Black and Red United Archives for January 2015

Bobby Boswell suspended for the first leg of D.C. United's MLS playoff series against the New York Red Bulls

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The MLS Disciplinary committee has handed out a punishment for an off-the-ball incident involving Boswell and Agudelo.

Steve Goff of the Washington Post, speaking to Bobby Boswell and D.C. United, is reporting that Boswell will be suspended for the home leg of United's Eastern Conference semifinal duel with the New York Red Bulls for an off-the-ball incident involving Juan Agudelo of the New England Revolution:

Bobby Boswell confirms he has been suspended for Sunday's MLS playoff match vs.

A look back at D.C. United's 2015 games against the New York Red Bulls

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United played the Metros three times in 2015, losing twice, while handing back the Atlantic Cup

So we meet again. 2014 marked the first time in the first 19 seasons of playoffs in Major League Soccer that the New York Red Bulls knocked out D.C. United. Thanks to the Montreal Impact's win over Toronto FC on Thursday, the Black-and-Red will have another opportunity to take down the Bulls, with United set to host the first leg at 3 PM on Sunday, November 1 , with the return leg in New Jersey a week later.

Escape from Qatar: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 30 October 2015

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Happy Halloween.

It's Friday Freedom Kicks. I know you're still hungover from Wednesday night. But you gotta pull it together.

Kevin Spacey says he gave a pep talk to D.C. United before they won their elimination game - WaPo: This was mentioned by a commenter yesterday, prompting dreams of DC United visiting President Underwood for a photo op in the East Room.

The Last Word on D.C. United 2-1 New England Revolution: Onto the Next One

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In which we are surprised, and not out of the woods by any stretch.

One couldn't be faulted for being pessimistic of D.C. United's chances of beating the New England Revolution Wednesday night; they'd just gotten kilt in a 5-0 thrashing, and the squad's old bones of its key players would have a training session or two to regroup.

D.C. United 2-1 New England Revolution: The GIFs

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In which we have some moments that mattered.

In wasn't without its fun and drama, but at the end, D.C. United managed to gut out a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution that gave one team happy feelings before their two-leg series starting Sunday, while another wondered what happened.

So let's look at some GIFs, shall we?

D.C. United 2-1 New England Revolution: Player Ratings

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Our first postseason foray into this, so bear with us.

One could be forgiven for thinking that coming into Wednesday, that D.C. United would fight, yet ultimately drop their playoff game to the New England Revolution. But fight they did, en route to a 2-1 win on a rainy night at RFK that those who attended will remember with smiles on their faces.

D.C. United and MLS Cup Playoffs links: Freedom Kicks for 29 October 2015

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Somehow we must all struggle through today when we'd rather watch DeLeon's backheel on repeat.

I'm still trying to recover from last night, and I'm sure you are too. Here are some things to read as we wake up.

Chris Rolfe keeps D.C. United's playoff run alive with late winner in 2-1 win over the New England Revolution - Black And Red United: There will be more links coming in The Last Word, but relive United's win with our recap.

Chris Rolfe keeps D.C. United's playoff run alive with late winner in 2-1 win over the New England Revolution

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After missing a penalty in the second half, Rolfe won it for United in the 83rd minute, sending the Black-and-Red on in the MLS Playoffs

Falling behind to a spectacular Juan Agudelo goal in the first half, D.C. United would have to do what they have done all season at RFK Stadium to advance in the playoffs with a win over the New England Revolution.

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

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It's all or nothing tonight as United hosts the Revs in an MLS Eastern Conference knockout game.

Somehow, MLS hasn't seen a playoff meeting between D.C. United and the New England Revolution in 9 years, and tonight's knockout round game will be just the fifth postseason meeting between two MLS originals ever.

Keys to Victory: 5 things D.C. United needs to do to win their MLS playoff match against the New England Revolution

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United has done fairly well against the Revs in recent times, and these steps have all been a part of that.

Amidst the gloom that has moved into the DC region - both in terms of weather and in terms of the local soccer team's hopes - D.C. United has been handed one piece of good news: The New England Revolution have found it tough to play their best soccer against the Black-and-Red.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution predictions: Will United make it to the next round?

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Can D.C. United bounce back after their disaster against Columbus?

D.C. United take on the New England Revolution tonight in the knockout round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. We are evenly split on how we think United will do, so please let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

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When you're coming off your worst loss on the road since 1997, you'd expect to see some guys benched for a week to think about what they've done, and to feel shame for it.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution, MLS playoffs 2015: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The Black-and-Red have to pick themselves up and be at their best tonight against the Revs in tonight's knockout round game.

Just about every reasonable person with an opinion on the subject predicted that D.C. United and the New England Revolution would be somewhere in the playoff places within MLS's Eastern Conference.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Playoff Kickoff

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Previews, previews, previews, and a dusting of stadium news. Is it 7:30 yet?

