Black and Red United Archives for January 2014

Richmond Kickers versus Orange County Blues: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers head west for two games in three days, starting with the Orange County Blues.

The Richmond Kickers finish up the regular season with three games on the road, the first two of which are on the West Coast. Tonight the Kickers take on the Orange County Blues (formerly the LA Blues), before taking on Curt Onalfo and the LA Galaxy II on Monday.

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

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In which we talked to Matt Coyne of SB Nation's Metro-flavored blog, Once A Metro.

As we all know by now, D.C. United welcomes the New York Red Bulls to the friendly confines of RFK Stadium this Sunday afternoon. To preview the game, we talked to Matt Coyne of Once A Metro to get the lowdown on all things Metro.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: All in on the Metros

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After resting most of the midfield starters against LA Galaxy, D.C. United's first choice lineup will be back against New York.

After the debacle in LA, D.C. United took a charter flight back to the District to get back for this Sunday's game against the New York Red Bulls. United started a makeshift midfield in order to give some players rest, such as Davy Arnaud and Chris Rolfe, and their absence was sorely noted.

The last word on D.C. United vs LA Galaxy: keep calm and carry on

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The loss to the LA Galaxy was bad, but D.C. United won't know what it really means until they see how this Sunday's match against the New York Red Bulls turns out. Until then, keep calm and carry on.

Soccer was invented by the English, so they've been experiencing disappointing losses longer than anyone.

Friday Freedom Kicks: DC United, MLS, NWSL, & Sundry Soccer Links for 29 August 2014

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Things we expect or hope to see at RFK in September: Jeff Parke, Carlos Ruiz, Andy Najar, Ricky Raccoon, Drunk Dude taking selfie with scoreboard.

Oh hi!

I didn't see you there! You caught me in the middle of my Friday Freedom Kicks. Did you know you can make ice cream with your freedom kicks?

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls - Throwback Thursday: Jaime Moreno sets *the* record

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Back in late August 2007, D.C. United hosted their oldest, fiercest (well, angriest anyway) rivals from North Jersey, and Jaime Moreno scored goal #109, breaking the league's all-time scoring record.

Freedom Kicks for 28 August 2014: Women's World Cup, Las Vegas stadium, Jermaine Jones

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Pour yourself some coffee, settle in, and let the Freedom wash over you.

I believe that we all had a collective bout of mass hysteria last night, because that game (and especially that penalty kick) certainly couldn't have happened. Let us move on to this morning's link roundup from around the league.

Terrible first half performance dooms D.C. United to 4-1 defeat on the road against the LA Galaxy - Recap + Highlights

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D.C. United gave up a disastrous goal in the opening moments of tonight's game against the LA Galaxy, and could only recover from it once down 3-0. An improved second half performance saw DCU briefly threaten to stage a wild comeback, but a controversial penalty kick finished the game as a contest.

D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy MLS TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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Playing the Galaxy in LA mid-week is a tough ask, but D.C. United proved on the weekend that they can beat anyone in MLS. This is a huge game in the Supporters Shield race, and you're in the right place for pre-, in-, and post-game discussion.

Playing mid-week and on the other side of the country is not an ideal time to be playing a fellow Supporters Shield contender, but that's the job facing D.

D.C. United Scouting Report: LA Galaxy

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For D.C. United to get another huge road result, they're going to have to dictate how the game is played as well as take advantage of some LA Galaxy weaknesses that Bruce Arena's side has hidden thanks to their ability to come from behind.

For D.C. United supporters, being frustrated about our August schedule dates all the way back to this past winter.

D.C. United versus LA Galaxy preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ LA blog LAG Confidential

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To get the lowndown on all things LA, we talked to Josie Becker of our sister site LAG Confidential.

D.C. United takes on the LA Galaxy in the Landon Donovan Memorial Retirement Tour jamboree tonight, in the newest edition of #dcuafterdark. To get the lowndown on all things LA, we talked to Josie Becker of our sister site LAG Confidential.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and USMNT links for Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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Today's Freedom Kicks is about EJ, trolling, recognition, crazy spending, pirates, and tantrums.

By the time you read this, the part of the "every Simpsons ever" marathon you should have watched is over, so you have time to read this instead. That's about all I can manage for an intro, so let's get to the links:

Will Eddie Johnson return to D.

D.C. United versus LA Galaxy lineup: Will Eddie Johnson start?

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Will Ben Olsen go with Luis Silva or Eddie Johnson up top against the LA Galaxy?

D.C. United travels to Los Angeles to take on the Galaxy late tomorrow night. Barring a meetup in the MLS Cup (or a Michael Jordan-esque comeback), this will be the last time that United will face Landon Donovan.

