Black and Red United Archives for January 2015

D.C. United vs. Orlando City SC MLS preseason streaming, previews, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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The first game of any kind for United in 2015 is tonight against Orlando City.

Eighty-three days ago, D.C. United's 2014 season ended in particularly galling fashion. A bigger victory was won in the District's corridors of power in the meantime, but I imagine most of us are soccer fans for something other than complicated, decades-long stadium battles.

Four Washington Spirit players to join United States women's national team against France and England

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Four members of the Washington Spirit will join the United States women's national team in their games against France and England

Despite reports of a broken hand, Ashlyn Harris will be one of the four members of the Washington Spirit to join the United States women's national team for their matches against France and England.

Birnbaumed: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 30 January 2015

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Everybody's talking about Birnbaum.

We'll kick off today's Friday Freedom Kicks with some fan mail.

"Dear touchline, Where do you find your links?

Sincerely, Abigail Dimasio, Carlsbad, California"

Well, Abby, I don't know how the other Freedom Kickers find their links, but, for me, it's a complicated process, involving multi-layered contracts with IT facilities in the Philippines and Bangalore, who subcontract much of their work to an internet cafe in Senegal, funded with two offshore accounts in Grenada and the Canary Islands, using a couple runners who used to be Shining Path guerrillas but have since become Herbalife "independent distributors," who deliver most of the raw data on wax paper lining a donut box to a hulky Russian named Vlad in a flat above a leather goods store in Istanbul, who then reconstructs the raw data into a series of hypertext links, which are encrypted into the twitter feed of an unsuspecting 14-year-old girl in Syracuse who apparently hates her mother and is in love with some floppy-haired boy at school named Liam, from which I pull them for delivery to you, fresh, every Friday morning.

Africa Cup of Nations: Where Drawing Lots Happens

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You want drama? The Africa Cup of Nations has you covered as we take a look at Guinea and Mali drawing lots to determine who advances to the quarterfinals.

Earlier today, the Africa Cup of Nations reached fever pitch, as Guinea and Mali resorted to the often-fabled but rarely-realized tiebreaker of drawing lots to see who would advance out of Group D into the knockout stage of the biennial tournament today in Malobo, Equatorial Guinea.

Freedom Kicks for 29 January 2015: USMNT, Freddy Adu, and the Sacramento Kings

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We have links about the USMNT, Freddy Adu, and the Sacramento Kings.

At least last night's game was exciting, which many Camp Cupcake games are not. Here are the links!

Six Positive Takeaways from Chile 3-2 USA :: Soccer :: Lists :: Paste: Obviously, D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum is one of the positives.

D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum makes his USMNT debut in 3-2 loss at Chile

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United's Rookie of the Year candidate continued his rapid rise, performing well in his first cap as the United States lost an entertaining - if error-strewn - game against Chile.

It's been an eventful year for Steve Birnbaum. At this time in 2014, he was just getting his professional career started with D.

USMNT vs. Chile Friendly TV/streaming, previews, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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The United States has sent an experimental side - possibly playing an experimental formation - south to Chile for 2015's first friendly.

The USMNT really needs something to feel good about after a long string of disappointing results and even worse performances. In an effort to get things turned around, Jurgen Klinsmann appears to be ready to switch formations - again!

Filibuster podcast episode 116: D.C. United preseason, USMNT formation versus Chile

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On tap tonight: Bulleit Rye Old Fashioned, Lickinghole Creek Magic Beaver, Widmer Brothers Alchemy

Adam is back from his scouting trip to Alaska, and Filibuster is back in your ears. We start off by talking all things D.C. United preseason trialists: Andrew Driver and David Estrada, Rocket Rod Dyachenko, the center backs (Futty Danso, Rauwshawn McKenzie, and Sean St Ledger), and the goalkeeping trialists that are Diego Restrepo, Richard McCallum, and Riccardo Anedda.

USMNT vs. Chile live streaming: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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For the first time in over a decade, the USMNT is playing a friendly on CONMEBOL turf. Today's visit to Chile could see Jurgen Klinsmann's side experiment with a 352 against a Chilean side known worldwide for playing thrilling soccer using that very formation.

The last time we saw the USMNT, things did not go well.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and other soccer links for Wednesday January 28th, 2015

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MLS CBA analysis and a couple noteworthy trades around the league, news from United's preseason camp, and two pieces about a genius.

