Black and Red United Archives for January 2015

Opposition 11: What can D.C. United expect out of Alajuelense in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal?

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La Liga is probably not going to alter a lineup that worked so well in Costa Rica, but they might make a formation game as the game progresses.

I'll just get straight to the point: Liga Deportiva Alajuelense has no particularly strong reason to change what worked so well for them in last week's 5-2 win over D.

Bobby Boswell on MLS's CBA talks as clock winds down starting the 2015 season on time

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Chris Rolfe represented D.C. United at CBA meetings today in Washington, D.C.

With the start of the 2015 MLS season on the horizon, the lack of a new collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league and owners looms large. As such, D.C. United captain Bobby Boswell spoke at lengths after practice on Monday on the current situation between the players and the league.

Amongst the Rojinegros: a D.C. United Fan Goes to Costa Rica

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In which we attempt to recount the experience of the first game of D.C. United's 2015 Season.

The CONCACAF Champions League game between D.C. United and Alajuelense started not in the city of the game for us at 7pm last Thursday, but at a hotel more than 50 miles southwest of the area in a town named Jaco.

D.C. United versus LD Alajuelense lineup: Can United find a second leg miracle?

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With a massive hole out of which to dig, can United find a lineup that could possibly fight back?

After the thrashing that D.C. United received last Thursday, they come back to the District to take on LD Alajuelense in the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals. To move on, United will have to win by at least three goals while either blanking Alajuelense or allowing them only one goal.

Monday Freedom Kicks: It Sucks to Wear Socks Again

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More on D.C. United's loss to Alajuelense Thursday, Fox and provider fights, single entity in the crosshairs, and showing Led Zeppelin and Aliens for young boys.

I returned over the weekend from Costa Rica, where it was 87 when I left and 18 when I returned. Surprisingly, I have not reconsidered and turned back around to warmer temperatures.

The Last Word on LD Alajuelense vs. D.C. United Leg 1: A Rude Awakening

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The Black and Red are harshly greeted to what will be a physically tough 2015 campaign, but they should have expected this, more than they realize.

In order to get acclimated to the warm weather in Costa Rica, D.C. United spent almost three weeks in Florida and Texas. Unfortunately, not only did things become pear-shaped for them physically as the game went on, the more disappointing part is mentally the game was lost far before the body gave in, some by people who had experienced these circumstances before, and the result was a 5-2 loss to L.

MLS 2015 Match Prediction Game - Week 1

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Buckle up, folks. The B&RU Match Prediction Game is back for a second season.

That's right, Districtistas. The Black and Red United Match Prediction Game is back for the 2015 season! After a successful inaugural season under the leadership of DCUniverse, I am delighted to take over as moderator for the second season.

Uh, Ouch? DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 27 February 2015

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The pre-season is squarely upon us all.

Preseason. You can't live with it, and you can't kill it.

D.C. United smashed by Alajuelense, 5-2, in CONCACAF Champions League - The Washington Post: "Smashed." Heebie Jeebies.

Comcast SportsNet, D.C. United announce record TV schedule | Comcast SportsNet Washington: Thank you, Comcast SportsNet.

Dismal D.C. United performance sees Alajuelense cruise to 5-2 victory in first leg of CCL quarterfinal - Recap + Highlights

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United looked very much like a team that hadn't played a competitive game in over three months, and now they'll need a miracle to advance in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Intro

As expected, La Liga put United to the test immediately following kickoff. A short corner kick caught United napping a bit, with a cross to the back post finding Jose Ortiz at the back post.

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

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It's go time. United travels to Costa Rica to take on an LDA side that desperately needs to right a listing ship. Follow along with us as this CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal gets underway.

It's been a long winter, but D.C. United is finally back on the field tonight to face LD Alajuelense in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

D.C. United vs. Alajuelense CONCACAF Champions League live stream: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

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United's offseason ends tonight with a huge CCL quarterfinal against "La Liga," historically one of CONCACAF's strongest clubs.

Tonight, after more than three months, D.C. United is back playing competitive soccer with a visit to LD Alajuelense in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

All D.C. United games will be televised this year

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D.C. United and Comcast Sportsnet announced today that all non-nationally televised games will be available on CSN.

D.C. United and Comcast SportsNet have finally agreed upon terms for the local broadcast of D.C. United games this season. And, for the first time in the past few years, Comcast has agreed to air all of D.

Throwback Thursday: In which D.C. United finds joy in CONCACAF play

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Let's go back to that time when we first met Luciano Emilio, who introduced himself to D.C. United fans in the best possible way.

D.C. United signs Travis Worra, an undrafted goalkeeper out of the University of New Hampshire

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United is back to a full compliment of goalkeepers after signing Worra, a Pennsylvania native who had been on trial after going undrafted.

