Black and Red United Archives for January 2014

The Last Word: Seattle Beats D.C. United Playing Benny-Ball

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D.C. United dominated statistically, but lost on the scoreboard. We're familiar with this approach, but we're not used to it being used against the Black-and-Red this year.

After a 17-day break since it's last Major League Soccer match, D.C. United faced a tired and depleted Seattle Sounders team at RFK Stadium on Saturday night.

World Cup 2014: Round of 16 TV/streaming information and open thread - France vs. Nigeria & Germany vs. Algeria

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The day's matches give us a bit more variety than the weekend. Hopefully the predictability is tossed out the window.

After a weekend that was ripe with CONCACAF and CONMEBOL with a gentle dusting of UEFA, today's games feature two UEFA teams and two CAF ones, and one of today's four teams is the reason some folks' brackets are still alive.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Muted by Sound...ers

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We look at the weekend for the local team, gird our loins for the national one, and a minor update to a movie mention.

Man, the soccering just continues to soccer in a way that few can recall. I mean, even the drabbest game had a bunch of drama in it. So how about we dig in?

Recaps of the weekend at RFK from us, MLS (with some bonus tracks from Pablo), Goal.

World Cup 2014: Round of 16 TV/streaming information and open thread - Holland vs. Mexico & Costa Rica vs. Greece

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The world's eyes turn to CONCACAF today, as Mexico and Costa Rica take on former European Champions Holland and Greece respectively. Prepare to meet your new daddy, UEFA!

The second day of the knockout stages sees the first two of three CONCACAF vs. UEFA matchups (a little match involving the United States will be the third of these games).

West side represents, Seattle blanks D.C. United 1-0

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The matchup of East versus West falls to the favor of the Sounders who beat a D.C. team lacking "the final ball."

The big concern aboutD.C. United's temporary life without offensive nucleus Fabian Espindola was what the team would do for firepower. While United had some chances, the answer lived up to most of the presumptions as the Seattle Sounders scored a first-half goal that a vaunted defense made sure stood en route to a 1-0 win in front of 16,922 at RFK Stadium.

D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders TV/streaming, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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MLS is back you guys! And how, with the first matchup between two first place teams at RFK Stadium in... well, it's been a while.

Welcome back, Districtistas - it's been a while. But MLS' World Cup break is over (even if the World Cup itself isn't), and D.C. United takes the field tonight against the visiting Seattle Sounders.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Seattle Sounders

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It's a clash between the top teams in MLS's two conferences, but both the Seattle Sounders and D.C. United are missing key players. Here's what to look for from a Sounders side that has been lighting up the scoreboard all season.

MLS's return to the field may feel like waking up from a fever dream - Costa Rica beat Italy?

World Cup 2014: Round of 16 TV/streaming information and open thread - Brazil vs. Chile & Colombia vs. Uruguay

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It's all South America all the time as we find our first two quarterfinalists.

Welcome, friends, to the tournament within the tournament. Group play is now out of the way, and we no longer have to worry about permutations of goal differential or deign to consider pesky things like draws. From here on out, it's win or go home until somebody lifts the Rimet Trophy.

D.C. United versus Seattle Sounders preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Seattle blog Sounder at Heart

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In which we talk to Dave Clark to get the lowdown on all things rave green.

D.C. United welcomes the Seattle Sounders to town for the two teams' only meeting in the 2014 MLS regular season. We turned to Dave Clark of Sounder at Heart to preview the game for us.

Question for Sounder At Heart

B&RU: Osvaldo Alonso has been the rock upon which the Sounders have been built in seasons past; how is he doing this year, and how important is he to the team?

Friday Freedom Kicks: USA loses but wins, and some stadium stuff

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In which various Brazil things are mentioned, the stadium hearing

Well that was a fine soccering day, wasn't it? Let's take a look back with some linkage:

Recaps of the United States' loss to Germany (but Group G advancement) from Goff, SI.com, the SBNation mothership and ESPN FC.

Oguchi Onyewu currently training with D.C. United

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In news that will lead to exactly nothing, Oguchi Onyewu has been training with D.C. United recently.

In a story that has apparently been bubbling under my radar for the past few days, Oguchi Onyewu has been training with D.C. United. Bobby Boswell mentioned it on a recent episode of Pitch Pass, and apparently you can see tiny pictures of Gooch in training photographs that D.

World Cup 2014: Day 15 TV/streaming information and open thread

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The last day of the group stage is upon us, and the rest of the games today are pretty fun too.

We know that you will be watching the USMNT take on Germany, but in case you are up for more soccer, there are three other games on today.

Ghana vs. Portugal

Kickoff time: 12:00 PM EDT

Venue: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia

TV/Streaming: ESPN2, Univision, and their respective internets

Cliff's Notes: Neither of these teams are yet eliminated, and both of them will be rooting for the USA to get blown out by Germany.

USA vs. Germany - World Cup 2014 TV/streaming, lineup projection, prediction and gamethread

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This is it. This is the big one. Now excuse me while I go quake in a corner.

