Black and Red United Archives for January 2015

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

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Can the Black-and-Red right the ship against a visiting and in-form Union side?

D.C. United has not had a great run of late, facing three straight road games with a decimated squad. The results - two 1-0 losses and a 1-1 draw against a 9-man New England side - were not good, but a return home means coming back to a venue in which they have not lost since last summer.

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

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Two teams that have been going in opposite directions since their last meeting face off today at RFK.

Tonight's game between D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union is kind of an odd situation. United is just one point off the Supporters Shield lead, while the Union enters the game in 7th in the East and 16th overall.

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

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The U.S. women's national team get one last tune-up before their World Cup begins.

Well, here we are, about one week out from the start of the Women's World Cup (the USWNT face Australia June 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1 and NBC Universo). But before we get to Canada, there's one more send-off friendly to be played.

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union staff and reader predictions

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Even though they were disappointing the last time out, we are confident.

D.C. United takes on the Philadelphia Union today in what seems like their 49453rd encounter this season. Despite previous results, we are fairly confident. Let us know what you think will happen in the comments, or come tell us to our faces at our tailgate in Lot 8 today!

Olsen talks injuries, changing lineups, ahead of Union clash

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With just the one day of practice before Saturday's tilt against Philadelphia, Ben Olsen had plenty to say after Friday's training

After a long week, one that included a Saturday game in New England, and a Wednesday game in Portland, D.C. United got back to the practice field on Friday ahead of their weekend game against the Philadelphia Union.

Opposition 11: Who's going to start for the Philadelphia Union tomorrow night against D.C. United?

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Despite two straight wins, the Union are going to make some changes.

Things have suddenly turned around for the Philadelphia Union, who despite missing several regulars have won two straight over teams supposedly in the Eastern Conference's elite. D.C. United had good reason to enter May thinking that their two games against the Union should result in six points, but Philly has sorted some things out both tactically and in terms of morale.

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union lineup: Still battling injuries

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If its a day in May, it means that D.C. United are playing the Philadelphia Union!

After resting plenty of players on Wednesday and running out an experimental lineup, Ben Olsen and D.C. United return to RFK Stadium to take on the Philadelphia Union tomorrow. Olsen will have the full complement of healthy players, though the injury list is still long.

D.C. United special call up Francis Wesley talked after practice ahead of Saturday's game against the Union

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The 17 year old student at Richard Montgomery High School spent the day practicing with D.C. United

With D.C. United's busy schedule set to continue this week with three matches in the next eight days, United announced a special call up on Thursday, with Francis Wesley of Richard Montgomery High School signing for the game on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union.

The Last Word on D.C. United 0-1 Portland Timbers: On context

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This isn't the result you need to panic over, United fans, but it does raise the stakes for the next one.

It's hard to imagine anyone affiliated with D.C. United was happy to have a game Wednesday night. It's all about the context: This fixture was just four days after a road game on turf against New England and three days before facing a well-rested Philadelphia team that always plays physical soccer against the Black-and-Red.

AntiSepptic: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 29 May 2015

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Plenty of DC United news tops off a whirlwind of FIFA scandal stories.

This is going to be an EPIC Friday Freedom Kicks. So, without further ado, here come your linky links.

DC United add 17-year-old fighting cancer to roster through Make-A-Wish program | SIDELINE | MLSsoccer.com: Mentioned in the comments yesterday, DCU has acquired Liberia-born Francis Wesley.

D.C. United to face the USL's Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the 4th Round of the US Open Cup

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United will be traveling north for their first - and hopefully not only - US Open Cup match in 2015.

Last night, in the hours before D.C. United fell to the Portland Timbers, there was a full slate of US Open Cup games going on. The third round was played in its entirety, and when the dust settled United learned that the road to a fourth USOC trophy will start in Pittsburgh against the Riverhounds of the USL.

D.C. United 0-1 Portland Timbers: Player Ratings

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In which we gauge the spare parts.

After seeing a patchwork D.C. United lineup Saturday against the New England Revolution, knowing that the team had to travel 6 hours the next day to play at the Portland Timbers Wednesday night was going to be a tough out. Knowing that some of the players in Saturday's game would not be in attendance would make it tougher.

Freedom Kicks for 28 May 2015: FIFA, Sepp Blatter, and the US Open Cup

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Pretty normal day in the world of soccer yesterday.

Well, that surely was just a regular day of soccer news, wasn't it?

After Indicting 14 Soccer Officials, U.S. Vows to End Graft in FIFA - NYTimes.com: If you somehow missed this article yesterday, were you hiding?

Nine FIFA Officials and Five Corporate Executives Indicted for Racketeering Conspiracy and Corruption | OPA | Department of Justice: Here is the official indictment of the 14 FIFA officials and corporate executives, which is good reading as well

How the U.

Portland Timbers down weakened D.C. United side 1-0

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Ben Olsen's changes couldn't yield a result for the Black-and-Red, who fall 1-0 to the Timbers

Facing a cross country trip back home to Washington, D.C., with three games in nine days, D.C. United manager Ben Olsen took the opportunity to send out a side with several big changes on Wednesday night in their game in Cascadia against the Portland Timbers.

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

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United and the Timbers are both tired and missing major players, but there are three points on the line all the same tonight.

Tonight will provide D.C. United with one of the toughest challenges they'll see in 2015. It's a combination of things: The Portland Timbers are desperate for a win right now, seeing as how they're in last place in the West.

Richmond Kickers 3-0 Jacksonville Armada: Kickers keep the streak alive

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The Richmond Kickers advance to the fourth round of the US Open Cup and will face Columbus Crew SC.

The Richmond Kickers beat the Jacksonville Armada of the NASL 3-0 in the third round of the 2015 US Open Cup, in front of over 1200 fans. The Kickers have not been knocked out of the Open Cup by a non-MLS team since 2009, and they continued that streak tonight.

