Black and Red United Archives for January 2015

Richmond Kickers 2-2 Wilmington Hammerheads: Kickers rally to earn a road point

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Luke Mishu and Jalen Robinson made their presence felt early, helping the Richmond Kickers rally to earn a road point.

D.C. United's Jalen Robinson and Luke Mishu got their first minutes of the 2015 season as they both started for the Richmond Kickers in their 2-2 tie with the Wilmington Hammerheads.

D.C. United 1-0 Los Angeles Galaxy: Player Ratings

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Subjectively scoring the Black and Red's Win.

On a day where D.C. United braved the elements and a sudden and unexpected change in plans, it took the heroics of a guy coming back into his form for the Black and Red to come away with the full three points in a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The Last Word on D.C. United 1-0 Los Angeles Galaxy: Finding the Status Quo

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We attempt to wrap a bow on Saturday's win and wonder if this is the short-term normal.

D.C. United continues to limp along without their offense due to injury and suspension, and in the Los Angeles Galaxy, their opponent was also missing their offense due to international duty, and the play was every bit as one would expect with lineups like these.

Monday Freedom Kicks: 3 Points Warm the Soul

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All the gamers you can handle, the best teams in CONCACAF, the return of an old friend and NewsRadio remembrances. Pour some Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor and peruse.

Still trying to get coffee and brandy in and the cold out. It's March 30 for Etcheverry's Sake! Oh well.

Recaps of D.C. United 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 0 by us (with more from Chris Pontius here and from Kofi Opare here), along with more from MLS Soccer, CSN Washington, The Washington Post, District Sports Page and Pontius nets dramatic late game-winner in 1-0 victory over the Galaxy | UnitedMania.

Kofi Opare steps in for injured Birnbaum, helps United shutout Galaxy in 1-0 win

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The former Galaxy defender made his first appearance for United in league play, coming on in the 5th minute after Birnbaum injured his ankle

Disaster seemingly struck early on last night for D.C. United in their match up against the LA Galaxy. United had an opportunity to play LA at the perfect time, with Gyasi Zardes, Robbie Keane, and Jaime Penedo all away on international duty.

Persistence pays off for Pontius, United, in late win

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Having missed several chances earlier in the game, Chris Pontius made most of the a stoppage time opportunity, heading home to ensure all three points for United

For most of the 90 minutes last night during the clash between D.C. United and the LA Galaxy, United players, coaches, and fans had a frustrated edge.

Chris Pontius the late hero in United's 1-0 win over LA Galaxy

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A draw looked inevitable after 90 minutes of scoreless soccer, but Pontius netted in the third minute of stoppage to hand United all three points

After last weekend's poor performance, D.C. United got just the result they were looking for, beating the LA Galaxy 1-0 at RFK Stadium, with Chris Pontius netting the winner in the third minute of second half stoppage.

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

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It's only March, but it's always a big game when the two most trophy-laden teams in MLS get together.

It's been nearly seven years since D.C. United beat the LA Galaxy. For that reason alone, this is a huge game for the Black-and-Red, but there's a lot more on the line than the idea of breaking a streak.

Richmond Kickers versus Wilmington Hammerheads: USL streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers take on the Wilmington Hammerheads tonight in the first game of the USL season.

The Richmond Kickers kick off their season tonight, travelling to Wilmington to take on the Hammerheads. The team is greatly retooled from last season, but some of the core players are back once again.

D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy MLS live stream: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

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United will look to make a statement against the defending champs tonight.

D.C. United and LA Galaxy will both take the field without their most prominent attackers. The temperatures will be about 35-40% cooler than they normally are in late March. There's a fancier transparent money grab for suckers friendly up the road that will take place before sundown and will feature a) the best player in the world and b) arguably this region's most popular national team.

Chris Pontius fully fit for D.C. United after long road back from hamstring issues

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Chris Pontius went all 90 minutes last weekend against NYRB, the first time he had played a full 90 minutes since his return

October 27, 2013.

A long time ago in D.C. United years. Most won't remember that game against the Houston Dynamo specifically. It was the final game of the 2013 season, a season to forget for the Black-and-Red.

D.C. United MLS Scouting Report: LA Galaxy

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The Galaxy may be without Keane and Zardes, but they'll still bring a strong team to RFK tonight.

Optimists will look at the timing of this D.C. United game against the LA Galaxy and be thankful. LA, having flown across the country, is missing Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes, and Jaime Penedo. Keane and Zardes, in particular, would both individually be huge absences: Keane is either the best or second-best forward in MLS, while no one on the Galaxy roster has the mix of speed, size, and exuberance that Zardes brings to the table.

Sean Franklin welcomes former team back to town as LA Galaxy hit RFK

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The 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year spent his first six seasons with the LA Galaxy

Following the disastrous 2013 MLS campaign, D.C. United were in desperate need of help all over the field. Known for drafting well, United don't have quite the same penchant for finding capable starters in MLS from foreign leagues.

