Black and Red United Archives for January 2013

MLS Playoffs Knockout Round: Sounders vs. Rapids and Dyanmo vs. Impact - TV Schedule, Predictions and Open Thread

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With D.C. United basically firing everybody (except, so far, Ben Olsen and Dave Kasper), our betters in the league set out in the MLS Cup Playoffs tonight, with the Don't-Call-It-A-Wild-Card Round, which pits the fourth and fifth place teams in each conference in a single-game elimination. Here's everything you need to watch the game, and while you're here, you may as well post in our open thread, which we'll keep going for both Knockout games.

D.C. United continues player personnel purge, cuts Dwayne De Rosario

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Steve Goff is reporting that Dwayne De Rosario, 2011 MLS MVP and a key part of the 2012 team that almost made the MLS Cup Final, will not be returning to the team in 2014. This news comes on the same day in which we found out that Marcelo Saragosa, Lionard Pajoy, and Carlos Ruiz will also not be returning to the team.

D.C. United declines options on Marcelo Saragosa, Carlos Ruiz, and Lionard Pajoy

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A day after making some changes in the front office, D.C. United has begun the process of changing their roster. Marcelo Saragosa, Carlos Ruiz, and Lionard Pajoy all had their options declined as the team looks towards next season, into which none of these players looked to figure.

UPDATE: #DCU declines options on Saragosa, Pajoy and Ruiz http://t.

Closing the Book on DCU's 2013 Regular Season

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Well, since we've slogged through reviewing what happened each and every month of the 2013 Major League Soccer regular season here on Black and Red United, let's close the book on this season which saw the fall and rise and fall of Major League Soccer's most storied empire. How better to do that than to review what happened in October and record all the important final tables of the season?

Cake or Death: Should Conor Doyle return to D.C. United in 2014?

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He came to the District through a weighted lottery, but the real news on that day was that D.C. United actually entered a weighted lottery. He was part of a midseason retooling that saw the team get younger and American-er. And he scored some goals, which immediately made him one of United's least ineffective forwards.

Episode 54: A literal gold star in my heart. It's painful.

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The Filibuster train keeps a-rollin' down the line, and the guys start by talking about the (mercifully) season ending loss to the Houston Dynamo. At one point, there is a bloodless coup wherein Jason and Ben take control of the podcast, but their reign last only long enough to talk a little more about the Houston game over Adam's protestations.

Cake or Death: Do you want Nick DeLeon back with United for 2014?

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Oh yes, another one. This series is going to come fast and furious, with posts coming every weekday for the next six weeks. So be sure to check back every morning for the latest poll as we work our way through all 29 members of D.C. United's first team roster. Welcome to the offseason, boys and girls.

Fantasy Focus: The Curtain Falls

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The regular season is over, and so is our league. We've got winners to announce and prizes to hand out, but first we acknowledge Femme Fatale FC, who led the round with 95 points. Diego Valeri (POR) wore the armband and scored 30 points with 2 goals and an assist, with an unfortunate halftime substitution.

2013 Benny Awards Call for Nominations

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We now begin a tradition started by our esteemed founder, Martin Shatzer: the Benny Awards, which chronicle the best and the worst of D.C. United's season, giving permanent memory to each season in our own little way. And we begin the awards this year with an open call for nominations. We want you to give us any and all suggestions as to who should be nominated for each of the ten awards.

2013 Benny Awards

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All of your information for the 2013 edition of the Benny Awards, Black and Red United's end of year awards extravaganza.

We now begin a tradition started by our esteemed founder, Martin Shatzer: the Benny Awards, which chronicle the best and the worst of D.C. United's season, giving permanent memory to each season in our own little way.

The Last Word On The Last Loss Of 2013 (Finally!)

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We've spent the last three years referring to 2010 as "the season not to be named." Now that D.C. United has just finished a regular season clearly worse than that one, I guess we can start talking about 2010 again.

And yet it's hard to deny that this 2013 team has so much more talent than that 2010 team.

Cake or Death: 2013 Year-End Man-by-man Assessment of D.C. United's Roster

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With the Worst Year in MLS History* behind us, we take a look at every man on D.C. United's roster and assign them one of two fates: Cake, or Death.

(* but still with a trophy to show for it)

Back in the days before Black and Red United was a thing, our founder Martin Shatzer ran a site called DCUMD, and one feature he trotted out there was something called "River or Life," an offseason exercise designed to figure out who D.

