Black and Red United Archives for January 2014

MLS Season Awards: Bobby Boswell for Defender of the Year

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Thought to be on the decline in Houston, Bobby Boswell has jumped back into the conversation for Defender of the Year.

When D.C. United acquired Bobby Boswell in the offseason, many fans were happy but wary. A former Defender of the Year with D.C. United and a popular player both on and off the field, but Boswell was seemingly on the decline in Houston.

Freedom Kicks for 30 October 2014: MLS playoffs and USMNT

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We have a bunch of links for you this morning, so here we go!

So much soccer, so little time!

D.C. United leans on MLS Cup veterans as playoffs begin - Washington Times: Thomas Floyd gives you a playoff preview as D.C. United waits to learn its opponent for Sunday's game.

FC Dallas vs.

MLS Season Awards: Ben Olsen for Coach of the Year

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Continuing our series on D.C. United's potential MLS season award-winners, we take a look at Ben Olsen's case for Coach of the Year.

When it comes to the MLS Coach of the Year award, winners tend to fall into three categories. There's the "His team won the Shield, so that's that" winner, the "So many injuries, still made the playoffs" winner, and the "Wow, they sucked last year" winner.

Setting the stage for the MLS playoffs

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Get ready for the MLS playoffs with our selection of tables, stats, schedules, and interactive dataviz charts! All the numbers you need to satisfy your inner-soccer geek.

Well, it took eight months to play out the 2014 Major League Soccer regular season, but played out it has. Along the way, we've seen D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for Wednesday October 29th, 2014

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Good news, bad news, indeterminate news, playoffs!, and a porcupine racetrack. Today's Freedom Kicks is predictably scattershot.

I'm over 900 words here, so I'll keep things brief. Links!

A note on the past and future of The Goat Parade | The Goat Parade
Normally we start with D.

Luis Silva nominated for MLS Goal of the Year

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D.C. United forward Luis Silva has been nominated for MLS Goal of the Year.

Filibuster podcast episode 104: Montreal Impact and MLS Playoffs

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What's on tap: Goose Island Pepe Nero, Ben's bourbon concoction, apple cider and rye

The Filibuster crew are back and rounding into playoff form, getting ready for D.C. United's run towards MLS Cup. We start by talking about the 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact, including talking about Marco di Vaio's last goal in Major League Soccer, Eddie Johnson's great hold up play, and Nick DeLeon's play from the wing.

Fantasy Focus: Summing Up...Almost

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Hey, who is this guy?

Yeah I know, I normally do link dumps and look TV-ready on an occasional game recap. But believe it or not, I'm a player of the fantasy MLS game, with this year's incarnation being Sean Franklin Bluth. And when our friend Blasian asked for a fill-in, I jumped at the chance, for better or worse.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: The times, they are a-changing

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In this morning's reads—who am I kidding? You just want to talk about Chivas and the Dispersal Draft and conference alignment and stuff.

What's happening, friends? It's Tuesday and that means I'm here to give you your Freedom Kicks. Grab your coffee and let me stir in some soccer for you.

2014 MLS Cup Playoffs StoryStream

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It's go time. The playoffs are underway, and everything you need to know about United's push for a fifth MLS Cup title is right here.

We've known for a while now that D.C. United would win the Eastern Conference and face the Eastern Conference winner of what MLS now calls the "Knockout Round.

MLS announces conference alignments for 2015, moves Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City to the Western Conference

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In a flurry of news activity, Major League Soccer announced that Chivas USA was folding, that there would be a dispersal draft, and that Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City were moving to the Western Conference.

In a flurry of news activity, Major League Soccer announced that Chivas USA was folding, that there would be a dispersal draft, and the conference alignment for next season all in one press release.

Steve Birnbaum for 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year

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D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum is the clear choice for 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year.

With the end of the regular season behind us and playoffs coming up soon, it is time for us to reflect on the season that was and talk about the year's awards. D.C. United have candidates for many of these awards, but today we will start with Rookie of the Year, and D.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Second Season Starts

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Recaps, rebuking the Rapids, and as God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

Been badgering your Supporters Club travel rep for info on a bus to New York or seats to Kansas City overnight? Well, off you go then, but before you do:

Recaps on the D.C. United weekend draw with the Montreal Impact (in Marco DiVaio's last game) from us, MLS, The Washington Post, District Sports Page, CSN Washington andIves.

