Black and Red United Archives for January 2013

D.C. United Goat of the Month for May 2013

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Last month was frustrating, so we took a bit of a cop out in selecting our Goat of the Month. I nominated, and as a community we selected "Every single attacker on the team, jointly and severally" as our scapegoat. It was an obvious choice, really - as bad as some of the defense's performances were and even as frustration with the coaching and technical staff grew, it was the offense that drew most of our ire.

D.C. United Player of the Month for May 2013

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If you look at last month's player of the month post, the theme in the introduction was "brooding." And here we are a month later, still brooding. Because D.C. United's month of May wasn't much of an improvement - if at all - from it's godawful month of April. We did see a lone standings point earned this month, which is precisely one point better than last month's haul, so I suppose it's something.

USA vs. Belgium: International Friendly TV schedule, Projected Lineup and GameThread

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Somehow, this one has snuck up on me. I'm ready for Sunday's USSF Centennial Match at RFK (and based on the Germans' showing against Ecuador in Miami today, our boys better be ready for it, too), and of course the June set of World Cup Qualifiers are conspicuously marked on my calendar. But tonight's friendly managed to fly under my radar.

Rumor: Erick Thohir wants to send young Inter Milan players to D.C. United on loan

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Erick Thohir, D.C. United's current "rich uncle" owner, is apparently currently in Italy meeting with the owner of Inter Milan, Massimo Moratti, about his bid to purchase the team. Among other things, he wants to transform the team into a publicly traded company, like Manchester United, and build the team a new stadium to replace the venerable San Siro.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 29, 2013

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Happy Wednesday, ladies and gentlemen. We didn't lose yesterday! Not losing is super neat. Since there was a game, today's edition of Freedom Kicks is obviously a bit recap-heavy, but I've dug up some other things too.

United dig in, earn Open Cup victory | D.C. United

Dig in! They dug in, guys!

Setting the Stage for June: If Not Now, D.C. United, When?

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There' s an old saying in golf that you can't win a tournament on Thursday, but you can lose it. That's what has happened to D.C. United this season. After a difficult opening 12 games, they continue to sit dead last in the overall Major League Soccer table. Although two thirds of the season remains, the hole D.

CONTEST: We're giving away three pairs of tickets to the USA-Germany Centennial Match - here's your chance to win.

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As most of you know, the United States Men's National Team is coming to RFK Stadium on Sunday to celebrate 100 years of the U.S. Soccer Federation, and they'll be playing manager Jurgen Klinsmann's home country Germany. RFK is going to be packed for the occasion, but thanks to Allstate, Black and Red United has two pairs of tickets to give away to you, our readers.

U.S. Open Cup - Richmond Kickers vs. D.C. United: The Last Word on United's win over their USL Pro affilliate

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It most definitely wasn't pretty, and it can't even really be called effective. But D.C. United managed a 0(2)-0(4) "win" over their USL Pro affiliates, the Richmond Kickers, to advance to the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup last night. Let's see what's being said about the match before we put this one to bed and turn our attention back to the league, shall we?

D.C. United 0-0 Richmond Kickers: United advances to the fourth round of the US Open Cup on penalties

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It had to go to extra time, didn’t it? After a Branko Boskovic free kick was required to win D.C. United’s first US Open Cup game last year against the Richmond Kickers, it made sense that the same matchup a year later would also go to extra time. And after it went to extra time, it had to upstage the First Annual Bodkin Cup, so why not go to penalty kicks this time?

U.S. Open Cup - Richmond Kickers vs. D.C. United: Streaming, lineups, prediction and GameThread

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Well, it's here. MLS clubs are finally jumping into the fray surrounding and leading toward the 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, as the third round of the oldest running soccer tournament in North America kicks off tonight. D.C. United will be hopping a bus south to face the affiliated USL Pro Richmond Kickers, who could be featuring two on-loan United players.

D.C. United signs Gambian international Sainey Nyassi

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You'll be forgiven if you're not overwhelmed by the first new face D.C. United has officially brought in since becoming mired in the worst stretch of results in recent memory. Today, the club announced that it has signed former New England Revolution midfielder Sainey Nyassi. The Gambian international gives the Black-and-Red a much-needed speed element in the attack, and because he holds a Green Card, he will not take up a precious international roster slot.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 28, 2013

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Happy Tuesday, ladies and gentlemen. Have a good Memorial Day weekend? I drank beer and watched sports. So it was like every other day, really.

An inside look at the Richmond Kickers ahead of Tuesday's Open Cup match | D.C. United

I really wish United would just let their loanees/reserve players play for the Kickers.

