Black and Red United Archives for January 2013

Escape the Shutdown with D.C. United's 1996 U.S. Open Cup Championship

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There's not much good happening in the nation's capital today - at least for those of us who live here - but our team will play for a trophy tomorrow night. Relive United's first ever Open Cup championship here.

D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake lineup: US Open Cup final edition

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Ever since D.C. United improbably won the US Open Cup semifinal match against the Chicago Fire, we have been talking about how Tuesday's final is the only game this season that matters. And even earlier than that, in the beginning of May, we asked if United's season could be a success if they won the Open Cup but missed the playoffs.

TLW: Top 5 Ways DCU Can Win the US Open Cup Just by Doing What They've Done in the Past

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We're rebranding our regular "The Last Word" post this week to just "TLW" so that we can write about something other than this weekend's poor but meaningless 4-1 loss against Toronto FC. While the youthful lineup Ben Olsen trotted out brought a new grouping of players to the pitch, the match's narrative combined two storylines we've seen previously this year (D.

Monumental Network's first D.C. United game marred by production issues, but Dave Johnson and Santino Quaranta shine

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While the game itself was shambolic, the first broadcast of a D.C. United game by Monumental Network was more of a mixed bag. Overall, the production values of the broadcast were rather poor, but the combination of Santino Quaranta and Dave Johnson was a good match that can only get better as the two get more familiar with each other.

Toronto FC 4 D.C. United 1 - Recap & Highlights: Alvaro Rey Leads Reds In Rout Of United

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The build-up to today's D.C. United game worked on the assumption that United would play reserves with one eye on Tuesday's US Open Cup final. It turns out that maybe both eyes were looking towards that game, because the Black-and-Red were run ragged by MLS's 18th best team Toronto FC today in Canada.

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

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You can't really blame Comcast SportsNet for not picking this one up. It's the two worst teams in MLS' Eastern Conference, one of which is riddled with injuries while the other isn't even traveling some of its best players as it looks forward to a much more important match in three days' time. It's in a time slot that competes directly with B1G and SEC football in a year when nobody in their right mind (I am not in my right mind.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Toronto FC

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Ugh.

That's the feeling I get seeing "D.C. United at Toronto FC" on the MLS fixture list, and I know I'm not alone. If I were a neutral forced to watch this game, I'd watch this game with the same sort of attitude that Joel (or Mike) and the robots brought to the comically bad movies they were forced to watch on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Three D.C. Councilmembers express skepticism on D.C. United stadium framework

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The latest and greatest plan to build a new home for D.C. United may have just hit its first - but almost certainly not its last - potential snag. The Washington Post has the scoop, as Anna C. Davis is reporting that three D.C. Councilmembers peppered City Administrator Allen Y. Lew with questions during a briefing about the framework agreed to by the city and team wherein the city will acquire the land for D.

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United preview: Behind Enemy Lines with TFC blog Waking the Red

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This weekend's matchup is almost enough to really make you wish MLS gave out participation trophies. D.C. United travels up the Great White North to face Toronto FC for the third and final time this season. To get ready for this massive miniscule battle, I swapped a few questions with my counterpart at Waking the Red, SB Nation's site covering all things TFC.

United Abroad: Alumni News & Notes for September 2013

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It has been another depressing month for our Black & Red squad, but the USOC final is just around the corner. To take your mind off the club record tying twenty losses, here are some news and notes from some former DCU players.

MD: Luciano Emilio opens football school | | El Tiempo Latino | News from Washington DC

Luciano Emilio spent four years as striker for DC United.

D.C. United's new stadium inches closer to existence as the city and Akridge agree on land swap ground rules

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The slow trickle - though compared to recent years, it might be called a deluge - of stadium developments continues as expected this morning, as the Washington Post's Capital Business reports that the District and developer Akridge have agreed on the ground rules to the first of several land swaps that will consolidate the land at Buzzard Point for the construction of a new stadium by D.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC lineup: How young can this team go?