D.C. United will face the New York Red Bulls or Sporting Kansas City in MLS's Eastern Conference Semifinals

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The final results of the regular season had a significant impact on playoff seeds in the East. As a result, United will face the winner of Thursday night's do-or-die match between NYRB and Sporting.

We've known for a while now that D.C. United would win the Eastern Conference and face the Eastern Conference winner of what MLS now calls the "Knockout Round.

U.S. women put 6 past Costa Rica, win CONCACAF Women's Championship

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With little on the line but pride, the U.S. beat Costa Rica 6-0 to win the CONCACAF Women's Championship and solidify Abby Wambach's title of goalscorer extraordinaire.

The United States women's national team ended their CONCACAF Women's Championship on a high with a 6-0 win over Costa Rica to win the tournament's trophy.

USA vs. Costa Rica TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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The U.S. may have already punched their ticket for the World Cup, but there's still a trophy to be won.

Although the United States women's national team booked their tickets to Canada with their 3-0 win over Mexico on Friday, there's still one match left to play in the CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Espindola, Di Vaio trade goals as D.C. United closes regular season with a 1-1 draw in Montreal - Recap + Highlights

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Missing a few regulars, United were in charge for long spells but struggled to break down the Impact before Espindola's late strike leveled the score.

Playing your best soccer in a game with few short-term consequences is always a bit tricky, and so it proved for D.C. United. Despite owning a sizable possession advantage and producing more shots, crosses, and just about every other attacking stat than the Montreal Impact, the Black-and-Red were held to a 1-1 draw at Stade Saputo.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact MLS TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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D.C. United is looking to maintain their momentum in this, their final regular season match of 2014. Montreal, however, will want to send Marco Di Vaio into retirement with one last win after a disappointing season.

Today's game is the end of several things: D.C. United and the Montreal Impact will both end regular seasons that contained lots of surprises, while Impact striker Marco Di Vaio is going to retire after the match.

Scoreboard Watcher: MLS final weekend viewing guide and open thread for D.C. United fans

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D.C. United will be playing for a better chance to host MLS Cup, some teams out west will be playing for the final playoff spot, and in Seattle, they're going to invent either winning or losing the Supporters' Shield. There's plenty to watch on this final weekend of regular season MLS action.

Well, sports fans, you've made it through another eight-month MLS regular season.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Montreal Impact

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It's important for United to note the distinction between an opponent being in last place and that opponent being the worst team out there. Montreal is the former, but they can't be called the latter.

One can be forgiven for not knowing much about what's been going on with the Montreal Impact of late.

U.S. women beat Mexico 3-0, clinch World Cup spot

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An almost hat trick from Carli Lloyd and overall solid showing from the U.S. lead to a tres a cero against Mexico—and even better, direct qualification for next year's World Cup.

The U.S. women's national team secured their spot at the 2015 Women's World Cup with a decisive 3-0 win over Mexico in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship semifinals.

USA vs. Mexico TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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The US takes on Mexico with a berth in next year's World Cup on the line.

The United States women's national team continues its run in the Concacaf Women's Championship tonight, taking on Mexico in the semifinals. However, more important than this tournament is its role as Concacaf's qualification process for the 2015 World Cup: should the United States win this game, they will be automatically qualified for the tournament.

D.C. United versus Montreal Impact staff and reader predictions

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The Black and Red United staff is confident about D.C. United's regular season finale.

D.C. United go to Montreal to take on the Impact tomorrow afternoon, where almost all of the staff is predicting a multi-goal win for the Black and Red. A win would break the record for most points in a season for United, guarantee that they would host MLS Cup against anyone except LA or Seattle, and put United in a place where they could pass LA should Seattle beat them this weekend.

D.C. United versus Montreal Impact lineup: Prepping for the playoffs

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D.C. United has the playoffs on their mind as they close out the regular season against the Montreal Impact.

After sending a reserve team to Panama to clinch the top overall spot in the Concacaf Champions League, D.C. United's regulars will be back in the lineup against the Montreal Impact in the regular season finale.

Russia's Major Racism Problem: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 24 October 2014

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Oil-Rich Qatar will cover the sun! Forever! Muhahahahaha!