Hi, I'm filling it for Jason today. We've put in some work yesterday and will be putting in work today, starting in an hour. So pull up a chair, let's get rolling:

We've got previews and quotes from training on D.

Opposition 11: Who will the New England Revolution start in tomorrow's MLS playoff game against D.C. United?

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The Revs have to sort through several options up front and on the flanks to pick their lineup for tonight's game against United.

Two teams who have not been good down the stretch will meet tomorrow when D.C. United hosts the New England Revolution in the knockout round of the MLS Cup playoffs.

With Columbus behind them, D.C. United turn to the decisive MLS playoff game against New England

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That loss was bad, but Ben Olsen has his players trying to forget previous form ahead of single elimination game against the New England Revolution

It would be easy for D.C. United to dwell on Sunday's poor performance in a 5-0 loss to the Columbus Crew SC. A bad opening 30 minutes was moderately improved upon late in the first half, but it all fell apart after the break.

Who can D.C. United count on against the New England Revolution in tomorrow's MLS Playoff match?

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Unmoored, our ship is without a rudder or an anchor or a sail but still has 11 oars -- will they all put their back into it?

Whether D.C. United beats the New England Revolution Wednesday night depends upon the best of each DC player showing up - the exact opposite of what happened in Columbus.

A look back at D.C. United's 2015 games against the New England Revolution

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Ahead of tomorrow's playoff game, we take a look back at this year's meetings between two MLS originals.

We were all hoping not to be in this position in the 2015 MLS Playoffs, but after Sunday's embarassing 5-0 loss to the Columbus Crew, D.C. United now have to host the New England Revolution for the right to play in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Filibuster podcast episode 154: A chemically taste that is bad

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We have to get through the Columbus Crew SC game to get to the playoffs.

It is Tuesday, and Filibuster is back and is sad. We have to talk about D.C. United's 5-0 demolition at the hands of Columbus Crew SC, and we start by asking if we can remember a worse performance by United. We also talk about whether United is the team that beat the Chicago Fire or the team that lost to Crew SC and what is the difference between those two extermes.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution lineup: MLS Cup Playoffs knockout round

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Ben Olsen will have some things to figure out come tomorrow night.

After a crushing disappointment against Columbus Crew SC, D.C. United must regroup and take on the New England Revolution in the knockout round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. The two previous games found D.C. United finding some cohesion with a one of the first stable lineups they had all season; the loss to Columbus has thrown all of that back in the air.

Fantasy Focus: The Curtain Falls

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Who stands alone atop the league?

The 2015 MLS Fantasy season is over. The scoring leader in the final round was DemonBarber12, who scored 89 points. Didier Drogba (MTL) set the pace with an armband-aided 24 points on the strength of two goals. Meanwhile, both Sacha Kljestan (NYR) and Waylon Francis (CLB) scored 11 points, with Kljestan tallying a goal and an assist, and Francis tallying a clean sheet and an assist.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 34: Decision Day

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It all came down to one final day of soccer, but the last week of the MLS Power Rankings sees who made the playoff cut and whose offseason has already begun.

Week 34 started off with a midweek match between Sporting Kansas City and the Colorado Rapids, but it was Sunday where all the fireworks popped and the playoff brackets became set in stone.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: If that's a veiled criticism of me

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I won't hear it and I won't respond to it.

Good morning, friends. Tomorrow United will decide whether to cut their playoffs run abruptly short or keep things going. I certainly hope they opt for the latter, but the prospect of the former is making me a big ball of nervousness in the meantime.

D.C. United MLS Playoff Preview

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A quick rundown on the Eastern Conference's #4 seed.

How D.C. United got to the playoffs: 15W-6D-13L (51 points), 4th place in the East

What's the outlook?: Grim. United has lost 6 of their last 9 league games, with the 2 wins and 1 draw coming against teams that finished the season in 17th, 20th, and 19th place respectively.

The Last Word on D.C. United 0-4 Columbus Crew: Well That's No Good

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We wonder which team shows up Wednesday.

D.C. United went into Sunday's game with Columbus Crew SC controlling their destiny: win and have a week to rest and recuperate while the teams below them tore each other apart midweek? Now? They've got to be one of those teams, following a 5-0 shellacking that the Black and Red hadn't seen since Bill Clinton was serving his second term in office.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution MLS playoff game to be shown on CSN+ and UniMas

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If you don't get UniMas, fear not! CSN has you covered.

We already knew that D.C. United's playoff game this Wednesday, against the New England Revolution, was to be shown nationally on UniMas. For those who don't get UniMas, or who prefer an English language option, the game will now be shown on CSN+

#DCU #MLSCupPlayoffs game vs #NERevs to be broadcast live on @CSNMA Plus, Wed 730p.

D.C. United 0-5 Columbus Crew SC: Player Ratings

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In which we try to look at the awfulness.

Did you see the picture of this post? Dogs! Look at the dogs! Cute dogs! We're still going to relive the massacre at MAPFRE, but I wanted you to see the dogs. Because I care about you, man.

