Black and Red United Archives for January 2015

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

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For the third time in four years, United and the Union will meet in the Open Cup's round of 16.

The rapid-fire schedule continues tonight for D.C. United, who will face the Philadelphia Union tonight in US Open Cup play. This will be the first USOC visit to PPL Park for United, however, as the near-annual tradition of these teams facing each other in cup play has previously involved the Maryland Soccerplex.

USA vs. Germany 2015 World Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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The USWNT face their biggest test so far in a semifinal match-up against powerhouse Germany.

If you have been one of the many to feel unsure about the USWNT in this tournament—if you have shaken your first at Jill Ellis, cried out for better tactics, yelled at your television, etc.—then you're probably pretty nervous for this game.

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

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We talk to Eugen Rupinski to get the lowdown on all things DOOP.

D.C. United takes on the Philadelphia Union tonight in the US Open Cup, and so to preview the game we talked to Eugene Rupinski of the Brother Game to preview this matchup. For my answers to Eugene's questions, head over to Brotherly Game!

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union US Open Cup live stream: Time, preview, and how to watch online

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As it is in most years, United will have to get past the Union - a team they played twice last month - to advance in the Open Cup.

Stop me if you've heard this one before: D.C. United will face the Philadelphia Union in a US Open Cup match. Last year was the first time since 2010 that United didn't didn't face their nearest MLS neighbors eithe in America's oldest soccer competition or in the MLS qualifying process to enter the Cup.

USA vs. Germany, 2015 Women's World Cup: Start time, TV schedule and live stream

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Arguably the two best teams in women's soccer take the field in Montreal for the right to play in the 2015 World Cup final.

Today's United States vs. Germany is the semifinal everyone had more or less expected, and one FIFA explicitly set up when organizing the tournament. Of course, that doesn't mean the road here has been entirely smooth.

D.C. United stadium land purchases approved by Council

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Land acquisition for the D.C. United stadium site moves forward, with contracts for three-quarters of the owners approved by the D.C. Council.

The D.C. Council, just moments ago, unanimously approved contracts to purchase land for the D.C. United stadium site. The land owned by Super Salvage will be purchased for approximately $15 million, Mark Ein's Rollingwood Real Estate's lot will be purchased for approximately $10 million, and the PEPCO parcel will be traded for land at 1st and K NW.

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

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D.C. United takes on the Philadelphia Union for a spot in the US Open Cup quarterfinals.

D.C. United travels to Chester today to take on the Philadelphia Union in the US Open Cup. A win, in which the staff is very confident, would take United into the quarterfinals. Let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

Fantasy Focus: Piling On

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Just when you thought it was going to get close.

The overall league lead had slipped to 97 points, so Poor Man's Porales rectified that by scoring 134 points, 21 more points than anyone else, leading the round and extending the overall lead back up to 129 points. Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.

Filibuster podcast episode 137: I'm ejecting myself from the podcast

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There's still so much soccer, we have to talk for over an hour just to cover some of it.

Since there is ever so much soccer, its a Filibuster on a Monday! (If you're not getting Filibuster from one of the sources below, you miss out on getting right when it comes out!) We start by reminiscing about howl long it has been since we recorded on a Sunday (miss you, Martin), before getting into the meat of the podcast.

Opposition 11: Who will the Philadelphia Union start in the US Open Cup against D.C. United?

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Despite this being their fifth game in two weeks, it looks like Philly will start the best team they can tonight.

The current Philadelphia Union lineup has been a bit fluid lately, but that's because they've had the same number of games as D.C. United has had over the back half of June with just one extra day of rest thrown in.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: World Cup, CCL schedule, USMNT to RFK, and also sprinklers

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Start your day off right with a little soccer.

It's USWNT game day, folks! We'll have more on that later, but before we get there, let's look at some other soccer stuff.

D.C. United CONCACAF Champions League Dates Released - Black And Red United
Here we go!

U.S. men's national team to play at RFK Stadium - The Washington Post
Against Peru on September 4.

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union lineup: Back to the US Open Cup squad

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D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union meet yet again in the US Open Cup.

D.C. United, having beaten the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, will now face an MLS opponent in the US Open Cup. The travel to Chester, Pennsylvania, tomorrow night to take on their old friends, the Philadelphia Union. The Union have been relying on their first-choice starters in a brutal stretch of games, whereas Ben Olsen has been rotating his squad.

D.C. United CONCACAF Champions League Dates Released

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The dates are official, time to start planning.

Last week, some jerk ruminated on what the CONCACAF Champions League dates might be for D.C. United, knowing that Arabe Unido (Panama) and Montego Bay (Jamaica) would be the other two teams in the group. The list of group dates has been made official, and the dates are:

  • 8/19 (Wednesday) - D.

The Last Word on D.C. United 0-0 Toronto FC: On Lineups and Cognizance

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In which we expand on something.

D.C. United came into Saturday's game with Toronto FC winners of two in a row over their Eastern Conference foes, and was facing a lineup who has a player in it (Michael Bradley) making almost double the entire D.C. lineup. D.C. did have some moments but eventually found themselves hanging on over Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco, and left BMO Field with a 0-0 draw.

D.C. United 0-0 Toronto FC: Player Ratings

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The Black and Red goes under the subjective scope.

After a midweek game where D.C. United played a weaker squad and got the result, they brought a stronger squad to play Toronto FC (who had played their Designated Players midweek) in the wind and rain of Ontario. The first half was a lot more fun than the second though ultimately, the good guys came away with a point in a scoreless draw.

D.C. United U-23 Recap: 9 Goals, 4 Points

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The Black and Red Juniors continue their success, and include a wild comeback.

Heading into the weekend, the Under-23 squad of D.C. United perhaps was looking forward to their Sunday game the most. That was against the Under-23 team of the New York Red Bulls. The two teams played each other in the first game of the season, a 1-1 draw that became a 3-0 forfeit as the Black and Red had an unregistered player on its roster.

Monday Freedom Kicks: D.C. Soccer, Kings of the World

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Recaps, pride in the D.C. club circuit, and wondering where Hannibal goes next

SO MUCH D.C. SOCCER SUCCESSING!

Recaps of D.C. United's scoreless draw with Toronto FC from us, MLS, The Washington Post and CSN Washington. Waking The Red looks at things from the Moneyball Leaf Sports and Entertainment side of things.

D.C. United fends off Toronto FC for 0-0 Draw

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The Black and Red start strong, but finish the game defending more often than not while settling for a draw with their Ontario counterparts.

In a match between the two highest ranked teams in the Eastern Conference on points per game, in a game full of rain and wind during the entire 90 minutes, D.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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United's most likely challenger for the Eastern Conference crown will host the Black-and-Red today.

Never mind MLS's poor-schedule-skewed standings, folks: Today's game between D.C. United and Toronto FC is as much a #1 vs #2 in the East as last Sunday's match against New England was. Despite being handed a tough schedule of their own - TFC has played just 5 MLS home games thus far in 2015 due to some renovations and expansion at BMO Field - the Reds have kept themselves above the red line thanks to some unexpectedly good road form, and having guys like Sebastian Giovinco and Michael Bradley around keeps them in just about every game.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC staff and reader predictions

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We are torn about what will happen tonight between D.C. United and Toronto FC.

D.C. United take on Toronto FC for the second time this season, despite having played five more games than the Reds. As befits what happens in the first match, our predictions are all over the place. Let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Saturday's quarterfinal games

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Time to find out who among Australia, Japan, England, and Canada will join the USA and Germany in the World Cup semifinals.

