Black and Red United Archives for January 2014

D.C. United versus Portland Timbers lineup: Normality is scary

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For the third week in a row, D.C. United's starting lineup remains the same.

Ever since I started doing these lineup predictions, back on my old blog during the 2010 season, injuries, suspensions, bad play, and tactical considerations have changed the lineups on an almost weekly basis. And, with the assumed impending departure of Eddie Johnson to the training camp for the United States Men's national team, this consistency will not last for long.

MLS 2014 Week 9: D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers Story Stream

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D.C. United is on an unbeaten streak, and Portland Timbers are on a winless streak.

Ever since I started doing these lineup predictions, back on my old blog during the 2010 season, injuries, suspensions, bad play, and tactical considerations have changed the lineups on an almost weekly basis.

Erick Thohir downplays any link between D.C. United and Alessandro Del Piero

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To the shock of no one, it does not look like Alessandro Del Piero will be coming to D.C. United.

D.C. United has been linked with a number of aging strikers throughout the last few years, with Alessandro Del Piero being the latest (and arguably the most talented) linked player. And for the way that D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and UEFA Champions League links for Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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Eddie Johnson, Fabian Espindola, Bobby Boswell, Andrew Dykstra made news for D.C. United. Some other things happened around MLS. Real Madrid crushed Bayern in the Champions League. All that and more in today's edition of Freedom Kicks.

So yesterday there was some very big news about a very bad person getting punished for being a racist turd.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 8: A new rave-green king

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With Real Salt Lake collapsing against Vancouver, we have a new (rave-green) overlord.

While last week was pretty static, this week sees a big shakeup at the top of the Black and Red United power rankings. I hate to move teams up when they lost, but just too many teams in the top ten lost of me to do anything differently.

Filibuster podcast episode 78: The goat will get its revenge

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On tap tonight: a Manhattan, a Tanqueray gimlet, Knob Creek Rye sazerac, and Ninkasi Vanilla Oatis.

The Filibuster crew is back, yet again, and we are hear to talk about the FC Dallas game and the upcoming game against the Portland Timbers. We start off with a brief history of FC Dallas versus D.

MLS Fantasy Focus: Wright Stuff

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A Red Bulls scoring deluge is spearheaded by one man, and it isn't who you think.

One hundred twenty three is a lot of points, and that's what the leader this round, Arden Wanderers, put up, shaming us all. Thierry Henry (NY, $11.1) led the way with an armband-aided 38 points via a goal, two assists, and an earned penalty over two matches.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and soccer links for Tuesday 29 April 2014

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Racism loses, fire burns, and somebody says something about Buzzard Point.

Thoughts of all of us at B&RU are with those in the South cleaning up after the tornado outbreak. I've been there, and it's a sucky thing to go through, to put it incredibly mildly. Hope everybody is safe and sound out there.

The Last Word: All Hail the Black-and-Red!

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I come in praise of D.C. United. For praise is what they deserve following their comprehensive 4-1 win on Saturday night. And that sound at game's end wasn't just the crowd cheering, it was also the ghost of 2013 being kicked out of RFK.

Today I write with no other purpose than to join my fellow D.

In praise of referee Fotis Bazakos, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Red Card

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The FC Dallas color commentator Kevin Hartman might not have agreed, but FC Dallas' two red cards Saturday night were entirely deserved, and the referee should be commended for protecting the players.

I don't want to be premature here, but I think it might finally be happening: MLS referees might finally have gotten the message to tamp down on the worst tackles through strict enforcement of the rules.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Party of Five

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Recaps galore of the weekend that was for D.C. United, MLS and elsewhere in the soccer world.

I had this weird dream over the weekend that D.C. United's five-game unbeaten streak included four of the top ten teams in MLS, including both Eastern and Western Conference leaders. What, wait? Oh, well, let's look at it, shall we?

Player Ratings for United's Emphatic Win Over Dallas

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Well, that was fun.

Bliss, pure bliss. High scoring thrillers are fun; gritty defensive wins are rewarding; but every so often you need a good ol' fashioned blowout. It's been a while since we've seen United truly take off the reigns and attack in unrelenting waves. Granted we had a man advantage, that tends to help, but a truly dominating performance like is one has been long overdue.

Match recap: Washington Guts It Out To Defeat Chicago 1-0

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With a win over Chicago, the Washington Spirit to finish 2-1 in its last three games, all taking place within eight days.

The Spirit (2-2-0) rebounded from Wednesday's loss in Seattle with an inspired 1-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars (1-1-0) Saturday night in front of 1,822 in Lisle, Illinois.

D.C. United vs. FC Dallas - The breakout win, in GIFs

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Time to get animated about being ruthless. (Get it? Animated?)

This week's GIF post (the first in a few weeks, I admit) was more fun than to put together just about any other week so far. It's partly due to the big 4-1 win for D.C. United, but it's also down to the variety of goals and action on the field.

Highlights - D.C. United 4-1 FC Dallas

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Watch as the Black-and-Red run rampant over 10-man FC Dallas.

DCU Dominates MLS-Leading FC Dallas Thanks to Espindola’s Monster Night

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An early red card saw Fabian Espindola go off for two goals and an assist in DC United's best offensive performance since August 2012.