Bill Hamid - 5.5

The Meram goal was perhaps one that Bill wants back, but the rest are ones where he was definitely hung out to dry.

D.C. United needs to play like they give a shit

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Against Columbus on Sunday. They didn't, and it showed.

I think most of you know that I'm one who likes to get into the tactics and think about where things went wrong after a loss - which individual match-ups worked or didn't, which areas of the field determined the outcome of the game, why a particular moment was big and important - but Sunday night's disaster doesn't really lend itself to any of that.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Evisceration Day

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Recaps all around, documenting the last days of Hollywood actors and so much gloom!

Not going to lie, today is going to be tough. Starting with this:

The 5-0 loss equals @dcunited's worst-ever @MLS defeat (at KC in 1997).

D.C. United capitulate on Decision Day in 5-0 loss to Columbus Crew

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Sans Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain, Columbus had little trouble picking apart the Black-and-Red in a commanding 5-0 win

D.C. United went from second place to fourth place in the Eastern Conference on Sunday, as they were completely outplayed on Decision Day, losing 5-0 to the Columbus Crew.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew SC MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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A bye to the Eastern Conference semifinals is up for grabs in Ohio today between United and the Crew.

Major League Soccer's twentieth regular season ends today, and for D.C. United that means a road game against Columbus Crew SC. Both teams can clinch the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a win, while United can also finish second with a draw provided Toronto FC doesn't win by 2 or more goals in Montreal (a game that will take place at the same time thanks to MLS's "Decision Day" timing).

Keys to Victory: 5 things D.C. United needs to do to beat the Columbus Crew

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United will have to approach things a little differently than normal today against a unique Crew team.

After a season with 42 competitive games, D.C. United can earn themselves a full week to rest up and prepare for their playoff opener with a win (and probably a draw as well) against Columbus Crew SC today.

USA vs. Brazil 2015 Friendly live stream: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

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The U.S. women's national team look to get a win in Lauren Holiday and Lori Chalupny's last international game.

If you're feeling some deja vu right now, don't worry—it's just because the USWNT played Brazil less than a week ago and today face them again on their neverending Victory Tour.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew SC MLS 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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A first round bye is up for grabs today as the Black-and-Red visit Columbus in the regular season finale.

The 2015 regular season ends today for every club in MLS, and the highlight of the early games is D.C. United's trip to Ohio to face Columbus Crew SC. The winner of this game gets a bye to the Eastern Conference semifinals, which comes with the significant prize of not having to play a potentially season-ending game midweek.

Opposition 11: Who will the Columbus Crew start against D.C. United tomorrow?

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Gregg Berhalter has a lot to deal with tomorrow as two missing stars have weakened his team for United's visit.

With the MLS Cup playoffs potentially just four days away, D.C. United has been given a nice dress rehearsal tomorrow against Columbus Crew SC. The game is on national TV, the opponent is strong, and for the Black-and-Red it's a very good test of whether the last two games were wins because United has improved their play or because they played two bad teams in the form of NYCFC and Chicago.

Which Eastern Conference team should D.C. United prefer to see first in the MLS Cup Playoffs?

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There are five different teams the Black-and-Red could see first in the playoffs, and we're sorting out who would be the most favorable opponent.

With MLS's decision to play the important games all at the same time (a good call) and hype it up as "Decision Day" (less thrilled about that name), D.

D.C. United versus Columbus Crew SC staff and reader predictions

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D.C. United plays their last regular season game with a lot still on the line.

D.C. United takes on Columbus Crew SC in their regular season finale, and we are split between wins and draws. Let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

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A first round bye is on the line in Columbus as United plays a Crew team that will be missing Kei Kamara and Federico Higuaín due to yellow card accumulation.

Fantasy Focus: Fabulous Fanendo

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Much ado about Adi

There was a three-way tie atop the league this round, as Arnaud He Didn't, Bitchin Kitchen, and Benny's Rage Strokes each scored 119 points. Arnaud He Didn't were led by captain Sacha Kljestan (NYR, $10.7) with 20 points on an assist, followed by Jesse Gonzalez (DAL, $4.4) with 16 points on two clean sheets, and Michael Barrios (DAL, $8.

MLS Match Prediction Game Week 34: The Final Act

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D.C. United enter the final week of the Match Prediction Game looking for a big away win against the Columbus Crew.

The winner of Week 33 is DavidRusk with 24 points. As a prize, you get to be Mayor for a Day. It may not be as great as being Mayor of Albuquerque, but I had to give you something.

Three's Company: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 23 October 2015

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DC superlatives, a Nazi doll, and another MLS team called United.

This is the last Friday Freedom Kicks of the 2015 Regular Season.

Handing out awards for D.C. United's 2015 season - Washington Post Express: Among other award winners, Kofi Opare comes away with "most pleasant surprise.

D.C. United officially unveiled 20 years ago this week

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Twenty years ago this week, D.C. United became D.C. United.