Filibuster podcast episode 95: D.C. United's ruthless win over Sporting Kansas City, upcoming vs. LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls

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On tap tonight: Michter's rye, Hardywood Virginia Blackberry, Green Hat Gin Rickey

United at last, the Filibuster crew is back to talk about another packed week of soccer. We talk about D.C. United's stunning win over Sporting Kansas City, including asking if anyone expected that win, good teams having bad games, which of the three goals was the best, Luis Silva and Eddie Johnson, and the performance of Steve Birnbaum this year.

Fantasy Focus: That LA LA LA

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Galaxy here, Galaxy there, Galaxy everywhere

Galaxy players led at every position this round, and otherwise were dominating the leaderboard. Before we get to that, we recognize both the round leader and overall leader, In It Toux Wynne It, who scored 161 points. Landon Donovan (LA, $11.4) wore the armband and scored 50 points, with two goals and an assist over two matches.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and soccer links for August 26

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United gets some love, and Jermaine Jones stars in an Eddie Murphy remake (no word yet on who will play the Arsenio parts).

I trust everybody survived the traffic onslaught that is the annual ritual we call Back to School yesterday? Good, because it's only going to get worse. So brew some coffee and fry up some bacon - Freedom Kicks is here to make your morning just a little bit more bearable.

The last words on D.C. United vs Sporting Kansas City: Trophies and Tactics

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D.C. United's win over Sporting Kansas City was huge, and it signals to the rest of MLS both they are for real and Ben Olsen deserves more credit for his tactical acumen.

It was the match D.C. United fans have been dreaming about for years. The Black-and-Red, on the road, against the best team in the Eastern Conference, with the chance to take the lead both in the conference and in the overall Supporters' Shield standings, playing their best game in recent memory, and walking away with a well-deserved and convincing win which could have been even worse, much worse.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Forking the Sporks

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We relive Saturday's win, check in on alumni and partners, and mull the grown up network TV drama.

As one who thought D.C. United didn't have much of a chance even after learning Sporting Kansas City, allow me to share that my words were sauteed in butter and olive oil, served over veggie pasta with focaccia.

'Silent assassin' Tori Huster strikes balance at defensive midfield for playoff Spirit

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Tori Huster has been on the field for nearly every minute of the roller coaster ride that has been the last two seasons for the Washington Spirit, amassing 3,870 minutes -- the most for any Spirit player.

To put it simply, Tori Huster has experienced it all here in Washington the last two NWSL seasons: A mid-season coaching change, epic comebacks, inspiring team performances, not-so-inspiring team performances, a three-win last place season followed by a 10-win playoff season.

Ruthless D.C. United crushes Sporting Kansas City 3-0 - Recap + Highlights

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Before tonight, one could argue that D.C. United lacked the sort of marquee win that Supporters Shield contenders usually have. Tonight, though, United broke through Sporting's high line time and again to win 3-0 on goals from Fabian Espindola, Chris Rolfe, and Perry Kitchen. With the win, the Black-and-Red stands atop the MLS table on 43 points.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City MLS TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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With a win tonight, D.C. United will go to the top of the MLS table. To do so, however, they'll have to beat Sporting Kansas City on the road, which has been among the toughest assignments in MLS in recent years. Your spot for pre-, in-, and post-game discussion of tonight's game.

It has been ages since D.

Richmond Kickers versus Orlando City SC: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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On the same day as a top 2 battle in the MLS Eastern Conference, the top two teams in USL PRO meet in Richmond.

There are two top tier battles today involving D.C. United players, with the Richmond Kickers taking on Orlando City SC this evening just before United themselves take on Sporting Kansas City.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Sporting Kansas City

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In some ways, it's the same old KC. However, an enforced rotation has made Sporting's lineup hard to predict, and fixture congestion isn't helping their cause. For D.C. United a win at Sporting Park represents the step from "good team" to "contender."

Despite the fact that D.C. United is now nearly six full months into the 2014 season, it still feels a little odd to have the eyes of the league upon a game involving the Black-and-Red.

MLS game #24: D.C. United at Sporting Kansas City - United shoots for first place in the East against the defending champs

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Everything you need to know about United's trip to KC, where they'll face Sporting with the top spot in the Eastern Conference on the line.

On October 24, 2009, Julius James came seconds away from becoming a D.C. United legend. The Trinidadian center back, who today is playing for the San Antonio Scorpions in the NASL, had suffered a hamstring injury during the second half, but United head coach Tommy Soehn had already used up his allotment of 3 substitutions.

