May 13th marked the first visit of Orlando City to Washington D.C. The last, and first time ever, that these teams met, in Orlando in April, D.C. United came away with a 91st minute winner, would this game be as close?
A crowd of 16,221 people were at RFK on Saturday to watch D.C. United take on Sporting Kansas City. Should United win, they'd take sole possession of 1st place in the Eastern Conference, continuing their best ever start to a season.
On May 2nd, D.C. United hosted Columbus Crew for the first time this season. With United holding a 15 game home unbeaten streak in all competitions, and the Crew on a 4 game unbeaten streak, something had to give.
On Saturday D.C. United faced the Houston Dynamo for their only regular season meeting in 2015. Fresh off the disappointment of losing a 2 goal lead to the New York Red Bulls last weekend, United were out for a win to move them ahead of the Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference standings.
On April 11, 2015, D.C. United took on the New York Red Bulls in a regular season MLS game. D.C. were looking to avenge their March 22nd 2-0 loss to the Red Bulls, and came out strong with a brace of goals from midfielder Perry Kitchen.
However, for a league desperately hoping we'd forget its intransigence towards the players and making us wait till the last moment to secure any soccer whatsoever, the start was a little disappointing. Worst of all, it initially lacked anything new.
Forty percent of the public says football is their favorite sport to watch, making it roughly four times more popular than any other sport. Even so, the dominance of football in American culture should not be taken for granted.
Bruce Arena had said at one point that Beckham trained hard every day. He had never been a favorite of mine -- I thought he was another good-looking, overrated British brat -- but the older he got, the more he earned my respect.
It goes without saying that this has been a bad couple of weeks for the NFL, so much so that a tweet -- post-Ray Rice, pre-Adrian Peterson -- came my way that read, "Let's all start watching soccer instead!"
The changing American demographics favor soccer's emergence as a major sporting activity. But for professional men's soccer in America to succeed, it will have to overcome the current saturation of the public's sports attention span.