D.C. United has given several trialists a shot to replace Joe Willis as the third goalkeeper on the roster, and Travis Worra has won the battle. Worra, a University of New Hampshire product who went undrafted in January, has officially signed with United.

Freedom Kicks for 26 February 2015: Soccer stadia, rivalries, alums

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Another snowy edition of Freedom Kicks to kick off your United day!

It is another snow day for everyone down here in RVA, and it looks like many of you have at least a delay up in DC. So use it well, and really dive into your Freedom Kicks today. And Happy United Day!

D.C. United to begin 2015 campaign with Champions League match in Costa Rica - The Washington Post: Steve Goff gives us the lowdown on what is going on with D.

D.C. United CONCACAF Champions League Scouting Report: LD Alajuelense

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Alajuelense has some issues at the moment, but United is still going to have to put in a top performance in the first leg to set themselves up to advance from this CCL quarterfinal clash.

Yesterday we took a look at what D.C. United could expect in terms of a lineup from LD Alajuelense, the suddenly troubled Costa Rican powerhouse.

D.C. United vs. LD Alajuelense staff and reader predictions

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Our staff is confident in D.C. United's abilities going into their first competitive match of 2015.

Welcome to the 2015 edition of our staff and reader predictions! We kick of United's campaign with their trip down to Costa Rica in the Concacaf Champions League. Our staff is rather bullish, with only one of us predicting that D.

D.C. United vs. LD Alajuelense lineup: Veterans take the field Thursday nights

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D.C. United takes the field in their first competitive match of 2015.

D.C. United is already in Costa Rica, and they take on LD Alajuelense tomorrow night in the first leg of the quaterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League. Ben Olsen has not been coy about what his starting lineup will be, featuring the mostly same starters all throughout the MLS preseason, and all in buildup to this game.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and CONCACAF Champions League links for Wednesday February 25, 2015

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One more day to get through before soccer returns!

First up, let's cover where we'll be able to watch D.C. United's game tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow. Soccer is back!

TV for D.C. United at Alajuelense Thursday: Fox Sports 2, Univision Deportes, http://t.

D.C. United Transfer News and Rumors: Alexander Robinson Says CBA Resolution Holding Up Signing

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He speaks!

We know that former Saprissa and current D.C. United player Jairo Arrieta traveled to Costa Rica as part of the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal match for D.C. against Alajuelense. As it turns out, Joel Condor Florida Man Alexander Robinson traveled with the team as well, making sure our "former Saprissa player in town against Saprissa's archrival" quota is bursting at the seams.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: CCL, CBA, TFC. Some other letters, too.

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We're closing in on CCL time again, not to mention MLS time, though CBA talks still loom. Today's links also take you to such exotic places as Qatar, France, and Toronto.

Today's Freedom Kicks are fueled by my anger at autoplay videos which should NEVER EVER BE A THING. Glaring at you so hard, ESPN FC.

MLS strike could threaten D.C. United's CCL hopes

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If the MLS Players Union should strike, it might cost the league more than just a couple of missed games.

With no collective bargaining agreement in place, and with at least one veteran reporter saying he thinks there is a better than 50/50 chance that there will be a strike, it is time to look at the implications that strike might have on D.

Filibuster podcast episode 120: Matt Doyle talks Eastern Conference, we talk CCL

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We talk to Matt Doyle of MLSsoccer.com and then preview D.C. United's upcoming CCL game.

Ben ate the intro to this episode, so it is an in media res version of Filibuster! Adam, Jason, and Ben welcome on Matt Doyle from MLSsoccer.com to talk about all things Eastern Conference as we get closer and closer to the season.

Line 'em up: What D.C. United can expect from LD Alajelense in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League tie?

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United should plan on seeing an attack-minded Alajuelense side Thursday night, if partially because the Costa Rican side has few other options.

Figuring out how LD Alajuelense will line themselves up - and more importantly, how they'll play the game stylistically - to face D.C. United Thursday night has been a bit tricky.

Get to know the Richmond Kickers, D.C. United's USL affiliate

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D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers are back together once again (for possibly the last time), so we go to give you some information on our friends to the south.

Just as we have done for the past two years, we will give you an introduction to the Richmond Kickers, D.C. United's USL affiliate.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Preparing for CONCACAF Champions League

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We look back at Friday's scrimmage, the curious decision of MLS to regain control of online merchandise sales, and wonder what the weather's like in Costa Rica.

A couple of weeks ago, our own Ben Bromley callously and haphazardly shirked his responsibilities with the Freedom Kicks, saying that they were on beach time.

Major League Soccer Reclaiming Online Merchandise Sales From Franchises

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Sorry lads, no more ordering online through your local team store, for those who have one.

