2016 D.C. United season

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D.C. United
2016 season
General managerDave Kasper
Head coachBen Olsen
StadiumRFK Stadium
MLSConference: 4th
Overall: 9th
MLS Cup PlayoffsKnockout round
U.S. Open CupFourth round
CONCACAF Champions League (15–16)Quarterfinals
Atlantic CupWinners
Top goalscorerLeague: Lamar Neagle (9)
All: Lamar Neagle (9)
Highest home attendance30,943
(Oct 16 vs. NYCFC)
Lowest home attendanceLeague: 14,088
(Apr 9 vs. Toronto)
All: 10,790
(Mar 1 vs. Querétaro)
Average home league attendanceLeague: 15,061
All: 14,451
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The 2016 D.C. United season was the club's twenty-first season of existence, and their twenty-first in Major League Soccer, the top flight of American soccer.

The 2016 season began in February 2016, with United playing Liga MX club, Querétaro, in the quarterfinal series of the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League. United ultimately lost 1–3 on aggregate to Querétaro and were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the second consecutive season. United began the Major League regular season winless in their first five matches, before winning at home 4–0 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Through the spring and summer, United maintained a playoff bubble position in the Eastern Conference table. Additionally, during this time, United was bumped from the fourth round of the 2016 U.S. Open Cup by NASL club, Fort Lauderdale Strikers. In the fall, United went on a regular season surge, which saw the Black-and-Red win four of their final five games, allowing them to finish fourth in the Eastern Conference and tied for ninth overall. This resulted in United qualifying for the MLS Cup Playoffs for the third consecutive season. In the preliminary round of the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs, United lost at home to Montreal Impact, 2–4. The late October loss in the MLS Cup Playoffs was United's last competitive game of the year.

United's top scorers during the campaign came from newcomers, both of whom had previous played for MLS franchises: Lamar Neagle from Seattle Sounders FC lead the team with 10 goals across all competitions. Mid-season signee, Patrick Mullins, from New York City FC had eight goals during the campaign. Additionally, newcomer Luciano Acosta, a loanee from Boca Juniors lead United during the 2016 season with 11 assists across all competitions.




D.C. United entered 2016 in desperate need of a makeover in midfield. The team traded winger Chris Pontius to the Philadelphia Union, they were unable to reach a new agreement with long-time central midfielder Perry Kitchen. Kitchen's central midfield partner, Davy Arnaud seemed unlikely to make a recovery from a concussion suffered in September 2015. Also Michael Farfan was released. Although the team traded for two wingers, Lamar Neagle and Patrick Nyarko, they were still in need of help in the center of the pitch. At the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, the team traded up two positions to select a Generation Adidas player from Syracuse University, midfielder Julian Buescher. The team then traded its own first round selection for a pick in the second round along with TAM money. The team used the pick to Select another midfielder, from 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship Game runner-up Clemson University, Paul Clowes. However, the team was still in search of more experienced players, and stories began surfacing that the team was trying to sign various foreign midfielders, including Leonardo Gil and Antonio Nocerino. The biggest news of the preseason, though, was probably the announcement that the team's star player, goalkeeper Bill Hamid had reinjured his knee during the off-season and was forced to have knee surgery that was expected to sideline him for several months.


Having set their sights on A.C. Milan player Antonio Nocerino, D.C. United found their negotiation was undermined when Orlando City S.C.'s Kaka apparently convinced his former teammate to reject United's offer and pursue a contract with Orlando. Fortunately, a plan B quickly emerged. The team filled the holding mid slot by trading for MLS veteran Marcelo Sarvas, and got a bit of an unexpected boost when the name of a former acquisition target, Boca Junior's midfielder/forward Luciano Acosta suddenly showed up on the transfer rumor wires. Within a week, United had the diminutive midfielder signed and training in their Florida pre-season camp. The next day, Acosta even assisted on the lone goal in a match against Tampa Bay Rowdies. Reportedly, United agreed to a trade of a conditional draft pick to New York Red Bulls, who had gained discovery claim priority on Acosta, after United had relinquished its own. As preseason continued, the team released Conor Doyle to make way for a trialist from USL side Pittsburgh Riverhounds, winger Rob Vincent. United took to the pitch for the first time in 2016, with a 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Querétaro F.C. In a match in the Mexican mountain city, D.C. United mostly held its own. But, missed chances by the visitors opened the door for the home team, which scored twice in the final 20 minutes, to take a daunting 2-0 lead in the series.


For the second straight year, the D.C. team bowed out in the quarterfinals of CONCACAF play. An away goal in the 4th minute locked up the series for Querétaro, but United did manage to reclaim some dignity with an impressive late strike for a goal by rookie Julian Büscher. Unable to practice with the team because of lingering post-concussion symptoms, Davy Arnaud retired from playing and joined the coaching staff. Because he had a guaranteed contract, Arnaud's retirement was not expected to free up any salary cap space, but it did open a roster spot. United made a trade to acquire the rights to U.S. youth international goalkeeper, Charlie Horton, who had left his English team, Leeds United, to play closer to home.

MLS regular season[edit]

In its 2016 Major League Soccer season opener, D.C. United started off well with a goal by newcomer Lamar Neagle to take a 1-0 lead over the LA Galaxy in the fifth minute. However, the Galaxy stormed back in the second half, led by former MLS MVP Mike Magee, and crushed D.C. 4-1. As D.C. traveled to Foxboro to face the New England Revolution, Andrew Dykstra was forced to sit out with back spasms, and Fabian Espindola was nursing a tender hamstring. The match ended in a scoreless draw. Dykstra later turned out to need back surgery that would sideline him for 10–12 weeks,[1] joining Hamid on the injury list and leaving the netminding duties up to sophomore keeper Travis Worra and the recently signed Horton.

DC hoped to bounce back in their home opener against the Colorado Rapids, but the team only managed a 1-1 draw thanks to Espindola coming off the bench and chipping a rebound into the net in the 80th minute. The following week, Steve Birnbaum and Álvaro Saborío were called up to their respective national teams in the US and Costa Rica. D.C. faced off against an FC Dallas side that was suffering even more losses from injury and national call-ups, but were crushed 3-0 after Dallas took advantage of multiple mistakes between Bobby Boswell and Kofi Opare, who filled in for Birnbaum.