Cake or Death: Dwayne De Rosario's fate with D.C. United

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Back in the days before Black and Red United was a thing, our founder Martin Shatzer ran a site called DCUMD, and one feature he trotted out there was something called "River or Life," an offseason exercise designed to figure out who D.C. United should bring back to start the next season. Today we launch a revamped version of that feature, "Cake or Death" - basically the same thing, but with more Izzard.

D.C. United 1-2 Houston Dynamo recap & highlights - We're #1 (at being the worst)!

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As long-eliminated Toronto FC took on still-hopeful Montreal at BMO Field Saturday night, some of the hometown signs made perfectly clear how meaningful the game remained. "If we can't have nice things, then why should they?!" one read. If not for an egregious Dwayne De Rosario first-half miss, D.

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo: Season Finale TV streaming schedule, preview, projected lineup, prediction, and live thread

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Our long national nightmare is nearly over. This afternoon, D.C. United will take the field for the last time in 2013, against their longtime white whales the Houston Dynamo. United will be playing for pride and places on next year's roster - and, of course, to end an awful season on a high note - while Houston need a result to have any chance of leapfrogging New England for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Houston Dynamo

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For years now, the Houston Dynamo have been the worst team for D.C. United to play. Sure, Sporting KC always seems to beat us 1-0, but 1-0 means you're always in with a shout. When it comes to the side from Texas, United would love to just lose 1-0. Who can forget the worst performance in this worst-ever season, a 4-0 loss at home to a Houston side on short rest and coming off of a cross-country flight?

United Abroad: Alumni News & Notes for October 2013

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The season for our DC United is almost over. But those abroad play on! (Except for Freddy Adu...)

Charlie Davies Update: Uncovering the Mystery Striker - The Bent Musket

SB Nation's New England Revolution blog (The Bent Musket) takes a look at Charlie Davies and what the future holds for the former DCU striker.

MLS Final Weekend Schedule, TV/streaming info and open thread

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It's been fun, America. After eight months and 34 rounds of Major League Soccer action, it's all come down to this final weekend of the 2013 regular season. D.C. United isn't going to have much of an effect on the all-important Supporters' Shield race - which will be finally determined Sunday evening in - shudder - Harrison, NJ, but the Black-and-Red will have a chance to spoil and burn the last straws of playoff hope being clutched at by the Houston Dynamo.

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo Match Center

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D.C. United will play for the last time in the 2013 MLS season against the same team against whom they opened it: The Houston Dynamo.

While you are debating the team's offseason priorities, there is one game that D.C. United's has yet to play. Their last game of the season comes against the Houston Dynamo, the same team against which they opened the season.

Thanks, Parity! Why D.C. United Almost Can't Help But Improve In 2014

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If you're reading this, I probably don't have to inform you that D.C. United has been terrible in 2013. It has been a brutal, endless season, like a nightmare out of a Kafka novel. In just about every conceivable way, United has failed when it comes to winning soccer games.

However, MLS is a league founded in part on the idea that parity drives fan interest.

An Open Letter to Those Who Wish to Refurbish RFK Stadium

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In the aftermath of yesterday's Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Forum on the proposed Buzzard Point soccer stadium, a disturbing trend has reemerged. And so I take to this blog and write an open letter to you, person who thinks that D.C. United should just refurbish RFK Stadium. And to sum up my feelings about this whole proposal, I say this: stop it.

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Houston blog Dynamo Theory

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On Sunday afternoon, one team will be playing for pride - or maybe for roster spots and camp invitations, who knows? - and one team will be playing for their playoff lives. D.C. United could spoil the Houston Dynamo's season this weekend, just as Houston knocked United out of the Eastern Conference Finals last year.

D.C. United versus Houston Dynamo lineup: Let us put this season to bed

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While you are debating the team's offseason priorities, there is one game that D.C. United's has yet to play. Their last game of the season comes against the Houston Dynamo, the same team against which they opened the season. Looking back at my lineup post and the gamethread for that first game make it seem like years ago, with talk of Rafael, Marcos Sanchez, Raphael Augusto, and even Brandon McDonald.

D.C. United Offseason 2013-2014

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All of Black and Red United's coverage of a very important offseason for D.C. United.

