Black and Red United Archives for January 2015

D.C. United versus Real Salt Lake lineup: Competition across the roster

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Reinforcements are soon coming to D.C. United's roster.

After a month of road games, D.C. United finally have back-to-back home games again, welcoming Real Salt Lake to RFK Stadium this Saturday. RSL are currently just outside of the playoff spots in the Western Conference, but would be tied for third place on points in the East.

MLS Statistical Analysis 2.15

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We're just past the halfway mark. How's everyone doing?

It's MLS All Some-Star Game week, so it seems as good a time as ever to comb over the numbers from the first half of the season. If you'd like to revisit the first edition of Statistical Analysis from this season, feel free to do so here.

D.C. United, MLS, USWNT, All-Star game, and soccer links for 30 July 2015

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Get your soccer while it is fresh!

Welcome to Thursday! Sit down and have a soccer, why don't you?

D.C. United's Taylor Kemp credits Sasho Cirovski for success in MLS - The Diamondback : Sports: In some summer content from Maryland's student newspaper, Taylor Kemp talks about his development while a Terp.

MLS All-Star Game 2015: Live stream, time, preview, and how to watch online

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D.C. United is completely unrepresented in tonight's game against Tottenham Hotspur, but you might still want to watch anyway.

All the big names...well, most of them...OK, some of the big names in MLS are in Colorado tonight for the league's 2015 All-Star Game against Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League.

Throwback Thursday: D.C. United dismantles Real Salt Lake at RFK. No, the time before that one.

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2008 wasn't exactly a banner year in D.C. United's checkered history, but there was one game in April where everything looked pretty peachy.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 21: Goals, goals, goals!

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The floodgates opened during league play in this week's Power Rankings.

39. That's the number of goals scored in Major League Soccer play this past weekend. MLS, you were doing your thing! The weather was hot across the country and so was the action on the field, with some fantastic games on national television (including our Black & Red).

Latest U-23 and U-18 US Rosters include D.C. United Youth Representation

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Various current and former Black and Red youth players seeing national team work this summer.

U.S. Soccer announced rosters for both the U-23 and U-18 clubs today, with the latter appearing in the Open Nordic Cup in Sweden. As it turns out, some current and former members of the D.C. United youth system will be appearing at both levels.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for Wednesday July 29, 2015

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United preps for the weekend, some things happened in Colorado, and some other things happened in not Colorado.

I have nothing clever to say here, so let's just get going:

Black & Red Basics | D.C. United vs Real Salt Lake | DCUnited.com
Lindsay Simpson walks us through this weekend's game.

2015 MLS Homegrown Game: This is not a marijuana-themed event, I swear

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Jalen Robinson - D.C. United's only representative in any event related to the MLS All-Star Game - will take the field tonight alongside some of MLS's best young players.

Look, I'll level with you: The 2015 MLS Homegrown Game is more or less a game that exists to further expand the Chipotle brand.

Filibuster podcast episode 141: Other crabcakes are garbage

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We talk with Brian Dunseth about Real Salt Lake, and about D.C. United and the Gold Cup as well.

JasonAdam, Jason, and Ben are back with an extra-long edition of Filibuster! We start off by talk about D.C. United's comeback victory over the Philadelphia Union. We talk about how impressive the comeback was, how they managed it, and the key play of Nick Deleon, Perry Kitchen, and Alvaro Saborio.

D.C. United's Jalen Robinson heads to MLS Homegrown Game while progressing with the Richmond Kickers

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United's Homegrown defender has played 12 times for the Richmond Kickers this season.

When the MLS Homegrown team takes the field tonight (9 PM, streaming on MLSsoccer.com) for the second annual MLS Homegrown Game, it's possible that D.C. United will be represented on the team for the first time.

Fantasy Focus: Lion King

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Cyle Larin just can't wait to score goals.

Just one team scored more than 100 points: Leister City FC, with 109. David Villa (NYC, $11.2) wore the armband and led the way with 32 points on two goals and an assist. Laurent Ciman (MTL, $7.9) paired a goal with a clean sheet for 14 points, and Kellyn Acosta (DAL, $6.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: MLS Players Undercover needs to be a television show

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Gold Cup hangovers.

Tuesday snoozeday is how I'm feeling, but here are some links because I love you all.

MLS announces exclusive education partnership with Southern New Hampshire University | MLSsoccer.com
I had never heard of SNHU, but this sounds like a nice little partnership for everyone.