Earlier this morning, the D.C. United Team Store twitter dropped this bit of information:

(1/2) Sorry to announce that we will be shutting down our online store at the end of the coming week.

Spirit's Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and Crystal Dunn to USWNT for Algarve Cup

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The trio of Spirit teammates will be part of a first choice US team next month.

The Washington Spirit's Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and Crystal Dunn are all part of the United States Women's National Team that will be part of the Algarve Cup, to be held in Portugal beginning March 4.

Along with those players, coach Jill Ellis announced that recently suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo returns to the squad after seeing a 30 day suspension by the team.

Naïve United coughs up three goals to 10-man FC Dallas to lose 3-1 - Recap + Highlights

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The Black-and-Red dominated for long stretches, but costly mistakes at both ends doom DCU to defeat in Dallas.

Progress had been more or less a constant for D.C. United in this abbreviated preseason, but that could not be said tonight. United fell 3-1 to a ten-man FC Dallas side, with all four goals scored after midfielder Michel was given a straight red card in the 23rd minute.

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

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Tonight in Texas, DCU gets one more preseason test before the games really start to count.

For the most part, it's been a good preseason for D.C. United. There have been more clean sheets than goals conceded, and we've seen some very pretty goals scored by the Black-and-Red. While there are some injured players, those injuries happened in 2014 or with the USMNT.

D.C. United vs. FC Dallas live stream: Time and how to watch online

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United's final match of the preseason - a night game against FC Dallas - is about as close to an MLS rehearsal match as you can get.

There's one last order of business for D.C. United before the 2015 preseason officially ends. The Black-and-Red are still in Texas, and they'll once again face FC Dallas, but this time it'll be a couple hundred miles to the north at Toyota Stadium.

D.C. United cuts David Estrada from preseason camp

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D.C. United is closer to finalizing its roster, cutting David Estrada loose from camp.

The ranks of the trialists grow ever smaller, with D.C. United cutting midfielder/forward David Estrada today. Estrada was acquired from the Seattle Sounders last summer for a third round draft pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

D.C. United developing path from pre-academy to the first team

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D.C. United has formed a partnership with Evergreen FC, and seems to be building a direct line from the pre-academy to the first team.

With the announcement yesterday that D.C. United would be partnering with Evergreen FC to place a U-23 team into the USL PDL, United filled a key gap in their youth development system.

Frigid Friday Freedom Kicks: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 20 February 2015

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Farfan is pumped for a trip to Costa Rica. Scabs need not apply for any secret MLS replacement list. Wales shows its (Washington) Spirit.

It's so cold I could slice open the belly of atauntaun and just sleep there forever.

D.C. United Preseason Report: Dallas Day 2 | D.C. United: Michael Farfan gets interviewed, and Davy Arnaud smokes an unnamed DCU defender.

D.C. United launches residency academy

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D.C. United has made a substantial investment in its academy, launching a residency program.

D.C. United announced today that it will partner with The Calverton School in Huntingtown, Maryland, to launch a residency program for the U-14 through U-18 teams academy teams. It will allow United to bring in players from the greater Mid-Atlantic region and from across the world, allow them to complete high school through The Calverton School, and allow them to participate in D.

Freedom Kicks for 19 February 2015: Chris Rolfe, Concacaf Champions League

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Freedom Kicks are completely bundled up, but ready to trudge out into this brave new world.

Are you frozen? I'm frozen. Let's huddle together and burn these Freedom Kicks for warmth.

10 minutes with DC United's Chris Rolfe: Playing with one arm, eating clean and gunning for trophies in 2015 | MLSsoccer.

Dave Kasper, a (Rumored) Contract Extension, and an Identity

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We look at reports of extending the D.C. United General Manager and Wildly Ruminate on its Ramifications.

News from Steven Goff came out today about General Manager Dave Kasper in talks with the team on extending his contract, which was due to expire at the end of the year. Tangentially, we thought he still was under contract or, at the very least, was about to close on a speculated three-year extension back in 2013.

D.C. United sign 2015 SuperDraft pick Aguilar

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Midfielder Miguel Aguilar was the 17th overall pick, from the University of San Francisco

D.C. United announced on Wednesday afternoon that they had come to terms on a contract with their first round pick of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, midfielder Miguel Aguilar, from the University of San Francisco.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and UEFA Champions League links for Wednesday February 18, 2015

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United and Alajuelense updates ahead of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, Copa Libertadores going nuts, and plenty of other important Kurt Russell news.

Hope everyone got shoveled out without injury. I had no problems until, hours after the job was done, a plow came through my neighborhood and tried to "help" by plowing areas around turns or at forks that were missed in the initial pass (which, like all plowing, focused on straight lines).