Had you asked any USA fans going into this World Cup if they would be satisfied with four points going into the last group stage game, and most would have said yes. But with the team having qualification snatched from its gasp in the dying moments of the game against Portugal, they must now go into this game against Germany and attempt to get a result against one of the best teams in the world.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United Stadium Hearing, Germany vs. USA

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There isn't anything important happening today, is there?

Today is the big day, ladies and gentlemen. Our fates are to be determined, both on and off the field. Here is your morning Freedom Kicks to whet your appetite.

Joint Hearing on B20-805 | Council of the District of Columbia: I know that many of you will be submitting testimony or going just to show your support, which is awesome.

D.C. United versus Seattle Sounders lineup: Back in the MLS saddle

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Who will take the places of Fabian Espindola and Davy Arnaud when D.C. United take on the Seattle Sounders?

Despite all of the wonder that the World Cup has been so far, and promises to be going forward, Major League Soccer must return and continue afresh. D.C. United is back in action this Saturday at RFK Stadium, where they welcome the Seattle Sounders in a battle of the top team in the Eastern Conference against the top team in the Western Conference.

Filibuster podcast episode 85: Cristiano Ronaldo does not get my voice on his answering machine

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Stillwater Stateside Saison, key lime rickey, ginger ale, and Dr. Pepper.

The Filibuster crew is back, yet again, to bring soccer talkings to your ears. We review the 2014 World Cup so far, each giving our favorite moments of the tournament to date. We then move on to specifically talk about the United States, their prospects for advancing, Manaus hangover syndrome, and what roster rotation is needed.

World Cup 2014: Day 14 TV/streaming information and open thread

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Where there will (or at least SHOULD) be no late drama causing a team's advancement and at least a 18% reduction in biting.

I have to admit I am a little vexed. Today'sWorld Cup action does not nearly have as much potential drama as yesterday's would up having. Costa Rica won their group (CONCACAF fo lyfe), we said goodbye to Gigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo as players for Italy, and we said whatever you wish to say at Luis Suarez after his did something that was uniquely him, likely shredding any chance Uruguay had at advancement past the round of 16.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, World Cup, and US Open Cup links for Wednesday June 25, 2014

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Yesterday was nuts. Luis Suarez bit a guy again, Greece somehow advanced out of their group despite looking like one of the worst teams in the tournament, and approximately 150,000 people were red carded in a US Open Cup game.

The soccer will not stop. There is more soccer today. There was soccer yesterday.

World Cup 2014: Day 13 TV/streaming information and open thread for Italy-Uruguay, Costa Rica-England, Japan-Colombia, and Greece-Ivory Coast

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Two groups have already been decided, with Groups C and D to learn their fates today. The best game of the day is one of the very first, with Mario Balotelli taking on Luis Suarez.

Yesterday's World Cups, while still exciting games in themselves, were somewhat lacking in overall drama. Chile and the Netherlands had to decide who was first place in the group and who was second, and seeding was the only thing on the line in the Brazil-Cameroon game as well.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and World Cup links for Tuesday June 24

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How was the first day of simultaneous kickoffs for you? Did you somehow get even less done at work than you did last week? Um... yeah, me neither.

Well, we have our first Round of 16 pairings of this World Cup, and they're pretty swell, if you ask me. Brazil and Chile will renew their rivalry, while Mexico will face the juggernaut of the tournament-so-far, the Netherlands.

NWSL Recap: Alex Morgan Scores First Two Goals of Season to Lift Thorns to 6-1 Rout of Of Spirit

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Washington (6-7-1, 19 points) now sits in fifth place in the NWSL, while Portland (6-4-2, 20 points) jumped ahead of the Spirit after the win, and looks to be hitting its stride at just the right time this season.

The Thorns offensive firepower, featuring Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair, and new addition Vero Boquete was simply too much for Washington Saturday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Here is the testimony I plan to deliver at Thursday's D.C. Council stadium hearing

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Tuesday afternoon is the deadline to sign up to testify at Thursday's hearing. Will you join me?

On Thursday morning in the Wilson Building just down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, three D.C. Council committees will hold a joint hearing on the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014.

World Cup 2014: Day 12 TV/streaming information and open thread

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It's the beginning of the end of the group stage, which means some incredibly high tension is guaranteed. Groups A and B finish up this afternoon.

Now that you've had a night to feel all the feelings you might have about the United States scoring two good goals - specifically, arguably the best shot of the tournament from Jermaine Jones followed by a well-worked team goal eventually bundled over the line by Clint Dempsey - to come from 1-0 down, only to then concede with essentially the last touch of the game and go from "through to the round of 16" to "likely needing to get a result against Germany, who also needs to avoid defeat," and now that I've dragged this sentence out to Faulknerian length, let's think about today's games.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Welcome to soccer, everybody!

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Post-mortems galore on the country level, a couple of club nuggets and general group therapy.

Well that sucked. Those of you who may be new to the sport, this is what can happen. It sucks, but playing Germany while Portugal and Germany play simultaneously is the stuff of chewed fingernails and nausea.