D.C. United announced the signing of veteran MLS keeper Tally Hall to shore up their increasingly-wounded goalkeeping corps, which turned out to be a prescient move as Horton suffered a concussion during training and would not be ready in time for the next match. Still searching for their first victory of the season, D.C. instead found another draw in San Jose. Despite getting an early lead when Nyarko headed in a spectacular cross by Neagle, and seeing several miraculous saves from Worra, a mistake by Espindola late in the game quickly led to a game-tying goal by Adam Jahn. D.C. finally got its first win in 2016 when they returned home to face the Vancouver Whitecaps F.C. Espindola and Alvaro Saborio each scored a pair of goals, with the latter player's goals both assisted by Acosta late in the second half, to notch a 4-0 shutout. Unfortunately, the team's good fortune would be short-lived, when they allowed Sebastian Giovinco to score in the first minute of the very next game, leading to a 1-0 defeat against Toronto.

On April 20, the MLS Disciplinary Committee suddenly announced that they would suspend manager Ben Olsen and fine him $500 for stepping onto the field during the Toronto match.[2] With Chad Ashton as their acting manager, D.C. bounced back in their very next match with a 3-0 victory against New England. Neagle opened the scoring for D.C. and Saborio closed it out with another late insurance goal, but the most memorable moment of the game came when Lucho Acosta scored a fabulous goal—a long distance chip over the goalie that struck the bottom of the crossbar and went in the net for Acosta's first goal in a D.C. United uniform. The goal also earned Acosta the MLS Goal of the Week honor. United closed out the month on the road against the Chicago Fire. The Fire scored first on a free kick late in the first half, but D/C was able to level the score when Nyarko headed home a cross from Acosta.


Despite missing several key players, D.C. United started off the month of May expecting three points in a home match against cellar-dwelling NYCFC, but the team missed some good chances to score in the first half and the visiting team punished them with 2 goals early in the second half, the first by Spanish star David Villa and the second by Khiry Shelton. 5 days later, D.C. hosted the other team from the New York region, the potent New York Red Bulls The biggest home crowd of the season turned out for this rivalry match, and the home team responded with a strong overall effort. Nyarko sent Sarvas in on goal with a terrific through ball, and Sarvas unselfishly sent a pass across the goal to a waiting Saborio, who had an easy tap-in to take the lead. Worra delivered with several spectacular saves to maintain United's lead, and the team closed out the first half with a spectacular goal, as Neagle served up a sharp cross that Nyarko was able to turn into a goal with an impressive outside of the foot volley shot that sealed the 2-0 win.

The team also made a couple of personnel changes during that short home-stand, acquiring a young striker from Sierra Leone, via Sweden, Alhaji Kamara. Kamara had been ruled out from UEFA competition due to the discovery of a congenital heart defect that was deemed to pose risk to the striker's life. However, cardiologists hired by both D.C. United and MLS [3] decided Kamara was healthy enough to safely participate in the sport. To make room for Kamara, the team waived Clowes.

On the pitch, the team continued to struggle to produce offense, and dropped point when they surrendered a stoppage-point goal on a trip to the Philadelphia Union. Days after the 0-1 loss to the Union, the team announced that they had mutually parted ways with Markus Halsti, just as he was called up to the Finnish national team. Halsti had been plagued by injuries and fitness concerns, and only appeared in one match for the team in 2016, as a substitute in the second leg of the CCL against Querétaro.

On the 27th, despite furious storms that nearly scuttled the match, D.C. United managed to sneak away with a victory when the newly signed Kamara subbed in for Neagle in the 85th minute, and then scored his first goal for the team less than a minute later, giving his new team a 1-0 victory over Sporting KC.


United failed to build on the momentum of the Kansas City win, suffering a crushing 0-2 home loss to Seattle, on late goals by rookie Jordan Morris and Joevin Jones. The entire MLS went on break for the Copa América Centenario. Birnbaum and Saborio were called up to their respective national team squads for the USA and Costa Rica. During the league break, the team made an unusual move, adding 16-year old youth national team captain Chris Durkin as a Homegrown Player signing. Durkin was one of the youngest signings in league history, but the unusual deal did not add Durkin to D.C. United's MLS roster. Instead, he was available to play in a U.S. Open Cup match the next day, and would go out on loan after the match, first to Richmond Kickers, and then to resume his residency with the national team program in Bradenton as least until the USA U-17s finished their run at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Durkin did make his debut in the USOC match and by all accounts looked very much as if he belonged. However, the team was unable to break through against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers defense, and the D.C. squad made a quick exit from the competition, after losing to the Strikers in a penalty kick shootout. When MLS league action resumed, United claimed 4 points in their final 2 matches of the month, including a dreary 0-0 draw in Houston that produced no excitement until stoppage time, when Bill Hamid was forced into two spectacular reaction saves. D.C. United turned in a stronger performance with some home cooking against the New England Revolution, as Neagle and Franklin turned in highlight reel goals, and the home team cruised to a 2-0 win.


July began with another impotent showing from the United offense in a place where the team had long ago become accustomed to losing. Despite repeated jaw-dropping heroics by goalie Hamid, United fell behind in Utah to home team Real Salt Lake on a 52nd-minute goal. United seemed resigned to another road loss at Rio Tinto Stadium until Jeffrey scored a header on a stoppage time corner kick to gain the surprise point. That result, however, seemed a distant memory the next week, when United traveled to the Philadelphia Union, and suffered the team's worst loss to that franchise, a 3-0 drubbing with 2 first-half penalty kick goals and a second yellow-card ejection for Opare. starting in place of captain Boswell, who had been beaten several times in the previous match against RSL.

D.C. United did bounce back the next week on a trip to Columbus. The game marked the first appearance for the D.C. side by long-time nemesis Lloyd Sam, acquired in a trade with the N.Y. Red Bulls. United seemed the more likely side for much of the match in Columbus, but surrendered a goal to the Crew's scoring sensation, Ola Kamara, in the 63rd minute. The D.C. team did catch a break 10 minutes later as Harrison Afful was shown a red card for a sliding challenge on Sarvas. That card was rescinded later by the Disciplinary Committee, but United was able to press the man advantage and gained a point when late substitute Fabian Espindola pounced on a loose ball and shot it past the reach of the Crew goalie. That thrilling moment proved to be the coda to Espindola's career with D.C. United as "Fabi" was traded the next week to the Vancouver Whitecaps in what amounted to a 3-way deal that saw former University of Maryland Terrapins star Patrick Mullins move from NYCFC to D.C. United, with the NYC side getting one of D.C.'s international roster slots. The acquisition of Mullins was one local fans had hoped for since the Hermann award winner left school.