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

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#DCUAfterDark returns as United takes on an under-pressure Timbers side.

D.C. United faces the Portland Timbers in a game that both teams kinda-sorta need to do well in. For United, two flat performances in a row have seen the Black-and-Red squander a chance to jump way out in front of the pack for the Supporters Shield, and a third would officially make this the worst period of 2015 thus far.

Filibuster podcast episode 132: Making up nonsense theories

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We talk about the tie against the New England Revolution and preview the upcoming two matches.

Another day, another Filibuster for your listening pleasure. Jason, Adam, and Ben are back to talk about D.C. United versus the New England Revolution and we start be spending too much time on how obvious the red cards were.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 13

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"Of Midweek Games and FIFA Prosecutions"

The winner of Week 12 was dccal with 25 points. Your prize is the very same pair of handcuffs used to arrest former CONCACAF president Jack Warner (signed by Warner himself for an undisclosed amount of money). Hot on his heels were DoddsDC (23 points) and fischy (20 points).

D.C. United versus Portland Timbers staff and reader predictions

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D.C. United take on the Portland Timbers tonight, and there is dissension in the ranks about what will happen.

D.C. United is in Portland tonight for some #DCUAfterDark action against the Timbers. Our predictions are all over the place, so let us know what you think will happen tonight in the comments!

Opposition 11: What sort of lineup will the Portland Timbers field tonight against D.C. United?

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Trying to suss out Caleb Porter's moves in a midweek game is not that easy.

Life is often about perspective. The Portland Timbers are the last-placed team in MLS's Western Conference. Short rest, injuries, cross-country flights, consecutive turf games and an offense that has produced 1 (one) shot on goal in 180 minutes aside, D.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 12: Wild Week of Mayhem

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After a wild week of results, this week's MLS Power Rankings are just hard to figure out.

Mayhem. That's what you probably thought late Sunday night when you checked all the scores from Week 12 of the Major League Soccer season. Most of the bottom teams in the league squared off against the top half of the Supporters Shield standings.

D.C. United versus Portland Timbers preview: Behind Enemy Lines with Portland blog Stumptown Footy

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D.C. United plays the Portland Timbers tonight, so we talked to Will Conwell of Stumptown Footy to get his views on the game.

In order to prepare for tonight's game between D.C. United and the Portland Timbers, we talked to William Conwell of Stumptown Footy. You can read his responses to my questions here, and my answers to his questions over at our Portland sister site.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: D.C. United-Portland Timbers Gameday

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A quick look back at Saturday before looking to tonight, star systems in MLS (duh) and an international with the U23s?

Hi, I'm your Jason today. Fly me! Also, midweek games in Portland suck, for starters because travel is pretty much right out. Good luck to the 20ish folks going there tonight repping D.

D.C. United versus Portland Timbers lineup: Missing half the team

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With plenty of players being sent home, who will Ben Olsen put on the field in Portland?

D.C. United back their bags and fly from New England to Portand, facing off against the Timbers on Wednesday night for a little #dcuafterdark action. And all of that is before United has to fly back to the District to take on the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, for a total flying distance of over 5000 miles in about a week.

Fantasy Focus: Do you know what Nemethis means?

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Are you Hungary?

I'm back with you after a week in Hawaii, and the timing is right since there are a lot of teams with two-game weeks coming up. (~^-^)~umad?~(^-^~) led this round with 93 points. Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $9.9) was captain and scored 40 points on 2 goals and 2 assists. Both Kei Kamara (CLB, $9.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Jonny Bornstein is still a thing

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Namely a soccer player.

Welcome back from what I hope was a lovely Memorial Day weekend, friends. We've got plenty of DCU soccer coming up, but here's some other soccer, too.

(Pssssssst, by the way—join us this Saturday for our meet-up/tailgate. Yours truly might be bringing homemade treats, just saying.

The Last Word on D.C. United 1-1 New England Revolution: Getting Water from a Rock

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In which we wonder what is expected from depth, and what everyone else expects at this point.

Heading into Saturday night's match-up between the first and second place teams in the Eastern Conference, D.C. United was looking to rebound following a subpar effort against the Philadelphia Union, while the New England Revolution wanted to gain ground despite a midweek loss to Sporting Kansas City.

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

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In which we return and wonder how far off the sights were.

Any time a Jay Heaps-coached team and a Ben Olsen-coached team get together the result can generally be a bunch of things, and Saturday night was one of those things. On a night were one team finished with 9 men and the other had a full 11, the result, a 1-1 draw between D.

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

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Animated moments from a "spirited" draw.

* - So not ALL of these may be exactly GIFs from the game. But I think they do summarize most of the feeling about the performance. With that, bring on the fun!

Suffice to say, the play of the D.C. United in the first half against the New England Revolution was disappointing.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Don't You Know That You Can't Count Them Out

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We look back at Saturday, check in with the U-23 and a former Spirit player, and we get to meetup this week!

Well if you DID have to go into work, we hope this helps. If you didn't, well, hydrate, take a seat, and catch up, won't you?

Recaps of D.C. United's 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution from us, MLS (with more here), and The Washington Post.

Jalen Robinson joins US U-23s for Toulon Tournament

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The Homegrown Player goes to France and hopefully will get a cap or Two.

In a tweet Saturday night that hequickly deleted, D.C. United homegrown defender Jalen Robinson announced news of a national team nature, and now U.S. Soccer has made it official that Robinson will be part of the 19-man roster for the United States to participate in the Toulon Tournament, which begins Wednesday in France.

D.C. United U-23s defeat Ocean City 3-1 in Home Opener

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The Baby Black and Red starts slow, but finds pace and secures the three points.