If I had an intro, I'd put it here. I don't have one though, because I'm bad at intros and it's late, so...

In pursuit of free agency, players could challenge MLS as single entity | Sports Illustrated
Normally I lead with D.

D.C. United jersey watch: Fourth teaser spot released

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D.C. United has released another tease of the new secondary jersey.

The D.C. United team store has been releasing teasers of the new secondary jersey throughout the past month. It started with a white area around the MLS badge, then a red area around the D.C. United crest, a D.C. United eagle surrounded by white on the back of the neck, and now there is a shot of the torso of the jersey that features red and white stripes.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Those Summers nights

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Tell me more, tell me more.

Here's a couple of future USMNT stars for you, no big deal. The USMNT plays Chile tomorrow (6 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1). Get it, guys! #BirdBomb4Eva

To the links!

Former Toronto FC defender Darren O'Dea bullish on the future of MLS - Goal.com
Tell you what, I like reading nice words about MLS.

D.C. United Transfer News and Rumors: Sean St Ledger Trialing

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Another center back on trial, this one with national team experience.

Steve Goff first mentioned (and D.C. United later confirmed via their website) that defender Sean St Ledger has been added to the roster as a trialist. The bulk of the center back's experience came with Preston North End from 2006-2011, where he amassed almost 200 games played, and most recently was on the roster of Ipswich Town in England's Football League Championship, but did not appear.

D.C. United COO: Team considering "beer and interactive gaming experiences" for new stadium focus

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D.C. United COO Tom Hunt talked with Washington Business Journal about Sunderland and the new D.C. United stadium at Buzzard Point.

As you saw in this morning's Freedom Kicks, D.C. United COO Tom Hunt talked with the Washington Business Journal about the team's partnership with Sunderland AFC.

Monday Freedom Kicks: First Week of Training Inbound

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Good news for a couple of Black and Red core members, CBA stuff, draft stuff, and Boyd Crowder tha gawd.

With the first full week of training camp about to happen, these are the happy days, the salad days as they say. So on with the links:

Perry Kitchen, Steve Birnbaum Break Camp With U.

D.C. United Transfer News and Rumors: Joel Condor Reportedly Training

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D.C. United may have quietly added a former Academy player to the training/trial list.

Peruvian journalist Victor Zafersonseems to indicate that D.C. United may have quietly brought in another player for training and/or trial purposes. If the name sounds familiar to a few of you, it is because Condor spent time in the Academy, playing next to Bill Hamid and Andy Najar for a time before deciding to sign internationally with Alianza Lima in the Peruvian First Division.

Perry Kitchen, Steve Birnbaum Break Camp With U.S. Team for Upcoming Friendlies

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D.C. United players look to see some National Team time before the Regular Season Starts

U.S. Soccer announced earlier today the 23 man roster that will make the trip to Santiago to play Chile on January 28 and at Stub Hub Center in Carson, California on February 8 against Panama. D.C. United fans will notice that Steve Birnbaum (who it should be noted celebrated his 24th birthday yesterday) and Perry Kitchen made the list immediately, but here is the whole roster for your perusal:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.

Eddie Johnson to miss at least three weeks for medical reasons

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D.C. United's designated player will miss at least a couple of weeks for medical reasons.

D.C. United has announced that forward Eddie Johnson will miss at least three weeks of preseason due to medical reasons, during which time he will be undergoing tests.

UPDATE: Eddie Johnson to miss 3 weeks of #DCUpreseason due to medical reasons.

Futty Danso, Diego Restrepo lead list of D.C. United trialists

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D.C. United has a slew of trialists competing for spots on the team.

D.C. United today announced their preseason roster, and includes eight trialists and two guest players. With a still unknown amount of roster spots available (due to CBA negotiations), United may keep trialists around for longer instead of letting them try and find other work.

A Concacafony of Links: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 23 January 2015

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Friday Freedom Kick yourself into the weekend.

What's up.

Thomas Floyd: D.C. United has hands full in CONCACAF Champions League - Goal.com: Ben Olsen and Chris Rolfe talk about DC's prospects in the Champions League matches ahead. Also, there's a sidebar of commentary about not having Sporting KC or Houston in the Eastern conference anymore.