The team's long July road trip finished in Toronto, where Worra started for an injured Hamid. It was a tough lesson for Worra, who was beat for two free kick goals by Sebastian Giovinco in a 4-1 loss. When the team finally returned to RFK, the newly acquired Mullins made his first start for United and put his new team ahead with a header, but the team surrendered a late tying goal to the visiting Montreal Impact, not long after Montreal's star striker Didier Drogba had been sent off for a dead ball foul. The match also marked the first appearance for United by Kennedy Igboananike, who had just been acquired in a trade with the Chicago Fire.


D.C.'s homestand continued with a match against the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Union. United took the lead when Kemp intercepted a pass in the defensive end, raced through the Union defense and beat the goalie to the far post. However, the Union tied the game on a free kick just before halftime. The visitors took the lead when Acosta was dispossessed as he tried to dribble out of the defensive end and former United star Chris Pontius continued a remarkable renaissance in his first season away from D.C. and put the Union ahead. United's coach, Ben Olsen was ejected late in the second half for protesting one of many uncalled fouls on Acosta. Despite missing their leader, United pushed hard for a tying goal. Despite having a couple of apparent goals waved off by the officials, the team finally found the tying goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time, when Birnbaum got his head on the end of a service into the box by Nyarko. Despite being only a draw, it was a very emotional goal for the players and fans, but the home draw meant the team remained outside of playoff contention.

After getting only 2 points on draws in the first two games of the four-game homestand, United was desperate for a win when Portland Timbers came to town. The start of the game was delayed an hour because of record-setting heat that exceeded 100 degrees (on the Fahrenheit scale), but United got off to a hot start themselves. An early corner was headed on by Boswell to Birnbaum, who took his chance on a sharp volley to give D.C. an early lead. The team doubled that lead in the 29th minute, just before a scheduled heat break, when Acosta finished a chance in front of goal, set up by a nifty chipped pass from Mullins. Thanks to the usual heroics by Hamid, the team held on for a 2-0 shutout win that lifted United ahead of New England and at least temporarily holding the sixth and final postseason spot in the East.

The four-game homestand concluded with a Sunday afternoon national TV game against arch-rivals New York Red Bulls. Despite a pre-game shower during warm-ups and with inclement weather approaching, the teams kicked off on time, but the game was stopped just shy of the 8:00 mark, because a powerful storm was about to settle over RFK. After the torrential rains eased somewhat, grounds-crew tried to remove some of the bigger puddles of water and play resumed after a delay of about an hour and a quarter. Despite epically sloppy conditions, United was able to create some excellent chances to score, but their finishing was not up to the task. NYRB punished the home team's mistakes when Bradley Wright-Phillips finished off a play that opened up when Franklin whiffed on an attempted clearance due to poor footing. The visitors extended their lead in the second half on a shot by Felipe. As the team had done 2 weeks earlier, a desperate United team was able to rally to gain a home draw. First, Marcelo Sarvas scored on a penalty kick, earned by Lloyd Sam, who was playing against his old team for the first time. The tying goal was scored on a header by Patrick Mullins after Birnbaum headed a long corner kick back into the box. With a mid-week trip to Montreal looming, United were clinging to the final post-season slot, holding a tiebreaker edge over Orlando City SC.

In Montreal, United got off to an early lead on a penalty kick goal by Neagle, but Neagle gave it away late in the match when his turnover in the defensive zone was quickly turned into the tying goal. Still, the point was enough to hold on to the playoff position spot in the table.

D.C. United closed out an unbeaten August with some good home cooking and a 6-2 drubbing of the cellar-dwelling Chicago Fire SC. Acosta opened the scoring in the 25th minute, finishing off a cross through the box from Sarvas. Against the run of play, Hamid surrendered the lead six minutes later, when he gave up a big rebound on a long shot and he was helpless to deny the follow-up shot. However, United was soon playing with a man advantage after a Fire player was ejected for dissent. Mullins then slotted home a Nyarko pass to put United ahead again, and just before halftime Mullins finished off a pass from Acosta to extend the lead to 2 goals. The Fire responded with a goal just before the whistle for halftime. However, in the second half, a Nyarko volley just got across the line to restore the two-goal lead. Mullins added another goal to get the first hat-trick of the year for United, and Deleon came off the bench to close out the 6-2 scoreline with a crisp shot past the outstretched Chicago goalie, which was Deleon's first goal of the year.


D.C. United opened September with a Thursday match in Yankee Stadium against NYCFC without Steven Birnbaum, who was called up to play in his first United States Men's National Soccer Team World Cup qualifying match. Jalen Robinson played well over the first hour ad a quarter, as D.C. protected a 1-0 lead gained when Sam finished off a play started by Acosta and assisted by Nyarko. However, an errant back-pass by Luke Mishu, found its way to David Villa, who easily beat Hamid. In the 85th minute, Villa received a ball in the box and he was taken down by Robinson. Advantage was played when Frank Lampard collected the loose ball and beat Hamid with a laser shot. United seemed to have recovered for a draw, when Neagle headed in a corner kick by Büscher in stoppage time. However, the defense couldn't slow down the NYCFC attack and Lampard was able to get Robinson to slide early and then took the open shot to give NYCFC the 3-2 win in the third minute of stoppage time. In addition to the disappointing result for the team, Acosta received a yellow card which mean he would miss the next match due to an accumulation of yellow cards.

Before the team's next match at NYRB, Andrea Mancini was released to join the New York Cosmos, freeing up an international roster slot, and allowing the team to activate Kamara, who had sat out over six weeks with a hamstring injury. Without Acosta, United seemed hopelessly overmatched by the potent NYRB in a match scheduled to honor the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Indeed, the Red Bulls went ahead in the first half following a Nyarko defensive turnover that led to a historic goal by Bradley Wright-Phillips, giving BWP the most goals over a 3-year stretch by any player in league history. In the second half, Wright-Phillips caught Hamid leaning towards the far post and slammed it past him to the near side, giving NY a 2-0 lead. The New York team only turned up the pressure, but Hamid responded with multiple highlight reel saves to keep his team in the match. In the 89th minute, a loose ball in the box came to Birnbaum, and he delivered with a shot that narrowed the gap to 2-1. Then, in the 5th minute of stoppage time, a loose ball in the box came to Neagle for an easy tap-in, and United emerged with a shocking draw against the run of play. The result was the first time that NYRB had ever surrendered a 2-goal lead in Red Bull Arena.

