Black and Red United Archives for January 2014

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC: MLS TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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Tonight D.C. United will take on Toronto FC for the final time in this regular season. Enjoy it with us!

After an ill-advised jaunt to Jacksonville to help Shahid Khan dedicate his new video-board and throw a Carrie Underwood concert, D.C. United is back in action with games that actually matter.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Toronto FC

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DC United hosts a Toronto FC side that will be missing three-quarters of their normal back four and is also coming off of a 2-1 home loss to a team that was playing down a man. It's not a must-win, but it's definitely a should-win if United wants to stay among MLS's top tier.

We've had half a year to get used to the idea, but it's still strange to say that tonight's game between D.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC lineups: The prelude to the rotation

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D.C. United will have to practice some roster rotation, but not in tonight's game against Toronto FC.

After resting most of their starters against Fulham FC, D.C. United's starters return to action tonight against Toronto FC. This begins a brutal stretch for D.C. United, with an August crammed with MLS play as well as the beginning of the Concacaf Champions Leage, and with a September that is only slightly less packed.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for Wednesday July 30th, 2014

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D.C. United plays TFC tonight, MLS teams are making trades, and a tornado tried to destroy Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Yup, just another day of Freedom Kicks.

I spent a good portion of yesterday in a car and/or working on the scouting report that you will see in a few hours after this goes up, so this edition of Freedom Kicks is pretty much a "just the facts, ma'am" edition.

Fantasy Focus: Landon the Free

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Sorry, Sounders.

With a total of 77 points, Striker's Squad led the league this week. Drew Moor (COL, $8.3) scored a goal and earned a clean sheet for 14 points to lead the team. Javier Morales (RSL, $11.2) contributed two assists and 11 points, and each of Pedro Morales (VAN, $9.0) and Dom Dwyer (SKC, $8.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC: Staff and reader predictions for the rubber match

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D.C. United and Toronto FC split their first two meetings this season, both in the Great White North. Wednesday night, they take the field at RFK Stadium to settle the season series - and determine the shape of the Eastern Conference run-in.

After the Friendly That Never Should Have Been (and possibly never was), we don't have to wait long to see D.

Scouting Report on newly acquired D.C. United defender Kofi Opare

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We talked to Josie Becker of LAG Confidential to get the lowdown on D.C. United's newest player.

By now, you've heard about D.C. United's acquisition of central defender Kofi Opare from the LA Galaxy. To get a full handle on what the Black-and-Red are getting from the trade, I reached out toJosie Becker, managing editor ofLAG Confidential, our sister site covering all things Galaxy.

D.C. United acquires Kofi Opare from Galaxy

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The Black and Red shore up depth that

Per the team, D.C. United has sent away their spot in the allocation order (# 3 overall) to the Los Angeles Galaxy to acquire defender Kofi Opare and L.A.'s second round pick in the 2015 draft, along with L.A.'s spot in allocation (# 11). The 23-year old was selected by L.

DC mayoral candidate David Catania opposes trading the Reeves Center as part of D.C. United stadium deal, but he's making some critical errors

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David Catania, At-Large Council Member and Independent candidate for mayor in the upcoming city elections, has said he'd prefer to auction the Reeves Center and use the cash to assemble land on Buzzard Point rather than include it in the proposed land swap. Here's why that would be a mistake.

There are a few criticisms - several of them legitimate - you can levy at the proposed deal that would ultimately allow D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and college soccer links for July 29

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Too much Freedom to summarize in just one blurb.

Our photo editing tool here at B&RU is generally automatically populated with the best recent shots related to D.C. United, but due to a glitch, we didn't get any photos from Saturday's did-it-happen-or-didn't-it friendly against Fulham. Until now.

D.C. United loses Andrew Dykstra for the season due to a torn achilles tendon

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D.C. United's friendly against Fulham was more costly than expected, as backup goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra will miss the rest of the 2014 season with a torn achilles tendon. United has recalled Joe Willis from his season-long loan with the Richmond Kickers as a result.

For the large majority of D.

Richmond Kickers 0-3 Crystal Palace FC: Kickers competitive, but Crystal Palace clearly better

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The Richmond Kickers played well, but lost to Crystal Palace 3-0.

The Richmond Kickers fell to Crystal Palace FC 3-0 in front of 7851 fans, making it one of the most attended soccer matches in the history of Richmond. The Kickers were able to dominate possession for stretches of the game, but Crystal Palace used their obvious glut of talent to score whenever they had a chance.

Richmond Kickers versus Crystal Palace FC: USL PRO-Premier League streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers welcome a Premier League team to Virginia for the first time, with Crystal Palace FC coming to City Stadium.

The Richmond Kickers have their summer friendly tonight, when they take on Crystal Palace FC of the English Premier League. Crystal Palace are coached by Tony Pulis, long of Stoke City FC and who won Manager of the Year for the Premier League this past season, and this is their last game of their preseason tour in the United States.