Looks like D.C. United has figured out how to play a man-up.

A week after squandering a 90th-minute lead with a man-advantage in Columbus, the Black and Red thoroughly punished 10-man FC Dallas Saturday, 4-1, in a relentless offensive showing.

Richmond Kickers versus Dayton Dutch Lions: Streaming, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers take on the Dayton Dutch Lions this evening in Ohio.

After rallying for a draw last week, the Richmond Kickers are back in action today against the Dayton Dutch Lions, the affiliate club for the Columbus Crew. The Dutch Lions have a 0-8-1 record all-time against the Kickers, so hopefully they can keep that record going this evening.

D.C. United vs. FC Dallas live streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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We could be in for a goal-fest tonight.

Tonight is the annual always-in-mid-spring matchup between our D.C. United and FC Dallas. Since MLS switched to a balanced schedule two seasons ago, the Dallas game has always seen a first of something good for the Black-and-Red. In 2012, it was the first real breakout performance, keying a big unbeaten run for the good guys.

Washington Spirit Tackle Early Scheduling Test While Still Evolving

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After the Washington Spirit dominated FC Kansas City on the way to a 3-1 victory the team hit the road for a two-game road trip that started with a 3-1 loss to the expectedly impressive Seattle Reign (2-0-0) with a "six-pointer" against Chicago today.

The western road trip continues today as the Spirit (1-0-2) take on the Chicago Red Stars (1-0-0) today at he Village of Lisle - Benedictine University Sports Complex at 8 pm Eastern.

MLS 2014 Week 8: D.C. United vs. FC Dallas StoryStream

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League-leading Dallas comes into RFK Stadium as the highest scoring team in MLS this year, while the Black-and-Red are riding a 4-match unbeaten streak. Find all of B&RU's coverage of the match right here.

The Filibuster team is back once again, even if we are a day late due to technical issues.

D.C. United vs. FC Dallas staff and reader predictions

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With the Black-and-Red on a four-match unbeaten streak, claiming 8 of the last 12 available points, the highest-scoring team in the league comes to visit RFK. How will los Capitalinos fare against league-leading FC Dallas? See our picks and share your own here.

Here's a weird fact about D.C.

D.C. United vs. FC Dallas preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Dallas blog Big D Soccer

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We talk to Brian Wachholz to preview FC Dallas versus D.C. United.

In anticipation of this weekend's titanic struggle against FC Dallas, we turned toBrian Wachholz ofBig D Soccer to help us preview the former Burn.

Questions for Big D Soccer

B&RU: After being signed last year, Mauro Diaz has been on fire so far this season.

D.C. United Scouting Report: FC Dallas

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D.C. United exceeded expectations in last week's big test in Columbus, but things aren't any easier this week. FC Dallas is sitting atop the MLS standings and is comfortably the highest-scoring team in the league. Can United short-circuit the electric Hoops attack?

This time last week, I was telling you that D.

Freedom Kicks: DC United and Soccer Links for 25 April 2014

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Lots of voices weigh in on the DCU-FCD matchup and much more from the world of football, including paranormal bicycle kicks and actual demons tormenting the stands, in today's Freaky Friday Freedom Kicks!

They were handing out for free Official Licensed Panini World Cup Sticker Albums at the metro station last night.

2014 US Open Cup info revealed:

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Changes to the format of this year's US Open Cup provide some interesting scheduling possibilities, which also includes the defending champion.

Remember the 2013 US Open Cup? Sure you do. If you don't, let'sgo back in time for a moment, shall we? As Champions of America, it was only fair that we give as many teams as possible to enter and attempt to dethrone us, but if you're going to come at the Champions of America, you best not miss.

#tbt: D.C. United vs. FC Dallas - When Last We Met (at RFK Stadium)... the DC attack broke free

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It was 2012, and a rebuilt United attack had yet to jell. But all that changed with four goals on the banks of the Anacostia.

View From The Capo Stand: Too Much Expansion Too Soon?

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Is MLS moving too fast in expanding the league towards its goal of 24 teams? From the capo stand, it looks like expansion could be too much and too soon.

With the announcement last Wednesday that Atlanta was set to become the 22nd franchise in Major League Soccer in 2017 (we can talk about how they announced Miami first but that Miami will be the 23rd franchise another day), MLS has completed its rebooted advances into the major markets of the Southeastern U.

Flown The Nest: United First Team Alumni News and Notes

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Dejan Jakovic and Andy Najar enjoy differing fortunes with Shimizu S-Pulse and Anderlecht respectively, Freddy Adu buys a watch and more!

Another weekly roundup of alumni news is here, as seasons in Europe come to a close while others are picking up steam, especially in Japan's J League.

Dejan Jakovic and Shimizu S-Pulse ride four-game winning streak

After some initial struggles, Shimizu S-Pulse of the J League in Japan have hit some scintillating form, recording four wins in a row as they surge up the league table.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, UEFA Champions League, and NWSL links for Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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D.C. United rescheduled their open practice. In other news: DOGSO, beer, ill-advised moves, leagues comprised of champions who might not be champions of anything, shaved legs, NWSL, and gripping accounts of games from 15 years ago. Yup, it's just a typical Wednesday Freedom Kicks.