Election season is upon us. I can tell because my phone is ringing off the hook, and famous public figures keep personally emailing me with desperate pleas for financial help that put stranded Nigerian princes to shame.

Democracy.

The last word on D.C. United's CONCACAF Champions League group-stage results

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Another CCL match, another win for D.C. United. This game was in Panama, with the reserves, and an assistant coach calling the shots. The Black-and-Red were good enough to beat Tauro 1-0, and now they are the top CCL seed.

Soccer is a game of relative results. Yes, it helps if your team plays at a consistently high level on an absolute basis, but as long as your team beats their competition in individual games and in the overall standings, then they are getting the job done.

D.C. United to face Alajuelense in the knockout stage of the Concacaf Champions League

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D.C. United has their opponent for the knockout round of the Concacaf Champions League.

Last night we found out that D.C. United had clinched the number one seed in the knockout rounds of the Concacaf Champions League. However, we also found out the identity of their first round opponent. With six points, Alajuelense of Costa Rica are guaranteed to be the group winner with the least amount of points, and therefore D.

Freedom Kicks for 23 October 2014: Andy Najar's goal, Greg Garza, Steve Birnbaum Roast

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We have all the news that's fit to print this morning.

Good morning, my name is Ben and I will be your morning curator of D.C. United soccer links. Make sure that you have signed the waiver, and jump right into your morning Freedom Kicks!

DC United Homegrown product Andy Najar scores for Anderlecht against Arsenal in Champions League | MLSsoccer.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and CCL links for Wednesday October 22, 2014

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Face goals, soccer tennis, metaphors, and banned tifo. Just another Wednesday, basically.

As per usual, I have failed to come up with an adequate intro.

Recap round-up!

- Ours, in case you came here directly from Twitter or Google rather than going through the front door
- Pablo Maurer for MLSsoccer.

Conor Shanosky's first D.C. United goal is enough as the Black-and-Red sweep their CCL group - Recap + Highlights

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More than a little good fortune was required - both on Shanosky's first-ever DCU goal and in the match as a whole - but United defeated Tauro FC 1-0 to ensure a higher seed in the CCL quarterfinals next spring.

The CONCACAF Champions League has always been a tournament full of strange events.

D.C. United vs. Tauro FC CCL TV, streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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United has sent the reserves down to Panama to face Tauro FC in the final game of the CCL group stage for both sides.

On one hand, D.C. United has made a clear decision on strongly prioritizing the playoffs by sending the barest of bare squads down to Panama to take on Tauro FC. It makes sense to establish a playoff travel pattern and to continue working with a group of starters that still isn't firing on all cylinders without Luis Silva and Chris Rolfe.

Filibuster podcast episode 103: Chicago Fire review, Tauro FC and Montreal Impact preview

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On tap tonight: Manhattan, a Gin Pontius, and Courvoisier

The Filibuster gang is back, once again, to preview and review all of D.C. United's soccer action. We start with the conference title clinching win against the Chicago Fire, in which we talk about Chris Pontius, Eddie Johnson and the team in general's composure on the ball, Nick DeLeon and Fabian Espindola's play, and more!

D.C. United versus Tauro FC staff and reader predictions

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Despite playing in unfriendly territory with all backups, the Black and Red United staff are surprisingly upbeat.

D.C. United takes on Tauro FC tonight in the final group stage game of the 2014-2015 Concacaf Champions League. With passage to the next round already secured and playing in hostile territory with a roster full of backups, our staff goes back and forth on their predictions; leave your predictions in the comments!

Fantasy Focus: LeviEthan

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That's a goal in four straight games, and six goals and four assists in ten games.

It was not the most high scoring round, but BobBoswellIsInternet took the top prize with 77 points. Ethan Finlay (CLB, $6.2) led the way with 14 points on a goal andtwo assists. LeeNguyen (NE, $9.1)followed closely behind withtwo goals and 12 points, and Diego Valeri (POR, $10.

The Last Word on D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire: Good Enough rather than Good

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United didn't exactly put on a brilliant show, but they were the better team in the crucial moments against Chicago Saturday. That was good enough to clinch first place, but it won't be enough to make a run at MLS Cup.

The positive side of D.C. United's 2-1 win Saturday night is well-known: First place in the Eastern Conference was assured, and with it a spot in the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League (not to mention the allocation money that MLS gives out to benefit that particular cause).