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

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In which we talk to Ben Gartland to get the lowdown on all things Sporting.

D.C. United travels to Kansas City to take on Sporting Kansas City in a showdown of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. To preview the game, we talked to Ben Gartland of The Blue Testament to get the lowdown on all things Sporting.

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City lineup: Ben Olsen's roster rotation continues

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Don't expect anything surprising from Ben Olsen against Sporting Kansas City.

When D.C. United goes to Kansas tomorrow to take on Sporting Kansas City, they will do so with their best possible lineup available, with only Eddie Johnson out due to supsension. While Ben Olsen was able to rest his starters during United's matchup against Waterhouse in the Concacaf Champions League, Peter Vemes did not do the same for Sporting Kansas City, where he played a mix of starters and reserves midweek.

Filibuster podcast episode 94: Concacaf Champions League against Waterhouse FC, MLS showdown with Sporting Kansas City

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On tap tonight: Four Roses, DC Brau The Corruption, Baltimore-Washington Beer Works The Raven

Do you like Filibuster? Well, you better, because there is so much soccer action happening that we are giving you two episodes this week. Adam, Ryan, and Jason start out by review D.C. United versus Waterhouse FC, where United won 1-0 in their first game of Concacaf Champions League action.

Friday Freedom Kicks: DC United, MLS, and Sundry Soccer Links for 22 August 2014

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Here we are now. Entertain us.

I promised myself I wouldn't hem and haw this time. Justhem.

So here are your Friday Freedom Kicks.

Can't Hold Him Back: D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid's career on the rise | MLSsoccer.com: A well-deserved, glowing profile of Bill Hamid, this is.

D.C. United takes the ALS #IceBucketChallenge

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Not one player, not one front office guy. The whole team, getting cold and wet to raise awareness and money for research into a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease.

Throwback Thursday: 2009 D.C. United ends its season with dramatic, disappointing draw in Kansas City

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In October 2009, D.C. United went into Kansas City needing a win over the team then known as the Wizards to make the playoffs. It came down to a red card and a penalty with practically the final kick of the ball.

Champions of America one step closer to CONCACAF Champions

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D.C. United defeats Waterhouse F.C. 1-0 in the opening leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Group play.

D.C. United has seen its fair share of eclectic events in the Champions League through the years, be it appearances from players like Craig Thompson, or goalie appearances in road games from field players like Quavas Kirk, so they could possibly be forgiven for not remembering the last time they were in this international competition for CONCACAF-based club.

D.C. United vs. Waterhouse FC CONCACAF Champions League TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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D.C. United's return to international play starts tonight, as the Black-and-Red host Waterhouse FC of Jamaica in CONCACAF Champions League action. You should go to RFK to see this one, but if you can't this is your spot for pre-, post-, and in-game discussion.

D.C. United is finally back in the CONCACAF Champions League, and all I can think of to say is "It's about damn time.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Waterhouse FC

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D.C. United is back in the CCL after five years away, and they'll open their slate in Group 4 against Jamaican champions Waterhouse FC. The Kingston-based side shocked most observers by winning 2-1 at Tauro FC on Matchday 1, so United can't afford to take them lightly.

It's been far too long, but D.

D.C. United vs. Waterhouse FC: CONCACAF Champions League predictions

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The Black-and-Red kick off their Champions League campaign against the Jamaican title holders Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. Ben Olsen is likely to run out a side comprising a few starters and a lot of reserves. How will they fare against Waterhouse? Our staff and readers weigh in.

Ladies and gentlemen, the quest for continental glory officially begins tonight.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, CONCACAF Champions League, and USWNT links for Wednesday August 19th, 2014

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Waterhouse, worms, Estrada, Kemp, hockey, Swedes, CCL results, plus a frustrating thing and a sad thing! You know, a typically odd mix of links for your perusal.

You'll have plenty of opportunities to read what I think about things throughout today, so I'll shut up and make with the links:

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D.C. United vs. Waterhouse FC: United returns to the CONCACAF Champions League

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D.C. United starts their four-game slate in Group 4 of the CONCACAF Champions League with a home match against Jamaican champs Waterhouse FC.

D.C. United starts its participation in the Concacaf Champions League on Wednesday, when they take on Waterhouse FC at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.

Filibuster podcast: Colorado Rapids and Concacaf Champions League versus Waterhouse FC

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What's on tap: DC Brau The Corruption, Mangreia, Blueberry Manhattan

With Adam off in the hinterlands, Ben, Jason, and Ryan are left to try and steer this podcast without setting it on fire. We first talk about the game against the Colorado Rapids, including Taylor Kemp and the pairing of Luis Silva and Fabian Espindola.

