Black and Red United Archives for January 2014

Richmond Kickers versus Rochester Rhinos preview and gamethread

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We give you as USL PRO flavored version of Behind Enemy Lines, to serve as both your preview and your gamethread for tonight's matchup between the Richmond Kickers and the Rochester Rhinos.

With the D.C. United affiliated Richmond Kickers playing the New England Revolution affiliated Rochester Rhinos tonight at 7:35 PM, we thought that we should go Behind Enemy Lines with Brendan Doherty of The Bent Musket to get the low-down on all things Ragin'.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City predictions: Can DC take advantage of the depleted Sporks?

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D.C. United look to rebound from their loss in New England, while injury-depleted Sporting Kansas City try to find their way without several key players. But how will it all go down Saturday at RFK Stadium?

As we've documented in this space, Sporting Kansas City has basically owned our beloved D.

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

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In which we preview the upcoming D.C. United match against a depleted Sporting Kansas City.

We talk toBen Gartland ofThe Blue Testament to get his views on all things Sporting Kansas City.

Questions for The Blue Testament

B&RU: How is Sporting Kansas City going to deal with its World Cup absences of Graham Zusi and Matt Besler?

D.C. United Scouting Report: Sporting Kansas City

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Sporting Kansas City is usually a nightmare for D.C. United, but KC is on a four-game winless streak and have been absolutely hammered by player absences. It's an exceedingly rare opportunity for United to put one over on the defending champs, but only if they can cope with Sporting's typical high pressure.

Friday Freedom Kicks for 30 May 2014: Sporting BBQ

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Get your DCU-SKC previews - and watch what you eat in Brazil.

The main things I remember from a trip to Kansas City in 1999 were to-die-for BBQ ribs and a total jerk at one of the riverboat casinos complaining about the manner in which I was playing blackjack at his table. Hit me on 17. I must have cost him fifteen bucks.

Throwback Thursday: It is really difficult to find good memories against Sporting Kansas City if you're D.C. United

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If you thought the Houston Dynamo owned us, you should see the Sporks. Actually, you shouldn't. The Sporks will make you cry.

Freedom Kicks for 29 May 2014: EJ, All Stars, Inter Academy

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Kick off your morning with your daily recommended amount of Freedom!

After a long night of soccer last night, today is the lull between mid-week and weekend soccer. But fear not! We have news to get you through the day.

Eddie Johnson's red card rescinded: In case you didn't see this yesterday, Eddie Johnson's red card was rescinded unanimously by a three member review committee.

D.C. United drawn into very winnable group for 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League

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United will kick off the continental championship tournament in a group with the Panamanian champs and a Jamaican team. LET'S ALL GO TO JAMAICA YOU GUYS!

There are some things the Latin American world does better than us Gringos. Telenovelas, for instance, but also portmanteau abbreviations.

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City lineup: Will Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola both start?

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When D.C. United takes on Sporting Kansas City this Saturday, will they have their full complement of players available?

After losing to the New England Revolution last week, D.C. United dropped one spot to third in the Eastern Conference. This Saturday, they take on the team that leapfrogged them, welcoming Sporting Kansas City to the friendly confines of RFK Stadium.

Filibuster podcast episode 82: To the chagrin of literally everyone on the planet

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On tap tonight: Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning, Flying Dog Double Dog, Blue Bee Charred Ordinary, and Pomegranate Pizzazz.

Ben and Jason welcome Adam back into the hosting chair for another edition of Filibuster. We start by talking about the loss to the New England Revolution, including how D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, and CONCACAF Champions League links for Wednesday May 28, 2014

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D.C. United may appeal Eddie Johnson's suspension, while off the field the political games have only just begun in pursuit of a stadium deal. All this plus the CCL draw and the USMNT in today's Freedom Kicks.

Plenty of links for you today, including a few on the all-important stadium front:

D.

World Cup Send-Off Series: USA vs. Azerbaijan TV/streaming, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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The first match of the pre-World Cup national tour is tonight, the second half of a soccer double-header on ESPN2.

It all starts tonight.

Well, that is to say that the time immediately before it all starts, starts tonight. The United Stateswill take the field against mighty Azerbaijan in the first match of their three-game Send-Off Series.

Juan Guzman is still an awful referee: About that Eddie Johnson red card

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Juan Guzman has had two big calls to make in the two D.C. United matches he's officiated this year, and they've both wrongly gone against United and, more specifically, Eddie Johnson. What gives?

I promise not to call referee Juan Guzman a coward(again) in this piece. In the 82nd minute of last weekend's match between D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USA and World Cup links for 27 May 2014

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Office got you down after a long weekend with unreasonably perfect weather? We've got just the thing for your Monday Tuesday morning: Freedom Kicks!

Everybody seems to be talking about the World Cup for some reason - I mean, it's till 17 days away, right? - so we'll go along with the trend in today's Freedom Kicks.

Fantasy Focus: Landon who?

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Landon Donovan may have set the MLS all-time goal scoring record, but he wasn't the leading scorer.

With 125 points, Beta Theta Pirate scored the most this week. Robbie Keane (LA, $11.0) played twice, scored twice, and assisted twice on the way to an armband-aided 46 points to lead his team.

Washington Spirit Match Preview: What to Watch Against Houston

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The Washington Spirit (3-4-1, 10 points) host NWSL newcomers Houston Dash (1-6-1, 4 points) in a Memorial Day matchup at the Maryland SoccerPlex today at 4pm.