One semifinal of the 2015 Women's World Cup is set: it'll be the USWNT against Germany on Tuesday. Today, we'll see who makes it to the other semifinal.

First up you have Australia vs.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC MLS live stream: Time, preview, and how to watch online

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United visits Toronto hoping to force a game about the strongest 11 on the field rather than the strongest star player.

Earlier this month, D.C. United saw a club-record home unbeaten streak ended by Toronto FC, who relied on an organized, clogged central midfield and the spectacular play of Sebastian Giovinco to win 2-1 at RFK Stadium.

Opposition 11: Who will Toronto FC start today against D.C. United?

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TFC might not have United's depth to rotate in fresh players after playing Wednesday, but their big names are probably all going to be on display this evening.

Toronto FC is a potentially tricky opponent for D.C. United, something they proved when the two sides met earlier this month. Their diamond midfield proved very difficult for the Black-and-Red - who, to be fair, were at the end of a tough stretch of five games in just over two weeks - to break down, and in Sebastian Giovinco TFC has a player capable of winning games all by himself.

USA vs. China final score, World Cup 2015: Carli Lloyd's header sends the U.S. to the semifinals in 1-0 victory

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It was a narrow scoreline but the USWNT played their best soccer so far to beat China 1-0 and advance to a World Cup semifinal against Germany.

To the semifinals we go! The U.S. have to take on Germany on Tuesday, which is kind of yiiiiiikes, but on the plus side, they played their best soccer of the tournament in their quarterfinal against China.

USA vs. China 2015 World Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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A semifinal against France or Germany awaits—but only if the U.S. can beat China in their quarterfinal.

Welcome to the quarterfinals, where things are about to get real, y'all. Or realer than they have been, anyway. Sure, that last game was a win-or-you're-out, but China is a better team than Colombia, and this one is a, I don't know, really win or you're really out.

China vs. USA, 2015 Women's World Cup: Start time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USWNT continues their pursuit of a third WWC title today with a quarterfinal match against China.

The United States have underwhelmed thus far in the Women's World Cup, but they're still in the quarterfinal having not conceded in three games. China - their opponent in the 1999 World Cup final - awaits, and they've similarly made their way through the tournament on the back of a sound defense.

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Friday's Quarterfinal games

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A game good enough to be the final starts the day, while the USWNT will finish it against China in a rematch of 1999's decider.

We're down to the last eight in the 2015 Women's World Cup, and we'll start the day with Germany vs. France, a game that would have been a worthy final. The Germans have looked like potential winners for the entire tournament, perhaps most emphatically in last Saturday's 4-1 dismantling of Sweden.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC lineup: The return of the starters

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The starters are back in the lineup as D.C. United takes on Toronto FC.

Less than 72 hours after ending their game against the Chicago Fire, D.C. United retakes the field against Toronto FC. The Reds have played the second fewest games in MLS so far this season, five less than D.C. United. Unlike the first time they met, Toronto will have Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore alongside Sebastian Giovinco.

Copa America SHOCKER! DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 26 June 2015

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A big stadium story, a look at young Altidore, and Copa America is tarnished forever.

I'm kind of sick of the Comcast Sportsnet theme song for DC United games. Let's get them to start using the DC United song by Bad Brains. Who's with me?

And now your Friday Freedom Kicks.

MLS Soccer: D.

The Last Word on D.C. United 1-0 Chicago Fire: Squad Management Is a Thing

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In which we hopefully tell people to pump the brakes that top players can avoid a start and we can still field a team that does things.

D.C. United came off a win over the New England Revolution in the grueling heat and ahead of a game against a generally surging Toronto FC (?) squad, facing a Chicago Fire squad missing their top players, the challenge for Ben Olsen was to pick a squad that could not be a full bore starting one, but one strong enough to take at least one and hopefully all three points.

D.C. United 1-0 Chicago Fire: Player Ratings

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We examine the Black and Red on the short week

D.C. United headed to Bridgeview to play the Chicago Fire who were banged up in their own right. Playing a B squad of sorts, the Black and Red struggled at points, but still managed to...extinguish the Fire on what should be a Goal of the Week nominee.

Michael Seaton Named to Gold Cup Roster for Jamaica

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The clubless homegrown forward will hopefully get a chance to feature a bit.

A couple of weeks ago, we reported that D.C. United homegrown forward Michael Seaton was coming back home after having his contract terminated by Allsvenskan club Orebro SK in Sweden, and said that he'd be left out of the Gold Cup squad.

Freedom Kicks for 25 June 2015: Conor Doyle, Chris Rolfe, Seth and Amy

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Seth and Amy talk soccer, and we are all over it.

It is always nice to write a Thursday Freedom Kicks when you've got three points in your back pocket. Let's go!

In case you missed it, we've got our recap of D.C. United's 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire, plus a special post featuring nothing but Conor Doyle's ridiculous shot.

Conor Doyle's thunderbolt gives D.C. United 1-0 win over Chicago Fire

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Doyle's venomous strike in the 73rd minute gave the Black-and-Red all three points in otherwise drab affair

D.C. United, given another chance to create even more distance between themselves and the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference, just did that, with a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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United will get the chance to improve their road record tonight against MLS's 20th-best team.

Possibly the most difficult stretch of D.C. United's season continues tonight with a road game against the struggling Chicago Fire. It's the second of five games in under two weeks for United, and on paper at least it looks like the least demanding of them.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire MLS live stream: Time, preview, and how to watch online

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It's first vs last tonight at Toyota Park, where a tired United faces the desperate, shorthanded Fire.

Another night, another game for D.C. United, who will play their second of five in a span of less than two weeks tonight against the Chicago Fire. Times are tough in the Windy City, as the Fire have the fewest points in MLS and have given up at least two goals in six of their last seven outings (including a 3-1 loss at RFK three weeks ago).

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 17

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This is Week 17 of the Match Prediction Game. This week features 17 matches. Illuminati.

The winner of Week 16 was Restonfan with 30 points. Not far behind were dcsoccer7, DCUniverse, and ChestRockwell. As a prize, Restonfan will receive a collection of air sickness bags as D.C. United embark on a 5 game road trip around the country.

Filibuster podcast episode 136: The nerdery of the interstate highway system

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Over 80 minutes of soccer goodness!

It is an extra-long episode of Filibuster today, both because there is so much soccer to talk about and because Adam has abandoned us for fairer climes. Jason, Ben, and Leanne press onwards, opening the show talking about D.C. United's 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the US Open Cup.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire preview: Behind Enemy Lines with Chicago blog Hot Time in Old Town

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We go Behind Enemy Lines to get the lowdown on all things aflame in Chicago.

D.C. United takes on the Chicago Fire tonight, and so to preview we talked to Sean Spence of Hot Time in Old Time. You can find his answers to my questions below, and my answers to his questions over on our sister site.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire staff and reader predictions

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We are all confident about D.C. United's abilities tonight.

D.C. United have a midweek game tonight, in the middle of an onslaught of soccer games. We're all very confident, which is a bad sign for United's actual result; leave your predictions in the comments!

Ryan Keefer

Even playing on limited rest against a Fire team that had an off week, hopefully an old like Chris Rolfe can return home with a bit of a chip on his shoulder still against the team from Bridgeview and make things less than optimal for the home squad.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 16: Summertime heat

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As the weather heats up, so is the action on the field in this week's Power Rankings.