Following an opening game against the New York Red Bulls U23 team which they drew 1-1 but ultimately had to forfeit due to the use of an unregistered player, the D.C. United U-23 team still found themselves shorthanded against the Ocean City Nor'easters.

D.C. United held to 1-1 draw by 9-man New England Revolution

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Playing against 9 men for over 30 minutes, the Black-and-Red could only manage a point through Jairo Arrieta's 80th minute equalizer

Coming off a disappointing 1-0 defeat last Sunday against the Philadelphia Union, D.C. United had a great chance to get back to winning ways on Saturday against the New England Revolution.

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

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It's the biggest game of the week in MLS, and the biggest test for D.C. United thus far in 2015.

Games in May don't come much bigger than this. D.C. United and the New England Revolution have emerged as the Eastern Conference's top teams, and they face off tonight at Gillette Stadium. Both clubs are coming off of results they found hard to stomach, so it seems safe to expect two teams that are desperate to get back on track.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution MLS live stream: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

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Our preview of the biggest game in MLS this weekend.

The top two teams in the Eastern Conference meet tonight, as D.C. United travels north to take on the New England Revolution. Never mind Jason Kreis's return to Utah, or the other Atlantic coast battle between the Red Bulls and Union; this is the premier matchup in MLS this weekend.

Opposition 11: Who will start for the New England Revolution on short rest against D.C. United?

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Normally teams in the spot the Revs are are tough to predict, but Jay Heaps rested enough players mid-week that his lineup tonight will be more or less straightforward.

Plenty of D.C. United fans have been dreading the next few days all season. It's not out of particular fear of the New England Revolution - strong team though they are - or the Portland Timbers.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/New England blog The Bent Musket

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D.C. United take on the New England Revolution in a 1 vs. 2 battle for the Eastern Conference.

D.C. United are traveling to New England as we speak, so we talked to Steve Stoehr of The Bent Musket to get the lowdown on all things Revolution. For my answers to Steve's questions, head on over to The Bent Musket.

DC Council to hold public hearing on road closures for D.C. United stadium site

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All progress towards the stadium is good progress.

Other than here on Black and Red United, the D.C. Register is the best place to find updates on the progress being made towards the Buzzard Point stadium, which continues at a slow but steady pace. On Tuesday, 9 June 2015, the DC Council's Committee of the Whole will hold a public hearing on the closure of the streets that are a part of the D.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution staff and reader predictions

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How will United perform against the New England Revolution? We give our thoughts, so give us yours in the comments!

D.C. United travel up to the plastic turf of Gillette Stadium to face the New England Revolution this weekend. After the loss to Philly, we are a little less bullish on United's chances, but most of us think the team can eek out a point.

Halstimania: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 22 May 2015

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Move over Farfanfandom, here comes Halstimania.

Today's Friday Freedom Kicks is brought to you by Acme Magic Headbands. When you have long hair, and you'd like to screw around with the dark arts to achieve all your dreams and destroy all your enemies, make your headband an Acme Magic Headband.

D.C. United to face either the Tampa Bay Rowdies or Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the 4th round of the US Open Cup

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The Black-and-Red face a road trip regardless of whether they take on the NASL's Rowdies or the USL's Riverhounds.

US Soccer conducted the fourth round draw for the 2015 US Open Cup, revealing that D.C. United will play the winner of May 27th's game between the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL and the NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution preview - Throwback Thursday - How this weekend is so very similar to a 2007 trip to Foxboro

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2007 was a long time ago in MLS terms, but an August D.C. United visit to the New England Revolution that year has a lot of parallels to this weekend's Black-and-Red roadtrip.

Thursday Freedom Kicks: Moto Panacaku

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U-23 roster news, partner clubs avoid bad things, and PTA fun.

Hi. Ben's not here today, so I'll be your links assistant. Hope I can brighten your day.

D.C. United U-23 Roster Released - Black And Red United: D.C. United's U-23 roster dropped and it looks pretty good.

Richmond Kickers 2-0 Virginia Beach City FC: Kickers advance in the US Open Cup - Black And Red United: In news from down 95, the Kickers win in Open Cup play, and the Jacksonville Armada come calling next week.

Richmond Kickers 2-0 Virginia Beach City FC: Kickers advance in the US Open Cup

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The Richmond Kickers do enough to move on in the US Open Cup.

The Richmond Kickers defeated Virginia Beach City FC of the NPSL 2-0 tonight in the US Open Cup second round in front of 1104 fans and without any of their D.C. United loanees. They dominated the game in possession, and could have had at least two more goals, but did enough to move onto the third round of the US Open Cup; they will host the Jacksonville Armada of the NASL next Wednesday.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution lineup: Back to injury problems

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D.C. United is back to dealing with injuries as the face the New England Revolution.

After losing last Sunday to the Philadelphia Union, D.C. United looks to rebound this Saturday when they take on the New England Revolution. The Revolution have a midweek match against Sporting Kansas City, and so Jay Heaps will have to make some hard choices for each of these two games.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 12

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MLS parity rears its ugly head once again

The winner of Week 11 is SouthernUnited96 with 10 points. Your prize is a lovely brass-plated participation medal. The Wooden Spoon award goes to taylor.silver. In contrast to last week, only one player managed to break into the double digits. Why?

Filibuster podcast episode 131: The international date line is a legitimate thing

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We review the win over Orlando City and the loss to Philadelphia, as well as previewing this weekend's match against New England.

And now here comes the 131st edition of Filibuster to please your ears on this fine Wednesday. Adam, Jason, and Ben look back at the week that was, and start off by talking about how slow D.

D.C. United U-23 Roster Released

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The team includes some names to watch.

