Black and Red United Archives for January 2015

2015 Benny Awards: Call for Nominations

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In which we start our yearly tradition of handing out awards to D.C. United's players for the past season.

We now begin a tradition started by our esteemed founder, Martin Shatzer: the Benny Awards, which chronicle the best and the worst of D.C. United's season, giving permanent memory to each season in our own little way.

D.C. United Season Review: Fabian Espindola

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The team's designated player goes under the microscope in our ongoing recaps.

In retrospect, Fabian Espindola's 2014-15 offseason could have served as a metaphor for the 2015 season that his team went through. D.C. United made him a Designated Player in January, following a 2014 season where he achieved career highs in goals (11) and assists (9), but that came six weeks after it was learned he would miss the first six games of 2015 for making contact with an official.

Monday Freedom Kicks: MPF, Part ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Looking back at the MLS playoffs and seeing who plays for the Cup, some D.C. United players past and future, and where in the world is Bill Hamid?

Hope your Thanksgiving was good and your leftovers are gone. Let's take a look at things, shall we?

The Portland Timbers are Through to the MLS Cup Final; Beat FC Dallas 2-2 - Stumptown Footy: The Portland Timbers fended off a feisty FC Dallas squad, where they will move on to.

MLS Playoffs 2015 open thread: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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This year's MLS Cup finalists will both be determined today, with both lower seeds in commanding positions.

After all the games played in MLS this season - from unexpected thrillers like D.C. United's 6-4 win over Real Salt Lake all the way down to the 34 games the Colorado Rapids were unfortunately allowed to play - there are just three to go.

D.C. United Season Review: Andrew Dykstra

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The backup netminder goes under the microscope in our ongoing series.

D.C. United backup goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra's 2015 campaign started off ominously. After tearing his achilles during a June 2014 friendly that ended his season, his first start back was on a road leg of CONCACAF Champions League play in Costa Rica against Alajuelense, in place of regular keeper Bill Hamid.

D.C. United transfer news and rumors: Is Lamar Neagle of the Seattle Sounders headed to DC?

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A conversation in Seattle may have revealed United's first offseason acquisition.

Since D.C. United's season came to an unceremonious close earlier this month, we've heard about players that might be leaving RFK Stadium for a variety of reasons. What we haven't heard is anything about new faces coming in.

Make it a tradition: MLS Cup should be the day after Thanksgiving, every year

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Back in 2010, B&RU founder Martin Shatzer wrote that MLS should own the Day After Thanksgiving by scheduling the league's biggest event on this day each year. Today, in what has become a Black Friday tradition of our own, we take the occasion to re-publish his piece.

How will you spend your day today?

Black Friday Freedom Kicks: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 27 November 2015

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A little pet peeve rant to get your Black Friday started right.

Here's a pet peeve of mine: sports commentators who excessively use the indefinite article "a" or "an" in front of the proper name of an athlete. Charlie Stillitano on SiriusXM FC's Football Show is the king of this practice, but he is not alone.

An entirely too early look at D.C. United's 2016 starting lineup, Irish Messi edition

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In which we turn our eyes across the pond.

Happy Thanksgiving! Welcome to the third entry in our series of not-at-all very much too early looks at D.C. United's potential starting lineup for the 2016 season. To see previous entries, be sure to check our StoryStream.

This is pretty easy, so much so that the first five names are unchanged from 2015:

GK: Bill Hamid.

D.C. United team awards, MLS roster moves: Freedom Kicks for 26 November 2015

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Even on Thanksgiving, Freedom Kicks roll on.

A Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in Black and Red United land, as well as the greater D.C. United fandom. We do this all for you, and we hope we bring some fun. Despite it being the day before Thanksgiving, MLS teams did do some work yesterday; let's get to it.

Entirely too many entirely too early looks at D.C. United's 2016 starting lineup

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Our series of baseless predictions of the Black-and-Red's first XI to start next season.

D.C. United's offseason is barely underway, but if you're anything like me, you're already itching for 2016. Well, we here at B&RU are nothing if not enablers, so let's scratch that itch. Over the next few weeks, we've got a series in store for you, with members of our staff looking at different ways Ben Olsen's side could or should look next year.