A Refreshed D.C. United Badge For Your Examination

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Filibuster podcast episode 119: ATX Pro Challenge, MLS Referees

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On tap tonight: Courvoisier, Apple juice and rum, Old Overholt Manhattan

Welcome to the all-musical episode of Filibuster, where we sing you the entire week's news about D.C. United! That's not actually true, but hope that you can make it through the very bad singing at the beginning because we do eventually talk about the ATX Pro Challenge, the most awesome of armadillo sheriff trophies, D.

D.C. United preseason minutes & positions tracker v3.0

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D.C. United have now won the first ever Armadillo-cum-trophy in history, but with the regular season rapidly approaching, what players are playing in what positions? We have a handy chart to answer that question.

With still almost two weeks until D.C. United take the field in Costa Rica for the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, the Black-and-Red have already claimed their first hardware of 2015.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Do you wanna build a snowman?

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A fun video featuring your faves, new USMNT/USWNT away kits, and the story behind the 'dillo.

Happy snow day!

Do you wanna read some soccer links?

A Day with D.C. United | MLS Preseason 2015 | MLSsoccer.com
Fun, short video following DCU around for a day in Austin. Worth a watch.

3 teams above D.C. United in 2015 MLS Cup betting odds

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The Las Vegas Super Book has D.C. United at 9/1 odds to win the 2015 MLS Cup, but has three teams above them.

The Las Vegas Super Book has released the betting odds for the 2015 MLS Cup, and D.C. United is at a respectable 9/1 odds. What is not respectable, however, is all of the teams ahead of them.

Countdown to soccer: 10 days - Can Fabian Espindola replicate 2014?

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Suspended for the first six league games, can Fabian Espindola replicate his 2014 in 2015?

When Fabian Espindola came to D.C. United in the Re-Entry Draft prior to last season, he was billed as a streaky forward. And while that might be true within a season, though that can be debated as well, he has been remarkably consistent season over season the past four years: he is one of only four MLS players with nine goals or more in each of those past four seasons.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Undefeated Armadillo Champions

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We look back at the ATX Pro Challenge, ahead (slightly) to Alajuelense, and back even further to Jaws.

Just going to take a moment and mention that we have as many stuffed armadillos as trophies as the New York Red Bulls have trophies. That is all.

Recaps of D.C. United's win over F.

Chris Rolfe and Bill Hamid star as D.C. United downs FC Dallas to win the ATX Pro Challenge - Recap + Highlights

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A wonderful goal from Rolfe brightened an otherwise drab match as United won itself their first-ever trophy featuring an armadillo that is also a cowboy.

No one would go so far as to call it an eye-catching performance, but D.C. United won the ATX Pro Challenge final by defeating FC Dallas 1-0 today in Austin, TX.

D.C. United vs. FC Dallas ATX Pro Challenge live stream, previews, lineup, how to watch online, and gamethread

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It may be mid-February, but it's never too early to be winning a trophy. United faces FC Dallas in the championship game of the ATX Pro Challenge.

It's something of a tradition for D.C. United to end up in a position to win preseason trophies. Even in bad years - 2010, for example - United tends to win preseason tournaments most of the time.

Countdown to soccer: 11 days - A brief history of Luis Silva's roles with D.C. United

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A year ago, many of us were convinced that Luis Silva's future with D.C. United lay in a more withdrawn role, but heading into 2015, the consensus is that he belongs on the forward line.

When he joined D.C. United midway through 2013, Luis Silva provided an immediate ray of hope in a dreary season, scoring in each of his first three games, playing as a second forward.

Countdown to soccer: 12 days - a valentine from B&RU to D.C. United supporters and fans

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With 12 days until D.C. United take the field in 2015, we express our love for the 12th man. That's you.

All of us here at B&RU - staff and readers alike - love D.C. United. And we're pretty sure D.C. United loves us back (even after the way they treated us through most of 2013). But we here in this corner of the internet also love you, our readers and fellow fans and supporters of the Black-and-Red.

Miguel Aguilar's golazo guides D.C. United to a preseason win over the Austin Aztex - Recap + Highlights

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Aguilar and Doyle - both set up by Arrieta - scored early goals as United emerged victorious for the first time in 2015.

After struggling to score during the Florida portion of training camp, D.C. United's attack came to life in the early stages of a 2-0 victory over the Austin Aztex in the ATX Pro Challenge.

D.C. United releases Dan Metzger

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With a logjam at central midfield, D.C. United has released Dan Metzger

Steve Goff is reporting that D.C. United has released central midfielder Dan Metzger. He apparently had a non-guaranteed contract, so his release won't complicate United's cap so much. Goff also reports that, besides the fact that United has a logjam at central midfield, Metzger has been gaining some interest from lower-division clubs; United has a history of doing right by their players, so releasing him when he has interest elsewhere is a good move by the team.