U.S. women reignite confidence, comfortably put 6 past Haiti

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After lackluster performances against Trinidad and Tobago and Guatemala, the U.S. women's national team ran away with a 6-0 win over Haiti to advance to the CONCACAF Women's Championship semifinals.

A 6-0 win over Haiti was more than enough for the U.S. women's national team to top their group in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship, secure their spot in the semifinals, and guarantee at least a playoff berth for the 2015 Women's World Cup.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: USWNT wins at freedom, MLS...doesn't?

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What's hot: the USWNT, sneakers. What's not: freedom of speech, apparently.

There's a chill in the morning air, the dust of a U.S. win settling over the city—nay, the CONCACAF region—and it's time for your morning Freedom Kicks.

Start things off right with recaps of last night's USWNT 6-0 win over Haiti from yours truly (coming at 8:30), Stars and Stripes FC, and Grant Wahl.

USWNT vs. Haiti TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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The USWNT looks to clinch their qualifying group and move onto the knockout rounds on top of Group A.

The United States women's national team takes on Haiti tonight at RFK Stadium in their final game of the group stage of the 2014 Concacaf Championship, which also doubles as Concacaf's qualification tournament for the 2015 World Cup.

D.C. United versus Tauro FC lineup: Last game of the Concacaf Champions League group stage

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The kids will come out and play for D.C. United's last ConcaChamps group stage match against Tauro FC.

D.C. United takes on Tauro FC tomorrow night in Panama in the last game of the group stage of the Concacaf Champions League. A win for the team would make it likely that they would be one of the four seeded teams, which is usually a ticket to avoiding teams from Mexico in the first round; however, in a twist of fate only one Mexican team is currently on track to get a seeded position.

Monday Freedom Kicks: BEASTern Conference Top Seed

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We give you all the recaps, banners and new brewery news you can handle on this First in the East Monday.

That was fun, real fun. Personally, I had fun yelling at Jeff Larentowicz to get the [hell] off my field at the end of the game. But first:

Recaps of D.C. United's first-place clinching win over the Chicago Fire from us, MLSsoccer.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire: Video highlights, and stray thoughts from the conference-clinching win

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So, what do we think of the Black-and-Red the morning after they clinched the Eastern Conference title and a spot in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League?

Rather than try to break down D.C. United's 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire in any kind of coherent way, I'm just going to spill my thoughts on the Eastern Conference champs' clinching result onto the screen, and we'll see what happens.

United clinches first in the East, worst-to-first reverse

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A goal and an assist Saturday night from Eddie Johnson propelled DCU to a 2-1 win over Chicago and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

For the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, DC United wore black. And perhaps also for the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, television sets across the District wore the same.

United clinches first in the East, worst-to-first reverse

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A goal and an assist Saturday night from Eddie Johnson propelled DCU to a 2-1 win over Chicago and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

For the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, DC United wore black. And perhaps also for the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, television sets across the District wore the same.

United beats Chicago, clinches worst-to-first reverse

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A goal and an assist Saturday night from Eddie Johnson propelled DCU to a 2-1 win over Chicago and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

For the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, DC United wore black. And perhaps also for the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, television sets across the District wore the same.

United beats Chicago, clinches worst-to-first reverse

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A goal and an assist Saturday night from Eddie Johnson propelled DCU to a 2-1 win over Chicago and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

For the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, DC United wore black. And perhaps also for the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, television sets across the District wore the same.

United beats Chicago, clinches worst-to-first reverse

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A goal and an assist Saturday night from Eddie Johnson propelled DCU to a 2-1 win over Chicago and the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

For the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, DC United wore black. And perhaps also for the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, television sets across the District wore the same.

D.C. United beats Chicago, clinches worst-to-first reverse

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A goal and an assist Saturday night from Eddie Johnson propelled DCU to a 2-1 win over Chicago and the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

For the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, D.C. United wore black. And perhaps also for the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, television sets across the District wore the same.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire MLS TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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A win or draw will clinch first place in the East for United, who will host a Chicago Fire team that has been looking at these final games as an extended preseason after a very disappointing 2014.

Clinching first place in the Eastern Conference requires just one more point from D.C. United, and it's a deceptively important achievement.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire staff and reader predictions

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We think that D.C. United will beat the draw kings of Chicago; what do you think?