I'm terrible at doing the intro for these.

Filibuster podcast episode 77: The Dejan is strong with Keel

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On tap tonight: Buffalo Trace, Broker's gin rickey, and Evan Williams Single Barrel.

The Filibuster team is back once again, even if we are a day late due to technical issues. We are not talking about Juan Guzman and the red card that should have been. Instead, we start by talking about D.C.

D.C. United versus FC Dallas lineup: Stay the course

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With the current lineup actually working, will Ben Olsen feel the need to change anything?

With the hottest team in the league coming to town, D.C. United will be loathe to make any changes to their current lineup, especially since it has given them their first 8 points of this young season.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 7: Top 4 stay the same

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Real Salt Lake remains the top team in the league, and Montreal Impact remain the worst.

There were plenty of draws this week in Major League Soccer, and so many of the positions on our power rankings stayed the same. However, the bottom has given out on one team's ranking, and two other continue to bounce along on the bottom of the barrel.

Fantasy Focus: Collin Card

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The price is down, but the points are up

The leader in points this round is Team USA, who amassed 84 points, primarily with Philadelphia Union players who had two matches, and made up the top four scorers on the team. Leading was captain Zac MacMath ($5.5), who scored 24 points while not saving a penalty but notching a clean sheet.

Freedom Kicks - D.C. United, MLS and soccer links for Tuesday 22 April 2014

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Today: stadium foibles in other cities, MLS expansion fever, great goals and countertrolling. All in the name of Freedom (Kicks).

Today's theme would seem to be stadium problems in other parts of the country and the world, but I don't like that. So, instead, I'm going to wish a very happy birthday to my mother, Susie Taylor, who was born on this day in 1955.

Richmond Kickers 2-2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds: Kickers save a point late

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The Kickers leave it late, but save a point at home against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

The Last Word on D.C. United vs Columbus Crew: A Template for Success

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It was close to a win, oh so close, until D.C. United gave up a late goal. But, they still left Crew Stadium with a result many fans would have gladly accepted entering the weekend. And they did it using a template we may see the rest of the season.

After conceding another late-game goal on Saturday night, D.

Monday Freedom Kicks: S'Crewed

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Freedom Kicks recapping D.C.'s battle with Columbus and other interesting moments

Wow, feeling like you were jobbed out of a result is weird, isn't it? Anyway, onwards with Monday's savory links:

Recaps of the second game with Columbus this year from us, quotes from the team site, and other assorted recaps (MLSsoccer.

Player Ratings for United's Tie against the Crew

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A 1-1 tie would have been a good result going in; but given the circumstances some fans will have a sour taste in their mouths.

It can't ever be easy can it? Around midway through the second half, it looked as though United had a solid chance at another gritty 1-0 victory...but then Juan Guzman struck and struck hard.

Columbus Crew 1-1 D.C. United - Juan Guzman is a Coward, and United gonna United late in the game

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D.C. United had some help in dropping two points that were basically in the bag, but they still gave up a late equalizer to a 10-man Crew to draw 1-1.

I'm going to be saying this a lot in this write-up: Juan Guzman is a coward. On a night where D.C. United traveled to Ohio and drew the Eastern Conference-leading Columbus Crew 1-1, referee Juan Guzman is the story.

Columbus Crew vs. D.C. United live streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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Vengeance shall be ours!

Well, it's not exactly the biggest revenge we've ever sought as D.C. United fans, but tonight's game against the Columbus Crew does potentially offer a measure of recompense for the season-opening debacle at RFK Stadium. It also represents a chance to see how far the Black-and-Red have come since that 3-0 dismantling.

Richmond Kickers versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds: Streaming, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at 5:00 PM; why not watch them and then watch D.C. United?

In another stroke of fortuitous scheduling, the Richmond Kickers will play right before tonight's D.C. United game, allowing you to watch both the players on loan and then the senior team.

Washington Spirit Week 2 Preview: Head Coach Mark Parsons Is Playoff Dreamin'

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After a disappointing first game against to Western New York in the 2014 season opener, Washington hopes to get closer to the victorious result it wants and more importantly, an improved product on the field.

There aren't many people outside of Washington that are including "Spirit" and "2014 NWSL Playoffs" in the same sentence.

Columbus Crew vs. D.C. United staff and reader predictions

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In which some of us get optimistic that United keep their winning streak alive while others face the cold, hard probability that the Crew are the (vastly) better team.

D.C. United travel to the Buckeye state this weekend to face the Columbus Crew in the year's first rematch for each team. Here's what the B&RU staff think will happen out in Ohio.

Collin Martin called into US U-21 Camp

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The D.C. United midfielder gets some visibility at the National level.

Recently there was talk of Jurgen Klinsmann developing a U-21 team, to the point of doing a camp in Carson. Now, we learn not only will such a camp take place April 20-24, but D.C. United midfielder Collin Martin will be part of it.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Columbus Crew

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D.C. United has come a long way since losing to the Columbus Crew in the season opener, but is it far enough to make up for the fact that the 3-0 scoreline that night was actually a bit flattering for the Black-and-Red? We're looking at what makes Columbus so good, and just what United can do about it.