World Cup 2014: USA vs. Portugal - Soccer is a cruel, two-faced mistress

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The United States' first two games at this World Cup could not have had different roles for the Stars & Stripes. Being on the side of things the USMNT were on Sunday is a lot less fun.

We were so close. Thirty seconds from a win against Portugal, first place in Group G and - most importantly - a guaranteed spot in the knockout rounds of the World Cup - the United States men's national team went and blew it.

USA vs. Portugal - World Cup 2014 TV/streaming, lineup projection, prediction and gamethread

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The Yanks can go marching into first place in Group G with a win over Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal deep in the Amazon. Simple, right?

Here's the thing with the World Cup. You can be completely thrilled with the result of a match while being incredibly anxious about the play that got you there.

World Cup 2014: Day 11 TV/streaming information and open thread

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We wrap up the second round of group stage games today as Group H takes the field.

Yesterday was very nearly one of the more epic days of upsets the World Cup has ever seen. First, Iran stood strong against Argentina until a stoppage time master strike from Lionel Messi won it for the two-time champs.

World Cup 2014: Day 10 TV/streaming information and open thread

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Group F gets their second round of matches in, plus two Group G teams get a head start on the weekend.

This World Cup continues to be pantloads of fun for all doesn't it? The French continue to throttle those that face them so far, and while Honduras scored their first goal in tournament play in more than three decades,Ecuador rallied to win.

World Cup 2014: Day 9 TV/streaming information and open thread

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The early game is the most intriguing, with surprising Costa Rica looking to prove themselves against France. Plus, a match between neighbors and a Concacaf team looking for redemption.

Yesterday's World Cup action featured two wonderful games, in Uruguay-England and Colombia-Ivory Coast, and then one snoozer in Japan-Greece.

Friday Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and World Cup links for 20 June 2014

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Jurgen misses EJ in an interview that hasn't even happened yet. The Spirit Reserves are topping the W-League table. The Uruguayan national team disgraces itself, and it's not because of something Suarez did. The Colombians glide and shimmy their way into World Cup history. All this and more in your Friday Freedom Kicks.

Throwback Thursday: Watch the USA beat Portugal in the 2002 World Cup

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It was basically the Costa Rica beating Uruguay of the early aughts.

Discussing the "discussion" of soccer within the Nation's Capital

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In which we vent our spleen just a tiny little bit.

It seems that with every World Cup cycle the longtime fan can mark off the check boxes when it comes to media coverage of soccer in America. The TV ratings, the many different promotional events pre-tournament where guys who have been playing for years, occasionally in the highest levels, are asked to do simple skills like juggling a ball, as if they were monkeys to the organ grinder that is any random choice of morning television or radio show.

World Cup 2014: Day 8 TV/streaming information and open thread

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The 2014 World Cup officially enters its second week with some intriguing and important matchups. Uruguay vs. England headlines with the middle game of three, sandwiched by Colombia vs. Ivory Coast and Japan vs. Greece.

Well, that was a fun day of soccer, yesterday, eh? The Netherlands gave Australia hope before ripping it away.

Freedom Kicks: Giles Barnes, Stephen Colbert, and FIFA 15

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We have all of your news on this hot and muggy Thursday morning.

We are in the home stretch of this week, but not even halfway through the group stages of the World Cup yet. It feels like all I have been doing is watching soccer, and that feels good. But, as your appetizer for the day, have some soccer links from around the internet.

Richmond Kickers 2-3 New England Revolution: Kickers comback falls just short

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The Richmond Kickers dropped a hard-fought US Open Cup match to the New England Revolution, losing 3-2.

Despite a furious comeback, the Richmond Kickers fell 3-2 to the New England Revolution in the fourth round of the US Open Cup. The New England Revolution played about half of their normal starters, with familiar names like Diego Fagundez, Jose Goncalves, Patrick Mullins, and Lee Nguyen all in the opening lineup.

Washington Spirit Make Mid-Season Moves to Bolster Attack

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In the last week, Washington has added some significant offensive firepower, bringing in German midfielder Kerstin Garefrekes last week and now the speedy De Vanna. Both moves should help free up Jodie Taylor, who has really carried the load at striker this season.

Washington sends defender Bianca Sierra and its third and fourth round picks in the 2015 NWSL College Draft to the Breakers in exchange for Lisa De Vanna, who expected to join the Spirit this week, prior to the next match against Portland this Saturday.

Richmond Kickers versus New England Revolution - US Open Cup 2014 streaming, lineup projection, prediction and gamethread

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We have you covered for tonight's US Open Cup match between the Richmond Kickers and the New England Revolution.

While most of D.C. United bowed out of the US Open Cup in disappointing fashio last night, there are still two players who have games yet to play. Tonight, Joe Willis, Christiano Francois, and the rest of the Richmond Kickers welcome the New England Revolution to Virginia.

Filibuster podcast episode 84: Our first item is number one

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On tap tonight: New Belgium Trippel, and two Flying Dog Dead Rises.