Filibuster podcast episode 90: Fulham FC, Toronto FC, Houston Dynamo

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On tap tonight: Birdhouse Pale Ale, Victory Summer Love Ale, and a Manhattan.

It is the beginning of the week, so you know that it is Filibuster time once again. Adam, Jason, and Ben quickly dispense with a friendly that may or may not have happened between D.C. United and Fulham FC, stopping only to note the potential injuries that were suffered.

D.C. United Midterm Grades, or A Redemption Story - Ben Olsen and Dave Kasper have had a very good 2014 (so far), but is it enough?

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After the terrible 2013 season and massive rebuild last winter, nobody expected D.C. United to be within spitting distance of first place at this point in 2014. But that's right where they are, so it's time to look at the architects of both seasons and ask what we think of the jobs head coach Ben Olsen and general manager Dave Kasper have done.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Getting to Work

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In which we look back at whatever that whole friendly was about and such.

It is not too often that the local soccer team is playing an exhibition in front of an announced crowd of more than 50,000 who are there to primarily see a country singer and the unveiling of a scoreboard at a football stadium, but here we are.

Richmond Kickers 2-1 Harrisburg City Islanders: Kickers with a solid win

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The Richmond Kickers scored twice in 20 minutes, which was enough to beat the Harrisburg City Islanders

The Richmond Kickers beat the Harrisburg City Islanders by the score of 2-1 last night, completing their season sweep of Harrisburg. The Kickers extended their current unbeaten streak to 18 games, which is tied for tops in the league with Orlando City SC.

RECAP: D.C. United reserves lose 3-0 to Fulham reserves in far-flung hinterland, or possibly in my imagination

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In a game that is devoid of meaning at kickoff somehow becomes even more meaningless as it goes on, does anyone win or lose? Well, yes: Fulham won, and D.C. United lost. The less-famous Moussa Dembele scored a hat trick, with each goal requiring a defensive catastrophe for United, or so we're told.

Richmond Kickers versus Harrisburg City Islanders: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers look to complete the season sweep against the Harrisburg City Islanders.

The Richmond Kickers and the Harrisburg City Islanders meet for the third time this season, with the Kickers the winners of the previous two. A win for the Kickers would solidify their hold on second place in USL PRO, while a win for the City Islanders would keep them in the battle for the last playoff spot.

D.C. United vs. Fulham FC TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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D.C. United has played some odd friendlies in the past, but tonight's match against Fulham is probably the weirdest of them all: It's 700 miles away in the soccer hotbed that is Jacksonville, FL, and it's against a team that isn't even in the top flight of their domestic league. Nonetheless, we're paying attention because we are hopeless addicts.

S-Pulse fullback Lee Ki-je offered trial by D.C. United?

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D.C. United looks across the Pacific for their next possible trialist.

The rumor on Twitter is that South Korean left back Lee Ki-je has been offered a trial by D.C. United. Lee plays for Shimizu S-Pulse of the J-League, otherwise known as the team to whom D.C. United sold Dejan Jakovic after a frustrating run with the team.

CONCACAF Women's Championship coming to RFK Stadium in October

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The venerable old stadium will host two double-headers, one of which will include the United State's Women's National Team. The tournament will double as the qualifying tournament for next summer's World Cup in Canada.

You want World Cup Qualifying action this year, people of the DMV? You got it.

D.C. United versus Fulham FC preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Fulham blog Cottagers Confidential

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In which we talk to Andrew Beck to get the lowdown on all things Southwest London.

Even though its just a friendly, we decided to talk to Andrew Beck of Cottagers Confidential to get the lowdown on everything that is happening in southwest London.

Questions for Cottagers Confidential

B&RU: After 13 seasons in the Premier League, Fulham were relegated to The Championship; what are the expectations for this season and how much squad turnover has there been.

Friday Freedom Kicks: MLS Reserves Lose to EPL Superstars, and news items of greater import

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Beasley in an orange jersey? I'm okay with that.

Let's get down to business. It's Friday.

Unmarked Episode 5: Jordan Johansen's Wish Comes True - Youtube: Latest episode of Unmarked features DC United superstar Jordan Johansen.

How did DaMarcus Beasley end up in Houston?

Throwback Thursday: D.C. United vs. Real Madrid in 2006... in Seattle

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This Saturday's trip to Jacksonville, Fla. to play Fulham is not the first time D.C. United has gone to some far-off corner of the United States to play a European club. Watch how the last one went down, back in August 2006, against Real Madrid in Seattle.

Reeves Center land swap at issue during Ward 2 stadium roundtable

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Before a packed, sweltering room at the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center Wednesday evening, D.C. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser, the Democratic mayoral nominee, welcomed Ward 1 and Ward 2 residents for a public roundtable on the D.C. United stadium legislation that was formally introduced to the D.C. City Council on May 23rd.