D.C. United takes on the draw kings of MLS this evening when they invite the Chicago Fire into RFK Stadium. The Fire now have the two seasons with the most draws in the history of the league; however, the Black and Red United staff does not think that they will improve on that number today.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire lineup: Eddie Johnson a starter again

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Eddie Johnson makes his return to the MLS starting ranks as D.C. United look to lock up first place in the Eastern Conference.

D.C. United comes into this game with one thing in mind: locking up first place in the Eastern Conference. A draw or a win will do that for D.C. United, and they are playing against the draw kings of MLS, the Chicago Fire, but a win keeps them above other playoff teams in the race to host MLS Cup.

Soccer and Ebola: DC United and Sundry Soccer Links for 17 October 2014

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Ebola worries hit soccer.

I really hope you haven't had breakfast because the buffet of links that Friday Freedom Kicks is about to lay out for you will put Golden Corral to shame. We're talking smorgasbord.

So grab a plate, a fork with what looks like some dried egg yolk caked to it, and your appetite.

Clearing up the MLS playoff picture

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With every team in MLS having two games left to play, we look at who's in, who's out, and who's seeded where.

Two teams are fighting for one spot in the East, and two teams are fighting for one spot in the West, and nobody is locked into their seed. Let's look a little closer at what's left to fight for with two games left in the MLS regular season.

Freedom Kicks for 16 October 2014: USWNT, USMNT, Juergen Klinsmann, Don Garber

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It was an exciting day in the realm of US national teams.

Not much D.C. United news out there today, so we jump into everything else this morning. Here we go!

Steve Goff has what little D.C. United news there is, including Davy Arnaud, attendance, and TV coverage.

USA vs. Trinidad and Tobago: Final score 1-0, USWNT not at their best - SBNation.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USWNT, USMNT, and MLS links for Wednesday October 15, 2014

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Hamid, Silva, USWNT World Cup qualifying, Dunn, Kinnear on the move, and a new team that I am childishly refusing to call by the name they've chosen. All that plus actual information in today's round of Freedom Kicks.

I'm writing this just before going to bed, and I'm too sleepy for a proper intro.

Filibuster podcast episode 102: D.C. United beats Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire preview

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On tap tonight: Stone IPA, Eagle Rare, Bourbon Rickey, rum and coke.

It is Tuesday, so it must be Filibuster day! Adam, Jason, and Ben are back to fill your ears with talk of D.C. United's 3-1 win against the Houston Dynamo. We talk about our favorite goal of the bunch, break down Taylor Kemp's first goal of his career, ask whether or not we are concerned about the lack of possession early in the game, rave about Bill Hamid's save on Giles Barnes, and talk about Eddie Johnson.

USMNT vs. Honduras TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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Jurgen Klinsmann has rotated his roster since last week's 1-1 draw with Ecuador, and as a result has a stronger squad to take on familiar CONCACAF foe Honduras.

Last week's 1-1 draw with Ecuador was mostly a decent display from a rather experimental USMNT squad. Tonight, Jurgen Klinsmann will have a stronger roster to call on, including first-choice players like Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey.

The last word on D.C. United vs Houston Dynamo: Road warriors

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Win in Houston? Check. Eliminate the Dynamo from playoff contention? Check. Return to being one of MLS's best road teams? Check.

Sunday afternoon saw D.C. United finally win a soccer match in Houston. The 3-1 win against the Houston Dynamo was a complete team victory, and showed why the Black-and-Red are leading the Eastern Conference this season.

MLS Fantasy Focus: Beau Deric

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Well this is unexpected.

By hitting the century mark, Real Leftsider's 100 points set the pace this round. Captain Diego Valeri (POR, $10.3) led the way with 34 points on the strength of two goals. Behind him were Houston's Giles Barnes ($7.5) with two goals and 15 points in two games, and New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips ($9.

Vote now for Bill Hamid's stop on Giles Barnes for MLS Save of the Week

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Bill Hamid wasn't called upon too much in D.C. United's win in Houston on Sunday, but when he was, United's goalkeeper answered the call in spectacular fashion. And now it's your civic duty to vote for that save.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Now With More Goldi Poldi (Hallelujah)

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It's an international fare today as the U.S. prepares to take on Honduras, Estonia makes an appearance, and Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla prove they are truly multi-talented.