Freedom Kicks for 18 April 2014: The Dykstra of Columbia

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Things that are really hot this week: Andrew Dykstra, Greek tifo, and World Cup-ulation.

Is DC United back? Has the gelling and the clicking actually begun? Or do we just beat below-average teams when they're having particularly bad days at RFK? We'll find out this weekend at the stadium with the scoreboard that blows up sometimes.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Columbus blog Massive Report

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In which we check up with Pat Murphy from Massive Report to preview the Crew once again.

In D.C. United's first bid for revenge this season, they take on the Columbus Crew in Columbus. To preview the game, we went back to our friend Pat Murphy from Massive Report for his take on the Crew so far this season.

Columbus Crew vs. D.C. United preview: When Last We Met... actually, let's go back to happier times in 2012

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Usually we look back at the most recent meeting between United and their upcoming opponent, but that would be depressing. So instead, we're looking back at better highlights.

Freedom Kicks for 17 April 2014: Atlanta expansion spectacular

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Was there any big news out of Georgia yesterday?

The big news yesterday, of course, came out of Atlanta, where MLS announced that the league's 22nd team would start play in 2017. Who's excited for more expansion drafts?!

Major League Soccer names Atlanta as 22nd franchise, set for 2017 debut | MLSsoccer.

Flown The Nest: United Academy Alumni News and Notes

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Spring season wraps up for NCAA soccer teams across the country, featuring a number of former D.C. United academy standouts.

The start of summer means the end of spring fixtures for many NCAA teams across the country, featuring some former Black-and-Red academy players on their rosters.

United States Under-20s begin Dallas Cup with two wins

The United States are currently playing in the Dallas Cup, one of the premier youth soccer tournaments in the world, with their Under-20 side featuring former Black-and-Red academy player Sulianman Dainkeh.

D.C. United versus Columbus Crew lineup: A first chance at revenge

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D.C. United gets its first chance at revenge this season, traveling to Columbus to take on the Crew.

When D.C. United takes on the Columbus Crew this Saturday, it will be their first chance for revenge this season. As I'm sure you remember, the Crew convincingly beat United 3-0 in the opening game of the season, causing all of the fears and frustrations of last season to boil up once again.

MLS 2014 Week 7: D.C. United versus Columbus Crew

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D.C. United gets its first chance at revenge this season, traveling to Columbus to take on the Crew.

When D.C. United takes on the Columbus Crew this Saturday, it will be their first chance for revenge this season. As I'm sure you remember, the Crew convincingly beat United 3-0 in the opening game of the season, causing all of the fears and frustrations of last season to boil up once again.

View from the Capo Stand: Stay Hungry, My Friends

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With two wins in a row under our belt, we start to look at the next month of games and they're all tough...we focus on staying hungry despite the recent success and bringing new fans into the fold hungry for spring and summer action.

We've been walking around the past couple of weeks with extra bounce in our step.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and CONCACAF Champions League links for Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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Intricate games, resurgent goalkeepers, the first leg of the CCL final, odd youth tournaments, slaps on the wrist, and beards. I promise, this involves D.C. United. It's also B&RU's open thread for the day.

Did you kick anyone for freedom today? Why the hell not? Get kickin' son!

Today, we have a plethora of links from D.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 6: FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders, and Real Salt Lake lead

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Who shall reign supreme this week?

Another week, another edition of our MLS Power Rankings. D.C. United's two game winning streak sees them eek every slightly upward, while Clint Dempsey is single-handedly pulling the Sounders towards the top of the heap. But who shall reign supreme this week?

Filibuster podcast episode 76: You donated just enough to not boil my flesh and bones

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On tap tonight: Gin and Red Bull, Stella Artois, Resurrection Ale

D.C. United are on a two game winning streak, and your favorite podcast is back to talk about that and more. We start with a review of the game against the New York Red Bulls, talking about the Jeff Parke and Bobby Boswell bunkering in after the goal, Andrew Dykstra and his experience in Richmond helping him this season, Eddie Johnson's scoring woes and if they matter, and how Chris Rolfe has looked so far.

MLS Fantasy Focus: Deja Deuce

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There goes that man again...

For the second consecutive week, #USMNT is the scoring leader this round, with a total of 79 points. Clint Dempsey (SEA, $10.2) was the captain, and he scored two goals and assisted an own goal on the way to 28 points. Kyle Beckerman (RSL, $9.9) followed with a goal and 10 points, while Maurice Edu (PHI, $9.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and soccer links for Tuesday 15 April 2014 - OMG IT'S TAX DAY

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Stadium struggles in cities that aren't DC, credit where it's due, and a new front-runner in the League's Biggest Douche race. Here is your morning dose of freedom, soccer style.

Here at B&RU, we like to make sure we provide good public service, and in that vein I'd like to remind everybody to file your tax returns if you're the procrastinating type that hasn't already done so.

Washington Spirit Match Report: Flash best Spirit 3-1 in Season Opener

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The Western New York Flash defeated Washington 3-1 Sunday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex, due in large part to a brace by league newcomer Vicky Losada.