A short week two-game road trip concluded on a Friday in Chicago, where D.C. once again rescued a point in the final minutes. The game started brightly for the visitors, when they were awarded an indirect free kick just outside the Fire's 6-yard box. Rob Vincent scored his first MLS goal, with a blast through the defense, assisted by Acosta. However, the Fire responded quickly as Luke Mishu, playing for the injured Franklin, lost his mark on a corner kick and surrendered a header for goal. The Fire made it 2-0 not long thereafter, as David Accam dribbled around Birnbaum and took a long shot that found the corner of the goal. Down a goal, United turned in a tired display, and seemed destined for a defeat. As the game went into stoppage time, Mullins took a chance with a spectacular overhead volley that rang off the crossbar. The rebound went to Nyarko, who forced a save by the diving Sean Johnson, but Boswell headed that rebound in for the tying goal. The draw again put United ahead of Orlando City Soccer Club in the race for the final playoff position, – but only on the goal differential tiebreaker with a big home match against Orlando City looming the following weekend. Both teams actually trailed New England Revolution in that race, by two points, but the Revolution had played an additional game.

The match against Orlando City was a hit at the box office, as the official attendance at RFK Stadium exceeded 25,000 for the first time in years. D.C. rewarded the big home crowd with a fluid performance that produced a 4-1 win and gave United a cushion over the visitors in the playoff chase. Mullins opened the scoring in the 34th minute, getting a foot on a cross across the goalmouth from Kemp, which followed a nifty back heel from Nyarko that created Kemp's chance. Two goals in quick succession put the game out of reach early in the second half. Sam got a header on a cross by Kemp, who had his second assist of the match. That was followed by Mullins' second goal, when the striker collected a pass from Nyarko, slipped wide of a defender, and cut the ball back just inside the far post. Orlando did get one back on a free kick in the 72nd minute, but the rookie Julian Büscher, who subbed on for an injured Sarvas in the first half, capped off the scoring with a goal in the 90th minute. The goal was Büscher's first in MLS play.

The midweek match at home against Columbus Crew SC was almost the opposite. Rain earlier in the day and a rainy forecast resulted in a small, but enthusiastic crowd. The visitors controlled play over most of the first hour, but United began to assert itself and seized control when Acosta was able to deliver the ball to Sam just outside the six-yard box. Sam created a shooting lane and took advantage with a shot that put United in the lead, even as Neagle stood at midfield waiting to come on for Sam. Fifteen minutes later, it was Neagle whose shot found the back of the net. He finished off a play that began when Nyarko got on the end of a long kick by Hamid and passed to Büscher. Then, Büscher passed to Neagle, who was unmarked inside the 18-yard box. A 3-0 victory was in the books after Neagle collected a long outlet pass by Hamid and then set up Saborio in front of the goal in the 90th minute. The Costa Rican had not played in over a month but showed no sign of rust as he neatly beat the Crew goalie. It was the first time in 2016 that D.C. had won two games in a row, and it stretched the team's home unbeaten streak to 8 games. The win solidified United's hold on 6th place and a playoff spot, stretching the lead over New England to four points, but United also trailed Montreal by only a point and Philadelphia by only two points, with three games remaining in the regular season.


For D.C. United, the final month of MLS' regular season began the way the prior month ended—with a victory, one that extended the winning streak to three games in a row. Following the midweek win over the Crew, United traveled to Toronto, where they faced a Toronto F.C. squad that had struggled since their star Giovinco was injured. Jozy Altidore, however, continued his hot streak. as he dribbled past both Birnbaum and Hamid and scored to stake the home team to a lead in the 36th minute. But, Neagle scored on a header three minutes later to level the score, when a goalmouth scramble forced a saved by the Toronto goalie that found its way to Neagle in front of the goal. Neagle made it two in the second half when he got on the end of a Sam pass and touched it beyond the keeper's reach. Pending the next day's Montreal Impact match, the win catapulted D.C. at least temporarily into 4th place in the Eastern Conference. The Toronto match was followed by a break for international games, and both Birnbaum and Hamid were called into the national team. Birnbaum made the trip to Cuba where he was a second-half substitute, but a kick to the face left him bloody and needing stitches.

Despite the incident in Havana, Birnbaum was in the starting lineup when NYCFC came to RFK in the final home game of the regular season for DC. Playing before an announced crowd of over 30,000, United played as strong a half as the team had at any time under Coach Ben Olsen. Patrick Mullins put DC out in front as he finished a Lloyd Sam cross in the 27th minute. Four minutes later, Boswell headed in a Sam corner kick to give the home team a much deserved 2-0 lead. Just before halftime, a defensive error allowed United to extend the lead to 3-0. An errant back pass found its way to Mullins, who then found Rob Vincent at the top of the box, leaving Vincent with a wide-open goal to shoot at for his second MLS goal. NYCFC got one back after the 70' mark, when David Villa drew a soft penalty call, and then beat Hamid on the penalty kick. The 3-1 win clinched a postseason spot for United and left them a point ahead of Montreal in the race for 4th place and a home-field advantage in the play-in game.

D.C. closed out the regular season in Orlando knowing that they would be hosting the play-in round match four days later so long as the Montreal Impact did not win at New England, so it probably should not have surprised anyone that Coach Olsen started a line-up made of entirely of reserves and a few players returning from lengthy injury spells. Not surprisingly, Orlando City dominated the match, winning 4-2, despite United goals by Saborio and Igboananike, who notched his first goal for United, with Büscher assisting on both goals. Montreal fell to defeat to the Revolution, however, so D.C. would host the Impact in the mid-week play-in match.

United's season came to a crashing end in the playoff match against Montreal Impact. In the 3rd minute, captain Bobby Boswell made a huge mental mistake, ignoring his goalie's pleas to allow a missed shot to bounce over the end line and under no pressure, Boswell played it out for a corner. Montreal converted on the set piece as Laurent Ciman ran onto the cross and volleyed to give the visitors the early lead. United was frustrated by the Impact defense, and finally surrendered a second goal late in the first half after a failed clearance gave the Impact a chance to run at the D.C. defense. Ignacio Piatti chipped the ball behind the back line and Matteo Mancosu ran on to the pass and slotted it in for a 2-0 lead. The lead grew to 3-0 when a Mancosu header beat Hamid. United began showing some life late, but two Birnbaum headers were cleared off the line. The result was put beyond any doubt when Mancosu and Piatti combined on a breakaway, with Piatti getting the goal. D.C. did manage to make the scoreline more respectable in the closing moments, as Neagle headed in a Nyarko cross for a goal in the 90th minute and Kemp scored unassisted in stoppage time with a screamer inside the post from 25 yards. Though the team showed the same late-game fire they had for the last 3 months, they had dug too deep a hole, and a 4-2 loss began the long off-season.



