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Saturday, June 2
The Last Three Weeks...
Jason Chun
The last three weeks have been quite rocky for the United team.  Hawever this is not indicative of United's play.  United received their first loss against the Baltimore Bays on May 13. The loss was 5-1, and proved to be costly as United lost its undefeated and number one spot. United possessed the ball for sixty percent of the game and was merely unable to score. The Bays played well and buried all five of their opportunities, and although the score didn't show it, the teams were evenly matched on the pitch.  
United White rebounded after their first loss with a three to one victory over the Warriors on May 20th.  United played a high possession game and attacked with ferver.  White was able to acquire many opportunities and took advantage of three of them.  The Warriors came out strong, earning a goal and fought hard.  However United played hard and smart to get a win and clinch at least the number two spot in Division 2. 
The Virginian tournament proved to be another obstacle for Vienna.  In the extreme heat all three games were very taxing and tough.  With very few subs United worked hard but struggled a lot.  They had no goals throughout the tournament resulting in one tie and two losses.  Credit goes to United's strong defense and GK Evan Welsh  for only allowing two goals the entire tournament. Overall Vienna has learned from this tournament and will continue to get better.
The last three weeks have been hard on Vienna with only one of five games ending in a win.  However, with the Bays tie last week, Vienna still has a shot at number one and is ready to accomplish just that! 

Michael Collett

Monday, May 7
United Topples The Titans

The game was played on a superb, natural field on a Sunday afternoon.  The game began oddly with the Titans only able to field nine players.  This played a key part in the game and helped United dominate possession.  United kept the ball in the other team's attacking third the entire time.  They knocked the ball in and out of pressure but was constantly thwarted by the Titans defensive strategy.  Jason was able to keep applying the pressure with a distanced shot, well outside the box, and put the ball right past the line for United's first goal. For the remainder of the first half, Vienna continued possessing the ball and taking shots, but the half ended one to zero.

Vienna got off to a quick second half looking to ping the ball around and earn a few goals.  Evan was able to make a few crucial saves after the Titans began to attack.  One particular save, in which Evan came out on a breakaway and saved it by stealing the ball with his feet, especially deserved recognition.  Later in the game Collin Church was able to strike a hard ball into the left corner of the goal, from a very tight angle.  The game finished 2 to 0 with another United victory!

This win makes the season 5-0-0 and keeps United at the top of Division 2.  Another piece of the puzzle put in place as United remains undefeated! 

Monday, May 7
United Turns Predators into Prey

United White proved they deserve to be first with yet another win against the DSC Predators.  The game was played on a rough, bumpy field on a warm Sunday morning.  United started off the game with a direct mindset.  They played a long ball game while taking many opportunities.  After several near misses, the ball was played off the crossbar and Franklin was able to swoop in and bury United's first goal.  Not too long after, Collin Church was able to place a well taken shot to the right of the keeper and earn United their second goal.  United closed out the first half 2-0!

The second half United changed their tactics to the more possesive game that they normally play.  This was a smart tactic, but proved difficult to execute on the bumpy field.  The Predators were able to score one of their own by putting the ball into the box.  The last fifteen minutes of the game United played more reserved and were kept on their heels by a good effort by the Predators. In the end United maintained their lead and earned another three points.  

Another solid win for United makes this season 4-0-0 and looking bright for Vienna's division placement next year!    

Monday, April 23
Vienna Keeps The Streak Going

Vienna United White earned yet another three points against the VSA Heat this weekend.  The game was played in awful conditions where the players were surrounded by cold, rain, and wind.  United played well despite the weather and started off the game defensive minded.  Later on in the first half Vienna began to push forward and create oppurtunities in the offensive third.  Goals were made by Nick, Zach, Collin and Nick again.  These goals were well earned and built up from the defense to the offense.  