After a week break, the Filibuster guys are back and they are talking during the rain delay of the Rochester Rhinos-D.C. United US Open Cup game. We talk about Ben Olsen's roster choices, specifically mentioning about Steve Birnbaum, Alex Caskey, Conor Doyle, and Michael Seaton.

Richmond Kickers versus New England Revolution preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ New England blog The Bent Musket

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Not all of D.C. United's players are out of the US Open Cup: Joe Willis, Christiano Francois, and the Richmond Kickers take on New England tonight.

The US Open Cup excitement doesn't end with D.C. United's loss to the Rochester Rhinos. Joe Willis, Christiano Francois, and the rest of the Richmond Kickers take on the New England Revolution tonight.

World Cup 2014: Day 7 TV/streaming information and open thread

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Everyone is playing their second of three group stage games as the tension at the World Cup continues to increase. We've got Australia vs. Netherlands and Cameroon vs. Croatia serving as the bread and Spain vs. Chile as the delicious center of a soccer sandwich.

I can barely remember a time when this World Cup was not going on, but in reality it's just Day 7 of what has been an extremely fun tournament.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, and World Cup links for Wednesday June 18, 2014

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D.C. United stadium news (sort of), pieces on the USMNT and their fans in Brazil, Portuguese problems, and more.

If it's not a soccer game, I don't have time to read about it right now. Lucky for you, that means I still read several things worth sharing:

Evans Wants D.C. United Hearing Recessed for World Cup Game | Loose Lips
The local political scuttlebutt section of the Washington City Paper has found out that Ward 2 councilmember Jack Evans tried to hook soccer fans up with a recess during the first D.

D.C. United falls in Fourth Round Disappointment

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America's Champions are no more as the Rochester Rhinos beat a young, flat squad.

Days after both their longtime rivals (in the New York Red Bulls) and their opponents in last year's final (in Real Salt Lake) were eliminated in U.S. Open Cup play on the road,

The first half saw the Rhinos avail themselves nicely in the first 10 minutes, and after D.

D.C. United versus Rochester Rhinos - US Open Cup 2014 streaming, lineup projection, prediction and gamethread

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D.C. United does play games during the World Cup; in this instance, they take on the Rochester Rhinos in the US Open Cup fourth round.

Despite the fact that MLS is in the middle of its World Cup break, there are still games that must be played. Tonight, D.C. United takes on the Rochester Rhinos in the US Open Cup fourth round.

Fabian Espindola sprains MCL, out six weeks

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The engine to D.C. United's attack is shelved for a bit.

Things cannot be all milk and honey for D.C. United during the World Cup break, as word came out this morning that MVP candidate Fabian Espindola suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee and will be out for six weeks.

According to the team, the injury occurred seconds after kickoff when Felipe Martins came in hard on a challenge (the video can be seen at the beginning of the highlights package here).

D.C. United versus Rochester Rhinos preview: Behind Enemy Lines with The Bent Musket

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We talk to Brendan Doherty of The Bent Musket about the New England Revolution's affiliate, the Rochester Rhinos

D.C. United take on the Rochester Rhinos tonight in the US Open Cup. To preview the game, we talked to Brendan Doherty of The Bent Musket, who covers the Rhinos and their New England Revolution loanees.

Fantasy Focus: Well that was fast

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We interrupt your World Cup immersion to bring you fantasy soccer things

Schedules are a funny thing. Every Monday I have a calendar reminder set for Fantasy Focus, telling me it's due so it can go live Tuesday morning. Those reminders were set at the start of the season, with little regard, evidently, for the MLS schedule.

World Cup 2014: Day 6 TV/streaming information and open thread

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It's the final first day of this World Cup as Group H finally gets underway, and the first match of the second go-round. We've got Belgium and Algeria, Russia and South Korea, and hosts Brazil take on Mexico. Follow along with us, won't you?

It may have felt during the second half of yesterday's USA win over Ghana, but tomorrow did eventually come, and here we are on Day 6 of the 2014 World Cup.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Rochester Rhinos

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D.C. United's defense of the US Open Cup will start in Rochester against the Rhinos of USL-PRO. Rochester has struggled to score all year, but has relied on a stingy defense to maintain a playoff spot in league play. Can United take advantage of Rochester's unforgiving schedule?

In the recent past, D.

World Cup 2014 Group H predictions

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The final group of the 2014 World Cup kicks off Tuesday, and it's tougher to predict who might advance than it would seem at first blush.

Today, we start the second set of group stage matches, but not before Group H kicks off with their first matchday of this World Cup, and it is on Group H that we shall focus in this post.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USA and World Cup links for Tuesday June 17

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World Cup, meet the Open Cup. Both matter today. Also: BROOKS BROOKS BROOKS BROOKS!!! OMG BROOOOOOKS!!!!

It still does feel like a dream, though, doesn't it? Not the whole thing - losing Jozy and Besler (and maybe Bedoya) to injury is more nightmare than dream - but that late game-winning bolt out of the blue.