D.C. United's U-23 team did manage to play their first game Sunday, a hard fought 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls U-23 team which was ultimately forfeited as the Black and Red used an unregistered player as part of a 15-man travel squad. Ahead of a couple of coming home dates at the Evergreen Sports Complex in Leesburg, the team has released their full roster to the public.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 11: Get Your Points In Now

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DCU remains at the top, while the peloton becomes more and more packed in this week's Power Rankings. Who's ready for some separation?

Week 11 of the Major League Soccer season saw a few blowouts, a few key draws, and a couple surprise victories by teams at or near the bottom of the standings.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS expansion, USMNT, & NWSL links for Wednesday May 20, 2015

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In which we discuss hugs, a competition that's crazier than the CONCACAF Champions League, and accuse TFC of sabotage.

I don't have anything for this section. Let me have my coffee while you read.

DC United: Model Breakers or Just Lucky? | American Soccer Analysis
Soccer's move towards more advanced analytics becoming a common talking point has seen United confound most "expected goals" models.

The Last Word on D.C. United 0-1 Philadelphia Union: On alternatives to burning the tape

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Even an "it was just a bad night at the office" sort of game comes with lessons.

Entering this game, D.C. United was coming off two games in short order: Another home draw that involved giving up a lead against KC, followed by a strong second half comeback win over Orlando. The third game in this week-and-a-day stretch was to be the easiest: A very short road trip to Philly, where the fans were protesting, the goalkeepers were dropping like flies, and where injuries and suspensions were leaving the home team short of several useful players.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: New DCU signing, new LAFC stadium, same old from Qatar/FIFA

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Facundo Coria, new LAFC stadium, a defender/ensign, general Qatar World Cup terribleness, and more.

It's Tuesday, folks, and it's time for some soccer. Start your morning by watching Tobin Heath be awesome (of course you've already seen it, I'm telling you to watch it again).

D.C. United announce signing of Argentinian attacker Facundo Coria - Black And Red United
That happened.

Markus Halsti finally makes D.C. United debut

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The Finnish international started and played 80 minutes in United's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union

As D.C. United's marquee offseason signing, Finnish international Markus Halsti looked set to join the club and make an impact from day one. Several years junior to Davy Arnaud, Halsti looked to step into United's midfield and provide an extra option alongside Perry Kitchen, in addition to being capable in all three spots along the back line.

D.C. United announce signing of Argentinian forward Facundo Coria

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The free agent recently trialed with the Philadelphia Union

With Luis Silva looking like he might miss some time with an injury, and Eddie Johnson allegedly released from his contract, D.C. United announced the signing of Facundo Coria on Monday, an Argentinian forward and midfielder who was out of contract before signing to play in the nation's capital.

D.C. United 0-1 Philadelphia Union: Player Ratings

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The bridge is nice at PPL Park, but the game wasn't. The player ratings reflect the game more than the bridge.

Santa Claus was scheduled to make a rare May visit to PPL Park in Chester, PA, on Sunday evening, but then MLS happened. Rather than jubilantly handing out ratings of 8s and 9s for D.

D.C. United left lamenting performance in late loss to Philadelphia Union

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Second loss of the season stings after United's subpar performance against the Union

Struggling for 90 minutes on Sunday night against the Philadelphia Union, D.C. United looked like they were about to escape PPL Park with at least a point. United was short a man in stoppage time after Luis Silva had to be pulled with no subs left, with United at the end of their third game in nine days.

D.C. United undone by stoppage time winner in 1-0 loss to Philadelphia Union

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Zack Pfeffer won the game for the Union in stoppage time as United's 8 game unbeaten streak came to an end

Coming off a strong second half performance on Wednesday night against Orlando City, D.C. United lost just their second game of the season on Sunday night, falling 1-0 to the Philadelphia Union.

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

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The USWNT continue World Cup preparations with a match-up against Mexico.

After beginning their World Cup send-off series with a solid, if slightly uninspiring, 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland, the USWNT are set to take on Mexico tonight. The U.S. women may not have the rivalry with Mexico that the U.

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

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The pressure is on United to play like MLS's top club despite what may be mistaken for an easy game against the mess that is the Philadelphia Union.

Today's game is not technically a game between MLS's best and worst teams, but it's pretty close. D.C. United sits atop the league standings, having gone eight straight games without a loss and equaling the club's best start to a season after ten games.

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

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High-flying United visits the disaster-in-progress that is the Union.

A three-game stretch at home saw D.C. United extend their unbeaten streak to eight matches while cruising to the top of the MLS standings. However, it also left United's schedule out of balance, having played 70% of their games at RFK Stadium.

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/Philly blog The Brotherly Game

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We turn to the north to preview D.C. United's game against the Philadelphia Union tonight.

D.C. United are in Philadelphia for tonight's game against the Union. To preview the game, we turned to our friend Eugene Rupinski of The Brotherly Game to answer some questions about tonight's titanic struggle.

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union staff and reader predictions

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A winnable game on the road against a conference foe will tell us plenty about D.C. United.

League-leading D.C. United travel north to Philadelphia to take on the Union this Sunday. Here is how we think United will do against one of the worst teams in the league; let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

Opposition 11: Who will the Philadelphia Union send out to face D.C. United?

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Things are a mess in Philly, so figuring out their starting lineup is kind of tough.

The 2015 edition of the Philadelphia Union, at least up to today, are the worst team in Major League Soccer. We're talking about - by far - the worst defensive team in the league. As Matt Doyle pointed out earlier this week for MLSsoccer, their possession stats and their ability to connect passes is almost the worst as well (only San Jose, who somehow connected just 59% of their passes in a game of soccer featuring professionals, are worse right now).

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union lineup: Depth galore!

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D.C. United travels to Philadelphia to take on one of the worst teams in the league.

After winning against Orlando City SC on Wednesday, D.C. United travel up to Philadelphia to take on the Union. In doing so, a couple of new faces will likely grace the field as compared to those who played on Wednesday; however, the question as to how much squad rotation Ben Olsen will implement is up for debate.