Freedom Kicks for 24 July 2014: Freddy Adu, Perry Kitchen, D.C. United stadium

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Shake off the cobwebs, get some coffee, and lets go.

There is a ton of news out there, so let's just get right into it.

The best American soccer player you've never heard of | For The Win: A day after it appears in the Indianapolis Star, this article then appears in the USA Today. What we know is that everyone loves Perry Kitchen.

D.C. United versus Fulham: Why I still hate summer friendlies

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Please, summer friendlies, go away and don't come back.

It is summer friendly season once gain, with D.C. United heading to Florida to take on recently relegated Fulham. The game will occur after the unveiling of the new and massive video screen installed at the Jacksonville Jaguar's stadium and right before a concert by Carrie Underwood.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, Buzzard Point Stadium, and MLS links for Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

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Today in Freedom Kicks, we have a couple stadium updates, some D.C. United discussion from non-DC outlets, some MLS rumors, and the website that will end your life as you know it.

DENTAL PLAN!

Soccer Stadium Hearings Scheduled This Week In Affected Wards | DCist
It's Wednesday, and for whatever reason Wednesday is Buzzard Point stadium proposal news day.

Richmond Kickers versus Charleston Battery: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers play the Charleston Battery twice in three days; watch the second leg with us!

In one of the many quirks of the USL PRO schedule, the Richmond Kickers played the Charleston Battery this past Saturday and now play them against tonight; the former game was in RVA, whereas this game is down in South Carolina.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and United States soccer links for July 22

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The best part of waking up... is Freedom. You shut your mouth, Folgers.

Good Tuesday morning, everybody. I trust we all had restful and productive respective evenings? Let's get right to this morning's links.

Infographic: D.C. United vs. Chivas USA | dcunited.com
We start things off with a graphical look at United's win on Sunday.

Filibuster podcast episode 89: Chivas USA, USMNT returning stars, and MLS news roundup

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On tap: Old Forester Bourbon, Benchmark Manhattan, Sun King Scottish Ale

The Filibuster crew is basking in the glory of D.C. United's 3-1 win over Chivas USA, and so we are here to break it down for you. We talk about Eddie Johnson's performance, Perry Kitchen's team of the week level performance, Chris Korb's crosses, Bill Hamid the All-Star, Steve Birnbaum, and much more.

The last word on D.C. United vs Chivas USA: In praise of 3-game winning streaks

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Win three games in a row in MLS and you make a statement. Play well before and after such a streak and you create separation on your rivals. That's what's happening now for D.C. United.

In Major League Soccer, a 3-game winning streak is enough to change the league's perception of a team. That's because they're rare and normally result in significant movement up the standings.

Fantasy Focus: Keane's Ransom

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This unidentified fan is the man.

The rich got richer this round, as overall leader In It Toux Wynne It led the round in points, scoring 102. Robbie Keane (LA, $11.0) was captained and scored 52 points over two games with 3 goals and 2 assists. Far behind him were three players with 7 points each -- Toronto teammates Jermain Defoe ($11.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and United States soccer links for July 22

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The best part of waking up... is Freedom. You shut your mouth, Folgers.

Good Tuesday morning, everybody. I trust we all had restful and productive respective evenings? Let's get right to this morning's links.

Infographic: D.C. United vs. Chivas USA | dcunited.com
We start things off with a graphical look at United's win on Sunday.

Indy Eleven cooking up something special in the stands for their inaugural season

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One of two NASL expansion teams for the 2014 spring season, the Indianapolis Eleven have sold out every game they've played. An Indiana native myself, I had to go back home again to see it first-hand.

Six-thirty in the morning is a bit early to meet up for a road trip. But we wanted to beat Beltway traffic and get to Greenfield - a small town outside of Indianapolis - before 5 that afternoon.

Jordan Johansen: D.C. United Legend

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The Black-and-Red's newest addition had himself a day to remember on Sunday.

Monday FK: DC United, MLS, and Soccer Links for 21 July 2014

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A special helping of expansion-related news items.

So, last night, outside of RFK, near the Lot 8 tunnel, were all the DCU team warmup benches, with the plexiglass shells, in disarray, inside a chainlink fence pen. Are they for sale? I could use one in my front yard.

Let's get started.

D.C. United halts Chivas unbeaten streak while extending their own with a 3-1 win

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The Goats' five game unbeaten streak ends and D.C.'s goes to three with a convincing 3-1 victory

Tonight's D.C. United match pitted them against a Chivas USA squad who had been stealing some results on the road and was stingy on defense, though tonight D.C. were miserly with the goals against tonight and had a minor offensive explosion of their own, with a 3-1 victory in front of 13,732 at RFK.

D.C. United versus Chivas USA: MLS TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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D.C. United welcomes Chivas USA to town in a battle of formerly terrible teams.

D.C. United welcomes Chivas USA to RFK Stadium, in what could be the Goats last visit under this name. This game also pits two alike teams against each other, with both United and Chivas using a hard working style to get results.