The Last Word on D.C. United 3-2 Philadelphia Union: On Alvaro Saborio's Impact on the Team

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In which we wonder what kind of role Alvaro Saborio may play for the Black and Red, and how it impacted others in his first game.

It was kind of weird to see D.C. United down two goals after four minutes to the Philadelphia Union and wonder just how they would score two, considering it had been a month ago today that they scored their last one.

D.C. United 3-2 Philadelphia Union: Player Ratings

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In which we provide numbered scores to player performances, and wonder what yours are.

The first third of D.C. United's game with the Philadelphia Union found the Black and Red not only behind the eight ball with two goals in four minutes, but a penalty kick from D.C. that Charlie Adam could have been proud of went over the bar to boot.

Ben Olsen laments poor start despite win against the Philadelphia Union

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United's manager wasn't too pleased with his side's opening act in a 3-2 win at RFK Stadium

Having been 35 days without a home game, struggling to score in four consecutive road games in MLS play, D.C. United came into Sunday's match at RFK Stadium against the Philadelphia Union needing a positive start.

Monday Freedom Kicks: GoAlvaro Saborio

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Recaps of D.C. United, Washington Spirit, Gold Cup, you name it, we got it.

Man, so much happened this weekend, so let's do it:

Recaps of D.C. United's win over the Philadelphia Union from us, MLS and the Washington Post. Brotherly Game has the haps from the side of DOOP.

20 Years of Tactics: On modern soccer and MLS's on-field evolution | Armchair Analyst | MLSsoccer.

D.C. United overcome early two goal deficit in 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union

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The Black-and-Red were down two within four minutes, but clawed back to win with goals from Saborio, DeLeon, and Espindola

In search of ending a two game losing streak in league play, D.C. United could not have gotten off to a worse start on Sunday against the Philadelphia Union, falling behind to two early goals before storming back to win 3-2.

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

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United will look to snap out of their worst run of form in 2015 today against the Union.

Back at home for the first time in over a month, D.C. United will look to end a rare losing streak at RFK Stadium this evening against the Philadelphia Union. The last five games between the clubs in all competitions have been decided by a single goal, and in league play this season those winning goals have come in the final five minutes or later.

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

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United is back at home today to play Philly for the fourth time in 2015.

After five straight road games across all competitions, D.C. United will face the Philadelphia Union in their first home game in over a month. That extended road trip didn't go well for United, either: Two straight last-gasp losses to rivals for the Supporters Shield have complicated the club's path towards a 14th trophy, and the last Black-and-Red player to score a goal in MLS was Conor Doyle's rocket in Chicago back on June 24th.

USA vs. Panama 2015 Gold Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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The USMNT and Panama play again in today's Gold Cup 3rd place game, which does exist.

It's not the game the United States wanted to be in, but today's Gold Cup 3rd place game against Panama is still a chance to make some progress as a group. The indications point to few new faces in the lineup for Jurgen Klinsmann, so regardless of how disappointing it is to be playing today rather than tomorrow it's safe to assume that winning the game and being professional about it has been emphasized.

USA vs. Panama, Gold Cup 2015: Time, TV schedule and team news

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The USMNT and Panama will play a third-place game because...well, just because.

The United States and Panama are both likely to greet today's Gold Cup third-place game with a reluctant "Do we have to?" Well, yes, you both have to. The USMNT ended up in this game after conceding goals on two set pieces and wasting their other chances against Jamaica, while Panama appeared on the cusp of beating Mexico despite being down a man before MLS referee Mark Geiger gave a penalty kick that - even by CONCACAF standards - was bizarre and furiously disputed.

Opposition 11: Who will the Philadelphia Union start against D.C. United tomorrow?

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For once, the Union will field a fairly predictable lineup.

Thanks to geography and MLS's desire to foster rivalries, D.C. United nearly always plays four games a year against the Philadelphia Union. This year, game four is coming earlier than normal: The two clubs are going to meet up once again at RFK Stadium tomorrow.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 21

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Time to right the ship.

The winners of Week 20 are Samuel Levy and shazwar with 28 points each. As a prize, you will each receive a bottle of happy pills, which is just about the only thing that will lift our spirits now that United's win-less streak has reached 3 games. Hopefully our Sunday match against the Philadelphia DOOPers will right the ship.

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

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D.C. United are meeting the Union for the 485th time this season, so we check in with The Brotherly Game to see where everything is.