At the start of a new season with high hopes, the Washington Spirit learned that taking on a winning mentality isn't as easy as flipping a switch, or starting a new season.

The Last Word: "We're in a results business"

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Of all people, Mike Petke provided clarity for D.C. United on Saturday night's result and the early 2014 season to date.

It's not often a quote from the opposing coach becomes the last word on a D.C. United match, but it did indeed happen on Saturday night following United's 1-0 win over theNew York Red Bulls.

D.C United Vs. New York Red Bulls: Player Ratings

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Player ratings for United's nerve-racking 1-0 triumph over the Red Bulls.

A win is a win -- so says the old adage -- but United's 1-0 victory over the Red Bulls sure was a stressful one. After a solid, confident first half, D.C. United began conceding ground in the midfield, leading to multiple Red Bull chances that could have tied the game.

Monday Freedom Kicks: We're Going Streaking!

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Recaps, additional salary examinations, teary fans and the Sex Pistols cover this weird instance of back-to-back clean sheet wins (and 7 of the last 9 points earned) for the Black and Red.

Two notes before diving in, my thanks to putting names to faces at the BR&U tailgate meetup Saturday, and your respective better halves as well.

D.C. United 1-0 New York Red Bulls: Tactical Review - Boswell and Parke step up to neutralize Jersey's midfield dominance (and also Henry)

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In a game controlled by the visitors for long stretches, United GK Andrew Dykstra was tested few times, thanks in large part to his center backs.

D.C. United's center backs are going to get a fair amount of praise in this column, but I should say at the outset that the biggest reason United kept a clean sheet in this one is the axis of Johnny Steele, Theirry Henry and Lloyd Sam, who all conspired to miss several chances to punish the Black-and-Red.

D.C. United 1-0 New York Red Bulls - Highlights

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United held on against a second-half onslaught, and viewers held on against Shep Messing's usual attempts at analysis. Luckily, the Metros' attempts to score weren't any more successful than Messing's attempts at wit.

Spirit Poll: Who was the best offseason addition for the Washington Spirit?

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Take this week's Washington Spirit poll below.

The Washington Spirit will feature 12 new players on its opening day roster. Which one do you think was the best addition?

Poll Who was the best offseason addition for the Washington Spirit?
  • Danesha Adams
  • Yael Averbuch
  • Renae Cuéllar
  • Crystal Dunn
  • Christine Nairn
  • Jodie Taylor
  • Tiffany Weimer

12 votes | Results

DC United 1-0 New York Red Bulls: Out-possessed DCU Holds On to Claim First Match in 2014 Atlantic Cup

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Arnaud's 4th-minute header proves the difference as DC United tops New York to close out its homestand with two straight wins.

D.C. United entered 2014 winless in the last five iterations of its Atlantic Cup rivalry with New York. Its last regular-season win over the Red Bulls? Try April of 2012.

Richmond Kickers vs. Charlotte Eagles: Streaming, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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If you can't make it to RFK, make it a two screen experience and watch the Richmond Kickers too.

While I hope that most of you will be at our meetup in Lot 8 today, some of the fanbase lives too far away to make it or can't make it today due to a host of other reasons. If you fall into that category, don't despair: you can watch D.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls - Atlantic Cup live streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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Two teams enter... well, both teams will leave, but one of them will have three more points than the other one.* Tonight we renew the original MLS rivalry with the first Atlantic Cup meeting in 2014.

(* Unless it's a draw, of course.)

It's go time. D.C. United go for their second straight win tonight, taking on the team they've tormented in every imaginable way since 1996, the New York Red Bulls (née: MetroScum MetroStars).

Washington Spirit 2014 Preview Part 3: New Faces

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Head Coach Mark Parsons has added no less than 12 new players to the Spirit roster this season, with another one or two on the way.

Washington prepares for a Sunday home opener at the Maryland SoccerPlex against Western New York, one day after the second NWSL season kicks off.

Revisit our Season Outlook preview here and see what the returning players have been up to since last season here.

Washington Spirit 2014 Preview Part 2: Returning Players

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Ten players return to the Spirit from last year's squad.

The second NWSL season is set to begin Saturday with Washington preparing for a Sunday home opener against the Western New York Flash at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Revisit our Season Outlook preview here.

Even though more than half the team is new this season, a strong core from last year's squad has returned.

Soccer weekend open thread

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There are other games this weekend, and you will be watching some of them. Talk about them with us!

Even if you're at RFK all day for the Black and Red United meetup and then this evening's game against the New York Red Bulls, there is still plenty of other soccer to watch across the globe.

Washington Spirit 2014 Preview: Catching Up and a New Outlook

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To summarize the Spirit offseason: CHANGE. And after a last-place finish (3-14-5, 14 points), it was about time.

As the second NWSL season is set to begin Saturday, Washington prepares for a Sunday home opener at the Maryland SoccerPlex against Western New York. But we have a lot to get caught up on first.

MLS 2014 Week 6: D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls - Atlantic Cup Story Stream

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The first of three meetings in the original MLS rivalry will take place in the Nation's Capitol, with both teams struggling.