The Last Word on D.C. United vs Colorado Rapids: Good or great?

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Uh oh. Ben Olsen is about to have a tough decision about which of his talented attacking players won't make it on the field. How he answers this question may well decide whether D.C. United is merely good or great the rest of the season.

Sunday night's 4-2 win over the Colorado Rapids was one of D.

Fantasy Focus: Put it in your goaaaal! In your $%#!@$*& goaaaaal!

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Akindele is coming classy as hell with hat tricks.

Despite having just 10 players in the starting lineup play, RayoVallecano led us all with 73 points this round. The fourth club in Madrid was led by Fabian Castillo's (DAL, $6.6) 2 goals, 1 assist, and 16 points. Robbie Keane (LA, $11.6) assisted on a goal and scored an armband-aided 14 points, while both Matt Hedges (DAL, $8.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and CONCACAF Champions League soccer links for August 19

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So much time, so little content. Wait, no - scratch that; reverse it.

Too much content to waste space on an intro. Let's jump right into this morning's links.

Match Analysis: D.C. United vs Colorado Rapids | D.C. United
Good place to start this Tuesday morning: assistant coach Chad Ashton breaks down the win over the 'Pids.

D.C. United versus Waterhouse FC lineup: The beginning of the Concacaf Champions League

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Ben Olsen will have to get creative with his lineup when D.C. United takes on Jamaica's Waterhouse FC.

D.C. United starts its participation in the Concacaf Champions League on Wednesday, when they take on Waterhouse FC at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. With United the the top pack of MLS teams chasing the Supporters' Shield, Ben Olsen has made it clear that the playoffs are his primary objective; this means that this game will sternly test D.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Kemp Tell Me Nothing

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We look at Taylor Kemp, more on the Black and Red's win last night against Colorado, and Nucky Thompson and Chalky White.

How much fun was that? All the fun, right? Here's hoping that Waterhouse F.C. (already in town at the Lanham Days Inn, so sayeth their twitter account) gets to experience some of that fun firsthand.

Taylor Kemp assists on two goals as D.C. beats Colorado 4-2.

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After a midweek vote of confidence by Ben Olsen, the outside back helps on two goals in a key victory over Colorado.

On a muggy Sunday night in front of 12,814 at RFK Stadium, the question coming into the game was whether Taylor Kemp could handle the attack that would likely be thrown his way after two semi-shaky outings at the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake.

D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids MLS TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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A mostly feel-good season for D.C. United has suddenly hit the first bit of turbulence due to losses, injuries, and suspensions. Then again, if United is merely itching for a win, the Colorado Rapids come to town close to desperate as their Western Conference peers are improving while Colorado has regressed.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Colorado Rapids

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D.C. United faces a Colorado Rapids side that has played several formations, rotated a lot of players through their lineup, and has given those players many different roles. However, the same flaws keep popping up, and United may well be poised to take advantage.

Every season in MLS, there's going to be one team that is very difficult to write these scouting reports about.

A mainstay in Washington soccer for more than 10 years, Spirit veteran Lori Lindsey to retire

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You might as well consider Saturday's Washington Spirit final regular season match at the SoccerPlex against Sky Blue FC a playoff match. Win and the Spirit are in. Wily veteran Lori Lindsey sure gave the Spirit a little extra to play for this week, announcing her planned retirement from soccer later this year.

D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids staff and reader predictions

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United will play their annual match against the Rapids on Sunday night at RFK Stadium. Who will win, and how will it go down? See our take.

D.C. United haven't lost to the Colorado Rapids since an April 2011 visit to the Denver suburbs, and the Black-and-Red haven't lost to the 'Pids in DC since May of 2010.

Muriel Bowser to speak before the D.C. United-Colorado Rapids match

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Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser will address D.C. United fan's before Sunday's game.

D.C. United announced today that Muriel Bowser, current member of the D.C. Council and likely to be the next Mayor, will speak just before United's Sunday night game against the Colorado Rapids. No one yet knows on what topic she will speak, but I cannot imagine it being about anything other than the proposed D.

D.C. United versus Colorado Rapids preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Colorado blog Burgundy Wave

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In which we get the lowdown on all things Rapid from our friends at Burgundy Wave.

With the Colorado Rapids coming to town on Sunday, we reached out to Chris White of the Burgundy Wave to talk about all things soccer from the Rocky Mountains.

Questions for Burgundy Wave

B&RU: After a good start, the Colorado Rapids have hit a rough patch; what has happened to the team?

A Photo Tour of Rio Tinto Stadium for D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake

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View this gallery here.

