Black and Red United Archives for January 2014

MLS to expand playoff spots in 2015?

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According to the reports, it could happen.

If you are not on Twitter or the internet and out enjoying yourSmall Business Saturday, you may have missed Brian Straus' report that Major League Soccer will add knockout games to the playoffs and add the number of teams in 2015 to 12 from this year's 10 to a source, perhaps being made official as soon as next week.

D.C. United Season Review: Midfielder/Defender Samuel Inkoom

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Up next in our season review series is Ghanaian World Cup veteran Samuel Inkoom.

Back in early September, when Samuel Inkoom was signed by D.C. United, there was a mix of excitement and curiosity. Inkoom, at 25, arrived having played in two different World Cups for Ghana and had multiple starts in the UEFA Champions League as well as the Europa League.

SB Nation Mock Expansion Draft: Who we protected for D.C. United and why

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SB Nation is doing a mock expansion draft, and we submitted a mock protected list.

We have inundated you with discussion of what D.C. United should do about the upcoming Expansion Draft. Ben attempted to gauge what United would do. I put together a list ordered by how vital it is to protect each player, regardless of this particular mechanism's rules.

Classic B&RU: Major League Soccer should schedule MLS Cup for the Day After Thanksgiving. Every year.

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A few years back, B&RU founder Martin Shatzer wrote that MLS should own Black Friday by scheduling the league's biggest event on this day each year. Today, in what has become a Day After Thanksgiving tradition of our own, we take the occasion to re-publish his piece, the original version of which ran on November 27, 2010 and can be found here.

Of Second Legs and FIFA 15's Cultural Power: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 28 November 2014

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Make your Black Friday a Black and Red one by starting your day here.

This Friday Freedom Kicks is an experiment: What does a linkorama look like when a B&RU volunteer staffer is overdosing on tryptophan and spent the entire previous day drinking beer, wine, beer, vodka, and wine again?

Happy Thanksgiving from Black and Red United!

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We here at Black and Red United are thankful for a lot of things this year.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, our readers, throughout the world. Despite the fact that the season ended a little earlier than we hoped, we think it was a pretty good one overall. Here are some of the things that I am thankful for this season, and please chime in with your thanks in the comments!

D.C. United Season Review: Bill Hamid

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In today's installment of our annual season review, we take a look at our mean, green machine, D.C. United's homegrown number one goalkeeper, Bill Hamid.

Entering the season, there was no doubt Bill Hamid was our number one goalkeeper, as he has been the last several years, and we were hoping to see him take the next step and move even further into the discussion of elite goalkeepers in MLS.

DC Committee on Economic Development Unanimously Passes DC United Stadium Act with Amendments

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Doug Barnes and David Rusk attended the Committee markup sessions on the DC United Stadium Act. Today two Committees unanimously voted to approve an amended Stadium Act, clearing the path for further hearings within the next several weeks.

by Doug Barnes, David Rusk and Tod Lindberg

Today Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser chaired the Committee on Economic Development, and this Committee unanimously passed the DC United Stadium Act (hereafter, called Stadium Act) with amendments.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for Wednesday November 26, 2014

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United news concerning on- and off-field matters, plus a ton of MLS news. No really, it's a ton. I weighed it.

A veritable horde of links for those of you who are pretending to work on the day before Thanksgiving:

D.C. United news and notes | Soccer Insider
Steve Goff has some on-field news for us after talking to Dave Kasper.

Filibuster podcast episode 108: MLS Cup Playoffs, Expansion Draft, Twitterbox

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On tap tonight: Hardywood Park Gingerbread State, Heavy Seas Peg Leg, Sam Adams Christmas Beer

It is Tuesday and so that means that Filibuster is back once again, to hopefully help your Thanksgiving commutes. We start by talking about the MLS Playoffs and that means talking about New England Revolution vs.

D.C. United Season Review: Sean Franklin

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Another one of the 2013 offseason acquisitions gets Dake! Ceath!

Stage One of the 2013 MLS Re-Entry draft saw D.C. United take Bobby Boswell, who helped whip a reconstructed back four into shape and earn a Defender of the Year nomination in the process. But also in said draft, D.C. acquired right back Sean Franklin from the Los Angeles Galaxy, whose contributions to D.