D.C. United US Open Cup Scouting Report: Richmond Kickers

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Just three days after another discouraging loss in MLS play, this time to the Portland Timbers, D.C. United travels 100 miles south to take on their USL Pro affiliate, the Richmond Kickers in the third round of the US Open Cup. The two teams are a stark contrast of results so far. We all know about D.

Fantasy Focus: Keen on Keane

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Our top eight teams did not change places this week, due to relative low scoring among the leaders. The high scorer this week was Pajoysonous Offense, with 95 points. The largest chunk of the scoring came from Montreal forward Marco Di Vaio ($8.7M), who scored a hat trick en route to 16 points, doubled by his wearing of the captain's armband.

D.C. United vs. Richmond Kickers lineup: The US Open Cup Is All We Have Left To Play For

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After an oh-so-brief flirtation with being merely one of MLS's below-average teams - both the 2-1 loss in Dallas and the 1-1 home draw against KC reminded one of your average 14th-15th place finisher - D.C. United regressed to "top three draft pick" form against the Portland Timbers. Unfortunately for Ben Olsen, the need to change players based on performance (that is, changes that are needed rather than wanted for freshness or a different look) will continue for tomorrow night's US Open Cup match against the Richmond Kickers.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 27, 2013

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Happy Memorial Day, ladies and gentlemen. Just one week after D.C. United did something encouraging, they were up to their old tricks on Saturday. Ben Olsen got really mad. It was awesome.

Recap: D.C. United 0 - Portland Timbers 2 | D.C. United

Obviously, most outlets took Sunday off, so the first of five recaps.

Tottenham Hotspur Center Back William Ekong On Trial With D.C. United

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D.C. United is in desperate need for defensive help, and Ben Olsen has been very open about wanting to bring new faces in on trial. Therefore, it should be no surprise that United announced today that William Ekong, a Dutch center back with Nigerian heritage currently with Tottenham Hotspur, is on trial.

The Last Word on DCU vs Portland: We Have Become Toronto!

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At the beginning of the 2012 Major League Soccer season, Toronto FC set a record for utility by losing their first nine matches. The Reds were roundly called one of the worst teams in MLS history at that point. In fact, one of their highly paid star players, Danny Koevermans, famously said they were "setting the record for the worst team in the world.

D.C. United 0-2 Portland Timbers: Recap & Highlights - Soft defense and godawful finishing doom D.C.

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Remember that more fired up D.C. United side we saw last week against Sporting Kansas City? The one that - while not quite as good at the soccer part of the game - was willing to scratch and claw to a point? Yeah, that team didn't show up this week, and the Black-and-Red saw their winless streak go to nine games as they lost a 2-0 home result to the Portland Timbers.

D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers TV/live streaming schedule, lineups, prediction and GameThread

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Last week, D.C. United ended their seven-match losing streak against one of the tougher teams to do that against, and this week, they'll look to finally put a second tally in the win column against another difficult opponent. Tonight, United will host the Portland Timbers, who haven't lost since the third week of the season - coincidentally, the last time D.

Richmond Kickers 2-0 Harrisburg City Islanders: Ownby and Dykstra lead the way

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The Harrisburg City Islander's game plan coming into this match seemed to be to use their speed to challenge the Richmond Kicker's defenders. And at times Sainey Touray and Aaron Wheeler were able to use that speed and create chances. However, the Richmond Kickers were able to control the majority of the possession to earn a well deserved 2-0 victory.

Richmond Kickers vs. Harrisburg City Islanders: Streaming, lineups, prediction, and GameThread

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With most fan eyes focusing on the upcoming US Open Cup match between the Richmond Kickers and D.C. United, there are still some league games to go before we get to that titanic struggle. For the Kickers, that means welcoming the Harrisburg City Islanders, the USL Pro affiliate of the Philadelphia Union, to the friendly confines of City Stadium.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Portland Timbers

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The hits keep coming for D.C. United. First, there was the nightmarish 4-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo at a damp RFK Stadium. Next, United faced FC Dallas - top of the table at the time - on the road and, while playing something close to competently, still lost 2-1. Most recently, the Black-and-Red managed to avoid defeat for the first time since the Nixon administration, putting up a decent 70 minutes before hanging on for dear life to hold Sporting Kansas City to a 1-1 draw.

D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers: When Last We Met... The 2012 unbeaten streak reached four.