Richmond Kickers 4-0 Charleston Battery: Kickers cruise to victory

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The poor season for the Battery continues, as the Kickers crush their long-time rival.

The Richmond Kickers welcomed the Charleston Battery to City Stadium last night, and crushed their old rivals 4-0 in the 50th meeting between the two teams. This result continues the Battery's horrible season, as they sit at the bottom of the USL PRO table.

Bill Hamid named to 2014 MLS All-Star Game

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The homegrown player and DC local will get to face the mighty Bayern Munich August 6 in Portland.

While earlier in the week MLS released the fan voting for All-Stars to face vaunted Bundesliga team Bayern Munich for the All-Star game in Portland on August 6, MLS All-Star (and Portland Timbers coach) Caleb Porter named the squad that will be facing the Germans, and goalkeeper Bill Hamid being the sole representative for D.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Chivas USA

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Last year, this was a pairing everyone knew would produce an awful game. This year? United is near the top of the standings, while Chivas has won four straight games. In what should be an intriguing match between two teams that play very similarly, the team that gets the details right will probably take three points.

Richmond Kickers versus Charleston Battery: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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Two traditional rivals face off in Richmond.

The Richmond Kickers welcome their old rival, the Charleston Battery, to town this evening as the middle game of a three week homestand. The Battery are surprisingly bad this season, sitting in a four-way tie for last place. But don't let their record fool you; Kickers-Battery games are always contentious, and this one should be no different.

Game Recap: Spirit Squeak Out 1-1 Draw with Houston, Remain in Third Place

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After a playoff-boosting win last Saturday on the road against Western New York, the Washington Spirit managed to escape Houston with one valuable point Thursday night against the Dash.

In the hunt for one of only four playoff spots, the win helped Washington (8-7-3, 27 points) hang on to third place, after Portland (7-6-5, 26 points) and Chicago (7-6-5, 26 points) tied last night, as well.

D.C. United versus Chivas USA preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Chivas blog The Goat Parade

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In which we talk to Alicia Rodriguez of The Goat Parade to get the lowdown on all things hircine.

D.C. United's game on Sunday against Chivas USA caps off this week's soccer action, and it should actually be a good game. To preview it, we asked some questions of Alicia Rodriguez, managing editor of SB Nation's Chivas USA blog, The Goat Parade.

D.C. United vs. Chivas USA Staff and Reader Predictions

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Is this game the soccer equivalent of Luke Skywalker cutting off Darth Vader's head and discovering his own face under the mask?

Some time ago, for no particular reason, I declared Chivas USA to be my favorite Western Conference team. There's something incredibly scrappy about them. And now here they come to play my favorite all-time team.

Friday Freedom Kicks: World Cup Detritus

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You're gonna get your DC United news, and your Washington Spirit news, and then you're gonna have Christmas in July with a slew of World Cup links you weren't even expecting right now. You're welcome.

A little treat for you today in Friday Freedom Kicks. I know we're all in a bit of a post-World-Cup depression, so I'm going to rev up the World Cup news search engines, and we're gonna party like it's 2018.

RFK Stadium to host a Copa Centroamericana triple header on September 3

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The Copa Centroamericana is coming to the United States for the first time, with RFK Stadium to host a triple header in September.

The Copa Centroamericana will be held in the United States for the first time, with RFK Stadium hosting a triple header on Wednesday, September 3. The day will begin with Costa Rica versus Nicaragua at 5:00 PM, followed by Honduras versus Belize at 7:00 PM, and capped off with El Salvador versus Guatemala at 9:00 PM.

Throwback Thursday: Watch Chris Pontius and Charlie Davies lead D.C. United to a dismantling of Chivas USA in 2011

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This game was traumatic for fans of both teams, as Chivas USA supporters watched their team get embarrassed, and United supporters watched Chris Pontius go down injured for the season. Luckily, this video only shows the former.

Assessing the value of D.C. United's defense.

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In which we know what is happening that is improve the team play, but we try to put on finger on some of it.

I stumbled late one day onto a discussion that some friends and B&RU commenters were having regarding Bill Hamid receiving another Save of the Week nomination, and there was concern expressed that Hamid's nod for SotW was some indictment on D.

Freedom Kicks for 17 July 2014: Buzzard Point Stadium RFP, Luis Silva, Ferris Bueller

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A heaping cup-full of soccer goodness to start your day off right.

Major League Soccer did the right thing last night and schedule a full slate of mid-week games the day after Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, a day which is typically one of the most boring in all of of sports. But anyways, I'm still kind of sleepy from staying up and watching LA Galaxy beat down the New England Revolution, so let's get into it.

D.C. United versus Chivas USA lineup: Stay the course

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D.C. United welcomes Chivas USA to RFK Stadium for what could be the last time.