Audio: Ben Olsen at Media Day

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The Black and Red gaffer is on wax for your earholes.

We are going to try some things here at B&RU, and with the help of (and thanks to) Steven Streff, we have audio of D.C. United coachBen Olsen speaking with the press today. You may have read some of the quotes today or even seen video of Olsen on newscasts (yeah yeah, I know, I know), but here is some context.

D.C. United striker Michael Seaton to miss 6-8 weeks after knee surgery

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United's homegrown forward will miss the start of the 2015 season.

Per a release from D.C. United, striker Michael Seaton will miss up to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery. According to the club, Seaton suffered a torn meniscus as well as a grade two MCL sprain (the latter of which will not require surgery).

Fabian Espindola is now a designated player

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D.C. United have made their mad genius their second designated player.

D.C. United announced today that Fabian Espindola has signed a new designated player contract with the team. The deal will likely keep Espindola in D.C. for the next couple of years, and rewards him for being the catalyst of United's offense last season.

Freedom Kicks for 22 January 2015: Bill Hamid, MLS CBA, and a sleeper bus

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Grab your coffee and get ready for some soccer linkage.

No witticisms or banter this morning, just sweet soccer links.

Major League Soccer - D.C. United Bill Hamid aiming for breakout season in MLS's 20th season - ESPN FC: Everyone loves Bill Hamid, and rightfully so. It is hard to imagine what a breakout season could be after last year, but I would take zero goals allowed.

D.C. United Transfer News and Rumors: Riccardo Anedda Reportedly To Trial

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A product of Serie A side Cagliari's youth set-up could be an interesting option for the backup to the backup.

A report from Italy claims that goalkeeper Riccardo Anedda will report at RFK Stadium tomorrow in order to trial for the open goalkeeper position on the squad behind Bill Hamid and Andrew Dykstra.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, MLS, and CONCACAF Champions League links for Wednesday January 21, 2015

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A look at Miguel Aguilar's past, a lot of Alajuelense news, and some MLS and USMNT news.

Wooooooo links!

Opinion: Soccer star Miguel Aguilar tells his inspiring story at Encina High, his alma mater | Sacramento Bee
This is a great piece from Marcos Breton on D.C. United's first round pick Miguel Aguilar, who has come a very long way to get to this point in his life and yet was speaking to kids at his high school the day after being picked in the draft.

D.C. United starting XI going into MLS preseason

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D.C. United starts training camp tomorrow, and so we will take a look at their projected starting XI.

Long-time readers of the site know that, throughout the season, we try to predict what lineup Ben Olsen will use for that week's game. In that spirit, and to mark the beginning of training camp, here is the team that I think will start the Concacaf Champions League game against L.

Conor Shanosky signs with Louisville City FC

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The former D.C. United center back signs with Louisville City FC.

Louisville City FC announced today that they have signed Conor Shanosky, the former D.C. United homegrown player who has mostly played out on loan. Shanosky played for the Richmond Kickers in the past two seasons; before that, he played for the Ft.

Filibuster podcast episode 115: 2015 MLS Draft, Jairo Arrieta, D.C. United jerseys

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On tap tonight: Hardywood Raspberry Stout, pure tap water, Victory Earth & Flame, and hot chocolate with Disaronno

The SuperDraft is over, and your SuperFilibuster crew are here to tell you all about it. Adam is on assignment on a frozen tundra somewhere, so Jason and Ben are joined by Ryan and Leanne about all things D.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: There will be haters

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Toronto FC officially signed Giovinco, the 2015 All-Star Game will be in Colorado, and Paul Breitner shows up twice BECAUSE HE CAN.

Hope everyone enjoyed their day off yesterday, if they had it, and if not, hope you had a not-terrible Monday. Today is Tuesday, which means it's time for your weekly "where will Leanne insert German soccer" links.

D.C. United's positional needs: Center backs

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Our look at United's roster continues with a focus on central defense.

With the MLS draft out of the way, we can get back to talking about D.C. United's roster and where the club needs to add players. In the distant past we took a look at United's goalkeeping situation; today, we focus on the center backs.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Happy Birthday Jaime Moreno

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We remind you to pay your respects to San Jaime, quietly wonder what the CBA will look like (since Toronto keeps adding DPs) and recut 2001.