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As we prepare for tomorrow's match-up between the Black-and-Red and the visiting Timbers, we look back at the last time the two teams met - last fall in Portland, where a controversial penalty gave D.C. the lead before United eventually succumbed to persistently shoddy defending and were forced to settle for the draw.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 24, 2013

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Happy Friday, ladies and gentlemen. Maybe, if Ben throws enough random USL players on the pitch against Portland on Saturday, we'll actually get a win. A real win! Not just a draw!

Thursday Training Notes | D.C. United

Man, we're getting desperate with these mediocre trialists, aren't we?

Washington Spirit Update: Looking Back to the West, Ahead to the East

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After a sold defeat of Seattle last Thursday, the Washington Spirit entered the less than hospitable confines of JELD-WEN Field and its 12,474 rowdy fans in Portland Sunday, hoping to turn some heads and come up with a second win in a row against the Thorns.

But before the match was even underway, the Spirit were dealt a blow as goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris failed a fitness test on her knee.

D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers: Preview - Behind Enemy Lines w/ SB Nation's Stumptown Footy

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We're always eager to find the scoop on other teams in MLS, particularly when our boys in black will be playing them. In that spirit, we exchanged a few questions with Geoff Gibson in advance of D.C. United's match this Saturday against the Portland Timbers. He's the managing editor at SB Nation's beyond excellent Timbers site, Stumptown Footy.

MLS 2013 Week 13 Schedule, TV/streaming, predictions - All the info for Memorial Day Weekend

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Last week, D.C. United, while not having an objectively good week with a home draw, enjoyed the best week the team has had in a couple of months. Our own Stephen Whiting, though, had himself a very good week, nailing 70% of the available points and moving past ChestRockwell and into the lead in our predictions contest.

MLS 2013 Week 13 Complete Coverage - D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers and more

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Nine games on the slate this week in Major League Soccer, including the seemingly annual Memorial Day weekend meeting between two of the most famous fanbases in the country. We've collected all of Black & Red United's coverage into one convenient place.

Last week, D.C. United, while not having an objectively good week with a home draw, enjoyed the best week the team has had in a couple of months.

United Abroad: Alumni News & Notes for May 2013

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Links, links, and more links in this edition of United Abroad. It seems like everyone that used to play for our beloved team is scoring goals for their new team, except for Facundo Erpen of course. Let's get started, shall we? (For some of the links a translator app may be needed. I use Google Chrome and it translates for me, though, even with the translator, you may still not be able to understand it.

Filibuster Podcast: Week 13 - Hey everybody, we got a point! Let's get another! Or three!

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For the first time in a couple months, we can't say "another week, another loss" for D.C. United. Last weekend, the Black-and-Red took their first step forward in some weeks, earning a home draw to Sporting Kansas City. That leads off this week's episode of Filibuster - the Black & Red United podcast.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 22, 2013

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Happy Wednesday, ladies and gentlemen. The Richmond Kickers won their U.S. Open Cup game against a fifth division side (featuring former D.C. United midfielder Danny Szetela) on Tuesday night, setting up a match with DC. We're also waiting on players to return to injury and for us to sign some mediocre players to turn our season around, because that's just what we do.

D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers lineup: Can DeRo play with an attacking midfielder?

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The great Nick DeLeon as attacking midfielder experiment began against Sporting Kansas City and, while he showed flashes, it was not the epiphany that some of us hoped it could be. But one thing that we noticed is that there were a number of times that DeLeon and Dwayne De Rosario were occupying the same space, leading to breakdowns in passing lanes and turnovers.

Richmond Kickers 4:1 Icon FC: Kickers roll on the strength of their second half explosion

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This second round matchup in the centennial edition of the US Open Cup pitted the Richmond Kickers against Icon FC, who beat the Brooklyn Italians to get to the River City. The Kickers put out primarily a first choice lineup, partially out of necessity (four of their six loanees were claimed by their parent clubs for US Open Cup purposes) but partially on purpose.

Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris Selected for US Roster Ahead of Match Against Canada

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This will be the first meeting between the two countries since the 2012 Olympics semifinal, which saw the US come from behind three times to win 4-3 in the waning minutes of overtime. Much has been made of the "Rematch," including marketing it as such by the hosts. (Incidentally, neither Harris nor Krieger were on the US Olympic team.

