member of the Best XI. He then played for Houston Dynamo from 2008 to 2013.  He returned to DC United in 2013.  Earned 3 caps. 

CB/LB: Carlos Llamosa (Colombia/USA)
Llamosa began his career in 1986 with Colombian third division club Colmena. In 1990, he moved to first division side Huila. In 1991, Llamosa emigrated to the USA to join the rest of his family. In the US, he gave up the sport for a few years before playing in the A-League again.  In 1997, he joined the MLS, notably played for Bruce Arena with DC United.  He was capped 29 times. He appeared at the WC Finals in 2002.

LB: Jeff Agoos (USA)
Jeff Agoos played college soccer with Virginia. He joined DC United in 1996.  He won 5 MLS Cup titles, a record.  He was named the Best XI All-time MLS team in 2005.  He earned 137 caps for the USA, starting in 1988.  However,  he did not play his World Cup games until the 2002 World Cup Finals. He was the starting left back as the US reached the quarterfinal.

DM: Clyde Simms (USA)
After playing college soccer, Clyde Simms went undrafted in 2003. He played in the A-League.  He impressed during a training camp with the USMNT.  He earned a contract with DC United in 2005, where he stayed until 2011.  In 2012, he joined New England Revolution.  He was capped once in 2005 against England.

CM/DM: Richie Williams (USA)
Richie Williams graduated from University of Virgina, where he played NCAA soccer.  He played in the US and Scotland before the launch of MLS in 1996.  He rejoined his college coach Bruce Arena with DC United. He became the unsung hero of DC United's dominance in the US during the late 1990's.  He also played for NY Metrostars.  He was capped 20 times. 

CM/RM: John Harkes  (USA)
At one point, John Harkes was considered the"Captain for life".  He had a great career in England when only a few Americans found successes overseas.  While playing for Derby, he scored the 1991 Goal of the Year in England. He also played for Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham and Nottingham Forest. He was a part of the great DC United team in the mid-1990's winning two MLS Cup in 1996 and 1997.  He played college soccer with Virginia.
John Harkes
RM/CM: Ben Olsen (USA)
Olsen played for the University of Virginia, when he was named 1997 Soccer America Player of the Year. With DC United, he won two MLS Cup titles, two MLS Supporters' Shields and a US Open Cup. He was a two-time MLS All-Star, the MLS Cup '99 MVP and 2007 MLS Best XI. He had a successful loan spell with Nottingham Forest, but a serious injury derailed his career in Europe.  Earned 37 caps.  He went to the WC Finals in 2006.

CM: Christian Gómez (Argentina)
Christian Gomez played with Nueva Chicago, CA Independiente, and Arsenal de Sarandí in Argentina without successes.  In 2004, he headed to play in the MLS. In MLS, he has played for DC United, Colorado Rapids and Miami FC.  With DC United, he won the MLS Cup in 2004, made three MLS Best XI and won the MLS MVP award in 2006. In 2011, he returned to his mother club Nueva Chicago.
Christian Gomez

FW/RM/RB: Tony Sanneh (USA)
After finishing his college career, Sanneh played in various leagues around the United States before joining DC United in 1996.  At DC United, he played for many positions. He won two MLS Cups with them.  In 1999, he moved to Germany and played for Hertha Berlin.  He also played for Nurnberg and then, returned to MLS again in 2004. Capped 43 times.  He was a key player at the WC Finals in 2002.

AM: Marco Etcheverry (Bolivia)
Marco Etcheverry was one of the best ever Bolivian player and one of the best players to have played in MLS. He was an important player as Bolivia beat Brazil in 1993 and qualified for their first WC Finals in 1994.  He was capped 71 times.  For his professionbal career, he played in Spain, Colombia and Chile before he moved to MLS in 1996 where he was considered one of the greatest ever to play in the league. He won 3 MLS Cups with DC United.
Marco Etcheverry
RW/FW: Santino Quaranta (USA)
Quaranta played mainly for DC United. At 16 years, four months, Quaranta surpassed fellow DC player Bobby Convey to become the youngest player in the history of Major League Soccer, a record which would subsequently be taken by another DC player, Freddy Adu. He also played for LA Galaxy and NYRed Bulls.  He earned 25 caps for the United States.