The 2015 season is the 20th season of operation for Major League Soccer and 2016 will mark 20 years since the first games were played in 1996. When it was founded, the United States had been without a top-tier professional league since 1984, when the original North American Soccer League folded.

D.C. United versus Columbus Crew SC lineup: Don't fix what isn't broken

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D.C. United is back on their winning ways, so why would they make any changes?

D.C. United takes on Columbus Crew SC in the final matchup of the regular season on Sunday, and there is still drama despite the fact that both teams have clinched the playoffs. United can end up anywhere between second and fourth place in the Eastern Conference, so a win is still important for them; Crew SC can end up anywhere between second and fifth, so they will be intent at avoiding the first round.

Freedom Kicks: Jurgen Klinsmann, Jason Kreis, Alex Morgan, and soccer links for 22 October 2015

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So many bombshells dropping all over the place.

Klinsmann's power struggle at U.S. Soccer; Kreis out at NYCFC? - Planet Futbol - SI.com: There is so much to break down in this article from Grant Wahl, and none of it paints the respective teams in a good light.

Jurgen Klinsmann's service as technical director and coach has been a rallying point for his supporters, saying that he should not be judged on USMNT results alone.

D.C. United to face Queretaro FC of Liga MX in CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals

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United will face Queretaro in one of four MLS-Liga MX match ups in the quarterfinals

D.C. United finally learned their seed and quarterfinal opponent for next year's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday night, as the Black-and-Red will face off against Queretaro FC of Mexico next February and March.

USA vs. Brazil 2015 Friendly live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The USWNT will look to send Shannon Boxx into retirement on a winning note tonight against As Canarinhas.

The United States has lined up against overmatched opponents in their previous four Victory Tour matches, but tonight the USWNT will take on Brazil, a strong side who made the knockout rounds of this summer's Women's World Cup.

Filibuster podcast episode 153: A Dragon Shaped Boat for War

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A happier podcast than many of the recent ones, especially since we refuse to talk about the USMNT!

Filibuster is a little late but always here for you. Adam, Jason, and Ben talk about D.C. United's 4-0 win over the Chicago Fire, and ask whether or not this was United's best performance of the year.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 33: Final countdown

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We're almost at the end of this season's Power Rankings...who makes the playoff cut?

We are now down to the final week. Week 33 gave us a ton of action and the clinching of the top seeds in both conferences: FC Dallas in the West, and the New York Red Bulls in the East. We also saw Columbus Crew SC, Toronto FC, the Montreal Impact, and the Vancouver Whitecaps claim their spots in the postseason.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, NWSL, and USWNT links for Wednesday October 21, 2015

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There might be some bad news coming our way with regards to the number of world champions playing soccer nearby.

I went to my old stomping grounds in College Park last night to watch the Maryland Terrapins take on the Delaware Blue Hens. I thought it would be fun, and the forecast said it would be around 60 with little to no wind or precipitation.

Is this the first official hint at a DC United badge change?

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D.C. United may be dropping hints about the rumored upcoming badge change.

Rumors have been out there for months that D.C. United that D.C. United will be soon making changes to its badge for the first time since 1998. Some rumors state that it could be coming as soon as November, though I would think that they would wait until after the playoffs to make any such announcement.

Alvaro Saborio Extends Contract For One Year, Reports Alvaro Saborio

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Looks like we may have the Tico for another year after all.

In a video interview with Costa Rica's Tico Deporte, D.C. United forward Alvaro Saborio might have let slip that he has extended his time with the Black and Red.

The interview (which you can see here, and also includes a PDF transcript) covers his time and thoughts about the National Team and players on it, and how he came to Real Salt Lake.

MLS Playoff Scenarios for the Final Week

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The Eastern Conference playoff teams are mostly decided, but there could be some drama in the West.

With just one weekend (and one game this Wednesday night -- who makes these schedules?) left in the MLS regular season, it makes sense to look at the playoff scenarios for every team that's still alive.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Where you lead, I will follow

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Anywhere that you tell me to.

Did you see that B&RU are now on Instagram? Well, we are. So go forth and follow us!

Then come back here and read these soccer things.

D.C. United signs Bobby Boswell to a contract extension - Black And Red United
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D.C. United signs Bobby Boswell to a contract extension

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United's club captain would have been eligible for MLS's version of free agency, but instead will stay in black and red for at least one more year.

D.C. United has announced today that club captain Bobby Boswell has signed a contract extension with the club. Boswell, who made the MLS Best XI for the second time in his career last season, has appeared in every single MLS match - starting 76 of 77 - for United since returning to the club after 6 years playing for the Houston Dynamo.

The Last Word on D.C. United 4-0 Chicago Fire: Pump the Brakes a Tiny Bit

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In which we go back to Winston Wolf sort of, but not really

There were enough cosmic things going against D.C. United ahead of their game with the Chicago Fire it screamed of a trap; Chicago hadn't won on the road all season, D.C. was coming off a 16 day layoff (the last game they played after a similar break against a last place team proved to be an underwhelming draw with the Colorado Rapids, and the Fire were trying to impress an interim coach while playing for playing time in 2016.