D.C. United vs. Austin Aztex ATX Pro Challenge TV/streaming, previews, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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United faces the USL's Austin Aztex in preseason play. It may be lower-level opposition, but the Black-and-Red need to respect the Texas side in front of their home fans.

D.C. United's fourth preseason game is tonight, and while the Austin Aztex are merely a USL team it should still be a good test.

D.C. United vs. Austin Aztex live stream: Time and how to watch online

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United is in Texas for the fourth game of the 2015 preseason. Tonight, they'll play the Austin Aztex of the USL as the nightcap of the ATX Pro Challenge's semifinal round.

While D.C. United fans in the DMV add on another layer to combat what is hopefully the coldest week of winter, the Black-and-Red (as well as a good number of smart fans) have hit the road for better conditions.

Countdown to soccer: 13 days - Will Chris Pontius be a forward or a midfielder?

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With 13 days before D.C. United's 2015 season begins, we look at where the Party Boy will bring the party this year.

Hey, guess what. Chris Pontius is not injured right now. In fact, he's suited up for all three of D.C. United's preseason games so far, starting up top with Fabian Espindola.

Freedom Kicks: World Cup 2026, MLS CBA, Clueless Klinsmann, Vegas Expansion, Loon's MVP

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How shady do you like your sports television contracts?

The 2015 MLS season may not start for another three weeks, but the news keeps coming hot and heavy. If you've been living under a rock, you've missed some big things happening in the world of American soccer. Let's get right to it.

Battered and Bruised and Beer

It's exciting times in the world of DC United goalkeepers.

Countdown to soccer: 14 days - D.C. United, Nick DeLeon, and right midfield

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Two weeks before United's 2015 season begins, we're looking at how DeLeon gives United much needed balance despite being a wide midfielder.

Balance is a vital component for any successful soccer team. Playing two poachers up front starves an attack of options in the build-up, for example. A midfield featuring too many traditional playmakers will struggle to win the ball back and will often appear to have too many cooks in the kitchen.

Officiating Crew for D.C. United CCL Game Announced

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So let's dive in and wrap the tin foil around our heads tightly!

Ahead of the CONCACAF Champions League (which apparently is now the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League) quarterfinal matches, the Alajuelense website is saying that the officials for the February 26 match with D.C. United are Roberto Garcia as referee, with Marcos Quintero and Jose Luis Camargo as linesmen.

D.C. United sign Miguel Aguilar

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The list of trialists gets even shorter with United signing their first round draft pick.

D.C. United has reduced the number of trialists on their squad, with Steve Goff reporting that the team has signed first-round pick Miguel Aguilar to a contract. Aguilar, a forward/winger in college at San Francisco University, looks to be a backup to Nick DeLeon and Michael Farfan; a stint in Richmond this year is looking likely as well.

D.C. United begins Austin Phase of Camp, and a Note from Costa Rica

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The team shifts training camp to Austin minus an offseason addition, but adds more trialists. Plus an update on D.C. United's CCL Champions League opponent.

D.C. United moved training camp to the Austin, Texas, portion of their offseason, ahead of matches with the Austin Aztex and Columbus Crew/FC Dallas winner, or loser depending on how D.

Freedom Kicks for 12 February 2015: Free Agency, demographics, and cheese

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There's a war of words happening in Canada, and it revolves around cheese.

D.C. United is now in Austin, with another preseason game coming tomorrow. It is exactly two weeks until D.C. United goes to Costa Rica for the Concacaf Champions League. It is Freedom Kicks.

After orchestrating DC's defensive turnaround, assistant Enzo Concina hoping to do same with Montreal Impact | MLSsoccer.

Countdown to soccer: 15 days - Is there any chance of Steve Birnbaum having a sophomore slump?

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Birnbaum had a great 2014 and has a bright future, but he'll have new obstacles to deal with this season.

Remember where we stood with Steve Birnbaum at this time last year? D.C. United had adroitly played Philadelphia and Vancouver off of each other to trade down, make some money, and still get the player they always wanted, but Birnbaum's 2014 preseason was making the decision look just a little bit iffy.

Filibuster podcast episode 118: D.C. United preseason, new jersey, MLS collective bargaining

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On tap tonight: White Russian, Black Dog, Bulleit

Despite some technical difficulties that eventually cost us Jason, the Filibuster crew is dedicated to its craft. We start off by talking about D.C. United's preseason losses and whether or not we should be worried by them. We then talk about the positioning of Chris Pontius and whether he is going to feature more as a forward or as a winger, how Markus Halsti has looked so far, and players such as Bill Hamid and Luis Silva returning from injuries.

Scouting new D.C. United midfielder Michael Farfan

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In which a Philadelphia Union blogger gives us the skinny on Marfan.