MLS agrees to TV deal in Brazil

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MLS agrees to a four-year deal with Brazilian TV company Globosat.

Next time you're in Rio de Janeiro during the Major League Soccer season, you can ask the bartender at the local bar to turn on the D.C. United match. Earlier today, Major League Soccer announced a four-year partnership with Brazilian media giant Globosat, Latin America's biggest pay-TV operator.

D.C. United versus LA Galaxy staff and reader predictions

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Our predictions for D.C. United versus LA Galaxy are more mixed, but our staff still has some confidence.

D.C. United and the LA Galaxy square off at RFK Stadium square off during an international break that will keep Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes off the field. After last week's debacle against the New York Red Bulls, our predictions are more mixed; let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

Miguel Aguilar officially able to re-join team

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Thanks to some help from members of Congress, D.C. United's first round pick is available for selection.

D.C. United's first round draft pick, Miguel Aguilar, missed the last MLS game because of what was officially called "personal reasons" but which were widely acknowledged to be an issue with his work permit.

Opposition 11: What kind of lineup can D.C. United expect out of the LA Galaxy Saturday?

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Thanks to the international window, it's the right time for United to face the Galaxy.

Normally figuring out the lineup for a Bruce Arena-coached team isn't too complicated. He's not really a tinkerer, though last season LA did spend a couple of months in a diamond before going back to the 442 they won MLS Cup with.

Friday Freedom Kicks: Germans, MLS, and NASL (but mostly Germans)

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It's Friday, and we've got your soccer links to get your day started. We also have Germans. Lots of Germans.

It's March, which means a certain Madness is preventing us from watching Major League Soccer tonight on Spanish-language TV. But, without soccer to watch on a Friday night, we all should have a little more time to join with our German friends (and certain B&RU writers) in celebrating Manuel Neuer's birthday.

Freedom Kicks for 26 March 2015: USMNT, D.C. United, and Rafael van der Vaart

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Your morning dose of links is a little late, but it's packed with all the vitamins and minerals you need.

Freedom Kicks, unlike the USMNT, finally come together in the last 15 minutes. Let's soccer, shall we?

DC United vow to ditch "passive" tendencies ahead of visit from defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy | MLSsoccer.

USMNT vs. Denmark 2015 final score: Bendtner hat trick leads Danes to 3-2 victory over USA

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The scoreboard said 3-2, but in reality the US was badly outplayed by Denmark.

A Nicklas Bendtner hat trick carried Denmark to a 3-2 win over the USA, who held two leads thanks to goals from Jozy Altidore and Aron Johansson. Bendtner's strikes - in the 33rd, 83rd, and 91st minutes - gave the Danes a victory they completely deserved after spending most of the game pinning the USMNT deep inside their own end.

D.C. United quickly turn their sights forward with the LA Galaxy on the horizon

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With Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes away on international duty, United welcome a weakened LA Galaxy side to RFK this Saturday.

Another week, another game, another D.C. United opponent that had to adjust to the offseason retirement of a huge name. Last week, it was the New York Red Bulls, sans Thierry Henry.

Minnesota United FC officially joins Major League Soccer

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MLS announced today the 23rd team for the league, Minnesota United FC.

Major League Soccer officially announced today that Minnesota United FC will be the 23rd team in MLS and that they will join the league in 2018. Minnesota United were founded in 2010, joining the USSF D-2 Pro League after the Minnesota Thunder folded.

USMNT vs. Denmark 2015: Time, TV schedule, Streaming and more

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In search of a good result against a team that isn't cannon fodder, the USMNT is in Europe to take on a Denmark side featuring Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen.

It's an unusual camp for the USMNT, though I suppose "unusual" has become the norm under Jurgen Klinsmann. US Soccer says these games are part of the program's Gold Cup preparations, yet scheduled two matches against Denmark and Switzerland (two sides that aren't often compared stylistically or otherwise to CONCACAF opponents).

D.C. United versus LA Galaxy lineup: Not much change to be had, unless its in formation

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With limited options, there isn't much change to Ben Olsen's lineup versus the LA Galaxy.

After a stinging loss to the New York Red Bulls, D.C. United must face another old foe as the LA Galaxy come to town this Saturday. With a number of players still injured or suspended, Ben Olsen will have much of the same options as he did last weekend; they will just have to find themselves in better positions and with better ideas in order to pull the full three points.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, NWSL, and MLS links for Wednesday March 25, 2015

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Eminent domain, work permits, over-training, and formulas on spreadsheets: All the stuff you love about soccer, and none of that pesky ball-kicking!

I'm writing this intro after eating probably three too many Oreos, so let's just get to the links while I reconsider this and other life decisions:

Bowser Hints at Eminent Domain Use for D.