D.C. United 2015 season review: Conor Doyle

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He's everyone's favorite defensive forward, but do you want him to stay with the Black-and-Red next season?

Ah, Conor Doyle. It's no secret that I'm one of the biggest Conor Doyle apologists out there. But I often qualify my love for the perplexedly-styled forward with a caveat: I love him for basically no reason.

Filibuster podcast episode 158: Oeuvre of Bread

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The offseason rolls on as we roll into Thanksgiving.

Filibuster is back for your trip to wherever you are going for Thanksgiving, giving your ride or flight some much needed soccer. We start by talking about the MLS Cup Playoffs and, specifically, the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas. We talk about how Portland did to Dallas what Dallas wanted to do to them, how they made that role reversal work, the players that Caleb Porter will have newly available for the second leg, and whether or not FC Dallas can come back.

Freedom Kicks: MLS and USWNT links for Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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Some strong drink has put us in a nostalgic mood.

I'm writing this after drinking one 5.80% ABV beer followed by 2 9.0% ABV beers. Since the latter beer also has Rasputin in its name, I am in a strange place.

New York Red Bulls' Jesse Marsch wins 2015 MLS Coach of the Year award | MLSsoccer.

D.C. United season review: Nick DeLeon

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The Black-and-Red's most dependable player is up next in our season review series.

When it comes to D.C. United, there may be no more dependable player than Nick DeLeon. Bill Hamid has fought with the occasional injury, and the entire back four is prone to the occasional stinker. Fabian Espindola played barely half of the available minutes this season due to injury and suspension.

An entirely too early look at D.C. United's 2016 starting lineup, scouting & connections edition

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Can United finally break the Central American hex and use a European connection to land a player?

This is the second entry in our series looking at potential starting lineups for D.C. United in 2016, based on precisely zero knowledge of how the intervening offseason will play out. In the first entry, Adam M.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Dolla dolla bills, y'all

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Also: New Zealand is far away.

Got a light list for you folks today. Bite-sized, if you will. (Got Thanksgiving puns, too!)

How do MLS financial bonuses work? Here's one player's contract - Planet Futbol - SI.com
I wish someone paid me $350-500 to hand out autographs.

Equalizer Soccer – CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying group set
In the USWNT's group: Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada.

D.C. United season review: Facundo Coria

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Do we want Facundo Coria to return to D.C. United next season?

Facundo Coria was one of two players that D.C. United brought in this season from outside of the United States, alongside Markus Halsti. And, unfortunately, Coria was closer to D.C. United's typical signing from Central or South America than to the breakthrough for which we were hoping.

Buzzard Point Ancillary Development May Have Hotel

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The gears continue to grind.

There was prior mention, virtually six months to the day when we first mentioned that the D.C. Council would hold hearings on road closures for the proposed Buzzard Point stadium site for D.C. United, that the National Capital Planning Commission and DC Historic Preservation Review Board approved of the closing of the roads surrounding that location so that the land could be prepared for construction and ancillary purposes as needed.

Predicting the U.S. Women's National Team Rosters for the 2016 Olympics and 2019 World Cup

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With the protracted victory tour coming to an end in December, I take a shot at predicting the next two major rosters for the WNT: the 2016 Olympics, and the 2019 World Cup.

The era of this version of the U.S. Women's National Team is coming to a close. The final four games of the victory tour are in December, gainst Trinidad and Tobago on the 6th and 10th, and against China on the 13th and 16th, and many of the players we saw at the 2015 World Cup have announced their retirement.

Monday Freedom Kicks: The Enemy of My Enemy

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We look at the weekend in the MLS postseason, have some D.C. United news, and appreciate The Freshman and Goodfellas.

Well if you're not going to root for D.C. United, root against the conqueror, right? So...

Columbus Crew SC win 2-0 at MAPFRE against New York Red Bulls - Massive Report: Would have thought that Goalkeeper of the Year Luis Robles could have saved Kei Kamara or Justin Meram's goals, but here we are.