As of September 9, 2016
Squad No. Name Nationality Position(s) Previous club Date of birth (age)
28 Bill Hamid formerly HGP United States GK United States D.C. United Academy (1990-11-25) November 25, 1990 (age 33)
30 Charlie Horton United States GK England Leeds United (1994-09-14) September 14, 1994 (age 29)
48 Travis Worra United States GK United States New Hampshire Wildcats (1993-04-19) April 19, 1993 (age 30)
50 Andrew Dykstra United States GK United States Charleston Battery (1986-01-02) January 2, 1986 (age 37)
2 Taylor Kemp United States LB / WB United States Maryland Terrapins (1990-07-23) July 23, 1990 (age 33)
5 Sean Franklin United States RB / WB United States LA Galaxy (1985-03-21) March 21, 1985 (age 38)
6 Kofi Opare Ghana CB United States LA Galaxy (1990-10-12) October 12, 1990 (age 33)
15 Steve Birnbaum formerly GA United States CB / RB United States California Golden Bears (1991-01-23) January 23, 1991 (age 32)
20 Jalen Robinson HGP United States CB / DM United States Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1994-05-08) May 8, 1994 (age 29)
22 Chris Korb United States RB / WB United States Akron Zips (1987-10-08) October 8, 1987 (age 36)
32 Bobby Boswell (C) United States CB United States Houston Dynamo (1983-03-15) March 15, 1983 (age 40)
34 Luke Mishu United States RB / CB United States Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1991-06-26) June 26, 1991 (age 32)
7 Marcelo Sarvas Brazil CM / AM United States Colorado Rapids (1981-10-16) October 16, 1981 (age 42)
8 Lloyd Sam Ghana LW / RW United States New York Red Bulls (1984-09-27) September 27, 1984 (age 39)
11 Luciano Acosta Argentina AM / FW Argentina Boca Juniors (1994-05-31) May 31, 1994 (age 29)
12 Patrick Nyarko Ghana RW United States Chicago Fire (1986-01-15) January 15, 1986 (age 37)
13 Lamar Neagle United States LW / FW United States Seattle Sounders FC (1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 (age 36)
14 Nick DeLeon formerly GA United States CM / LM United States Louisville Cardinals (1990-07-17) July 17, 1990 (age 33)
21 Chris Durkin HGP United States DM United States Richmond Kickers (2000-02-08) February 8, 2000 (age 23)
25 Jared Jeffrey United States CM / AM Germany Mainz 05 (1990-07-14) July 14, 1990 (age 33)
26 Rob Vincent England CM United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds (1990-10-26) October 26, 1990 (age 33)
27 Collin Martin HGP United States CM United States Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1994-11-09) November 9, 1994 (age 29)
33 Julian Büscher GA Germany CM / AM United States Syracuse Orange (1993-04-22) April 22, 1993 (age 30)
9 Álvaro Saborío Costa Rica FW United States Real Salt Lake (1982-03-25) March 25, 1982 (age 41)
16 Patrick Mullins United States FW United States New York City FC (1992-02-05) February 5, 1992 (age 31)
17 Miguel Aguilar Mexico FW / RW United States San Francisco Dons (1993-08-30) August 30, 1993 (age 30)
18 Chris Rolfe (VC) United States FW / LW United States Chicago Fire (1983-01-17) January 17, 1983 (age 40)
45 Alhaji Kamara Sierra Leone FW Sweden Norrköping (1994-04-16) April 16, 1994 (age 29)
77 Kennedy Igboananike Nigeria FW United States Chicago Fire (1989-02-26) February 26, 1989 (age 34)


Preseason friendlies[edit]

January 29 Elfsborg Sweden 1–0 D.C. United Bradenton
19:00 EDT Claesson 4' Report Stadium: IMG Academy
February 5 Brann Norway Cancelled D.C. United Bradenton
10:00 EDT Stadium: IMG Academy

Suncoast Invitational[edit]

Major League Soccer[edit]

League tables[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
2 New York City FC 34 15 10 9 62 57 +5 54 Conference semifinals
3 Toronto FC 34 14 9 11 51 39 +12 53 Knockout round
4 D.C. United 34 11 10 13 53 47 +6 46
5 Montreal Impact 34 11 11 12 49 53 −4 45
6 Philadelphia Union 34 11 14 9 52 55 −3 42
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots.
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[a]
8 Sporting Kansas City 34 13 13 8 42 41 +1 47
9 Real Salt Lake 34 12 12 10 44 46 −2 46
10 D.C. United 34 11 10 13 53 47 +6 46
11 Montreal Impact 34 11 11 12 49 53 −4 45
12 Portland Timbers 34 12 14 8 48 53 −5 44
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
  1. ^
    CONCACAF Champions League
    Selection Procedure
    • Four US-based teams qualify for the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League:
      1. The winner of the MLS Cup 2016 (Seattle Sounders FC);
      2. The winner of the Supporters' Shield (FC Dallas);
      3. The regular season conference champion that did not win the Supporters Shield (New York Red Bulls);
      4. The winner of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (FC Dallas; already qualified, so berth passes to Colorado Rapids)
      Should a team qualify through more than one method, or should a team from Canada occupy any MLS qualifying place, the next best US team in the overall table would take its place.
      One Canada-based team qualifies for the Champions League (NOTE: Canadian teams cannot qualify through MLS):
      1. The winner of the 2016 and 2017 Canadian Championship (Toronto FC)


