United Acquires Canadian Mark Watson

The addition gives United a level headed defender that will provide strength in the air and solid leadership abilities. Watson most recently played with Oldham, of the English Second Division, and has 63 caps for the Canadian National team.


His last game with the Canadian national team was on November 15, a 0-0 draw against Mexico for the World Cup Qualifying Semi-Final Round where Watson was Captain of the Canadian squad.


Watson is no stranger to the MLS and DC United’s Head Coach Thomas Rongen. During the 1996 MLS inaugural season Mark Watson made 14 appearances for the Columbus Crew. He then moved to New England and tallied 4 appearances and 1 goal for then NE head Coach Thomas Rongen.


From the MLS, Watson played for Osters in Sweden for 2 seasons, for English First Division squad Oxford for 2 seasons and finally for Oldham of the English Second Division.


Mark Watson is currently with DC United in Southern California preparing with the team for the upcoming CONCACAF Champions Cup. DC United opens play in that tournament on Wednesday. The game will be televised live on Galavision.


Mark Watson

Born: September 8, 1970 (Vancouver, BC)

Height: 6’0"

Weight: 180 Ibs

Age: 30

Citizenship: Canadian (holds US Green card)

Position: Defender

Diaz Arce Re-signs

Although MLS and Diaz Arce reached an agreement, the international’s Visa expired along with his contract in late December. Currently Diaz Arce is working on securing his working papers. Diaz Arce is not expected to have his documentation ready by Tuesday, which is when United opens play against Costa Rican Champion LD Alajuelense.

Champions Cup TV Schedule

Tue 1-16 9:15pm Galavision Toluca vs Olimpia

Tue 1-16 11:30pm Galavision Pachuca vs Joe Public

Wed 1-17 9:15pm Galavision DC United vs Alajuela

Wed 1-17 11:30pm Galavision LA Galaxy vs Real Espana

Fri 1-19 9:45pm Galavision CONCACAF Champions Cup – Semi-Final Sat 1-20 12:00am Galavision CONCACAF Champions Cup – Semi-Final Sun 1-21 4:00pm Univision CONCACAF Champions Cup – Final

Sun 1-21 7:00pm Galavision CONCACAF Champions Cup – 3rd Place Match (Taped Delay)

DC United Calls Simmonds

In an effort to strengthen its forward position and to provide needed depth to United’s roster, the Black-and-Red called up Froward Greg Simmonds from its A-League Affiliate Hershey Wildcats.


The move comes after Raul Diaz Arce’s contract negotiations continue to go on. Diaz Arce, not with the team because his contract expired at the end of last year is not training with the team for it’s participation in the CONCACAF Champions Cup.


Simmonds arrived to Fullerton and Joined United in camp today. In addition, Simmonds will be available and draft-elligible in the MLS Superdraft to be held on February 5.


Simmonds, 25, is no stranger to the Nation’s Capital. He played collegially at Howard University in the District and is the Cousin of United defender Ray Goodlet.


Simmonds, a native of Jamaica was named A-League Rookie of the Year in 1999 after setting a Hershey franchise record for goals with 16. He finished the 1999 campaign 7th in the A-League in scoring with 38 points in 26 regular season appearances.


In addition to Simmonds, United plans to add central defender Mark Watson to its line-up. Watson, a Canadian national team veteran worked out with United last fall. An official announcement from the team is expected next week.


Greg Simmonds:

Position: Forward

Height: 6-3

Weight: 190

Born: December 16, 1975 (Kingston, Jamaica)

Citizenship: Jamaican

Hometown: Germantown, MD

College: Howard University

Last Club: Hershey Wildcats (A-League)

Costa Rica Advances

Costa Rica seemed doomed from the beginning, when an early goal in the 2nd minute of the match put them behind by 1. But the perseverance of the Ticos, and superb play of Paulo Wanchope tied the game at 1 in the 7th.


The Ticos found their rythm and continued on to convincingly win by a score of 5-2 with goals by Paulo Wanchope (7th minute), Rolando Fonseca (43rd, 59th), Reynaldo Parks (58th), Jafet Soto (73rd). Carlos Ruiz of Guatemala scored a pair of goals for his team in the 2nd and 89th minute of the match.