Friday Freedom Kicks: DC United, MLS, EPL, and FIFA links for 15 August 2014

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Molly Bruh leaves Eddie Johnson unmarked.

It is upon us. This weekend is the start of the English Premier League season. And you know what that means. You don't have to hide your beer drinking at 7 a.m. on a Saturday anymore. Do it out in the open. You're free. The EPL excuse has arrived.

D.C. United's Jeff Parke undergoes inner-ear surgery

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D.C. United center back Jeff Parke underwent a surgical procedure apparently aimed at alleviating the migraines that have kept him off the field for weeks.

Injuries have been piling up for D.C. United of late, but there's at least a chance that the list of unavailable players might shrink by one.

Throwback Thursday: Watch 1997's D.C. United destroy the Colorado Rapids

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Raul Diaz Arce found the net four times as D.C. United went to Denver to dispatch the Rapids 5-2.

Freedom Kicks for 14 August 2014: David Estrada, 2004 MLS Cup team, and US Open Cup

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We have David Estrada, US Open Cup, the 2004 MLS Cup team, and cows!

It is Thursday once again, which means you are subjected to my version of the daily Freedom Kicks. I have no witty repartee for you, just sweet soccer news. Let's go!

Exclusive First Interview: David Estrada | D.C.

Eddie Johnson supended for two games for kicking the ball at Carlos Salcedo

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As well all expected, MLS has suspended Eddie Johnson for two matches.

Ben Olsen expected, we expected it, and I assume that Eddie Johnson must have expected it too. However, MLS today officially announced that Eddie Johnson has been suspended for two league games for kicking the ball at Carlos Salcedo, who was on the ground at the time (Violent conduct now carries an automatic two game suspension).

D.C. United versus Colorado Rapids lineup: Who is going to play left back?

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With Chris Korb out, will Taylor Kemp start on Sunday?

When D.C. United takes on the Colorado Rapids this Sunday, they will do so without the services of left back Chris Korb. The most obvious replacement for Chris Korb, and also the most likely replacement, is Taylor Kemp. Kemp started against the Houston Dynamo and was not very good; however, he has started less than 7 games at left back in his entire MLS career.

From Deutschland to Germantown: Perfect timing for Kerstin Garefrekes to try new league

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On loan from 1. FFC Frankfurt, Kerstin Garefrekes arrived in Germantown, Md. earlier this summer, making make an impact immediately, and now a core member of a Washington Spirit squad challenging for the playoffs.

To put it simply, veteran German midfielder Kerstin Garefrekes is a champion.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, US Open Cup, and CONCACAF Champions League links for Wednesday August 13th, 2014

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Today's Freedom Kicks for the TL;DR crowd: EJ EJ EJ EJ EJ EJ EJ and some other stuff.

I get into a ramble below, so I'll keep it brief up here. Here are some links:

D.C. United's Eddie Johnson apologizes for Twitter exchange with fans | Washington Post
Steve Goff reports on the aftermath of EJ's most recent outburst towards fans.

Hamstring strain puts D.C. United defender Chris Korb out for a month

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D.C. United had been relatively healthy throughout the spring and early summer, but the injury bug is back with a vengeance now. Defender Chris Korb will miss a month after injuring his hamstring.

When it rains, it pours. D.C. United's 2014 has been a season mostly free of injury, but the past couple of weeks have been vicious on that front.

Filibuster podcast episode 92: D.C. United versus Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids, Concacaf Champions League

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On tap tonight: a Pretty Tony, Isley Brewing's Choosy Mother, New Belgium Summer Helles

The Filibuster gang is back once again, and we have a somewhat melancholy installment of the podcast. We start off with a brief tribute to Robin Williams before moving into D.C. United's loss at Real Salt Lake.

Fantasy Focus: Stink, Stank, Stunk.

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That was a bad week. Let's forget it ever happened.

Low scores abound this round, and we celebrate two teams that fell to the top of the heap. Eagles Screaming and Bonobos United both led us all with 59 points. Eagles Screaming were led by captain Omar Gonzalez (LA, $9.8), who earned 18 points on the strength of a goal scored.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and Robin Williams links for August 12

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Today we're talking about DCU, EJ, #IceBucketChallenge, Deuce and popcorn, MLS expansion, conning your way to free drinks, and missing one of the greats. Plus your comments.

Very sad news of Robin Williams' passing yesterday. So now, we distract ourselves from our own mortality by talking about soccer.

The last word on D.C. United vs Real Salt Lake: Let's not panic yet

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D.C. United visited Utah on Saturday and were summarily handed a bad loss by their Western Conference hosts. A 2-game losing streak does not a crisis make, but next weekend's game against Colorado is now a must-win game--especially given the upcoming schedule.