D.C. United 4-0 Chicago Fire: Player Ratings

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Hey look, numbers and bantz and such.

D.C. United decided to not give up a goal in the first minute of Sunday's match with the Chicago Fire, so that in and of itself was progress, right? Well, how about four goals scored to go along with it junior? No, seriously! A 4-0 win over the Fire will do that to a person, so let's make with the numeric rating thing?

Monday Freedom Kicks: The Good Seed

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Recaps, callups, and yelling at people, because Monday.

A quick story, which I recounted yesterday: when D.C. United beat the Chicago Fire last year to cinch first place in the East, I could be seen yelling and cursing at Jeff Larentowicz, telling him to get off my (mother father) field. I'd remembered Larentowicz and Wells Thompson being all hackalicious when they played for the New England Revolution, and I really enjoyed the chance to yell at one of them.

D.C. United rout the Chicago Fire with 3 second half goals in 4-0 win

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Chris Pontius gave the Black-and-Red the first half lead, but three goals in the second half sealed a commanding win over Chicago

In their final home game of the regular season, D.C. United romped against the Chicago Fire, capping off a strong second half performance with a 4-0 win. Chris Pontius took advantage of a Chicago mistake in the first half, before second half goals from Bobby Boswell, Fabian Espindola, and Alvaro Saborio sealed United's 15th win of the season.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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United's regular season home finale looks easy on paper, but Chicago has been better of late and will want to avoid a winless road record for the season.

There will be a chill in the air as D.C. United, likely in need of a win to ensure a home playoff game, hosts the Chicago Fire. For the Black-and-Red, it seems like a kind match-up: Chicago has not won on the road all season, and United has beaten them twice (including a win on the road with a largely second-choice team).

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire MLS 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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United's quest for some home playoff games will likely hinge on getting the job done in their final regular season home game today.

Thanks to yesterday's results, D.C. United will enter today's game against the Chicago Fire in fifth place in the East. That's the lowest they've been in months, and if it isn't improved upon it would mean United has to win a road game in the first round of the playoffs.

Keys to Victory: 4 things D.C. United needs to do to beat the Chicago Fire

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An overall theme of controlling the tempo and footprint of the game would serve United well tomorrow.

Clinching a playoff spot with a dramatic stoppage time winner was nice for D.C. United, but tomorrow's game against the Chicago Fire is still very important. At the time this is being written, Columbus is 45 minutes away from pushing United down into 4th place, while a win for New England or Montreal later today could see the Black-and-Red temporarily sitting in 5th place.

Oppositon 11: Who will the Chicago Fire start tomorrow against D.C. United?

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Interim head coach Brian Bliss has made some changes to the Fire's lineup since taking charge, but speed is still a major factor.

Fans can be forgiven for thinking that D.C. United should be game-planning for a significantly changed Chicago Fire side given that Frank Yallop is no longer their head coach.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire staff and reader predictions

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In their last regular season home game, United takes on the Chicago Fire and we are confident.

D.C. United takes on the Chicago Fire tomorrow in the last regular season home game of the 2015 MLS season. We're surprisingly confident, given United's recent form, but let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

Major League Soccer has a sponsorship problem

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MLS has a potential problem bubbling right beneath the surface: its sponsors

Major League Soccer has a troubling penchant for getting sponsors that take economic advantage of people. For a league that likes to portray itself as young and forward-thinking, the totality of these sponsorships should be warning signs for fans of the league.

DCU's Confidence Game (and LEWIS NEAL!): DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 16 October 2015

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DC United is 100% confident 60% of the time.

Good morning. Today's Friday Freedom Kicks are as follows:

After slow finish led to early exit last year, D.C. United hoping to keep pressure on - Washington Times: Pontius, who was Mr. Confidence in the NYCFC match, says confidence is now key.

Freedom Kicks: USMNT, NWSL, MLS, and soccer links for 15 October 2015

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Your daily dose of soccer news from around the world.

We have women's soccer from around the world, a red card on the bench, and the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Soccer, go!

NWSL: Jim Gabarra set for Washington return with Spirit; will Paul Riley replace him at Sky Blue? — Soccer Wire: The Washington Spirit have a new coach and general manager, with former Sky Blue coach Jim Gabarra coming back to the DMV.

MLS Match Prediction Game Week 33: Fighting for a Playoff Bye

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Only two more weeks of games to predict!

The winner of Week 30 is DCU_Exile with 25 points. I won't be giving myself any prizes considering how inconsistent I've been with the MPG over the past month. In any case, we are now in Week 33 (I think) with only two rounds of games remaining in the 2015 regular season.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 32: Idle breaks

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Most of the league took a break for the international window, but a couple of teams got a chance to make up some games in this week's Power Rankings.