Costa Rica will play Honduras on February the 28 in its opening match of the next qualifying round. The US and Costa Rica will meet on April 25th at Arrowhead Stadium and on September 4th or 5th in Costa Rica.

Onalfo is Back!

"We are delighted to have Curt Join our staff." Said United Head Coach Thomas Rongen.


Curt stepped away from United at the end of the 1999 season. I had certain goals I wanted to achieve" he said, "I wanted to play until I was 30 and have my son watch me play. I also wanted an MLS championship". Onalfo achieved both in 1999.


After leaving United Curt continued his involvement in soccer. In addition to working with United, Curt will continue as the Director of Coach and Player Development for the McLean Youth Soccer Association in McLean, VA.


In addition Curt will continue to help with youth soccer development through his company, Curt Onalfo Soccer, Inc., which provides year-round soccer training for youth players and teams.


Curt is currently in Southern California assisting with the Black-and-Red’s CONCACAF Champions Cup training and preparations.

CONCACAF Cup Preview

Diaz Arce’s contract expired last week and with it his ability to legally work in the United States. MLS has been in negotiations with Diaz Arce’s agent, Cory Clemetson, but have been unable to reach an agreement, and as such decided not to renew the goal scorer’s contract.


In the meantime, DC United, along with the LA Galaxy, are preparing for the much anticipated CONCACAF Champions Cup, to be held during the second week of January in Los Angeles.


For United, the possibility of not having Diaz Arce up front puts the team in a mild predicament. Coach Rongen would like to have the striker prepare with the team for the upcoming tournament, but chances are that he will not be available. If a new contract is agreed upon and signed, it will take the Naturalization and Immigration service at least 2 weeks to process Raul’s new work permit.


In that event, DC United is preparing without the services of the Salvadoran Striker.


Coach Rongen will likely start forwards Jaime Moreno and Chris Albright up front, with AJ Wood as a reserve. In addition, the club has the services of pretty much all of their regular starters. Only missing from the line-up will be defender/midfielder Geoff Aunger, who is still nursing an ankle injury and the before mentioned Diaz Arce.


DC United hopes to regain it’s winning form with this tournament. Having had the worst season in club history during the year 2000, the Black-and-Red is aching to start the new millennium on a positive note.


United’s first match in the Champions Cup will be against Costa Rican power Alajuelense on January 17th. The Tico squad was the First Division sub-champion during the 1998/99 season. Alajuelense is no stranger to the Champions Cup. During the last tournament in Las Vegas, the Costa Rican representatives defeated Mexican Power Toluca and the MLS’s Chicago Fire on their way to the tournament’s final game, where they lost to eventual champion Necaxa. The opening match will prove to be a difficult contest for United.


Below is a brief description of each of the 8 participating CONCACF Champion Cup teams and how they made it to the tournament.


DC United – USA – DC United earned it’s spot in the CONCACAF Champions cup by virtue of it’s 1999 MLS Cup title. For DC United, the CONCACAF Champions Cup is a chance to regain the winning tradition it lost during the 2000 season. A good performance in the tournament will be a tremendous boost for United’s confidence heading into the MLS 2001 season. United’s chances look grim if they set out in the same vein as 2000, but with the acquisition of younger talent (Jose Alegria) and the gained experience by Ben Olsen, Jeff Agoos and other United players abroad, the Black-and-Red could turn some heads. The possible absence of Salvadoran Striker Raul Diaz Arce from the squad should pose only a minor inconvenience.


Los Angeles Galaxy – USA – The LA Galaxy made it to the Champions cup due to their participation in the 1999 MLS Cup. Unlike DC United, the LA Galaxy had a very good 2000 season and should be better prepared for the Champions Cup. Hosted by LA, the Galaxy hopes that home field advantage will be on their side and will aid them in obtaining their pass to the Club Championships.


CD Toluca – Mexico – Toluca was the 1999 Mexican Summer Tournament Champion and as such earned it’s pass to the tournament. Cup favorite, they open the tournament against Honduras representative Olimpia and are expected to advance past them. Toluca had a good showing in the previous tournament. Toluca also hopes that the Los Angeles venue will play to their favor. A large Mexican fan base will probably attend the games to support the Mexican squads, making them feel right at home.