The Filibuster crew is back once again, and we start of this week's episode by reviewing the win against the New England Revolution. We talk about Jose Goncalves' lovely goal, Chris Rolfe's immediate impact and goal, Lewis Neal's less than stellar performance, Davy Arnaud as a central midfielder and Collin Martin as a starter, and then end with a discussion of the team's fullback depth.

D.C. United Scouting Report: New York Red Bulls

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Two teams that have yet to truly impress face off in the first Atlantic Cup match of 2014. The New York Red Bulls have been something of a jumbled mess so far, but they've still got enough star power to be a very dangerous team.

Last week, D.C. United had the odd situation of MLS holding a "rivalry week" in which we played the New England Revolution.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ New York blog Once A Metro

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We sit down with Matt Coyne of Once A Metro to preview the New York/New Jersey MetroStars.

We go deep behind enemy lines to bring you this preview. Matt Coyne of Once A Metro gives us the inside scoop on our hated rivals to the north.

Questions for Once A Metro

B&RU: The New York Red Bulls seemed satisfied with their team from last year, and chose not to make any large changes to the team.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls predictions thread

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Find out how we think things will go down at RFK on Saturday, and chime in with your own predictions.

All business this week. It's D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls. Good vs. evil, Black-and-Red vs. MetroScum. How's it going to go down?

Blazindw

EJ hears the critics and now that the salaries have been released, he shows the world why we *does "pay me" gesture*.

Freedom Kicks - D.C. United, MLS and soccer links for 11 April 2014: The One Percenters

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On tap in today's Freedom Kicks: a video chat with Bobby Boswell and Dax McCarty, a preview of the Washington Spirit, a bump for USMNT, the highest earning MLS players, and so much more.

Stop staring at the cherry blossoms for five minutes, and get your Freedom Kicks. You're blocking traffic.

D.C. United player salaries released: Eddie Johnson, Chris Pontius, and Sean Franklin highest paid

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As happens every year, the MLS Players Union has released the salaries for all of the teams.

Although it happened a little earlier than normal, the MLS Players Union has released all of the MLS players' salary figures. This always leads to over-analysis based on fuzzy figures, since we don't know where allocation money plays into any of this.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls preview: When Last We Met... in April... at RFK... in their first meeting of the year

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By popular request, rather than looking at the last time United played that team from New Jersey, we're going to look at the last time the Harrisonites came to RFK during the month of April, back in the 2012 season.

Freedom Kicks for 10 April 2014: Expansion galore

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We have updates on MLS expansion, the UEFA Champions League, and why the NASL thinks it should be in the Concacaf Champions League.

Happy Thursday! It's time for another installment of your morning Freedom Kicks, this time with a heavy dose of MLS expansion news. And while it is annoying to lose your own players, I still kind of like all of the drama that accompanies expansion drafts.

Flown The Nest: United Alumni News and Notes

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The Black-and-Red’s second pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft signs with Sporting Kansas City, Branko Boskovic impresses in Austria and much more!

It's our weekly roundup of United alumni, starting with some very good news for 2014 SuperDraft pick Victor Munoz, who has joined a new club.

Victor Munoz signs with Sporting Kansas City

One of D.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: The bucket is back

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The empty bucket employed against the New England Revolution provided results; will it be back on Saturday?

Last season, there could not have been a bigger difference between the New York Red Bulls, the Supporter's Shield Champions, and D.C. United, who obviously had one of the worst seasons in MLS history.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and UEFA Champions League links for Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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United is hootin', hollerin', and dominatin' the USL. The Washington Spirit is practicin'. Beckham is profitin'. MLS is expandin'. All that plus my guarantee that the g-dropping nonsense will stop now.

Today in Freedom Kicking: Some United news, a dash of MLS and Washington Spirit, a hearty helping of Champions Leagues of various sorts, things that make me sad, and we finish with the man who told us what to do with people who "just have a friend.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 5: Dallas reigns supreme

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The other team in Texas takes the top spot.

Your weekly power rankings are back once again, and are back in my grubby hands. The last week's rankings are the rankings that you, the readers, chose. I apparently disapprove of your favorability towards the Whitecaps, as I am pretty harsh towards them.

Filibuster podcast episode 75: I wish I could be a free beer distributor

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Gin Rickey, Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot B, Buffalo Trace Manhattan, and Iced Tea.

The Filibuster crew is back once again, and we start of this week's episode by reviewing the win against the New England Revolution. We talk about Jose Goncalves' lovely goal, Chris Rolfe's immediate impact and goal, Lewis Neal's less than stellar performance, Davy Arnaud as a central midfielder and Collin Martin as a starter, and then end with a discussion of the team's fullback depth.

Fantasy Focus: A Deuce and three of a kind

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Conveniently available for a Cascadia derby, the man is a hat trick hero

A total of 68 points set the pace this week, scored by #USMNT. Mauro Diaz (DAL, $8.2) was the captain and assisted on two goals, plus earned a penalty, on his way to 24 points. Michael Bradley (TOR, $10.1) contributed a goal and 9 points, while Aurelien Collin (SKC, $10.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and soccer links for Tuesday 8 April 2014

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Jozy sits for Sunderland. MLS teams of the week both smart and silly. Stalking Tony Tchiani. It's all inside.

