Black and Red United Archives for January 2015

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

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The Barbasol men come to D.C. on Saturday, and we think they are going to leave disappointed.

With Columbus Crew SC coming to RFK Memorial Stadium this Saturday, we decided to ask our panel of writers how they think United will fare. Needless to say, we are (mostly) bullish on United's chances.

D.C. United versus Columbus Crew lineup: Healthy players make for difficult decisions

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Ben Olsen will be forced to sit some favorites as everyone gets back to health.

Columbus Crew SC come to RFK Stadium to face off against D.C. United this Saturday, and Unite is quickly getting more and more healthy. With the return to training of Davy Arnaud and Markus Halsti, Ben Olsen will finally have to make some difficult decisions.

Freedom Kicks for 30 April 2015: So much stadium news, diving headers, and Michael Farfan

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There is stadium news from all over the country, plus rubber pellets, diving headers, and Michael Farfan

So much news, so much soccer, so much go!

Montreal Impact vs. Club América | MLS MatchCenter: In the end, the Montreal Impact came up just short in the Concacaf Champions League final.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 8: Four on the board

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This week's MLS Power Rankings is brought to you by the number 4.

My oh my, MLS. Sounds like everyone got together before the weekend and said, "Hey, let's all score a bunch of goals for the people." And score a bunch of goals for the people they did! The most riveting match was a 4-4 draw between Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo.

Filibuster podcast episode 128: Some other jerk horse

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We talk about the Vancouver Whitecaps, Columbus Crew, and Mandyville.

It is a Wednesday Filibuster this week, so strap in and get ready. Jason, Adam, and Ben open the show with a visit to Mandyville before launching into D.C. United's 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. We discuss the team's overall performance, the return of Fabian Espindola, D.

Travis Worra talks about first MLS appearance in win over Vancouver Whitecaps

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Worra, United's third string keeper, was forced into action against Vancouver after Andrew Dykstra went down injured in the second half

With keeper Bill Hamid on the mend and out of action last Saturday for D.C. United's clash against the Vancouver Whitecaps, United's third string keeper, Travis Worra made his way to Canada to back up Andrew Dykstra in goal.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 9

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MLS woke up this past weekend and remembered how to soccer. Let's hope that Montreal can repeat some goal-scoring magic of their own on Wednesday night and bring home the CCL title.

The winner of Week 8 is Kabbaj with a convincing 21 points. Predicting the exact result on a double-point game really does the trick, doesn't it?

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and Women's World Cup links for Wednesday April 29, 2015

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Scrambling around for links before sleep takes hold.

Somebody almost forgot to post Freedom Kicks, but surprise! I actually have some links for you good people.

D.C. United news and notes | Soccer Insider
Similar to our piece yesterday afternoon, Steve Goff has some news here on the status of various players returning from injury.

D.C. United looking to get healthy after profitable Vancouver trip

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After taking 3 points in Vancouver, United is close to having a full squad with a busy May on the horizon

Following an off day after the longest single trip of their season, D.C. United hit the practice field on Tuesday, looking to build upon their performance in Vancouver. Against the leaders of the Western Conference, United fell behind on Saturday after 70 seconds, only to rebound to win against 10 men, thanks to goals from Bobby Boswell and Chris Rolfe.

B&RU Player of the month for April: Chris Rolfe

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A short-handed United faced a tough month of April, and came through unbeaten thanks in part to some timely contributions from the veteran attacker.

April has tended to be a big month for Ben Olsen's D.C. United teams over the years. 2012's famous demolition of the New York Red Bulls came in an undefeated April, while last year United hammered FC Dallas (along with wins over the Metros and Revolution) in an undefeated April.

Fantasy Focus: Fit Finlay

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The Union went down for the three count.

After scoring 72 points this round, Seoul Train was the league leader. The leading scorer was captain Kei Kamara (CLB, $8.6), whose goal and assist led to 22 points. Kamara's teammate, Ethan Finlay (CLB, $8.3) scored 16 points on two goals and an assist, and Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $9.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Berni > you

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In which there's a lovable bear mascot, and also some other things, maybe.

Ah, Tuesday. We meet again.

Michael Bradley maintains faith in Toronto FC despite lackluster start - Planet Futbol - SI.com
Well, someone should.

Red Bulls shine against Galaxy as tenor of '1% derby' changes | Sport | The Guardian
Am I woefully out of touch?

The Last Word on D.C. United 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps: Mulling Some Options

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In which we wonder if what we saw the Black and Red do Saturday is a one-off or experimenting with something new.

D.C. United had not been decent on the road going back to late last season and there was every reason to think that they would not go on the road cross country to beat a team that had lost four games in 26 home matches against the East.

D.C. United 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps: The GIFs

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M's that we think M'd.

You saw the game, you read our recap, now look at some things we liked when D.C. United beat the Vancouver Whitecaps on the road.

Starting off is something we didn't like, the 'Caps first goal. Bobby Boswell is kind of stuck between folks, but Michael Farfan's casual play with the ball turned out to burn them, no?

DC Council clearing way for D.C. United stadium land acquisition

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The DC Council is clearing the way for the land acquisition for D.C. United's new stadium at Buzzard Point.