Richmond Kickers vs. Icon FC: Streaming, lineup, predictions, and GameThread

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The second round of the 100th edition of the US Open Cup is upon us, and this is the round in which most of the NASL and USL Pro teams enter the competition. The Richmond Kickers, featuring D.C. United loanees Andrew Dykstra and Michael Seaton, will take on New Jersey based Icon FC, who beat the Brooklyn Italians of the NPSL in the first round to earn a trip to Central Virginia.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 21, 2013

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Happy Tuesday, ladies and gentlemen. D.C. United didn't lose last weekend. I wanted to remind everyone, just in case you forgot. We didn't lose. Hooray for not losing. Here are some things to read.

3 trialists at training today | The Twitter machine

I recommend not looking up Mike Grella's scoring record.

Fantasy Focus: Landon's Back?

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Something evil lurks on the horizon, and you had better start preparing now. I'm here to help, but before we get to that, we get to the week's leader and new overall leader. SGV Galaxy scored 112 points, on the strength of a captained Jack McInerney (PHI, $8.9M) and his 20 points. Just behind him, LA's Landon Donovan ($10.

The Last Word On D.C. United's Draw Against Sporting Kansas City

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I didn't know that 1-8-1 was even possible for a legitimate MLS team (defined as any team that isn't in its expasion season or hailing from Toronto). Whether we truly deserved it or not, for some reason 1-8-2 looks much better.

The past two matches were truly reasonable results for a mediocre team to get against some of the top teams in the league.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 20, 2013

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Happy Monday, ladies and gentlemen. We took a little break at the end of the last week after critters got into the server room and chewed up some stuff, but we're back. D.C. United didn't lose this weekend, which is super neat. Draws aren't great, but they're better than losses.

I know, that's the kind of hard-hitting analysis that keeps you coming back.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City ends 1-1. "It's better than a loss."

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It has to be said that tonight's postgame press conference in the bowels of RFK Memorial Stadium was not full of champagne and high fives. But it was still a hell of a lot more upbeat than any other presser in the last two months. It's all thanks to D.C. United's losing streak busting 1-1 draw with the visiting Sporting Kansas City, who had owned United previously with five consecutive one-goal victories over the Black-and-Red.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City TV, schedule, lineups, prediction and GameThread

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Think of somebody you'd want to play if you were an MLS team on the ropes and riding a seven-game losing streak. Now picture the exact opposite. There's a good chance you're thinking of Sporting Kansas City, D.C. United's opponents tonight. Here goes nothing.

Venue: RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, DC.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City: Behind Enemy Lines with KC blog The Daily Wiz

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Happy United Day, boys and girls! This afternoon at RFK Stadium, D.C. United will host Sporting Kansas City in what we can only hope will be MLS' upset of the week. So, to get us ready for the match, we exchanged a few questions with Ben Gartland, the Managing Editor of SB Nation's Sporks site The Daily Wiz.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Sporting Kansas City

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All the way back in 2009, D.C. United arrived at CommunityAmerica Ballpark to play some team named the "Kansas City Wizards" in the last game of the regular season, and everything was on the line. Thanks to a logjam on the fringe of the playoff race, United would have qualified for the postseason despite a season fraught with injuries, tired legs (14 non-MLS competitive fixtures!

Photo gallery: Washington Spirit vs Seattle Reign

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Washington Spirit vs Seattle Reign: Recap and Video - Spirit Nab First Victory of the Season

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It turns out, the long trip to Seattle was just what the previously tepid Washington Spirit offense needed. Washington earned its first victory of the season, beating the Reign 4-2 at Starfire Stadium.

Washington (1-2-3) finally broke the one-goal barrier and spread the scoring amongst four players.

Richmond Kickers vs. Los Angeles Blues: Streaming, lineups, prediction, and GameThread

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After a win that left head coach Leigh Cowlishaw unsatisfied with the performance of his team, the Richmond Kickers are back in action tonight against the Los Angeles Blues, the first of three games in 8 days. The LA Blues are only one point behind the Kickers but have played three more games. For the first two years of its existence, the Blues have been the only USL Pro team west of Ohio, which has obviously put a lot of pressure on the team; this season marks the first season of the Phoenix FC Wolves and next season there will be a USL Pro team in Sacramento, which will allow the Blues a little more regional competition.

Quick Poll: Washington Spirit vs Seattle Reign FC

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Seattle Reign (0-4-1) vs. Washington Spirit (0-2-3)

Game time: 10 p.m. EDT

Click to watch live

Poll Let's keep this simple. Two NWSL teams are looking for their first win of the season tonight in Seattle. Which team will win?
  • Seattle Reign
  • Washington Spirit
  • Neither.