March 6 1 LA Galaxy 4–1 D.C. United Carson
22:00 EDT Steres 54'
Magee 64', 87'
Keane 83' (pen.)
Report Neagle 5' Yellow card 48'
Franklin Yellow card 59'
DeLeon Yellow card 86'
Stadium: StubHub Center
Attendance: 25,667
March 12 2 New England Revolution 0–0 D.C. United Foxborough
22:00 EDT Koffie Yellow card 26' Report Acosta Yellow card 45+1'
Franklin Yellow card 56'
DeLeon Yellow card 64'
Sarvas Yellow card 87'
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Attendance: 16,102
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
March 20 3 D.C. United 1–1 Colorado Rapids Washington, D.C.
17:00 EDT Espindola 80'
Sarvas Yellow card 86'
Report Watts Yellow card 19'
Powers Yellow card 45+1' 69'
Sjöberg Yellow card 49'
Azira Yellow card 73'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 15,334
Referee: Chris Penso
March 26 4 D.C. United 0–3 FC Dallas Washington, D.C.
17:30 EDT Sarvas Yellow card 37' Red card 66'
Rolfe Yellow card 61'
Report Barrios 14', 28' Yellow card 60'
Gruezo Yellow card 30'
Urruti 52'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 14,201
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
April 2 5 San Jose Earthquakes 1–1 D.C. United San Jose
22:30 EDT Francis Yellow card 31'
Imperiale Yellow card 55'
Jahn 88'
Report Nyarko 34' Yellow card 64'
Kemp Yellow card 59'
Acosta Yellow card 86'
Stadium: Avaya Stadium
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
April 9 6 D.C. United 4–0 Vancouver Whitecaps Washington, D.C.
17:30 EDT Espindola 39', 54'
Franklin Yellow card 70'
Saborio 88', 90+1'
Report Froese Yellow card 65' Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 14,088
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
April 16 7 D.C. United 0–1 Toronto FC Washington, D.C.
19:00 EDT Sarvas Yellow card 89'
Birnbaum Yellow card 90+5'
Report Giovinco 1'
Altidore Yellow card 35'
Irwin Yellow card 88'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 16,236
Referee: Mathieu Bourdeau
April 23 8 D.C. United 3–0 New England Revolution Washington, D.C.
17:00 EDT Sarvas Yellow card 21'
Neagle 33' (pen.)
Franklin Yellow card 62'
Acosta 86'
Saborío 90'
Report Caldwell Yellow card 45+1'
Gonçalves Yellow card 68'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 16,005
Referee: Alan Kelly
April 30 9 Chicago Fire 1–1 D.C. United Bridgeview
17:00 EDT Campbell 41'
Igboananike Yellow card 44'
Report Rolfe Yellow card 45+1'
Nyarko 64'
Birnbaum Yellow card 83'
Stadium: Toyota Park
Attendance: 13,114
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
May 8 10 D.C. United 0–2 New York City FC Washington, D.C.
19:30 EDT Acosta Yellow card 3'
Jeffrey Yellow card 47'
Büscher Yellow card 90+4'
Report Villa 49'
Shelton 53'
Brillant Yellow card 59'
Saunders Yellow card 78'
Bravo Yellow card 79'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 14,504
Referee: Allen Chapman
May 13 11 D.C. United 2–0 New York Red Bulls Washington, D.C.
19:00 EDT Sarvas Yellow card 8'
Saborío 20'
Nyarko 43'
Birnbaum Yellow card 45+1'
DeLeon Yellow card 83'
Report Grella Yellow card 11'
Duvall Yellow card 41'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 19,632
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
May 20 12 Philadelphia Union 1–0 D.C. United Chester
19:00 EDT Barnetta Yellow card 80'
Gaddis Yellow card 82'
Marquez 90+1' Yellow card 90+2'
Report Nyarko Yellow card 45+1'
Birnbaum Yellow card 53'
Stadium: Talen Energy Stadium
Attendance: 17,364
Referee: Jaime Herrera
May 27 13 Sporting Kansas City 0–1 D.C. United Kansas City
00:00 EDT Dwyer Yellow card 71'
Nagamura Yellow card 78'
Report Sarvas Yellow card 7'
Jeffrey Yellow card 42'
Neagle Yellow card 68'
Kamara 86'
Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
Attendance: 19,118
Referee: Alan Kelly
June 1 14 D.C. United 0–2 Seattle Sounders FC Washington, D.C.
19:00 EDT Espíndola Yellow card 73' Report Ivanschitz Yellow card 38'
Kovar Yellow card 64'
Morris 79'
Jones 83'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 15,174
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
June 18 15 Houston Dynamo 0–0 D.C. United Houston
20:00 EDT Rodríguez Yellow card 42' Report DeLeon Yellow card 9'
Boswell Yellow card 28'
Jeffrey Yellow card 87'
Stadium: BBVA Compass Stadium
Attendance: 19,774
Referee: Allen Chapman
June 25 16 D.C. United 2–0 New England Revolution Washington, D.C.
19:00 EDT Neagle 20'
Opare Yellow card 22'
Franklin 27'
Espíndola Yellow card 57'
Acosta Yellow card 67'
Report Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 16,051
Referee: Marcos de Oliveira
July 1 17 Real Salt Lake 1–1 D.C. United Sandy
22:30 EDT Beltran Yellow card 19'
Beckerman Yellow card 42'
Martínez 52'
Report Kemp Yellow card 3'
Boswell Yellow card 81'
Jeffrey 90+2'
Stadium: Rio Tinto Stadium
Attendance: 20,389
Referee: Juan Guzman
July 9 18 Philadelphia Union 3–0 D.C. United Chester
19:00 EDT Alberg 20' (pen.)
Ilsinho 37' (pen.), 47'
Report Opare Yellow card 19' Yellow card 65' Red card Stadium: Talen Energy Stadium
Attendance: 18,463
Referee: Sorin Stoica
July 16 19 Columbus Crew 1–1 D.C. United Columbus
19:30 EDT Kamara 63'
Trapp Yellow card 21'
Afful Red card 74'
Clark Yellow card 88'
[1] Fabian Espindola 89' Stadium: Mapfre Stadium
Attendance: 20,065
Referee: Silvio Petrescu
July 23 20 Toronto FC 4–1 D.C. United Toronto
19:30 EDT Chapman Yellow card 17'
Giovinco 21', 39', 90+1'
Delgado 29' Yellow card 60'
Moor Yellow card 54'
Report Jeffrey 24' Yellow card 38'
Sarvas Yellow card 28'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 26,349
Referee: Armando Villarreal
July 31 21 D.C. United 1–1 Montreal Impact Washington, D.C.
18:30 EDT Mullins 20' Yellow card 77'
Sarvas Yellow card 25'
Report Bekker Yellow card 54'
Drogba Red card 81'
Bernardello 86' Yellow card 90+2'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 16,728
Referee: Ted Unkel
August 6 22 D.C. United 2–2 Philadelphia Union Washington, D.C.
19:00 EDT Kemp 16'
Acosta Yellow card 58'
Birnbaum 90+4'
Report Marquez Yellow card 5'
Barnetta 45+1'
Pontius 57'
Tribbett Yellow card 63'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 16,392
Referee: Jair Marrufo
August 13 23 D.C. United 2–0 Portland Timbers Washington, D.C.
19:00 EDT Birnbaum 7'
Acosta 29'
Boswell Yellow card 56'
Franklin Yellow card 75'
Report Ridgewell Yellow card 50'
Jewsbury Yellow card 57'
Andriuskevicius Yellow card 83'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 16,298
Referee: Jorge González
August 21 24 D.C. United 2–2 New York Red Bulls Washington, D.C.
15:00 EDT Acosta Yellow card 36'
Marcelo Yellow card 52' 70' (pen.)
Mullins 73'
Report B. Wright-Phillips 38'
Felipe 64'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 15,139
Referee: Ismail Elfath
August 24 25 Montreal Impact 1–1 D.C. United Montreal
19:00 EDT Bush Yellow card 36'
Camara 77'
Report Birnbaum Yellow card 8'
Neagle 39' (pen.)
Sarvas Yellow card 63'
Igboananike Yellow card 67'
Opare Red card 89'
Stadium: Stade Saputo
Attendance: 19,740
Referee: Robert Sibiga
August 27 26 D.C. United 6–1 Chicago Fire Washington, D.C.
19:30 EDT Jeffrey Yellow card 19'
Acosta 25'
Mullins 40', 45+1', 74'
Nyarko 51'
DeLeon 89'
Report de Leeuw 31'
Thiam Red card 34'
Cociș Yellow card 45+2'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 15,720
Referee: Drew Fischer
September 1 27 New York City FC 3–2 D.C. United New York City
19:00 EDT Villa 79'
Lampard 85', 90+3'
Report Acosta Yellow card 33'
Sam 36'
Vincent Yellow card 58'
Neagle 90+1'
Stadium: Yankee Stadium
Attendance: 23,768
Referee: Chris Penso
September 11 28 New York Red Bulls 2–2 D.C. United Harrison
13:00 EDT Verón 35'
B. Wright-Phillips 54'
Report Vincent Yellow card 24'
Sam Yellow card 34'
Büscher Yellow card 68'
Birnbaum 89'
Neagle 90+5'
Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Attendance: 20,086
Referee: Jair Marrufo
September 16 29 Chicago Fire 2–2 D.C. United Bridgeview
20:00 EDT Cociș 22'
Accam 29'
Report Vincent 19'
Boswell 90+2'
Stadium: Toyota Park
Attendance: 13,807
September 24 30 D.C. United 4–1 Orlando City Washington, D.C.
19:00 EDT Acosta Yellow card 25'
Mullins 34', 53'
Sam 51'
Büscher Yellow card 59' 90'
Vincent Yellow card 72'
Report Nocerino Red card 66'
Alston Yellow card 67'
Baptista 72'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 25,842
Referee: Sorin Stoica
September 28 31 D.C. United 3–0 Columbus Crew Washington, D.C.
19:00 EDT Sam 71'
Neagle 86'
Saborío 90'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 12,094
October 1 32 Toronto FC 1–2 D.C. United Toronto
19:30 EDT Altidore 36' Report Vincent Yellow card 22'
Neagle 39', 58'
Acosta Yellow card 83'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 22,212
Referee: Mark Geiger
October 16 33 D.C. United 3–1 New York City FC Washington, D.C.
15:00 EDT Mullins 27'
Boswell 31'
Vincent 45'
DeLeon Yellow card 75'
Report Pirlo Yellow card 53'
Villa 72' (pen.)
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 30,943
Referee: Alan Kelly
October 23 34 Orlando City 4–2 D.C. United Orlando
16:00 EDT Molino 13'
Kaká 21'
Higuita 50'
Baptista 89'
Report Saborío 43'
Igboananike 78'
Stadium: Camping World Stadium
Attendance: 30,022
Referee: Juan Guzman