Pachuca FC – Mexico – 1999 Winter Tournament Champion. Pachuca have probably the easiest opening match as they will face the tournaments "weakest" link on January 16, Joe Public of Trinidad and Tobago. Pachuca’s level of play has somewhat diminished since their winter championship. If all goes as expected they will face Toluca and lose in the semifinal round.


CD Olimpia – Honduras – Olimpia is also no stranger to the Champions Cup. They gave DC United some serious competition during the 1999 tournament. DC United scraped by with a 1-0 victory against them. Olimpia nearly tied the score in injury time when they were awarded a penalty kick on a Tom Presthus foul in the box. The United Goal Keeper redeemed himself by stopping the ensuing penalty kick, by former United player Arnold Cruz, and giving United the 1-0 victory. Olimpia faces a tough opening match against CD Toluca of Mexico.


CD Real Espa–a – Honduras – Espa–a made it to this year’s tournament by virtue of their second place finish in the 1999 Liga Nacional. Real Espa–a faces the local LA Galaxy on their opening match. Although not expected to do much, they could pose a real threat to the LA Galaxy and become a surprise in the tournament.


LD Alajuelense – Costa Rica – United’s First opponent. Made it to the tournament as the sub-champion of the Costa Rica First Division. Alajuelense has been in the tournament before and faired much better then their first opponent. During the 1999 tournament, Alajuelense advance past Mexican power Toluca and then defeated the MLS Champion Chicago Fire on penalty kicks. They finished a respectable second behind Necaxa. Unless DC United pulls of a great performance, Alajuelense should advance past the Black-and-Red.


Joe Public – Trinidad & Tobago – The tournament’s weakest team. They have appeared in the Champions Cup in 1998 and 1999 and have yet to score a goal. In 1998 they were trounced 8-0 by DC United in the opening round. During the 1999 tournament they showed to be a much improved team, however, they lost in their opening match against the Chicago Fire by a score of 2-0. They should be an improved team from the last tournament, but should be a minor threat to their initial opposition, Pachuca FC of Mexico.


QUARTERFINALS

SEMIFINALS

THIRD PLACE

FINAL

Date Venue time opponents score
01-16-01 Ê [1] Titan
Stadium
18:30 Toluca CD vs. Olimpia Ê0-1
01-16-01 Ê [2] Titan
Stadium
20:30 Pachuca FC vs Joe Public Ê1-0
01-17-01 Ê [3] Titan
Stadium
18:30 DC United vs. LD Alajuelense Ê2-1
01-17-01 Ê [4] Titan
Stadium
20:30 LA Galaxy vs. Real Espa–a Ê1-0 (PK)
01-19-01 Ê [5] LA Coliseum 19:00 Olimpia vs. Pachuca 4-0Ê
01-19-01 Ê [6] LA Coliseum 21:00 DC United vs. LA Galaxy Ê1 – 1 [2-4 PKs]
01-21-01 Ê [7] LA Coliseum 10:30 Pachuca vs. DC United 2-1
01-21-01 Ê [8] LA Coliseum 13:00 Olimpia vs. LA Galaxy 3-2
WINNERS IN BOLD

US to Play Colombia

For the United States it will be a chance to take revenge from the 2000 Gold Cup loss against Colombia in the same venue. The US was ahead on goal by Brian McBride, but a late equalizer by the Colombians sent the game into overtime. The Colombians ended up winning the match in the penalty kick shootout to advance in the tournament.


The match will be televised live on ESPN2 on February 3rd at 4:00 p.m. Prior to this match, the United States will face China on January 27 at 2:30 p.m. That match, to be played in Oakland will also be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Training Camp Roster

CHICAGO (January 2, 2001) ÷ U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has finalized a roster of 25 players for a 14-day training camp in San Diego, which begins on Friday (Jan. 5) and runs through Jan. 18. The camp marks the team’s first steps of 2001 toward the team’s 10-game World Cup qualifying campaign, which begins against Mexico on Feb. 28 in Columbus, Ohio.


Arena’s 25-player roster is made up completely of Major League Soccer stars, including seven players from the 2000 U.S. Open Cup champion Chicago Fire, but does not include any players from D.C. United or the Los Angeles Galaxy as they prepare for the CONCACAF Champions Cup being played in the Los Angeles area from January 16-21. The seven Chicago players include veterans Chris Armas, C.J. Brown, Zach Thornton and Josh Wolff, in addition to uncapped players DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra and Diego Gutierrez.