Before we get into kicks, D.C. United legend Jaime Moreno turns 41 today. Memo to Don Garber: a trophy in Moreno's honor would be appreciated, OK?

With that, on with the links:

For DC United duo Perry Kitchen and Steve Birnbaum, USMNT call-ups just the first step | MLSsoccer.

SuperDraft Reactions: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 16 January 2015

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The results of the MLS SuperDraft.

You guys.

Seriously.

Friday Freedom Kicks:

D.C. United building depth ahead of 2015 campaign - Goal.com: "The team will audition some trialists in search of a new third-string goalkeeper, and Olsen said United could use more cover across the back line.

MLS Draft 2015: D.C. United selects Maryland Terrapins midfielder Dan Metzger with the 42nd overall pick

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United "saved the best for last," to quote the man directly, in taking Maryland Terrapins defensive midfielder Dan Metzger.

With their second pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected midfielder Dan Metzger, a co-captain at the University of Maryland. The Holmdel, NY native is a former USA under-18 national team player and three-year starter for the Terps under head coach Sasho Cirovski.

Ben Olsen and Dave Kasper talk 2015 MLS SuperDraft

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Our own Steven Streff caught up with Ben Olsen and Dave Kasper at the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.

Steven Streff, the newest edition to our writing staff, was able to catch up with Ben Olsen and Dave Kasper and ask them a couple of questions about today's draft.

Ben Olsen

On Miguel Aguilar: "We think he translates, not only to our team and how we play, but he also translates to the league.

MLS Draft 2015: D.C. United selects University of San Francisco forward Miguel Aguilar in the first round

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United went out west for the second year running, taking Miguel Aguilar of the San Francisco Dons.

With the 17th pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected Miguel Aguilar, a forward out of the University of San Francisco. Aguilar likely projects as a wide midfielder more than as a striker in MLS, and was played on the right wing at the MLS Combine.

MLS Draft 2015 Live Thread: Streaming coverage as D.C. United picks 17th and 42nd overall

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All the details on today's Superdraft, plus video to follow along!

The 2015 MLS SuperDraft is today, and that means...well, something for D.C. United. With a late first round pick (17th overall) and the very last pick of the second round (42nd), United won't have a shot at the slam-dunk prospects out there.

Freedom Kicks, 2015 MLS Draft Day Edition

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It is the MLS SuperDraft day, and here are the things you need to know.

Even though the SuperDraft is always "waning in importance," there are still good players to be found and smart teams that can find them. United has a good track record over the past five to six years, so let's hope they keep that streak alive.

Rod Dyachenko to go on trial with D.C. United

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It is not April Fools or Dia de los Inocentes: according to Steve Goff, Rod Dyachenko is on trial.

In hilarious news today, Steve Goff told us of a new trialist that will be coming to D.C. United.

Blast from past: Rod Dyachenko (#DCU 2006-08) will go on trial with D.C. United.

Theorizing the new D.C. United secondary jersey

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With the first sneak peak at the new D.C. United secondary jersey being released today, we briefly stop to think about what the Black-and-Red will sport when away from the friendly confines of RFK Stadium.

Earlier this morning, D.C. United's Team Store Twitter account released the second of what will be several photos to offer a sneak peak of the 2015 secondary jersey.

MLS player transfers: D.C. United acquires Costa Rican forward Jairo Arrieta from Orlando City

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Well I certainly didn't expect this.

D.C. United announced this morning that they had traded an international roster slot to Orlando City SC (for the second time this offseason) in exchange for Costa Rican forward Jairo Arrieta. OCSC had acquired Arrieta from Columbus Crew SC in last month's expansion draft after the forward had dropped down Gregg Berhalter's depth chart in C-Bus.

Will Inter send redundant players to D.C. United? Maybe someday.

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Erick Thohir, owner of D.C. United and Inter, is talking about sending players to MLS.

These are the kinds of rumors that I hoped to be hearing from the minute that Erick Thohir bought Inter Milan. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, an Italian sports newspaper, Erick Thohir's new idea for the team is to try and send any of the players that are redundant but that he cannot sell during the January window to D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USWNT, and MLS links for Wednesday January 14th, 2015

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Alajuelense's dealing with CCL suspensions, Jozy Altidore and Mix Diskerud are coming to MLS, a few other teams made moves, and Ronaldo is going to play in the NASL because NASL.