Trying to Sort CCL Group Options for D.C. United

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In which we try to figure out who the lads may see in the fall.

With this coming out the other day, I figured it may be time for a diversion to see how things stack up for D.C. United.

So CONCACAF Champions League Draw will be on June 1st at The W Hotel on South Beach #SCCL

- Juan Arango (@JuanG_Arango) May 12, 2015

What's the CONCACAF Champions League you ask?

Rising Expectations: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 15 May 2015

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I think I liked it better when no one knew we were coming.

Oh, the things you discover when you're writing Friday Freedom Kicks! For example, did you know that the thesaurus provides no synonyms whatsoever for the word Friday?

ExtraTime Radio: DC United's Perry Kitchen on "luck," European interest and his US national team role | MLSsoccer.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union preview: Throwback Thursday to Chris Rolfe beating DOOP

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Today's #tbt goes all the way back to one year ago this week.

D.C. United 2-1 Orlando City SC: Player Ratings

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We try to put together numbers to names and the Great Bantini abounds.

D.C. United stole a game from Orlando City SC last month in the throes of the end, and found themselves trailing at the half at RFK for one seemed like a fortnight. They had a drab first half but rallied in the second to win 2-1 and regain sole possession of first not just in the Eastern Conference, but the whole of Major League Soccer.

DC government anticipates United stadium opening later than expected

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The District believes that D.C. United's new stadium will open a season later than hoped.

A couple of weeks ago, the D.C. government submitted an application to cleanup the land upon which D.C. United's stadium will be built. This is part of the District's obligations, to mediate the various chemicals that have been used on the stadium site, particularly at the PEPCO substation and the Super Salvage site.

Substitutions prove pivotal in D.C. United's win over Orlando City

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After a lackluster first half, appearance of Chris Pontius, Miguel Aguilar, and Jairo Arrieta changed the outcome for United in 2-1 victory

After 45 minutes Wednesday night against Orlando City, proceedings were not looking favorable for D.C. United. Despite a strong opening salvo to start the game that put the Lions under pressure, the Black-and-Red conceded the opening goal in the first half, and then struggled to get back into the game for the rest of the half.

European interest in Perry Kitchen according to his agent

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D.C. United's defensive midfielder, Perry Kitchen, has interest from clubs in Denmark, Belgium, and Germany

With one big name in Bill Hamid already inked to a long term contract, D.C. United will have to move quickly to tie up another one, according to Grant Wahl.

On Wednesday, Wahl went on the record to say that United midfielder Perry Kitchen is garnering attention from several European clubs.

Freedom Kicks for 14 May 2015: Brad Freidel, Copa America, CCL

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We've got all the soccer news that's fit to print!

Still glowing about D.C. United's win last night, but here is the rest of the soccer news that you need to know. Soccer, go!

D.C. United beat Orlando City SC last night by a score of 2-1. There are match reports from us, MLS, the Washington Post, and the Orlando Sentinel.

Kofi Opare, Chris Rolfe fire D.C. United past Orlando City in second half in 2-1 victory

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After Cyle Larin gave Orlando the first half lead, United stormed back through Opare's header, Rolfe's deft touch

Losing for the first time at home all season on Wednesday against Orlando City, D.C. United was on the brink of their first loss at home since June of 2014. With 20 minutes left, United trailed by a goal, but had not really troubled keeper Donovan Ricketts up to that point.

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

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The Lions make their first-ever visit to RFK, while United looks to go atop the Supporters Shield table.

The schedule officially gets busy tonight for D.C. United, who will be facing mid-week games nearly every week between now and the end of June. Orlando City SC awaits tonight at RFK, and they will likely want revenge after losing the first-ever meeting between the two sides despite dominating throughout.

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

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United can take the lead in the race for the Supporters Shield with a win over OCSC tonight.

For a few weeks now, D.C. United has been tied atop MLS's Eastern Conference with a game in hand. Well, tonight's game against Orlando City SC is that extra opportunity to pick up points. A win would not only see United enter the weekend atop the East; it would put the Black-and-Red in first place throughout MLS.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 11

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It's a D.C. United Double-Point Double-Game Week

The winner of Week 10 was Adam M. Taylor, our very own Black & Red United Editor, with a strong 30 points. In anticipation (and honor) of Markus Halsti making his first appearance for D.C. United this week, you've won your very own magic headband.

Opposition 11: How will Orlando City SC line up Wednesday night against D.C. United?

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OCSC will look slightly different from last month's meeting.

Adrian Heath's Orlando City has proven to be a tactically flexible bunch, which is a surprise for an expansion team. Generally, these teams are built from scratch with a specific formation and style in mind; while Heath's side is very committed to an attack-minded gameplan that treasures possession, the fact is that in terms of formation they're as willing to experiment as any MLS club.

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

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United face off against the Lions for the second time this season, and we think another win is in the cards.

D.C. United have their second matchup against Orlando City SC tonight, and they hope to build on their earlier 1-0 victory. We are very confident about this game, but out confidence didn't help us last week.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 10: Optics

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Hype comes and goes, but this week's Power Rankings has the right colors at the top of the table.

By now, you've probably heard that the two New York metropolitan area teams, the Jersey-based New York Red Bulls and the Bronx-based (for this season, at least) New York City FC, squared off this past Sunday for the first time in Major League Soccer.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: DCU-OCSC Gameday (Heart You Bruce)

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A look ahead to tonight, a look back at Year One, and still love you Bruce.

A rare weekday game day appearance from yours truly. Sound the alarm!

D.C. United vs. Orlando City preview - The Washington Post: Goff gives you some info on tonight, but also mentions the team will be passing on Oumar Ballo.