Sandy, Utah, is a pleasant place.

Walk to Buzzard Point from the Metro with this video

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David Rusk and Doug Barnes walked from the Metro to Buzzard Point and back again, to show it could be done. They made a video about it.

Did D.C. United try to add a Jamaican International to the Roster?

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D.C. United does not appear to be adding anyone at the moment, but word of another possible target comes to the collective attention.

Over the summer, we learned from Steve Goff that D.C. United kicked the tires on acquiring Makoto Hasebe from Eintracht Frankfurt before his jump to Nurnberg.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Paid Back in Full

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Recaps galore, looking at Sunshine, and loving Leather...face.

Well that was no fun, let's hope we never go through that again, shall we? Past the links of course.

Recaps of the D.C. United 3-0 shutout loss to Real Salt Lake by us, MLSsoccer.com, Washington Post, CSN Washington, DSP, Soccer Wire andDC United Outsider.

Horrible half sees Real Salt Lake bury D.C. United early before strolling to a 3-0 win - Recap + Highlights

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D.C. United wasn't ready for the bell to ring tonight and paid dearly for it, as Real Salt Lake scored three goals within a thirteen minute span before using their dominance in possession to see the rest of the game out. The 3-0 loss means that United is now on their first losing streak of 2014.

Maybe D.

Richmond Kickers 2-1 Charlotte Eagles: Kickers overcome a sloppy second half

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The Richmond Kickers overcome a sloppy second half to get three points.

The Richmond Kickers outlasted the Charlotte Eagles 2-1 tonight at City Stadium, in a game that was a tale of two halves.

The first half was a show of the Kickers dominance in possession, controlling the ball for long stretches at a time.

D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake MLS TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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D.C. United returns to the site of last year's US Open Cup final for the first time since lifting the trophy to face Real Salt Lake. Both teams are missing some crucial regulars due to suspension, but the stakes in this year's Supporters Shield race are still high. Before, during, or after the game, this is your home on the internet for the night.

Richmond Kickers versus Charlotte Eagles: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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Before #DCUafterdark later tonight, watch the Kickers take on the Eagles.

The Richmond Kickers return to City Stadium to take on the Charlotte Eagles, who are the owners of the only victory over the Kickers this season. While this game was being billed as the game that could clinch a spot in the playoffs for Richmond, they actually qualified based on the results of last night's games.

Black boots, not ruby slippers, brought Christine Nairn home from the Emerald City

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After spending the 2013 season with the Seattle Reign, Christine Nairn was traded home to Washington. She returns to the Pacific Northwest this weekend with a Spirit playoff spot on the line and a little extra motivation.

Christine Nairn's toughness combined with technical skill and vision have made her a player others would rather not play against and more importantly, has helped turn Washington into a playoff contender.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Real Salt Lake

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Both D.C. United and Real Salt Lake will have key attacking players going against stand-in players due to key defensive suspensions. The team that can hide their temporary weakness the best will likely control proceedings in what looks to be a very intriguing game tactically.

It feels good to be back.

D.C. United versus Real Salt Lake preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Salt Lake blog RSL Soapbox

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In which we get the preview on all things claret and cobalt.

With D.C. United playing Real Salt Lake tomorrow night, we go in contact with Randal Serr of RSL Soapbox to talk about the game.

Questions for RSL Soapbox

B&RU: This is the first season without Jason Kreis and with Jeff Cassar.

Real Salt Lake vs. D.C. United - staff and reader predictions

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No matter what happens Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium, RSL cannot take away D.C. United's 2013 Open Cup title. But they could claim three points unless the Black-and-Red show up from the start. How do B&RU staffers see the game playing out? Find out here.

D.C. United catch Real Salt Lake at an interesting time this week: RSL have lost only once in their last six matches, but they will be missing both of their starting fullbacks and possibly also midfield talisman Kyle Beckerman.

D.C. United enters into a partnership with Sunderland AFC

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D.C. United enters into a loosely defined partnership with Sunderland AFC.

D.C. United and Sunderland AFC announced today that they are entering in a partnership in which they will "share coaching and business expertise, alongside promoting each other in their respective markets." This is similar language to the deal that was brokered between D.

Friday Freedom Kicks: DC United, MLS, FIFA U-20, & Other Important Soccer Links for 8 August 2014

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How Freedom Kicks Explains the World

Do you know what the origin of "Freedom Kicks" is? Why do we call this amalgamation of soccer-related links, compiled daily for you, whether you are a religious reader or not, an installment of "Freedom Kicks"? Well, do ya, punk?