LW: Bobby Convey (USA)
Convey was drafted in 2000 in the first round by D.C. United of Major League Soccer. That year, he became the youngest player ever signed by a MLS club.  He became an important player for the team.  Convey also spent five years in England with Reading, whom he helped into the Premier League for the first time. He played in 46 international matches for the United States, and made their squads for the 2003 Gold Cup and 2006 World Cup.

FW: Chris Pontius (USA)
In MLS, Chris Pontius played with DC United and Philadelphia Union.  In 2012, he made it the MLS All-Star game and was named the MVP.  Furthermore, he was selected as MLS Best XI.  He joined Philadelphia Union in 2015 and was named the Comeback Player of the Year.  He was only capped twice.

FW: Raul Diaz Arce (El Salvador)
Raul Diaz Arce started with Dragon in El Salvador.  He then moved up to play for CD Luis Ángel Firpo, where he would go on to win the league's top scorer three season in a row (1993–1996).  In 1996, he joined DC United.  In his first season with United, he was second in the league in scoring, and still the fifth best single-season mark in MLS history. With them, he won two MLS Cups in 1996 and 1997. Arce was capped 68 caps for El Salvador.
Raul Diaz Arce
FW: Dwayne De Rosario (Canada)
De Rosario came to prominence in the 2000s playing for the San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls and D.C. United. A four-time MLS Cup champion, he also won the 2011 MLS MVP award. He is the sixth-leading scorer in MLS history with 104 goals.  He was capped 81 times.  He was a part of the team that won the Gold Cup.

ST: Roy Lassiter (USA)
After starring for NC State University, Lassiter moved to play in Costa Rica.  In 1996, Lassiter won the top goalscorer award in Major League Soccer, scoring 27 goals for Tampa Bay Mutiny., After a loaned spell to Genoa, Lassiter went to DC United in 1998, winning the MLS Cup in 1999. He was capped 34 times. He was unlucky to miss out all the World Cup Finals during his career.

ST: Luciano Emílio (Brazil)
In 1997, Emílio signed with 1. FC Köln of the German Bundesliga. In 1999, Emílio transferred to Alemannia Aachen. From 2001 onward. He played in Mexico, Honduras and Brazil, but the highlight of his career was spent in MLS. In 2007, he was the league's MVP, Golden Boot and named in the Best XI, while playing for DC United.

ST: Jaime Moreno (Bolivia)
Jaime Moreno played with Club Blooming and then Colombia's Independiente Santa Fe before becoming the first Bolivian to play in the English Premier League.  He spent two seasons with Middlesbrough.  In 1996, he joined DC United, playing with countryman Marco Etcheverry.  He spent 15 seasons in MLS, becoming its all-time leading scorer.  With DC United, he won 4 MLS Cups. From 1991 to 2008, he played 75 matches for the Bolivia.
Jamie Moreno
Honorable Mention
Fabián Espíndola, Chris Rolfe, Perry Kitchen, Chris Pontius, Steve Birnbaum, Alecko Eskandarian, Brandon Prideaux, Carey Talley, Nick DeLeon, Marc Burch, Brian Carroll, Geoff Aunger, Dema Kovalenko, Chris Albright, Joshua Gros, Sean Franklin, Mario Gori. 

Squad Exoplanation
-- Nick Rimando and Bill Hamid were easy choices for the top two keepers.  Troy Perkins was named 2006 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Best XI, and voted to the 2006 All Star Team. 
-- On paper, I have three right backs on the roster. Tony Sanneh played mainly as a midfielder for DC United.
-- Bobby Boswell was MLS Defender of the Year in 2006.
-- Richie Williams was an unsung hero of the mid-1990's.  He was voted into DC United's Hall of Tradition.
-- I saw Ben Olsen when he was a Freshman at University of Virginia. I was impressed.
-- Eddie Pope, Jeff Agoos, Jaime Moreno and Marco Etcheverry voted the MLS All-Time Best XI.

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