One of the perks of SB Nation is having fans of other teams just a quick note away. We like to use what resources we have available here at B&RU, so we reached out to our Philadelphia Union-flavored sister site,Brotherly Game, to give us the low-down on former Union midfielder and new D.

Ben Olsen discusses Birnbaum, Hamid, and his plans for the rest of D.C. United's preseason

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Benny talks Birnbaum, Hamid, Halsti and more.

D.C. United held practice at the RFK Auxiliary fields on Tuesday, before they are scheduled to head out to Austin, Texas to take part in the ATX Pro Challenge. The first game will come on Friday against the Austin Aztex, and United will then face either the Columbus Crew or FC Dallas on February 15.

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

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Plenty of MLS news from yesterday, plus United, a CCL video, and another NYCFC snafu.

Per The Weather Channel, in the next five days we'll see a 19 degree dropoff followed immediately by a 21 degree jump followed by a potential 34 degree plunge. Lousy Smarch weather.

Versatile new signing Markus Halsti fitting right in with DC United: "He's been exactly what we wanted" | MLSsoccer.

D.C. United acquire Michael Farfan through the MLS Allocation Order

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D.C. United uses their allocation order spot to pick one half of the Farfan twins.

D.C. United announced today that they have acquired midfielder Michael Farfan through the MLS Allocation Order. After spending his first three years with the Philadelphia Union, Farfan was sold to Cruz Azul of Liga MX after the 2013 MLS season.

D.C. United's Perry Kitchen makes his USMNT debut in 2-0 win over Panama

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D.C. United's other USMNT representative makes his first appearance with the first team, this time the Red, White and Blue come out victorious.

Steve Birnbaum and Perry Kitchen were part of Jurgen Klinsmann's January camp and in a mild surprise, Birnbaum got the first start between the two, in the United States' 3-2 loss to Chile.

Countdown to soccer: 16 days - What should we expect from D.C. United rookie Dan Metzger?

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With 16 days until United's season gets under way, we look at the Black-and-Red's current #16: Rookie Dan Metzger, who joins a long list of Maryland products to play their pro soccer in the District.

The 2015 MLS Superdraft wasn't supposed to be a particularly exciting day for D.C. United. Despite a history of drafting very well, United showed up at the Philadelphia Convention Center with only two picks: The 17th overall - which is late in the first round - and the 42nd overall, which was the very last pick of the day.

The USL launches rebrand, will vie for division 2 status in 2016

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The artist formerly known as USL PRO is now known as the USL.

The United Soccer League announced today that it has dropped the USL PRO moniker and will compete instead as the USL. In addition, the league announced new branding as well as customized versions of its new logo in each of the team's colors.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Jermaine Jones is Joey from Friends

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CBA stuff getting real, Gyasi Zardes making an impression, and soccer moms, but not what you think.

Full disclosure, I almost forgot it was my turn for the Kicks of Freedom, which means I have a short list for you guys today. Go nuts in the comments with everything I missed.

Bobby Boswell, Chris Rolfe speak on MLS CBA talks: "We will strike over free agency" — Soccer Wire
Shit's real, as they say.

D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum picks up knee injury during USMNT camp

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Birnbaum has a minor knee sprain, which may put his availability for the first leg of United's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal in question.

The just-concluded USMNT camp will largely go down as a positive for D.C. United. Perry Kitchen and Steve Birnbaum both got their first-ever senior caps, and given that both are young players it would appear that they have a path towards long-term roles at that level if they continue to progress as players.

Countdown to soccer: 17 days - How will Miguel Aguilar fit into D.C. United's plans?

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How will D.C. United's first round pick figure into their plans this year?

With 17 days left until the season begins, D.C. United has already gone through a first round of trialists, with more likely to come when the team goes to Austin. One of the unsigned players still left with the team is their first round draft pick, Miguel Aguilar.

D.C. United 2015 Preaseason Minutes & Positions Tracker v2.0

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Now that the first phase of preseason is behind us, let's see who Ben Olsen is running out at which positions.

Who's ready for another Preseason Minutes & Positions Tracker update? (For those of you who missed the first iteration of this year's Tracker, this is where we check in on who Ben Olsen is running out at which positions and for how long to get an idea on how D.

Monday Freedom Kicks: New Threads for The Black and Red

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We look at the new jersey, give you a look at Perry Kitchen's first senior team cap, a "could have come to D.C. United" nugget and Community's return date.

So many links on haberdashery, so little time. So let's get cracking.

D.C. United unveil new white and red secondary jersey - Black And Red United: Coverage of the reveal and other stuff from us, the team, MLSsoccer.