It's not controversial to say that D.C. United has some serious work to do this winter - in nearly every aspect of "being a soccer team." Here in the imaginary world where the writers and readers of Black & Red United have any say at all in how United's front office will approach their hefty to-do list, we take our duty very seriously.

Debating D.C. United's Offseason Priorities

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It's not controversial to say that D.C. United has some serious work to do this winter - in nearly every aspect of "being a soccer team." Here in the imaginary world where the writers and readers of Black & Red United have any say at all in how United's front office will approach their hefty to-do list, we take our duty very seriously.

Episode 53: Nobody can remember when a team playing 2-3-5 lost

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Ben, Adam, and Jason are back once again, and its a sloppy episode to match a pretty sloppy D.C. United team. The guys talk about the match against Sporting Kansas City and the upcoming match against the Houston Dynamo, before going into a roundup of all of the playoff scenarios that face the rest of the teams in MLS.

D.C. United to play Malmo FF and other international teams during the 2014 preseason

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For the third year running, D.C. United will play an international friendly against Sweden's Malmo FF during their preseason as a part of a partnership between Major League soccer and IMG. United, along with six other Major League Soccer teams, will spend part of their preseason at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, as part of a one year deal which IMG hopes to grow.

Fantasy Focus: Kofi Corner

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With 79 points, Olsen's Army led the round. Sean Franklin (LA, $5.5M) played two games and contributed two clean sheets as captain to score 26 points. Backing him up was Matt Hedges (DAL, $5.4) with a clean sheet, a goal, and 14 points, as well as Dominic Oduro (CLB, $7.0M) with a goal, an assist, and 11 points.

MLS final week playoff scenarios and cheering guide for D.C. United fans

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While D.C. United's season has been a complete catastrophe, there has been an exciting Major League Soccer season going on around us. So, while we reveal in the misery that has been this season, let us turn our eyes to the rest of the league and see which teams and results might be interesting to D.

The Last Word: D.C. United's Road to Nowhere Ends at Sporting Park

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It wasn't an Eastern Conference championship-deciding match like NBCSN surely envisioned before the season began, but D.C. United's 1-0 loss at Sporting Kansas City on Friday night reminded D.C. United fans what our franchise is striving for that Sporting already has: consistent excellence, a strong playing style, and a gleaming, state-of-the-art stadium.

Sporting Kansas City 1-0 D.C. United - United make Sporks look just as incompetent, still lose

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Five shots on goal in the entire game. From both teams, combined. And it wasn't because of outstanding defense - it was just a generally badly played game between Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United on Friday night. The Sporks turned in a marginally less incompetent performance, Dom Dwyer capitalizing on a hospital ball from Jared Jeffrey that Perry Kitchen only made worse to put an early goal past Bill Hamid.

Sporting Kansas City vs. D.C. United TV/streaming schedule, preview, projected lineup, prediction, and live thread

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On Tuesday night, the United States Men's National Team played Panama knowing at the US result could well save the World Cup dream of arch rivals Mexico. As it turned out, that's exactly what happened, as El Tri lost and was rescued only by Graham Zusi's stoppage time equalizer (and Aron Johansson's subsequent winner).

Sporting Kansas City vs. D.C. United - Week 33 Match Center

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It's the penultimate week of MLS play, and one team is seeking the Supporters' Shield, while the other is simply trying to make sure its wooden spoon isn't the biggest wooden spoon ever.

It is time again for another episode of Filibuster - The Black and Red United Podcast. This week, Ben, Jason, and Adam first talk about the disappointing draw against the Philadelphia Union, before moving onto an American soccer roundup.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Sporting Kansas City

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Under Peter Vermes, Sporting Kansas City has been arguably the most consistent team in MLS in terms of style of play. They roll out a 433 every week, and the hallmark of their game is an emphasis on withering pressure high up the field to force turnovers. When in possession, KC's preference is to get the ball forward quickly on the ground, or to switch the point of attack.

Sporting Kansas City vs. D.C. United preview - Behind Enemy Lines with The Daily Wiz

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D.C. United won't be playing for a whole lot on Friday night against Sporting Kansas City. Sure, individual players will be fighting for roster spots or presumed starting roles going into next season, and the team is looking to upset the Sporks to avoid going winless on the road in league play. But really, for the Black-and-Red, there's essentially nothing on the line other than pride when they go into Sporting Park.