Bobby Boswell breaks down D.C. United's defeat in New Jersey

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As United got back on the practice field on Tuesday in preparation for LA Galaxy's visit this weekend, Bobby Boswell broke down United's shortcomings from their loss to NYRB

On a brisk Tuesday morning, D.C. United returned to the practice field in hopes of righting all the wrongs from the weekend's thorough defeat at the hands of their Atlantic Cup rivals, the New York Red Bulls.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 4

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Scoreless draws and missed penalty kicks.

Our winner for Week 3 is hawaiigradstudent, who managed to score 11 points in a week featuring four draws (three of them scoreless) and an ugly D.C United loss to the New York Red Bulls in the first round of the 2015 Atlantic Cup. A tip of the hat to you, sir.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 3: Frisco firepower

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Dallas continues their hot streak and have taken the top spot in this week's power rankings. Will the rest of the league decide to start playing and catch up?

Week 3 of the MLS season is in the books, and this week's power rankings brings with it a lot of movement among the teams in the league.

Fantasy Focus: Accommodating Visitors

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Boo this man.

It was not a high scoring round, with just 10 goals scored across 8 MLS games, and half of those goals came in Sunday's two matches. With 71 points, Stockholm Syndrome is the leader for the round. Robbie Keane (LA, $11.1) wore the armband and scored 14 points on the strength of a goal scored.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Get your soccer-inspired band names here

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USWNT, that Howler article, MLS expansion, World Cup 2022, and other things from which to draw inspiration for your next musical endeavor.

Insert your intro here, or just go straight to the links, folks.

Dure: Will Twitter and TMZ swamp women's soccer? — Soccer Wire
Isn't it crazy how times change?

New York Red Bulls 2-0 D.C. United: The Game in GIFs

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In which we cherrypick stuff to wax nostalgic about, but mostly self-flagellation.

With D.C. United losing to the New York Red Bulls 2-0, we've tried to put together some moments that mattered, or at least moments that will make you feel like the match wasn't a complete poop show. So take your medicine, as I hope the players in Black and Red will do.

The Last Word on New York Red Bulls 2-0 D.C. United: Giving Youth a Chance

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We try to put a bow on the result and wonder if there will be a transition to youth at some point down the road.

There is little denying that D.C. United played like a team missing its three most effective threats from 2014. Additionally, the fact of the matter is that if you are going to rely on a castoff and a guy in his tenth start in 20 months as your main offensive threats, things are going to be a bit rough.

New York Red Bulls 2-0 D.C. United: Player Ratings

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In which we score the Black and Red's second game.

After an effort where D.C. United squeaked past the Montreal Impact two weeks ago, the Black and Red dropped their second game to the New York Red Bulls in a 2-0 loss that was a frustrating one. With that in mind, on to your subjective scores!

Monday Freedom Kicks: So, 33-1 or Something?

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We give you the recaps we have, wonder if a record was broken, look at the Orange, and Jimmy Kimmel.

Well, hopefully those that went up are the same that came back, safe and sound, from the Dirty Jerz. Everyone's got some work to do, starting now.

Recaps of the game from us, MLSsoccer.

D.C. United stumble against New York Red Bulls, lose first game of season.

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United were soundly defeated by Red Bulls, who were paced in 2-0 win by goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Llyod Sam

With 2014 playoff disappointment still fresh in their minds, D.C. United headed up to Red Bull Arena on Sunday looking for a measure of revenge against bitter rivals, New York Red Bulls.

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

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United's first road game of the MLS season takes them to the home of their hated Atlantic Cup rivals.

D.C. United will have 32 more games after today, plus potential playoff games, this fall's CCL matches and the US Open Cup. However, the chances are that you will remember today's Atlantic Cup battle against the New York Red Bulls more vividly no matter how the game goes.

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

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MLS's oldest rivalry will be rekindled today as United visits a remodeled Red Bulls side in New Jersey.

Any Atlantic Cup matchday is a big one for D.C. United, as there are few things in life that feel better than putting one over on your odious, dastardly, unwashed rival. This one may not have the high stakes of a playoff match or an Open Cup game, but it will be a significant litmus test for both sides.

Hamid, Birnbaum left off USMNT roster

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The U.S. Men's National team roster for the March friendlies is released, and Bill Hamid and Steven Birnbaum are left off the list.

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and defender Steven Birnbaum were not among the names of 23 players called in by U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann this afternoon to compete in friendlies in Denmark on March 25th and in Switzerland on March 31st.

D.C. United MLS Scouting Report: New York Red Bulls

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Jesse Marsch's side has changed a lot since United saw them last November.

Looking back on yesterday's piece on the likely starting lineup that the New York Red Bulls will field against D.C. United tomorrow, it's clear how much the Metros have changed since last season. Only four regulars from 2014 are going to get starts, and injuries are only depriving Jesse Marsch of one starter (double agent Roy Miller) from last season.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls preview: Behind Enemy Lines with New York blog Once a Metro

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We talk to Jason Iapicco to get the low down on all things energy drink.