D.C. United unveil new white and red secondary jersey

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United's new jersey is unveiled at a season ticket holder event at Pinstripes in Georgetown

D.C. United unveiled their new secondary jersey on Sunday, at a season ticket holder event at Pinstripes in Georgetown. While players and coaches mingled and competed against season ticket holders in bocce and bowling, midfielder Chris Rolfe unveiled the jersey to the hundreds gathered.

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

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The USMNT's winter camp ends today with a game against a familiar CONCACAF foe.

The annual January camp for the USMNT has become more of a "January and a bit of February" sort of thing under Jurgen Klinsmann. It's also become more controversial, as Klinsmann has declared that the player pool isn't as fit as he'd like.

USMNT vs. Panama live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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Camp Struedel concludes today with a friendly against Panama. Will Jurgen Klinsmann give the 352 another try, or has he already moved on?

Stop me if you've heard this before: The USMNT struggled with some basic defensive ideas and used several players in positions not suited to them in a loss.

Countdown to soccer: 18 days - Will D.C. United need another in-season talent infusion to thrive in 2015?

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D.C. United started the 2014 season slowly until they acquired Chris Rolfe. Can the Black-and-Red set out on the right foot this year, or will 2015 bring a repeat and an early-season trade?

Think back to early March of last year. United had started the season winless in three games, and despite generally looking better than the hellscape that was 2013, Ben Olsen's side was still missing something, particularly going forward.

D.C. United vs. Malmo FF: A Firsthand Game Report from Florida

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As one of less than one dozen fans at the DC United Malmo game in Florida, DBU gives his firsthand impressions of new players and performance not apparent in the video stream.

I am in Florida and went to the DC United-Malmo game. I was one of only perhaps a dozen D.C. United fans at the game.

Countdown to Soccer: 19 days - How will Jairo Arrieta fit into D.C. United

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With just under three weeks until D.C. United kicks off their 2015 season in Costa Rica, we look at the Black-and-Red's new #19, Costa Rican striker Jairo Arrieta.

Shortly after the 2014 MLS Cup, the league's two newest teams got their pick of the unprotected portions of every other teams' rosters.

D.C. United wastes first half chances, falling 1-0 to Malmö FF in preseason play - Recap + Highlights

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Despite creating the better of the chances, the Black-and-Red finished the Florida leg of training camp without a win.

Despite putting together their best half of the preseason, D.C. United fell 1-0 to Swedish champions Malmö FF. On a windy day at the IMG Academy's mini-stadium, United were the better side for much of the first half before conceding a goal moments before the halftime whistle to Jo Inge Berget.

D.C. United vs. Malmö FF MLS preseason streaming info, previews, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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United has faced Malmö about as regularly as they've faced Vancouver in recent years. They'll meet again today in the Markus Halsti Derby.

It's a little early in the preseason to already be on our second (made-up) derby, but today D.C. United and Malmö will contest the first-ever Markus Halsti Derby down in Florida.

To the picket line: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 6 February 2015

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Solidarity forever.

It's Friday Freedom Kicks. Focus.

On Frame with Eryk Williamson: College-bound | D.C. United: Get to know an Academy player, with Molly Bruh.

MLS labor talks remain ‘very far apart' - The Washington Post: It's starting to sound like a real labor dispute, with free agency the big sticking point.

Freedom Kicks for 5 February 2015

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Today's Freedom Kicks are on beach time

I meant to get to the Freedom Kicks earlier today, but I'm at the beach and on beach time. So deal with it.

Quality, Depth in D.C. United 2015 Signing Day class | D.C. United: D.C. United's Academy teams are going to an impressive slate of schools, including three to Jason's Maryland and one to my College of William & Mary.

D.C. United and Richmond Kickers renew affiliation for 2015 season

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2015 is the third consecutive season that the Kickers will serve as United's USL PRO affiliate

D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers announced on Thursday an agreement for the Kickers to serve as United's USL Pro affiliate, the third straight year that such an arrangement has existed. As per the agreement, United will send at least four first team players to Richmond on long-term deals.

Countdown to Soccer: 21 days - D.C. United stood pat this offseason, but is that such a bad thing?

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Everyone in the Eastern Conference has been busy signing players and changing things up, while United was very quiet by comparison. Should we fear another 2013?

There's no artful way to put it: D.C. United had a pretty quiet offseason. Signing Markus Halsti - he of the very recent UEFA Champions League appearances and a spot in the 2014 Allsvenskan Best 11 - is probably not being talked up enough, but that's about it as far as major moves.

U.S. Soccer announces 2015 US Open Cup Format

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D.C. United and the 16 other US-based MLS sides will enter in the 4th round.

U.S. Soccer announced the schedule to the 2015 US Open Cup on Wednesday, which introduced several new changes to the competition's format. Three-time winners D.C. United and the other 16 US-based MLS teams will enter the competition in the 4th round, set to be played on June 16th and 17th.

