2006 D.C. United season

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D.C. United
2006 season
Owner D.C. United Holdings
Head Coach Piotr Nowak
MLS Conference: 1st
Overall: 1st
MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Final
U.S. Open Cup Semifinals
Atlantic Cup Winners
Carolina Challenge Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League:
All: C. Gomez (16)
Home colors
Away colors

The 2006 season was D.C. United's eleventh season of soccer, its eleventh consecutive season in Major League Soccer, the top tier of American soccer. The club also played in the U.S. Open Cup, the United States' domestic knockout cup competition. The reserve team played for their second season in the MLS Reserve League.

D.C. United earned their third ever Supporters' Shield, and their first since 1999 by defeating their longtime rivals, the New York Red Bulls 4–3 on September 23. The Shield, which is given to the MLS club with the best regular season record, was United's third ever shield, becoming the first MLS franchise achieve three or more Supporters' Shields, a feat that would not be achieve by a different top division team until 2009. By finishing first in the Eastern Conference, United earned a top seed in the MLS Cup Playoffs, where they won a two-match aggregate series against the Red Bulls, 2–1. United's postseason ended in the Eastern Conference Final on November 5, when they were defeated 1–0 by the New England Revolution.

In the U.S. Open Cup, United reached the semifinal proper of the competition, their best run in the tournament since 2003. United opened their first two rounds of the competition against MLS opposition posting an extra time victory over Columbus Crew, and a 3–1 victory over the Red Bulls in the quarterfinal proper. United was ultimately defeated by a resounding 3–0 scoreline against eventual Open Cup champions, Chicago Fire on September 1.

Background[edit]

D.C. United came off a 2005 campaign that saw the club improve in league play, but fail to defend the MLS Cup championship in postseason playing, bowing out in the conference playoff semifinals. In league play, United saw an uptick in their performance, accumulating the third best regular season record in the entire league, and the second strongest record in the Eastern Conference.

Beyond Major League Soccer, United participated in both the CONCACAF Champions' Cup (now known as the Champions League) and the U.S. Open Cup, in which United were eliminated in the semifinal and quarterfinal rounds, respectively. United was eliminated from the Champions' Cup on April 13, 2005 by Mexican club, UNAM Pumas, while they were eliminated in the Open Cup by FC Dallas through a penalty shootout on August 24, 2005.

Review[edit]

October and November[edit]

In the Conference Final, United lost 1–0 to New England off a fourth-minute goal from Taylor Twellman.[1]

Non-competitive[edit]

Preseason exhibitions[edit]

Carolina Challenge Cup[edit]

Midseason friendlies[edit]

Competitive[edit]

Major League Soccer[edit]

Standings[edit]

Conference[edit]
Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 D.C. United 55 32 15 7 10 52 38 +14
2 New England Revolution 48 32 12 8 12 39 35 +4
3 Chicago Fire 47 32 13 11 8 43 41 +2
4 New York Red Bulls 39 32 9 11 12 41 41 0
5 Kansas City Wizards 38 32 10 14 8 43 45 –2
6 Columbus Crew 33 32 8 15 9 30 42 –12
MLS Supporters' Shield, 2006 MLS Cup Playoffs
2006 MLS Cup Playoffs


Overall[edit]
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 D.C. United (E1) 55 32 15 7 10 52 38 +14
2 FC Dallas (W1) 52 32 16 12 4 48 44 +4
3 New England Revolution (E2) 48 32 12 8 12 39 35 +4
4 Chicago Fire (E3) 47 32 13 11 8 43 41 +2
5 Houston Dynamo (W2) 46 32 11 8 13 44 40 +4
6 Chivas USA (W3) 43 32 10 9 13 45 42 +3
7 Colorado Rapids 41 32 11 13 8 36 49 –13
8 New York Red Bulls 39 32 9 11 12 41 41 0
9 Los Angeles Galaxy 39 32 11 15 6 37 37 0
10 Real Salt Lake 39 32 10 13 9 45 49 –4
11 Kansas City Wizards 38 32 10 14 8 43 45 –2
12 Columbus Crew 33 32 8 15 9 30 42 –12
MLS Supporters' Shield, 2006 MLS Cup Playoffs
MLS Supporters' Shield runner up, 2006 MLS Cup Playoffs
2006 MLS Cup Playoffs