If you're back from a long weekend, welcome back, or if you're back from just another Monday like some of us...also welcome back.

Vote for Fabian Espindola's cheeky for MLS Goal of the Week

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Go! Vote!

Monday Freedom Kicks: Houston now has a Problem

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Recaps of the breaking of cherries, ties and the visual stylings of Fincher.

Random: D.C. United couldn't beat Sporting Kansas City or the Houston Dynamo on the road if they were held up at gunpoint. Consider the three goals they scored yesterday was more than the six games they played against both teams COMBINED last year.

Where the tiebreakers stand for D.C. United

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Just in case, we look at what could happen in the worst case scenario.

An errant tweet led me to go down a bit of a small wormhole on how firm D.C. United's first place position in the East us. Now granted, a lot would have to happen for D.C. to lose against the two worst teams in the East in the last two games of the regular season, with one of those games at home(both of whom have already been eliminated from the playoffs).

Kemp, Espindola, and Johnson goals lead D.C. United to a first-ever victory in Houston - Recap + Highlights

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For the first time since the Houston Dynamo came into existence, D.C. United went to Space City and got three points. Taylor Kemp, Fabian Espindola, and Eddie Johnson notched goals as DCU won 3-1.

Since 2006, no city has been more unfriendly to D.C. United than Houston, where the Dynamo beaten United in eleven of the Black-and-Red's twelve visits.

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo MLS TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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A first-ever win in Houston for D.C. United would virtually clinch first in the East while eliminating the Houston Dynamo in the process.

You've likely heard this before, but it bears repeating: D.C. United's record in all competitions in Houston is 0W-1D-11L. It's been six years since that one lonely draw, and since then United has been crushed several times while also losing in farcical fashion more than once as well.

USMNT vs. Ecuador TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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It's not the most important friendly ever, but it is Landon Donovan's final game for the national team. Say goodbye, and hopefully get a look at some of the guys that want to succeed him as the face of the USMNT.

If not for this being Landon Donovan's final USMNT game, I would view tonight's USA vs.

D.C. United versus Houston Dynamo staff and reader predictions

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The Black and Red United staff has split over what will happen this Sunday, but no one is predicting a loss in a place where United has never won.

The staff is split over what will happen this Sunday against the Houston Dynamo, but it is a sign of how far the team has come that no one is predicting that United will lose.

Beer Cup Snakes and Crotch Tackles: DC United, MLS, and Sundry Soccer Links for 10 October 2014

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Benny is the Coach of the Year, whether MLS has figured it out yet or not.

Yes, there are thousands and thousands of uses of corn, all of which I will tell you about right now.

Welcome to Friday Freedom Kicks.

10 Reasons Why Ben Olsen Should Be Named MLS Coach of the Year - MLS Multiplex: This is pretty definitive.

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

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With D.C. United playing Houston on Sunday, we talked to Derek Stowers to get the lowdown.

D.C. United travels to Houston to take on the Dynamo this Sunday; to preview the game we talked with Derek Stowers from Dynamo Theory to get the preview on all things bright orange.

Questions for Dynamo Theory

B&RU: With the win over Toronto, do you think that the Dynamo have an actual shot to make the playoffs?

Freedom Kicks for 9 October 2014: Bill Hamid, D.C. United stadium, MLS Expansion

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We have news on Bill Hamid, the D.C. United stadium proposal, proposed MLS expansion, and more!

Welcome to Thursday, and welcome to your morning Freedom Kicks! Let's go!

Middletown's Ben Olsen takes time to talk about D.C. United's turnaround and its future | PennLive.com: Ben Olsen's hometown newspaper talks to him about this season's performance by D.

Michael Seaton called up for Jamaica's friendly against Japan

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D.C. United's youngest homegrown player is back in camp with the Reggae Boyz.

D.C. United announced today that Michael Seaton, D.C. United's youngest homegrown player, has been called back up to the senior Jamaica national team. The Reggae Boyz will take on Japan this Friday in Japan, meaning that Seaton will be unavailable for United's game this Sunday against the Houston Dynamo; however, he was unlikely to make the bench regardless of his availability, so this trip to Japan will do him good.

D.C. United versus Houston Dynamo lineup: Perry Kitchen and Chris Pontius together again

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D.C. United takes on the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium this Sunday, a place in which they have never won.