MLS Playoffs 2015 open thread: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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D.C. United is out of the playoffs, but we're still watching today's first legs.

The fact that D.C. United is not in today's MLS playoff matches is deeply unpleasant, even if their conference semifinal defeat was not exactly a shock. Putting aside personal rooting interest, though, I think it's fair to say that MLS's four best teams are the four teams playing in tonight's conference finals.

D.C. United 2015 Season Review: Club captain Bobby Boswell

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Should Boswell wear the armband for another season, or make way for a younger replacement?

Our player-by-player review of the D.C. United season that was has reached Bobby Boswell, the club's captain and linchpin of the defense. Boz has worn the armband since returning to the District from Houston before the 2014 season, and - not coincidentally - his arrival has coincided with United's resurgence.

D.C. United 2015 season review: Steve Birnbaum

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United's most promising center back had some ups and downs in 2015.

Coming into the 2015 season, Steve Birnbaum was one of D.C. United's sure things. After starring at Cal, Birnbaum fit seamlessly into the Black-and-Red's starting lineup once injuries forced Jeff Parke out early in 2014's middle third.

D.C., Baltimore both passed over for the 2016 Copa America Centenario

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Next year's colossal tournament is going to require a long trip for DMV residents.

The 2016 Copa America Centenario has been talked about quite a bit, both as a potentially thrilling event and due to its involvement in the ongoing investigation of FIFA corruption. One thing that seemed guaranteed was that, like every other major soccer tournament for pretty much ever, the Copa would be stopping in the capital region.

Car Trunks, Smashed Crystal, and Sex Tapes: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 20 November 2015

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A little analysis of this weekend's conference finals, paired up with a nice glass of sex tape.

Your Friday Freedom Kicks are made with mostly real fruit flavors.

MLS final four opt for prudent personnel over big spending - ESPN FC: None of the final four MLS teams are among the top five spenders in the League.

Hamid first in club management vote, third overall in MLS Goalkeeper of the Year

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Hamid didn't win MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, but he won one voting constituency.

Bill Hamid ended up in third place for the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year race, with Luis Robles winning top honors and David Ousted coming in second. The voting was conducted by three groups and then weighted: club management, MLS players, and members of the media.

An entirely too early look at D.C. United's 2016 starting lineup, MLS veterans edition

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A lot of old faces, and two new ones with a lot of familiarity with MLS

D.C. United's offseason is barely underway, but if you're anything like me, you're already itching for 2016. Well, we here at B&RU are nothing if not enablers, so let's scratch that itch. Over the next few weeks, we've got a series in store for you, with members of our staff looking at different ways Ben Olsen's side could or should look next year.

D.C. United 2015 season review: Jairo Arrieta

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We run the rule over D.C. United's other Tico forward.

This time last year, none of us expected to hear the phrase "D.C. United forward Jairo Arrieta." But here we are. The Costa Rican joined the Black-and-Red last January via a surprise trade with Orlando City, who had taken the former Columbus Crew striker in the expansion draft.

D.C. United, MLS streaming, and Freddy Adu: Freedom Kicks for 19 November 2015

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Soccer? Go!

Despite it being the middle of the week before Thanksgiving, there is still plenty of news. Thanksgiving is already next week? Oh goodness. Anyways, here are the links!

Team America: Why the United States national team failed as a club | THE WORD | MLSsoccer.com: Go and read Pablo Maurer's article about Team America, a fun experiment in the original NASL.

D.C. United season review: Davy Arnaud

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Our next review focuses on a veteran whose importance to DCU became magnified whenever he wasn't around.

Many of the qualities people tend to ascribe to D.C. United also end up being good adjectives to describe Davy Arnaud. The veteran midfielder is in a lot of ways the distillation of Ben Olsen's side: Gritty, hard-working, effective, far from flashy, and more than a little unpleasant to play against.

D.C. United season review: A look at every player's contributions during the 2015 season

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We review every United player's 2015 performance and wonder whether they should be brought back for 2016.