As is our tradition here at SB Nation, we reached out to the people running Once A Metro to get the low down on the New York Red Bulls. Jason Iapicco was kind enough to answer our questions.

Questions for Once A Metro

B&RU: Can Bradley Wright-Phillips be as effective this season without Thierry Henry there beside him?

Miguel Aguilar already stepping in to make mark in United's lineup

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The former San Francisco Don has already carved a niche out with the Black-and-Red

Chris Pontius. Perry Kitchen. Nick DeLeon. Steve Birnbaum. Not only some of the more recognizable names on D.C. United's roster, the quartet that started the 2015 MLS season opening game against Montreal all have another thing in common: drafted in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft by the Black-and-Red.

Ellis names USWNT roster for upcoming New Zealand friendly

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The same 25 players who traveled to Portugal for the Algarve Cup will travel to St. Louis for the USWNT's first domestic match of 2015.

After winning their 10th Algarve Cup title, the U.S. women's national team continue their preparation for this summer's Women's World Cup with a friendly against New Zealand on April 4 (Fox Sports 1, 3:30 p.

D.C. United revved up to erase 2014 Red Bull Arena playoff horror

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After the disaster in the playoffs last year, United is ready to head back to RBA for revenge against a retooled NYRB

Not that many will need reminding, but the last time that D.C. United made the dreary trip up to Harrison, N.J. to face the New York Red Bulls, things didn't do quite as planned.

Opposition 11: What can D.C. United expect out of the New York Red Bulls this Sunday?

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Jesse Marsch will field an NYRB side playing a familiar formation, but not a familiar style.

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like D.C. United's last game took place sometime last year. Two weeks is a long time when you're still in the early stages of coping with CCL defeat, I guess. In any case, the Black-and-Red are back on the field this Sunday to take on the dastardly low-lifes that call themselves the New York Red Bulls.

Presenting the B&RU exclusive 2015 D.C. United Field Guide

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Longtime B&RU reader Stunned Duck has put together another lovely one-page PDF containing United's 2015 roster.

For years now, we've had the privilege of running this feature, and I'm glad to bring it back for 2015. Reader Stunned Duck has put together a one-page field guide for D.C. United's 2015 roster that you can download below.

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

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The first match of the 2015 Atlantic Cup takes place in New Jersey on Sunday, and we are confident in D.C. United's chances.

D.C. United go on the road for the second time this season, and hope not to repeat the result of their first road trip. Our writers are again confident, with only one of us predicting something other than a win.

Ronaldo's Retirement Community: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 20 March 2015

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While Florida might not get another MLS team, Ronaldo might get his own Florida, in America, with MLS.

This Friday Freedom Kicks is dedicated to the generous people of Harrison, New Jersey.

New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United | MLS MatchCenter: It's MLS's greatest rivalry. Get with it, MLSsoccer.

D.C. United look to loan four young players to the Richmond Kickers

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D.C. United looks to get young players more time by sending them to Richmond.

D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers are in the third, and possibly last, season of their affiliation, with USL set to kick off this weekend. League stalwarts Charleston Battery will take on newcomers TFC II, and the Richmond Kickers will play their first game the next weekend against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Throwback Thursday: D.C. United's weirdest success in New Jersey

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D.C. United waited until the last possible moment to rip out the Red Bulls' heart in the team's last ever matchup at the Meadowlands.

Thursday Freedom Kicks: Impact do work, Wambach not gonna do work (in the NWSL, anyway)

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MLS, CCL, USWNT, USMNT, UCL—today's links have all your favorite acronyms.

Hello, friends, I come bearing soccer links on this fine Thursday morning. Let's get to them, shall we?

Montreal Impact vs. Alajuelense | MLS MatchCenter
The Impact won the first leg of their semifinal against Alajuelense 2-0 at home, and I'm still really bummed that DCU aren't in the CCL anymore.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: Constancy is the name of the game

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D.C. United's lineup will remain consistent early in this MLS season.

With injuries and suspensions yet to be resolved, there is not much drama in D.C. United's current starting lineup. But just think of the options that will be presented to Ben Olsen when he has Luis Silva, Fabian Espindola, and Markus Halsti all available.

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

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Injured Metros, bad teams making transfers, and sadness over the fact that United's CCL path would have been as much of a dream as the group stage was.

If you went out yesterday for amateur drinking night and are trying to deal with your hangover, you're in the right place. Pour some coffee, put on your sunglasses, and have your preferred hangover breakfast.

Eddie Johnson's heart condition could end his career: a personal look

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Eddie Johnson's career could be over due to a heart ailment. We look at what it could mean for Eddie Johnson the person going forward with a personal narrative.