United States vs. Ghana - World Cup 2014 TV/streaming, lineup projection, prediction and gamethread

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Remember 2010. Remember 2006. Remember the freaking Alamo! Let's beat Ghana!!

No need to hype this Group G matchup up more than it already has been. The United States open their 2014 World Cup slate tonight against the team that knocked them out of the last two World Cups, Ghana. Yes, they'll be looking for revenge, but it's about more than that for the USA, as they'll of course be looking to start out this year's campaign on the right foot on a potentially flooded pitch.

D.C. United versus Rochester Rhinos lineup: MLS joins the US Open Cup

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Ben Olsen will take care to rest his starters against the Rochester Rhinos, but which youngsters will get the start in the US Open Cup?

Despite all of the World Cup excitement, the US Open Cup fourth round marches on. D.C. United plays the last non-MLS team to win the Cup, the Rocherster Rhinos, in Rochester tomorrow night.

World Cup Day 5: Streaming, TV, Times, and Open Thread

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Where we look at everything before...the thing.

Don't get us wrong: despite the results that Honduras and Ecuador delivered on Matchday 4, we are still encouraged of the promise of today. So rather than talk things up (or worse, off), let's get to it:

Germany vs.Portugal

Kickoff Time: 12:00pm EDT

Venue: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador

TV/Streaming: ESPN, Univision and WatchESPN

Cliff's Notes: These are the other two teams in the United States' vaunted Group of Death, and Portugal plays the U.

World Cup 2014 Group G predictions

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Our prognosticators (try to) unwrap themselves from Old Glory just long enough to let you know whether Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. side can get past Ghana, Portugal and Germany and into the knockout rounds.

This is it, boys and girls, the day we've all been waiting for since we learned back on December 6 that the United States would be one quarter of Group G, this year's Group of Death.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Rock, Flag and Eagle

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In which we touch upon a couple of brief D.C. United moments and give you others that are USA related before the red, white and blue take on Ghana again.

Luis Silva Voted MLS Player of the Week | D.C. United: Sure, the pool of available material was shallow, but a hat trick in a half is worthy of it.

World Cup Day 4 Streaming, TV, Times, and Open Thread

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Today we will see the best player of this era, and our favorite former D.C. United player. Three games total are on tap in a World Cup that is living up to all the hype early in the tournament.

Welcome to match day #4 in what is shaping up to be a fantastic World Cup! You like goals? We've got 'em.

World Cup 2014 Group F predictions

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On paper, it might be the easiest group to pick the top 2 teams, but will our panel go with the obvious choices? Or will somebody inevitably pick Nigeria or Iran to displace one of Argentina or Bosnia and Herzegovina?

The late game on Sunday kicks off Group F, the Least Exciting Group (on Paper) in This World Cup.

Richmond Kickers 2-1 Wilmington Hammerheads: Yomby injury proves to be turning point

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A first-half brace by Matthew Delicate gave Richmond the lead, but Wilmington pulled two goals back after William Yomby went out injured.

After the first ten minutes, which were fairly even, the Richmond Kickers took control. The first goal came off of a free kick earned by Shay Spitz; he initially attempted to take the free kick quickly, but referee Danielle Chesky called him back.

World Cup 2014 Group E predictions

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Do Andy Najar and Honduras have a chance against the likes of France, Ecuador and Switzerland, holders of the longest unbeaten streak in the international game?

If you're a D.C. United fan - and if you're reading this site, chances are that you could be (except maybe for those of you who found this post through search, in which case, welcome!

Richmond Kickers versus Wilmington Hammerheads: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers look to improve on their 10-game unbeaten streak against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Even with all of the World Cup games today, some leagues must continue to play throughout. And in USL PRO, the Wilmington Hammerheads travel to Richmond to take on the Kickers. Both teams have only lost one game so far this season, but the Kickers have four games in hand over the Hammerheads.

World Cup Day 3 Streaming, TV, Times, and Open Thread

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If three games yesterday weren't enough, today we get four World Cup group stage games!

After a wild day of soccer in yesterday's World Cup action, the group stage continues ever onwards. And as if three games yesterday weren't enough, the weekends give you four games! So get comfortable, and join your friends here at Black and Red United in watching all of today's action.

World Cup 2014 Group D predictions

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You want somebody to root for in this World Cup? You should probably look in a group that doesn't have the kings of self-loathing, the original bus-parkers, the racist vampires and the country that formally complained about a February snow in Denver.

This World Cup's Group D is the group of death by a couple metrics - it has the highest average ranking in the June update of FIFA's nonsensical rankings.

World Cup 2014 Group C Predictions

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In which a few B&RU staffers go on record with how they think Group C will go down and whether there will be any surprises among Colombia, Greece, Cote d'Ivoire and Japan. More than any other group in this summer's World Cup, this one is a true crap shoot.

Here's hoping the first two groups' first set of games are an indication of what's in store for the rest of the World Cup.

D.C. United drops gorgeous new renderings of proposed Buzzard Point stadium

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I want to go to there.