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City lineup: Finding details in despair

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The last few games of this season, ever since the Open Cup final, have been for Ben Olsen to see what he has going into the offseason. Conor Doyle, Luis Silva, and Jared Jeffrey have all been given extended time to start to make their cases as to why they should either be signed from their current team or why they should have a starting spot at the beginning of next season.

Fantasy Focus: Manneh on Fire

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A delay in stats updating on the MLS Fantasy site has meant a delay in the posting of this column. It's a good thing everything was in order Tuesday because there is a match tonight. Let's get to it.

By scoring 75 points this round, St Marys SC led the league. Mike Magee (CHI, $10.2M) scored a goal and added an assist for an armband-aided 22 points, leading the team.

World Cup Qualifying: Panama vs. United States TV schedule, projected lineup, prediction, and live thread

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You'll be forgiven tonight for contemplating treason - after all, rooting against the United States in anything clearly counts as traitorous behavior, right? But tonight, with a loss to Panama (coupled with a Mexico loss in Costa Rica), the USMNT would be doing its part to help the Panamanians leapfrog Mexico for fourth in the Hexagonal standings, knocking El Tri out of contention for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Filibuster Podcast Episode 52: Joker versus Bain

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It is time again for another episode of Filibuster - The Black and Red United Podcast. This week, Ben, Jason, and Adam first talk about the disappointing draw against the Philadelphia Union, before moving onto an American soccer roundup. We talk about the suspensions of former D.C. United players and targets due to the Salvadoran match fixing scandal, whether or not we want Mexico to be in the World Cup, the possibility of MLS changing its schedule, and more.

Who Should Be In Charge Of Rebuilding D.C. United? Hint: Not Dave Kasper

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D.C. United is on the verge of completing what has to be considered one of the most successful three-win seasons in the history of professional sports. Not only did the team capture its MLS record 13th trophy by winning the U.S. Open Cup, but United also avoided its own extinction by striking a deal with the District Of Columbia to remain in the nation's capital, with a new stadium to be constructed in the near future.

Former D.C. United player Christian Castillo banned for life by FIFA for match fixing; Rodolfo Zelaya's status still unknown

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The match fixing scandal that has engulfed the El Salvador national team has now been met with punishment from FIFA. Fourteen players, including former D.C. United winger Christian Castillo, have been banned from FIFA competitions for life, including both club and national team competitions. These players has already been banned by FESFUT, the Salvadoran federation, for life as well.

Major League Soccer schedule change unlikey for 2014 season

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There was a flurry of activity on Twitter this morning after the New York Daily News ran a rumor that MLS was considering moving to a fall to spring schedule, perhaps as early as the 2014 season. Dan Courtemanche, an executive vice president with MLS, immediately jumped to Twitter to play down these rumors, saying that the timing for MLS First Kick in 2014 will be "very similar to the current season.

The Last Word On A New Formation For D.C. United In A Draw With Philadelphia

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With the 2013 MLS season thankfully drawing to a close, Ben Olsen elected to try something new against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. D.C. United rolled out a three-man back line for the first time since the Tom Soehn years, and it actually worked pretty well. At least for 89 minutes or so.

D.C. United 1-1 Philadelphia Union: Recap & Highlights - Nick DeLeon golazo canceled out by late Jack McInerney strike

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Well it was fun while it lasted. For 89 minutes on Saturday night, D.C. United managed to outplay the visiting Philadelphia Union and hold a 1-0 lead even as the DOOP-crew subbed off defenders for attackers and threw numbers forward with abandon. But the Black-and-Red couldn't find a follow-up to Nick DeLeon's 36th minute long-range blast, and, thanks to a Jack McInerney header in the dying moments of regular time, they were forced to settle for a draw.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union TV/streaming schedule, preview, projected lineup, prediction, and live thread

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It's a league game. We're missing three key starters, all of them veterans who played big roles in the Open Cup title. The opponent is not one of the best teams in MLS but is fighting for their playoff lives. They also feature an attack that loves to get down the wings and cross for a big, bruising center forward.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Philadelphia Union

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While games this season between D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union have not lived up to the acrimonious, red card-heavy past in the series, they have mostly stuck to a different pattern. When these teams get together, the games always tend to be close, regardless of how bad or good the teams are.

United States vs. Jamaica - Who's on the plane after the latest World Cup Qualifier win?