Now that we have had a week to decompress from the season, it is time to start taking a look back at the year that was 2015 for D.C. United. As we have done the past two years, we go through ever player who ended the season on D.

Filibuster podcast pisode 157: It is important not to be near a cow at home

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We talk USMNT, D.C. United, and the MLS Cup Playoffs.

We waited for Tuesday to record so we could watch the USMNT play Trinidad and Tobago, and was that ever a mistake. Jason, Adam, and Ben are back to talk about the USMNT and D.C. United, and we start by asking if there is any chance Jurgen Klinsmann is fired for what happened in the past two games (of course not).

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, World Cup qualifying, and other links for Wednesday November 18, 2015

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A little Black-and-Red and a lot of red, white, and blue.

It's after 1am, so instead of an intro you get me explaining why there is no intro. To the links!

Alvaro Saborio agrees to new contract with D.C. United | Black and Red United
We reported this a while ago, but now all the ink has dried on the contracts for many forknights, so it's officially official.

Alvaro Saborio agrees to new contract with D.C. United

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The team making the long-known report about the Costa Rican forward official.

D.C. United announced Tuesday that forward Alvaro Saborio has agreed to a contract extension. The terms of the contract have not been revealed, though based on his interview last month it would presumably be through the 2016 season, and at a significantly reduced compensation number than the $493,333 he was on in the 2015 season.

D.C. United season review: Miguel Aguilar

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We kick off our season review with D.C. United's rookie.

Now that we have had a week to decompress from the season, it is time to start taking a look back at the year that was 2015 for D.C. United. As we have done the past two years, we go through ever player who ended the season on D.C. United's roster and ask whether or not we want them to come back.

Chris Rolfe cut his hair and nothing is sacred anymore

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The Headband of Brothers is in turmoil.

Remember that time we had a B&RU tailgate and we all got our very own headbands? Remember when D.C. United signed an affable Finn named Markus Halsti who had beautiful blond hair and a headband to boot? Remember when Conor Doyle, in a futile attempt to tame the flop of hair atop his head, donned a headband?

USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago, World Cup 2018 qualifying: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The top two teams in CONCACAF's Group C clash tonight in Port of Spain.

The long journey to Russia 2018 technically started last week for the United States, but World Cup qualifying truly gets under way tonight against Trinidad & Tobago. The USMNT trounced St. Vincent & the Grenadines in St.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: B&RUCon

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Now, that would be an awesome event to attend. Headbands for everyone.

It's a USMNT game day, folks. The boys play Trinidad and Tobago tonight in World Cup qualifying. That game will be on the elusive BeIN Sports but also NBC Universo and En Vivo Extra. So, good luck to you.

Let us get into the soccer.

Rayo Vallecano supporters are angry about Rayo OKC

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The news of Rayo OKC was not met with excitement in Spain.

The New York Cosmos may have won the 2015 Soccer Bowl, but in the world of the North American Soccer League, the recent expansion announcement into Oklahoma City is still the leading discussion topic for the second division. While a lot of the response stateside was laughter, the response in Spain was pure anger.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Manic Murrlin Monday

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Congrats to the Terps, news of a D.C. United stadium and scout nature, looking back at the U.S. win Friday, and the events of real life over the weekend.

A quick note of congrats to Maryland and Georgetown for winning the Big Ten and Big East Men's titles, respectively, and to Terps Eryk Williamson, Cody Niedermeier, Cody Albrecht, Suli Dainkeh, Michael Sauers, DJ Reeves and Jorge Calix, along with Hoya Matt Ledder.

D.C. United owners in talks to invest in Minnesota Timberwolves

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Two of D.C. United's owners look to be getting back into basketball

Two of D.C. United's owners are looking to get back into basketball, with Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reporting that Erick Thohir and Jason Levien are set to partner with Steve Kaplan to purchase a 20% stake in the Minnesota Timberwolves.

USA vs. St. Vincent & the Grenadines, World Cup 2018 qualifying: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The marathon that is World Cup qualifying begins today for the USMNT in St. Louis.