After a somewhat unimpressive September, at least in league play, D.C. United takes on the Houston Dynamo on Sunday in order to get back on the right track with the playoffs soon coming.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, USMNT, and soccer links for Wednesday October 8th, 2014

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Not much DCU news today, but there's enough going on in the soccer world for us to keep ourselves entertained for the day.

Not much of a news day for D.C. United, so a lot of what follows is from other places.

Training Notes: October 6, 2014 | DCUnited.com
Agility, possession, one- and two-touch play, and a scrimmage featuring goals from Eddie Johnson and David Estrada.

Filibuster podcast episode 101: D.C. United's draw versus Sporting Kansas City, road trip against Houston Dynamo

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On tap tonight: Fullers ESB, Old Grand-Dad, Blantons, and Glogg.

Despite the revelry in our 100th episode, the Filibuster team is back again for our 101st episode. We first talk about Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United's 0-0 draw, which clinched United's spot in the playoffs. We talk about Nick DeLeon and his performance in the middle of the field, Taylor Kemp, and United's wide midfield options when everyone is healthy.

Fantasy Focus: Sharing the Spoils

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Joint leaders at every position highlight the week.

Our overall leader is this round's leader, as In It Toux Wynne It earned 90 points. Landon Donovan (LA, $12.0) wore the armband and led the way with 14 points with an assist. Both Robbie Keane (LA, $11.8) and Obafemi Martins (SEA, $9.7) earned 12 points while scoring two goals.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Needs More Lederhosen

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Settle in for Germans at Oktoberfest, Americans on rosters, Haitians playing for the love of the game, and at least one Swede, because Zlatan.

Happy Tuesday, everyone. We're going to get right to it today because you don't need my words, you just need Lederhosen.

FC Bayern Munich wear lederhosen, drink beer at Oktoberfest - SBNation.

Bill Hamid called up for the United States men's national team Landon Donovan farewell friendly against Ecuador

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Bill Hamid makes his return to the United States men's national team this Friday.

US Soccer announced today that Bill Hamid has been called up to the United States men's national team for the friendly against Ecuador on October 10. This game is also the sendoff for Landon Donovan, and Bill Hamid's first callup to the USMNT since the friendly against Mexico in April.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Playoff Prep

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We look at the second playoff appearance in the last three years, start speculating on where a former player is headed, and watch Bill Murray sing Bob Dylan.

53 points gets first in the East apparently (via Sports Club Stats). So with that out of the way, off we go:

Recaps of D.C. United's postseason qualification draw with Sporting Kansas City via us, MLS, Goff, Goal.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City - The Last Word on DC's playoffs-clinching draw

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We close out our coverage of the scoreless draw between D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City and turn our attention to the next job.

Ben Olsen set out one big task for D.C. United at the start of this season: qualify for the playoffs. On that front, anyway, with the scoreless draw against Sporting Kansas City on Friday night, it's job done.

Scoreboard Watcher: MLS Week 31 viewing guide and open thread for D.C. United fans

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Now that D.C. United have clinched a berth in the playoffs with a draw on Friday night, let's watch the rest of the league play through the weekend. In Scoreboard Watcher, we break down the implications of each game, and you provide the commentary.

Now that D.C. United are mathematically assured of a playoff appearance, it's time to start thinking about seeding - specifically, locking down the #1 seed in the East and maybe even sneaking our way past the Galaxy and Sounders and into an MLS record fifth Supporters' Shield.

D.C. United clinches playoff appearance in 0-0 draw with Sporting Kansas City

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East Conference leaders enjoy the moment, but know the moment's over soon, if not now, and the real work begins.

On a night where the Washington Nationals were opening their postseason activity several miles away, D.C. United was staring at one of the more important games in recent memory at RFK Stadium (with deference to Lewis Neal).

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City MLS TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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Can United clinch a playoff spot, or will KC stop their current tailspin? It's a big game at RFK tonight.

Tonight's game is vital for both sides: For D.C. United, it's the first chance to clinch a playoff spot without needing any help from anyone else. A win or a draw will do the job. For Sporting Kansas City, the season is quickly unraveling and they need a good 90 minute performance badly both for the standings and for their own mental health.

MLS: Sporting Kansas City vs. D.C. United staff and reader predictions

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Will D.C. United clinch their spot in the playoffs tonight? We all think so!