No real theme to speak of this morning, other than the weather getting properly nice. So, yeah weather!

DCU fans groaning about FedEx double-header seat assignments | Soccer Insider
I won't lie - I'm one of the folks groaning about this.

The Last Word: D.C. United + Winning = Progress

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Progress. It's a word we've talked a lot about since the beginning of 2013. Now it seems real, and the results were evident on the scoreboard Saturday night for D.C. United. And the best part is even more progress can still be made.

It's been a while since we D.C. United fans finished a week during the MLS regular season in good spirits (Aug.

D.C. United Vs. New England Revolution Player Ratings

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The defense finally got going and the offense kept rolling as United claimed their first win of the season.

Victory! I forgot what that felt like. After weeks of porous defense or stagnant attack, D.C. United's solid showing in Saturday's clash against the New England Revolution looked and felt foreign to this beleaguered writer's eyes.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Getting There?

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Today's Freedom Kicks look back at D.C. United's first win of the year and other fun things around the Lig and globe.

Today's Freedom Kicks give you as many looks into the first three points D.C. United took in one game in awhile, so without further adieu, let's get onto it.

All reviews are good reviews, starting with ours, then followed by MLSsoccer.

Rolfe Scores in Debut as D.C. United Defeat New England Revolution for First Win of 2014

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José Gonçalves opened the scoring with a 43rd-minute own goal, and Andrew Dykstra kept a clean sheet from there in Bill Hamid's absence to give DCU its first three points of the season.

After a much-improved outing last week against Chicago, DC United's offense continued to hum Saturday against New England.

Richmond Kickers 3-1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds: Kickers continue where they left off last season

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The Kickers put together a solid performance on both sides of the ball to win 3-1 over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

The Richmond Kickers won their opening home game, beating the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-1 in front of 3,507 fans. The first half was dominated by the Kickers, who probably deserved another goal.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution live streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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How will the hosts deal without playmaker Luis Silva? How will the Revs handle the absence of Kelyn Rowe? Will Ben Olsen and Jay Heaps stare at each other until one of them spontaneously combusts? We'll find out tonight.

Time to get a win. That has to be the goal tonight for Ben Olsen & Co.

Richmond Kickers versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds: Streaming, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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If you've got some free time before D.C. United plays tonight, watch the team's loanees in Richmond!

The Richmond Kickers have their home opener this afternoon, taking on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The Riverhounds have two players from last year's Kickers team, with both Joseph Ngwenya and Brian Ownby likely to start.

MLS 2014 Week 5: D.C. United vs. New England Revolution Match HQ

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All of B&RU's coverage of the match up between Ben Olsen's Luis Silva-less United side and Jay Heaps' Revs.

Games have been played, and the Filibuster crew is always there to review them for you. We start out by reviewing D.C. United's game against Toronto FC the Chicago Fire, which includes talking about Perry Kitchen, Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola, and Nick DeLeon and Sean Franklin.

Europe and MLS Week 5 Open Thread

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Here you can talk about all things MLS and soccer-in-general this weekend

There is a new twist for our weekend open threads. In addition to discussing any and all MLS games in this thread, feel free to discuss any and all soccer games from across the world that happen this weekend. If you like England, Germany, Spain, Italy, or even Romanian soccer, discuss it here with your Black and Red United friends.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution staff and reader predictions thread

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We are just over 24 hours from kickoff, so it's time to go on the record.

Two teams struggling to score goals and get results will meet at RFK Stadium tomorrow evening when D.C. United host the New England Revolution - apparently part of a half-assed version of MLS Rivalry Week. I polled our staff for predictions, and here's what they had to say about the match:

Get stuck in!

The Black and Red United tailgate meetup is happening April 12 before D.C. United vs. the Metros

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Join readers and staff for pregame merriment before the Black-and-Red take on that energy drink team from Jersey.

I've really enjoyed getting to know quite a few of our readers over the last couple years that I've been writing for Black and Red United, especially in the last year-and-change I've been at the helm of the good ship B&RU.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ New England blog The Bent Musket

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In which we talk to Steve Stoehr of The Bent Musket to preview all things Revs.

To preview the New England Revolution, we contacted Steve Stoehr of The Bent Musket to get his take on our enemies (far) up I-95.

Questions for The Bent Musket

B&RU: What were your hopes for Teal Bunbury after the New England Revolution traded for him, and how has he meet or not meet those expectations?

Steve Birnbaum and Kyle Porter to be loaned to the Richmond Kickers?

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It looks like Steve Birnbaum and Kyle Porter might be loaned to Richmond for their game this weekend.

Well, here is something interesting. According to the official USL PRO roster site for the Richmond Kickers, both Steve Birnbaum and Kyle Porter are on the roster for the team and have been assigned numbers.

D.C. United Scouting Report: New England Revolution

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As of last week, the New England Revolution were arguably worse than D.C. United in 2014. However, a fluky, last-minute win in San Jose has probably boosted spirits, and their defense looks about as solid as it was last year. Can United find a way to win a game they kinda-sorta have to have?