D.C. United takes on the Philadelphia Union this Sunday, so we talked to Eugene Rupinski of The Brotherly Game to get the lowdown on all things DOOP.

Questions for The Brotherly Game

B&RU: Should Jim Curtin just start with 10 men in all of the Union's games now?

MLS Power Rankings, Week 20: Dogs Days of July

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The weather's hot and so are this week's Power Rankings.

The weather outside is scorching hot, and so was Major League soccer action during Week 20 of the season. With 28 goals in 10 games, including the slugfest that was the California Clásico, teams are trying to do what they can to move up the ladder in the playoff race and the Supporters Shield rankings.

World Cup Bumps: D.C. United, Washington Spirit & Sundry Soccer Links for 24 July 2015

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Your World Cup bump is showing.

Live from DC it's...

FRIDAY FREEDOM KICKS!

D.C. United's Alvaro Saborio arrives with something to prove - Washington Times: There is "hope that Saborio is the missing link necessary for a prolonged post-season run."

D.C. United and Wells Fargo announce sponsorship agreement | D.

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union lineup: Alvaro Saborio steps right in

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Will Alvaro Saborio get his first start for the Black-and-Red?

After a disappointing defeat to FC Dallas, D.C. United finally take on another Eastern Conference team and get to come back home for the first time since Dave Grohl ruined the field to take on the Philadelphia Union. When we last met the DOOPers, they were beating United in the US Open Cup, despite being down a man.

Alvaro Saborio joins up with D.C. United looking to make an immediate impact

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The Costa Rican striker practiced with his new team for the first time on Wednesday ahead of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Union

D.C. United finally welcomed their newest acquisition Alvaro Saborio to the team on Wednesday, as the Costa Rican striker joined up with his new team a week after he was traded from Real Salt Lake.

Freedom Kicks: Gold Cup Geigershow, USMNT, and D.C. United links for 23 July 2015

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Well, that was truly a bizarre night of soccer.

I can't be sure if anything happened yesterday that wasn't the Gold Cup. If so, let me know in the comments. Let's go!

USMNT vs. Jamaica, 2015 Gold Cup: Final score 1-2, Americans suffer shock exit - Stars and Stripes FC: The USA did not get CONCACAF'd, they just didn't play well enough over the balance of the game to actually win.

USA vs. Jamaica 2015 Gold Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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Today's Gold Cup semifinal is the toughest game yet for the USMNT.

The United States has only ever lost one match to Jamaica, but tonight's Gold Cup semifinal will be the toughest match they've faced in this tournament. In four matches in the last World Cup qualifying cycle, the USMNT played three one-goal games with the Reggae Boyz, and Jamaica's performances in CONCACAF's championship event indicate that the trend will continue.

D.C. United survey asks if you want a $1000 supporters season ticket

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D.C. United has started market research in anticipation of the new stadium at Buzzard Point.

D.C. United sent out a survey today to a large number of fans, as they are trying to find the proper place for ticket prices and which amenities the fans want. If you have bought a ticket for a D.C.

USA vs. Jamaica, Gold Cup 2015: Time, TV schedule and team news

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The USMNT is up against a very solid, organized Jamaican team today in Atlanta.

The United States is facing its toughest task yet in the 2015 Gold Cup today against a Jamaica side that hasn't conceded a goal in 323 minutes. Winfried Schaefer's team may not play the most enthralling style - they make no bones about being a defend-and-counter team - but that probably makes them a more formidable foe than the USMNT has faced thus far.

DCU U23 Wrap-up: Saying Goodbye

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In which the Black and Red youths wrap up and move on.

Coming into Sunday's game with New York-based FA Euro, the D.C. United U23 knew two things: first, their chase for a playoff berth in the USL PDL Mid-Atlantic Division was over, as they did not have enough time nor points to make up. Second, Sunday's game with FA Euro was the last game that the team had for the season.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, Gold Cup 2015, and US Open Cup links for Wednesday July 22, 2015

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Plenty of USMNT news ahead of tonight's game as well as news from the two US Open Cup quarterfinals last night.

Not a lot of D.C. United news to cover today, so happenings elsewhere in MLS and with the USMNT will have to do.

Jairo Arrieta espera jugar en punta con Saborío en el Dc United | Columbia.

Filibuster podcast episode 140: Gin in lieu of money

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We have to talk about the FC Dallas game, but also talk USMNT and Philadelphia Union.