DC Council's Government Operations Committee passes D.C. United stadium bill

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Kenyan McDuffie's Government Operations Committee unanimously passed the D.C. United stadium bill, with a few big changes.

In the first of two votes that will be held today by various DC Council committees today on the D.C. United stadium bill (B20-805), the Government Operations committee unanimously approved the bill as amended.

2014 Benny Awards: Call for nominations

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In which we start our yearly tradition of handing out awards to D.C. United's players for the past season.

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

Let's talk some more about who D.C. United should protect in the MLS expansion draft

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With NYCFC and Orlando City ready to pull players from the existing 18 MLS teams shortly after MLS Cup, we revisit D.C. United's roster to ask who Ben Olsen should protect and who he should risk losing in the expansion draft.

We've touched on it a couple times since the end of D.C. United's 2014 season a couple weeks ago.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Rules? There are no rules.

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Birnbaum is not Rookie of the Year, Bradley Wright-Phillips doesn't know the rules, and there's more on SuperClub Bayern Munich. Also, dinosaurs.

It's Tuesday, it's Thanksgiving week, and it's time for Freedom Kicks. You don't need more of an introduction than that, do you?

Oh, but wait—Bowser is presenting her new stadium plan at today's Government Operations committee meeting.

D.C. United Season Review: David Estrada

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Our season review series marches onward with a look at David Estrada.

When D.C. United traded for David Estrada back in early August, the expectation was that he'd play plenty of CONCACAF Champions League minutes and be serviceable depth here and there in MLS matches. Go ahead and check the comments that followed our piece on the news: No particularly high hopes for greatness, but there's also a lack of skepticism and negativity.

Steve Birnbaum third in MLS Rookie of the Year voting, with Tesho Akindele first and Harry Shipp second

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Though he was the most consistent of the three finalists, Steve Birnbaum ends up third in Rookie of the Year voting.

MLS today announced the winners of Rookie of the Year and the Fair Play award, and D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum came in third in the former as the Philadelphia Union won the latter.

MLS 2014 Season Awards: the B&RU ballots

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In which some of us go full homer. You never go full homer.

It's MLS awards season, again, ladies & gents, so we've rolled out the red carpet-- What's that? All we have is cardboard form under the SE/SW Freeway? Fine, spraypaint it red and roll it out. Or slide it out, whatever. Okay! We've rolled out the.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Calm Before the Storm

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Monday's Kicks recap the Conference Finals, the Milan Derby, and Terry Gilliam's Birthday::

Prepping your meal for Thanksgiving right? Well, cranberry sauce rules, stuffing should be prepared, not hydrated, and green beans with almonds are bullcrap. Got it? Got it.

D.C. United Season Review: Forward/Mad Genius Fabian Espindola - Black And Red United: ICYMI, our season reviews await no weekend, so please to look at the most recent installment.

D.C. United Season Review: Forward/Mad Genius Fabian Espindola

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Next up in our Season Review series: Fabian Espindola, the fulcrum of United's attack.

When I think of Fabian Espindola, I feel like I'm looking at a player from a bygone era. It's not his playing style; back in the day, he'd have been miscast as a winger and never had the impact he has now.

MLS Scoreboard Watcher, Conference Finals Edition: New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution and LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders

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Even with D.C. United out of the playoffs, we still gather together to watch the games go on.

After what seemed like an eternity, the MLS Conference Finals are upon us. Both games are today, and both series look to be good ones. Join your Black and Red United friends and watch the games with us!

CONCACAF Champions League championship stage schedule announced

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CONCACAF announces the schedule for the championship stage of the 2014-15 Champions League

Start making those plans, D.C. United faithful! CONCACAF earlier today announced the schedule for the championship stage of the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League. D.C. United enters the quarterfinals as the #1 seed in the tournament as the only team who achieved a perfect 4-0 record during the group stage.

D.C. United season review: Andrew Dykstra

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We continue our season review with backup goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra.

During the preseason, most fans figured that goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra was set for another season down I-95 with the Richmond Kickers in USL-Pro, where D.C. United had sent him on loan the previous two seasons. Last season, as the Kickers' first-choice keeper, he made 14 appearances for the USL-Pro regular season champions, winning the USL-Pro Goalkeeper of the Year award in the process.