Both Washington and Houston come into this match, having managed equalizing goals to tie their last matches.

In the first two legs of this three-game homestand, the Spirit have taken us on a roller coaster.

It's Gettin' Hot in Here: America's Steam Team

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Travel and climate may have played a role in Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man roster.

How much did the geography of the USMNT's upcoming 2014 World Cup campaign affect the 23-man roster selections of coach Jurgen Klinsmann? Did the likes of Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan lose their slots thanks to the shape and rotation of Planet Earth?

The Last Word: D.C. holds their own, but it is not enough...or is it?

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In which we examine the exchange rate between standings points and brownie points.

D.C. United lost for the second time this month though it was equal to the amount of times they lost in March. But more importantly, how significant is this?

Their Words:

Ryan Bacic: "The match looked, after all, like it might very well be headed in the visitors' direction in the 73rd minute.

Monday Memorial Kicks: Long Weekends, Short Regen Sessions

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Where we examine D.C. United's resurgence, possible opponents, and John Wayne Westerns.

Hey, what are you doing up so early reading these? You really should be grilling, or smoking a pork butt for 12 hours before pulling apart the meaty goodness. But since you're here, here are your links:

Recaps of Saturday's loss at New England from us, MLS (with more on the League site from Pablo Maurer), District Sports Page, UnitedMania and CSN Washington.

Player Ratings for United's dissapointing 2-1 loss against the Revs

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A point was within grasp, but the Revs' potent attack came up big again.

The tie against the Impact a week ago was a poor result. The Impact are one of the worst teams in the league this year, and United was playing at home, making a win imperative. Saturday night against the Revolution however, a tie would have been a quality result.

EJ Ejected as Depleted DCU Drops One Late in New England

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Fabian Espindola brought United level in the 73rd minute at a rainy Gillette Stadium, but it wouldn't prove enough in a rematch with the Eastern Conference-leading Revs.

FOXBORO, Mass. - The crowd (13,589) was tiny. The rain (as always) poured down. But while Saturday might thereby have seemed like a home game, Gillette Stadium was anything but hospitable to DC United in a chippy, 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution that featured five yellow cards and a straight red for Eddie Johnson.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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In a battle of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, D.C. United travels north to take on the New England Revolution.

Who would have thought, at the beginning of the season, that this matchup would be between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference? Well, it is in fact such a matchup, and a win by D.

D.C. United Scouting Report: New England Revolution

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The New England Revolution are the hottest team in MLS right now, but D.C. United has also improved dramatically from the first meeting of these two clubs back in April. In a match where the tempo of the game will be key, can the Black-and-Red slow the high-octane Revs down?

Seven Saturdays ago, D.

D.C. United stadium deal proposal submitted to D.C. Council

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Mayor Vincent Gray has announced the proposed package to build the D.C. United stadium and has submitted it to the D.C. Council.

Mayor Vincent Gray has issued a press release with the details of the D.C. United stadium proposal and has submitted legislation to the D.C. Council. Most of the details are the same as what has been reported over the past months, but here is a rundown.

New England Revolution versus D.C. United predictions: Staff predicts a rough outing for United

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Your writers don't like D.C. United's chances against the New England Revolution, with not one predicting a win.

The game against the New England Revolution may be D.C. United's toughest so far, traveling north to play against a hot team on a bad surface. None of your intrepid writers predict a win, but what do you all predict?

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

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Steve Stoehr from The Bent Musket gives us the rundown on all things Revolution.

D.C. United finishes up its marathon week of soccer by taking on the New England Revolution in Foxborough this Saturday. To preview that game, we turned toSteve Stoehr ofThe Bent Musket to give us the inside scoop on the Revs.

DC United, MLS, USMNT links for 23 May 2014: Donovan Disappointed

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Stadium deal chugs along. And while you weren't looking, the Donovan era of USMNT came to an end.

It was a rough night for Touchline. But he's still delivering your Freedom Kicks on time and appropriately heated.

New England Revolution vs. D.C. United | MLS MatchCenter: Not much here but some comparative stats for you to play with.

Player Ratings from United's 2-0 win over the Dynamo

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United defeat the Dynamo with both teams missing key players

There's something about a nice, commanding 2-0 win. Despite only having a one goal advantage for most of the match United felt mostly in-control. The midfield bossed it up, the back line held it down, and the forwards looked consistently dangerous.

World Cup 2014: The USA has no backup for Jozy Altidore

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Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 23-man final World Cup roster, and there is only one true target forward on the list after Eddie Johnson and Terrence Boyd have been left out.

Regular readers of this space know that I'm a hopeless optimist when it comes to D.C. United and the United States national teams.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution lineup: Battle for the top of the Eastern Conference

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In what feels like too quick of a change, we must turn our focus to D.C. United's weekend game against the New England Revolution.

And like that, we put the win against the Houston Dynamo behind us and turn our eyes to the New England Revolution. We keep saying that Ben Olsen needs to rotate his squad at some point, but I don't know if he has any inclination to do so right now.

D.C. United meets Gaetano D'Agostino in Italy?

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An update to an earlier story finds parties of the team and the player meeting together...maybe.

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that there was the possibility of Gaetano D'Agostino coming to D.C. United. Now comes word from Nicolo Schira that the team and the agents for the playerhave met in Milan during an event titled the Wyscout Forum.