Earlier this afternoon, it was reported by Steve Goff of the Washington Post that D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson, who is out indefinitely with an unspecified medical issue, may not play again this season and that it's possible that Eddie Johnson may have played his last game for United or any other team.

Filibuster podcast episode 123: D.C. United news roundup, previewing New York Red Bulls

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On tap tonight: Hardywood Cream Ale, Evolution Lot Number 3, DC Brau The Citizen, Rinn Duin Pota Caifé Dry Irish-style Coffee Stout

The Filibuster crew is back yet again, and without a D.C. United game this weekend we talk about other news surrounding United and soccer in America. We talk about the labor peace agreement signed between the team and UNITE HERE Local 25, and what that might tell us about the stadium progress overall.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 2: A Blas-é Week

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FC Dallas makes a leap this week thanks to Blas Perez, but where do they and others end up on the MLS Power Rankings?

Bye week. For many fans, it's the worst 2 words in sports because it means that their team doesn't have a game. And for the Black and Red faithful, it was a weekend without watching our team take the pitch against another.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 3

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Everybody hates bye weeks.

Congratulations to DCUniverse, the winner of Week 2 with 21 points! Your prize is Ben Olsen's white plastic lawn chair--the same lawn chair, in fact, that he used during DC United's CONCACAF group stage match against WaterhouseFC in Jamaica last year. On the bottom end of the scoreboard, the Wooden Spoons for Week 2 go to Ben Bromley and Steven Streff, each finishing with zero points.

Fantasy Focus: Loose Morales

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And also, new salary adjustment rules explained.

Something that escaped me in the examination of Fantasy MLS this season is the new way in which salary changes are implemented. In the past it was all about adds and drops, but this year it's about performance in relation to positional average.

Freedom Kicks for 17 March 2015: St. Patrick's Day Kicks!

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Here are your news and links for St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here we go!

MLS confirms "advanced discussions" with Minnesota on expansion, will evaluate going beyond 24 teams | MLSsoccer.com: This is the Minnesota United ownership group, who plan to build a downtown stadium and jump into MLS.

D.C. United shave their heads for St. Baldrick's Day

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We were there. We took video.

The Week in MLS Announcers Hits (But Mostly Misses)

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We try to figure out what folks were saying when it comes to calling the soccers.

Slowly but surely, there are some resources being put into the television presentation for Major League Soccer, though there are some markets where it remains the short straw in the studio bullpens, for guys who do not have the time nor the inclination for a few thousand eyes or ears.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Nice Having You Back Kei

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We look at staged goal celebrations, national supporters' groups behavior, and The Jinx.

So we have it right, the Eastern leaders are two expansion teams, one of whom has not scored any goals yet, and in the West, the leader is a team whose two wins came on a fluke deflection in extra time and on a backline missing three of four starters.

One thought on each game from MLS's opening weekend

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In lieu of having an opponent to scout for D.C. United this weekend, we look at something of note from each match last weekend.

It's an empty weekend for D.C. United, who along with Montreal got a bye this week for CONCACAF Champions League purposes. The Impact will put it to good use, while United.

MLS on an Imperial March: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 13 March 2015

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MLS is on the march.

Friday Freedom Kicks is like a holiday on a tropical island.

A tropical island without a beach.

And a holiday where you're still at work.

Enjoy your Friday the 13th.

Jairo Arrieta Delivers On Arrival | D.C. United: DCU gives us its take on Arrieta.

CONCACAF announces Gold Cup details, USMNT placed in a tough Group A

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The groups for the 2015 Gold Cup were announced today, and the USMNT were put into the "group of death" as much as CONCACAF can "group of death".

The United States Men's National Team returns to official competitive matches this summer with the return of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the confederation finally announced the final details of the 2015 version of the competition.

Freedom Kicks for 12 March 2015: Dave Kasper talks, MLS CBA continued

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Good morning, it is time for your daily kick of freedom!

Spring is finally here, soccer is chugging along, and it's time for Freedom Kicks!

When will DCU sign a big free agent? GM Dave Kasper weighs in | Comcast SportsNet Washington: Sebi Salazar talks with newly named Vice President of Soccer Operations Dave Kasper about a number of things, including opening the checkbook.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 2

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Hooray Soccer!

At this time last week, we weren't sure if there was going to be a 2015 MLS season. But with a shiny new CBA in place, soccer in North America is officially back. The winner of Week 1 is dcsoccer7, who came out swinging and netted himself 31 points. Hot on his heels were fischy (27 points) and SouthernUnited96 (25 points).

USWNT vs. France TV/streaming info, lineup, previews, prediction, and gamethread

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The USWNT seek their 10th Algarve Cup title, taking on a France team that in February handed them a loss to start 2015.