Stop whatever you're doing (unless what you're doing is "watching the World Cup" in which case come back at halftime or after the game) and go look at these pretty pictures, right now. These are the newest renderings for the proposed D.C. United stadium on Buzzard Point in Southwest DC.

World Cup Day 2 Open Thread

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Let's get down to business.

After a day that saw more pomp and circumstances than penalties and corner kicks, we get the first of several days where three games are played and you can fully break in the new couch with an arse imprint, see how that 4K television looks, and partake in various beverages that each country's team is noted for.

World Cup 2014 Group B Predictions

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It's much less clear cut than Group A. Who advances from a group that starts with a rematch of the last World Cup championship match and that features the current soccer hipster darling as well as an overlooked side looking to play spoiler?

Today, we get our first real taste of the glory that is the World Cup, with three games across Groups A and B.

Friday Freedom Kicks: Got Some if You Need It

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In which we look back at D.C. United's win, a little closer to the mindgrapes with yesterday's World Cup opener, and acquaint ourselves with the progeny of a club legend.

Hi! How are you, good? Well then, let's get right into it, shall we?

Before getting into the big tournament, recaps of Wednesday night's win over Montreal from us, MLS, District Sports Page and UnitedMania.

Player Ratings for United's win over the Impact

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A rare offensive explosion from the Black and Red.

When the Impact scored to take the lead 2-1, I was pretty worried. United's offense had shown to be pretty incapable of participating in high scoring shootouts this season. Olsen's boys like to keep it tight at the back, and if that can't happen a win is usually out of the question.

World Cup Day 1 Open Thread: Brazil vs. Croatia

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Bom Dia!!

We finally made it, y'all. The 2014 World Cup is about to kick off. All the other stuff, important as it may be, is about to fade into the background. Because it's finally time for soccer. We only get one game to discuss in this first of what we hope will be many successful open threads over the next month or so.

World Cup 2014 Group A predictions

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Members of our staff and the rest of the B&RU community have opinions. Those opinions do not stop at the water's edge, so today we open our series of World Cup predictions posts with the obvious place: Group A.

You guys. You guys! The World Cup starts today. After four years of waiting and planning and qualifying, we ease into the 2014 tournament with just a single game as hosts Brazil take on the always strong Croatia.

Montreal Impact 2-4 D.C. United: Luis Silva hat trick powers DC into first place - recap & highlights

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Four goals in the game's first 22 minutes between last year's last place team and this year's.

Could they really have been in Montreal the whole time? After spending much of the first half of this season wondering where the "real" Luis Silva and Nick DeLeon were hiding - these shadows on the field must surely have been imposters!

World Cup 2014 StoryStream

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All our coverage of the biggest, bestest tournament in the whole wide sporting world.

You guys. You guys! The World Cup starts today. After four years of waiting and planning and qualifying, we ease into the 2014 tournament with just a single game as hosts Brazil take on the always strong Croatia.

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

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United look to take over first place in the Eastern Conference with a win over cellar-dwelling Montreal in both teams' final match before the two-week World Cup break.

The USMNT aren't the only ones crossing international borders in pursuit of glory: our own D.C. United are in the French part of the Great White North tonight to take on the Montreal Impact.

Montreal Impact versus D.C. United preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Montreal blog Mount Royal Soccer

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As always when D.C. United play the Montreal Impact, we talk to our good buddy Sofiane Benzaza of Mount Royal Soccer.

For their last game before the World Cup "break," D.C. United takes on the Montreal Impact with a chance to jump into first place in the conference. To preview the game, we had an abbreviated chat with Sofiane Benzaza of Mount Royal Soccer.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Montreal Impact

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Don't shift into "all World Cup all the time" mode just yet. D.C. United and the Montreal Impact both have good reasons to see tonight's match as a vital one. Can United contain the Impact's counterattacking style?

The planet-devouring juggernaut that is the World Cup is upon us, and though we welcome the temporary end of civilization it brings, there's some business to attend to first.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, World Cup, and US Open Cup links for Wednesday June 10, 2014

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There are so many things happening right now. Soccer gluttony is in full effect.

Guys, the World Cup starts tomorrow. Tomorrow! And before that starts, we get another D.C. United game as well as two US Open Cup matches tonight. We are living the dream!

D.C. United Stadium Bill Now Online For Public Comment | DCist.

Fantasy Focus: Clark's Mark

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Thanks, Fabian Espindola.

This was not a very high-scoring week, butQ.C. United led with 89 points. Javier Morales (RSL, $11.1) led with an armband-aided 16 points over two games. Behind him were Chicago's Harry Shipp ($6.4) who scored 2 goals and 13 points, as well as Colorado's Drew Moor ($7.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and World Cup links for Tuesday June 9

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Academy news, an injury scare and- Stop everything! It's Soccer Beagle!!

You'd be forgiven if you've forgotten for a moment, but there really is a D.C. United match tomorrow, as the Black-and-Red pick up their passports to visit Francophone North America and the Montreal Impact. That will be United's last league game before a two-week World Cup hiatus, but your favorite SB Nation DC soccer bloggers aren't going anywhere.