The Last Word: D.C. United Does What it Needs To Do, with More on the Way

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D.C. United beats a slightly depleted Houston squad, but how important is it?

Certainly there had to be some trepidation about D.C. United after their effort on the weekend against the Montreal Impact, playing a Houston Dynamo team that, while missing key cogs of their machine, remain generally a well-coached bunch who have had D.

Highlights of D.C. United's 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo: The Espindola and Rolfe show

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In which D.C. United's offense and defense both shined against the Houston Dynamo.

Freedom Kicks for 22 May 2014: Defeating the orange menance

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D.C. United won last night, so everything is cheerful in your morning Freedom Kicks.

It is always a good morning to wake up after a win, especially against a team that has had your number for years. Grab your coffee, tea, water, or juice, treat yourself to a donut, and enjoy your morning with some Freedom Kicks.

Three points, two goals, one clean sheet: D.C. 2, Houston 0

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D.C. easily dispatches Dynamo down Designated Player.

It may have been windy and rainy, and only 8,224 people were there for it, but D.C. United scored two goals on an 11-man squad for the first time in nearly two months (making yours truly eat his words) and looked at ease facing a Houston Dynamo squad who only dressed 18 players tonight, en route to a 2-0 win in a game where D.

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

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In what might be a rainy evening, D.C. United takes on the Houston Dynamo.

D.C. United takes on their old nemesis, the Houston Dynamo, tonight in what looks to be a rainy match at RFK Stadium. While not necessarily a rivalry, the games between these two teams are always hard-fought and usually end up involving some controversy.

Washington Spirit Midweek Check-in: Three Points in the Bag, Six to Go

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Saturday Washington had probably its best performance of the season, defeating Western New York 3-2. Jodie Taylor recorded her first two goals of the year, and essentially forced a third that was scored an own goal. Now the team looks to tonight's match-up with Sky Blue FC

The Spirit are a third of the way to the nine points I've said are critical during this 8-game stretch.

MLS 2014 Game 11: D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo Story Stream

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Without Eddie Johnson, Brad Davis, and Boniek Garcia, who will step up and make their mark on D.C. United versus the Houston Dynamo?

Despite the fact that it is still Monday, we have to leave the Montreal Impact game behind us and turn our eyes to the Houston Dynamo. We are now reaching the point in the season where lineup predictions become difficult: mid-week games.

D.C. United versus Houston Dynamo predictions: Mixed opinons for the mid-week game

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D.C. United takes on their old boogeyman: the Houston Dynamo.

D.C. United takes on the Houston Dynamo for the first time this season, and are in need of a win against a team that traditionally dominates them. Given that, Houston's World Cup absences, and Eddie Johnson's suspension, what did our writers think would happen tonight?

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and USMNT links for Wednesday May 21st, 2014

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Today's round of Freedom Kicks includes bad news for D.C. United fans, plus a look around MLS and an interview with a USMNT player. Plus there might be free pie at the end, who knows?

Today in Freedom Kicks, we start with the bad news, but things get less bad as we go along. I promise.

MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends DC United's Eddie Johnson, Portland Timbers' Alvas Powell
I know I like to start my day off with bad news, so here goes: The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Eddie Johnson for tonight's game against Houston for what they are calling a "reckless challenge" against the Impact.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Houston Dynamo

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The Houston Dynamo are usually bad news for D.C. United, but they come into tomorrow night's game lacking several starters, including Brad Davis and Oscar Boniek Garcia. Some thoughts on how United can get the better of a team that usually torments them.

Normally, scouting the Houston Dynamo is not a particularly complicated endeavor.

When we last met: Houston Dynamo mercifully ended D.C. United's 2013 season

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The last time D.C. United took on the Houston Dynamo, the latter end the 2013 season for the former.

Freedom Kicks for 20 May 2014: Open kicks!

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Today is a very free-flow day, so have at it!

Today is a truly open thread, with no time for any of us to find any clips for you; however, we still wanted to give you a place to talk all day about any and all subjects, so have at it!

Filibuster podcast episode 81: Murdered by a crab

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On tap: Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, Bells Oberon, and Flying Dog Dead Rise

The Filibuster goat herd rides forth once again, bringing D.C. United news to your ears. We are without the services of our normal host, Adam, and so Jason tries to take over hosting duties while we also welcome Ryan Keefer to the show for the first time.

Fantasy Focus: Higuain Again

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In 90 minutes he equals his output for the last five games

This week we recognize high scorer for the round, Los Lagartos FC, with 96 points. Dom Dwyer (SKC, $8.4) wore the armband and scored 26 points over two games with two goals. Cristian Maidana (PHI, $7.1) scored 12 points over two games with a goal and a red card.

D.C. United versus Houston Dynamo lineup: Is it time for Nick DeLeon to sit?

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Even though he has only been back for one game, should Nick DeLeon be on the bench?

Despite the fact that it is still Monday, we have to leave the Montreal Impact game behind us and turn our eyes to the Houston Dynamo. We are now reaching the point in the season where lineup predictions become difficult: mid-week games.

Is Erick Thohir is a billionaire? A look at what we know about his finances and his ownership of D.C. United

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With so much confusion about Erick Thohir and his portfolio of teams, we decided to wade into waters of corporate ownership and holding companies to see what we could find.

Since he became D.C. United's primary investor-operator in the summer of 2012, there he have plenty of claims made about Erick Thohir, his money, and his ownership of various sports teams.