D.C. United welcomes Chivas USA to town for what could be the last time (at least with that name). The Goats have been on fire, winning their last four games and riding a five game unbeaten streak on the back of Erick Torres.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and World Cup links for Wednesday July 16th, 2014

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D.C. United has added to their TV schedule and perhaps to their roster, other teams around MLS are doing other things, and some World Cup post-mortem pieces. All that plus free cake await you in today's round of Freedom Kicks.

I get long-winded later, so I'll keep the intro short. Freedom Kicks!

Filibuster podcast episode 88: San Jose Earthquakes, World Cup farewell, and previewing Chivas USA

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On tap tonight: PBR, Resurrection ale, Blantons bourbon, and crisp, clean water

Even though the World Cup is over, the Filibuster crew is here to bring soccer noises into your ears. Adam, Jason, and Ben first turn our attention to D.C. United's 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, and talk about their road win streak, Bill Hamid, Chris Rolfe, the MLS team of the week, and the difference in performance between the first half hour and the next sixty minutes.

Bill Hamid up for Save of the Week (Related news: water is wet)

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Without their homegrown 'keeper, D.C. United would not have won in San Jose. And be honest, his stop really is the best of the bunch here.

Fantasy Focus: Do Your Fu**ing Job!

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Thierry Henry is a far better soccer player than he is a teammate.

Despite starting two defenders that did not actually play, one of whom is not even an MLS player anymore,DCU4LIFE logged the round's top score with 81 points. Thierry Henry (NY, $10.7) was the captain and scored 40 points with a goal and three assists.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and World Cup soccer links for July 15

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Infographics, weekly honors, dubious winning streaks and World Cup look-backs and look-aheads. For freedom.

Well, it's Tuesday morning, and I'm late with your Freedom Kicks. For that I apologize. But we're ready to go now, so grab your coffee, be sure your umbrella is in your bag, and dig in.

The Last Word on D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes: The Golden Age of Bill Hamid

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We are witnessing a level of play by Bill Hamid right now which we D.C. United fans will fondly look back on in the years ahead. This is his golden age, and we should be enjoying every terrific moment of it.

Friday night's win on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes was a prototypical D.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Hamid, Howard University and no more World Cup :(

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Looking back at the end of the World Cup and D.C. United's last game, updates on the Loudoun NASL franchise and D.C. United alums, and boobs!

Well, a month full of soccer sees Germany beat Lionel Messi and Argentina 1-0 in extra time behind a Mario Gotze goal. The fine folks at the SB Nation mothership have got you coveredfrom all angles, whether it is Argentina's subs, Gotze's goal, how Germany got there and a look to Russia, and a celebrity flashing of sorts.

World Cup 2014: Final TV/streaming information and open thread - Argentina vs. Germany

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After a month of prologue, it all comes down to this.

Since the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12, all of the excitement and heartbreak has been building towards today. The next world champion will either be Argentina, who would bring the trophy back to South America for the first time since 2002 (and win their own championship for the first time since 1986), or Germany, whose win would continue UEFA's streak.

Richmond Kickers 2-1 Sacramento Republic: 2 Matthew Delicate goals seal the win

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Richmond's all-time leading scorer comes off the bench to seal the win.

The Richmond Kickers won their inaugural meeting with Sacramento Republic FC, winning 2-1 off of two Matthew Delicate 2nd-half goals. Sacramento made things very difficult for Richmond in the first half, using their combination of strength and size to dominate the midfield.

Richmond Kickers versus Sacramento Republic FC: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers welcome Sacramento Republic FC to RVA for the first time ever.

After a frustrating draw last week against the Real Salt Lake Reserves, the Richmond Kickers are back in action this evening, welcoming the Sacramento Republic to Richmond for the very first time. The Republic have been drawing massive amounts of fans, and they are currently in fourth place in the standings so they will be a very good test for this Kickers team.

Hamid Kills Goonies: D.C. United hang on to defeat San Jose Earthquakes - Highlights + Recap

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Ladies and gentlemen, Bill Hamid.

The first half hour of the game tonight was something to behold. D.C. United pressed high up the field, got a couple of goals and utterly dominated the opening 30 minutes against the San Jose Earthquakes. It was a bit of a surprise, given Ben Olsen's tendency to sit back on the road.

D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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Hope you had your coffee this afternoon, because tonight will be a late start on national TV as D.C. United will try to keep their hold on first place in the Eastern Conference on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Take a disco nap if you need it after work today, friend. You're in for a late night.

World Cup Final: Predictions for Germany vs. Argentina

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The Black and Red United staff weighs in with our predictions for the Biggest Game of Them All. Share your take in the comments!

One game to rule them all, and it goes down Sunday afternoon on ABC. We here at B&RU didn't want to wait another day to share our predictions for the World Cup final, though, so use part of your Friday afternoon time-killing with us as we try to prognosticate our way through Germany-Argentina.