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Sure we might be overreacting to a few performances against Jamaica Friday, but why not take the opportunity to try and figure out what Juergen Klinsmann's depth chart looks like as the United States Men's National Team goes into its final World Cup Qualifier on Tuesday night in Panama. The World Cup roster will go 23-deep, which basically means two guys for each spot on the field, plus a third 'keeper.

Imagining an I-95 Cup: Roundtable on MLS East Coast rivalries

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As D.C. United fans, we all know that the most important rivalry in the league is with that team with no trophies up in Jersey. But there's also an undeniable bit of hostility toward the other east coast teams in the league, from Philadelphia and New England. Recently, I had a chat with the managing editors of Philadelphia Union site the Brotherly Game, Wm Murphy, and New England Revolution site The Bent Musket, Steve Stoehr.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union preview: Behind Enemy Lines with the Brotherly Game

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First, I would like to thank the crew of Black and Red United for a fun takeover day. We had a blast. My name is Murph and I am the Managing Editor of the Brotherly Game. We like to get opposing teams sites to give us a breakdown of their own team in a segment we call the Opposite View and Adam was kind enough to offer us Union fans his perspective on the upcoming match and we returned the favor.

World Cup Qualifying: United States vs. Jamaica TV schedule, streaming, projected lineup, prediction, and live thread

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The USA will be missing some key pieces and trying to fill out the final spots for next year's World Cup traveling roster. Jamaica will be trying to save some face in an otherwise dismal final round of CONCACAF's Hexagonal. What's not to love?

Time: 6:30 EDT

Venue: Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas State

TV/Streaming: ESPN and UniMas.

D.C. United, Seattle Sounders, Houston Dynamo, and Charleston Battery to compete for 2014 Carolina Challenge Cup

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After it was announced yesterday that D.C. United would be participating in the 2014 edition of the Carolina Challenge Cup, the Charleston Battery announced the full slate today. Joining D.C. United and the host Charleston Battery will be the Seattle Sounders and the Houston Dyanmo, two teams that always seem to give D.

D.C. United News Roundup: Kasper & Olsen staying; maybe that's a good thing; stadium opponents oppose stadium; Coffee Pot Cup 2014

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Lots of updates happening that don't quite warrant their own separate posts, so let's just bundle them all up together for easy consumption.

Kasper and Olsen

Last week, we heard the rumor that Dave Kasper would be around RFK for the long term, and yesterday, the Goff-father confirmed with sources that both Kasper and Ben Olsen would be retained as the team heads into 2014.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union lineup: Jigsaw puzzle of defenders

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With the news coming out now that Dejan Jakovic and John Thorrington are both out injured for the rest of the season, Ben Olsen will now have to make some more difficult decisions about who to start in defense and midfield. It is especially unfortunate for Jakovic, as it deprives him of time to pair with Ethan White (who is also hurt and unlikely to play) so that they can try and develop the beginnings of a partnership for next year.

D.C. United friendly in Indonesia rumored for 8 December 2013

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There is now a date for a proposed friendly between D.C. United and a team in Indonesia, making the team's long-rumored tour of the country even more likely. Numerous articles out of Indonesia are stating that a delegation from D.C. United, including Chief Financial Officer Michael Williamson, are currently in the country to look at stadiums and to hammer out the final agreement to bring D.

Injuries End The Season For D.C. United's John Thorrington And Dejan Jakovic

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In case you thought this season was done meting out punishment and sadness, you were wrong. D.C. United confirmed today that midfielder John Thorrington and defender Dejan Jakovic will both be out for the rest of the 2013 season with injuries. Per Steve Goff at the Washington Post, the veteran duo will be unavailable for this weekend's tilt with the Philadelphia Union, next week's trip to the midwest to face Sporting Kansas City, and the season-ending home game against the Houston Dynamo on October 27th.

Fantasy Focus: Donovan gets his Goats

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With a total of 92 points, My Ferrari Soares soared to the top of the round's leaderboard. Landon Donovan (LA, $10.3M) wore the armband and scored 34 points with 2 goals and an assist. His Galaxy teammates Gyasi Zardes ($5.6M) and Robbie Keane ($11.2M) scored 14 and 11 points respectively -- Zardes with a goal and an assist, and Keane with 2 goals.

Filibuster Podcast 51: Thirteen times trophy raisers

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Jason, Adam, and Ben are back yet again, and they begin the 51st episode of Filibuster by talking about D.C. United's 13th trophy in the 100th anniversary edition of the US Open Cup. They break down exactly how United was able to foil Real Salt Lake's plans, while trying to (and failing) to do some math on how many more trophies United has than everyone else.