Richmond Kickers to welcome English Premier League team Crystal Palace in a summer friendly

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The Richmond Kickers today announced that they will be welcoming English Premier League team Crystal Palace to Richmond for a summer friendly.

The Richmond Kickers announced today that they will be playing English Premier League club Crystal Palace in a summer friendly. The game will take place in Richmond's City Stadium, the Kickers traditional home stadium, on July 28 at 7:00 PM.

The Last Word: D.C. United Takes Two Steps Forward Against Montreal Impact, and Two Steps Back

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There were positives for D.C. United on Saturday night against the Montreal Impact, but there were also negatives. In the end, United managed to salvage a point, but later in the season they will likely regret the two points which got away.

We were a confident lotheading into D.C. United's home match against worst-in-the-league Montreal Impact.

D.C. Stadium legislation to go to Council This Week?

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The City may have something to review on the Buzzard Point stadium soon. Like, really soon.

D.C. United COO Tom Hunt said during halftime of the televised broadcast with Dave Johnson Saturday that he hoped to have some news on the stadium within the next two weeks. His appearance seems to make more sense in retrospect, as per a Washington Post article from Jonathan O'Connell today, legislation for the Buzzard Point stadium may be submitted to (& reviewed by) the City Council as soon as this week.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Goals, Trophies, and Team-Embossed Coffins

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Is that Freedom Kicks? Well click on them, man!

Ends of seasons in Europe, while beginnings of things like some anonymous striker getting his first goal at his new club, all make for the weekend in soccer. So without further adieu.

Recaps of the draw with Montreal from us, MLS, UnitedMania, WaPo, CSN Washington, Goal.

Player Ratings for United's stalemate against the Impact

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Eddie Johnson's first goal for United serves as consolation for a disappointing result.

After the 1-0 victory over the Union last week, United seemed to have the momentum to see off a struggling Impact side. Alas, it was not to be. The Black and Red failed to carry the confidence of a team vastly higher in the standings, allowing chances to slip by continuously, inevitably resulting in a deflating tie.

Richmond Kickers versus Chicago Fire Reserves: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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For the third of three games in five games, the Richmond Kickers travel to Chicago to take on the Chicago Fire Reserves.

To complete their whirlwind tour of the Midwest, the Richmond Kickers will partake in a time-honored USL PRO tradition: two games in one weekend. After beating the Oklahoma City Energy 4-1 on Friday night, they will take on the Chicago Fire Reserves immediately after the Fire's game against Sporting Kansas City ends.

Richmond Kickers 4-1 OKC Energy: Kickers control their first-ever meeting

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The Kickers are on a hot streak, winning their last three games by at least three goals.

For the middle game in a three game span, the Kickers looked energetic and in-control in their first ever meeting with the Oklahoma City Energy. The Kickers played their first US Open Cup match on Wednesday, and will travel to Chicago to play the Fire Reserves on Sunday.

Eddie Johnson scores, D.C. United ties Montreal 1-1

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"GAM" short for Goal Ass Man against the Impact tonight, though it only levels a game which ends 1-1.

On a pleasant May night at RFK before 14,106, Eddie Johnson opened his account with D.C. United after two much-maligned and often talked about months. While his goal was fun to watch for those in attendance, the game itself felt like a missed opportunity as D.

D.C. United versus Montreal Impact: TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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D.C. United welcomes the struggling Montreal Impact to town in a game that they should win.

The Montreal Impact are currently on track to pull a 2013 D.C. United: after a stellar season last year, they made few changes in the offseason and have immediately stumbled out of the gate in the next season.

D.C. United to play Inter Milan in a summer friendly?

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Erick Thohir owns both D.C. United and Inter Milan, and Inter Milan will already be in the United States this summer. Is a friendly between the two a foregone conclusion?

In an unsurprising rumor, websites in Italy are saying that Inter Milan will face D.C. United in a summer friendly. Inter Milan is already committed to playing in the International Champions Cup, which also features Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Manchester City.

Richmond Kickers versus Oklahoma City Energy: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers take on the Oklahoma City Energy for the first time ever.

Tonight is the Richmond Kickers' middle game of their three games in five days stretch, taking on the Sporting Kansas City-affiliated Oklahoma City Energy. The Energy are coached by former Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, have two wins and five losses so far on the season.

D.C. United to face Rochester Rhinos or Reading United AC in US Open Cup's fourth round

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Today's US Open Cup fourth round draw revealed that D.C. United will take on either the Rochester Rhinos or Reading United AC, with United hosting the game only if Reading wins the pair's third round match.

The draw for the fourth round of the US Open Cup took place earlier today, and for once D.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact predictions - United favored to claim all three points

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The Black and Red United staff favors D.C. United in a blowout over the Montreal Impact; what do you think?

The performance so far of both D.C. United and the Montreal Impact has your dear writers feeling a little cocky, as most of us predict a multi-goal win for United. What is your take?

blazindw:

We're fresh off our first road win in over a year and we got a Montreal team coming in that has been playing extremely poor this season.

D.C. United versus Montreal Impact preview: Teams both young and old

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In which we talk to Sofiane Benzaza in the lead-up to this Saturday's game between Montreal and D.C.

With D.C. United welcoming the Montreal Impact to town, we got in touch withSofiane Benzaza ofMount Royal Soccer to preview the game. Below are the questions and the answers

Questions for Mount Royal Soccer

B&RU: Joey Saputo came out this week and said that big changes were coming for the Montreal Impact; any idea as to what those might be?