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D.C. Unitec plays Toronto FC this weekend in a game in which everyone knows that United will be playing backups and young players. However, there are still choices for Ben Olsen to make: whether or not he choses his veteran backups, like Carlos Ruiz, or whether he goes all in with the youth movement and gives the kids a chance.

D.C. United's SuperMagic Numbers Keep Changing--for Better or Worse?

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The race for the SuperTopPick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft continues to trend in D.C. United's favor following this past weekend's games. D.C. United, of course, has had the inside track on the top spot virtually the entire season, but Chivas USA and Toronto FC haven't gone away easily and continue to be in the hunt.

Fantasy Focus: Carlyle Grand

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A score of 84 points, scored by PDX Hoosiers, set the pace this week. Federico Higuain (CLB, $9.5M) led the way, with an armband-assisted 20 points, aided by a goal. Rodney Wallace (POR, $5.6M) assisted on a goal and earned a clean sheet on the way to 11 points, and both Camilo (VAN, $8.5M) and Javier Morales (RSL, $9.

Filibuster Podcast - Week 30: A long slow descent into hell

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The Filibuster guys are back once again and are following D.C. United on their long slow descent into hell. The talk about Bill Hamid's performance against the New England Revolution, whether or not there is a goalkeeping controversy with Joe Willis in the US Open Cup Final. They then (unfortunately) have to talk about the rest of the defense's performance in that game, ponder whether or not United could even get Dejan Jakovic off their books if they tried, and consider whether Conor Shanoksy has a chance to start next Tuesday in Salt Lake City.

The Last Word On The Loss To New England

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Our beloved soccer team suffered another loss this weekend. This time at the hands of the New England Revolution. The game was meaningless, and DC United has just one more tune up game before facing off against Real Salt Lake in the only game left on the schedule that matters, the US Open Cup Final.

New England Revolution 2-1 D.C. United - Recap & Highlights: Toothless United Can't Hold On Against Revs

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On yet another maddening night in a horrible season, D.C. United fell 2-1 to the New England Revolution in Foxboro, MA. United struggled with the ball throughout the match, while the Revs managed to create few opportunities themselves despite most of the game taking place with United on the back foot.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution: Streaming, preview, lineup, prediction, and live thread

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In the last real tuneup before the US Open Cup final, D.C. United takes on the New England Revolution on the road just outside of Boston. It features the lineup that will likely start next Tuesday against Real Salt Lake, with the kids likely to feature against Toronto FC. While D.C. United is coming off one of their best offensive performances of the year (and that's not saying much), the Revolution are coming off of a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Fire, where their normally stout defense took a beating.

DCU's SuperMagic Number: Sewing Up the Top Pick

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With the remaining weeks of D.C. United's 2013 season firmly focused on winning the US Open Cup and getting ready for the 2014 season, now's the time to start keeping an eye on the Black-and-Red's draft position for the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. While it's looking likely that the good guys will secure the top overall spot, it's not in the bag yet.

D.C. United Scouting Report: New England Revolution

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We like to think of D.C. United as a pretty young team. Six regulars are 23 or younger, including our 22 year old starting goalkeeper Bill Hamid and our 21 year old starting defensive midfielder Perry Kitchen. Of the eleven that Ben Olsen would choose right now with everyone healthy, over half have not yet hit the prime years of their career.

Erick Thohir set to finalize purchase of Inter Milan by next week?

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After what seems like forever, D.C. United managing partner Erick Thohir seems set to finalize his purchase of Inter Milan from Massimo Moratti as early as next week. The terms of the deal have fluctuated wildly throughout the course of those negotiations, but at this moment it seems that Thohir will be purchasing 70% of the team for €300 million, with Moratti keeping an minority ownership.

Syed Rahim Nabi to finally come for a trial with D.C. United this Friday

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Remember all the way back into July, when we told you that Syed Rahim Nabi would be coming on trial to D.C. United this September? That has now come true, with Nabi flying to the United States on Friday to start his trial with the club. Nabi is an offensive minded fullback and was the best player in the I-League last season, winning the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Player of the Year.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution lineup: The last tuneup before the US Open Cup final

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This weekend's match against the New England Revolution is the last tuneup before the US Open Cup final against Real Salt Lake. With the Open Cup final only three days after United's match against Toronto FC (the one that's on Monumental Network), there is little chance that any of the major starters will feature in that game.