D.C. United Scouting Report: San Jose Earthquakes

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San Jose is at the foot of the Western Conference, but the Bay Area has never been a happy hunting ground for D.C. United. That said, fans are well within reason to demand a third straight road win out of the Black-and-Red given their place in the standings as compared to their hosts.

Sometimes you have to really land hard to figure things out.

Could DeAndre Yedlin go to Inter Milan and end up with D.C. United on loan? Pfffffft.

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No. The answer is no. But let's refresh our understanding of how MLS allocation works, anyway.

He's the United States Men's National Team's fullback of the future. He's going to Roma! Or Liverpool! Or Inter! He'll be sold for beaucoup bucks this summer! Or maybe this winter! One thing is for sure: the international interest in Seattle Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin has picked up since his appearance for the USMNT in Brazil this summer.

Friday Freedom Kicks: DC United & Soccer Links for 11 July 2014

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A late Freedom Kick installment takes advantage of all the Friday previews for tonight's ridiculously big game versus San Jose. Stay focused.

Today's Freedom Kicks offer a smorgasbord of now-published previews and prognostications for tonight's game.

If you haven't heard, the soccer gods have taken mercy on everyone hopped up with World Cup fever.

D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes staff and reader predictions

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Is it a trap game coming up late this evening, or will the teams' play on the field match their respective records so far?

We fell a little bit out of practice with our predictions threads over the World Cup break, but we're back at it this week, as D.C. United travel to play the San Jose Earthquakes tonight.

Throwback Thursday: Watch D.C. United and the San Jose Earthquakes combine for 8 goals back in 2012

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In May 2012, D.C. United and the San Jose Earthquakes were the two hottest, highest-scoring teams in MLS. Things have changed: In July 2014, both teams are built on lock-down defense, but only United is finding any joy in the standings. Here's hoping the result in this fixture changes, too.

Freedom Kicks for 10 July 2014: Orlando City SC, Phil Mendelson, and physics of a ball

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All the news that you need to know.

Thursday has been sneaking up on me recently, so apologies for the late Freedom Kicks. Let's just get right into it.

Argentina 0-0 Holland | World Cup semi-final report (Argentina win 4-2 on penalties) | Football | The Guardian: That little tournament called the World Cup is still happening, and these two teams combined for less goals in the penalty shootout than Germany did all by themselves the day before.

World Cup 2014: Semifinal TV/streaming information and open thread - Netherlands vs. Argentina

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The other semifinal gives us more UEFA vs. CONMEBOL, but will it give us the same result?

And then there were four. The 2014 World Cup moves on towards its conclusion this weekend, but today we must determine who will be one of the participants in that final and who will play in the third place game.

D.C. United versus San Jose Earthquakes lineup: Luis Silva or Lewis Neal

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Will Ben Olsen keep a good thing going and run out the same lineup against San Jose?

After putting together an impressive road win against Toronto FC, D.C. United are back in action (very) late on Friday night, when they travel cross-country to take on the San Jose Earthquakes. The 'Quakes should have Chris Wondolowski back and in the starting lineup, but I doubt that his availability changes Ben Olsen's lineup.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, World Cup, and US Open Cup links for Wednesday July 9th, 2014

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There is D.C. United and US Open Cup news, but seriously you guys? Germany beat Brazil 7-1. I've slept on it, and I'm still staggered. It was carnage, it was preposterous, and it happened. 7-1. Seven to One. Today's Freedom Kicks is here, and it promises not to run up the score on you.

Intro

Training Notes: July 8, 2014 | DCUnited.

Filibuster podcast episode 87: D.C. United versus Toronto FC, World Cup 2014, and D.C. United versus San Jose Earthquakes

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On tap: Weinhenstephaner, Uinta Baa Baa Black Lager, and Flying Dog Dead Rise.

What would Wednesdays be without your weekly dose of Filibuster? Luckily, this is not the week to find out as we are back with an action packed show; even a mild buzzing sound that Adam develops halfway through the show will not stop us!

World Cup 2014: Semifinal TV/streaming information and open thread - Brazil vs. Germany

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The first semifinal is here, with the hosts taking on Germany.

And then there were four. The 2014 World Cup moves on towards its conclusion this weekend, but today we must determine who will be one of the participants in that final and who will play in the third place game. The first much places the creativity and passing of Germany against the strength and directness of Brazil, in a rematch of the 2002 final.

Bill Hamid's game-saver up for MLS Week 17 Save of the Week

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D.C. United's homegrown 'keeper saved the game with his big right paw last weekend, and now that save is up for league honors. Go vote!

Fantasy Focus: G.O.A.T.

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It's Chivas USA's world, and we're just living in it.

The leader this round isDenison Cabrallstars, with 94 points despite earning just 6 from three starting defenders. Captain Erick Torres (CHV, $8.8) led with 28 points and two goals over two games, and he's scored a goal in four consecutive games.

Nick DeLeon up for MLS Week 17 Goal of the Week

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Nicky is up against some strong competition (especially Cubo Torres' strike), so get your votes in!