D.C. United Scouting Report: Montreal Impact

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The Montreal Impact are tired, playing poorly, missing players, and can generally be described as miserable. D.C. United needs to be assertive and physical from the start to keep the Impact from turning this one into a trap game.

The Montreal Impact are a disaster. I use the present tense because the disaster is ongoing, right this second.

DC United, MLS, World Cup Links for 16 May 2014: The Haves and the Have-Nots in the Beautiful Game

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Journalist investigating alleged $200 million scandal in Indonesia finds his way to DC United. Nike and Adidas will spend $400 million for World Cup sponsorships. World Cup construction in Brazil is raising the rent and making families homeless. A low-income team in Arizona that's really good can't play in a tournament unless they raise $15,000.

Throwback Thursday: D.C. United beat the Montreal Impact for one of their only wins of 2013

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Though they were few, D.C. United actually did win games in 2013! We have video proof!

MLS Power Rankings, Week 10: The once and future kings

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Real Salt Lake is back on top of the MLS Power Rankings, but who is nipping at their heels?

To the surprise of no one, Real Salt Lake is back atop our MLS power rankings. With a weird weekend in MLS, though, how did the rest of the league shake out?

Rank LW Team Points Games played PPG Comment
1 2 Real Salt Lake 20 10 2 RSL reclaims their spot, have no losses yet this year
2 3 Sporting Kansas City 17 10 1.

Freedom Kicks for 15 May 2014: D.C. United on the radio!

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Kick off your morning with the sweet, sweet taste of Freedom.

Don't worry, your belated Freedom Kicks are now safely in your arms. Today we have news about the USMNT, D.C. United, the US Open Cup, and Mr. Beckham.

106.7 The Fan to Carry D.C. United Radio Broadcasts Through 2017 MLS Season « CBS DC: For the first time in a couple of years, D.

Richmond Kickers 5-1 RVA FC: Kickers with a comfortable US Open Cup win

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After a tight start, the Richmond Kickers cruised to a 6-1 victory over local rivals RVA FC.

The Richmond Kickers began their US Open Cup run today, beating RVA FC 6-1 at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, Virginia. In the opening 20 minutes, RVA FC bunkered in with 10 men in front of the ball; their defense forced the Kickers to lump long balls over the top, without much luck.

Richmond Kickers versus RVA FC: US Open Cup/Richmond Derby streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The first-ever Richmond Derby comes to us courtesy of the US Open Cup.

The first-ever Richmond, Virginia Derby is inaugurated tonight, with the Richmond Kickers traveling a little over two miles to take on RVA FC in the second round of the US Open Cup. For those who don't know, RVA FC plays in the NPSL and the won that league's national championship last year, which was their first season.

View From The Capo Stand: When Soccer Comes Second

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In this view from the capo stand, we take a look at when rival fans come together to honor a fallen supporter and how sometimes the game comes second.

Last Saturday, over 200 supporters of D.C. United traveled north to Chester, Pennsylvania to watch the Black & Red take on the Philadelphia Union, where an early goal by Chris Rolfe was the difference in United's 1-0 victory.

D.C. United versus Montreal Impact lineup: How will Eddie Johnson perform?

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Eddie Johnson's performance in this game will be the first indicator of how he takes not making the World Cup roster.

Now that we have completely broken down the fact that Eddie Johnson will not be going to the World Cup, our eyes now turn back to his performance with D.C. United. As has been mentioned ad infinitum, Eddie Johnson has not been playing well so far this season; it is also part of the reason why he wasn't called up for the World Cup.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, and US Open Cup links for Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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Due to a lack of other news, we're still talking about EJ being left off the US World Cup roster. Well, that plus thoughts on D.C. United, USMNT, shirts that are better than you, US Open Cup, and a few stories from abroad.

There wasn't as much D.C. United news as there normally is on a Tuesday, but I did my best and padded this out with links to USMNT, US Open Cup, and international stories.

Filibuster podcast episode 80: Bill Hamid came in like a wrecking ball

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On tap tonight: two gin rickeys and Devil's Backbone Striped Bass Pale Ale, and water

The Filibuster crew is back in your ears, and we are talking all things D.C. United. We first review the game against the Philadelphia Union, including talking about the Chris Rolfe goal, what happened throughout the rest of the game, Bill Hamid's performance, the forwards, and the central midfield pairing.

Fantasy Focus: More Morales

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One man, one match, a lot of points

While we were all out stocking up on two-game players this week, Javier Morales was making us all look silly. Before we get to that, we recognize this week's high scorer, Magic City FC, with 107 points. Brad Davis (HOU, $10.8) wore the armband and assisted two goals in two games on the way to 34 points.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and U.S. men's national team links for 13 May 2014

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Yesterday was the Day of Big Announcements in the world of American soccer. Today is the day after that day. That's the kind of wisdom you can only get from Freedom Kicks.

We'll get to the post-actually major announcement(s) stuff in a second, but let's start today's Freedom Kicks with something a bit more D.

2014 World Cup: Eddie Johnson snubbed, falls short of the 30-man roster

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Eddie Johnson fails to make the United States men's national team for its training camp in the lead-up to the World Cup.

Juergen Klinsmann today announced the United States men's national team 30-man preliminary roster for this summer's World Cup. However, in shocking news, D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson is not on the 30-man preliminary roster at all.