Man, was the first day of summer hot. With the summer solstice hitting high gear on Sunday, so did the temperatures not just in D.C. but across the nation. Luckily, Major League Soccer gave the fans in the stands around the league reason to brave the brutal heat, providing lots of quality soccer over the past weekend.

Opposition 11: Who's going to start for the Chicago Fire tonight against D.C. United?

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It's not a good night for United to be playing, but it is a good night to play the short-handed, struggling Fire.

For D.C. United, another double dose of mid-week games is not exactly welcome right now. Sunday's game was played in draining heat, and the Black-and-Red had to work hard to come from 1-0 down to win.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: More like MOLD Cup, Amirite?

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Slights, suspensions, Salomon, and other stuff.

Eh, I didn't want to watch that tournament much anyway.

Bill Hamid and Perry Kitchen omitted from the USMNT's Gold Cup roster - Black And Red United: BREAKING: Coaching Genius decides to leave best goalkeeper in United States league home for tournament being held in United States.

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Tuesday's Round of 16 games

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There's one more game in the Round of 16, and it features two teams known for attractive soccer.

The 2015 Women's World Cup will narrow down to its final eight tonight with Japan taking on the Netherlands in the final Round of 16 pairing. Australia awaits the winner of this match between two highly technical teams.

Speculating on D.C. United's CCL dates

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Thanks to CCL teams releasing their schedules and other stuff, we slowly get to schedule-bate on when D.C. may play their Group games.

The fine folks at RSL Soapbox managed to get their hands on some of their dates for the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League tournament, but then Real Salt Lake decided to tweet out the windows for CCL games:

@JeremiahOshan @TheCrossbarRSL yes, have the windows not been out?

Bill Hamid and Perry Kitchen omitted from the USMNT's Gold Cup roster

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D.C. United's two star players deserve to be higher up the USMNT depth chart, but Jurgen Klinsmann apparently disagrees.

The United States released its 2015 Gold Cup roster today, and D.C. United duo Bill Hamid and Perry Kitchen are not on it. Despite both players having strong seasons for the Supporters Shield leaders, USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann has gone in a different direction with his roster for CONCACAF's showcase tournament.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire lineup: An insane stretch of games

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D.C. United has an onslaught of soccer these next two weeks, playing Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday-Tuesday-Friday, and the next game is tomorrow night against the Chicago Fire. To have players ready for Saturday, which is against Toronto FC, Ben Olsen is going to have to rotate his squad; it will all be a part of an intricate dance that he will have to play until United have a bye week on July 11 to hopefully recover back into playing condition.

Fantasy Focus: Bradley Wright-Phillips gets Ousted

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A pair of penalty saves goes a long way.

Salisbury United SC led the round with 70 points, and closed to within 97 points of the leader. Jorge Villafana (POR, $6.4) led the team with 13 points on a clean sheet, assist, and an earned penalty. Donny Toia (MTL, $4.8) scored 12 points on a clean sheet and a goal, while Juninho (LA, $8.

D.C. United U-23 update: Draws, Debuts and Development

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We recap the weekend for the baby Black and Red and while there is a mini-Atlantic Cup rivalry match this coming weekend, the focus on development remains.

Much like how the first team fared Sunday, the D.C. United U-23 squad also played in the heat of Evergreen Sports Center earlier Sunday against the Jersey Express.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: All the way turnt up

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Speaking of turnt up, the USWNT need to work on that.

Hi, it's a day that ends in a y, which means it's time for soccer links.

USA vs. Colombia final score, World Cup 2015: 2-0 and the U.S. advance to the quarterfinals - Black And Red United
Not a convincing win, but still a win.

USA vs. Colombia final score, World Cup 2015: 2-0 and the U.S. advance to the quarterfinals

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Despite a missed Wambach penalty, a goal from Alex Morgan and a converted PK from Carli Lloyd give the U.S. a 2-0 win and sends them through to a quarterfinal match-up against China.

It wasn't convincing, but a 2-0 win against a 10-player Colombia was more than enough for the U.S. to advance to a quarterfinal game against China.

USA vs. Colombia 2015 World Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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In the Round of 16 you win or you go home, and the USWNT doesn't want to go home just yet.

The Round of 16 is upon us, which means no messing around for the United States. Either you win and advance, or you lose and catch a flight home. Maybe there's extra time involved, or maybe it's cut and dry after 90 minutes, but at some point, someone will emerge victorious.

Colombia vs. USA, 2015 Women's World Cup: Start time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USWNT enters the knockout round tonight, going up against a familiar foe in Colombia.

The United States more or less met expectations in the group stage, winning while not necessarily thrilling fans, but starting with today's Women's World Cup knockout round match against Colombia those performances have to get better.

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Monday's Round of 16 games

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The USWNT is back on the field tonight against Colombia, while Norway and England should add to the collection of nervy Round of 16 games.

After yesterday's high tension - well, except for France kicking into high gear - the knockout round rolls on today with the United States facing Colombia as well as Norway's game against England.

The Last Word on D.C. United 2-1 New England Revolution: A Road to Somewhere

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In which we look at the road ahead while looking just back at the road just left.

D.C. United was trying to find its form in the regular season with something they hadn't had in awhile (a losing streak), though a slightly nervy yet ultimately victorious match in U.S. Open Cup play midweek had to have buoyed them to some degree ahead of an aspiring New England Revolution team.

Another come from behind win for D.C. United in 'key game'

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Coming off two losses in MLS play, United pick up vital 3 points with 5 straight road games on the horizon

Only half way through the MLS season, D.C. United had themselves an important game on Sunday at RFK Stadium against the New England Revolution. With consecutive MLS games behind them, and four straight road MLS games ahead of them, all three points were a must for the team atop the Eastern Conference standings.

D.C. United 2-1 New England Revolution: Player Ratings

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We score, and hopefully not bore, or make anyone sore.

D.C. United was playing a New England Revolution squad that was rearing to go and close the game between them and the first place Black and Red. And they were well on their way to doing so, but to borrow from a book, Age and Guile beat Youth, Innocence and (in the case of New England) several bad haircuts, en route to a a come from behind win, 2-1 over the Revs.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Agents of (Supporter's) S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Recaps, goalie headers, and Ben's Chili Bowl at Buzzard Point. That last part is hopeful.

Quick shout to the 17,200 that braved that heat at RFK yesterday. You looked and sounded the part. Don't be strangers, K?

Recaps of D.C. United's come from behind win over the New England Revolution from us, MLS, The Washington Post and CSN Washington.

Chris Rolfe's second half brace gives D.C. United all three points in 2-1 victory over Revolution

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Former United striker Charlie Davies had his first half goal canceled out by Rolfe's two second half goals

D.C. United ended a two game MLS skid, and started a new home winning streak in the process, in a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution on Sunday at RFK Stadium. The Black-and-Red fell behind early from a goal from former United striker Charlie Davies, but responded in the second half with two goals from Chris Rolfe.

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

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The stakes are high as the East's top two teams meet again at steamy RFK Stadium.

It's a hot day today, and D.C. United's games against the New England Revolution tend to be a bit hot as well. The stakes are high in this one: Both teams are looking to get themselves back onto better form, and a win for United would a) see the Black-and-Red go back atop the Supporters Shield race and b) open up a 7 point gap between the capital club and the rest of the Eastern Conference.

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

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Our predictions are all over the place this week.