Sin City, Twin Cities, Sactown get audience with Godfather: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 21 November 2014

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Expansion hopefuls all kiss the ring of MLS. San Antonio: "He's got me waiting in a lobby!"

I believe in Friday Freedom Kicks. Friday Freedom Kicks has made my fortune.

Attorney General-Elect Karl Racine Talks D.C. United Stadium, Being the "Establishment" Pick - Loose Lips: DC's new Attorney General hasn't been clued in on the whole eminent domain thing.

Birnbaum, Boswell, Olsen & Hamid earn MLS Awards Nominations

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Ahead of MLS gradually rolling out award winners, a look at the finalists for D.C.

Major League Soccer announced its finalists for regular season awards, and D.C. United tied the Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders with four finalist nominations overall. In order of winner announcement, the nominations for D.

D.C. United Season Review: Conor Doyle

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In which we wonder if the most follicly advanced player on the team deserves Cake...or Death!

In the year of our Lord 2013, Conor Doyle received 72% of more than 300 votes cast, and he returned in earnest for the 2013 campaign. The forward, sitting on a $48,500 base/$49,750 guaranteed salary, had a somewhat uncertain future, made all the more so with the acquisition of Eddie Johnson in the 2013-14 offseason.

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Soccer Fan in Your Life: A Black Friday Guide by Black & Red Fans

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Writers and readers at Black & Red United help you pick out something special for that someone special.

Someone you love loves soccer, huh? And you've been googling for ideas for what gift to give him or her for the holidays? But you're at a loss. And you've found yourself here, at Black & Red United.

Freedom Kicks Open Thread

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In which our intrepid editor forgot he had to go to a conference.

So I forgot that I had to get to a professional conference this morning, so that took up all of the time in which I normally write this post. My shame is great and my penance shall be profound. So let loose in the comments with anything and everything you've found soccer interesting yesterday and today.

D.C. United selects midfielder/forward Thomas McNamara in the Chivas USA Dispersal Draft

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The Black-and-Red made what is likely to be a popular pick in grabbing a creative, versatile attacker in today's Dispersal Draft.

While Ben Olsen has said that he doesn't expect to make too many changes this offseason, D.C. United has already made its first addition to the roster. In the Chivas USA dispersal draft this afternoon, United selected midfielder/forward Thomas McNamara.

D.C. United season review: Nick DeLeon

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It was a different looking season from Nick DeLeon, but he was one of the most important players down the stretch.

Throughout the first half of this 2014 season, D.C. United fans continued to wonder where the Nick DeLeon of 2012 had gone. After bursting onto the scene as a rookie who scored goals and looked electric down the sideline, he (like everyone else) regressed in 2013.

Muriel Bowser "very optimistic" on getting D.C. United stadium deal done by January

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Muriel Bowser talks about the D.C. United stadium plan and her commitment to a deal.

Muriel Bowser went on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt to talk about a whole slew of issues, and one of the first issues brought up was the proposed D.C. United soccer stadium at Buzzard Point. In it she said that she was very optimistic about getting a deal done, that she is committed to D.

D.C. United's Dispersal Draft prospects (Part two of two)

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We took a look at every player United might take in the dispersal draft. It may be fair to say that it out of hand. This is part two.

Yesterday, we broke down the good and bad qualities of seven different Chivas USA players that D.C. United could theoretically take in today's Dispersal Draft.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and USMNT links for Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Stadium chaos, promises, miracles, and other good things gone bad. Today's is most likely the saltiest Freedom Kicks we've ever posted.

Woke up in the middle of the night in the wrong place having not written this, and with a headache for punishment. Adulthood!

Here are the links:

Muriel Bowser says she will remove Reeves Center sale from D.

Muriel Bowser to take Reeves Center land swap out of D.C. United stadium deal, no immediate news on replacement

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Muriel Bowser, soon to be inaugurated as D.C. mayor, has announced her intention to take the Reeves Center land swap out of the proposed D.C. United stadium plan.

Muriel Bowser, who will take over as mayor from Vincent Gray at the beginning of next year, announced this evening that she will move to take the Reeves Center land swap out of the proposed D.

D.C. United's Dispersal Draft prospects (Part one of two)

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In a two-part series, we're taking a look at every player that the Black-and-Red might conceivably pick in tomorrow's dispersal draft.