While it is no longer making the same level of news, the work towards the D.C. United stadium at Buzzard Point continues. The District of Columbia has allocated $106,579,712 towards the infrastructure improvements and cleanup required on the stadium site.

D.C. United 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps: Player Ratings

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Numbers to names. Hiiiighhwaaaay to the Banter Zone!

D.C. United was in the familiar position of probably not coming out of Vancouver with any points, much less three, considering the lack of healthy bodies. But nothing like getting three points on the road against the Vancouver Whitecaps and stay in first to boot.

Monday Freedom Kicks: All For (Two Three) One

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Recaps galore, D.C. United sponsors doing B.C. dirty (but not really) and Andy Najar going off.

Still first? Yep, still first.

Recaps of the game from us, MLS, Washington Post, CSN Washington, UnitedMania and District Sports Page. On the other side of things Eighty Six Forever has you covered.

Rolfe, Boswell goals help D.C. United win a wild encounter with the Vancouver Whitecaps - Recap + Highlights

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United went across the country and won a late-night thriller at BC Place over the ten-man Whitecaps.

In what was easily D.C. United's most exciting game of the season, the Black-and-Red came away with a 2-1 triumph over the Vancouver Whitecaps thanks to goals from Bobby Boswell and Chris Rolfe.

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

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Fabian Espindola returns as two of the top teams in MLS face off in Canada.

On a weekend where most of the attention in MLS is on Cascadia or the faux rivalry that is LA vs NY, a look at the MLS standings reveals that the biggest match of the week is actually tonight's game between D.C. United and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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

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Fabian Espindola is back for #DCUAfterDark as United goes north of the border to face the Whitecaps.

Late tonight, D.C. United will take on the top-of-the-table Vancouver Whitecaps in scenic British Columbia. It's the return of #DCUAfterDark, and it's also going to be a challenging match. These two teams play very different styles of soccer, and both have shown a knack for getting results even when their performance isn't top-notch.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Vancouver Whitecaps

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Keeping the game compact and denying Pedro Morales space will be key for United if they want to come home from British Columbia with a result.

Yesterday we discussed the "who" when it comes to the Vancouver Whitecaps, so today we'll talk about the "what" and "why." D.C. United will face a team tonight that in a lot of ways is their opposite.

Opposition 11: Here's the lineup we expect to see from the Vancouver Whitecaps tomorrow

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Last week's formation switch was likely a one-off for Vancouver, but there are still some questions involved in naming their starting eleven.

Carl Robinson has been pretty consistent when it comes to how he wants his Vancouver Whitecaps side to look. They'll play a 4231, the emphasis is on speed, and the pace of games should be high.

D.C. United versus Vancouver Whitecaps staff and reader predictions

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D.C. United travels across the United States and into Canada for a late-night game this Saturday. We've made our predictions, now let us know what you think will happen!

The newest installment of #DCUafterdark comes your way this Saturday, when D.C. United travel to Canada to face off against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Unsanctioned Undergarments: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 24 April 2015

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What foreign players think of MLS, what foreign viewers think of MLS, and what we think when they think that.

Coming to you live from the dry-wall-enclosed nerve center of Friday Freedom Kicks is...

Friday Freedom Kicks!

Dykstra steps in, weighs in on D.C. United's direction | D.

D.C. United versus Vancouver Whitecaps lineup: the return of Fabian Espindola

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Ben Olsen has options in his midfield and at forward for the first time this year.

D.C. United travels across the country for a late-night game against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Once there, they will face the early-season Supporters' Shield leaders, all in a team that has given United fits over the years.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for 23 April 2015

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The onslaught of soccer news is ever-present. Let's dig in!

Freedom Kicks is coming back from a late lunch, so here are you afternoon soccer links!

D.C. United's Fabian Espindola set to return from MLS suspension - The Washington Post: Hooray for Fabian Espindola coming back!

DC United front office, or lack thereof | BigSoccer Forum: A thoughtful take on D.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 8

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Things are heating up in the Match Prediction Game, so we're upping the ante and including two double-point games in Week 8.

After a relatively quiet start to the MPG season, B&RU reader Steven Streff decided it was time to make a statement. So he decided to dropkick everyone else in the face and score 28 points, which is a tie for the second-highest single week score this season (dcsoccer7 currently holds the single-week points record with 31 points).

Throwback Thursday - D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: the first trip to BC Place

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We look back at D.C. United's first ever trip to British Columbia, and we notice just how many former Vancouver Whitecaps have suited up for the Black-and-Red.

Filibuster podcast episode 127: D.C. United's draw against Houston Dynamo, road game against Vancouver Whitecaps

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We review the game against the Houston Dynamo, and then talk to Jon Szekeres about the surprising Vancouver whitecaps

The podcast was up yesterday, but here is the post for the newest episode of Filibuster! Jason, Ben, and Adam review D.C. United's tie against the Houston Dynamo and wonder if giving up leads is becoming a trend and whether or not we need to worry about it.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 7: Obafemi's Masterpiece Theater

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The Obafemi Martins Meter is set at "Destroy" in this week's edition of the MLS Power Rankings.