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and World Cup soccer links for Tuesday July 8

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Glory for D.C. United players! Fretting over commentators! Fretting over Neymar! Fretting because England! Yellow cards for having fun! Your Tuesday morning Freedom Kicks are here for you.

Fear not, dear friends! World Cup soccer is back with a single game, but what a game it is. More on that later, closer to kickoff.

D.C. United to sign Argentine playmaking Central Midfielder?

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Grains of salt on the source, but a spot that needs addressing may be about to be announced.

A report out of Argentina says that D.C. United isabout to sign central midfielder Agustin Carlos Farias, formerly of Nueva Chicago in Nacional B, the Argentine Second Division.

Farias (also known as "Agus" sayeth Wiki) is 26 and if the obligatorysizzle reels areany indication, looks like he is good with both feet and has good pace, though appears to be a tad small (height demos a little tough to find for Argentine B League mids when you're at work).

The Last Word on D.C. United vs. Toronto FC: "Corner kick! THIS IS IT! THIS IS THE ONE!"

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D.C. United beat Toronto FC on Saturday night, responding to the specific summons of a B&RU commenter. LEWIS NEAL! and Perry Kitchen were the instruments of this wizardry, while Nick DeLeon and Bill Hamid set the foundation for victory. And now, D.C. United is flying high in the standings and has a perfectly respectable road record.

Monday Kicks: Nick DeLeon is All That

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We look back at a big three points, wonder what Jurgen Klinsmann is doing and exploding heads, the latter two not being a cause and effect scenario for once.

Monday after the holiday finds us in a pensive mood since there is no World Cup soccer to bide the afternoon time. But we'll press on however we can.

Richmond Kickers 0-0 Real Salt Lake Reserves: Frustrating game gives Richmond one point

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In a game that they should have won, the Richmond Kickers manage only a point against the Real Salt Lake reserves.

The Richmond Kickers drew the Real Salt Lake reserves 0-0 tonight at City Stadium, in a game that featured plenty of chances but no goals. The Kickers will be frustrated by this result, as they held the better of the play throughout the game, dominating possession and shots.

Richmond Kickers versus Real Salt Lake Reserves: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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D.C. United's soccer weekend isn't over, with the affiliate Richmond Kickers taking on RSL's reserves.

After a road trip that netted a game called due to lightning and a 1-1 draw against the Wilmington Hammerheads, the Richmond Kickers return to their home stadium to welcome the reserves of Real Salt Lake.

Toronto FC 1-2 D.C. United: Nick DeLeon and Perry Kitchen give United a valuable road win over TFC - recap & highlights

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After a difficult first half, D.C. United took advantage of a tiring Toronto FC to win 2-1 at BMO Field. Nick DeLeon and Perry Kitchen scored the goals, while Steve Birnbaum and Bill Hamid made big plays at the other end.

Since Fabian Espindola was injured in Montreal and suspended for retaliating, D.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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The Black-and-Red hit the road to take on the Reds, holders of the best points-per-game mark in the Eastern Conference.

Well done, readers. You've survived the annual July 5 hangover and made it to the afternoon. Your reward: D.C. United soccer against one of the tougher outs in the Eastern Conference this year.

World Cup 2014: Round of 16 TV/streaming information and open thread - Argentina vs. Belgium & Netherlands vs. Costa Rica

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The World Cup quarterfinals continue today. You're probably wiped out from Independence Day revelry, and D.C. United doesn't play until 7 tonight. Take it easy today and let the soccer wash over you. Argentina needs to prove they aren't a one-man gang, while Belgium needs to show they can score before the final minutes.

D.C. United CONCACAF Champions League Schedule Released

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D.C. United finally learns when it will take on Group 4 rivals Waterhouse FC and Tauro FC in the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Today, most D.C. United fans are celebrating the independence of this great country. In the world of CONCACAF, however, it's just a Friday. And Friday is when CONCACAF loves to drop major announcements.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Toronto blog Waking the Red

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In which we talk to Duncan Fletcher of Waking the Red to preview D.C. United-Toronto FC.

D.C. United travels up to BMO Field in Toronto tomorrow night to take on the Reds of Toronto FC. To preview the match, we got together with Duncan Fletcher of Waking the Red, SB Nation's TFC flavored blog.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Toronto FC

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Last year, this was a horrible fixture pairing two deplorable teams. In 2014? It's a match between the two best points-per-game teams in the Eastern Conference. Toronto FC's counterattacking style is going to be tricky to overcome, but United might still have some advantages in this one.

In the past, a trip to face Toronto FC would usually be viewed as a great way for D.

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

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No you haven't died, but yes today is soccer heaven. We've reached the quarterfinals, and all 4 teams in action today could win the tournament if they either keep playing well or if they finally play up to their talent (looking at you, Seleção).

Happy Fourth! As our country pauses to celebrate the 238th anniversary of this little experiment called America, I hope you have time off to celebrate and enjoy some soccer, because today is a soccer lovers dream!