The Kansas City Wizards, winners of MLS Cup 2000, will be represented by five players, including Chris Klein who went 90 minutes in each of the USA’s final two matches of 2000. The remaining Wizards are led by goalkeeper Tony Meola, capped 94 times for the U.S., veteran forward Roy Lassiter (30 caps, 4 goals), once-capped midfielder Kerry Zavagnin and second-year professional Nick Garcia (no caps).


The NY/NJ MetroStars, Miami Fusion and Dallas Burn will be represented by three players each, while the Colorado Rapids and Columbus Crew will have one player each in camp. Two-time World Cup veteran and former U.S. captain John Harkes will be one of two players representing the New England Revolution, alongside 24-year-old midfielder Joe Franchino who earned his first cap late last year.


All told, the 25-player roster includes 11 players with no caps and three more with just one or two full international appearances.


"With Major League Soccer out of season for the next three months, this is an important period of preparation for us," said Arena. "This is the time to get our pool of players into camp and focused on our games at the end of this month against China and Colombia, as well as our World Cup matches in February and March."


The U.S. opens qualifying at home at Crew Stadium against Mexico on Feb. 28 (7:30 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Telemundo), before traveling to Honduras for their second qualifier on March 28. The team’s third qualifier has been slated for April 25 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City against the winner of the Costa Rica/Guatemala playoff on Saturday (Jan. 6) in Miami.


Prior to qualifying, the U.S. will battle China on Jan. 27 in Oakland (2:30 p.m. PT / ESPN2), and Colombia at Miami’s Orange Bowl on Feb. 3 in a match which will be announced officially later this week.

Training Camp Roster – January 5-18, 2001
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps/G Hometown Club
Armas, Chris M 5’7" 150 08/27/72 22/2 Brentwood, N.Y. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Bocanegra, Carlos D 6’0" 170 05/25/79 0/0 Alto Loma, Calif. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Brown, C.J. D 6’0" 185 06/15/75 14/0 Hayward, Calif. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Deering, Chad D/M 6’1" 165 09/02/70 18/1 Plano, Texas Dallas Burn (MLS)
Garcia, Nick D 5’10" 160 04/09/79 0/0 Plano, Texas Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Harkes, John M 5’11" 165 03/08/67 90/6 Kearny, N.J. New England Revolution (MLS)
Henderson, Chris M 5’10" 150 12/11/70 78/3 Everett, Wash. Miami Fusion (MLS)
Jordan, Matt G 6’2" 185 10/18/75 0/0 Aurora, Colo. Dallas Burn (MLS)
Kreis, Jason F 5’10" 155 12/29/72 14/1 Omaha, Nebr. Dallas Burn (MLS)
Mastroeni, Pablo D/M 5’9" 150 08/29/76 0/0 Phoenix, Ariz. Miami Fusion (MLS)
Meola, Tony G 6’1" 205 02/21/69 94/0 Kearny, N.J. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Thornton, Zach G 6’3" 210 10/10/73 6/0 Edgewood, Md. Chicago Fire (MLS)
Zavagnin, Kerry M 5’10" 170 07/02/74 1/0 Plymouth, Mich. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)

2001 Schedule


Bold face denotes home matches – All times EST

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DC United
2001 Schedule
# Date Opponent Time TV Result
CONCACAF Champions Cup
1 Wed, Jan 17 Alajuela 9:15 TM 2-1
2 Fri ,Jan 19 Los Angeles Galaxy

(LA W on PKs)

9:00 TM 1-1
3 Sun, Jan 21 Pachuca 1:00 TM 1-2
DC United Pre-Season – RFK Stadium
1 Wed, Feb 28 George Mason University

Coach’s Comments

11:00 NA 1-1
2 Wed ,Mar 7 American University 12:00 NA 2-0
3 Sat, Mar 10 University
of Maryland
1:00 NA 2-0
Wed, Mar 28 UVA 11:00 NA 4-1
MLS Spring Training-
Florida
1 Thu, Mar 15 Dallas
Burn
8:00 WC 1-2
2 Mon, Mar 19 Columbus Crew 6:00 WC 1-3
3 Fri, Mar 23 Los
Angeles
8:00 WC 0-2
Fri, Mar 30 Miami Fusion Exhibition
in NC
7:00 NA 3-2
Apr 4 at
Arnett Gardens, Jamaica