The heat is a worry when D.C. United take on the New England Revolution. It is United's last home game in a month, so we hope that they can put on a good performance. Let us know what you think will happen in in the comments!

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After witnessing the Open Cup victory in Pittsburgh Wednesday night, I wonder if we've seen sort of a reboot of the offense that has sputtered the past couple games.

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

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In need of better results, the Black-and-Red will host a Revs team in a similar situation on national television this evening.

The top two sides in MLS's Eastern Conference face off today, with D.C. United hosting the New England Revolution. Despite their spots in the standings, neither team is in very good form at the moment.

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Sunday's Round of 16 games

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A couple of heavy favorites face upset bids, while the hosts could be in trouble if their attack doesn't get going.

There are three Women's World Cup knockout round games today, so fans have the option of flat-out soccer gluttony. First up may be the best game of the bunch, as Brazil - looking very much like a favorite and having conceded zero goals thus far - will take on Australia.

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

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Midweek games normally complicate things, but the Open Cup actually leaves the Revs with little flexibility in picking a lineup to face United.

Things haven't been going that well for the New England Revolution lately, and this may be a pretty good time for D.C. United to be hosting them. Yes, the Revs won their last league match, but they hadn't won the previous six; said win came over the bottom-of-the-table Chicago Fire.

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Saturday's Round of 16 games

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The highly touted Germans meet a potential sleeping giant in Sweden, while Cameroon-China could live up to boxing's "styles make fights" adage.

The knockout stages of the 2015 Women's World Cup start this afternoon with Germany, one of the favorites, playing a familiar foe in the form of Sweden.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 16

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A quiet week 15 paves the way for the second half of the MLS season.

The winners of Week 15 are Steven Streff and Murrdcu with 14 points each. As a prize, you each get one half of the referee's notebook that Clint Dempsey tore in half the other night. Cherish it, for it is a piece of history.

Counterrevolution: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 19 June 2015

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Previews of DC United's upcoming Cup and MLS games, plus MLS players speak out! (anonymously)

So I got what's going around. Don't lick this screen.

U.S. Open Cup Highlights - DCU vs Pittsburgh | New England Preview | D.C. United: Lindsay Simpson has the highlights from the 'Burgh and a preview of this weekend's game versus New England.

D.C. United to face the Philadelphia Union in the 5th round of the US Open Cup

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The path to the final has been mapped out, and it will mean winning two road games for the Black-and-Red.

Last night's US Open Cup win qualified D.C. United for the tournament's fifth round, and today's draw has sent them back to the Keystone State to take on the Philadelphia Union. The match will take place on June 30th at 7:30pm in the Union's home stadium, PPL Park.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution preview: Throwback Thursday - Branko Boskovic nearly saves us all

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One windy Maryland night in 2011, Branko Boskovic happened.

D.C. United U-23s Await Home Stand, Unbeaten Streak Now at Five

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Ahead of a run where they play their next five matches at home, the baby Black and Red spoke with us about the home stand and first place, which may be on the horizon.

If it wasn't for paperwork, the D.C. United U-23 team would be undefeated this season.

Consider that a 1-1 draw in the first week of the season was ultimately ruled a forfeit because of an incorrectly registered player, the Black and Red have gone on a run where they have won four of five road games, drawing the other.

Freedom Kicks for 18 June 2015: US Open Cup Madness

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Soccer, Go!

Your morning Freedom Kicks are very US Open Cup themed. Let's go!

D.C. United advance in US Open Cup with 3-1 win over Pittsburgh Riverhounds - Black And Red United: D.C. United moved on last night in the US Open Cup, though it took a little extra soccer before that happened.

D.C. United advance in US Open Cup with 3-1 win over Pittsburgh Riverhounds

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The Black-and-Red move on to the Fifth Round after an extra time win over the Riverhounds in Pittsburgh

It took 30 minutes longer than planned, but D.C. United successfully navigated the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup, with a 3-1 win in extra time against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Facundo Coria gave United an early lead with a tap in from a corner in the 8th minute.

Richmond Kickers 1-3 Columbus Crew SC: Kickers can't muster enough firepower

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With some regulars out, the Kickers couldn't muster enough strength to beat Columbus Crew SC.

With Leigh Cowlishaw resting some of his starters, and others injured, the Richmond Kickers fell to the Columbus Crew 3-1 in US Open Cup play. George Davis IV, Matthew Delicate, Jason Yeisley, and Alex Lee all started on the bench, while Brian Ownby was out with an injury.

D.C. United versus Pittburgh Riverhounds 2015 US Open Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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D.C. United rides again in the US Open Cup!

D.C. United jumps into the US Open Cup tonight against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL. United had a bad showing against the third division last year, losing to the Rochester Rhinos, but are looking to rebound this year.

This is what rebuilt the team in 2013.

D.C. United vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds US Open Cup live stream: Time, preview, and how to watch online

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The easiest path to a 14th trophy begins tonight in Pittsburgh as the Black-and-Red face the Riverhounds of the USL.

The US Open Cup is already three rounds in, but for D.C. United and the rest of MLS it starts this week. The Black-and-Red will face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL on the road at scenic Highmark Stadium.

D.C. United versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds staff and reader predictions

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We all think that D.C. United will win their first match in the 2015 US Open Cup.

With players new and old cycling through the lineup, the US Open Cup is always difficult to predict. We all think that D.C. United will beat the Pittsburgh Riverhounds tonight; let us know what you think in the comments!

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Wednesday's games in Groups E and F

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The final day of group play at the Women's World Cup is highlighted by France's quest to avoid third place

Group play at the 2015 Women's World Cup has reached it's final day, and while a couple of things are certain, there is still plenty to play for in Groups E and F. Brazil has already clinched a spot in the Second Round and the top spot in Group E, while Colombia, thanks to their shocking upset of France, has advanced, though they can finish the day in any spot from one to three.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 15: Stuck in idle

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The lack of action this weekend in Major League Soccer left people searching for entertainment elsewhere in this week's Power Rankings.

People who were excited at a weekend full of Major League Soccer matches, particularly after the plethora of matches over the past few weeks, probably logged onto their MLS Live accounts to find.

Opposition 11: Who will the Pittsburgh Riverhounds start against D.C. United in the US Open Cup?

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Here's what we expect to see out of a Riverhounds side that hasn't lost in seven games.

Normally D.C. United's US Open Cup trips to lower-level opposition carry with them a bit of mystery. After all, this region of the country is mostly filled with USL clubs, and the USL's schedule historically includes things like playing Friday and Sunday to cut down on travel costs.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USWNT, and US Open Cup links for Wednesday June 17, 2015

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Open Cup fever apparently is breaking out in Cascadia, while playing below expectations but winning fever continues to trouble the USWNT.

It is very late as I write this, so I've got to keep things brief. I hope the crazy ending makes up for it.

Vote now for 2015 MLS Save of the Week: Week 15 | MLSsoccer.

USA vs. Nigeria final score, World Cup 2015: 1-0 and it's into the Round of 16

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The U.S. women's national team finished top of their group—and secured their spot in the next round—thanks to an Abby Wambach goal and a 1-0 win.

With four points from two games, the USWNT entered their last group game against Nigeria in a good position to advance—but a win, of course, was ideal.

Nigeria vs. USA 2015 World Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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Top of the group and a secured spot in the Round of 16 are on the line for the U.S. women's national team against Nigeria tonight.