As we discussed yesterday, D.C. United will have the fourth pick in the upcoming Chivas USA dispersal draft. While no one is under the impression that this draft will see United grab another Nick Rimando - who we acquired after the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny met their demise - this coming Wednesday, there is a distinct undercurrent of skepticism about the quality of the players MLS sides will have a chance at signing.

D.C. United Season Review: Alex Caskey

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In which we ponder if the midfielder acquired for depth was just that.

Alex Caskey was in the unenviable position of having to catch up to his new teammates in Black and Red, after having been acquired from the Seattle Sounders shortly after they played D.C. United in Charleston during preseason.

USMNT vs. Republic of Ireland Friendly TV/streaming, previews, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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The United States visits Dublin to take on Ireland in the final friendly match of 2014.

The United States gets one more friendly in before the end of 2014. This one isn't conveniently timed for...well for anyone really, but we might as well enjoy it rather than do work or whatever this afternoon.

Filibuster podcast episode 107: Chivas USA dispersal draft preview with Alicia Rodriguez and expansion draft preview

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On tap tonight: Old Grand Dad, Duclaw Sweet Baby Jesus, Magic Hat Winter Seasonal, and sparkling water

It is Tuesday, so that means it must be Filibuster day! Adam, Jason, and Ben are all back in your ears to talk about D.C. United and the upcoming expansion draft. We go through some of the key players on D.

USMNT vs. Ireland live streaming: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The United States will look to impose their will on an opponent for the first time in ages, while American fans are interested in seeing a pair of youngsters called up from unconventional places.

Another day, another friendly. FIFA's near-constant use of the calendar to break up the club soccer world's attempt to play games in the fall is just about done, with today's set of games being the last before 2015.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Mix knows that his mustache is bad and he should feel bad

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Bobby Boswell needs some hangout plans, Mix Diskerud recognizes that he should never grow a mustache again, Tom King schedules U.S. Soccer friendlies, and Bayern Munich is a Superclub.

Happy Tuesday, folks! And happy USMNT game day. The Yanks take on the Republic of Ireland in Dublin today (2:45 p.

D.C. United Season Review: Club captain Bobby Boswell

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Up next for our season review is potential MLS Defender of the Year Bobby Boswell.

Sometimes in the process of writing a billion or so words about the local soccer concern, you will find out you got something wrong. Well, when it comes to Bobby Boswell, I have to be clear: I was wrong. When D.

DC Ward Advocates Make Strong Case for Buzzard Point at Council Hearing

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Last week, the D.C. Council held a roundtable to hear public testimony about the proposed Buzzard Point soccer stadium plan. D.C. United fans who live in the District and support the deal turned out in force to make their case.

By DC Citizens United for a Soccer Stadium

Pro-Buzzard Point advocates turned out in force at Thursday evening's public hearing of the DC Council's Committee of the Whole.

D.C. United roster status clarity on international players and homegrown players

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Black and Red United has learned some information about the upcoming expansion draft.

We finally have some clarity on the roster status of D.C. United's players, which brings some surprisingly elements to light. The full rules have not been released yet, and the rules' interaction with MLS roster rules may never be fully explained, but some parts have begun to trickle out.

Top 5 changes needed for the next MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement

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The MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement will be renegotiated this offseason. Here are five ways I want to see it improved.

One of the main stories of this upcoming Major League Soccer offseason is already the renegotiation of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between MLS and the MLS Players Union.

Monday Freedom Kicks: A Dispersin's a Comin'

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The first non-D.C. United weekend of the offseason has us in an eclectic mood.

Man, things are rough out there in offseason land/international break, boo hiss. Well, let's try and make the best of this:

D.C. Council ponders removing Reeves Center swap from soccer stadium deal - The Washington Post: I mean, I don't know how Akridge would be cool with it.

D.C. United season review: Rookie centerback Steve Birnbaum

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A stellar season from rookie centerback Steve Birnbaum has us all expecting more next year.

Just because it is the weekend doesn't mean that we stop the soccer coverage. In our player by player review of D.C. United's 2014 season, we now turn our attention to Steve Birnbaum, the rookie centerback out of California.