The Last Word on D.C. United vs Philadelphia Union: Back to Normalcy

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With their win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday afternoon, D.C. United surpassed two milestones from last year and reminded us they are back to being a typically competitive MLS side.

After last year's bizarre season, it's no surprise much of the commentary about D.C. United's 2014 squad has been to compare them to their 2013 version.

Leaving the Peacock for Fox - MLS gets huge increase in TV rights, says goodbye to NBC

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The 8-year, $600 million deal will see MLS stay on ESPN and return to Fox, and the league's subscription streaming package will disappear in favor of ESPN's system.

On the one hand, it's the biggest TV rights deal for domestic soccer in American history. On the other hand, it's still a pittance compared with the other major sports in the US landscape.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Shutouts, Shut Out, Streaming and Spike

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Where the parent club and USL Pro team turn in clean sheets, specifics of the MLS TV deal emerge and other goodness.

In which we revel in the ugliness, look at how things have changed in the Lig, look at Championship Sunday and heartily recommend a Spike Jonze film because reasons, that's why.

Player ratings for United's win over the Union

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A welcome three points against our rivals from up I-95.

I suppose that could have been a little better. Any win is a good win but the missed chances down the stretch leave hints of worry for the upcoming weeks. Inefficient finishing is the ultimate factor that can weigh down a team against an inferior opponent, and that showed at times on Saturday.

Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United - Highlights

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It wasn't pretty, but D.C. United walked out of PPL Park with all three points. Watch the win right here.

D.C. United grinds their way to a 1-0 decision over the Philadelphia Union

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Chris Rolfe's early goal at PPL Park was all D.C. United needed to end an interminable road winless streak, as the Black-and-Red gritted their way to a narrow, tense win over the struggling Philadelphia Union.

In a game MLS will not want to use as an advertisement for the league, one moment of quality was all it took.

Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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In which the Black-and-Red try to win on the road in league play for the first time since 2012.

The 2014 Philly Invasion is officially underway. If you're reading this on Saturday afternoon, it's likely because (like me) you were unable to hop the supporters' bus north and so will be watching this one from home, or from a local watering hole.

MLS Week 10 schedule and weekend open thread

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Have a favorite game from across the world? Chat about it here, with us!

Leagues around the world are coming to their conclusions, with the big one, of course, being the Premier League on Sunday. But whatever soccer you like to watch, chat with us about their game here, provide us with updates and information, and try and convince us why we should like your team.

Richmond Kickers 4-0 Arizona United: Lightning delayed win for the Kickers

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Despite a lightning delay, the Richmond Kickers pull out a win.

After a lackluster first half, the Richmond Kickers rode their man advantage to a 4-0 win over Arizona United SC. The game was interrupted by a lightning delay after two spouts of heavy rain, but the Kickers were able to overcome a poor first half to win the game.

D.C. United in on Gaetano D'Agostino?

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Look at that, another Italian soccer player D.C. is connected to.

While the "Alessandro Del Piero to D.C./MLS" rumors continue to not die despite Erick Thohir's lack of knowledge of them, we can come to some agreement that with Thohir's ownership of Inter Milan and various interactions between Inter and D.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union are struggling badly despite making major investments in their team during the offseason. Still, they keep playing close games where one lucky bounce would get them a result. A look at how D.C. United can dictate the terms to Philly and deepen their misery.

For the Philadelphia Union, 2014 was not supposed to go like this.

Richmond Kickers versus Arizona United SC: Streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers welcome Arizona United SC to town on their first-ever road trip.

The Richmond Kickers take on the artists formerly known as Phoenix FC tonight at 7:00 PM at City Stadium. Your intrepid Richmond correspondent will be making his triumphant return to the press box, so watch the game on YouTube (or come to the stadium) and hang out with me!

Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United staff and reader predictions

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United just had their unbeaten streak snapped, while Philly haven't won since mid-March.

D.C. United will take the field tomorrow afternoon against the Philadelphia Union looking to start a new unbeaten streak to replace the one that was broken deep into second half stoppage time last weekend in Portland.

DC United, MLS, World Cup, FA links for 9 May 2014

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DC's offense clicks. Andreas Gorlitz's anterior cruciate ligament tears. Brad Evans dreams. DaMarcus Beasley pines. Workers die. FIFA sucks. Police strike. Jose Mourinho snickers. Freedom kicks. Like it always does.

Woo boy, we've got a lot of ground to cover. We're going to hit the preview circuit, shoot up to Canada, drop down to Brazil, and end on a sarcastic note by Jose Mourinho across the pond.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 9: The kings abide

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The Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake continue to consolidate power at the top of the rankings.

The Black and Red United power rankings are back, once again, to pass judgment over the league. Two teams currently stand above all others, with the Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake beginning to pull away from the rest of the league on quality.

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Philadelphia blog Brotherly Game

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In which we talk to Eugene Rupinski of the Philadelphia flavored blog Brotherly Game.

To preview this weekend's game against the Philadelphia Union, we got in touch withEugene Rupinski ofBrotherly Game to get his take on all things Doop.

Questions for The Brotherly Game

B&RU: What is going on with the Union's defense?

Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United - #tbt to the most confused goal call ever

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JP Dellacamera and his boothmate literally didn't know what hit the Union as the Black-and-Red took all three points out of PPL Park back in June of 2012.

Freedom Kicks for 8 May 2014: Nerazzurri like us

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Lots of games, short on news, and a question of the day for book lovers.