Before you answer that question, here's a foot in your anterior, tatooed with liberty.

D.C. United apparently interested in Bologna's Archimede Morleo

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According to an Italian report, D.C. United is taking a look at left wing back Archimede Morleo.

The closing of the transfer window paradoxically means that there are now more rumors linking D.C. United to international players. A news site in Italy is saying that D.C. United "is interested in acquiring" Archimede Morleo, a left wing back who plays for the recently relegated Bologna FC.

Scouting Report: David Estrada

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We asked Dave Clark of Sounder at Heart about the now former Sounder and newest member of D.C. United.

As is our habit here at B&RU, when word broke that D.C. United had traded for theSeattle Sounders' David Estrada, we reached out to Dave Clark, manager of our sister site Sounder at Heart, for a read on our newest pickup from somebody who has watched him play up close.

Throwback Thursday: D.C. United's 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship win over Real Salt Lake

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Yeah, it's a bit obvious, but that doesn't make it any less appropriate to celebrate this memory.

D.C. United acquires David Estrada from Seattle Sounders in exchange for a 2017 third round pick

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D.C. United improved their depth today, acquiring their second player from the Seattle Sounders this year.

D.C. United announced today that they have acquired midfield/forward David Estrada from the Seattle Sounders in exchange for a third round pick in 2017. According to Steve Goff, the deal has been in the works for a number of weeks and is unrelated to the current rash of injuries.

Freedom Kicks for 7 August 2014: MLS All Star Game, Pep Guardiola, Cristiano Ronaldo

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Freedom Kicks would have named you to its All Star team.

Well, that was a quite fun MLS All Star Game. As you groggily wake up from staying up too late to watch it, have some morning Freedom Kicks as you drink your coffee.

D.C. United: no signings in MLS international transfer window but roster hunt continues - The Washington Post: This has been D.

Major League Soccer All Stars versus FC Bayern Munich: TV/streaming, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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Can MLS find a way to beat the best team in the world?

Bobby Boswell, Sean Franklin, Bill Hamid, and the rest of the MLS All Stars take on Bayern Munich tonight, in a game pits half of the United States men's national team versus half of the Germany men's national team. The primary goal is for the three D.

Filibuster podcast episode 91: D.C. United versus Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC, and Houston Dynamo

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On tap tonight: Ardent Craft Ales Honey Ginger, Brewer's Art Ozzy, and a Sazerac

The Filibuster crew is back in your earholes to talk all things D.C. United. We start off with both of the matches as a whole, and have to start with Edvin Jurisevic and all of his missed calls in the Houston Dynamo game.

D.C. United versus Real Salt Lake lineups: Struggling through missing players

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With both teams battling injuries, who will start for D.C. United against Real Salt Lake?

Despite some D.C. United players being in action tonight (more on that later), the next game that D.C. United plays as a full team will be this Saturday, when they travel to Utah to take on Real Salt Lake.

MLS transfer window closes today: What does that mean for D.C. United?

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The MLS transfer window closes today, but that doesn't mean that all transfers will stop.

Today is the last day of Major League Soccer's secondary registration window, popularly known as the transfer window, which opened on July 8. That means that the juicy rumors involving MLS teams ridiculously linked with unobtainable players will sharply drop.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, CONCACAF Champions League, and 2015 Women's World Cup links for Wednesday August 6th, 2014

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Crossbar challenges, all-stars, suspensions, nasty feet, and men named Tuffy. All that plus probably some other things in today's Freedom Kicks.

Today's round of Freedom Kicks is full of good news and bad news. It hits home for me, because if you're seeing this early, you'll probably see it while I drink some quality coffee (good news) and face up to the fact that I have no appropriate breakfast food because I skipped grocery shopping for beer shopping and may be starting my day with cookies (I'm an adult, so this is bad news).

Conor Doyle out for season after knee surgery

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Doyle done by meniscus injury apparently suffered in training, out 4-6 months

Per the team, D.C. United forwardConor Doyle suffered an injury to his right knee in training and underwent meniscus surgery yesterday, and is out for the remainder of the season (4-6 months is the expectation).

Prepare Your Heart...With Two Games Left, Spirit Race for the Playoffs Is On

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Washington (10-8-4, 34 pts) managed six massive points without leading scorer Jodie Taylor this week, with two 2-1 wins over Kansas City and Chicago at home.

Yael Averbuch's 94th minute game-winning rocket of a goal Saturday night sent Washington in the thick of the playoff race, nudging just ahead of Portland (9-7-6, 33 pts), Chicago (7-7-7, 28 pts), and Western New York and in striking distance of Kansas City (11-6-5, 38 pts.