Filibuster Podcast: Week 12 - Crying into our beers as we preview D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City

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Join the podcast crew as we explore the depths of our misery as D.C. United fans in 2013. We start off by looking at Ben Olsen's lineup and tactical changes in the midst of a combined 6-1 beatdown on D.C. United over two legs by the state of Texas. In the harsh light of United's performances against the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas, we also ask ourselves at what point focus will shift from this long slog of a season to building for 2013.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City lineup: Maybe this week for Pontius?

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The letting the kids play experiment worked as well as anything else has this year, and so I expect that Ben Olsen will stay with at least parts of that starting 11 when D.C. United takes on Sporting Kansas City this Sunday. But, for the second week in a row, the key question is about Chris Pontius' groin.

MLS 2013 Week 12 Schedule, TV/streaming, predictions

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Good gracious, there were a lot of matches to predict last week! Fifteen of them, which meant a lot of chances for the standings in our ongoing predicto-league. So, before we get to all of this week's upcoming action, let's take a peek at where things stand there.

Week 11 Scores (possible 15): Adam: 5 points | Chest: 4 pts | Benuski: 6 pts | Stephen: 7 pts

Total Scores (possible 100): Adam: 38 pts | Chest: 40 pts | Benuski: 35 pts | Stephen: 40 pts

So, not an entirely successful week for some of us, but we're all still above - in the case of Chest and Stephen, well above - that dreaded line that would represent parity with randomness (33%), so we're all providing some value in our picks.

What Are You Drinking? Pretty soon, it's going to be this new collaboration.

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Two of our favorite District institutions have teamed up to create a new beer that soccer fans in the DMV are litterally going to drink up this summer. And there's a contest to name it.

Frank Simek and Akpo Sodje on trial with D.C. United

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Word broke today from the assembled D.C. United press that the team has two trialists in camp: English striker Akpo Sodje and American defender Frank Simek. Simek is a right back who has played for Sheffield Wednesday in the Football League Championship and has spent the last three seasons with Carlisle United in League One.

Fantasy Focus: One Forward To Rule Them All

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This week we have a new name to add to the list of top weekly scorers. cvIMPACT's 123 points led all teams, despite taking a 4-point deduction for using an extra transfer. Portland's Rodney Wallace ($5.2M) scored 21 points overall, tying for the weekly lead, despite only playing 117 minutes over his two games.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 14, 2013

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Happy Tuesday, ladies and gentlemen. We play Sporting Kansas City this weekend, if you didn't know. So I'm sure we're totally about to turn this thing around. This game is a gimme. We got this.

Feature: Kyle Porter | D.C. United

Confidence key in unlocking winger's potential! That's it, guys.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 13, 2013

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Happy Monday, ladies and gentlemen. We have the worst team in MLS and the playoffs are looking like a near impossibility if we don't make a couple of spectacular signings and make a couple of miracle trades. That's not happening, so sit back and just laugh when we concede for the rest of the season.

The Last Word on a record breaking loss to FC Dallas

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D.C. United lost yet again, this time to FC Dallas, in the same way that they have lost most of their games this season: giving up an early goal and then being forced to chase the rest of the game. When your team is pressing for over an hour each game, more goals for the opponent are often the result.

Washington Spirit vs Boston Breakers: Game recap and analysis - Spirit earn draw with unbeaten Breakers

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Wrapping up a four-game homestand in front of 4,027, an impassioned young Spirit squad showed no signs of intimidation against a team with a two-game winning streak and the winners of the previous two week's NWSL Player of the Week in Sydney LeRoux and Heather O'Reilly. Washington again shut down their opponent's the top producers, holding both scoreless.

FC Dallas 2-1 D.C. United - Ben Olsen changes nearly everything, but the result is the same

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Five changes to the lineup, a new twist on the formation and a focus on attacking the game early. Ben Olsen finally threw the kitchen sink at D.C. United's six-game losing streak on Saturday night. But it wasn't enough, as the Black-and-Red dropped a 2-1 result to FC Dallas in Frisco, Tex.

United started well enough, controlling possession through the midfield trio of Perry Kitchen, Raphael Augusto and Dwayne De Rosario and pressing Dallas all around the field.

Richmond Kickers 4-1 Antigua Barracuda: Ngwenya hat trick leads the Kickers

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The Richmond Kickers scored four goals, with three coming from former D.C. United man Joseph Ngwenya, to power past the worst team in USL Pro, Antigua Barracuda. Antigua came into City Stadium without a win so far and they are playing all of their games on the road this year.

The first three goals of this match all came from Joseph Ngwenya, and all of them were from the top of the 6 yard box.