The United States begins the long journey to Russia 2018 today by hosting St. Vincent & the Grenadines in what should be a World Cup qualifying mismatch. However, the Gold Cup - which included a loss to Jamaica, what is technically a tie against Panama, and a very nervy win over Haiti - and ensuing matches since indicates that the USMNT hasn't been able to make anything easy in 2015.

Water, Water, Everywhere: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 13 November 2015

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If you thought Kevin Costner's Water World was a big flop, wait until you see David Beckham's Water World.

This blog doesn't talk enough about water. So I'm going to hit you up with some water-related links. Time for Friday Freedom Kicks!

Red Bulls v Crew SC and FC Dallas v Portland intriguing - ESPN FC: So who are we rooting for in the East?

Nick DeLeon inks a new deal with D.C. United

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The former first round SuperDraft pick continues his stay in D.C. with a contract extension

D.C. United announced on Thursday that Nick DeLeon, the team's first round draft pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, had re-signed with the club, keeping the midfielder in the nation's capital. DeLeon finished out the 2015 season with 29 league appearances, 25 of which were starts, chipping in two goals and five assists.

MLS offseason dates for player acquisition; or, making D.C. United better

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The offseason is here, and December will be a busy month

Now that D.C. United is officially in offseason mode, there are dates for all of Major League Soccer's offseason activities to plot on the calendar. The league's byzantine processes, drafts, and machinations can be confusing to even a seasoned MLS viewer, so we've broken down the entire offseason for you.

D.C. United, USMNT, and Soccer links: Freedom Kicks for 12 November 2015

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Soccer, go!

We're on the downside of the week, let's just muddle through, shall we? Links!

Klinsmann and USMNT face questions over youth policy - ESPN FC: A fascinating read into Jurgen's other job: US Soccer technical director.

Ad-hoc Electoral Committee admits five candidates for FIFA presidential election - FIFA.

Rayo OKC is hilariously bad and could be a catastrophic failure for the NASL

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Who was the genius that came up with this idea?

If I were to tell you that one of the soccer leagues in the United States was going to expand with the new club being backed by a La Liga team, what would your reaction be? Would you be thrilled that Real Madrid or Barcelona were bringing their "knowledge" to the USA?

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, and MLS links for Wednesday November 11, 2015

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United's wake continues, while the start of World Cup qualifying includes a surprising rumor.

So here's how I coped with D.C. United's playoff elimination:

Time to cope as hard as I can #DCU

A photo posted by Jason Anderson (@chestrockwell14) on Nov 8, 2015 at 5:11pm PST

How about you guys?

Filibuster podcast episode 156: Whiskey and sadness

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We are here to help ease you into a too-soon offseason.

All good things must come to an end, and that includes D.C. United's 2015 season. Adam, Jason, and Ben are here to be your Virgil as we start the journey through the Divine Comedy that is the offseason. But first, we have one last D.C.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: #WhereIsThohir

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Plus: NYCFC's new coach, NWSL growth, and two Lewandowskis.

No time for introductions, let's get to the soccers!

Patrick Vieira appointed as New York City FC Head Coach | New York City FC
I look forward to more garbage from this garbage team and garbage organization next season.

The Red Bulls & F.C. Dallas outspent D.C. United: Why we should stop ignoring transfer fees in player costs

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We need to stop saying Dallas and New York are the lowest spenders in MLS.

The emerging position of some MLS commentators and D.C. United fans is that because low-payroll teams such as the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas find themselves in their respective Conference Finals, D.C. United should be able to do the same.

The Last Word on D.C. United 0-1 New York Red Bulls (0-2): On Unpleasant Realities

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In which we look at the crossroads that D.C. United's fans (and management) find themselves in.

D.C. United was a (already established) long shot before entering their two-leg playoff series with the New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls had D.C.'s number through the year and extending back to last year, and Sunday's 1-0 loss and playoff elimination brings its own share of raw feelings by fans wearing Black and Red.

D.C. United 0-1 New York Red Bulls (0-2 agg.): Player Ratings

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In which we do this one more time.