CONCACAF Giants Cup

3:00 3-0
MLS 2001 Regular Season
1 Sat, Apr 7 Kansas
City
7:30 Reg 3-2
Apr 11 Arnett
Gardens

CONCACAF Giants Cup

8:00 2-1
2 Sat, Apr 14 at
Chicago
9:00 ESPN2 0-2
3 Sat, Apr 21 New England 7:30 CSN 2-1
4 Sat, May 5 at
MetroStars
7:00 CSN 2-3
5 Wed, May 9 New England 8:00 FSNE 5-0
6 Sat, May 12 San
Jose
(Doubleheader with the Washington Freedom – Freedom match at
5:00 pm)
7:30 CSN 2-3
7 Sat, May 19 at Columbus 7:30 1-2
Wed, May 23 Bayer
Leverkusen – International Friendly
8:00 CSN 3-4
8 Wed, May 30 at Miami 7:30 CSN 1-2
9 Sat, Jun 2 Chicago 2:00 ESPN 1-2
10 Sat, Jun 9 at Dallas 1:00 ESPN 0-3
11 Wed, Jun 13 MetroStars 8:00 Metro Guide 2-1
12 Sat, Jun 16 at Kansas City 4:00 ESPN

CSN
3-0
13 Sat, Jun 23 at Tampa Bay 7:00 CSN 2-3
Wed, Jun 27 US Open Cup Second Round – New Jersey Stallions 7:30 8-0
14 Sat, Jun 30 Colorado (Doubleheader with the Washington Freedom
– Freedom match at 5:00 pm)
7:30 CSN 1-1
15 Wed, Jul 4 at Colorado 4:00 CSN 1-3
16 Sat, Jul 7 Los Angeles 8:00 ESPN 0-3
Wed, Jul 11 US Open Cup Third Round – Hershey Wildcats TBD 3-0
17 Sat, Jul 14 at New England 7:30 CSN 3-1
18 Wed, Jul 18 at San Jose 9:30 0-4
19 Sat, Jul 21 at MetroStars 4:00 ESPN 1-2
Wed, Jul 24 US Open Cup Quarterfinals – Richmond Kickers 7:30 2-1
Sat, Jul 28 MLS 2001 All-Star
– San Jose 3:30 – ABC
20 Wed, Aug 1 Miami 8:00 Sunshine 2-2
Fri, Aug 3 Comunicaciones (Guatemala) – Giants Cup 10:00 2-1
Sun, Aug 5 Club America (Mexico) – Giants Cup Final 8:00 0-2
21 Sat, Aug 11 at Los Angeles 10:00 CSN

FSW2 

0-1
22 Wed, Aug 15 MetroStars 8:00 CSN 1-2
23 Sat, Aug 18 at New England 4:00 TM 1-2
Wed, Aug 22 US Open Cup Semifinals – at NE Revolution 8:00 FSW 0-2
24 Sat, Aug 25 Columbus 3:00 ESPN2 2-1
Wed, Aug 29 Exhibition – Hershey Wildcats 1-1
25 Sat, Sep 1 Tampa Bay (Doubleheader: USA v Honduras 2-3)
12:30 Sunshine 5-1
26 Sat, Sep 8 at Miami 4:00 TM 1-3
27 Wed, Sep 12 Dallas – CANCELLED 7:30 CSN
28 Sat, Sep 15 Miami – CANCELLED 7:30
  Sun, Oct 28 MetroStars – Unity Games 7:00 2-2
  Sat, Nov 3 MetroStars – Unity Games 5:00 WC 1-0
  Sat, Nov 17 CD Olimpia (Honduras) 7:30 WC 2-2
2001 MLS Playoffs to follow Dates, Sites
and Times TBA
Sun, Oct 21 – MLS Cup
2001 at Columbus 12:30 – ABC


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TM TeleMundo
Reg Regional Channel – Available on MLS/ESPN Shootout
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