MLS 2014 Week 15: D.C. United versus Montreal Impact StoryStream

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As United comes to the World Cup break, they look to take down the worst team in the East.

As we come into the last MLS game before the World Cup semi-break begins, D.C. United stands above where many of us thought they would at this point in the season. They are tied for second place in the Eastern Conference, and have the third best points-per-game.

D.C. United versus Montreal Impact lineup: What position on D.C. United's roster most needs another player?

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As United comes to the World Cup break, we take stock of their roster needs at this point.

As we come into the last MLS game before the World Cup semi-break begins, D.C. United stands above where many of us thought they would at this point in the season. They are tied for second place in the Eastern Conference, and have the third best points-per-game.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Espin-DOH!-la

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In which we look back at Saturday every which way but loose, are reminded of Sergio Leone's greatness and other items.

So I trust everyone to went to Snyder-traz managed to get out relatively unscathed and sans minimal price gouging? Good. Let's get started.

Recaps on the hum drum game with the Crewzers from us, MLSsoccer.

Player Ratings for United's stalemate against the Crew

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I thought this was supposed to be a showcase game?

Fabian Espindola could have changed it all. 94 minutes of listless soccer would have been alleviated with a single penalty. Then came the paneka, the freaking paneka. I've never understood the world's general fascination with that type of penalty.

Espindola Panenka Fails, DCU Settles for Solitary Point at FedEx Field

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Right at the end, United looked like it suddenly might be headed for its seventh win of the season—until the squad's star striker blew a stoppage-time PK.

Well, folks, that wasn't exactly Spain.

After the defending European and World Cup champs finished their send-off game against El Salvador, the fans—and apparently the scoring—filed out, as Fabian Espindola blew a 94th-minute penalty and DC United played the Columbus Crew to a scoreless draw Saturday at FedEx Field.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew and USA vs. Nigeria World Cup Send-Off Series: TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and unified gamethread

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IT'S ALL HAPPENING AT THE SAME TIME. D.C. United host the Columbus Crew, and the United States play their final World Cup tuneup against Nigeria, simultaneously this evening. Plus California Chrome goes for the Triple Crown. What else can we pile into this superthread?

This is the one gamethread to rule them all.

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

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Always bet on black (and red).

The last time D.C. United played at FedExField, an Higuain scored against them in a 3-0 win for the visitors. The last time the Columbus Crew played in DC, a different Higuain scored for the visitors as they downed the Black-and-Red. But tomorrow evening, when United take on the visiting Crew out at FedExField, no Higuain will be playing.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Columbus Crew

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D.C. United has already had an embarrassing loss and a frustrating draw against the Columbus Crew. It's time to get a win. With Federico Higuain and several others unavailable, there may not be a better time to play Gregg Berhalter's side. B&RU takes a look at a tired, short-handed Columbus.

There was a brief period in MLS history where teams only played each other twice, and the games were virtually always far apart.

On the other half of D.C. United's mission

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In which the "Serve the Community" portion of D.C. United gets some attention.

The participation of D.C. United within the community through various programs for more than a decade is known by many, but in a change of pace the team was called upon to take part in a similar program that not only had a slightly more visible sponsorship to it but also had a nice literary tie-in to boot.

Of Flops and Witch Doctors: DC United, MLS, NWSL, and World Cup Links for 6 June 2014

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Will Zlatan Ibrahimovic condescend to join MLS? Will Alex Morgan play tomorrow? Will Columbus stop talking trash about El Salvador? All of these questions and more are pondered, if not definitively answered, in your Friday Freedom Kicks!

If a player is offside, can the human eye see it? The answer isno.

Throwback Thursday: D.C. United hosts Real Madrid at FedExField in 2009

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D.C. United played host to Real Madrid out in Landover back in 2009.

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

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We talk to Pat Murphy to preview this weekend's Crew-United match.

It is apparently Don Garber's wish that D.C. United and the Columbus Crew play every month forever. To get the lowdown on our eternal opponent, we talk to Pat Murphy of Massive Report.

Question for Massive Report

B&RU: After a torrid start, the Crew have gone ice cold with only one win since March.

Freedom Kicks for 5 June 2014: Stadium hearings, Concachamps, and Chromecasts

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Your morning Freedom Kicks are here to give you all the news to know.

Good morning! Let's get into our Freedom Kicks for this morning, and try to stay out of the heat.

Hearing on B20-805, Soccer Stadium (June 26) | Phil Mendelson: Despite the fact that Mendelson said that there would be plenty of hearings, three of the four are being rolled into this one.

MLS 2014 Week 13: D.C. United versus Columbus Crew StoryStream

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Without his rock in the center of midfield, what will Ben Olsen do against the Crew?

D.C. United will meet the Columbus Crew this Saturday for the third time this season, and in the third different stadium. At this pace, it seems inevitable that these two teams will also meet in the US Open Cup, and then again in the playoffs, and then once a month until the end of time.

Week 13 MLS Power Rankings: Seattle Sounders, Real Salt Lake lead the league

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In the triumphant return of our MLS Power Rankings, we see that not much has changed at the top of the league.