Obafemi Martins is not like the rest of us. He seems perfectly intent on disrespecting the league week in and week out with spectacular, And1 Mixtape goals. After this past weekend's disgustingly filthy masterpiece against Colorado, where he showed zero chill in making the Rapids' back line look absolutely foolish, he needs to just go ahead hire Duke Tango to be his on-field MC going forward.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, CONCACAF Champions League and other links for Wednesday April 22, 2015

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Praise for Sweden, DCU news, and more

May or may not have spent last night tweeting music videos by Swedes. I had a good reason.

D.C. United news and notes | Soccer Insider
Steve Goff talked to Andrew Dykstra about the mindset of a goalkeeper. There are also some tidbits about United's USL loanees.

D.C. United transfer news and rumors: Wilson Palacios Rumors Won't Die, They Only Multiply

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Whomever's doing this needs to stop. Oh wait...

From a lonely tweet yesterday (I mean, it WAS 4/20 after all), now apparently folks in the Catracho press are starting to attach Honduras national team and Stoke City midfielder Wilson Palacios to D.C. United.

On the surface, a guy who played in the past at Tottenham (and apparently drew quick interest from Manchester United at one point) sounds intriguing, but digging a little deeper, you'll see that Palacios was going to go to Qatar before failing a medical, and his last game for Stoke was more than a year ago in a loss to Chelsea.

Bill Hamid misses practice as D.C. United prep for Vancouver trip

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Hamid missed last Saturday's tilt against Houston with a thigh contusion

With D.C. United practicing ahead of their West Coast swing to Canada to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps, keeper Bill Hamid was noticeably absent on Tuesday. Hamid missed last week's game against the Houston Dynamo, and his status for the Vancouver game seems to be undetermined.

Fantasy Focus: Federico Suave

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Take a piece of your pie and say bye.

Two teams shared the points lead this round, as (~^-^)~umad?~(^-^~) and Korb Limey both scored 64 points. The high scorer for both teams was Kei Kamara (CLB, $8.4,) who scored 10 points on a goal and an assist. They both also used Lloyd Sam (NYR, $8.9,) who contributed two assists for 9 points.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Dolo 4 USMNT

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Montreal go for CCL glory, the Mayor of Hannover keeps being awesome in Hannover, and a Klinsmann conspiracy (or not).

Pros: It's not Monday; soccer links below. Cons: It's not Friday, Saturday, or Sunday; Bayern got goals to make up against Porto today.

Okay, maybe the last one wasn't a con for you.

The Last Word on D.C. United 1-1 Houston Dynamo: Starting From Scratch, To a Degree

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In which we exercise a bit of caution to the return of the shiny new Designated Player.

The last time D.C. United lost at home we were in the throes of a World Cup. And this season, the whole concept of Fortress RFK was reinforced, but after dropped points last week against the New York Red Bulls, the Black and Red cannot help but feel that another opportunity was wasted.

D.C. United 1:1 Houston Dynamo: The GIFs

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We look at some moments that caught our fancy.

Sure, you may have watched the game, you may have even read our recap of D.C. United's draw with the Houston Dynamo. So here are some random moments from the game, good, bad and otherwise. Scroll, scroll!

This one is more of the forward playing Bobby Boswell, aka #WhiteRonaldo

Next is another angle of the Chris Rolfe goal.

D.C. United 1-1 Houston Dynamo: Player Ratings

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Numbers, names, ratings, agree, disagree, banter!

D.C. United was looking to win to regain first place in the Eastern Conference following the New York Red Bulls' win Friday night. It wouldn't be easy, and the team seemed to do well during their game Saturday, but ultimately left more points on the table in a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Dyna-D'oh!

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Recaps, TV ratings, beers about players and mafia onion rings.

Man, sports. Right?

Recaps of D.C. United's 1-1 tie with the Houston Dynamo from us (with more from us here), WaPo, MLSsoccer.com, CSN Washington, Ives, Goal.com, UnitedMania. On the Orange side, Dynamo Theory looks at things.

United lament dropped points at home after conceding another lead

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Two games on the bounce that United has let second half lead slip at RFK

Saturday night's game against the Houston Dynamo presented D.C. United with another opportunity to protect a second half lead at home. A week after blowing a two goal in the second half against the New York Red Bulls, United found themselves ahead 1-0 at the break against Houston, a team they defeated twice in 2014.

D.C. United held 1-1 by Houston Dynamo despite Rolfe wonder goal

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Chris Rolfe's stunning free kick was canceled out by Ricardo Clark in the second half

Chris Rolfe's stunning effort from a free kick in the first half was not quite enough for D.C. United on Saturday night against the Houston Dynamo, as Ricardo Clark's goal in the second half meant the spoils were shared, 1-1.

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

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The Black-and-Red face a different - but still tricky - task tonight against the Dynamo.

Last week, D.C. United faced a high-pressing, attack-minded team known for their ability to possess the ball. The Black-and-Red responded by creating most of the threats and came away ruing set piece mistakes in a 2-2 draw that flattered the New York Red Bulls to an extreme.

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

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All the info you need before United faces Owen Coyle's Dynamo.

Historically speaking, this should be a game D.C. United fans approach cautiously. The Houston Dynamo have largely had control of this fixture over the years, and in games at RFK there's usually some kind of ferocious storm involved.