Richmond Kickers vs. Antigua Barracuda: Streaming, lineups, prediction, and GameThread

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After a brief road trip last weekend, the Richmond Kickers continue their epic homestand tonight against Antigua Barracuda, the one current USL Pro team that is not based in the United States. Antigua also has the distinction of playing no home games this year; that's right, every single one of their games is on the road.

FC Dallas vs. D.C. United TV, schedule, lineups, prediction and GameThread

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If you had to pick the worst possible road trip to take while riding a six-game losing streak, trip to Friso, Tex. might not be the top of the list, but it would probably be in the top 3. At least for D.C. United. (For the record, a trip to Houston and playing the Galaxy away would be the others.) But that's exactly what's on tap for tonight, as United travel to play FC Dallas.

MLS Week 11 Fantasy Soccer & Non-DCU Open Thread

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Week 11 continues apace after the biggest slate of midweek matches so far this season. It all starts with the Chicago Fire playing host to the Philadelphia Union at 1:30 on NBC Sports Network. The weekend will wrap up Sunday night at 8:00, when you should absolutely take advantage of this weekend's free trial of MLS Live to watch the two-time defending Eastern Conference playoff champion Houston Dynamo host the two-time defending Eastern Conference regular season champion Sporting Kansas City.

D.C. United Scouting Report: FC Dallas

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Sometimes life isn't fair. When you're coming off a catastrophic loss - a loss that may qualify as the worst in club history - the last thing you want to have to do is fly out to a venue you've never done that well at to play the team atop the MLS standings. Then again, maybe this is a classic case of making your own luck: Teams that waste gifts like getting the Dynamo on 66 hours rest (which included a cross-country flight and missing five useful second-choice players as well as a starter) don't deserve fairness from the fates.

FC Dallas vs. D.C. United: When Last We Met... United broke out of its early-season funk

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The last time these teams met, in a match that fans in the Nation's Capital can only hope will repeat itself on Saturday night, D.C. hosted the Toros last spring in a match that busted United's scoring woes and set the tone for a successful spring for the Black-and-Red.

D.C. United vs. FC Dallas lineup: Let the kids play

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Believe it or not, D.C. United has another match this weekend, against league leading FC Dallas in Frisco, Texas. And with the current lineup failing to get results, it may be time to experiment even further. The whole point of the USL Pro-MLS Reserve League loan agreement was to get the young players at the end of each team's bench some quality experience so that they would be able to break into the main team at some point.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 9, 2013

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We suck.

Spotlight: Nick DeLeon | D.C. United

This led the official site this morning instead of a game recap, because of course. If you ignore the bad things, maybe they'll go away. Good for Nick, though.

United vs. Dynamo: D.C. falls flat at home in 4-0 loss | Washington Post

The first of a few recaps, in case you want to re-live what happened last night.

Erick Thohir to buy part of Inter Milan?

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This morning rumors have been flying that Erick Thohir, Indonesian media mogul and an owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and D.C. United, wants to buy into Inter Milan of the Italian Serie A. Thohir apparently wants to buy 51% of the club, while the current owners only want to sell him 20-30%. In something that will sound familiar to D.

The Last Word: Accepting D.C. United's Debacle vs Houston

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On a rainy night at RFK Stadium, D.C. United lost its fourth straight home match, and seventh overall, of the young 2013 season. While the crowd was expected to be small for the season's only Wednesday night game at home, it appeared only about half of the announced 10,100 fans actually showed up.

D.C. United 0-4 Houston Dynamo: Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad

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My mother always told me, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." But I was never very good at listening, and we need a recap, so here goes. On Wednesday night at RFK Stadium, D.C. United played a truly horrible game of soccer, which was fully reflected by the 4-0 scoreline in favor of the visiting Houston Dynamo.

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo: TV schedule, lineups, prediction and GameThread

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Things going for D.C. United tonight: 1. We Win on Wednesdays. 2. The Dynamo are on short rest and long travel, and they're dealing with several injuries to players who would otherwise be under consideration for selection tonight. 3. Weird things happen when United and the Houston Dynamo meet at RFK Stadium with rain in the forecast.

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo: When Last We Met... Eighty minutes wasn't good enough

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As the Black-and-Red prepare to host one of the best teams in the MLS Eastern Conference, let's look back at the last time they met, in both teams' 2013 season opener.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 8, 2013

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Happy United Day, ladies and gentlemen. D.C. United are hoping to end their horrible skid today ... against probably the best team in the Eastern Conference. Yikes. Hopefully all of the positive things everyone around the team have been saying actually lead to some positive results.