After a few weeks gone, your MLS Power Rankings are back yet again to evaluate the league. And while not much has changed at the top of the league, there has been plenty of movement further down the table.

D.C. United versus Columbus Crew lineup: Who will take Perry Kitchen's place?

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Without his rock in the center of midfield, what will Ben Olsen do against the Crew?

D.C. United will meet the Columbus Crew this Saturday for the third time this season, and in the third different stadium. At this pace, it seems inevitable that these two teams will also meet in the US Open Cup, and then again in the playoffs, and then once a month until the end of time.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, Buzzard Point Stadium, USMNT, and US Open Cup links for Wednesday June 4th, 2014

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Small news on the field for D.C. United, but big-ish news off of it. Plus we find out who United would face in the 5th round of the US Open Cup, and plenty of World Cup-related stuff. This round of Freedom Kicks is packed with good stuff.

No real intro today, as I go on long enough below. This is today's open thread:

Fabian Espindola nominated for Etihad Airways Player of the Month for May | DCUnited.

Filibuster podcast episode 83: There's a little Kovalenko in Lewis Neal

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On tap today: Epic Brewing Smoked and Oaked, Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA, Snakebite

The Filibuster gang is back in your ears once again. We start by talking about the game against Sporting Kansas City, giving our overall game impressions and talking about Peter Vermes' bleating after the game.

Setting the Stage for June: D.C. United, MLS, US Open Cup, and the World Cup

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Join us as we take stock of the MLS season so far, and look ahead to one of the most glorious month's of soccer any fan could hope for. And, with D.C. United playing well, the sky is bluer, our jokes are funnier, and we may all just be a little better looking as well.

June is finally here. The month which will see the opening of the 2014 World Cup.

Fantasy Focus: Vote for Pedro

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Singlehanded destruction.

This week we recognize Eleutherian United as high scorer for the round with 91 points. Diego Valeri (POR, $10.5) was captain and scored 38 points with four assists over two games. Next in line was Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $8.5,) who scored 11 points over two games with one assist, followed by his teammate Seth Sinovic ($8.

Richmond Kickers to play Mexican Olympic team

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The Richmond Kickers announced that they will play the Mexican U-21 team in a friendly in Richmond.

The Richmond Kickers announced today that they will host the Mexican Olympic soccer team in a friendly to be played on July 1 at City Stadium in Richmond. The team will consist of current U-21 players, primarily from Chivas De Guadalajara, Club America, and Toluca, and will be the starting point for the team that goes to the Rio Olympics in two years.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and World Cup links for June 3

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We're all over the map on today's Freedom Kicks.

I'm running late this morning, so let's get stuck in with both feet, thereby earning ourselves a red card and a trip right back to bed.

DCFPI drops the hyperbole, still skeptical of Buzzard Point deal | DC Fiscal Policy Institute
I admit that I am happy to see more conciliatory language from Ed Lazere and Wes Rivers when they discuss the stadium deal, though the notion they express in the first paragraph that United's owners should not be allowed "to benefit financially from both the new stadium and development around the stadium that they would control" seems more than a bit off the mark, considering the more than $150 million they'll be investing with the expectation of earning a return.

United beat Sporks 1-0: Player Ratings

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Possession isn't everything

It was ugly, but gloriously ugly. United's defensive, physical, and scrappy style of play was in full force after Fabian Espindola's 28th minute goal. Sporting Kansas City maintained their possession-based style even without the likes of Graham Zusi, Oriol Rosell, Matt Bieler, and Chance Myers.

The Last Word: D.C. United Beats Sporting Kansas City Playing Benny-Ball

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Benny-ball is working in 2014. It's not always pretty, it leaves us fans wanting more, and it's been mistaken for poor officiating, but the positive results continue to pile up.

Sporting Kansas City departed RFK Stadium on Saturday night grumbling about their treatment at the hands of the referee and D.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Forking the Sporks

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We bring you a look back at the win as well as a brief look at yesterday's U.S. game, and all the Roger Sterling you can devour in today's Kicks.

Apologies for the slight delay in today's Kicks, as the writer both closed out RFK Saturday night and opened it Sunday morning as part of the mass convoy of buses the American Outlaws of D.

USA vs. Turkey - World Cup 2014 Send-Off Series TV/streaming, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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The second of three pre-World Cup friendlies kicks off this afternoon for the United States, as they host a Turkey side that dismantled Brazil-bound Honduras earlier this week.

The Send-Off Series didn't get off to quite the start anybody wanted, the United States limping out 2-0 winners over a bunkering Azerbaijan, thanks to late goals from a couple of substitutes.

D.C. United's laundry status clean, blanks Kansas City 1-0

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D.C. still scoring few goals, but allowing fewer as they regain their winning ways against the Sporks.

While some of what occurred for D.C. United was not new to the team, they managed to not only defeat a foe they had not beaten in more than four years, they did so in front of the largest crowd at RFK Stadium in 18 months, beating Sporting Kansas City 1-0 to a happy group of 18,522.