D.C. United versus Houston Dynamo preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Houston Blog Dynamo Theory

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In which we find out about everything Orange.

To get the lowdown on all things very very bright orange, we talked to Derek Stowers of SB Nation's Houston Dynamo blog.

Questions for Dynamo Theory

B&RU: How is the transition from Dom Kinnear to Owen Coyle going?

DT: All things considered, it's off to as good a start as one could have hoped.

Perry Kitchen's attacking evolution continues after solid USMNT performance

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After scoring twice against New York, Kitchen nearly opened his USA account against Mexico in Wednesday's friendly

In the 80th minute of Wednesday's friendly between Mexico and the United States, an opportunity presented itself. Mix Diskerud received a pass on the side of the box, and immediately passed back to its sender.

Opposition 11: What will D.C. United see from the Houston Dynamo at kickoff tomorrow?

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United should expect a Houston side focused on keeping the game tight, while there are questions over who will start on the right wing.

There used to be an air of inevitability around the Houston Dynamo. No, they were not going to win the Supporters Shield. No, they would not always play pretty soccer.

Huge in Belgium: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 17 April 2015

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While tomorrow's game might be blacked out in DC, there are people watching MLS all over the world.

Friday Freedom Kicks speaks only one language, and it is not its own.

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo | MLS MatchCenter: First off, here's the MLS preview of tomorrow's game against Houston.

D.C. United versus Houston Dynamo staff and reader predictions

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Will United be able to maintain their spot at the top of the East against the Houston Dynamo? We think so.

Owen Coyle and the Houston Dynamo come to RFK Stadium this weekend, and we think D.C. United has a pretty good chance of coming out with three points. Let us know how you think the team will do in the comments!

MLS Statistical Analysis: D.C. United, 1.15

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Let's gaze deep into the stats of DCU.

Yesterday I went over MLS as a whole, so today I'm diving into the stats for individual D.C. United players. There are three graphics, all featuring any player that has featured for DCU this season, even Bill Hamid, even though we're not covering goalkeeping specifically because we went through that yesterday.

D.C. United's Perry Kitchen gets 2nd USMNT cap in 2-0 win over Mexico

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We're so excited about Kitchen's second cap that we tracked everything he did.

D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen's evolution as a player continued last night in Texas, as he played the final 27 minutes of a 2-0 victory for the United States over archrival Mexico. Coming off of what was easily his best game in 2015 - one of the best games he's played as a professional - last weekend, Kitchen replaced Kyle Beckerman at the bottom of the USMNT's midfield diamond in the 63rd minute.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 7

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The Rapids' victory over FC Dallas was an opening of the floodgates. We can't say the same for our players this past week. Let's all try to replicate Colorado's performance in Week 7, shall we?

The joint winners of Week 6 are taylor.silver and newcomer Murrdcu with 11 points each. As a prize, you each get to take a picture with Pablo Mastroeni's mustache the next time the Rapids visit RFK.

Freedom Kicks for 16 April 2015: Perry Kitchen and USMNT, Davy Arnaud, MLS ASG

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Its a musical Freedom Kicks for you this morning!

Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. Made my way downstairs and drank a cup, looking up I noticed Freedom Kicks were late. But don't worry, there are enough links to fill the Albert Hall!

Dos a cero: U.S. soccer team defeats Mexico on goals by Jordan Morris, Juan Agudelo - The Washington Post: The USMNT won by a familiar scoreline last night in their last game on US soil until the Gold Cup.

D.C. United versus Houston Dynamo lineup: Owen Coyle's first visit to RFK Stadium

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D.C. United welcomes Owen Coyle to town for his first visit in charge of the Houston Dynamo; who will his charges face?

After a disappointing draw against the New York Red Bulls, D.C. United will face the Houston Dynamo at home this weekend. A traditional thorn in the side of United, the Dynamo had some offseason upheaval: losing Dom Kinnear and bringing in former Premier League manager Owen Coyle is the biggest part.

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

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Yes it's a cash grab, but there may actually be a certain usefulness to this game beyond padding balances at the bank.

You're welcome to have conflicted feelings about tonight's USA vs. Mexico match. Neither team is at full strength, and several factors - the non-FIFA window timing, the foolishness of once again playing on temporary grass laid on artificial turf, etc - bolster the thinking that this is more of a cash grab than a game scheduled for soccer reasons.

A Look at D.C. United Attendance: Part 2

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The next installment of a look at how the trends point to United needing to do more than just wait for the new stadium to boost attendance.

by Doug Barnes with David Rusk and Tod Lindberg

Until the last 5 years, D.C. United has had relatively good attendance numbers. One of the reasons for the fan support has been that the team in its early years was a consistent winner.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 6: Four for you, Rapids!

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A new number one, a new number 20. You know, typical MLS.

MLS's sixth week is in the books, and staying true to form, our favorite little league continues to make things tough to predict. When I checked the score of the Dallas-Colorado game on Friday night, I had to check it a few more times to make sure I still understood how to read.

MLS Statistical Analysis 1.15: It's Back

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It's close enough to the quarter pole for me to feel justified in looking at numbers. Wanna fight about it?