D.C. United to pick fourth in the Chivas USA dispersal draft

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D.C. United may be able to pick up a useful player, picking fourth in the Chivas USA dispersal draft.

Major League Soccer held its weighted draft this afternoon to determine the order of picks for the Chivas USA dispersal draft by picking envelopes. Despite having a lower chance than the non-playoff teams, D.

D.C. United Season Review: Defender Nana Attakora

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Our season review of the entire D.C. United roster continues with defender Nana Attakora.

Without asking him personally, I think it's safe to guess that 2014 has been a long year for Nana Attakora, the next player up in our Season Review series. The 25 year old Canadian defender came to United via the Re-Entry Draft, where he was taken in the second round of stage two.

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

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On one hand, this is a dumb time of year for FIFA to have a window for friendlies (not just for MLS, but worldwide). On the other hand, at least the USMNT is getting a legit opponent today in Brazil 2014 darling Colombia.

Here's the bad news: FIFA's insistence than the whole world must play friendlies whenever Europe has a qualifier for Euro 2016 or anything else is dumb, but that dumbness won't stop US Soccer from scheduling games in every single one of those windows.

The People's Sport: DC United and Sundry Soccer Links for 14 November 2014

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Our season is over. But freedom continues to kick.

The most important part of your day has arrived.

Here are your Friday Freedom Kicks. These are going to be short, and donut-sweet. Your comments, as always, are far more interesting.

Five keys to D.C. United's offseason | Comcast SportsNet Washington: Among other things, Dave "It's in the net!

DC Council votes for the first time on the proposed D.C. United stadium

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In what may be the first ever vote by the DC Council on any proposed D.C. United stadium plan, a small piece passes.

In the grand scheme of things, it is a very minor thing that can still be changed or rendered moot. But as far as I can tell, today's 2-0-1 vote in the Finance and Revenue Committee of the DC Council was the first ever vote on anything directly related to a D.

D.C. United season review: Newly minted central midfielder Davy Arnaud

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We start our season review of all of the players on D.C. United's roster with Davy Arnaud.

Our series in which we ask whether or not we want players back next year is itself back again. It has been known as River or Life when Martin Shatzer was in charge, it has been known as Cake or Death when Adam Taylor was in charge, but the exercise is still the same: we go through every player on the team this year and ask whether or not they should come back next year.

D.C. United season review: Player by player evaluations of the 2014 season

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We go through all the players on D.C. United's 2014 roster and ask if we want them back in 2015.

Our series in which we ask whether or not we want players back next year is itself back again. It has been known as River or Life when Martin Shatzer was in charge, it has been known as Cake or Death when Adam Taylor was in charge, but the exercise is still the same: we go through every player on the team this year and ask whether or not they should come back next year.

Freedom Kicks for 13 November 2014: D.C. United contracts, Caribbean Cup, Heineken

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We have guaranteed contracts, Caribbean Cup, and Heineken.

The international break is slowing down soccer news around the world, but we still have some tidbits for you on this Thursday morning.

D.C. United news and notes - The Washington Post: Lots of good information from Steve Goff in this installment, including the fact that Bobby Boswell, Chris Rolfe, Eddie Johnson, and Davy Arnaud, among others, all have guaranteed contracts for next season.

Responding to the 'Rethink'ing

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In which someone within a story on the Washington Post is given the chance to respond to some things.

Over the course of Monday's Washington Post article by Clinton Yates, one of the people quoted in the story is Paul Sotoudeh. As the article mentioned, Sotoudeh moved from Rockville into D.

D.C. United and the MLS Expansion Draft: It's Complicated

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Ben Olsen is going to have some very difficult decisions to make with regards to keeping his most crucial players out of the grabby hands of Orlando City and NYCFC.

Here's the thing about doing an expansion draft piece without knowing the precise rules MLS will be using: You can either forge bravely ahead in the assumption that MLS will just use the old rules - that's what Ben did in round one - or you can hedge yourself against every foreseeable version of the rules MLS could create.

Eddie Johnson hospitalized for dehydration before 2nd leg

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There may have been a reason Eddie Johnson didn't start last Saturday's 2nd leg against New York: a late-week trip to the hospital for dehydration and other issues.

When Eddie Johnson came on as a substitute for Davy Arnaud in the 60th minute of last Saturday's second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals for D.