The end of this World Cup's group stage is fast approaching, which means it's time for the USWNT to secure their spot in the Round of 16. There's not a lot of anxiety here over whether they'll achieve that—they're at the top of their group and in a very good position to advance—but these games can really tends towards the dramatic.

Nigeria vs. USA, 2015 Women's World Cup: Start time, TV schedule and live stream

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The pressure on the US continues to grow as they face a dangerous Nigeria side that must win to stay alive.

Group D finishes up tonight, with the United States facing Nigeria in Vancouver while Australia plays Sweden in Edmonton. All four teams are still alive, and all four teams can be eliminated.

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Monday's games in Groups C and D

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Group C might only have one important game left in it, but Group D is going to get crazy.

Another pair of groups are about to finish up, including the United States and the rest of Group D. With only one of the eight teams playing today sure of their advancement - that's Japan, the defending champs - and none eliminated, there are a wide range of outcomes.

Filibuster podcast episode 135: There's a reason they're not called Courtmanchebucks

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In which we talk about Orlando City, D.C. United's offense, and pool balls.

When you wish upon a star, makes no difference where you are, any Filibuster your heart desires, will come to you! Filibuster is back on its regularly scheduled Tuesday delivery time, and Adam, Jason, and Ben have some soccer talk for you.

Fantasy Focus: Everything Neagle

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Dallas takes a bagel

It was a light week of MLS matches, so a score of 65 was enough to lead the round, and The Gyro Arrietas (which is a great name) did it. David Villa (NY, $10.6) wore the captain's armband and scored 24 points on a goal and an assist to lead the scorers. Bill Hamid (DCU, $6.

D.C. United versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds lineup: United joins the US Open Cup

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The US Open Cup early rounds are always a time for experimentation and relying on your depth.

D.C. United joins the US Open Cup this Wednesday night, taking on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Highmark Stadium. As is typical for United, and most MLS teams, the early rounds will be played be reserves, with Olsen doing his best to give his regulars as much rest as possible.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Vintage Pinoe

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Lots of Women's World Cup, with a dash of Cosmos?

It's USWNT game day! Last group game is tonight at 8 p.m. ET against Nigeria, so get pumped. Look out for our preview and gamethread later, and until then, feast your eyes on these soccer links.

Cup Clash Brings D.C.'s Kasper Home To Face Hounds " Official Site of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Some quick reading for you ahead of tomorrow's Open Cup game.

New FIFA 16 trailer may hint at increased MLS inclusion

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May there be a bit of flair for MLS in Year 20?

While there are devotees of the Pro Evolution Soccer and Football Manager franchises, EA Sports seems to have the market cornered in terms of eyes and/or interested parties. Previously they had unveiled that women's national teams would be available for FIFA 16, and in their gameplay trailer, released at E3 (the Entertainment and Electronic Expo), they have a rendered Century Link Field, home of Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders.

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Monday's games in Groups A and B

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No one is through yet, and no one is eliminated. Follow along as we see two groups finish their slate of games today.

Everything is up for grabs in both groups playing today at the Women's World Cup. No one has completely assured themselves of a spot in the knockout stages, while no team has been eliminated yet either.

The Last Word on D.C. United 0-1 Orlando City: When The Pack Starts Creeping

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In which we hear the footsteps a little bit.

D.C. United played a game with a week's rest for the first time since the end of April in a run where they were playing a variety of squads with a variety of forms. They did their best to hang with an Orlando City squad but ultimately dropped a1-0 heartbreaker, the first back to back losses for the Black and Red in the regular season since August of 2014.

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

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In which we wonder if our sights are still calibrated.

D.C. United finally had the chance to enjoy some time off after a hectic six weeks and jetted down to Orlando City to play a group that was unbeaten in their last four. It was a hard effort but the Black and Red fell 1-0 on a rebound from a saved penalty kick involving one of the highest paid players in Major League Soccer.

Monday Freedom Kicks: You (Parking) Dive Like a (Witch)

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Recaps, turf takes and one last round of appreciation for Christopher Lee.

Hi, how are you? I've been in Austin for the last few days, nerding out at a variety of TV shows and eating a crapton of barbecue. Nevertheless I'm glad to have brought Texas weather home with me. So let's dive in:

Recaps of D.

Kaka's rebound from Bill Hamid's penalty save gives Orlando City 1-0 win over D.C. United

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D.C. United drop their second game in a row via Kaka's follow-up after his penalty kick was saved.

For a fleeting moment, it looked like Bill Hamid had stymied Kaka in the first half of Sunday's game between D.C. United and Orlando City. Hamid, who had already saved a Kaka at full stretch minutes before, had guessed correctly on Kaka's penalty in the 30th minute.

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

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United is looking to notch their third win over the expansion team, but the Lions are in good form and will be more used to the sweltering conditions.

After having to run the gauntlet in recent weeks, D.C. United will take on Orlando City tonight with a full week of rest. The Lions have been climbing up the Eastern Conference standings of late, picking up 8 points from their last 4 games and jumping over more highly regarded teams like the New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew.

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

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United will look to make it 3 wins from 3 games against the Lions, but it won't be easy.

D.C. United has beaten Orlando City SC twice this season, but the Floridian newcomers have not made things easy on the Black-and-Red. Their first visit to the Sunshine State saw Bill Hamid put on a spectacular display to keep the game scoreless before Luis Silva stole the points with a stoppage time free kick.

Opposition 11: Who's going to start for Orlando City SC against D.C. United tonight?

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The surging Lions are missing a couple of internationals, while a starting job or two may be up for grabs.

Don't look now, but D.C. United is facing another Eastern Conference side in improving form tonight. Orlando City SC is unbeaten in four games - scoring ten goals in the process - and suddenly sit in 4th place in the East.

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Friday's games in Groups E and F

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Several teams face "must not lose" games today, while two of the best playmakers in the women's game will share the same field in the day's premier pairing.

We start today's quartet of games in New Brunswick, where France - after a curiously muted 1-0 win over England in their debut - will face Colombia, who are the least experienced team in the group.

USA vs. Sweden 2015 final score: 0-0 is all she wrote

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The U.S. women's national team stay at the top of Group D despite a disappointing draw with Sweden.

After securing three points in their opening game against Australia, the USWNT were only good for one against Sweden, playing to a disappointing 0-0 draw in Winnipeg on Friday night. There was a lot of talk leading up to this one—a lot of trash talk, even—but neither side managed to find the back of the net.

United States vs. Sweden 2015 World Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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The U.S. women's national team seek three more points in their second group game, this time against Sweden.

If you've been watching this World Cup, you know it's been a pretty awesome tournament so far. These teams aren't letting down.

With one win in the bag, the USWNT look for another tonight against Sweden.

USA vs. Sweden, Women's World Cup 2015: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USWNT will take on their former coach in arguably the biggest game of the 2015 WWC's group stage.

A game between the United States and Sweden should already be a big occasion at the Women's World Cup. Both teams could win this thing, and on top of that Pia Sundhage - who coached the USWNT to the 2011 final as well as Olympic gold - is coaching the Swedes.

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Friday's games in Groups C and D

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There are plenty of great attacking teams playing today, and in many cases they don't have good defenses. We could see a lot of goals tonight.

Yesterday's results saw no one clinch advancement, stoppage-time game-winners, and a genuine thriller between two sides that showed real pride after being blown out in their previous outings.

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

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In these times of confusion, no one knows what will happen when D.C. United and Orlando City play.