Last time the U.S. women's national team played France, in a friendly about a month ago, they lost 2-0—and it was probably a flattering scoreline for the USWNT.

This time, it's for a title.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USWNT, MLS, and UEFA Champions League links for Wednesday March 11, 2015

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Aguilar has roommates, Kitchen will soon have no hair, the Algarve Cup final is today, and other links!

I usually like to start off with silliness, but today is not all fun and games. It was four years ago today (at 2:46pm local time, or 1:46am EST) that the Tohoku earthquake and ensuing tsunami hit Japan, causing the second-worst nuclear disaster in history.

Dave Kasper to Sign Contract Extension With D.C. United

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The Black and Red General Manager is going to stick around and have his fingers in a few more things.

Less than one month after rumors that Dave Kasper would be given a contract extension, Steven Goff reports that said extension is now official, running through the 2017 season, which would be the anticipated first one in D.

D.C. United and hospitality workers union announce Buzzard Point deal

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Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. United, and UNITE HERE Local 25 jointly announced a labor peace agreement for the Buzzard Point stadium and hotel.

D.C. United, UNITE HERE Local 25, and Mayor Muriel Bowser held a joint press conference today in which they announced a labor peace agreement between the team and the union.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 1: Seattle and LA open strong

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In our first edition of the 2015 Power Rankings, it's the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy that have started the season out in front.

The Black and Red United power rankings have returned for the 2015 season, a chance each week to judge the rest of the league however we see fit. It's hard to do real judging after the first week of matches, but we're going to do it anyway!

Filibuster podcast episode 122: A hair commercial come to life

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On tap tonight: Trader Joe's Three Buck Chuck, Chateau Ste. Michel Chardonnay, Goose Island Sophie, and a colonial Rattle-Skull

A new Filibuster is ready to be heard by you! No, we don't record the whole episode in the passive voice, but we sure do try. Ben, Adam, Jason, and Leanne are back to talk about the two most recent D.

Fantasy Focus: The Deuce is Loose

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As usual, deuces are wild, and what the heck is happening with the Fantasy site?

Before we get into Fantasy Focus, I want to address a few of the problems with fantasy this year that I am sure you are experiencing. 1) Having to click four times to make a substitution is one of the worst things to pop up in this iteration.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: MLS ballin', USWNT not really ballin'

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Aguilar cannot be contained, and neither can articles about MLS opening weekend.

Whaddup, soccer friends. Still adjusting to springing forward? Yeah, me too. Here are some links, though, which might improve your morning.

Miguel Aguilar has no time for getting knocked off the ball - Black And Red United
Remember this moment from Saturday's game?

The Last Word on D.C. United 1-0 Montreal Impact: Well, That Was A Thing

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We try to tamp down expectations while wondering if it's possible to go 34-0 before including any CCL or postseason results.

The first kick, first pitch, first installment of whatever your favorite sports may be is a prime opportunity to wonder that jeez, if your favorite team does/doesn't do this type of performance for the rest of the season that it could be a blessing, or an ominous foreboding like whatever snowmageddon may be occurring these days.

USWNT vs. Iceland TV/streaming info, lineup, previews, prediction, and gamethread

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With a win against Iceland today, the U.S. could seal their spot in the Algarve Cup final.

With six points in the bag, the U.S. women's national team are well-positioned to win their Algarve Cup group and advance to the tournament's final. It's on.

Kickoff time: 1:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Municipal Stadium (Lagos, Portugal)

TV/Streaming: Well, there is none for this game.

About A Goal: Counterattacks are D.C. United's friend

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D.C. United put together two quick, beautiful counterattacks within minutes of each other to defeat the Montreal Impact.

Successful counterattacks are among the most exciting moments in soccer. On Saturday against Montreal, D.C. United produced two picture perfect counterattacks to lead the team to victory.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Costa Ricans > Montreal Impact

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We look at D.C. United's opening day win, ponder Mayor Cuauhtemoc Blanco and squeeze as much juice from the CBA lemon that runs down our leg.

I mean, I would imagine a Costa Rican player scoring against the Montreal Impact is something we are all going to get used to over the next several weeks, right?

D.C. United 1-0 Montreal Impact: Player Ratings

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Reviewing the Black and Red's First Outing.

A note here, as we're going to try and play with a few different things or maybe even try a new thing or two, this being one of those. I don't think we've done this before, and by no means is my opinion definitive on scoring, but hey, let's get all Sketches of Spain and experimental and examine the individual performances from Saturday's D.

D.C. United's newly acquired Jairo Arrieta already making an Impact

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One of United's main offseason acquisitions, Jairo Arrieta, is already making his mark with D.C., as his second goal in two games gave the Black-and-Red three points in their MLS opener

Even before the 2015 offseason began in earnest for D.C. United, the team already knew they would be without a key component up top for the early portion of this season.