Life comes at you fast. I kept putting off MLS Statistical Analysis for the first part of the season, and putting it off, and putting it off... until it became the end of the MLS season and I was getting married.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, USWNT, USMNT, and UEFA Champions League links for Wednesday April 15th, 2015

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This post includes a goal from Dennis Bergkamp, so you should read it and click all the links.

I almost just dozed off on the couch with this space reading "Intro," so let's just get to it:

D.C. United news and notes | Soccer Insider
Steve Goff got some quotes from Fabian Espindola - "I hate turf," mainly - and broached the topic of a Bill Hamid contract offer/transfer to Ben Olsen, who tidily one-touched that ball towards Dave Kasper.

United prep for Dynamo visit as NYRB draw blues wear off

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Halsti, DeLeon participate in practice ahead of Saturday's game against Houston

With the performance and late game histrionics against the New York Red Bulls in the rear view mirror, D.C. United hit the newly laid turf practice field on Tuesday, in anticipation of this weekend's visit from their old Eastern Conference sparring partner, the Houston Dynamo.

Ellis names 23-player USWNT roster for Women's World Cup

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These are the 23 players who are going to Canada. You're probably not surprised about them.

U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis today announced her 23-player roster for this summer's Women's World Cup, set to kick off June 6 in Canada.

Ellis had to make two cuts to the group she most recently called up for a friendly against New Zealand, in which the USWNT cruised to a "that's the kind of scoreline we're used to seeing" 4-0 win.

Filibuster pod 126: D.C. United's disappointing draw to New York Red Bulls, previewing Houston Dynamo

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We talk about D.C. United's disappointing draw against the New York Red Bulls, and preview United's first meeting against Owen Coyle's Houston Dynamo.

Another Tuesday means another Filibuster, and all is right with the world. Adam, Jason, and Ben start by talking about D.C. United's 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls.

Fantasy Focus: Cobra Kei

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Brace in your face.

The rich got richer again this week, as Poor Man's Porales scored 89 points to extend their lead at the top of the table. It is also worth noting that they're 6th among all fantasy players. The team high scorer was Kei Kamara (CLB, $8.2), who scored 16 points on two goals in two matches.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Throw the ol' Kitchen sink at Mexico tomorrow

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USA vs. Mexico, Ali Curtis's big Plan, and the story of Julius Hirsch.

Happy Tuesday, folks! Got some links for you.

Perry Kitchen added to US squad for Mexico friendly - Black And Red United
Not a bad week for him.

Chasing the Dream | NBC SportsWorld
"United States national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe reportedly made $14,000 per month recently playing for Lyon in France.

D.C. United 2-2 New York Red Bulls: In GIFs

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We pick random moments, animate them, and celebrate or bemoan them.

Putting a final nail into Saturday night's draw between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls, we put together some moments from the game that you'll like, not like, or enjoy regardless.

We start with the first goal, where Perry Kitchen loses Dax McCarty en route to a sweet header.

Richmond Kickers' attack comes together in a 3-0 win over Wilmington Hammerheads

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Richmond's offense finally rumbles to life and the Kickers get a 3-0 win.

In the first two games of the season, the Richmond Kickers had not yet had a lead, drawing both against Wilmington Hammerheads and Louisville City FC. In their third, another matchup against Wilmington, Leigh Cowlishaw's team finally put together a coherent offensive performance to beat the Hammerheads 3-0.

The Last Word on D.C. United 2-2 New York Red Bulls: 90ish Minute Mentality

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In which we try and put a bow on Saturday's game and hope a problem that plagued this team before hasn't come back asking for seconds.

D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls came into their matchup Saturday night with the loser looking up at the winner in first place in the Eastern Conference.

Perry Kitchen added to US squad for Mexico friendly

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United's midfielder called in to replace Michael Orozco

US Soccer announced on Monday morning that D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen was called in by Jurgen Klinsmann for Wednesday's friendly against Mexico. Kitchen, who received his first cap for the United States in February against Panama, will replace Michael Orozco, after his club, Puebla, decided not to release him for the game.

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

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Numbers to performances, it's the game that makes your booty move.

It was a battle between rivals that heralded back to earlier days of Major League soccer to some degree. D.C. United scored twice behind goals from Perry Kitchen, earning some payback for their loss last month to the New York Red Bulls.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Bull-dozed

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Recaps galore, check out the Residency Program, cheese on Old Bay and the Dick Joke algorithm.

Oh well, such is life. Still in first, so all you haters and whatnot.

Recaps of D.C. United 2-2 New York Red Bulls from us (and more from us here), MLS Soccer, Washington Post, CSN Washington, CSN Washington, Goal.

Bill Hamid named to 22 man roster for Mexico friendly

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The 2014 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year is looking for his third cap with the Red, White, and Blue

Jurgen Klinsmann named the 22 man roster on Sunday for the US national team's friendly against Mexico on Wednesday, which includes D.C. United keeper Bill Hamid. Already with several strong performances to his name this season, Hamid was a likely candidate for this MLS heavy roster, as Klinsmann gears up for this summer's Gold Cup.

D.C. United's best performance ends in a draw after late New York Red Bulls sucker-punch

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Perry Kitchen's brace and United's most complete performance of 2015 were wasted after Lloyd Sam's late game equalizer.