The crystal balls are broken, the 8-balls are on the fritz, and we have no idea what is going to happen when D.C. United and Orlando City SC meet on Sunday. Are you prognostications up to snuff?

A Men's Team Place for the Kitchen: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 12 June 2015

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Perry Kitchen's stock is rising. Hope Solo's stock is in question. And FIFA makes a joke. Sorry, I meant, FIFA is a joke.

It's been a long week for old Touchline, so let's skip the niceties and get down to business.

Armchair Analyst: Why DC United's Perry Kitchen has next, and what he needs to learn | MLSsoccer.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 15

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A mid-season respite is needed, because we stunk it up in Week 14.

Despite having 14 games to predict in Week 14, including two double-point games, we really stunk it up. DoddsDC was the exception, scoring 27 points and coming away with a resounding victory considering the rest of us did terribly.

D.C. United versus Orlando City SC lineup: Go for nine points

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D.C. United should have a full complement of players from which to choose for their match against Orlando City.

D.C. United travels to Florida take take on Orlando City SC for what seems like the 275th time this season already. They will do so having gotten a week off for the first time in ages, and so should have most of their first choice starters available to them.

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Thursday's games in Groups A and B

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A couple powerhouses meet to start the day, and the hosts try to get/stay on track as we move into the second round of group stage games.

Today marks the start of the second set of games in the group stage of the Women's World Cup. At this point, we know something - or at least we think we know something - about every team in the field.

D.C. United vs. Orlando City SC preview: Throwback Thursday - Looking all the way back at the first meeting at the Citrus Bowl

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Today's #TBT is digging deep, deep into the archives.

Freedom Kicks for 11 June 2015: Buzzard Point details, bad refs, John Oliver

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Soccer, go!

Freedom Kicks took the long way into work, had to get some coffee, and then before you knew it time had flown away. But have no fear, we're here to take care of you now.

The amended D.C. United stadium deal, by the provision - Washington Business Journal: You want the nitty-gritty details of the finally final D.

D.C. United's Bill Hamid, Perry Kitchen, named to provisional US squad for Gold Cup

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Hamid, Kitchen named by Jurgen Klinsmann to 35 man provisional roster a month ahead of the start of the Gold Cup

D.C. United stalwarts Bill Hamid and Perry Kitchen were both named to the 35 man provisional USA squad for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup, as manager Jurgen Klinsmann released the list on Wednesday.

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

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The US faces the world's best national team in Cologne.

Today, the United States will face as big a challenge as you can take on in international soccer these days: Germany, the defending World Cup champions, on the road. Sure, it's only a friendly, but it's scheduling matches like this that make this international window useful for teams that aren't qualifying for something.

Filibuster podcast episode 134: Acknowledge its existence with silence

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The onslaught of soccer never stops, so have another extra-long show!

Ben has returned from Brazil, and so is back with Jason and Adam to bring you Filibuster on this lovely Wednesday. We start off talking about D.C. United's record playing during World Cups, which is not very good in recent memory.

USA vs. Germany Friendly live stream: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

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USMNT playing the World Cup champions? Yeah, that's probably a big deal.

The USMNT gave us a wonderful memory last week, coming from 3-1 down to beat the Netherlands 4-3 in Amsterdam. It was one of the most remarkable US men's games of all time, as well as a completely absurd game in which both teams hit the woodwork about 20 times a piece.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 14: MLS sets the soccer table

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MLS had a ton of games last week, and a lot of them were spectacular. This week's Power Rankings have plenty for you to feast on.

Major League Soccer is not putting the brakes on this season, leaving fans with plenty of league soccer to take in so far among the trees of the UEFA Champions League final, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, men's international friendlies and confederation qualifiers and the start of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, 2015 World Cup, and Copa America links for Wednesday June 10, 2015

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DCU players recovering, stadium details, some thoughtful WWC material, and an important Simpsons gif.

Let's start on the field, where D.C. United inched closer to having a full squad:

Kemp and Korb near full participation, Hamid still hampered by injuries, participated but not fully.

D.C. United stadium press conference: Details come out on Buzzard Point stadium

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Mayor Muriel Bowser held a press conference today, and one of the main talking points was the D.C. United stadium agreement.

Muriel Bowser, Tom Hunt, and members of the DC Council held a press conference today to announce the final agreement for building the D.C. United stadium on Buzzard Point.

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Tuesday's games in Group E and Group F

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Necib, Boquete, Marta, and more all make their entrance in the 2015 tournament today.

It's the final set of opening games in the Women's World Cup, and there are still some big stars that haven't graced the field in Canada just yet. The first game of the day is likely going to be the best, as old enemies France and England renew hostilities in Moncton.

The District of Columbia and D.C. United have agreed to a stadium deal. For real this time. Right?

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Was last week's news about Loudoun County much ado about nothing? With Buzzard Point apparently on track, should we put suburban rumors behind us? Will Batman finally catch the Joker?

When word dropped last week that D.C. United had visited locations in Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth was pitching the team on ditching Buzzard Point and the District of Columbia in favor of Loudoun County, I did not react well.

Fantasy Focus: Up and Accam

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Just as he's heating up, he leaves on international duty.

Our overall leader is our leader for the week. Poor Man's Porales went for 98 points, and extended the overall lead to 99 points. Leading the team was Federico Higuain (CLB, $10.5), who wore the armband and scored 24 points with one goal.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Brought to you by the USWNT

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A lot of stuff about the USWNT and the 2015 World Cup. But also: DCU stadium and FIFA goodness.

Ah, feel that? That's the feeling of a U.S. win. The USWNT took hold of the top spot in Group D last night with a 3-1 win over Australia. If you missed it, highlights are here, or there are plenty of recaps out there for you to read, including but not limited to: my match diary, this from Stars and Stripes FC, and this from Fox Sports.

World Cup 2015: United States go top of their group with 3-1 win over Australia

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After a shaky start, the U.S. women's national team grabbed all three points in their opening game against Australia.

Welcome to your first USWNT game recap from yours truly. We're going to be doing things a little differently for these, by which I mean: match diaries! Because I feel like it, that's why.

United States vs. Australia 2015 World Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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Hello there, 2015 World Cup. The USWNT wants to win you, and they're going to start by playing Australia.

Well, we're finally here. As with all major tournaments, it feels like we've been building up to this World Cup for many moons, but tonight's the night the U.S. women's national team really, truly begin their road towards a third trophy.

USA vs. Australia, World Cup 2015: Time, TV schedule and news

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The USWNT's 2015 Women's World Cup starts today against Australia.

For the USWNT today, it's go time. All the talk, all the non-soccer stories, all the tactical gripes, and all the marketing hashtags will be put to the side for 90 minutes tonight as the Americans take on an inexperienced - but still dangerous - Australian team in Winnipeg.

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Monday's games in Group C and Group D

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Both 2011 finalists start their 2015 WWC today, while three countries make their first-ever appearance in the competition.

The Women's World Cup continues today as Groups C and D - the latter of which includes the USWNT - get started in Vancouver and Winnipeg, respectively. The day's slate of games opens with an intriguing clash in Group D, where a strong Sweden team will face a Nigeria side that is good enough to spring an upset.

Monday Freedom Kicks: soccer here, soccer there, soccer everywhere

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A deluge of soccer news and links to get your morning going, and this is only the tip of the iceberg as much more coverage is coming today.

Have we ever seen a greater confluence of soccer news? We had a slate of MLS games over the weekend, we have a new UEFA Champions League champion (OK, they are not particularly new, but they are the new holders!