Friday Freedom Kicks: Our Trigger-Happy Washington Spirit

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Seriously, Jermaine Jones? Or are you just playing with us?

Did you think that Freedom Kicks would take the day off because it's the Fourth of July? Nonsense. On Independence Day, Freedom Simply Kicks a Little Harder.

Eventful night ends in tie for Spirit -- Gazette.Net: Holy Spirit!

Fabian Espindola is out. Let's have some fun with formations.

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In which we look at the various ways D.C. United could (but won't) change up their system in the wake of Espindola's suspension and Christian's departure.

We all know by now that D.C. United will be without Fabian Espindola for the next few weeks and that Cristian Fernandez has decamped for his native Spain, never to return.

Freedom Kicks: Will Michael Bolingbroke, formerly of Manchester United, have influence over D.C. United?

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Will a former Manchester United executive play a role in running D.C. United?

A second consecutive day without any World Cup action? How will we survive? Luckily, I've put together some soccer-related news and notes that will hopefully tide you over.

Inter ecco Bolingbroke: il 're della bigletteria', intanto Moratti medita l'addio - Goal.

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

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The USMNT was knocked out of the World Cup yesterday, so I drank a hefty amount of bourbon and then wrote today's Freedom Kicks.

Belgium knocked the US out of the World Cup yesterday, despite the USMNT's late, desperate push creating some real opportunities to push the game into penalty kicks, where one has to assume Tim Howard would have saved all Belgian shots and probably also converted the winning shot for the US, and then also flown the plane from Salvador back to Sao Paulo, and also while doing so concoct a remedy for hangovers.

Filibuster podcast episode 86: USA-Belgium Review, Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC

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On tap tonight: Michter's rye, Campari and soda, Blue Mountain Steel Wheels ESB.

The Filibuster crew is back and recording almost immediately after USA-Belgium, so that is the first thing that we have to talk (and sing?) about. We go in depth on where blame should be cast, talk about Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, and Michael Bradley, and then talk about the USA's performance overall.

Setting the Stage for July: D.C. United Faces a Pivotal Month

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Been focused on the World Cup? Well, get caught up on everything you need to know as MLS gears back up for the month of July.

With the World Cup keeping us fully entertained for the last few weeks (until yesterday's heartbreaking loss by Team USA), you may have forgotten some of the details about what happened in June with our domestic league, the Major League Soccer.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC lineup: Should Taylor Kemp start over Chris Korb?

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While the lineup stays the same from last week, there are battles all over the field.

The lineup that D.C. United ran out against the Seattle Sounders looked fairly impotent in the absence of Fabian Espindola. Without him, the creative burden falls to very good players like Chris Rolfe and more inconsistent players like Luis Silva and Nick DeLeon.

USA vs. Belgium - World Cup 2014 Round of 16 TV/streaming, lineup projection, prediction and gamethread

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The USA is back in the knockout rounds, and looking to go to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002.

What's past is prologue; today we get to the real thing. The United States begins its time in the knockout rounds, taking on pre-tournament darling Belgium. However, the Belgians have not played up to the expectations that have been foisted upon them, and the United States is a team that pulls upsets from time to time.

Fantasy Focus: Deep Impact

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MLS returns with a full slate, and four Montreal players lead the charge.

To kick things off we have Bayern Neverlusen leading the way this week with 97 points. Captaining the ship was Montreal's Jack McInerney ($8.2) with 28 points while playing twice, scoring two goals, and should probably get bonus points for scoring what will probably be goal of the year against Houston.

D.C. United and Cristian Fernandez mutually terminate contract.

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The left back and the team mutually agree to part ways, leaving a (fill in the blank) sized hole at left back.

While the large speculation was what D.C. United would do without Fabian Espindola Saturday against the Seattle Sounders, a less reported aspect of the lineup which was not learned until late was that left back Cristian Fernandez was not only not starting, but not even in the lineup.

World Cup 2014: Round of 16 TV/streaming information and open thread - Argentina versus Switzerland

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Two game threads today, because of America.

The two favorites won their games yesterday, but were held until the waning minutes of the game: France dispatched Nigeria, and Germany needed extra time to get past Algeria. Today, two teams who were tipped as pre-tournament favorites take on two teams looking to make the upset happen.

World Cup 2014: USA vs. Belgium predictions

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What good is having a blog if you can't go on the record with predictions in what has been an utterly unpredictable World Cup?

It actually is all on the line this afternoon. Jurgen Klinsmann will lead the United States against Belgium this afternoon with a berth in the World Cup quarterfinals on the line.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: World Cup soccer links for July 1

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The rest of the world disappears for one day, and we know is the game.

Today, until 4:00, we go through the motions. We head into the office and make our filings. We talk about yesterday's Supreme Court decisions and make plans for Independence Day Weekend. But our hearts aren't in it. Until 4:00, we're distracted.