67 minutes gone on Saturday night, and proceedings looked just peachy for D.C. United. Responding well since being soundly defeated by the New York Red Bulls three weeks ago, Perry Kitchen had just struck from 20 yards out to put United up 2-0.

D.C. United concede late in 2-2 draw against New York Red Bulls

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Perry Kitchen's brace was for naught as United give up 90th minute goal

D.C. United looked to pick up their third win on the trot on Saturday night, as the game against the New York Red Bulls crept closer to second half stoppage time. But, up 2-1, United failed to properly deal with a Sacha Kljestan free kick allowing Lloyd Sam to prod home for a 2-2 draw.

D.C. United get revenge, beat New York Red Bulls 2-1

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

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United vs. Metros needs no hype.

If today's game were just an Atlantic Cup match, it would be a big one. This was MLS's first rivalry, and that alone would make it today's biggest game. It's also the most consequential game in the standings, as a win for D.C. United or the New York Red Bulls would see that side sitting in first place in the Eastern Conference.

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

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First place. The Atlantic Cup. Setting the record straight after a previous loss. Today's game is a big one for United.

When D.C. United meets the New York Red Bulls, drama is usually involved. However, the last time these two teams met the game was more or less a straightforward win for the Metros.

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

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Winning the midfield and maintaining control over where the game is being played are vital for the Black-and-Red tonight.

One of the things I love about soccer is that the game persistently defies statistical analysis. Some smart people have tried very hard for a long time, and the results are mostly just a handful of individual puzzle pieces.

Bill Hamid's early season form has been key for D.C. United

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Hamid's performances have stood out as United has won three of their first four league matches

The clock is winding down in D.C. United's game last week against Orlando City. United earn a free kick just outside the box, and Luis Silva steps up and curls the ball home, giving the Black-and-Red a 1-0 win.

D.C. United transfer news and rumors: Hernan Hinostroza to Trial?

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Apparently some new boots are going to break in the auxiliary field turf.

Word from Peruvian outlet Depor, midfielder Hernan Hinostroza (colorfully nicknamed "Churrito") will be coming to Washington to trial with D.C. United for 10 days, according to his agent. The former product of Alianza Lima reserve system played in Belgium with S.

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

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We give our predictions for the big matchup against the sworn enemies.

D.C. United hosts the New York Red Bulls Saturday evening at RFK Stadium in Round 2 of a 3-round fight for the Atlantic Cup. As always, we have our predictions, but we want to hear from you as well! Sound off in the comments with your predictions for this hate-filled matchup.

Opposition 11: Will the New York Red Bulls make any changes when facing D.C. United Saturday?

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Jesse Marsch's early returns have been strong, so United will be facing a similar challenge to the one seen at Red Bull Arena.

In many ways, the New York Red Bulls are going to be the same team we saw at Red Bull Arena. For one thing, they haven't gotten any injured players back. Mainly, though, the real reason is that nothing has occurred to make them change anything.

Spiritus Sanctus: D.C. United, Washington Spirit, & Sundry Soccer Links for 10 April 2015

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Spirit season opens. Plus, Red Bull fans invade RFK or Fisherman Island National Wildlife Reserve, depending.

No, no, no. Don't put relish on it. Yeah. That's it. Just some mustard. Perf -

Oh, hi! Touchline here. You caught me ordering a meat pie.

Let's get started. It's Friday Freedom Kicks!

Report: Eddie Johnson Likely Retiring

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The Designated Player Will Presumably Be Hanging Them Up, and the Team May Be Compensated as a Result

Several days after celebrating his 31st birthday, Steven Goff brings updated word on D.C. United Designated Player Eddie Johnson, saying that his career is likely over, and the team is to use his words, 'anticipating salary cap relief' because of issues surrounding his enlarged heart.

Throwback Thursday: D.C. United and Chris Pontius slaughter the Red Bulls at RFK Stadium

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In what has become an April tradition, D.C. United welcome the New York Red Bulls to RFK Stadium, and we share this video.

Freedom Kicks for 9 April 2015: Luis Fabiano again?

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A rumor that will not die, Michael Seaton's hair, and Club America romps.

It is a little rainy this morning, so bust out of your own personal raincloud with a kick of Freedom. Soccer, go!

Luis Silva's return gives D.C. United a needed offensive spark - Washington Times: Good feature on Luis Silva and his importance to the team.

US Soccer announces pairings for the first and second rounds of the 2015 US Open Cup

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American soccer's oldest competition is back! American soccer's nerdiest nerds rejoice!

The US Open Cup is back. After yet another structural change and in the typical fashion - that is to say, a draw conducted with an almost aggressive lack of fanfare - US Soccer has announced the pairings for the first and second round of this year's Open Cup.

D.C. United, Sunderland Finish Each Others' Sandwiches

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The partner clubs team up for a swap of assets for one night only.

D.C. United and Sunderland have been working around the possibilities of using their partnership last August for a variety of things, and representatives from both clubs have visited the other to learn more about facilities, strategies and the like.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: Michael Farfan's turn

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D.C. United will take on the New York Red Bulls with most of the same lineup; can they get a different result?