Week 32 fell in the middle of an international break for Major League Soccer, one that fans of the USMNT will want to soon forget. Still, there were three matches that went on in league play, two involving the Montreal Impact.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire SC lineup: Building towards the playoffs

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D.C. United are seeking to improve on their last win as the playoffs approach

After the USMNT disappointed these past few days, we turn our eyes back to D.C. United. They are back in action this Sunday against the Chicago Fire for their last regular season home game this season. With D.C. United's playoff spot secured, their minds turn towards staying out of the first round game and with building on their win against NYCFC to get some momentum heading into the next part of the season.

Freedom Kicks: USMNT, USYNT, and USWNT links for Wednesday October 14, 2015

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This isn't going to be fun at the beginning, but I promise you there is fun at the end.

There isn't any D.C. United news to start your day off, unfortunately. We should start hearing things about United later today as they prep for this weekend's game against Chicago, but I don't have a time machine.

Filibuster podcast episode 152: We're thrashing around and the sharks are circling

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We have a lot of sadness about the USMNT to work through

It is a Tuesday, and that means that Filibuster is back for your enjoyment. Jason, Ben, and Adam have to take some time to talk about Copa Concacaf and the failure of the USMNT and Jurgen Klinsmann to qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup.

USA vs. Costa Rica 2015 Friendly: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The floggings will continue until morale improves.

Fans could probably use a nice, long break from the United States men's national team given the performances seen in the past few months, but like it or not they're back on the field tonight to play Costa Rica. The Ticos are also suffering a post-World Cup malaise, crashing out of the Gold Cup in the quarterfinals having not won a single game out of four played.

Fantasy Focus: Bushwacked

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He's an Impact player

It may have been an abbreviated round, but (~^-^)~umad?~(^-^~) scored 100 points to lead the league. A trio of Montreal players led the way. Didier Drogba ($10.8) wore the armband and scored 28 points with two goals in two games. Evan Bush ($5.5) earned a clean sheet and saved a penalty for 16 points, while Laurent Ciman ($6.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Jurgen, Stay out of the Cycle for a Minute

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More USMNT news, a bit of D.C. United and stadium info, and hey, another birthday!

I know it's hard being out on apathy island, but it's hard to when the United States National Team coach uses idiotic rationale and decision making to shift the discussion from the loss the Mexico, he does make it difficult.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Jurgen's Sins, Man

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All the US-Mexico recaps worth reading, some club stuff, and a birthday.

Hi, I'm here to make sure you relive the pain as much as possible, so bask in the glow, OK?

Recaps and various think pieces from Saturday's United States men's team loss to Mexico, starting with the former, by SBNation, SI.

Bill Hamid Called Up to U.S. Team for Costa Rica Friendly

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The homegrown player will get a look as changes from the weekend are made.

Per both the team and U.S. Soccer, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid has been brought into the United States roster for Tuesday's friendly with Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena. Hamid was brought in to replace Real Salt Lake keeper Nick Rimando, one of five moves Jurgen Klinsmann made after yesterday's loss to Mexico, moves that were expected to some degree after bringing his best players from his initial 35-man roster to the game.

Klinsmann is right: the USA does need to grow up as a soccer nation

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Jurgen Klinsmann has taught us all something very valuable: we have to fire Jurgen Klinsmann.

Jurgen Klinsmann might be the most patient teacher this side of Mister Miyagi.

He's said over and over again exactly how the United States needs to grow up and leave its seat at the kiddie table of world soccer.

USA vs. Mexico CONCACAF Cup 2015 TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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It's do-or-die for the USMNT and El Tri tonight with a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup on the line.

For various reasons, there have been precious few games between the United States and Mexico that have had the hype and the pressure that surround tonight's CONCACAF Cup playoff. Many of them are self-inflicted: Jurgen Klinsmann has made an enormous deal out of getting into the Confederations Cup, and also made winning this summer's Gold Cup a point of emphasis.

USA vs. Mexico, CONCACAF Cup 2015: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The hype, intensity, and weirdness have all been turned up to 11 for tonight's game between the USMNT and El Tri.

When the dust settles after tonight's CONCACAF Cup match between the United States and Mexico, we'll be looking back on a pretty strange occasion. Think about it: The CONCACAF Cup exists only because CONCACAF saw an opportunity to make more money by creating a playoff for the last 2 Gold Cup winners to get into the Confederations Cup.

Memories of Dos a Cero: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 9 October 2015

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US-Mexico oral histories, videos, and trash talk abound in today's Friday Freedom Kicks.

It is time for Las Patadas de Libertad de Viernes!

Legend of 'Dos a Cero': An oral history of the US-Mexico 2002 World Cup clash | MLSsoccer.com: Here's a great oral history of the 2002 World Cup game that started the whole "Dos a Cero" legend.

Freedom Kicks: Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini, D.C. United, MLS, and Soccer links for 8 October 2015

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Could Sepp be taking some friends down with him?