With the biggest (non-) news already covered in a separate post, yesterday seemed heavy on games but light on actual soccer news. I've been re-reading some of my favorite books recently, which leads me to my question of the day: what is your favorite soccer book or books?

Match Recap: Krieger's Goal Not Enough for Spirit to Take Down League Best Reign

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The Washington Spirit (2-3-0, 6 pts) fell to NWSL Seattle Reign FC (5-0-0, 15pts) against the NWSL's top team Saturday night in front of 4,667 at the SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md.

Just 10 days after their first meeting, also won by Seattle, Washington looked to get the better of a Reign team that would likely be a bit more weary playing its second road game in a few days.

Eddie Johnson opens up on his goalless season so far. What do we make of it?

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Pablo Maurer got EJ to talk about his role with United and the USMNT. Some people are predictably unhappy about this. I am not one of them.

As long as he wasn't (well, isn't) scoring goals for D.C. United, this was bound to happen eventually. After training today, Eddie Johnson spoke with Pablo Maurer of DCist and MLSSoccer.

Flown The Nest: United First Team Alumni News and Notes

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It's been a busy few days for Andy Najar, while Dejan Jakovic's Japanese side are slipping badly in the J-League in our regular roundup of former Black-and-Red players.

We're back with another look at former D.C. United players, starting off with the first ever MLS Homegrown player to be sold overseas for a transfer fee.

On Visiting One of the Jewels in the Cascadia Crown

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The latest road trip essay finds our intrepid explorer going to Portland and taking in the atmosphere.


For many, a Portland Timbers game does not start at the usual 7:37pm kickoff time. Depending on the opponent, the game starts hours or even days before the game, and it starts outside the gates of Providence Park, where many fans stand, sit or even sleep outside waiting for a wristband which facilitates entry into the game.

2014 MLS Season: D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union Complete Coverage

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D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union have a growing rivalry, which always makes for a chippy game.

After a disappointing loss against the Portland Timbers, D.C. United must get back up and take on the Philadelphia Union this Saturday at PPL Park in Chester. Games against the Union are always testy affairs, and a red card is always a strong possibility even if we don't yet know which referee will be in charge for this game.

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union lineup: Will veteran leadership prevent red cards?

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D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union have a growing rivalry, which always makes for a chippy game.

After a disappointing loss against the Portland Timbers, D.C. United must get back up and take on the Philadelphia Union this Saturday at PPL Park in Chester. Games against the Union are always testy affairs, and a red card is always a strong possibility even if we don't yet know which referee will be in charge for this game.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and US Open Cup links for Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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Several tall United players discuss the good and the bad about the team's mentality, the US Open Cup, the Voyageurs Cup, various European punishments that may end in litigation, and a fence in space. All that plus my indecipherable dreams as we kick everyone in the face for freedom.

I spent yesterday with a sore neck and lots of tedious paperwork, so I've sort of slapped this round of Freedom Kicks together.

Richmond Kickers 1-1 Harrisburg City Islanders: Late action lets Richmond save a tie

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The Kickers leave it until stoppage time to pull out a point.

Filibuster podcast episode 79: 20 minutes of slo-motion smashing

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On tap: Planter's punch, Flying Dog's The Truth, Juan Collins, Corona, clean crisp water

The team from Filibuster is back, once again, and is committed to starting and ending the podcast well, even if the same could not be said for D.C. United. We start with those first minute and last minute goals, and what they say about United's amount of focus (or lack thereof).

Fantasy Focus: Joao. Such goals. Much points. Many skill.

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In his third game back from injury, he finally hits his stride.

It was not a big scoring week around the league. DCFC led with 73 points. Graham Zusi (SKC, $10.8) wore the armband and tallied an assist on the way to 20 points. Joao Plata (RSL, $7.2) scored two goals and 14 points, while Will Bruin (HOU, $8.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and USMNT links for Tuesday 6 May 2014

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Someones's going to Brazil. (Someone's going. Someone's going. Someone's going to Brazil.)

I'm late getting today's Freedom Kicks up, so let's jump right into them:

D.C. United drops to #8 in ESPN's power ranking | ESPN FC
Yes, I said "drops." Unlike most other nonpartisan power rankings out there, ESPN hasn't been sleeping on the Black-and-Red.

The Last Word on D.C. United at Portland Timbers: Three Times is a Trend

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It was late, it was on the other side of the continent, it was raining, D.C. United went down early, then tied the game, went down again, tied it again, then they entered the last minute and lost focus. And now it's a trend.

Losing to the Portland Timbers 3-2 on Saturday night ended D.C. United's excellent run of results over the last month.

Is Gideon Zelalem Jurgen Klinsmann's biggest coup yet? And other questions for Travis Clark

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We asked Top Drawer Soccer's crack writer Travis Clark about the latest young, dual-national starlet who might be destined to don the stars & stripes.

Last week, the Washington Post's intrepid Steve Goff once again scooped the soccer world. As reported on his Soccer Insider blog, Arsenal midfielder Gideon Zelalem and his father were back in the DC region last week to finalize their US citizenship and get their passports, a necessary step if Gideon is to suit up for the United States in future competitions.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Cut Down to Size

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Recaps of the weekend for D.C. United and elsewhere in the soccer world.

As D.C. United return home from their 3-2 loss to Portland, we've got you covered from all vantage points on this and other happenings.

