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Behind the Badge: United grab bag

United Reserves at the top
After Sunday's 4-1 win against Columbus Crew, D.C. United has captured the top spot in the reserve division with a 5-2-0 record. Matt Nickell scored a pair of goals to help lead the Black-and-Red to victory. Freddy Adu and Eric Quill also found the back of the net during the game at the Crew's training facility in Obetz. United midfielder Shawn Kuykendall has recently been dubbed "The Reserve Ironman," as he is the only player on the Black-and-Red to have seen time in every minute of every reserve game this season. The crafty midfielder notched his first assist in the win over the Crew.

Entering Open Cup play
D.C. United will be entering the Open Cup in the next round of play, though the final opponent is still to be determined. D.C. United will play either the Richmond Kickers or the Ocean City Barons on August 3.

Last July, United lost 2-1 in Open Cup play to the Kickers at the University of Richmond City Stadium. United opened the game as the aggressor and they were the last one's to net a goal, however a win was not in their cards. McColm Cephas scored in the first and second half to grasp the lead for the Richmond Kickers. Nana Kouffer scored a header off a corner kick from Adu, but the lone goal for United was not enough to net the win.

Fourth Annual United for D.C. Celebrity Golf Tournament
Save the date! Join United for D.C. on Monday, September 19, 2005 at Old Hickory Golf Club in Woodbridge, VA for the Fourth Annual United for D.C. Celebrity Golf Tournament presented by United Bank. This event is a great opportunity for D.C. United sponsors and fans as well as United for D.C. donors and supporters to golf alongside their favorite D.C. United players and coaches from past and present as well as other local celebrities. This is an event you won't want to miss!

Call United for D.C. to register at 202-587-5000.

Happy Birthday Coach Nowak
D.C United's win against Columbus July 2 was an early birthday present to Head Coach Peter Nowak. Nowak is currently away celebrating his 41st birthday in Naples, the crown jewel of Southeast Florida with his family. He blew out his birthday candles today and will return to training on Wednesday.