Michael Seaton is a member of Jamaica's Caribbean Cup team

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The Caribbean Cup started yesterday, but Michael Seaton and the Reggae Boyz play their first game tonight.

It has flown under the radar a bit, but Michael Seaton has been called up to the Jamaica national team for their run for the Caribbean Cup. It is being hosted in Jamaica, and they are the obvious favorite to win the competition.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and random soccer links for Wednesday November 11, 2014

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Our favorite big dummy's dumbness in the second leg may have ended his season, not that it helps United. That plus news from Morocco and some rambling in today's round of Freedom Kicks.

I almost forgot it was Wednesday, so here is a scrambled edition of Freedom Kicks.

Photos: The Fans of D.

Filibuster podcast episode 106: The end of D.C. United's playoff run

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On tap tonight: Delirium Nocturnum, Old Fashioned, Sam Adams Winter Lager

Sadly it is the end of D.C. United's 2014 season, and the Filibuster crew is here to talk you through it. We start, of course, with the game itself. We ask if there was more that D.C. United could have done in this game, we debate the strategy of the opening 30 minutes, we pine for Luis Silva, we talk about the away goals rule and whether or not in penalizes the higher seed, and we talk about novel playoff formats that might make things more interesting.

Who should D.C. United protect in the expansion draft?

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In the first of many posts on the subject, we take a first crack at who D.C. United should protect in the upcoming expansion draft.

You all have clamored for it, and now we give the people what they want. As we all know, the MLS Expansion Draft is coming up in a few short weeks, where Orlando City SC and New York City FC will get to plunder the rosters of the rest of the league to start themselves up.

Ten Questions and Answers about the New DC United Stadium Cost-Benefit Report

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The headlines coming out after the unveiling of the cost-benefit report on the DC United stadium deal were neutral to positive in tone. Behind all these headlines are a ton of data and 400 pages of text entitled Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014, authored by Conventions, Sports and Leisure (CSL), Integra Reality Resources, and The Robert Bobb Group.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: In which I spend more time on Mats Hummels than anything else, for no reason

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We got stadium stuff, a USMNT roster, and a dash of German pirate Mats Hummels, for flavor.

Come one, come all, it's your weekly Tuesday Freedom Kicks and if you're like me, you're still waking up. Because you watched a game last night that didn't kick off until 11:00 P.M. ELEVEN. IN THE NIGHTTIME.

Bill Hamid called up to the United States men's national team for their November friendlies

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Continuing his recent streak, Bill Hamid has been called up to the USMNT for their last matches of 2014.

In news that will surprise no D.C. United fans, Bill Hamid has been called up by Juergen Klinsmann for their last friendlies of 2014. On Friday, November 14, the USMNT will take on Colombia in at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC in London.

The last word on D.C. United vs New York Red Bulls: For want of an away goal

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D.C. United won the game on Saturday, but lost the Eastern Conference semifinals series to the New York Red Bulls. The difference was an away goal. Oh for an away goal!

In an attacking display led by Nick DeLeon, Taylor Kemp, and Fabian Espindola, D.C. United defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-1 at RFK Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the second leg of Eastern Conference semifinals.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Although We've Come to the End of the Road...

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Postmortems, Football Manager 15, and puppy videos or something.

Ah poop. Well, pass the bill and all is forgiven.

Recaps of the D.C. United elimination at the hands of the New York Red Bulls from us, MLSsoccer.com, Washington Post, SI, Goal.com, Soccer By Ives, CSN Washington, Soccer Wire, UnitedMania and District Sports Page.

Scoreboard watcher: MLS conference semifinal viewing guide and open thread for D.C. United fans

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If the only way to drown your sorrows is to watch more soccer, we are right there with you.

Now that D.C. United's season is over, many will take a step back from watching MLS, preferring to focus on United's offseason (of which there will be plenty of coverage here). However, if you simply can't help yourself from watching whatever soccer is on at any given moment, we will still be here for you as well.

D.C. United scores some, gives up the most important one, is eliminated by New York.

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D.C. starts well, but the bad defensive habits of last week rear their head once more as New York advances to the Eastern Conference Finals on a 3-2 aggregate.