Tale of the Tape: D.

MLS Week 11 Schedule, TV/streaming, predictions: Midweek madness means TONS OF FREAKING MATCHES

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Our prognosticators had a good week last week - and not just because D.C. United's bye guaranteed that the Black-and-Red wouldn't drop another one into the loss column. But this week is where things can take a big turn: most weeks feature eight or nine matches - the biggest week to-date was ten. This week features 15 matches, thanks to a crammed Wednesday schedule (which features a whopping zero nationally televised games) in addition to the usual weekend festivities.

Filibuster Podcast: Previewing D.C. United's double-stuffed week against the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas

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After what I wish I could call a relaxing bye week (for me, not the players - they've got real work to do), Filibuster is back with an all new episode to get you ready for D.C. United's big double week. Of course, tomorrow night, United will host the Houston Dynamo in a thunderstorm, so we lead with our preview of that match, and some memories of another time the Black-and-Red hosted the Orange during a weather event.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Houston Dynamo

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Three things in life are certain: Death, taxes, and the Houston Dynamo. For D.C. United, at least, the Dynamo may be the scariest thing on that list. Since moving from San Jose - RIP Quakes 1.0 and your correct use of blue instead of black as your home color - Houston has been nothing but trouble for United.

Fantasy Focus: Midfield Medley

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Our home team may have been off this week, but there's still a lot to get into in Fantasy Focus. First, we simultaneously recognize the overall and weekly leader, Stallions FC, who scored 94 points and rose to first place overall with a total of 682 points. Graham Zusi (SKC, $10.3M) captained the team and earned 28 points.

MLS Week 11: Complete Coverage of the double-slate of league action

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With fifteen matches on tap, Week 11 is by far the busiest match week of the 2013 season to date. This is your one-stop shop for all of B&RU's coverage of the midweek and weekend action.

Our prognosticators had a good week last week - and not just because D.C. United's bye guaranteed that the Black-and-Red wouldn't drop another one into the loss column.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 7, 2013

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Happy Tuesday, ladies and gentlemen. D.C. United play the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, so I'm sure you want to listen to some people tell Dominic Kinnear how awesome he and his team are.

Keys to the match | D.C. United

Kick the soccerball into the soccernet!

D.C. United news and notes | Washington Post

Pontius is back, Nick DeLeon is getting there.

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo lineup: Will Chris Pontius' groin look favorable upon us?

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I am worried about Chris Pontius' groin. One more injury takes it from freak injury status to recurring injury status, and a recurring muscle injury is not a good thing to have with a team's best player. And the way that Pontius has been playing so far this season, it is not unreasonable to think that the groin has been bothering him throughout this young season.

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo: Behind Enemy Lines with SB Nation's Dynamo Theory

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Wednesday night, D.C. United hosts the two-time defending Eastern Conference (Playoff) Champion Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium. It will be the second meeting this season between two of the more decorated sides in MLS history - though the Dynamo have certainly had more recent success than the Black-and-Red.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 6, 2013

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Happy Monday, ladies and gentlemen. Anyone who tells me that I have a case of the Mondays will be slapped today. D.C. United didn't play this weekend, which usually stinks. This weekend, it was a welcome relief. Hopefully Wednesday brings better than awful soccer.

D.C. United keeps it light | D.

Washington Spirit vs Portland Thorns: Recap and Match Video - Spirt Unable to Match Portland's Power

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Surprisingly, Washington actually outpaced Portland for shots on goal (7 to 5), but were unable to score in the run of play with the lone goal coming off a converted penalty kick by Diana Matheson, who beat Canadian international teammate Karina LeBlanc.

In a physical game, what the Spirit lacked in size, they made up for in fight, not backing down from the larger and more experienced side.

Washington Spirit vs Portland Thorns: Recap and Match Video - Spirt Unable to Match Portland's Power

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Surprisingly, Washington actually outpaced Portland for shots on goal (7 to 5), but were unable to score in the run of play with the lone goal coming off a converted penalty kick by Diana Matheson, who beat Canadian international teammate Karina LeBlanc.

In a physical game, what the Spirit lacked in size, they made up for in fight, not backing down from the larger and more experienced side.

Richmond Kickers vs. Charlotte Eagles: Streaming, lineups, prediction, and GameThread

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After earning a key three points on the road in Wilmington, North Carolina, last night, the Richmond Kickers came immediately home to prepare for the Charlotte Eagles. The Eagles currently sit two points shy of the Kickers, with two wins against Antigua Barracuda and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and two ties against Orlando City and Rochester Rhinos.