Jairo Arrieta the hero in a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact

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Jairo Arrieta fired D.C. United home to three points in a 1-0 victory against the Montreal Impact in their MLS season opener

Just days after the disappointment of being knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, D.C. United quickly bounced back, defeating the Montreal Impact 1-0 at RFK Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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

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United's first MLS match of 2015 is today, and they'll be favored against the Impact despite Montreal's offseason defensive improvements.

The 2015 Major League Soccer season opens today for both D.C. United and the Montreal Impact in the District. MLS's two CONCACAF Champions League knockout stage participants are coming off of midweek games, but the results were quite different: United beat Alajuelense 2-1, which wasn't enough to overhaul their first-leg deficit on aggregate.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact MLS live stream: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

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On paper, playing the East's worst team last season seems like a great way for United to start their MLS slate. However, the Impact are not the same pushovers they were in 2014.

What we have today between D.C. United and the Montreal Impact is a game between two teams that are largely opposites right now: United won the Eastern Conference last season; Montreal was dead last.

D.C. United versus Montreal Impact preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Montreal blog Mount Royal Soccer

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We talk to Jeff Corbet of Mount Royal Soccer to get the preview on all things L'Impact.

As is our tradition at SB Nation, we like to rely on the friendships that we already have. In that vein, I talked to Jeff Corbet of Mount Royal Soccer to preview this afternoon's game against the Montreal Impact.

D.C. United Signs Luke Mishu

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The few of presumably a new signing or two now that the CBA is agreed to, as the rookie joins D.C. United

It had been known for awhile now that D.C. United was going to hold off on signing new players until the CBA was done and a better idea on the salary cap was available. Now with both matters resolved, the club has announced the signing of fullback Luke Mishu, formerly of Notre Dame, and who began trialing with the team during the Austin phase of training camp.

D.C. United versus Montreal Impact staff and reader predictions

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MLS is back, and we give you our predictions for the very first league game.

D.C. United open their regular season against the Montreal Impact tomorrow afternoon. After showing improvement in the second leg of their series against Alajuelense, our panel is fairly confident. How do you feel about this game?

D.C. United versus Montreal Impact lineup: Kicking off the regular season

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Who will take Fabian Espindola's place as D.C. United kicks of their regular season?

With the CBA negotiations out of the way, D.C. United is now free to welcome the Montreal Impact to RFK Stadium to kick off the MLS regular season. Both teams played in the Concacaf Champions League earlier this week, but United will have a bye after this week to prepare for the rest of the MLS year.

USWNT vs. Switzerland TV/streaming info, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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After opening their tournament with a 2-1 win over Norway, the USWNT look to grab another three points against Switzerland.

A come-from-behind 2-1 win over Norway earned the U.S. women's national team three points to start their Algarve Cup. After conceding a goal late in the first half, Carli Lloyd grabbed a brace in the second half—first striking from 18 yards out and then converting a penalty—to ensure the USWNT didn't come away with another disappointment.

Are You Ready for Some Futbol? DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 6 March 2015

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The 2015 MLS season starts TONIGHT!

Can you even stand it? The MLS 2015 season kicks off tonight at 10 pm EST, with the LA Galaxy hosting the Chicago Fire, available on Unimas and MLS Live. To hear Unimas in English, MLSsoccer.com has provided this helpful guide on using SAP, depending on your cable system.

Opposition 11: What can D.C. United expect out of the Montreal Impact on Saturday?

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Two teams who played draining mid-week games square off at RFK. Is a major rotation in store for the Impact?

Talking about teams on short rest is a very strange situation for the first week of March, but that's exactly the situation that faces both D.C. United and the Montreal Impact this weekend.

The Last Word on L.D. Alajuelense vs. D.C. United Leg 2: Can't Make Up What Was Already Blown

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D.C. United had business in a nearby office building in Washington D.C. before conducting business they are more accustomed to at RFK, but

One could certainly not fault Bobby Boswell and Chris Rolfe, the D.C. United player representatives for the Players' Union, for being a bit distracted coming into the home leg with Costa Rican side L.

D.C. United may have the Most Free Agents at the End of 2015

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Stipulations of course, but the (potential) departures could be significant.

Some of you may have been watching D.C. United get eliminated from CONCACAF Champions League play Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. Others still may have seen it on television. But in case you missed it, Major League Soccer's owners and Players' Union agreed to a framework for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Freedom Kicks for 5 March 2015: Lousy Smarch Weather

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Despite one tournament ending, one season will actually start tomorrow.

Good morning, D.C. United fans. Despite crashing out of the 2014-2015 Concacaf Champions League, United has a game this Saturday against Montreal. Time to get ready for actual MLS soccer being played!

D.C. United ends long day with CBA, victory, defeat - The Washington Post: Goff's piece on the game, the CBA, and the day.