Filibuster podcast episode 130: Greenwich Albion Yacht Club

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We review the 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City and then preview this week's two games against Orlando City and Philadelphia Union.

D.C. United have three matches in eight days, so there is plenty to talk about on the newest episode of Filibuster! Adam, Jason, and Ben start off by talking about D.

D.C. United fans share Dwayne De Rosario's greatest hits

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With the four-time MLS Cup winner announcing his retirement this week, the B&RU staff share their favorite memories of former D.C. United attacker Dwayne De Rosario.

He's on Mt. Rushmore. Of this there can be no debate. Dwayne De Rosario has had one of the best MLS careers of anyone in the league's still short history, and the 36-year-old announced this week that he's calling it a career after winning championships with the San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo and after a 2011 season that saw him traded to D.

Fantasy Focus: A-L-L-E-N and Bingham was his name-o

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Two men share the spoils.

With just a two-point edge over the next closest team, Look Ma, No Hands scored 97 points to lead the round, and no darlin' I don't dance. Captain Pedro Morales (VAN, $11.4) led the way with 28 points on a goal and an assist. Omar Gonzalez (LA, $9.7) scored 13 points with a clean sheet over two games, and Kei Kamara (CLB, $8.

D.C. United versus Orlando City SC lineup: Time to rotate the squad

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Ben Olsen has an embarrassment of riches on his hands and must start to rotate his squad.

It has been much talked about, but D.C. United must start to rotate their squad to keep players fresh for the duration of the season. United, however, are lucky that just as they need to do so, all of their players are coming back to full health and so Ben Olsen should have almost his full compliment of options versus Orlando City SC this Wednesday.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Farewell, DeRo, and thanks

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DeRo announces his retirement, those New York teams insist on the term derby, and Unnamed Atlanta MLS Team might not be unnamed much longer.

Soccer? Soccer.

Canadian, MLS legend Dwayne De Rosario announces end of playing career on Instagram post | MLSsoccer.com
Thanks for everything, man.

The Last Word on D.C. United 1-1 Sporting Kansas City: On Lost (and Possibly Found) Opportunity

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In which we call on United to be more aggressive against the next few opponents.

D.C. United had back to back efforts where they beat a Conference leader and a presumed heir to the American Coaching Crown, one of which was done on the road 3,000 miles away. As the dates unfurl and the games more frequent, they were facing a Sporting Kansas City team only recently finding some sort of footing.

D.C. United 1-1 Sporting Kansas City: The GIFs

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We try to pick out moments of note.

D.C. United was looking to take over sole possession of the Eastern Conference Saturday night by defeating the newly Western Conference-relocated Sporting Kansas City. While the Sporks were not the Sporks of two or three years ago, they provided enough of a challenge for the Black and Red that the result was a 1-1 draw between the two clubs.

D.C. United 1-1 Sporting Kansas City: Player Ratings

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In which numbers go to names and you like, dislike or place a curse on them.

D.C. United had shut out Sporting Kansas City in their games last year, and even beat them at home for the first time since the glory days of Danny Allsopp. And a early goal was given right back in the first half, and a 1-1 draw left at least one side disappointed.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Injury Reports, Pfft!

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Recaps, Rongen and Cabbage Heads.

So yeah, between Fabian Espindola and Hernan Grana surprisingly not being on injury reports and left out of lineups altogether, sometimes I wonder if Drew Carey was right about gambling money and MLS and the former helping the latter be a bit more transparent if it ever happened.

USWNT beats Ireland 3-0 in World Cup send-off friendly

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It was business as usual for the USWNT as they bested Ireland in a Mother's Day friendly.

In the first of three friendlies in a World Cup send-off series, the U.S. women's national team beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in front of a sellout 18,000 fans (and all of their moms) at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

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

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The first of three send-off friendlies before the USWNT head to the World Cup.

Happy Mother's Day! Moms are pretty awesome, and speaking of awesome ladies, we've got ourselves a USWNT game today. (By the way, the USWNT includes three "soccer moms"—Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx, and Amy Rodriguez.

D.C. United, Sporting Kansas City play out to draw after trading first half goals

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Jairo Arrieta's goal in the first half was immediately canceled out by Dom Dwyer on the stroke of halftime

With a chance to move top of the standings in MLS following the New England Revolutions' draw on Friday night, D.C. United instead settled for a 1-1 draw at home against Sporting Kansas City.

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

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Tonight at RFK, we find out whether United can repeat their 2014 domination of KC.

Games against Sporting Kansas City are always demanding, and though D.C. United is MLS's best team in terms of points-per-game they should be wary of KC. Games between the two clubs have been very close over the past few years (save one 3-0 rout for United midway through last season), and both clubs are among MLS's elite on set pieces.

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

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If you can't be at RFK, tune in to see United take on a KC team that has changed more than a little this past offseason.

After years of losses - most of which involved being shut out - D.C. United finally flipped the script on Sporting Kansas City in 2014. Ben Olsen's side took 7 out of a possible 9 points against the former Wizards, and conceded precisely zero goals in those games.

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City preview: Behind Enemy Lines with KC blog The Blue Testament

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Peter Vermes and company come to RFK tonight; we got the preview from our fellow SB Nation site The Blue Testament.

With D.C. United taking on Sporting Kansas City tonight, we reached out to Cody Bradley of The Blue Testament to get the lowdown on all things Sporting. Here is what he had to say!

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City staff and reader predictions

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Let us know what you think will happen when D.C. United take on Sporting Kansas City!

D.C. United plays Sporting Kansas City this weekend, and we are very confident about their chances. Too confident? We shall see. Let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

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United is off to their best start in team history, and they've done this while battling injuries and suspension.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Sporting Kansas City

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How set pieces, long balls, and attacking down the left will help United get another win at RFK tonight.