After their 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls last week, to a man D.C. United expressed frustration at their lackluster performance, and over the course of the week vowed that they would not, were not, going to be training at RFK Stadium for one last time.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls MLS Cup Playoffs TV/streaming, previews, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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United has been up for every challenge in 2014, but this is the biggest one of all.

There's no need to build this one up. MLS's oldest rivalry has never seen D.C. United eliminated from the playoffs by the New York Red Bulls or any of the other names that club has gone by over the years. However, United has also never faced the Metros needing to win by at least two goals (or three if NYRB manages to score once themselves) before.

Six things D.C. United needs to do to advance in the MLS Cup Playoffs

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Overcoming a 2-0 deficit is a big challenge, but United can do it if they check off everything on this list.

Today is not going to be easy for D.C. United. MLS teams have faced this precise deficit in twelve aggregate situations, and only two have advanced. No one has pulled it off since 2004.

MLS Insider: D.C. United players, like everyone else in the sport, love them some 5v2

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From D.C. United to Bayern Munich; from LA Galaxy to AS Roma — every professional team in the world plays a version of the classic keep-away game known as 5v2. Players relish this self-governed warm up drill, and so do their coaches.

Get ready: Saturday is almost here!

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We are pumped. We are ready. Tomorrow can't get here fast enough. Are you ready for tomorrow's second leg? If not, this article should begin to get you fired up for the big game.

Tomorrow's a huge day. Ginormous. King Kong-ish. Big things are coming, but it's on tap to be an exciting day as well.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls staff and reader predictions

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For the first time, we have real dissent between our staff members about what will happen on Saturday.

For once, we have large disagreements between the members of the Black and Red United staff as to what will happen on Saturday. We have large wins, small wins, penalty kicks, and the team both moving on and not moving on.

Bring Da Noise: DC United and Sundry Soccer Links for 7 November 2014

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The Great Comeback will be deafening, or not at all.

Can you even stand it?

This is the last Friday Freedom Kicks before the most important game of D.C. United's 2014 season.

And so, before dedicating this FFK to all things related to that singular event, let's have a little sidebar here.

Throwback Thursday: How I know D.C. United can beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Saturday

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It happened just a couple months ago.

MLS announces the offseason schedule: Waivers, drafts, combines, and more!

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The MLS "offseason' is just as packed as ever, with no time to breathe.

While the MLS season is not yet over, the league is already preparing for the 2015 season. Some teams will have to make some decisions even before the end of the season, and will have to prepare for plenty of player movement in the week after MLS Cup.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: Same lineup for the second leg

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D.C. United have a hole out of which to climb, but can almost the same lineup from last week do it?

D.C. United are back in action this Saturday, fighting for their playoff lives against the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium. The rumors are the that Metros will be bringing close to 1,000 fans to the game, so United fans will need to be in their normal, raucous voice.

Freedom Kicks for 6 November 2014: D.C. United stadium, Akridge Concessisons, Carolina Challenge Cup, Injuries

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The stadium news continues to reverberate, plus other things are happening in soccer.

Yesterday was a crazily busy day for D.C. United news, and so we have to wrap all that up. But there's still plenty more news, so let's get into it!

Akridge agrees to concessions in United stadium deal - The Washington Post: Akridge, the developer at the heart of the land swap, has agreed to concessions in the land swap deal, which include adding a certain amount of retail space to their redevelopment of the Reeves Center property and keeping space for the farmers' market.

D.C. Stadium deal wrapup: Upfront costs, long-term benefits

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With a day to digest the contents of the D.C. United stadium plan report, the deal is balanced between upfront costs and long-term benefits.

By this point, you've read the earlier post about the agreed upon land swap that is the key part of the D.C. United stadium plan undervalues the Reeves Center and overvalues the Buzzard Point land.

Cost-benefit analysis of stadium proposal discussed at D.C. Council hearing

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A public roundtable hearing of the D.C. Council Committee of the Whole broke down the cost-benefit analysis report released today on the proposal for a new stadium at Buzzard Point for D.C. United.

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, in a three-hour public hearing that started almost an hour late, welcomed members of CSL International, Integra Realty Resources and the Robert Bobb Group to explain the findings of the Council-backed cost-benefit analysis report on the D.