These 4 goals obviously had a huge impact on the game, but did not bring down the hopes of the other squad.  The heat played with intensity throughout the whole game and were able to shorten United's lead to 4-3.  This game helped keep United at the top of division 2 and showed their perserverance in the difficult conditions.  Good play by United made them the dominating factor in their third game this season. Keep it up Vienna! 

Monday, April 23
United White Beats Titans
United Swarms Opponent
United Swarms Titan

After dominating play for nearly all of the match, United finally broke through the defense and scored a brilliant goal with seven minutes left.  Tommy Lomont made a long penetrating run where he delivered the ball into the box and Zach blasted one in.  The game ended with United 1: Titans 0.

The titans were a tough opponent who had beat United two seasons ago. United was able to "bring their A game and dominate possesion.  Another good showing by vienna leaves them at 2-0 this season! 



Tuesday, April 3
Vienna Kicks Off The Season With a Win
Tommy Board Pass
Tommy Board Shows United's Possesion

Vienna United White started off the season with a 4-1 win against the McLean Hotspurs.  The victory started United off with a solid win and laid the path for a great season in Division 2.

The match was played at Madison High School, a narrow, artificial field, on a nice, warm afternoon.  Vienna started off the game playing with a more attacking-based formation hoping to clinch an early lead. The first 15-20 minutes were edgy and showed neither side as the dominating factor in the game.  Knowing how directly McLean plays, Vienna began settling the ball down and playing their type of possesion soccer.  United player Matthew Tontodonato came into the game and threw a great long ball to Dan Tobin in McLean's attacking third.  Dan then flicked the ball with his head giving Collin the opportunity to use his speed to start a breakaway and bury United's first goal in the back of the net.  

The second half was much better for United White, as they settled the ball and became more dangerous. United had much more possesion than their opponents and used it to create opportunities.  An early goal by Brian Tesh off a cross coming from the left-side gave United an important and well-earned goal. United continued to dominate the game even further and was able to increase their lead when Jason made an excellent run to the back post and finished brilliantly.  McLean was able to score one goal after that by a mishap in the box where a penalty was earned.  United responded quickly with a goal on the opposite end by another skillful throw from Matthew to Michael Collett in the opponent's box finishing the game at 4-1.      


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The NCSL Division 3 champions.
Monday, November 7
Vienna clinches Division championship
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United White clinched the NCSL Division 3 championship with a 2-1 win over the LMVS Patriots at Franconia Park. The victory capped a 7-1 league season, giving Vienna a 4-point advantage over their closest competitors.

The match was played on artificial turf on a pleasant sunny morning. The first-half action was pretty even. Evan saved a free kick early on, and Nick and Zach had shots that were off-target. In the 20th minute a long LMVS cross from the right side was collected by a player on the left, who scored from a sharp angle to give the Patriots a 1-0 lead. In the 33rd minute, Jason put the ball in the net, but the play was ruled offside. Jared, Dan and Brian sent shots over the crossbar, the LMVS goalkeeper saved efforts by Jason and Dan, and the referee warned a noisy Patriots fan to keep it down or else. Finally, in the last minute of the first half, Brian scored from the center to tie the game at 1-1.

Vienna had the edge in play in the second half, though both teams had scoring opportunities. The half opened much as the first one had, with Evan saving a free kick. Efforts by Collin and Franklin were stymied by the keeper, and an LMVS free kick in minute 58 was blasted just barely over the crossbar. In the 64th minute Nick launched a long throw-in that was controlled by Matt, who had come into the game just seconds earlier, in front of the goal. The ball found its way to Brian, who drove it home for his second goal of the match and a 2-1 lead. Evan made a fine save moments later on a shot from nearly point blank range following a Patriot free kick. United White kept the pressure on the LMVS defense for much of the game's final 20 minutes with Nick, Dan, and Jared having scoring opportunities. The Patriots nearly tied the match with six minutes remaining when a shot off of a breakaway hit the crossbar, but United White held on for the 2-1 victory.

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Dan vaults over the Ashburn goalkeeper.

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