Slow Day Fodder: The U.S. National Team World Cup jerseys may have just been leaked... POLL

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Let's start this out a little bit abstract, okay? That a soccer team's uniform is meaningful to its supporters is a safe assumption, I think. That's true whether we're talking club or country. Besides the team's crest - and possibly even more than the team's crest - the uniform is the top visual identifier for any team, to its supporters, opposition supporters and neutrals alike.

Filibuster Podcast - Week 29: Dragons, Pontius, and Jakovic

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Despite the destruction it caused to one of our computers, Adam, Jason, and Ben are back in the wake of D.C. United's 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy. They talk about the importance of Chris Pontius to the team's offense, the resurgence of Nick DeLeon, and the problems facing Dejan Jakovic. They then spend some time talking about formations and which of the teams current players fit in these formations going forward (and which ones don't).

Fantasy Focus: Federico Returns

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Our second place overall team is first in scoring this week, as cvIMPACT scored 85 points. Sean Johnson (CHI, $5.1M) wore the captain's armband and scored 16 points over two games to lead the team. Both Robbie Keane (LA, $11.0M) and Mike Magee (CHI, $9.8M) scored 11 points, though Keane did it in just one game to Magee's two.

The Last Word On A Surprisingly Good Performance Against A Really Good Team

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As a fan of both local teams, I entered this weekend's games for D.C. United and the Washington Redskins with a similar frame of mind. Both games were viewed as an opportunity to see some of the best attacking talent in their respective leagues, with very hope or expectations that my preferred team would prevail.

D.C. United honors Jaime Moreno with a draw against the LA Galaxy

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It started off badly. Just seven minutes into the game, D.C. United were down a goal at home against the LA Galaxy, one of the best defenses in the league. And LA played like they knew it, backing off the high pressure that kept the home side pinned into their own end to that point and allowing the Black-and-Red more time on the ball.

D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy TV schedule, preview, projected lineup, prediction, and live thread

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With D.C. United mired in the MLS cellar, welcoming the firepower of the LA Galaxy this afternoon, you'll excuse me if I focus instead on the feel-good element of today's affair: Jaime Moreno. United will induct the All-Time MLS Best XI and four-time MLS Cup winner into the club's Hall of Tradition at halftime of today's game, honoring the founding member of the Major League Soccer 100/100 club (goals/assists, a distinction he shares with only.

Dos a Cero: My unique view from the capo stand at USA-Mexico

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My voice is still scratchy. My headache has gone down but when I try to test my voice it comes back. I'm still dead tired...but the good kind. As I sit back and bask in the ambience that is our confirmed qualification for World Cup 2014 in Brazil, I can't help but look back and realize the magical night that was Tuesday, September 10th.

D.C. United Scouting Report: LA Galaxy

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Let me tell you about two similar teams. Both sides tend to play a pretty straightforward 442 with a flat midfield that relies on the movement and smarts of their forwards rather than speed or power. Both coaches were involved with the two dynasties of US soccer in the 90s (D.C. United and the Virginia Cavaliers).

D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy lineup: Is a diamond in our future?

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D.C. United is likely to run out in the same lineup that it has for the majority of this season: A 4-2-3-1, with two holding midfielders and a loan striker. The main decisions that Ben Olsen will have to make for this team is whether to start Connor Doyle instead of Dwayne De Rosario or to go with the double false 9 formation which has yet to provide any real goal scoring opportunities.

World Cup Qualifying: United States vs. Mexico - USA WINS DOS A CERO

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The United States Men's National Team hosted Mexico Tuesday night in Columbus in the only way they know how. Dos a Cero. Second half goals from Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan were enough to earn all three points after Tim Howard's goalkeeping clinic to keep things scoreless in the first half. Dos a Cero.