D.C. Council Report: D.C. United Stadium plan undervalues Reeves Center, overvalues Buzzard Point land

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The long awaited Council backed report is finally leaking out, and the initial numbers are not good for D.C. United fans; the long-term numbers, however, could give some hope.

The numbers from the D.C. Council-backed evaluation of the land swap deal for the D.C. United stadium project have begun to leak, and on their face they are not good for D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and UEFA Champions League links for Wednesday November 5, 2014

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Lots of DCU news, plus some MLS developments and Andy Najar doing what Andy Najar does.

You guys want salt? I'm salty about some things. Get ready for the salt:

The Costs and Benefits of District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014 | DCUnited.com
If you're able to carve out some time, head over to the Wilson Building as Council Chair Phil Mendelson finally releases the findings of the three consultants looking at the Buzzard Point stadium proposal at noon today.

Filibuster podcast episode 105: D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls and MLS Playoffs generally

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Straight shot of triple sec, Resurrection Ale, The Citizen, Chimay Blue

It's been a long time, but the Filibuster team is back and they're having a sad podcast. All three of us detail our own specific worst part of D.C. United's game against the New York Red Bulls, we talk about whether or not all of D.

The last word on D.C. United vs New York Red Bulls: Gut check time

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Well, that didn't go as expected. Now there's no margin for anything less than an almost perfect game in leg 2.

Following a 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls in New Jersey on Sunday, D.C. United now faces their biggest test of the season as they return to RFK Stadium this coming weekend. Only a nearly perfect match will see them advance to Eastern Conference finals, and they have to face a team full of momentum and confidence.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Is It Saturday Yet?

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We bring you looks at Sunderland, Inter, the Belgrade Derby, and The Sopranos.

Hi. Normally I'm here on Mondays, but I didn't have the strength, apologies. Nice to see Leanne dropping all kinds of knowledge yesterday. So know, on a little lighter tone, are Tuesday's Kicks for ye.

On Traveling Support (or Rationalizing 8 Hours on a Bus to and from New Jersey) - Black And Red United: This was what I was doing Sunday night/Monday morning, in a Last Call of sorts for those who haven't seen it, and wonder why supporters travel like they do.

On Traveling Support (or Rationalizing 8 Hours on a Bus to and from New Jersey)

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In which we mildly wonder if you can stop in Metro Country or anywhere in general, and why we do what we do.


Around 350 traveling #dcu supporters at RBA today (via @dcunited). #NYvDC pic.twitter.com/VRlfTvrVF4

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 2, 2014

The traveling #DCU support deserved a better performance.

Monday Freedom Kicks: MLS playoffs shaping up, Chuck Blazer's out there doing his thing

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Relive MLS playoff action from this weekend, learn a lot about Chris Rolfe's arm, and dive deep into the Chuck Blazer story.

Still bummed after the loss? Yeah, me too. In case you want to relive it, though, have some recaps of D.C. United's 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls from us, MLS, Goff, and Ives.

Luyindula and Wright-Phillips lead dominant Red Bulls to 2-0 win over D.C. United - Recap + Highlights

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After a decent start, United's turnovers helped NYRB stretch the field and take firm control of this Eastern Conference semifinal pairing.

Make no mistake: D.C. United's 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls was not like the Black-and-Red's last road playoff game, in which a horrendous call was the platform from which Houston went on to win the game.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls MLS Cup Playoffs TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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It's the playoffs. It's MLS's oldest rivalry. It's the same pairing that inspired #TCHUB, the most exciting moment in recent United history, and the craziest playoff game of this decade.

There are rivalries in MLS that get more attention these days, but the original grudge match in the league is still the one with the most flavor on the field.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls MLS playoffs first leg staff and reader predictions

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We all think that the game between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls will be tight, but what do you think will happen?

D.C. United takes on its old foe, the New York Red Bulls, in the Eastern Conference semifinal first leg on Sunday. It had to happen this way and it is the sequel to the epic series these two teams put on in 2012.

Scoreboard watcher: MLS Playoffs viewing guide and open thread for D.C. United fans

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In which we await D.C. United by watching all of the other MLS teams this weekend.

The regular season is over and the playoffs are here, and that means that we move into another phase of the year. Gone are the Montreal Impact, the Philadelphia Union, the Colorado Rapids, and the Portland Timbers.