By now, our longtime readers have come to expect a certain pattern when it comes to a piece like this. Normally a scouting report involving Sporting Kansas City would involve a lot of talk about pressure to start.

Goals coming from all over the field for D.C. United in 2015

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Eight different players have already found the back of the net for United in eight league games this season

At the outset of the 2015 MLS campaign, it was obvious that for D.C. United to have success in the early goings of the season, they would need to find goals from all over the field. As it were, United started the season without their top three goal scorers from the 2014 season.

Is a new logo for D.C. United coming as early as next season?

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A new logo for D.C. United is coming, and could be as early as 2016.

D.C. United has one of the oldest logos in MLS, having used the current eagle since 1998; only the New England Revolution have used their logo for a longer period of time, and their crayon flag leaves something to be desired.

After long layoff, Markus Halsti finally ready to make D.C. United debut

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With his knee injury finally behind him, Halsti will likely make the bench for tomorrow's game against Sporting Kansas City

When D.C. United navigated their 2014 offseason, they did so with prudence in realizing that only a few changes needed to be made to the side that won the 2014 MLS Eastern Conference in regular season play.

Opposition 11: How is Sporting Kansas City going to line up against D.C. United?

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After a brief hiatus, the 433 is back in KC.

Much has been made in recent years about Sporting Kansas City's style and formation. They're the highest-pressing team in MLS, and they play a 433 every time out. Peter Vermes sees his team as positive and attractive, but just about everyone else sees a team that is mostly defined by tackling, physicality, and the occasional dash of skill.

M-Ellis Island: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 8 May 2015

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Give me your retired, your rich, your dribbling masses yearning to be discovered.

Today's Friday Freedom Kicks is heavy on the soccer star immigration stories. It's also heavy on the links in general, to make up for my illness last week. So, gird your loins. Here come the kicks.

Rookie GK Travis Worra's MLS Debut | D.

Eddie Johnson's contract voided by Major League Soccer

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MLS has taken over the handling of the Eddie Johnson situation.

The saga of Eddie Johnson continues towards its inevitable, but sad conclusion for D.C. United. Steve Goff, the man with the inside scoop, is reporting that Major League Soccer has terminated Eddie Johnson's contract with the League, and that the battle is now between the League, the Players Union, lawyers, medical personnel, and agents; United has not been involved in this situation in months.

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City lineup: Prelude to chaos

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D.C. United welcome Sporting Kansas City, Benny Feilhaber's hair, and Peter Vermes to town.

D.C. United welcomes a new member of the Western Conference back to RFK Stadium this Saturday as Sporting Kansas City comes to town. SKC is currently in the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, but are only 4 points out of first (though they already have a game in hand on United).

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 10

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D.C. United is flying high this week, and so were our MPG players. Week 10 looks promising, so get your picks in early!

The winner of Week 9 was DoddsDC with 31 points! As a prize, you have won a set of yellow smoke bombs, similar to ones employed by our friendly Crew friends at RFK stadium last year.

D.C. United transfer news and rumors: UMBC product Oumar Ballo on trial with the Black-and-Red

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DCU has a new defender in town for a look.

Yesterday, Steve Goff reported that D.C. United's training session featured an unfamiliar face: Former UMBC center back Oumar Ballo. Ballo was released just under two weeks ago by the Houston Dynamo after having previously been loaned to their USL affiliate, the Charleston Battery.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, USWNT, and UEFA Champions League links for Wednesday May 6th, 2015

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Praise for DCU players and stories of people with terrible ideas are our gift to you today.

By the time you finish this post, you'll read about something stupid I did.

Chris Rolfe harvesting goals, assists for D.C. United | The Washington Post
Steve Goff checked out Chris Rolfe's substantial garden before noting that several players are close to returning to the lineup.

Familiarity breeds results for D.C. United in best start in team history

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With 20 returning players from 2014 campaign, United's quick start has them tied at the summit for the Supporters' Shield

When D.C. United looked to move past their mostly forgetful 2013 season, they had to do so by bringing in new faces all over the field. A new cast, made up of mostly veteran names, came into the side, and helped United complete the turnaround from worst to first in the Eastern Conference in 2014.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 9: The cream starts to rise

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The top teams start to separate themselves from the rest of the pack in this week's edition of the Power Rankings.

Seventeen. If you have that many points so far in this young Major League Soccer season, then congratulations...you are at the top of the Supporters Shield standings! So far, four teams have a claim on the number one spot: New England Revolution, FC Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps, and our beloved D.

Filibuster podcast episode 129: D.C. United's win over Columbus Crew SC, Sporting Kansas City preview

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In which we talk about D.C. United's convincing win over Columbus Crew SC, Bill Hamid's new contract, and look ahead to Sporting Kansas City.

Another Tuesday means another great episode from your friends at Filibuster! Ben, Adam, and Jason talk about D.C. United's 2-0 win over Columbus Crew SC and ask whether or not this is the way that Bennyball is supposed to work?

MLS Fantasy Focus: Sean Franklin's Nu Nation

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My brother can't you see he got the victory

This week's leader over all of fantasy scored 104 points, and our leader this round was not far off of that with 92. ASA Charge were led by captain Axel Sjoberg (COL, $4.7,) whose 18 points came over two matches. Behind him were the duo of Gabriel Torres (COL, $7.

D.C. United using Tinder to sell tickets

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Swipe right for discounted D.C. United tickets.

D.C. United's marketing and promotions have been under scrutiny since the team was purchased by Erick Thohir and Jason Levien. At the end of last season, the team used their success on the field as well as a string of promotions to get a series of solid attendance numbers for the last few months' worth of games.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Nicht ist nicht mehr

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Anyone need a goalkeeper?

Tuesday. Soccer. Go!