True story: I googled "D.C. United" last night looking for stories to link. Every single story whose main subject was United, or a player currently on the team, was a B&RU story.

D.C. United fans celebrate the future of a Buzzard Point stadium with champagne and a shovel

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In celebration of the Soccer Stadium Act becoming law, a group of D.C. United fans met at Buzzard Point to toast the future stadium and scope out the stadium site.

Filibuster podcast episode 114: Previewing the 2015 MLS SuperDraft with Travis Clark

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We preview the 2015 MLS SuperDraft with Travis Clark of Top Drawer Soccer before turning to the recent D.C. United news.

It is MLS SuperDraft week, and that means that it is time for our yearly chat with Top Drawer Soccer's Travis Clark, the expert on all things college soccer. We talk about Cyle Larin, Cristian Roldan, and the other top players in the draft, the depth (or lack thereof) of talent in this draft, and the various goalkeepers in the draft (and where D.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: There's a new headband in town

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Markus Halsti and his headband join the Black-and-Red, and FIFA gave out some awards.

I'm ready for links. Are you ready for links?

D.C. United officially announces the signing of Markus Halsti - Black And Red United
Hair? Headband? Halsti, I already like you.

MLS Wrap: The latest on Altidore, multiple teams targeting Kljestan, and more - Goal.

Alajuelense player suspended ahead of D.C. United matches

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CONCACAF puts the banhammer down.

The Alajuelense websiteposted that CONCACAF has finally put the sanctions down on them as a result of their brawl with Cruz Azul at the end of Champions League group play in October. Midfielder Kevin Sancho Ramos has been suspended for six games, and the team has been fined $20,000.

MLS Mock Draft 2015: United "selects" Andy Thoma and Akeil Barrett in SB Nation's Mock Draft

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When it comes to the MLS SuperDraft, United's "best player available" policy has been successful. We stuck to that idea in picking Andy Thoma and Akeil Barrett in SBN's mock draft.

Let's start with the good news: D.C. United's record in recent editions of the MLS Superdraft has been stellar.

D.C. United officially announces the signing of Markus Halsti

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The rumored signing is now official.

D.C. United today officially announced the rumored signing of Finnish international Markus Halsti. Halsti can play as a center back or as a full back, but has recently been playing as a defensive midfielder. He seems likely to come in and take over for Davy Arnaud for the starting spot alongside Perry Kitchen, and provides the team with flexibility in their substitution patterns mid-game.

Monday Freedom Kicks: 10 Days Until They Report

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We examine more prospects, SUPER MAX DPs, wonder if Alajuelense may be busy even if they don't play D.C. United, and recommend you check out Marc Maron if you haven't yet.

USMNT: Perry Kitchen and Steve Birnbaum of D.C. United get called up by Jurgen Klinsmann - Black And Red United: Jurgen Klinsmann may think Perry Kitchen is a defender because Jurgen Klinsmann thinks it's 2011 or something.

Zach Thornton to D.C. United as Goalkeeper Coach?

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The MLS veteran would be a nice fit for the role.

Sam Stejskalhas indicated that former goalkeeper Zach Thornton may about to be the new D.C. United goalkeepers coach, replacing Preston Burpo. Thornton played for 15 years in MLS, most of that time with the Chicago Fire. Since his last days as a goalkeeper with Chivas USA, he has been a goalkeeper coach, first with his alma mater the Loyola Greyhounds, and most recently was goalkeeper coach of the Villanova men's and women's teams.

USMNT: Perry Kitchen and Steve Birnbaum of D.C. United get called up by Jurgen Klinsmann

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United's midfield linchpin Kitchen and center back Birnbaum get called up, while goalkeeper Bill Hamid will miss camp to rehab a shoulder injury.

Jurgen Klinsmann's winter USMNT camp roster was released today, and D.C. United saw more than one name on the list for the first time in ages. Midfielder Perry Kitchen and center back Steve Birnbaum will head out to California for what has become known as "Camp Strudel.

D.C. United cannot spend what it doesn't have, and other unpleasant possibilities on Buzzard Point.

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In which we attempt to tamp down some things and possibly calibrate others.

Look, I like new stadiums. I go to them so I hope D.C. United can ruin the parties of those they may help open, I go to them to meet new folks and enjoy new experiences. I participated inour wishlist of what we want a new stadium to have in, out and around Buzzard Point.