The odds of D.C. United defeating the New York Red Bulls were long as it was, and they held their own and fended off the Red Bulls for as long as they could. The problem with that is that they forgot the second part of that equation, which was to score a goal and level things on aggregate.

Monday Freedom Kicks: All Good(?) Things...

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Recaps of the great unpleasantness, looking forward to caps, and Bond villains laughing.

So, rip off the bandaid, right?

Recaps of D.C. United's playoff elimination at the hands of the New York Red Bulls by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from Pablo here), the Washington Post, Sports Illustrated.

Shortcomings in front of goal end D.C. United's season

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The Black-and-Red managed just two shots on goal in 180 minutes against the New York Red Bulls while getting knocked out of the playoffs

Sunday night was always going to be a tall task for D.C. United, given their recent history at Red Bull Arena. Behind the 8-ball following last week's first leg 1-0 loss at RFK Stadium to the New York Red Bulls, United were going to have to win in New Jersey, something they hadn't done since Nick DeLeon's winner in the playoffs in 2012.

D.C. United out of MLS Playoffs after 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls

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For the second consecutive year, United is knocked out of the playoffs by the New York Red Bulls

D.C. United had two tasks on Sunday to keep their season alive in the MLS Playoffs. First, keep the New York Red Bulls from scoring. Second was finding a least one goal of their own. The Black-and-Red failed to accomplish either of those though, losing 1-0 to a late Bradley Wright-Phillips goal.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls MLS Playoffs TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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The Black-and-Red face a must-win road game against MLS's best team. Sounds simple, right?

Today isn't a complicated day for D.C. United, who simply have to beat the New York Red Bulls on the road to advance in the MLS playoffs. 1-0 will force extra time, and all other winning scorelines will send the Black-and-Red through.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls second leg staff and reader predictions

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In which we are not very confident about D.C. United's ability to advance.

D.C. United has ninety minutes to continue their season this afternoon against the New York Red Bulls. We aren't too confident, but let us know what you think will happen below!

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With our backs against the wall, we need to make some adjustments if we're going to beat Red Bull and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Keys to Victory: 4 things D.C. United has to do to defeat the New York Red Bulls in the MLS playoffs today

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United has to change their approach to turn the tables on NYRB and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Playing a team five times in one season might seem like a bit much, but that's exactly the situation D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls find themselves in today. It hasn't gone well for United, who other than the first 67 minutes on April 11th have been outplayed comprehensively by their oldest rival.

Opposition 11: Who will the New York Red Bulls start in today's MLS playoff game against D.C. United?

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NYRB, other than one injury-enforced change, will almost certainly start the same team that won the first leg.

Leading off with a spoiler is probably not a great idea, but the fact that D.C. United will face virtually the exact same New York Red Bulls starting lineup today is unavoidable. Jesse Marsch settled on his ideal front six months ago, along with half of his defense.

DC United vs. New York Red Bulls, MLS playoffs 2015: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The 2015 season will come to a close for United with anything less than a win in one of MLS's toughest venues.

The scenario couldn't be more simple for D.C. United: Go beat the New York Red Bulls on the road, or the MLS playoffs end today for the league's most successful club. Simple is a long way from easy though: NYRB has the best home record in the Eastern Conference and scored more goals than anyone in MLS this season.

B&RU Player of the month for October: Chris Pontius

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A weird, short month for D.C. United was marked with a welcome return to form for the club's longest-tenured player.

Picking D.C. United's player of the month winner this October is something of an odd task. We made the decision to treat the playoffs as their own month rather than separate the 2-1 knockout round win over New England from the rest of the postseason, but that left us with 3 games to vote from.

D.C. United's Alvaro Saborio called up by Costa Rica for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

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Sabo will join the Ticos for their matches against Haiti and Panama.

D.C. United confirmed today that Alvaro Saborio has been called up by Costa Rica for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Haiti and Panama. Saborio will get a chance to add to his 100 caps and 33 international goals on November 13th against a Haitian team that showed signs of massive improvement over recent years during this summer's Gold Cup before the Ticos then head south to face the Panamanians in Panama City.