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Germany vs. Ivory Coast and Norway vs. Thailand

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The Women's World Cup is underway, so come and watch it with us!

The Women's World Cup is underway, and we will of course be bringing you full coverage as the United States attempts to win their first title since 1999. However, we know that you all like soccer as much as we do, so we figured we would give you a daily place to talk about all of the games as they happen.

Michael Seaton's contract terminated by Orebro SK

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The Jamaican forward and homegrown international appears to be headed back stateside.

Via DCU_Exile in our Kicks thread, word comes that Michael Seaton, on loan to Sweden's Orebro SK, has had his contract terminated by the Allsvenskan side and will be returning to America. The club has said it is not performance related, that they would not be in a position to guarantee regular playing time and thus is headed home.

Toronto FC come back to beat D.C. United 2-1 behind two Giovinco goals

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Sebastian Giovinco scored twice as D.C. United wasted Steve Birnbaum's early goal in 2-1 defeat

Following a string of performances in which D.C. United conceded the first goal in six straight matches, proceedings got off to a different start on Saturday night against Toronto FC. But after Steve Birnbaum fired United ahead in the 6th minute, goals on either side of the half from Sebastian Giovinco gave the Reds the 2-1 victory.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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Two teams that have every reason to be excited about their #10s will face off tonight on East Capitol St.

Our collective soccer gluttony continues tonight, as D.C. United closes out a farcical 5 games in 15 days stretch at home against Toronto FC. The Reds have kept their heads well above water despite their own strange schedule - 3 at home against 8 away due to BMO Field renovations - and in Sebastian Giovinco feature a player that should be in any debate concerning who MLS's best player is.

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

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United's most demanding spell of the season ends tonight with a home game against TFC.

It's another game against an Eastern Conference team trying to move up in the world tonight for D.C. United as they play host to Toronto FC. The Black-and-Red, with a win, will stay in first place in the MLS Supporters Shield race no matter what happens elsewhere this weekend.

Opposition 11: What's Toronto FC's lineup against D.C. United going to look like?

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A formation change may be in order for TFC today.

For arguably the entire 2015 season, D.C. United has taken the field knowing they'd be somewhere short of their best lineup. In most cases, at least one - and usually two or more - key attacking player has been unavailable, leaving the Black-and-Red to try to find their way to a win without being able to play their very best soccer.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC preview: Behind Enemy Lines with TFC blog Waking the Red

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We talk Greg Vanney, typical TFC, and US Internationals

D.C. United takes on Toronto FC tonight, welcoming the Canadian wanderers to RFK Stadium for the first time this year. To preview the game, we talked to James Grossi of our SB Nation sister-site Waking The Red. To see my answers to James' questions (including my lineup prediction!

D.C. United versus Toronto FC staff and reader predictions

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We are fairly confident, but what do you think will happen?

It is a busy day in soccer, with the Women's World Cup kicking off in Canada and the UEFA Champions League final this afternoon between Barcelona and Juventus. But our humble D.C. United also plays this evening, taking on Toronto FC for the first time this season.

The Last Word on D.C. United 3-1 Chicago Fire: Smells Like Team Spirit

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United lived up to their name, sticking together en route to another home win.

Around 6:05 Wednesday night, there was a sound heard throughout the greater DC area. That sound was the collective gasp from D.C. United fans upon seeing the lineup their side was sending out against the Chicago Fire.

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

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The USMNT starts its tour of the top teams in Europe by taking on the Dutch.

The day before the Women's World Cup starts in Canada, the USMNT is set to take on The Netherlands this afternoon in their lead-up to this summer's Gold Cup. It is a primarily non-MLS lineup, but Michael Bradley has been called in and therefore won't face D.

USA vs. Netherlands Friendly live stream: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

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The USMNT is in for a stern test today in Amsterdam.

The US men's national team has a strong challenge in front of them today, as they'll take the field against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. The Dutch are using this game as a rehearsal for their must-win trip to Latvia next week, while the USMNT are simply testing themselves against one of the best sides in the world.

USWNT, Rise: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 5 June 2015

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OCSC offends. Kelley O'Hara trains. DCU preps for TFC. FIFA scandal deepens.

After an explosion of DC United stories over the past 48 hours (see Loudoun stadium disaster and United's second half comeback to dowse the Fire), we're scant on DCU links for today's Friday Freedom Kicks. But we're not scant on links, if you know what I mean.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC: Throwback Thursday - In which Dwayne De Rosario destroys his former club

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With Dwayne De Rosario officially hanging them up and D.C. United set to face Toronto FC, let's look back at the time DeRo just decided the Reds weren't allowed to win at RFK, despite the home team spending 83 minutes down a man.

D.C. United's trend of conceding first at home continues in 3-1 win over Fire

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Despite extending their unbeaten home streak to 20 games, United has had to come from behind in past 3 home games

There are two ways to look at the last three home games for D.C. United. In games against Orlando City, the Philadelphia Union, and the Chicago Fire, the Black-and-Red have picked up a maximum nine points.

Unsung Andrew Dykstra, Conor Doyle, contribute in 3-1 win over Fire

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In place of Bill Hamid, Andrew Dykstra saved a penalty, and made a crucial second half save, before Conor Doyle clinched the victory with his first goal since 2013

Heading into the busy May and June stretch of schedule for D.C. United, manager Ben Olsen made it known that he was going to have to call upon everyone to help United navigate through the hectic calendar.

Filibuster podcast episode 133: Mistaking Baltimore for Brazil

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Jam packed with soccer goodness!

Despite some technical difficulties last night and the fact that Ben is editing this episode from Brazil, neither snow nor rain nor humidity nor Fiyur could stop this podcast from getting to you. Adam, Jason, and Leanne are here to talk you through the metric crapton of MLS games that D.

Freedom Kicks for 4 June 2015: FIFA fallout continues

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D.C. United's win, FIFA corruption, and Andrea Pirlo!

I'm finally back from Baltimore, so here are some links to get you through your coffee.

D.C. United rode an impressive second half to beat the Chicago Fire 3-1 last night at RFK Stadium. There are game reports from us, MLS, and Steve Goff; Hot Time in Old Town also has their view.

Fabian Espindola's return helps D.C. United turn deficit into three points

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In his first appearance since May 2, Espindola came on at half, and assisted on two goals as United beat the Fire 3-1

45 minutes into Wednesday night's tilt against the Chicago Fire, proceedings weren't faring favorably for D.C. United. They had been in this position their past two homes games, conceding first before rallying for second half victories in games against Orlando City and the Philadelphia Union.

D.C. United use strong second half to surge past Chicago Fire, 3-1

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After conceding first at home again, United stormed back in the second half with 3 goals

It's a story that becoming all too familiar at RFK Stadium this season. But after D.C. United fell behind to the Chicago Fire in the first half, a two goal effort from Jairo Arrieta helped United come back to beat the Fire, 3-1 on Wednesday night.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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United's jam-packed schedule continues tonight as the Black-and-Red host the Fire.

The games keep coming, and this week they're going to be a bit more of a challenge. D.C. United's last two outings saw them face teams outside the MLS playoff race, but both tonight - against the Chicago Fire - and this weekend involve home games against clubs occupying playoff spots in the East.

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

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Two sides currently in Eastern Conference playoff spots will square off at RFK Stadium tonight.