Recaps on the loss from us, D.C. United, MLS, CSN Washington (welcome back to TV, by the way), District Sports Page, UnitedMania, Ives and Goal.

Player Ratings for United's Loss in Portland

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Heartbreaking.

Stoppage time losses are never fun, especially when you spend the fifteen minutes prior convincing yourself that a tie in Portland is a fantastic result. Ugh. Instead this result serves as a stern reminder that this United side still needs work. The Timbers have mildly underachieved so far season but it remains true that only the best sides can go into Providence Park and snag all three points.

Portland Timbers 3-2 D.C. United - match highlights

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May I recommend starting about 100 seconds into the clip and then turning it off after United ties it at 2?

D.C. United starts bad, ends worse in Portland.

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The Black and Red's unbeaten streak is stopped at five as Portland starts and ends the game with goals in a 3-2 win.

Facing a Portland Timbers team winless on the season and beginning a three game stand at home, a fast start from the hosts was crucial. And while they achieved it, D.C. United rallied to tie the game on two occasions before a Maximilliano Urruti goal in the dying moments provided the Timbers with a 3-2 win.

Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United TV, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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The streaking Black-and-Red visit the Rose City tonight to face a struggling Timbers side that has yet to win in 2014 but still haven't lost at home.

The good news is that nobody thinks tonight will be a cakewalk - D.C. United have not been very successful in cakewalks recently. The Portland Timbers, despite failing to win any of their eight games so far in 2014, still represent a very talented, dangerous team.

Q&A With Tiffany Weimer: One Part Disbelieving, One Part Cheeky...Fully Unforgettable

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After suffering a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in her left knee during a training session in April, Washington Spirit forward Tiffany Weimer will spend the rest of the NWSL season in rehab and cheering on her team.

Known affectionately by teammates and fans as "Ocho" for the number she typically wears (though with Washington she wore #16,and here's why), Tiffany Weimer has--to the surprise of no one--kept her sense of humor in spite of the rather intense shock of all that has transpired in the last few weeks.

Richmond Kickers versus Rochester Rhinos: Streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers take on the Rochester Rhinos in a Friday night spectacular.

The Richmond Kickers beat up on the Dayton Dutch Lions last weekend, winning 5-1; however, the one Dayton goal came off of a bad mistake by Joe Willis, coming off his line but not making it to the ball. Hopefully now that he is back in Richmond, Willis can develop some consistency and get back to the player he has been in the past.

Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United staff and readers' predictions

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It's a late one tomorrow night in the Rose City, so you have plenty of time to let us know how you think it's going to go down when the Black-and-Red take on the Timbers.

Yesterday, D.C. United boarded a plane for their first cross-country trip of the 2014 season, flying to Oregon in advance of tomorrow night's game against the winless Portland Timbers.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Portland Timbers

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D.C. United has a reasonable chance at going cross-country and taking points against the Portland Timbers, who are playing far below expectations at the moment. Still, the Timbers have plenty of quality, and a result will likely require a top performance from the Black-and-Red.

When D.C. United's 2014 schedule came out, I looked at this stretch of April plus three days as potentially defining for the Black-and-Red.

If Eddie Johnson can't go against the Timbers, who do you want to see up top for D.C. United?

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With EJ on listed as "questionable" on the injury report, who should Ben Olsen put in his place Saturday night in Portland?

We know it was a possibility, and that chance became more concrete this morning when D.C. United released their injury report ahead of tomorrow night's game against the Portland Timbers: Eddie Johnson might miss this one.

DC United, MLS, World Cup Links for 2 May 2014

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Friday Freedom Kicks hits the match preview circuit, so you don't have to.

By all accounts, April showed DC United clicking into place via the chips on their shoulders.

Fresh start helps fuel D.C. United's key pickup - Washington Post Express: The meme continues. The thing uniting our 2014 roster is the giant chip on its shoulder.

Special 2016 Copa América Centenario To Be Held In United States

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CONMEBOL and CONCACAF announce long-rumored plans to host the Copa América Centenario in the United States, creating a supertournament involving the best teams in the Americas.

Soccer fans, block off the month of June 2016, for what many call the 3rd-biggest international tournament in the world is coming to the United States.

Setting the Stage for May: Good News is Raining on D.C. United

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So, this is what it feels like to have fun looking back at the past month's MLS action and ahead to the upcoming month's. It's good news for D.C. United (with the exception of attendance), so let's dive right in.

For the first time in the history of our "Setting the Stage" series, we have good news for D.

D.C. United versus Portland Timbers preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Portland blog Stumptown Footy

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Behind Enemy Lines travels to the Pacific Northwest to see what's up with the Portland Timbers.

To preview this weekend's game against the Portland Timbers, we caught up withStumptown Footy's Michael Orr to get the low-down on the team from the Rose City.

Questions For Stumptown Footy

B&RU: A slow start after a run to the conference finals is a familiar story to D.

Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United #tbt - Let's go back to 2011 and our first visit to PDX

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Back in May of 2011, the Timbers had played 5 home games in their MLS history and won all of them. Then D.C. United came to town.

Freedom Kicks for 1 May 2014: D.C. United on the rise

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D.C. United's rise is the theme in this morning's Kick of Freedom!

While my fellow editors have witty connections that unite their posts, all I have to give you is my Freedom Kicks. Let's get into it. And as always, this is your open thread for all things soccer today.

DC United say mentality is behind improvement: "It's a group that wants to prove something" | MLSsoccer.