Bryan Namoff's suit against D.C. United will not go to trial

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D.C. United will not be going through a jury trial this February.

Bryan Namoff's suit against D.C. United, Tom Soehn, and others will not go trial, as Steve Goff reported today. The trial was set to begin on February 23, but the pre-trial conference scheduled for this week has been cancelled and the status of the case has been set to closed.

The Crazy Continues: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 9 January 2015

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Red Bull fans are raising money to tell Red Bull where they can stick it.

Last Friday Freedom Kicks focused like a laser on NYCFC's Lampardgate fiasco. Today, we're going to get started with a little NYRB Petkegate fiasco.

Look, if you're sick of all these soccer-related fiascos, you can treat yourself to theGreenport Peter Pan fiasco, although that's also straight out of New York.

D.C. United to open its preseason on January 22

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D.C. United has released their full preseason schedule.

D.C. United has announced their full preseason schedule today and will be opening camp on January 22 in Washington before traveling to Bradenton, Florida, on January 24. While in Florida, they will play three games, with one of those games rumored to be against a Swedish team.

Meet the 2014 B&RU All-Reader XI

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With a new year upon us, we recognize those readers who most helped to make Black and Red United the vibrant community it is.

Another calendar year has come and gone. The year 2014 will go down as possibly the most important year in D.C. United history, and it was a fantastic year here at the virtual soccer pub that is Black and Red United.

Freedom Kicks for 8 January 2015: An onslaught of MLS news

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The sheer tonnage of news that came out yesterday was incredible, but we're here to help you sort through it.

Starting at midnight, yesterday featured such an onslaught of MLS heretofore unmatched in a single day. When finding these links, I almost forgot that Steven Gerrard's signing had been officially announced.

Concina and Burpo leave D.C. United Coaching Staff

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One more a surprise than the other. Does Mike Petke know how to teach goalkeeping?

Hot on the heels of news of D.C. United assistant coach Enzo Concina returning to Canada to be an assistant coach for the Montreal Impact, Goff reports that Concina did not have his contract renewed. The bigger surprise is the departure of goalkeepers coach Preston Burpo, who Goff says declined a contract renewal to move out West.

D.C. United may be close to signing Markus Halsti of Malmo FF

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D.C. United may be close to signing a midfielder/defender out of the top tier of Swedish soccer.

D.C. United has been rumored to be close to signing at least one player out of one of the Scandanavian leagues, and now the rumor mill has churned out a name. Markus Halsti, a defender/midfielder out of Malmo FF, is the man rumored to be signing with D.

D.C. United Schedule 2015: MLS releases the league's full slate of matches

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MLS has released the full 2015 schedule for D.C. United and the rest of the league.

Major League Soccer has already teased D.C. United fans with two confirmed matches on the schedule (March 7th at home against the Montreal Impact and March 22nd on the road against the New York Red Bulls). We've also previously learned that the entire MLS season will kick off in LA, where the Galaxy will host the Chicago Fire.

What do we want in a new D.C. United stadium?

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Now that the D.C. Council has approved and the (now former) mayor has signed the soccer stadium bills into law, let's start counting some eggs and asking what it is we want the new building on Buzzard Point to look like.

After all the kermit-celebration-dot-gifs and it's-happening-dot-gifs and hamid-roar-for-no-reason-dot-gifs, now we D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, CONCACAF Champions League, and MLS links for Wednesday January 6th, 2015

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Some D.C. United news - including tidbits on LD Alajuelense, United's CCL quarterfinal opponent - as well as a metric ton of MLS news. Plus: Panenka!

Yesterday was eventful. Let's get right into it:

3 D.C. United players to U.S. national team camp | Soccer Insider
Per Steve Goff, three key D.

D.C. United assistant coach Enzo Cocina looks to be headed to Montreal Impact

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D.C. United's Italian assistant looks to be headed to the most Italian of all MLS teams.

As per TSN reporter Tony Marinaro, it looks like D.C. United assistant coach Enzo Concina is leaving D.C. United to head to the Montreal Impact, serving as an assistant coach under Frank Klopas.

BREAKING: Hearing former DC United Asst Coach & former #IMFC defender ENZO CONCINA will join @impactmontreal as Assistant Coach to F.