D.C. United takes on a Chicago Fire team that has rounded into decent form after a bad start to the 2015 season. Both sides will be missing key attackers, and both teams are playing three times this week, so it might not be the most elegant match of soccer in recorded history.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire preview: Behind Enemy Lines with Chicago blog Hot Time in Old Town

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D.C. United takes on the Chicago Fire tonight, and Sean Spence has all the answers you want.

To preview tonight's game between D.C. United and the Chicago Fire, we talked to Sean Spence of Hot Time in Old Town to get the lowdown on all things Fiyur, fiyur, fiyur fiyuuuuuur.... To see my answers to his questions, head on over to Hot Time in Old Town.

Opposition 11: Who do we expect the Chicago Fire to start against D.C. United tonight?

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Chicago is going to have to rotate some regulars, but the versatility of their roster makes it hard to say who will step in.

The endless downpour of games continues this week, as D.C. United hosts the Chicago Fire. For our purposes, that means once again trying to figure out which normal starters are going to be rotated by United's opponent.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire staff and reader predictions

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A midweek game against the Chicago Fire, and we are feeling (mostly) confident.

D.C. United welcome the Chicago Fire to RFK Stadium tonight, and despite it being a midweek game in a stretch of thousands of games, our writers are fairly confident. Let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire lineup: Dealing with Chris Rolfe's absence

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D.C. United will be without Chris Rolfe, who is suspended for the game against his old team.

D.C. United continues their streak of mid-week games, welcoming the Chicago Fire to town. They will have to meet them without the services of Chris Rolfe, who looks to be suspended for this game after kicking out on Vincent Noguiera.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 13: Soccer Galore!

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MLS had an incredible week...bravo! Your Power Rankings are here to try and make sense of it all.

Greetings, and welcome to the first MLS Power Rankings in a world where Sepp Blatter is the outgoing FIFA president. Celebrate! This is historic stuff right here! FIFA gave us plenty to talk about this past week, but you know what?

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, Buzzard Point, and FIFA news for Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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Yesterday was so uneventful.

Slow news day yesterday. Pretty boring. No earth-shattering international scandals, or potentially disastrous developments locally.

Yup. Just a boring Tuesday. No big news in these links:

At 11th hour, D.C. United considers bolting for Virginia | The Washington Post
We talked about this yesterday both from a nuts-and-bolts perspective and from an emotional one, but here's Jonathan O'Connell's piece on the latest twist in the never-ending saga that is D.

B&RU Player of the month for May: Bill Hamid

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A crowded month demanded a lot of United's ability to keep their opponents from scoring, and in the end United's best player rose to the occasion.

We've known since the MLS schedule was first released that May was going to be tough for D.C. United. It wasn't so much that it was a murderer's row of opponents - Columbus, KC, and New England were the only objectively good teams, and two of those teams came to RFK - but the sheer volume of games.

MLS Disciplinary Committee gives Chris Rolfe a one-game suspension

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Rolfe's kick-out while falling means he'll miss out tomorrow night against the Chicago Fire.

In a development we saw coming, the MLS Disciplinary Committee confirmed that it was suspending D.C. United attacker Chris Rolfe for one game. The official DisCo line here is "violent conduct that endangered the safety of an opponent," which they ruled occurred as Rolfe tumbled over after being shoved down by Vincent Nogueira of the Philadelphia Union.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 14

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B&RU Presents: 14 for 14

The winners of Week 13 are fischy and Steven Streff with a monstrous 38 points each. Don't get too comfortable, though, because there were four other players within 6 points of first place. As a prize, you each get to spend one week with the Philadelphia Union as backup goalkeepers, because a team can never have too many goalkeepers.

Negotiating tactic or not, D.C. United touring stadium sites in Virginia is not a good look

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One man's completely logical and not at all emotional reaction to Tuesday's news that D.C. United may be considering backing out of the deal to build a stadium on Buzzard Point.

By now, you've probably seen Jonathan O'Connell's report for the Washington Post that D.C. United's ownership has toured potential stadium sites in Northern Virginia and may be considering backing out of the deal reached last year with the District of Columbia to build a long-awaited new stadium on Buzzard Point.

Washington Post: D.C. United considering a Virginia stadium at this late hour

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In what is probably a negotiating tactic, D.C. United has talked with Virginia officials about a stadium there.

D.C. United fans, while still harboring a small sense of unease, have been mostly happy about the on-going stadium plan for Buzzard Point. We forgot that this is the D.C. United stadium push, and nothing was ever going to be easy.

Fantasy Focus: Pappas Fritas

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Frying up the competition

Setting the pace with 92 points, Lot H8ers SC sits atop the leaderboard for the round. Marco Pappa (SEA, $9.2) scored 19 points over two matches with two goals, and his teammate, Clint Dempsey ($11.8) wore the armband and contributed 18 points with an assist. Bill Hamid (DCU, $6.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Carli Lloyd isn't afraid of anything

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But maybe FIFA should be.

Welcome to another Tuesday, folks. Let's talk soccer, shall we?

D.C. United draws Montego Bay United and Arabe Unido for 2015-16 CCL Tournament - Black And Red United
Not a bad group, y'all. Not a bad group.

Sepp Blatter's Top FIFA Deputy Is Said to Have Transferred Money Central to Bribery Case | The New York Times
"'Definitely that is not me,' Mr.

D.C. United 2016 Jersey Hint in June? Maybe...

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Some speculation gets realized perhaps?

Via Ryan Brister of Empire of Soccer (give him a follow @ThroughBalls), apparently the 2016 Adidas MLS gear catalog is out in the wild, and well, that sure looks like "Taxation Without Representation" on the neck tape (right column, second down, below the Colorado Rapids), doesn't it?

D.C. United draws Montego Bay United and Arabe Unido for 2015-16 CCL Tournament

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The Black and Red get another nice looking draw for CONCAChamps.

Yesterday we outlined the possibilities for D.C. United when it came for Group Play in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League. The draw was held in Miami tonight and...D.C. did pretty well, drawing Montego Bay United (of Jamaica) and Arabe Unido (of Panama).

The Last Word on D.C. United 2-1 Philadelphia Union: The Tao of Winston Wolfe

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In which we don't...feel completely good about ourselves or one another.

D.C. United had been dealing with lineup turnover partly due to necessity, partly due to injury, and the result had been one goal over three road games. Thankfully they were back home in RFK, facing a Philadelphia Union team that had been buoyed by wins against this same team and the New York Red Bulls.

D.C. United 2-1 Philadelphia Union: The GIFs

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Animated moments of various interest levels.

D.C. United continues to maintain the fortress at RFK after dispatching the Philadelphia Union in an occasionally uncomfortable 2-1 win. So what better way to relive it than by looking at some moments that mattered, right? Oh, and if you want to look at Chris Rolfe PK, go somewhere else and make your own GIF.

D.C. United 2-1 Philadelphia Union: Player Ratings

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We try to figure out who did what the best.

D.C. United had to haul butt Thursday morning over a six hour flight (though most of those in Wednesday's loss to the Portland Timbers stayed in D.C.) and got back at it facing a Philadelphia Union team with some confidence after beating D.C. and the New York Red Bulls recently.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Whoops Doop!

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Recaps, RFK and San Siro love, call-ups, CCL previews, what else is there?

Sometimes, you take the charity given to you, so send a fruit basket to Zach Pfeffer or something I guess.

Recaps of D.C. United's win over the Philadelphia Union from us, The Washington Post, CSN Washington and MLSsoccer.