D.C. United faces a rematch for the first time this season, facing off against the New York Red Bulls at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium after losing to them in New Jersey last month.

Filibuster podcast episode 125: Orlando City SC, New York Red Bulls, and Bennyball defined

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We talk about D.C. United's past and future games, while talking about exactly what Bennyball is in the process.

Filibuster rides again into your ears to give you all the news you need about D.C. United, soccer, and rice poofs. We start out by talking about the game against Orlando City Soccer Club, including writing a love letter to Bill Hamid, giving Bill Hamid a designated player contract, Nick DeLeon and Michael Farfan, and how Hamid is up for save of the week and you should vote for him (even you, Toronto fans!

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, USMNT, and CONCACAF Champions League links for Wednesday April 8, 2015

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Fans acting terribly, players playing very well, and the insanity of the CCL.

Normally I lead with D.C. United every time, but something crazy happened last night:

Impact scores 2 away goals against Alajuelense, qualifies to CONCACAF Champions League Final | Mount Royal Soccer
The Montreal Impact - a team that probably won't go to the playoffs this year, and was the worst team in MLS last year, and is coached by the often confused Frank Klopas - is in the CCL final.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 6

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Week 5 was a low-scoring week for our readers. But Week 6 is a double-game week, which means more points are up for grabs. Get some!

The winners of Week 5 are dcsoccer7 and Samuel Levy with 14 points each. As a prize, you each get a vial of tears collected from some Orlando City fans this past Friday evening.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 5: Tissue-gate

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Don't cry...this weekend's games were fantastic and so are this week's Power Rankings.

Week 5, take a bow. It was a very fun weekend of Major League Soccer, with some late drama on the scoreboard in several matches and fireworks between coaches after the game (Someone needs a tissue). This week is the kind that MLS desires: a lot of action, lots of great goals, some incredible defensive stands and a lot of games that weren't decided until late.

A Look at D.C. United Attendance: Part 1

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In recent years D.C. United's average attendance has declined. A look at some possible reasons.

by Doug Barnes with David Rusk and Tod Lindberg

The attendance at the DC United home opener was disappointing. Newcomers Orlando had 62,000 and New York City FC 43,000; phenomenal Seattle had 40,000.

Fantasy Focus: Epic Feilhaber

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Now, about that hair.

A score of 77 set the pace this round, as Cathedral SC led the way. Pedro Morales (VAN, $11.3) wore the armband and scored 14 points with an assist. Trailing him was Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $9.4), who assisted two goals en route to 12 points, while Jeff Larentowicz (CHI, $7.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Imma let you finish, but Ben Olsen is the best coach to watch on the sidelines in MLS

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An assortment of mostly MLS things, including DC United's new DP, probably, maybe, one day.

Look, it's a struggle bus Tuesday, so I make no promises for the quality of these Freedom Kicks.

MLS Power Rankings Week 5: Whitecaps overcome LA; Porter v Pareja - Planet Futbol - SI.com
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D.C. United 1-0 Orlando City SC: In GIFs

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We show some animated goodness from the win.

Just going to tell you this right now, the goal from Luis Silva that gave D.C. United the win over Orlando City SC is at the bottom of the page. Got it? Bottom. So scroll there. Or look at some of the other things from the game.

We'll start things off with the Bill Hamid save on Kevin Molino from close range.

The Last Word on D.C. United 1-0 Orlando City SC: On Sustainability

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In which we share some thoughts on the win Friday and try and answer a question.

The last time D.C. United went on the road to play a team in hot and/or humid conditions, the results were less than ideal. It is a little surreal to ponder than it has been six weeks since that point, but up until Friday night D.

D.C. United 1-0 Orlando City SC: Player Ratings

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We show ours, your show yours, and we chat them up.

Coming into the game with Orlando City SC, D.C. United had some attacking options on the bench even if their defensive options were a bit thin. And their last attacking option of the night in Luis Silva provided the touch needed to grab three points and head home as Eastern Conference leaders once again.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Purple People Beaters

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We give you recaps, a high level look at the US team, updating the Cavalry, and Bob and David.

Top of the Conference and having a laugh, right? Right.

Recaps of D.C. United 1, Orlando City SC 0 from us, MLS, The Washington Post, CSN Washington, UnitedMania and District Sports Page.

Richmond Kickers versus Lousiville City FC: USL streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers take on Louisville City FC for the first time ever this afternoon.

After battling back to get a draw in their first match of the season, the Richmond Kickers return home to take on Louisville City FC. The Kickers home opener will take place again at Richmond's City Stadium, their home for the past 20 years.

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

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The USWNT take on New Zealand in their last game before coach Jill Ellis makes her final roster cuts for this summer's World Cup.

Less than a month ago, the USWNT managed to win the Algarve Cup despite continuing question marks about their performance. Then, Abby Wambach announced she's not playing in the NWSL this year (and then she and Sydney Leroux swapped NWSL teams).

Bill Hamid and Luis Silva provide the heroics as D.C. United escapes Orlando with an unlikely 1-0 win - Recap + Highlights

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Orlando City did more than enough to get a win, but some spectacular Hamid saves and a piece of late brilliance from Silva allowed the Black-and-Red to snatch three points.