D.C. United's positional needs: Goalkeepers

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As the preseason approaches, we're taking a look at D.C. United's roster and figuring out where the biggest needs are.

Believe it or not, we're only a little over two weeks from the start of D.C. United's preseason. Maybe it's just me, but this seems hard to believe given what has been a very quiet offseason thus far for the Black-and-Red.

Filibuster podcast episode 113: MLS Hate Index, Bill Hamid, Luis Silva

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On tap tonight: Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Reserve, Manhattan with Aztec Chocolate Bitters, Stone Arrogant Bastard

After a week off for the holidays, the Filibuster crew is rested and ready to take on 2015! We start by walking our way through the Hate Index, which measures the teams that are least hated and most hated by D.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Petition for an MLS Insider piece on Talon

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What if the EPL had playoffs? What if all soccer players were 5'11" and 189 lbs? What if MLS didn't have mascots?!

Welcome to your first Tuesday Freedom Kicks of 2015, folks. This year, I resolve to...keep sharing links with you.

ESPN to be available for web streaming for $20 a month - More Sports - SI.

Michael Seaton named to Jamaica's U-20 World Cup qualifying team

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D.C. United homegrown player Michael Seaton will be playing for Jamaica's U-20 national team this January.

Michael Seaton, D.C. United's homegrown forward, has been named by Jamaica to their squad for Concacaf's qualifying tournament for the U-20 World Cup. The tournament will be held in Jamaica, whose Group A will also contain Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama, USA and Guatemala.

D.C. United and FC Dallas to face Jönköpings Södra IF during the preseason

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D.C. United and FC Dallas will be together in two states during the preseason: Florida and Texas.

A report out of Sweden's Jönköpings-Posten has clarified D.C. United's preseason schedule a little further. Before traveling to Austin for the ATX Pro Challenge, D.C. United will apparently travel to Florida as a part of their training camp.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Birnbaum, Hamid, Kitchen With Resolutions

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We celebrate the possible (well, likely recognition) of several D.C. United players to the U.S. National Team Camp, wonder why can't Arsene Wenger can't zip a jacket up and mourn for Merseyside.

While New Year's is nice and fancy, the first Monday is possibly when everyone is starting resolutions.

2015 New Years Resolutions For D.C. United

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With a new year upon us, we give D.C United five goals to accomplish in 2015. Can the team continue its stadium progress? Will the trophy case continue to expand?

We've already taken a look back at the goals that we set for D.C. United in 2014 - a year in which our beloved team made significant progress on and off the field.

Bill Hamid, Perry Kitchen and Steve Birnbaum to US Camp in January?

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Possible good news for some of D.C. United's spine through the middle, and a rumor or two.

Steven Goff of the Washington Post mentionedvia Twitter Saturday that D.C. United players Bill Hamid, Perry Kitchen and Steve Birnbaum are all the preliminary list for the United States National Team camp, due to begin a week from Monday in Carson, California.

Storylines to Watch in 2015 for D.C. United

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In which we try to put some things on your radar.

You've had reviews. You've also had resolutions. And we're sure that you are going to have previews to go with the reviews. But in the interim, there are some things we would like for you to keep an eye on. They are things of various import and consequence, but they would all seem to have some sort of impact on D.

Lampardonne moi! DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 2 January 2015

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What if you threw a Lampardy and no one came? What if Alex Morgan married someone who is not you? What if Orlando City makes the 2015 playoffs? A shaky start to the new year!

Whew, boy! Freedom Kicks today is all aflutter with the fallout from the Frank Lampard drama. It is an absolute trainwreck for NYCFC and MLS.

The winners of the 2014 Benny Awards are here!

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The votes have been cast, and now the results are in. Congrats to the winners of the 2014 Benny Awards!

And now it is time to finally close the book on the 2014 season, with the results of the 2014 Benny Awards. After such a successful season all of the players deserve congratulations, but these are the players who deserve special recognition.

Freedom Kicks for 1 January 2015: Happy New Year

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Frank Lampard's contract news blew up soccer Twitter last night.

Freedom Kicks are still a little sleepy, but coming to you on this Thursday morning. So get the coffee ready, and go back to bed if you need to after reading these need-to-know soccer links.

Did New York City mischaracterize Lampard's contract?