Even with no D.C. United this weekend, it is a busy time for soccer. Let's go!

Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini and Jérôme Valcke suspended for 90 days | Football | The Guardian: Ding, dong, Sepp is dead? The big news is the blow that this will give to Platini's own bid to be president, which was more like a coranation than an election.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds attacker Rob Vincent to Trial with D.C. United

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D.C. look back at a team that they played to perhaps look forward to their 2016 roster.

Late word both from Pablo Maurer (and a separate source we've acquired) brought an interesting name to D.C. United's radar, so let's get to it:

Hearing that Riverhounds standout Rob Vincent will be trialing w/#DCU in the upcoming weeks.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 31: Playoff bound

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D.C. United, the LA Galaxy and FC Dallas all become playoff teams in this week's Power Rankings.

Finally, we have some playoff teams! In Week 31, fans of Major League Soccer saw the LA Galaxy, FC Dallas, and our beloved D.C. United clinch spots in the postseason. On the flip side, we now know that fans in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Denver will not have a season to watch beyond the last day of matches on October 25th.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, and USWNT links for Wednesday October 7, 2015

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Our national teams - men, women, and young adults - take up most of the real estate in today's FKs.

I don't have much of an intro. I am eating a 3 egg omelet for breakfast.

Like I said, not much of an intro. Links!

Eye on Tactics: NYCFC dam breaks under DCU possession, crossing pressure.

Filibuster podcast episode 151: No yardwork, no spiders

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We talk NYCFC and then turn our eyes to the USMNT and the Concacaf Cup.

It is Tuesday so it means another Filibuster to which you can listen! Adam, Jason, and Ben talk about D.C. United's 2-1 comeback win over New York City FC. We talk about the play of Chris Pontius, Alvaro Saborio coming off of the bench, Sean Franklin, the silliness that was the MLS team of the week (which featured no D.

Davy Arnaud: D.C. United's key injury this season

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It was no coincidence that D.C. United's season fell apart right after Davy Arnaud's injury.

D.C. United is winless in their past six games, and five of those games have been losses. Out of the top 10 players in minutes played, only two have not been consistently starting during this streak: Davy Arnaud and Chris Korb, both out due to injury.

Fantasy Focus: Usher in a new Texeira

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Houston gets cannonized

Two teams shared the lead this round, as Rolfe of Wall Street and (~^-^)~umad?~(^-^~) scored 60 points each. Rolfe of Wall Street was led by Lloyd Sam (NYR, $9.7), who scored an armband-aided 14 points on the strength of a goal. Both Fabians Espindola (DCU, $10.7) and Castillo (DAL, $11.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: #HamstringWatch

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Not even talking about Pontius.

Welcome to your Tuesday morning Freedom Kicks. Please note that this is a starter dose of soccer, and doctors* recommend a steady, constant diet of soccer to ensure health and happiness.

*Doctors did not recommend this. Please consult with your doctor before consuming massive amounts of soccer, as it has been known to cause stress, anxiety, heart attacks, and other side effects.

The Last Word: On Promptness, Pontius's Potential and Praise

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We talk about some things on D.C. United and a potentially encouraging one for a fan favorite.

D.C. United loves to put their fans through tortuous dilemma after tortuous dilemma, starting from the jump. But when Alvaro Saborio eventually put the ball in the back of the net in stoppage time for a 2-1 D.

D.C. United 2-1 New York City FC: The GIFs

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We look at the moments that mattered in animated form.

Friday night's game between D.C. United and New York City FC was not without its drama; it started as most D.C. United games have lately, included some nifty interplay and a last-moment goal to ensure a victory and spot in the playoffs.

D.C. United 2-1 New York City FC: Player Ratings

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In which numbers, names and bantz are high.

D.C. United gave up a goal in the early moments of their match with New York City FC. Amazing that a team is wont to allow a goal in the first 15 minutes like D.C. does, right? Well, the team persevered in their work and eventually rallied for a 2-1 win that snapped a six-game winless streak while simultaneously clinching a playoff spot for the Black and Red, leaving things until the end as they apparently are also wont to do.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Swipe Right...into the Playoffs

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Recaps, general enjoyment, updates on player news, World Cup sponsor rage and Raging Bull.

Just going to bask in the glow a little while longer, before moving on. Right? Right.

Recaps of D.C. United clinching a postseason berth with a win over New York City FC from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here), the Washington Post and CSN Mid-Atlantic.

Jurgen Klinsmann names USMNT squad for CONCACAF Cup against Mexico

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There really isn't anything surprising here.

Fox Sports revealed Jurgen Klinsmann's 23 man roster for next Saturday's CONCACAF Cup match against Mexico. As per usual with Klinsmann's squads, there's nothing really surprising, and it's kind of bland.

The most "shocking" absence from the roster is the LA Galaxy's Omar Gonzales who hasn't been playing well in recent weeks.