D.C. United Goat of the Month for September 2013 - POLL

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It took less than one day in October to surpass everything D.C. United had accomplished so far in 2013 (which, admittedly, ain't much). Had the U.S. Open Cup final come a day earlier, this poll (and the Player of the Month poll) would probably look a bit different, at least in tone. But as it stands, somebody has to bear the blame for a winless September that saw United claim a single point while losing to Chivas USA and Toronto FC.

D.C. United Player of the Month for September 2013 - POLL

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Even as October began with D.C. United lifting their 13th major trophy, September was a pretty grim month. The Black-and-Red failed to win a game and netted a single point - somewhat ironically, from a draw with the two-time defending MLS Cup and Supporters Shield champions, losing to our fellow cellar dwellers from Toronto and LA in the process.

Robbie Russell adjusts to anonymity and a new life at Georgetown

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Seated across from his bemused classmate in Georgetown University's Blommer Science Library, Robbie Russell just laughs. "What are you interviewing him for?" she'd just asked.

Only three months removed from his playing days, this is Russell's world now: Only once has the former D.C. United defender been recognized on Georgetown's campus for anything besides his age since classes began in August.

The Last Word: DCU Can't Beat Sean Johnson and the Fire

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With the loss to the Chicago Fire on Friday night, D.C. United completed its inexorable run to the top pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. It's looked inevitable for months now, but with D.C. United's SuperMagic Numbers now officially at zero, the Black-and-Red are officially on the clock. Has there ever been a more unlikely week in MLS history in which a team wins both a major trophy and the Wooden Spoon in the same week?

D.C. United 0-3 Chicago Fire: After a bright start, regular season United reappears

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An energetic opening 25 minutes faded into a typical D.C. United performance this evening against the Chicago Fire. The young guns started out brightly, with Jared Jeffrey leading the way. He put a shot on goal in the first 2 minutes, which I assume is a record for D.C. United this season. But the nice play didn't stop there: Luis Silva continued it with a breakaway in which he beat Austin Berry and put a cross onto the head of Collin Martin, who pushed it over the bar.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire TV schedule, preview, projected lineup, prediction, and live thread

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The 2014 preseason has officially begun. Sure, there's something to be said about ending the year on a high-note, but with the U.S. Open Cup now officially added to D.C. United's unmatched trophy collection and nothing at all to play for in the four remaining MLS games this year, the time has come to turn both eyes to the future.

Setting the Stage for October: 2013's Final Act

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Welcome to the final month of the Major League Soccer regular season. October's biggest event has already occurred with D.C. United winning the 100th US Open Cup, but let's set the stage one final time for the regular season's closing stretch. We'll proceed bullet style for this post since, like D.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Chicago Fire

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When NBC Sports reserved tonight's D.C. United game against the Chicago Fire for a national broadcast, I'm sure they were expecting something a little different from what they're going to get. It seems safe to guess that those expectations involved two teams somewhere in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and two teams that would be intensely focused on this game.

Will D.C. United be the next team to receive a "league designated player"?

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The story of Maximiliano Urruti's trade to the Portland Timbers was mostly straightforward: a player brought in by one leader, Kevin Payne, was not valued in the same way by the next leader, Tim Leiweicke. His trade for Bright Dike could have been the end of the situation, outside of Portland and Toronto.

Dave Kasper offered multi-year extension by D.C. United?

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It got buried somewhat in the lead-up to and aftermath of the U.S. Open Cup final - and deservedly so - but word dropped on Twitter Tuesday afternoon, well before the trophy game kicked off, that D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper will probably be sticking around for the foreseeable future. The tweets, from Sports Illustrated's Brian Straus and MLSSoccer.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire preview: Behind Enemy Lines with Hot Time in Old Town

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You're forgiven for not thinking about Friday night's absolutely critical in every way (except for all of them) match against the Chicago Fire, which will eventually go down as The Game Where We Celebrated the Open Cup After We Won It in Utah. There's nothing on the line for D.C. United, and the Men in Red are on the outside of the playoff spots looking in.