There is some slight dissension in the staff predictions this time, but all of us agree that D.C. United will do enough to at least clinch their spot in the playoffs tonight. Let us know what you think will happen in the comments below!

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Kansas City blog The Blue Testament

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In which we talk to Ben Gartland of The Blue Testament about Peter Vermes and the sputtering Sporting Kansas City.

The suddenly sputtering Sporting Kansas City comes to RFK Stadium tonight. To get the preview of this match, we talked to Ben Gartland of The Blue Testament to get the lowdown on all things Sporting.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Sporting Kansas City

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United has a chance to both clinch a playoff spot and complete a season sweep over Sporting, who has dominated the East in recent years.

Unless you've ended up here on accident, you know the details of tonight's match between D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City. A point for United seals a playoff spot, while three would put the Black-and-Red on the brink of winning the Eastern Conference (particularly if New England and Columbus were to draw tomorrow).

Arnaud You Di'nt! Sundry soccer and D.C. United links for 3 October 2014

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Davy Arnaud is the most important man on this, the 50th anniversary of the buffalo wing.

Today is the50th anniversary of the buffalo wing. The first ones were created at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, on this very day in 1964.

Let's salute the buffalo wing with one hand, while we scroll down with the other.

D.C. United releases ticket prices for 2015, how does it stack up?

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In which we put on our amateur business hats and overanalyze the trends and implications.

So D.C. United released ticket prices for renewing (and barring huge presumption, introductory) season ticket holders today. Of note, this pricing comes out two months later than it did last year, but past that, let's look at the figures:

Matchday Full Half Flex
Season Season Plan
Field Level $200 $2,394
Club Level $125 $1,530
Mezzanine $55 $792 $450
Midfield $45 $648 $360
Sideline $35 $486 $279 $132
Corner $30 $432 $234 $80
Supporters' $25 $360
Endline $20

Random (and quick) observations follow on a relatively stable list:

  • As a holder of Supporters' STH seats, seeing the drop in price is encouraging.

Setting the stage for October: D.C. United's destiny is in their hands

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September was an up and down month for D.C. United, but all's well that ends well, and October opens with the hometown team controlling their own destiny.

The final month of the MLS regular season is upon us, following on the heels of a below average, but adequate, September for D.C. United.

Throwback Thursday: With the MLS Cup playoffs within clinching distance, let's look back at the last time D.C. United secured qualification

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D.C. United can clinch their MLS Cup playoff berth tomorrow night against Sporting Kansas City. This seems like a good excuse to watch one of our favorite DCU videos from recent years.

Freedom Kicks for 2 October 2014: New York Red Bulls sale, Thierry Henry, 2015 Women's World Cup turf controversy

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We have Women's World Cup turf controversy, Juergen Klopp, Richmond Kickers, and more!

Your belated Freedom Kicks are now here, so don't you fret.

Armchair Analyst: More experiments? A roster for Jurgen Klinsmann and the USMNT | MLSsoccer.com: While no D.C. United players make the Armchair Analyst's roster, Steve Birnbaum, Bill Hamid, and Perry Kitchen do get shoutouts.

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City lineup: How will United replace Perry Kitchen?

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D.C. United will have to take the absence of Perry Kitchen into account in planning their lineup for Friday's game against Sporting Kansas City.

This Friday, D.C. United will welcome Sporting Kansas City to RFK Stadium in a game that has big playoff seeding implications. A win for D.C. United keeps them atop the Eastern Conference, with the taste of another year of Concacaf Champions League (and the allocation money that comes with it) on their lips.

Australian Spirit: W-League check-in and photo gallery

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A handful of players connected to the Washington Spirit took part in a Round 3 matchup in Australia's W-League last weekend. Melbourne Victory lived up to their name, besting Canberra United 4-2 on the road.

While there are many NWSL players this season in theW-League, Saturday's matchup featured a core group from the 2014 Spirit roster.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and UEFA Champions League links for Wednesday October 1st, 2014

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More Buzzard Point news, Ben Olsen as theater, poems, and movies. An artier round of Freedom Kicks than normal.

Had I written an intro, it would be here. Instead, we go straight to the links:

More than soccer: How the D.C. United stadium will be used and how fans will get there | Washington Business Journal
A transportation management plan has been released for the proposed Buzzard Point stadium, and Michael Neibauer has the details.