Bill Hamid named to the U.S. men's national team roster for World Cup Qualifiers

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In a rightful callup, Bill Hamid has been named to the USMNT roster for the World Cup 2018 qualifiers against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

Today, Jurgen Klinsmann released his roster for the United States' first qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. Next Friday, the USMNT will take on St.

Does the history of the MLS playoffs hold any lessons for D.C. United and their second leg against the New York Red Bulls?

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We look back in history for teams that lost a first leg 1-0 at home to see what, if anything, the past can teach United.

With D.C. United trailing the New York Red Bulls 1-0 after the home leg of their MLS playoff series, we think there might be some value in looking back on what has happened to MLS clubs finding themselves in that scenario.

Ho-Hum: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 6 November 2015

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Foregone conclusions.

Friday Freedom Kicks starts now.

D.C. United needs another comeback to advance in MLS playoffs - Washington Post: Not much to see here in this little blurb of an article. Jesse Marsch says the New York Red Bulls are taking nothing for granted. And yet, I get the sense that everyone is.

Buzzard Point Preview? Populous architect gives insight about upcoming soccer specific stadiums

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Populous' Bruce Miller, an architect and designer, talked with Sports Illustrated about upcoming soccer stadium projects in Orlando, Washington, D.C., and Minnesota

There hasn't been much chatter about the stadium project for D.C. United recently, since the newest stadium renderings came out about a month ago.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls MLS Cup Playoffs lineup: Leg two changes

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D.C. United has 90 minutes to save their season; who will be there?

D.C. United cannot run out the same lineup that they did last week and expect different results. On Filibuster this week, I argued for even larger changes to the lineup, but I think that the 4-4-2 is the formation for this season and that won't change this weekend.

D.C. United and MLS expansion: Freedom Kicks for 5 November 2015

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MLS expansion moves ever forward.

Hope you're enjoying this November heat wave, because it certainly won't last much longer.

Before Sunday playoffs match against New York Red Bulls, DC United supporters recall infamous snow game at Red Bull Arena | SIDELINE | MLSsoccer.com: As D.C. United goes back to New Jersey for the playoffs, take a walk down memory lane to 2012.

D.C. United to unveil new badge December 10

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Finally!

In an email to their Season Ticket Holders, D.C. United says they will be unveiling the new badge to their Season Ticket Holders at a release party December 10 at Union Market. Along with purchasing merchandise with the new badge, there will be the chance to 'mingle with players and staff.

Filibuster podcast episode 155: The urge to vomit

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D.C. United's play has apparently infected our recording process.

Despite technology trying it's hardest, Adam, Jason, and Ben are back for another episode of Filibuster! We talk about the difference between D.C. United versus the New England Revolution and D.C. United versus the New York Red Bulls, as well as talk about the bad refereeing that almost led to Markus Halsti getting seriously injured.

Get your ass on the bus to Jersey.

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D.C. United needs us Sunday as the 2015 season is on the line against the Metros. Get on the bus.

We all know the Black-and-Red are playing for their lives Sunday up in New Jersey. Here to talk about why you should be on the roadtrip north this weekend is the Screaming Eagles' Paul Sotudeh.

Lazio Apparently Scouting D.C. United Midfielder Perry Kitchen

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One of the heirs to the USMNT 6 spot might have another team keeping tabs of him.

Earlier this season, Perry Kitchen's agent Lyle Yorks said that Kitchen was drawing interest from European club teams in Belgium, Denmark and Germany, and that conversations with teams in the first two countries came from Champions League teams.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, NWSL, and Champions League links for Wednesday November 4, 2015

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Things are happening!

Welcome to your late edition of Freedom Kicks. I am your scrambling-to-finish author who totally forgot to do this last night. Here are the links:

Really real: D.C. United stadium project inches forward as city spends $25 million on land acquisition | Soccerwire.

Bill Hamid a finalist for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year

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Bill Hamid is again recognized as one of MLS' best goalkeepers.