Results summary[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Game reports[edit]

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Round Leg Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Goalscorers Attendance Ref
Conf. SF 1 October 21, 2005 New York Red Bulls A W 1–0 Gómez 8,630
2 October 29, 2006 H T 1–1 Gómez 21,455
Conf. F [A] November 5, 2006 New England Revolution H L 0–1 19,552 [1]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Major League Soccer U.S. Open Cup MLS Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK United States Troy Perkins 34 0 30+0 0 1+0 0 3+0 0
2 DF United States David Stokes 5 0 1+2 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
4 DF United States Brandon Prideaux 12 0 9+0 0 1+0 0 0+2 0
5 DF Argentina Facundo Erpen 35 3 30+0 3 3+0 0 2+0 0
6 MF United States Domenic Mediate 9 0 2+6 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
7 MF Argentina Matías Donnet 9 1 7+1 1 0+1 0 0+0 0
7 MF Argentina Lucio Filomeno 12 1 5+6 1 0+0 0 0+1 0
8 MF United States Justin Moose 1 3 0+1 3 0+0 0 0+0 0
9 MF United States Freddy Adu 37 2 29+3 2 2+0 0 3+0 0
10 MF Argentina Christian Gómez 35 16 28+2 14 2+0 0 3+0 2
11 FW United States Alecko Eskandarian 26 7 16+6 7 1+0 0 3+0 0
12 DF United States John Wilson 11 0 2+9 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
14 MF United States Ben Olsen 26 2 18+2 2 1+2 0 3+0 0
15 MF Russia Rod Dyachenko 13 0 4+5 0 1+2 0 0+1 0
16 MF United States Brian Carroll 37 0 31+0 0 3+0 0 3+0 0
17 DF United States Joshua Gros 35 4 29+0 3 3+0 1 2+1 0
18 GK United States Nick Rimando 4 0 2+0 0 2+0 0 0+0 0
19 MF United States Clyde Simms 30 1 10+14 1 2+1 0 1+2 0
20 DF United States Matt Nickell 5 0 0+3 0 0+2 0 0+0 0
21 MF Jamaica Stephen deRoux 5 0 2+2 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
22 MF United States Devon McTavish 8 0 3+5 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
23 FW United States Jamil Walker 23 4 3+16 1 2+1 3 0+1 0
24 MF United States Jeff Carroll 5 0 1+1 0 0+0 0 1+2 0
25 FW United States Santino Quaranta 4 0 4+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
26 DF United States Bryan Namoff 32 0 25+1 0 3+0 0 3+0 0
31 FW Uganda Robert Ssejjemba 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
32 DF United States Bobby Boswell 36 1 30+0 1 3+0 0 3+0 0
99 FW Bolivia Jaime Moreno 37 12 31+1 11 1+1 1 3+0 0

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Nation Number Name Total MLS Open Cup MLS Cup
1 Argentina 10 Christian Gómez 16 14 0 2
2 Bolivia 99 Jaime Moreno 12 11 1 0
3 United States 11 Alecko Eskandarian 7 4 0 0
4 United States 4 Joshua Gros 4 3 1 0
4 United States 17 Jamil Walker 4 1 3 0
6 Argentina 5 Facundo Erpen 3 3 0 0
7 United States 9 Freddy Adu 2 2 0 0
7 United States 14 Ben Olsen 2 2 0 0

Last updated: November 8, 2011
Source: D.C. United

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Sourced list of players signed during the season

Out[edit]

Sourced list of players sold or loaned out during the season

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes
A ^ : One-legged match.
Citations
  1. ^ a b Boehm, Charles (November 5, 2006). "Capital punishment: Revs oust D.C". D.C. United. Archived from the original on January 8, 2007. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Boehm, Charles (April 2, 2006). "Eskandarian, Erpen save tie in opener". D.C. United. MLSnet.com. Archived from the original on April 26, 2006. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
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