It is a Tuesday, so that must mean that it is time for Filibuster to come back into your ears. We don't even let the fact that we've sent Adam on assignment prevent us from calling him while he's on vacation and making him talk about soccer.

Fantasy Focus: Two-Headed Monster

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If you had these two, you probably did pretty well this week.

Our overall leader also sat atop the scoreboard for the round, as Poor Man's Porales tallied 123 points. Kei Kamara (CLB, $9.5) led with 30 points on two goals, aided by the captain's armband. Both Robbie Keane (LA, $11.6) and Ethan Finlay (CLB, $9.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Dolla dolla bills, y'all

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DCU, USMNT, CONCACAF, NASA–wait, what?

There is something really annoying about having a cold during a heat advisory.

Let's just get to some links, shall we, and I'll try not to sneeze over all of them.

D.C. United CCL Opponent Facing Possible Disqualification - Black And Red United
Because their stadium might have inadequate lighting.

D.C. United CCL Opponent Facing Possible Disqualification

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One of the teams the Black and Red faces could see an early, imposed exit by CONCACAF.

Via @mattheweide, the Jamaica Star reports that Montego Bay United, CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage opponent of D.C. United, may face Disqualification from the tournament due to substandard lighting at their home stadium.

D.C. United's Jalen Robinson named to 2015 MLS Homegrown Game roster

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Robinson is the first D.C. United player named to a Homegrown Game's roster.

After being shutout of representation at the 2015 MLS All-Star game, Monday's unveiling of the 2015 MLS Homegrown game roster had a slight Black-and-Red tinge to it. Jalen Robinson was named to the team that will face off against an under-20 side from Club America on July 28th.

The Last Word on D.C. United 1-2 FC Dallas: All-Stars? Not for Reasons You Think

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In which we springboard from Saturday onto a larger topic.

D.C. United had time off last week. I know, a festivus miracle! And why not celebrate your return to play with a trip to North Texas in mid-July, to play an FC Dallas team that was hoeing its own soil in the land where people drop seeds of the Supporter's Shield.

D.C. United 1-2 FC Dallas: Player Ratings

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We look at the Black and Red's first game back after the bye in numeric form.

D.C. United was coming into their road game with F.C. Dallas with several factors against them: the lack of effective players to injury and suspension; that they had not won in Dallas since 2007, and that, well, it was Dallas in the middle of July.

D.C. United 1-2 FC Dallas: The GIFs

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Hey, look at this return!

So D.C. United has been on national TV a bunch recently, so in between a bye week, said national TV appearances (and blackouts) and a new laptop that I'm still playing with, GIFs are back, but a little experimental format wise. So, here is D.C.'s loss to FC Dallas in small animate file formats for your dancing and drinking pleasure.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Flummoxed in Frisco

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We look back at the weekend for D.C. United and the Washington Spirit, some nice Rocky Mountain schmaltz and I'm Mr. Meseeks!

So weird being back after the bye. Let's seem if I remember how to do this:

Recaps of D.C. United's loss to FC Dallas from us, CSN Washington and MLS. Big D Soccer looks at things from Frisco.

D.C. United concede late Fabian Castillo stoppage time goal, lose 2-1 to FC Dallas

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The Black-and-Red were moments away from a point on the road, until Fabian Castillo snatched all three points in stoppage time

In their first game after a 15 day break, D.C. United were moments away from a hard earned point on the road at FC Dallas. Having scored immediately after conceding, United made it to stoppage time before allowing Fabian Castillo to score, condemning the Eastern Conference's top team to a 2-1 defeat.

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

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The Black-and-Red will face the Hoops in Texas tonight in a game between two strong sides.

Tonight in Texas D.C. United and FC Dallas will play what may be a critical game in the Supporters Shield race come October. United sits three points ahead of the trailing pack, but every club in MLS save the LA Galaxy has at least one game in hand.

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

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Two of MLS's best clubs will square off tonight in Texas.

After a long but much-needed break, D.C. United is back in action against an FC Dallas team that has three straight wins and three straight shutouts. The Hoops have settled on a lineup recently and are looking every bit like a Supporters Shield contender at the moment.

USA vs. Cuba 2015 Gold Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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The USMNT will be extraordinarily heavy favorites against Cuba in tonight's Gold Cup quarterfinal.

The United States will play the role of Goliath tonight against Cuba, who will fill in for David, in the first of four 2015 Gold Cup quarterfinals this weekend. Being a fan of the USMNT is a weird thing these days.

Opposition 11: Who's going to start for FC Dallas tonight against D.C. United?