Another week, another last-gasp winner for D.C. United. Despite being outplayed for long stretches and relying largely on Bill Hamid's heroic performance in goal, the Black-and-Red walked out of the Citrus Bowl with a 1-0 victory over Orlando City thanks to a stoppage-time free kick goal from Luis Silva.

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

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United is in Florida to play their first-ever (real) game against Orlando City.

Last week, D.C. United broke a long, unwelcome streak by beating LA for the first time since 2008. Tonight, they break another streak: It's the Black-and-Red's first visit to Florida for a competitive match since the demise of the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny.

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

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Can United deliver on the road? Or will Orlando score a home goal in the run of play?

D.C. United has an exemplary record in first-ever games against MLS expansion sides (8W-2D-1L, with 30 goals scored) but that will be put to a severe test tonight against Orlando City SC. The Lions are not the collection of MLS spare parts that most MLS expansion teams have been over the years, and they play positive, possession-oriented soccer.

D.C. United MLS Scouting Report: Orlando City SC

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Staying compact and connected will be vital for United as they take on OCSC tonight.

Most MLS expansion teams have gone in one of three directions. You have your teams made of adequate but flawed MLS retreads who play a very run-of-the-mill game, your teams that arrive with arrogance and get obliterated (this is basically just Chivas USA), and your teams that start very young with the knowledge that they'll take their lumps in the first year but benefit in the seasons that follow.

Opposition 11: Who will Orlando City start against D.C. United tonight?

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Orlando is deeper and more technical than most MLS expansion sides, so they'll be fielding a strong group despite some injuries.

Normally these pieces take into account observations made over the course of a whole season, with the most recent game carrying a lot of weight. However, Orlando City's last match was bizarre from a lineup perspective.

United head to Orlando right where they want to be

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Heading into the game with expansion side Orlando City, the Black-and-Red have had two shutouts in three games

It hasn't always looked pretty for D.C. United this year, but heading into Friday night's game against Orlando City, United are just about where they hoped to be at this point.

Sans 2014 co-leading scorer Fabian Espindola due to suspension, and without fellow co-leading scorer Luis Silva and Eddie Johnson due to injury and health issues, the six points have accrued thus far United have them sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference.

Relegate or Perish? DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 3 April 2015

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My head just exploded.

I was just falling asleep when I had a mean case of exploding head syndrome, which reminded me:

It's FRIDAY FREEDOM KICKS time!

-Bang!- -Pop!- -Crackle!- -Kazow!-

D.C. United's Kofi Opare takes center stage in place of Steve Birnbaum - The Washington Post: A well-deserved spotlight on Kofi Opare.

D.C. United versus Orlando City SC preview: Behind Enemy Lines with Orlando blog The Mane Land

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In which we talk to our friends from Disney World to get the lowdown on all things purple.

To preview tomorrow's game against Orlando City SC, we talked to Michael Citro of The Mane Lane, SB Nation's Orlando City blog.

Questions for The Mane Lane B&RU: How have the fans reacted to the realities of MLS?

D.C. United versus Orlando City SC staff and reader predictions

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D.C. United meet Orlando City SC for the first time in MLS play, and we are split on what will happen.

D.C. United go to Florida tomorrow night for their first date with Kaka, Mickey, and Goofy. We have our predictions, but let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

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Until D.

Freedom Kicks for 2 April 2015: Nick DeLeon is in Robbie Rogers' head

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Soccer, go!

Happy Evacuation Day! Today, 150 years ago, the Confederate government evacuated the city of Richmond and escaped to Danville, and burned down the city in the progress. In honor of that, please enjoy these links about soccer.

Kofi Opare makes MLS Team of the Week - Goal.

D.C. United versus Orlando City SC lineup: A change in forwards?

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Despite scoring the goal last week, people are still calling for Chris Pontius to be moved.

D.C. United makes its first ever trip to Florida to play Orlando City SC in a game that matters this Friday, on a nationally televised game. United had a strong March at home, winning three games between MLS play and CCl play, but lost their two road games by a combined score of 7-2.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 5

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Our players are finally starting to build some momentum. Check your scores from Week 4 and don your tin-foil thinking caps for Week 5.

So you want to know the winner of Week 4? Well, you're looking at him. DCU_Exile (moi) bagged an impressive 28 points last week thanks to several correct predictions, one of which had the bonus point multiplier.

B&RU Player of the month for March: Jairo Arrieta

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United's new Costa Rican striker was brought in as depth, but has made a good first impression.

In a month where Fabian Espindola, Luis Silva, and Eddie Johnson combined to make one appearance, D.C. United quite clearly needed someone else to step up and produce on the attacking end. However, a compelling case could be made that United's needs are just as acute at the back, where the stakes were even higher than normal due to the lack of firepower.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Birnbaum Bird Bombed

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We catch up on the roster news, look ahead to possible returns in Orlando City, and give you Kubrick's Napoleon.

Hi! So I'm pinch-hitting for Jason today, so apologies for the slight barren nature of your links. This weekday thing is weird.

D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum to miss 4-6 weeks with ankle injury - The Washington Post: Goff gives us news that we sort of already knew.