At the start of play last Saturday, D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and soccer links for 4 April 2014 - Sparks, Sharks, and Players' Mental Health

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In today's Freedom Kicks, we've got interviews with Boswell and Rolfe, a wake-up call about players' mental health, and World Cup travel tips.

March is over. The April matches are here. Tomorrow we turn a new leaf. Tomorrow we watch D.C. United collect three points from New England.

So rest your vocal cords.

Setting the Stage for April: MLS and D.C. United Review/Preview

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The opening act of the 2014 MLS season is over, and we tell the story using interactive dataviz charts. We also look toward April to see what's in store for D.C. United and the rest of league.

March is over. Thankfully!

It didn't go as we D.C. United fans hoped, but at least it has gone.

Eddie Johnson scores* for United States against Mexico (*goal wrongly disallowed for offside)

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The GAM made a 25-ish minute run-out for the USMNT last night in Arizona and found the back of the net, only to have the goal disallowed for offside - apparently incorrectly upon replay. How will this affect his form for D.C. United?

Late, late last night, in a mythical desert somewhere west of the Mississippi River, the United States played Mexico in a game of soccer.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution preview: When Last We Met... Just another example of 2013ing

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Last time United saw the Revs. the Black-and-Red took a rare 2013 lead before the referees ensured the game was tied up. The New England goal that lost the game for DC, though, was entirely on the players in Black-and-Red.

Freedom Kicks for 4 April 2014: Pontius, Simms, and Bitcoin

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Grab your coffee and let Thursday's Freedom Kicks wake you up!

I'm a little sleepy after staying up to watch the USMNT versus Mexico, so I don't have any unifying theme or witticisms this morning. Instead, I have links to interesting soccer related stories for you, so let's get into it!

Chris Pontius' DC United return delayed, recovery time could be another 8-12 weeks | MLSsoccer.

Flown The Nest: United Academy Alumni News and Notes

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Despite the recent poor weather, plenty of former Black-and-Red academy players are busy with spring exhibition matches and other happenings at college

After a raft of games were cancelled at the NCAA level recently, teams have been back out for their spring exhibition games and have featured a number of former D.

D.C. United acquires Chris Rolfe

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In a surprise move, D.C. picks up a longtime Chicago player and MLS veteran.

As today's practice unfurled, D.C. United announced that they acquired Chris Rolfe from Chicago for allocation money. The Chicago veteran is second on the list of goals scored all-time for the club and 7th in games played, both impressive considering his two and a half year absence from MLS playing for the Danish side Aalborg.

Richmond Kickers release their new beer, Kick It Hunny

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The Richmond Kickers and Wild Wolf Brewing Company have released a Kickers-specific beer: Kick It Hunny.

On Monday, the Richmond Kickers and Wild Wolf Brewing Company launched Kick It Hunny, a new beer that is based off of Wild Wolf's flagship Blonde Hunny and which was customized by Richmond Kickers fans.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution lineup: Stay the course

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D.C. United takes on the New England Revolution, but who will replace Luis Silva and will there be any changes on the back line?

This game against the New England Revolution is coming just at the right time, with D.C. United meeting them as they are still trying to figure out their new look team.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and USMNT links for Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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D.C. United updates, USMNT updates, UEFA Champions League results, a new beer, and laffs. This is B&RU's open thread for the day.

Yesterday was April Fools Day, which made this maybe not the most fun Freedom Kicks ever since everyone on the internet was linking things and almost all of it was a joke.

POLL: How should D.C. United replace Luis Silva?

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Luis Silva's injury against the Chicago Fire has left United with a big question to answer ahead of Saturday's game against the New England Revolution. How do you want to see Ben Olsen cope with the loss of his only experienced midfield playmaker?

The injury that forces Luis Silva to leave late in the first half on Saturday afternoon looked like one that was going to put him out for a bit of time.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 4: Crowdsourced edition

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In what is to be a monthly tradition, I take a break from the power rankings and let you tell me who are the best and worst teams in MLS.

It has come to that time of the month in which I throw open the job of creating the MLS power rankings to you, our dear readers. We have had over a month of Major League Soccer action, so we know at least a few things about each of the teams in the league, even if they challenge the narratives we all had in our minds going into this season.

Filibuster podcast episode 74: I never had a year of rum

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On tap tonight: rum and coke, Blantons, Michter's rye, and Sam Adams.

Games have been played, and the Filibuster crew is always there to review them for you. We start out by reviewing the game against Toronto FC, which includes talking about Perry Kitchen, Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola, and Nick DeLeon and Sean Franklin.

Fantasy Focus: He's Baaaack

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One high-scoring man reemerges

Two teams tied for the lead this round on 71 points. The highest overall scorer between the two is Crampus FC, who captained Federico Higuain (CLB, $10.5), who scored a goal and added an assist for 22 points. Behind him, round high scorer Graham Zusi (SKC, $10.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and soccer links for 1 April 2014 - Primary Day in the District

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Start your Primary Election Day off with the best crop of actual news links you're likely to find today. Nope. No April Fools nonsense here.

Happy April, boys and girls! It's going to be nice out there, so if you live in the District be sure to hop over to your local polling place to take part in this great democratic experiment we've been running for the last almost 240 years.