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Knockout round[edit]

October 27 Knockout Round D.C. United 2–4 Montreal Impact Washington, D.C.
19:30 EDT Neagle 90'
Kemp 90+4'
Report Ciman 4'
Mancosu 43', 58'
Piatti 83'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 12,773
Referee: Jair Marrufo

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

CONCACAF Champions League[edit]


D.C. United advanced to the quarterfinals after dominating their Group with three wins and one draw. Lamar Neagle was ruled ineligible to play, as he had previously played in the group stage with the Seattle Sounders before being traded to D.C., and could not represent two different teams in the same competition. Miguel Aguilar was suspended from the first match due to yellow card accumulation in the group stage.

February 23 First leg Querétaro Mexico 2–0 D.C. United Querétaro City
20:00 EDT Candelo 71'
Benítez 83'
Report Sarvas Yellow card 73' Stadium: Estadio Corregidora
Referee: Ramón Hernández
March 1 Second leg D.C. United 1–1
(1–3 agg.)
Mexico Querétaro Washington, D.C.
20:00 EDT Sarvas Yellow card 12'
Boswell Yellow card 72'
Büscher 84'
Report Sepúlveda 4'
Martínez Yellow card 18'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 10,790
Referee: John Pitti



No. Pos. Player Transferred from Fee/notes Date Source
13 MF United States Lamar Neagle United States Seattle Sounders FC Trade December 7, 2015 [4]
12 FW Ghana Patrick Nyarko United States Chicago Fire Traded for SuperDraft pick January 6, 2016 [5]
33 MF Germany Julian Büscher United States Syracuse Orange 2016 MLS SuperDraft 1st round pick January 14, 2016
16 MF England Paul Clowes United States Clemson Tigers 2016 MLS SuperDraft 2nd round pick January 14, 2016
DF Isle of Man Liam Doyle United States Ohio State Buckeyes 2016 MLS SuperDraft 4th round pick January 19, 2016
7 MF Brazil Marcelo Sarvas United States Colorado Rapids Approximately $180,000 February 1, 2016
11 MF Argentina Luciano Acosta Argentina Boca Juniors On loan, with buyout option February 15, 2016 [6]
26 MF England Rob Vincent United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds Undisclosed Fee February 17, 2016 [7]
30 GK United States Charlie Horton England Leeds United Free Transfer February 29, 2016 [8]
41 MF Italy Andrea Mancini Hungary Szombathelyi Haladás Free Transfer March 27, 2016 [9]
1 GK United States Tally Hall United States Orlando City Free Transfer April 1, 2016 [10]
45 FW Sierra Leone Alhaji Kamara Sweden Norrköping Free Transfer May 10, 2016 [3]
21 MF United States Chris Durkin United States Richmond Kickers Signed as a Homegrown Player June 14, 2016 [11]
8 MF Ghana Lloyd Sam United States New York Red Bulls Acquired in exchange for General Allocation Money July 7, 2016 [12]
16 FW United States Patrick Mullins United States New York City F.C. Acquired in exchange for General Allocation Money and international roster slot July 20, 2016 [13]
77 FW Nigeria Kennedy Igboananike United States Chicago Fire Acquired in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money and a 3rd round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft July 29, 2016 [14]