World Cup Qualifying - United States vs. Mexico TV schedule, preview, projected lineup, prediction and live thread

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The United States Men's National Team played in Ohio 364 days ago, hosting Jamaica in the third round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying in front of a sell-out crowd. Tonight's crowd is going to blow that one out of the water. Not only will there be a record-shattering 9,000-strong supporters' section, not only will we be finished with the 4/5 of the Hexagonal (the fourth and final round of qualifying), but tonight marks Mexico's quadrennial visit to the Buckeye State.

Richmond Kickers Nate Robinson, Alex Lee, and Juan Arbelaez training with D.C. United

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Now that the USL Pro season is over, D.C. United's loanees to the Richmond Kickers have made their way back to the District. However, following them today are three members of the Richmond Kickers: Nate Robinson, Alex Lee, and Juan Arbelaez.

If the name Nate Robinson sounds familiar, its because he was just named as a finalist and then won the USL Pro Rookie of the Year award.

World Cup Qualifying - United States vs. Mexico preview: When Last We Met... Escape from Azteca

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It was a brave defensive performance from the USMNT, and fortune favored the brave on that night in March, when the Yanks marched out of Estadio Azteca in Mexico City with a scoreless draw.

Filibuster Podcast - Week 28: Resigned sighing, LA Galaxy, and USA vs. Mexico

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The Filibuster crew is back yet again, but all they have are resigned sighs towards D.C. United's performance against Chivas USA. They then bring on Josie Becker, managing editor of SB Nation's LA Galaxy blog, LAG Confidential, to talk about the upcoming match this weekend. The guys try not to talk about the epic beatdown that is likely coming, but Josie provides great insight about the Galaxy and what it feels like to have four stars on your jersey.

Fantasy Focus: What?

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The only team to reach the 100-point mark this week, Carl Sagan Cosmos took a personal voyage to 104 points and the top the weekly leaderboard. Leading the way was Lamar Neagle (SEA, $5.6M,) who wore the armband and scored 34 points over two matches, notching 2 goals. Dan Kennedy (CHV, $5.0M) earned a clean sheet and scored 13 points over his two games, and Rodney Wallace (POR, $5.

D.C. United and Mayor Vincent Gray will sign a Project Labor Agreement tomorrow at 2pm

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The D.C. United stadium deal was always going to be the culmination of many tiny steps, not a few giant steps. In that spirit, another tiny step will be announced tomorrow: The signing of the Project Labor Agreement, which will govern the people to be hired for the construction project. For D.C., this typically means an agreement between the District and the unions that will build the stadium.

USA vs. Mexico lineup: United States scrambles for replacements against El Tri

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As if the 3-1 loss to Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifying was not enough, the game resulted in a number of players for the United States being either injured or suspended for the even more critical match against Mexico. Michael Bradley was injured in warmups, Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron both picked up yellow cards and are suspended, and Jozy Altidore is both injured and suspended.

D.C. United Social Media Spotlight: Bedtime with DeRo

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Like many soccer fans today, I am a huge user of most popular social media sites including Twitter and Instagram. Often I come across some hilarious postings from D.C. United players, fans, and even the club itself. In this first installment of Social Media Spotlight -- who better to "spotlight" on Black and Red United than D.

The Last Word: DCU Falls to Chivas (and Other Stuff)

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The opening leg of D.C. United's annual two-game series/derby/NotSoClassico against teams from SoCal kicked off on Sunday night at Stub Hub Center. D.C. United played Chivas USA in a battle of conference basement dwellers, falling to the Goats 1-0. About the only positive things that can be said are that we are one game closer to the 2013 season being over and our magic number for securing the #1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft keeps getting lower (or is that higher?

D.C. United falls to Chivas USA - I can't believe I watched the whole thing

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It was basically the same story we've seen so many times. D.C. United dominated possession, but created little danger in the attacking end and fell due to hilarious incompetence in front of their own goal. If anything, this was a little bit worse, as United fell 0-1 to Chivas USA, the resident raging dumpster fire of MLS.