His stock rising at DC United, Kofi Opare looking to secure Canada national team eligibility | MLSsoccer.com
"Coincidentally, both D.C. United and Canada endured the worst years of their respective histories back in 2013." :(

Armchair Analyst: Contenders again, the Landon-ization of Fabián Castillo and other Week 9 thoughts | MLSsoccer.

The Last Word on D.C. United 2-0 Columbus Crew: Tackling A Trope

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In which we have a minor off topic rant.

D.C. United put together a convincing effort in last week's win over the Vancouver Whitecaps and facing a Columbus Crew SC team who was white hot offensively, there could be some excusing of their performance this week that they could lose. Nevertheless, last week's impressive performance was followed by an equally impressive win over the Crew, and another clean sheet for a team who is back where they belong, not only (tied for) first place but also (tied for) giving up the second fewest goals in Major League Soccer at this point.

D.C. United 2-0 Columbus Crew: The GIFs

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Moments in small consumable internet moments you (or we) like.

In a game that could have proven to be difficult, ultimately the result was surprisingly one sided as D.C. United defeated Columbus Crew SC 2-0 to maintain their lead in the Eastern Conference, tied with the New England Revolution but with a game in hand.

D.C. United 2-1 Columbus Crew: Player Ratings

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Bring on the numbering system!

D.C. United faced a Columbus Crew SC team who was firing on all cylinders offensively and was unbeaten in their last four. D.C. however, was unbeaten in their last five and played the better part on this night, beating the Crew 2-0 and staying in first in the East.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Crew Cut

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Recaps, head injuries, TCHUB for awhile and David Letterman with a Tom Hanks guest appearance.

I don't know why Major League Soccer wants to suddenly not list the team with games in hand as first in the Supporters' Shield but oh well. Also, congrats to Kathryn Nesbitt on working her first game with PRO.

Fabian Espindola's return continues to fuel D.C. United's unbeaten streak

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The Argentine notched his first goal and assist in league play against Columbus in his second game back from suspension

Fabian Espindola's 2015 season got off on the wrong foot, seconds after his and D.C. United's 2014 season ended at home against the New York Red Bulls in the MLS playoffs.

Fabian Espindola, Sean Franklin fire D.C. United to 2-0 victory over Columbus Crew

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Espindola and Franklin net for the first time in MLS play this season as United cruise at home against the Crew

D.C. United ran their unbeaten streak to six games in MLS play on Saturday night, beating the Columbus Crew 2-0 at RFK Stadium. Fabian Espindola and Sean Franklin both struck in the first half for the Black-and-Red as they defeated the Crew for the first time since October 2012.

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

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First place in the East is potentially on the line as United takes on the visiting Crew.

The toughest portion of D.C. United's 2015 schedule starts tonight as the Columbus Crew SC are in town for a match that may end up determining first place in the East. Gregg Berhalter's side features MLS's joint-leading goalscorer in Kei Kamara, as well as the highest-scoring attack overall.

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

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The most grueling stretch of United's 2015 schedule starts tonight at RFK against another contender in the Eastern Conference.

It's a big night for the Eastern Conference, where the four teams that could end the night in first have paired off. For D.C. United, that means a difficult home game against Columbus Crew SC.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Columbus Crew SC

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United will have to step up to the difficult task of containing the Crew attack tonight.

With Real Salt Lake's embrace of vertical play this season, no club in MLS is more identified with the idea of treasuring possession than Columbus Crew SC, who will visit RFK tomorrow night. Gregg Berhalter has made it clear in his public statements, while the club's roster moves also point to a team built to retain the ball.

D.C. United signs Bill Hamid to multi-year contract extension

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The Black-and-Red's best player is sticking around.

MLS's 2014 Goalkeeper of the Year Bill Hamid and D.C. United have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, according to a press release from the club. As is always the case in MLS, terms were not made public. However, the move should come as a major relief to fans, as Hamid's contract was set to expire at the end of the 2015 season.

MLS releases new roster rules, with free agency but few other changes

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MLS released its roster rules today, with free agency but few other changes

For the first 59 days of the MLS season, the league has been operating with published rules as to the composition of rosters, the methods of player acquisition, and the mechanics for entering and leaving the league.

Columbus Crew come to town as highest scoring MLS team as D.C. United begins daunting two month stretch

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With at least 15 games in the next 63 days, United's depth will be put to the test over the next two months

With a quarter of the MLS season already gone from their schedule, D.C. United is sitting just about where'd they want to be after 7 games played. With 14 points already in the bag, sitting tied with the New England Revolution atop the Eastern Conference, United begins a journey tomorrow against the Columbus Crew that includes 15 games in 63 days.

D.C. United versus Columbus Crew SC preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/Columbus blog Massive Report

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As is our wont, we talked to SB Nation's Columbus Crew SC blog to get the preview for this weekend's game.

With Columbus Crew SC, as they are now known, coming to town this weekend, we talked with Patrick Murphy of Massive Report to get the lowdown on all things Barbasol.

Questions for Massive Report

B&RU: How much has the return of Kei Kamara meant to the success of the Crew so far this season?

Opposition 11: Who's likely to start for the Columbus Crew this weekend?

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United will face a more or less predictable Columbus lineup this Saturday.

At this early stage of any given MLS season, trying to predict a lineup is still a bit of a complicated process in a lot of cases. Teams are trying to incorporate new faces, and early-season inconsistency often leads coaches to move players in and out of the lineup.

Friday Freedom Kicks: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 1 May 2015

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Touchline should have put out a mayday last night. He didn't. And now Friday Freedom Kicks needs your help.

Dear friends,

A Nyquil-induced sleep coma has interfered with the timely publication of Friday Freedom Kicks. My apologies.

Let us crowd-source this edition, while I make an appointment in the B&RU spanking room for my incompetence.