No. Pos. Player Transferred to Fee/notes Date Source
7 FW United States Eddie Johnson None Retired November 1, 2015
19 FW Costa Rica Jairo Arrieta United States New York Cosmos Option Declined December 7, 2015
12 MF United States Michael Farfan United States Seattle Sounders FC Option Declined December 7, 2015
21 MF Argentina Facundo Coria Argentina Quilmes Waived December 7, 2015
13 FW United States Chris Pontius United States Philadelphia Union Trade December 6, 2015
23 MF United States Perry Kitchen Scotland Heart of Midlothian Contract expired, refused new contract December 23, 2015 [15][16]
DF Isle of Man Liam Doyle United States Harrisburg City Islanders Released February 5, 2016 [17]
30 FW United States Conor Doyle United States Colorado Rapids Trade for 3rd round pick in 2017 MLS SuperDraft February 9, 2016
8 MF United States Davy Arnaud None Retired, staying as coach. March 3, 2016 [18]
16 MF England Paul Clowes United States Charlotte Independence Waived May 10, 2016
4 MF Finland Markus Halsti Denmark Midtjylland Mutually Terminated Contract May 25, 2016 [19]
10 FW Argentina Fabian Espindola Canada Vancouver Whitecaps Trade in exchange for General Allocation Money July 20, 2016 [13]
1 GK United States Tally Hall None Retired July 29, 2016 [20]
41 MF Italy Andrea Mancini United States New York Cosmos Released September 9, 2016 [21]

Loan out[edit]

No. Pos. Player Loaned to Start End Source
27 MF United States Collin Martin United States Richmond Kickers March 23, 2016 [22]
20 DF United States Jalen Robinson United States Richmond Kickers March 23, 2016 [22]
16 MF England Paul Clowes United States Richmond Kickers March 23, 2016 May 10, 2016 [22]
30 GK United States Charlie Horton United States Richmond Kickers May 17, 2016 [23]
26 MF England Rob Vincent United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds May 25, 2016 June 11, 2016 [24]

Draft picks[edit]

2016 D.C. United Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 11 Julian Buescher Midfielder Syracuse
2 32 Paul Clowes Midfielder Clemson
4 67 Liam Doyle Defender Ohio State


As of match played July 1, 2016

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total MLS MLS Cup Playoffs U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2 DF United States USA Taylor Kemp 36 2 31+1 1 1+0 1 0+1 0 2+0 0
5 DF United States USA Sean Franklin 32 1 29+0 1 0+0 0 1+0 0 2+0 0
6 DF Ghana GHA Kofi Opare 11 0 10+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
7 MF Brazil BRA Marcelo Sarvas 31 1 26+2 1 0+1 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
8 MF England ENG Lloyd Sam 14 3 13+0 3 1+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
9 FW Costa Rica CRC Álvaro Saborío 20 6 8+11 6 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 0
11 MF Argentina ARG Luciano Acosta 35 3 25+6 3 1+0 0 0+1 0 1+1 0
12 MF Ghana GHA Patrick Nyarko 29 4 23+3 4 1+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
13 MF United States USA Lamar Neagle 32 10 21+10 9 0+1 1 0+0 0 0+0 0
14 MF United States USA Nick DeLeon 35 1 27+5 1 1+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
15 DF United States USA Steve Birnbaum 29 3 26+0 3 1+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
16 FW United States USA Patrick Mullins 15 8 12+2 8 1+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
17 FW Mexico MEX Miguel Aguilar 7 0 0+6 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
18 FW United States USA Chris Rolfe 11 0 9+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
20 DF United States USA Jalen Robinson 5 0 3+1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
21 MF United States USA Chris Durkin 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
22 DF United States USA Chris Korb 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
25 MF United States USA Jared Jeffrey 23 2 14+7 2 1+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
26 MF England ENG Rob Vincent 24 2 12+8 2 1+0 0 1+0 0 1+1 0
27 MF United States USA Collin Martin 2 0 1+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
28 GK United States USA Bill Hamid 21 0 20+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
30 GK United States USA Charlie Horton 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
32 DF United States USA Bobby Boswell 33 2 29+1 2 1+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
33 MF Germany GER Julian Büscher 24 2 3+17 1 0+1 0 1+0 0 0+2 1
34 DF United States USA Luke Mishu 8 0 5+2 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
45 FW Sierra Leone SLE Alhaji Kamara 7 1 1+5 1 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
48 GK United States USA Travis Worra 14 0 13+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
50 GK United States USA Andrew Dykstra 3 0 1+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
77 FW Nigeria NGA Kennedy Igboananike 7 1 2+5 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
Players who left the club during the 2016 season
1 GK United States USA Tally Hall 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
4 MF Finland FIN Markus Halsti 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 0
10 FW Argentina ARG Fabián Espíndola 15 3 9+4 3 0+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
16 MF England ENG Paul Clowes 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
41 MF Italy ITA Andrea Mancini 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 0 0+0 0

Goals and assists[edit]

No. Pos. Name MLS MLS Cup U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF
Champions League
Goals Assists Goals Assists Goals Assists Goals Assists Goals Assists
13 M/F Lamar Neagle 9 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 6
16 FW Patrick Mullins 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
9 FW Álvaro Saborío 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
12 MF Patrick Nyarko 4 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 9
10 FW Fabian Espindola 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
11 M/F Luciano Acosta 3 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 11
8 MF Lloyd Sam 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6
15 D Steve Birnbaum 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
2 DF Taylor Kemp 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6
33 MF Julian Büscher 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 4
32 D Bobby Boswell 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
26 MF Rob Vincent 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
25 MF Jared Jeffrey 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
5 DF Sean Franklin 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
7 MF Marcelo Sarvas 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
45 FW Alhaji Kamara 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
14 MF-D Nick DeLeon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
77 FW Kennedy Igboananike 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
18 F Chris Rolfe 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Disciplinary record[edit]

No. Pos. Name MLS MLS Cup U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF
Champions League
Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card
7 MF Marcelo Sarvas 11 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 11 1
11 M/F Luciano Acosta 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
25 MF Jared Jeffrey 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
15 DF Steve Birnbaum 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
5 DF Sean Franklin 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
14 MF Nick DeLeon 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
26 MF Rob Vincent 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
32 DF Bobby Boswell 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
10 FW Fabian Espindola 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
33 MF Julian Büscher 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
12 MF Patrick Nyarko 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
13 M/F Lamar Neagle 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
18 FW Chris Rolfe 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2 DF Taylor Kemp 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
6 DF Kofi Opare 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
8 MF Lloyd Sam 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
77 F Kennedy Igboananike 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
21 MF Chris Durkin 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
45 FW Alhaji Kamara 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0

Starting XI[edit]

See also[edit]


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  10. ^ "D.C. United sign Tally Hall | DC United".
  11. ^ "D.C. United sign homegrown talent Chris Durkin | DC United".
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  19. ^ "D.C. United and Markus Halsti mutually terminate contract | DC United".
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