Chivas USA vs. D.C. United: streaming schedule, preview, projected lineup, prediction, and live thread

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Sandwiched in between two huge and difficult U.S. World Cup qualifiers, with no local television coverage, tonight's bottom of the table inter-conference clash between Chivas USA and D.C. United has been overlooked - and reasonably so - by pretty much everybody not associated with either team. Luckily for us (or not), we follow wherever our beloved Black-and-Red go, and so we'll be watching tonight as they take on los Rojiblancos against Sunday Night Football.

Chivas USA vs. D.C. United - Week 27 Storystream

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It's a bottom-of-the-table battle in Carson, California as the Black-and-Red go west to face the Goats. Find all of B&RU's coverage of the game right here.

For any normal team, the loss of its highest paid player (and captain), its highest paid defender, and a key sub and spot starter to national team duty might be a big problem.

D.C. United Scouting Report: CD Chivas USA

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There was a time a few months back where D.C. United and Chivas USA were far and away the two MLS clubs in the worst situation. Both clubs were racking up hapless losses on the field, front office issues had left both fanbases angry, and there was at least some kind of threat to the very existence of both clubs as we know them.

Chivas USA vs. D.C. United Preview: Behind Enemy Lines with The Goat Parade

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Time to meet the Goats! As D.C. United embarks for the west coast in advance of tomorrow night's match-up against the Western Conference's worst team - which is still ahead of us in the standings - I used the wonder of technology to exchange a few questions of Matthew Hoffman of our goat-flavored sister blog The Goat Parade.

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

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"Big weekend for the USMNT" doesn't really begin to describe it. Even though the United States all but has qualification secured for next summer's World Cup in Brazil, tonight's match in Costa Rica and Tuesday's against Mexico in Columbus are still really big games. The former is in a country where the Yanks have never won, while the latter four days later is against our biggest regional rival.

United States September World Cup Qualifying Content Clearinghouse

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Everything we're writing about the USMNT as they try to secure a berth in Brazil next summer.

In case you were living under a rock and didn't know, the United States is taking on Costa Rica tomorrow night in their seventh match in the Hexagonal. Should the US win this game, they will have all but clinched their spot in Brazil; a tie would be acceptable, and a draw would not be too surprising given the difficulties of playing World Cup qualifiers in Central America.

Andrew Dykstra wins USL Pro Goalkeeper of the Year; Nate Robinson and Leigh Cowlishaw also winners

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As expected, Andrew Dykstra won the USL Pro Goalkeeper of the Year award this afternoon, cementing his place as the best keeper in the league. That is in addition to his wins as the leader in Goals Against Average and being the first team all-league goalkeeper. If you haven't yet seen the video compilation of some of Dykstra's best saves, I highly recommend watching it.

World Cup Qualifying: Costa Rica vs. United States Preview - When last we met... SNOWGAME!!

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It was awesome for all parties involved, until Costa Rica lost - at which point they thought it was significantly less awesome. Relive every wonderful moment of last March's snowgame in Denver.

Chivas USA vs. D.C. United Preview: When last we met... the Black-and-Red playoff push continued apace

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Just under a year ago, the last time los Capitalinos played the Goats, the good guys earned a 1-0 result that followed the same storyline so many other games did last season, as United did just enough to claim the three points.

USA vs. Costa Rica lineup: Can the USMNT get three points against the Ticos?

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In case you were living under a rock and didn't know, the United States is taking on Costa Rica tomorrow night in their seventh match in the Hexagonal. Should the US win this game, they will have all but clinched their spot in Brazil; a tie would be acceptable, and a draw would not be too surprising given the difficulties of playing World Cup qualifiers in Central America.

Filibuster Podcast - Week 27: New York Red Bulls, Chivas USA, and USA vs. Costa Rica

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The Black and Red United crew is back, and they are still sad about D.C. United's loss to the New York Red Bulls. Before that, we take a look at Kevin Payne's firing in Toronto and discuss whether or not their front office "accountability" is something that United should emulate. We break down the defense, Nick DeLeon recent resurgence, Dwayne De Rosario's poor penalty kick performance, and everything else relating to United's loss against New York.