B&RU Player of the month for September: Bill Hamid

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Last month was rough for D.C. United, but one player did everything he could to lessen the club's struggles.

September was not a good month for D.C. United. I mean, sure, the 3-0 win over Arabe Unido that clinched a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals was fun, as was the second half against Montego Bay United.

D.C. United breaks out of their freefall and seals a playoff berth with two late goals against NYCFC

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In one fell swoop, Alvaro Saborio's stoppage time goal ended United's six game winless streak, and clinched a playoff berth

Six games was a long time for D.C. United. Since their last win on August 8th against the Montreal Impact, United had lost five of six, with the lone point coming on the road against the Colorado Rapids.

D.C. United beat NYCFC 2-1 with late Alvaro Saborio goal, qualify for 2015 playoffs

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After conceding another first minute goal, United left it late, with Saborio stabbing home the winner in stoppage time

After coughing up a signature early goal at home to New York City FC on Friday night, D.C. United found some late magic, as Alavaro Saborio scored in the 92nd minute to send the Black-and-Red to the 2015 MLS Playoffs with a 2-1 win.

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

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After a month and a half without a win, United badly needs to get back on course over NYCFC.

Once again, D.C. United stands right on the edge qualifying for the playoffs. A win over New York City FC tonight would get the Black-and-Red over the line after weeks of being on the brink but failing to get the job done.

D.C. United vs. New York City FC MLS 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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Two teams with different reasons to be desperate will meet tonight in a torrential rainstorm at RFK.

Assuming that the heavy, constant rain falling in the DMV today doesn't force a cancellation, D.C. United will host New York City FC in a game both teams will feel like they've got to win. For the visitors, a loss would leave them needing to win out while Montreal and TFC both pretty much lose all of their remaining games.

D.C. United versus New York City FC staff and reader predictions

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Please, please win. Meow, meow meow.

Instead of predicting, it seems like most of us are hoping for a D.C. United win tonight over New York City FC. Our predictions follow, and let us know what you think will happen (or hope will happen) in the comments!

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Please let us win, please let us win, please let us win, please let us win, please let us win.

Keys to Victory: 5 things D.C. United needs to do to defeat NYCFC

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United is in dire need of a win. Here's how to make that happen.

D.C. United and New York City FC are opposites in more than one way right now. United, barring a crazy sequence of events, is headed to the playoffs even though they've gone winless in six. NYCFC, barring a crazy sequence of events, is not going to the playoffs despite winning three in a row and playing probably the best soccer they've ever played as a club.

D.C. United fans react to the Buzzard Point stadium conceptual drawings

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Yesterday, Black and Red United brought you new views of the planned stadium in Southwest DC. Many of you were something less than pleased.

Disappointment doesn't seem to go far enough to describe the reaction a lot of y'all had to the new design concept for D.C. United's planned - no longer just proposed!

Previewapalooza: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 2 October 2015

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Hurricane Schmuricane, we got previewapalooza, and Tinder!

I've never seen anything like it. Hurricane Joaquin has inundated us with DCU-NYCFC previews. I'm talking inches and inches of links that you'll just have to wade through in rubber boots and a poncho from CVS. I guess, when NYCFC plays, this is the kind of attention they get every time.

Oppositon 11: Who will NYCFC start tomorrow against D.C. United?

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Let's talk about the players that will join NYCFC's superstars in the downpour at RFK tomorrow night.

There was a time this season where New York City FC (D.C. United's opponent tomorrow night) was the hardest team to predict in terms of their lineup. Jason Kreis was working his way through every possible variation on a 451, as well as several 442 versions and even hinting at a possible back three.

Throwback Thursday: D.C. United and Houston Dynamo vs. All the Rain

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With D.C. United set to host New York City FC while Hurrican Joaquin makes up its mind about whether to destroy the Mid-Atlantic region or merely maim us, we look back at a post-apocalyptic evening at RFK Stadium.

New D.C. United stadium drawings show supporter's section, bar

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The team's plans include a Supporters' Bar, among other tidbits.

As part of yesterday's news that the District has filed for eminent domain on the last parcels of land which Akridge held, meeting their deadline, there was quiet word from a city official that D.C. United had previously submitted a conceptual design proposal to the city before their September 1 deadline.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, US Open Cup, NWSL, and MLS links for 1 October 2015

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Rain, rain, go away, don't get my links wet and cancel my game.

Court filings, penalty kicks, and mud pits, oh my!

District files eminent domain claim for D.C. United stadium at Buzzard Point - Black And Red United: The disagreement that everyone knew was heading this way has finally reached its conclusion: Akridge and the District will turn to the courts to set the price for their part of the Buzzard Point land.

District files eminent domain claim for D.C. United stadium at Buzzard Point

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Today's most important soccer news was left late, but eventually happened as the city met an important deadline built into the D.C. United stadium deal.

Late this evening the District filed for eminent domain on the last parcel of land required for the D.C. United stadium at Buzzard Point adhering to the September 30, 11:59pm deadline.