D.C. United in search of missing formula after second consecutive aggregate defeat

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Just like in the 2014 MLS playoffs, D.C. United's poor performance in the first leg against Alajuelense doomed them despite a win at RFK

It's hard to imagine, but D.C. United's last two home games, played almost four months apart, ended in the exact same manner. As was the case in November against the New York Red Bulls in the MLS playoffs, United came into Wednesday night's CONCACAF Champions League second leg match against Alajuelense needing a decisive win.

D.C. United win the night, but crash out on aggregate in Champions League play

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It was deju vu all over again, as D.C. United beat Alajuelense 2-1 on Wednesday night, which doomed them to an early exit from this year's Champions League

Overcoming last week's disastrous 5-2 loss in Costa Rica against Alajuelense in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League was always going to be a tough task for D.

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

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United needs to have a great performance and have plenty of luck if there's any chance of a three-goal comeback in the CCL.

Tonight at RFK, D.C. United is almost looking at "Mission: Impossible," having to overcome a 5-2 deficit from the first leg against LD Alajuelense. Last week's loss in Costa Rica was a chastening experience for the club and for fans alike.

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

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If you can't make it to RFK, here's how to tune in while hoping for United to produce what would be a staggering comeback in CCL play.

This offseason, D.C. United made all the right noises about making a real push to make history for MLS by winning the CONCACAF Champions League. There was virtually no talk about the league opener against Montreal; everything was about LD Alajuelense and the first leg in Costa Rica.

The MLS Players Union will never have more leverage to get free agency

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A strike might not be in the best interests of the MLS Players Union, and may even cause them to lose leverage.

Despite the fact that MLS and its owners had called free agency a complete non-starter, the rumors that are flying out of the MLS CBA talks seem to indicate that progress has been made a some sort of free agency, and that the owners have already moved from their first offer to second and further offers.

Fantasy MLS is Back!

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... Maybe.

We are two nights from the start of the 2015 MLS season, which means I should be helping you out with putting together or making changes to your MLS Fantasy teams. Oh, what's that you say? Something about labor strife, a CBA, and a possible strike? I don't know what you're talking about.

USWNT vs. Norway TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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The U.S. women's national team kick off their Algarve Cup against Norway amid questions about their recent performance.

Welcome to the Algarve Cup, featuring some of the world's top women's teams, nine of which are headed to the Women's World Cup this summer. This is a friendly tournament, but it's a pretty big one, and it's a chance to see top talent competing—as well as a chance to get a better sense of just how the U.

D.C. United versus LD Alajuelense second leg staff and reader predictions

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In what could be United's final game for awhile, they try to claw back against LD Alajuelense.

Whatever slim hopes D.C. United have in the Concacaf Champions League will be put on the line tonight, as the welcome LD Alajuelense to town for the second leg of this quarterfinal. For obvious reasons, we are not very optimistic on United's chances (though we do predict wins), but leave us your predictions in the comments!

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS CBA talks, and CONCACAF Champions League links for Wednesday March 4, 2015

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I counted and there are about 600,427 links in today's round of Freedom Kicks.

We need some hope tonight. D.C. United is in trouble, but it's not over till it's over and all that right? Well, if you want CCL hope, it's out there:

94th minute goal sends Montreal Impact into CCL semifinals | SBNation.

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

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United probably needs a perfect storm of tactical success, big plays, and luck to happen tomorrow night if they've got any chance of overturning a three-goal deficit in the CCL quarterfinals.

Yesterday we discussed the likely Alajuelense lineup that D.C. United will face tomorrow night at RFK Stadium.

MLS CBA staff and reader predictions

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With a deadline within 2 days, we give you our thoughts on what will happen between MLS and its players' union.

With the possibility of strike starting as soon as tomorrow evening out there, MLS and its players' union are pushing themselves to the brink. The writers here at Black and Red United decided to use our regular predictions format to let you know what we think will happen in this negotiation; put your contributions in the comments!

Filibuster podcast episode 121: LD Alajuelense, MLS CBA, and opening weekend

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On tap tonight: JR Ewing Private Reserve, Gnarly Brown, Bells Smitten Golden Rye, DC Brau's The Citizen

The Filibuster gang is still sad about Thursday night, but we're here for you. Adam, Ben, Jason, and Donald talk about what the hell happened in D.C. United's Concacaf Champions League game against LD Alajuelense, including dissecting the play of Andrew Dykstra, Steve Birnbaum and Bobby Boswell, and Davy Arnaud and Perry Kitchen.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: It's almost time for MLS! Maybe!

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CBA stuff, Boca goes to the ATL, checking in with the USWNT, original MLS logos, and more. Plus: two appearances by Alexi Lalas.

Got a full one for you today, so let's get to it just as soon as we look at some new MLS secondary jerseys and a couple other quick things.

The LA Galaxy have this blue number that you might notice is the same our new secondary jerseys, except, you know, blue.

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.