Richmond Kickers with nominees for USL Pro Most Valuable Player, as well as Rookie, Defender, Goalkeeper, and Coach of the Year

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The Commissioner's Cup winning Richmond Kickers continues to gather accolades today as the finalists for the USL Pro year end awards were announced. The Kickers have a nominee in each of the categories, which include Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, and Coach of the Year.

D.C. United vs. Chivas USA lineup: Will the Canadian absences help Ben Olsen?

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For any normal team, the loss of its highest paid player (and captain), its highest paid defender, and a key sub and spot starter to national team duty might be a big problem. However, 2013 is anything but normal for D.C. United. The loss of Dwayne De Rosario, Dejan Jakovic, and Kyle Porter frees lineup positions to try things for which most fans have been calling, such as an end to the double false nine lineup and trying Conor Doyle as a center forward.

Fantasy Focus: Are you tired of Robbie Keane?

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With 87 points, n00bius led all teams in scoring this week. Robbie Keane (LA, $11.0M) was the vice captain and (Mauro Diaz?!) notched 2 goals and an assist for 30 points. Both Erick Torres (CHV, $7.4M) and Javier Morales (RSL, $9.3M) scored 12 points - Torres with 2 goals, and Morales with 1 goal and 1 assist.

Andrew Dykstra is the USL Pro First Team All-League Goalkeeper

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USL Pro announced its all-league teams today, with the Richmond Kickers leading the way with four selections on the first team. Andrew Dykstra anchors the first team as its goalkeeper, which is no surprise after his performance this year, which included the lowest goals against average in the league.

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

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Whatever else we think of August, it was better than July. But it still wasn't good, especially in league play. But we're not here to debate exactly what went wrong over the last calendar month: We're here to assign blame on a single individual for whatever it is that did go wrong (which was lots).

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

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Well, as Stephen's already pointed out, in league play, August was less than auspicious for D.C. United, as the team (again) wracked up fewer points per game than any other team in MLS. But, for "worst months ever" it wasn't all bad, as the Black-and-Red advanced to the final of the 100th U.S. Open Cup, actually winning a road game in the process.

Setting the Stage for September: D.C. United Makes its Final Run to the Cup

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As we head into the final quarter of the season, only three teams are no longer still in the hunt for the 2013 Major League Soccer playoffs. Unfortunately, one of those teams is our home town club (along with Chivas USA and Toronto FC). So, while the rest of the league (minus the table laggards) are fighting to secure a playoff position, the Black-and-Red will instead spend September getting ready for the US Open Cup final on Oct.

The Last Word: D.C. United Plays Out a Familiar Script vs. New York

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Well, the Atlantic Cup is no longer in the trophy case at RFK Stadium. And really, the competition wasn't close this year following D.C. United's 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night. For the season, United saw its record against its most bitter rival drop to 0-2-1 (1 point total, and 4-1 for NYRB on aggregate goals).

New York Red Bulls 2-1 D.C. United - Black-and-Red rue blown chances as they fall to 10-man Metros

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Well, it was certainly an entertaining night for the national television audience, but fans of the Black-and-Red couldn't get the happy ending, as D.C. United fell 2-1 in Harrison, N.J. to the New York Red Bulls. Lloyd Sam's cross-shot opened the scoring after just 8 minutes, looping over the outstretched arms of Bill Hamid to go in off the far post.

Richmond Kickers 1-2 Charlotte Eagles: Kickers fall short in the semifinals

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The Richmond Kickers crashed out of the playoffs today against the Charlotte Eagles, losing 2-1 at home. The Kickers were sluggish throughout the first half and the beginning of the second, only becoming frenetic near the end of the game as time ticked slowly away. It was an uncharacteristically bad performance from the Kickers defense and it ends their quest for a double, having already won the Commissioner's Cup.