MLS Week 10 Open Thread

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As usual, most of this weekend's MLS match-ups will be available to fans in the D.C. area only through pay services like MLS Live and MLS Direct Kick, but there are some games available on national teevee, too. Well, two of them, one each on Saturday and Sunday. So enjoy Arlo White while you still can on NBC Sports Network as the Columbus Crew host the New York Red Bulls this afternoon, and then tune into ESPN2 late, late tomorrow night for the tilt between the San Jose Earthquakes and the Houston Dynamo.

Game Preview: Portland Thorns vs Washington Spirit

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It seems everyone in the soccer community expects Washington to lose this one. Portland is 2-0-1 with 7 points atop the standings. Washington is 0-1-2 with 2 points, not far from the bottom of the table. All of the hype has been about Morgan and Sinclair.

But nothing is a given and as former US international Brandi Chastain said after the US lost to Norway in the 2000 Olympic final, "You never know the outcome.

Richmond Kickers 2-0 Wilmington Hammerheads: Michael Seaton scores his first professional goal

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The Richmond Kickers were able to take a 2-0 victory out of Wilmington over the Hammerheads before returning home to Richmond for the rest of the month. Each of the halves played out the same way: the Hammerheads started strong, controlling the run of play before the Kickers took control after 15 or 20 minutes.

Richmond Kickers vs. Wilmington Hammerheads: Streaming, lineups, prediction, and GameThread

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After a week off, the Richmond Kickers are back in action with two games this weekend: the first tonight, against the Wilmington Hammerheads, and the second tomorrow night, against the Charlotte Eagles. For those of you unfamiliar with USL Pro, each team typically gets between 3 and 5 of these weekends per season, which are done to help reduce travel costs; to compensate, USL Pro teams are allowed 5 subs per game.

D.C. United Goat of the Month for April 2013

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Find a worse month than this one was since the year we don't like to talk about in these parts. Just try. Actually... don't. You'll just make yourself sad, and nobody wants to spend a gorgeous Friday heading into what should be a very pretty weekend in the Nation's Capital being sad. So instead, we'll just vote for who was the worst in a truly awful month on the field for D.

D.C. United Player of the Month for April 2013

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With no D.C. United match to get ready for this weekend, let's take this lovely Friday and brood a little bit. And that's exactly what I expect the reaction to be to what is normally a more joyous feature here at B&RU, the Player of the Month poll. But in a month where United earned zero standings points, scored only half a goal per game while allowing an average of two goals against each time out, joy isn't something that we have much of at the moment.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United news and links for May 3, 2013

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Happy Friday, ladies and gentlemen. I've been exiled to the land of no internet (my house) while SB Nation moves offices. It takes me a couple minutes to load a page, and I supposedly have broadband service. It's wonderful. If you ever want to know what property management company you should never rent from, I can help you out.

Is D.C. United's season a success if they miss the playoffs but win the U.S. Open Cup?

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The schedule for the 100th edition of the U.S. Open Cup has been set, with MLS teams set to enter the competition in the third round on May 28. And while the playoffs are by no means unreachable for D.C. United, the possibility of reaching them is in enough doubt that it hangs over the season. The precedent is there as well: D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 2, 2013

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Happy Thursday, ladies and gentlemen. Today's edition of Freedom Kicks leads with more of what you've come to expect from D.C. United employees and their club website.

Previous matches provide building blocks | D.C. United

"With the right mentality and the right intensity, we can build.

MLS Week 10 - All of B&RU's coverage through D.C. United's bye week

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No matter who wins this week in Major League Soccer, we can be sure of something: there's no way D.C. United will lose in Week 10. (Because of a bye week.)

Scoreboard fires, more goals than we've seen in any other week this season, and some upset road wins defined Week 9 in MLS. What will Week 10 have in store for us?

MLS Week 10 Schedule, TV/streaming, predictions - There's no way D.C. United can lose this week! Hooray!

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Scoreboard fires, more goals than we've seen in any other week this season, and some upset road wins defined Week 9 in MLS. What will Week 10 have in store for us? Our predictions and take on each of this week's nine match-ups are below, but first, let's check in on how our prognosticators did to close out the second month of the 2013 season.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 1, 2013

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Happy Wednesday, ladies and gentlemen. We're getting a new coffee maker at the office on Monday, but the one we have died today. It seriously couldn't hold out for three more days. I am Joe's lack of caffeine intake.

D.C. United Training Notes | D.C. United

Kyle Porter's confident, you guys.