D.C. United won The Cup, now let's update their SuperMagic Numbers

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What an incredible season for Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champions D.C. United. In the midst of the worst season in franchise history, they set their sights on winning the United States' oldest soccer trophy and then went out and did it with two wins in the final rounds against hot teams on the road.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire lineup: Yes, Virginia, there are more games this season

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Now that the game towards which D.C. United and its fans have been building has been played (and won), it seems a bit of a letdown to return to the Major League Soccer regular season. But now we are here, and there is no longer a need to keep players sharp for the Open Cup final. While I don't necessarily expect Ben Olsen to bench all of his veteran players, I would expect to see more of the younger players as Olsen tries to see what he has for next season and what he needs to replace.

The Last Word On D.C. United's Improbable U.S. Open Cup Win

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This season has been filled with disappoints for D.C. United. The team that entered 2013 as one of the Eastern Conference's favorites has fallen flat on its face over and over again. What you saw last night though was totally different. A different team. One full of confidence, for no logical reason.

D.C. United fans do the Open Cup right

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I was at Lucky Bar on Tuesday night for D.C. United's U.S. Open Cup triumph over RSL, and I can guarantee anybody who was there (even the lone RSL fan) was glad they decided to come out for it. The place was packed out, and the atmosphere was awesome. Chanting and cheering like we were in the stands, we tried to will the Black-and-Red to victory, and when Lewis Neal scored, there were actual (accidental) beer showers just like the stands on the loud side of RFK.

Highlights: Real Salt Lake 0-1 D.C. United - The Black-and-Red win Open Cup #3 and Trophy #13

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What a night, you guys.

D.C. United are your 2013 U.S. Open Cup Champions

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This was never supposed to be the way it went down, but that doesn't make it any less sweet. D.C. United, by virtue of a Lewis Neal (LEWIS NEAL!) goal and monster performances from the defense and Bill Hamid have won their MLS all-time best 13th major trophy, defeating Real Salt Lake in the 100th U.

Real Salt Lake vs. D.C. United - 100th United States Open Cup Final TV schedule, preview, projected lineup, prediction, and live thread

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D.C. United has never had a losing record in U.S. Open Cup finals. The Black-and-Red won the tournament in their first appearance in 1996. Their all-time record in USOC finals dropped to 1-1 the following year. Eleven years later, United returned to the pinnacle to claim their second crown, and again, the next year, they fell in the final to give a 2-2 record.

D.C. United's road to the 2013 U.S. Open Cup Final - How did we get here?

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Somehow, in the midst of the worst season in team history, D.C. United is playing for a trophy tonight. An MLS record-breaking 13th major trophy. The winner of tonight's match up against Real Salt Lake gets a quarter of a million dollars, a berth in the 2014-15 Concacaf Champions League and a nice helping of glory.

D.C. United Scouting Report, US Open Cup Final Edition: Real Salt Lake

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I made the JV soccer team in my freshman year of high school, but there was no coach in place until halfway through tryouts. The man named to the job did his best to keep morale up and made sure that we ran more than every other team we faced, but he had no soccer knowledge whatsoever. He would sit us down from time to time and give long-winded talks that, when boiled down, expressed his inability to understand how a game can be so unfair and yet so beloved.

Fantasy Focus: Rising to another Lovel

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Scoring 72 points this week vaulted Galacticos FC to the top of the round's leaderboard. Federico Higuain (CLB, $9.8M) wore the armband and notched a goal and an assist to get to 20 points. Columbus teammate Dominic Oduro ($7.0M) also notched a goal and an assist for 11 points, and Mike Magee (CHI, $10.

2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final Match Center

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D.C. United travels to Salt Lake City to claim their record-breaking 13th major trophy. All of B&RU's coverage, right here.

Adam, Jason, and Ben are back once again for their 50th episode of Filibuster - The Black and Red United Podcast. This time they have Matt Montgomery from RSL Soapbox on to talk about anything and everything related to the US Open Cup final taking place tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Filibuster Podcast: 50th Episode US Open Cup Extravaganza

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Adam, Jason, and Ben are back once again for their 50th episode of Filibuster - The Black and Red United Podcast. This time they have Matt Montgomery from RSL Soapbox on to talk about anything and everything related to the US Open Cup final taking place tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium. They ask him how confident he is going into a final against the worst team in the league, what has changed with Real Salt Lake since United beat them in March, what RSL's strategy will be against United, whether or not RSL fans still hold a grudge against Charlie Davies, and everything else about the game.