For the second year in a row, Bill Hamid is a finalist for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year; we will have to wait until November 19 to see if he can join Joe Cannon, Pat Onstad, Donovan Ricketts, and his goalkeeping coach Zach Thornton as the only players who have won the award twice.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Insert Kreis pun here

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Plus: Ashlyn Harris to Orlando, and the USMNT starts World Cup qualifying soon...

Ugh, you guys, I'm still not happy about Sunday's game. At least there is some news out of New York for us to lol at, even if it's from the other v. hate-able team up there.

Jason Kreis leaves post as New York City FC Head Coach | New York City FC
Bless this dumpster fire of a team.

The Last Word on D.C. United 0-1 New York Red Bulls: Odds? Lengthening.

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In which we depress you, but we call it tempering your expectations.

The odds of D.C. United defeating the New York Red Bulls Sunday were long, made even longer by the absences of Bobby Boswell and Chris Pontius. And they certainly did their best to close the metaphoric faucet of goals the Black and Red has been prone to allow to the Metros lately, but it wasn't enough as they dropped a 1-0 result and are forced to go to Red Bull Arena and do something they don't do, which is win, with multiple goals, on the road.

Monday Freedom Kicks: And then there was One

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Recaps, potential bag leaks, alumni braces, and just a bunch of stuff.

So, that was a thing that happened. So let's relive it all, shall we?

Recap's of D.C. United's first leg loss to the New York Red Bulls from us, the Washington Post, MLS, the Washington Times, The Guardian, CSN Mid-Atlantic and the team quote sheet.

Is this a draft of the new D.C. United badge?

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We don't think this is D.C. United's new badge, but it is in the ballpark.

As you all know by now, D.C. United is rumored to be unveiling a new badge for next season. A D.C. United fan on Instragram found the following new branding for United; apparently it was floating around at one of the tailgates today.

D.C. United downed 1-0 by New York Red Bulls in first leg of Conference Semifinals

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A stalemate for most of the game, Dax McCarty's header in the 72nd minute proved to be the lone tally.

Hoping for a reprisal after their 2014 MLS Playoff ouster, D.C. United instead couldn't make their home game count, losing the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the New York Red Bulls, 1-0.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls MLS Playoffs TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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The first MLS rivalry is back on today as United hosts their the Red Bulls, their despised longtime foes.

Major League Soccer's first rivalry will be sparked once again today as D.C. United hosts the New York Red Bulls in the MLS playoffs. United, the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, got here via an arguably prototypical 2-1 win over the New England Revolution mid-week, while the Supporters Shield winning Red Bulls will start - and hopefully end - their playoff push here in the conference semifinals.

Eddie Johnson formally retires

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In a long-expected move, Eddie Johnson has formally retired.

Former D.C. United and United States international forward Eddie Johnson has officially announced his retirement today. He is going to be recognized at halftime of the D.C. United-New York Red Bulls playoff game this afternoon, which will cap a career that ended far too soon.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls MLS Cup Playoffs staff and reader predictions

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We try and predict what will happen this afternoon between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls

D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls renew the Atlantic Cup rivarly in the playoffs today. We are split on what will happen, so let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Which United will we see take the field Sunday?

DC United vs. New York Red Bulls, MLS playoffs 2015: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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United faces their arch-rival in a playoff game that will likely require the Black-and-Red's very best if they're going to be in a good position for the second leg.

When it comes to MLS playoff games involving D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls, the dynamic over the first two decades of the league has usually been the same: United is favored (probably strongly favored), and they prove those expectations right against a Red Bulls team that either never had a chance or shoots themselves in the foot.

Keys to Victory: 4 things D.C. United has to do to defeat the New York Red Bulls in the MLS playoffs tomorrow

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United needs to be engaged and active all over the field to beat NYRB for the first time in 2015.

Tomorrow afternoon, D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls will start their fifth MLS playoff series in twenty years, and they'll end the season having played each other five different times. These being the two teams that have played each other more than any other pair of MLS clubs, it's safe to say that familiarity is a huge factor.