Fantasy Focus: Just Nguyen Baby

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That was somewhat unexpected.

The lot of teams with double games this round was particularly helpful to a lot of teams this week, as scores all over the place were 80 and above. At the top of that list wasEagles Screaming with 105 points, led by a two D.C. United players. Bill Hamid ($5.0) earned a clean sheet and 16 points, while Bobby Boswell ($8.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, World Cup and other soccer links for Tuesday August 5

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Today, we turn outward to look within, and do other stuff that sounds deep and new-agey but isn't.

It's a quiet morning in the Nation's Capital, so enjoy it while you can. And, as always, dig into this morning's Freedom Kicks.

MLS Homegrown Players 0, Portland Timbers U-23 0 | Chipotle Homegrown Game Match Recap | MLSsoccer.

The Last Word on the (Continued) Hex in Houston

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In which we move onto the next one yet retain a bit of the same dread.

On short rest, D.C. United went to Houston to play a Dynamo team which was very clearly invigorated with the lineup additions of Demarcus Beasley and Luis Garrido in it, as Houston threw everything but the deep fryer at the D.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Land of Silence and Darkness

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We look back at last night and unrelated to same, wholeheartedly recommend Werner Herzog, or Paul F. Tompkins' interpretation of same.

Your truly spent most of the weekend in Charlotte meeting up with some friends and watching Liverpool playing AC Milan. The radar may not be completely in tuned, but we'll make due with what we have.

Late defensive disaster hands Will Bruin and the Houston Dynamo a goal, dooming D.C. United to a 1-0 defeat - Recap + Highlights

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In many ways, this was the quintessential United visit to Houston: The Dynamo were in charge for long stretches thanks to some sloppy DC giveaways and Houston's ability to win more 50/50 balls. However, the game appeared to be petering out to a draw until some extraordinarily bad defending in stoppage time gave Will Bruin the easiest goal he'll ever score.

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

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D.C. United has never had more trouble in a venue than they've had at BBVA Compass Stadium. Then again, United has never gotten to play the Houston Dynamo when they're as bad as they are and United is near the top of the standings. Is this the day the hex is broken? Join our gamethread as we find out.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Houston Dynamo

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The Houston Dynamo have made some big new additions, which should let them get a bit old school with their formation. Still, there are major vulnerabilities in central defense for D.C. United to attack, and there won't be many better chances for the Black-and-Red to finally win in Houston.

There's no place on earth like BBVA Compass Stadium if you're looking to make D.

D.C. United versus Houston Dynamo preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Houston blog Dynamo Theory

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In which Derek Stowers talks to us about DaMarcus Beasley, the Houston defense, and Dom Kinnear

D.C. United takes on the Houston Dynamo on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium. To preview the game, we got in touch with Derek Stowers from Dynamo Theory to get the lowdown on all things Orange (but not Oranje).

Report: Bobby Boswell will replace Omar Gonzalez on the 2014 MLS All-Star Team

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D.C. United probably deserved to have more players named to the 2014 All-Star Game, and it looks like something's being done to address that. Team captain Bobby Boswell appears to have been named to the roster as a replacement for Omar Gonzalez.

All-Star games are about snubs as much as anything else, and this year it seemed like D.

D.C. United versus Houston Dynamo lineup: The return of Espindola

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D.C. United will travel to Houston to take on the Dynamo; will we see Fabian Espindola?

After beating Toronto FC 3-0 on Wednesday night, D.C. United is back in action this weekend to take on the Houston Dynamo. Luckily, they will get an extra day of rest before heading to Houston to play a Sunday game.

MLS: Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United staff and reader predictions

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The Black-and-Red head to Space City this weekend to try and beat the Houston Dynamo on the road for the first time ever.

You can't really call it the unspoken truth anymore, since everyone keeps saying it, but D.C. United has never won a soccer game in Houston. They'll try to end that streak of futility against the Dynamo Sunday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Setting the stage: A perfect July leads to a busy August

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July is gone, and it was a month to remember for D.C. United. August, on the other hand, poses the biggest challenge the team has seen in years.

Major League Soccer wrapped up July's schedule on Wednesday night, and D.C. United had a big month as the league picked back up after its World Cup slowdown.

DC United, Washington Spirit, & Sundry Soccer Links for 1 August 2014

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The Washington Spirit and DC United are headed for the playoffs if they keep this up, while Brian Ching is headed for the woodshed in Eddie Johnson's twitter feed.

It's a great time to be alive if you're a DC soccer fan. Both our men and women are on a hot streak straight for the playoffs.