Countdown to Soccer: 22 Days - Let's talk about the fullback situation at D.C. United

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Fullback play is arguably the defining tactical aspect of the current phase of soccer history. So how does DCU stack up at the position heading into 2015?

Conveniently, just a couple days after he emerged as the most likely contender to succeed Lewis Neal as The Standard, we've reached 22 days, the number of one Mr.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and USMNT links for Wednesday February 4th, 2015

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We look at a little United news, hear from Bruce Arena, continue to be befuddled by various Klinsmann-ings, and talk about booze. Standard Wednesday Freedom Kicks.

Well, today's Freedom Kicks are late, so let's skip the intro:

D.C. United finishes with ten men, but hangs on to tie Jönköpings Södra IF 0-0 - Recap + Highlights | Black and Red United
In case you missed our write-up of yesterday's D.

D.C. United finishes with ten men, but hangs on to tie Jönköpings Södra IF 0-0 - Recap + Highlights

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In a game that was apparently short on chances, United created a couple of looks before halftime and then hung on to a scoreless draw while playing 11v10 for the last 18 minutes.

D.C. United's preseason preparations continued today with a 0-0 draw against Swedish clubJönköpings Södra IF on the training fields of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.

D.C. United jersey watch: 2015 secondary kit to honor supporters

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The latest teaser image from the club shows the "Esta Noche" chant on inside of the collar.

Vamos, Vamos United, Este noche, tenemos que ganar!

With just over a month until the official start of the 2015 MLS season, D.C. United's team store released a fifth sneak peak of the 2015 secondary jersey this morning.

D.C. United vs. Jönköpings Södra IF MLS preseason streaming info, previews, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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It's not a United preseason unless los Capitalinos face a Swedish club.

There were about as many positives as there were negatives in D.C. United's first preseason friendly, a 1-1 draw with Orlando City. The Black-and-Red should have scored at least one more goal, and there's no way the goal that was conceded should ever have been scored.

Filibuster podcast episode 117: D.C. United vs. Orlando City SC, USMNT vs. Chile

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On tap tonight: Heavy Seas Deep Six, Trader Joes Ruby Red Chai, Port City Optimal Wit

Despite being out on vacation, my dedication to bringing you this podcast knows no bounds. This week, Jason, Adam, and Leanne are back to talk about the beginning of D.C. United's preseason. They start by talking about D.

Countdown to Soccer: 23 Days - The future of Perry Kitchen at D.C. United and the USMNT

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Does it matter if Perry Kitchen plays a different position at D.C. United and the USMNT?

Another day closer to D.C. United first competitive match of the 2015 season, and another player to contemplate. While Lewis Neal has departed for the sunny climes of Florida, Perry Kitchen will hopefully be around for years to come.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Omar's comin'

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Quick deadline day wrap-up, Taylor Kemp will judge your spelling, and they let Omar Gonzalez into the White House.

Links here, get your links here!

January Transfer Deadline Day 2015: Rumors, news, deals and liveupdates - SBNation.com
Of note, the anti-Lampard Sebastian Giovinco is heading to Toronto from Juventus, and in your weekly dose of German soccer news, André Schürrle departs Chelsea for Wolfsburg (who thumped Bayern 4-1 last weekend, all my tears).

D.C. United transfer news and rumors: Futty Danso and Richard McCallum cut from camp while Travis Worra joins on trial

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The Black-and-Red will move on without signing the Portland Timbers veteran Danso or the occasional Jamaican national team GK McCallum, while adding University of New Hampshire product Worra.

The inevitable chopping and changing within D.C. United's preseason camp has started a bit earlier than normal.

Countdown to Soccer: 24 Days - Replacing Lewis Neal is a more existential question for D.C. United

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We open our countdown to D.C. United's Champions League quarterfinal with a look at a LEWIS NEAL-shaped hole on the bench.

It's time to start counting backwards, friends. In 24 days, D.C. United will take the field in Costa Rica for the first leg of their ConcaChamps quarterfinal series with Alajuelense.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Welcome Back Chris

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Preseason recaps? Preseason recaps. And Halsti quotes, Gene Hackman, and elderly Schalke fans.

For those who missed Friday's 1-1 preseason draw with Orlando City SC, we have got you covered, whether it is recaps from us, the team, or The Mane Land from the opposition perspective. Go forth, consume!

D.C. United 2015 Preaseason Minutes & Positions Tracker v1.0

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In which we relaunch a feature designed to help us understand where Ben Olsen is guiding the Black-and-Red through the preseason.

We made it, you guys. At long last, the 2015 (pre)season is here. I, for one, am relieved and excited. Which would explain why I'm shaking the dust off of a feature from around this time last year, our preseason minutes & positions tracker.