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The Hoops are usually hard to predict, but a recent string of wins makes their lineup more straightforward.

It seems weird to say this about a team firmly in the Supporters Shield race, but FC Dallas makes for an unpredictable opponent for D.C. United. The Hoops actually pick up 1.68 points per game, the highest rate in all of MLS (United is right behind them with 1.

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

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D.C. United takes on FC Dallas tonight, in a clash of two of the best teams in MLS.

D.C. United take on FC Dallas tonight, their first MLS game in two weeks. Despite the fact that D.C. United are the leaders of the Supporter's Shield race, none of us predict that they will win. What do you think will happen tonight?

USA vs. Cuba, Gold Cup 2015: Time, TV schedule and team news

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The Gold Cup stakes are higher now for the USMNT in today's quarterfinal against Cuba.

The United States will be heavily favored in today's Gold Cup quarterfinal against Cuba. The reputations of the two countries in the soccer world would lend that expectation anyway, but in this competition the gap has been made clear.

D.C. United versus FC Dallas preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Dallas blog Big D Soccer

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D.C. United takes on FC Dallas this Saturday, and we have all the intel you need to know.

D.C. United takes on FC Dallas tomorrow, and so we decided to talk to Brian Wachholz of Big D Soccer to get the lowdown on all things Burn. For my answers to Brian's questions, head on over to our sister site.

D.C. United get a true number 9 after trading Luis Silva to Real Salt Lake for Alvaro Saborio

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With Eddie Johnson effectively retired, D.C. United filled a void up top by bringing in seasoned MLS striker Alvaro Saborio from RSL.

Top of the league with 13 games remaining in the season and unlikely to make a splash with an international signing this transfer window, D.C. United made their move yesterday by acquiring Alvaro Saborio in a trade with Real Salt Lake.

D.C. United, MLS salary figures released

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Less than 24 hours after the CBA was ratified, this bit of fun.

Yesterday when the MLS CBA was ratified by the players, we wondered when the salary list would come out. Well, wonder no more as today we have them. So here they are, with base salary first, then guaranteed compensation:

Miguel Aguilar$60,000.

DCU U23 roundup: Streak, PDL playoff hopes end as summer starts to

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We wrap up last week's activities for the Black and Red youth.

D.C. United's U-23 team found themselves in the middle of a dogfight last week, as one of five teams separated by two points in a battle for first (and a playoff spot) in the USL-PDL Mid-Atlantic Division. The difficult circumstances - three games in five days, and the last two on the road within a 24 hour span - were going to require a mighty push.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 20

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The DCU bye week is a thing of the past. Time to get back to the grind.

The co-winners of Week 18 were veteran dccal and newcomer DavidRusk with 11 points each. As a prize, you will each receive a patch of sod from the playing surface at RFK Stadium. Now you can each have a little piece of D.

Black & Claret: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 17 July 2015

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All Your Saborio Are Belong To Us

That weird rash you developed in the last 24 hours?

Yeah, that's Saboriosis.

It's a good thing. Friday Freedom Kicks, hyah!

FC Dallas vs. D.C. United | MLS MatchCenter: Your one-stop shop for all the stats for tomorrow's big game in Frisco.

MLS Players finally ratify CBA

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It's finally official!

Days before the first kick of the regular season, labor strife was averted between Major League Soccer and its players' Union. Now, said Union announced today that the CBA has been formally ratified, so now things are finally official, as more than 90 percent of the players voted to formally approve the deal.

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Luis Silva's best performance for D.C. United

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Less than one year ago, before injury woes and vitamin deficiencies were really a part of his story, Luis Silva dismantled the Montreal Impact with a first half hat trick. With Silva out the door in a trade, let's relive his best performance in Black-and-Red.

Alvaro Saborio scouting report: RSL Soapbox gives us the info

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We reached out to our Real Salt Lake sister blog to get the lowdown on Alvaro Saborio

With the big trade between D.C. United and Real Salt Lake, we reached out to our friends at RSL Soapbox to give us a scouting report on the new United striker. Matt Montgomery was kind enough to give us the lowdown.

Reports: D.C. United trading Luis Silva for Alvaro Saborio

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D.C. United has made a move to shore up the forward line, trading Luis Silva for Alvaro Saborio.

Today has been an interesting day to follow Twitter. It started with Ben Olsen making uncharacteristically frank comments on the radio this morning:

"I can't give you too many specifics, but I think a forward may be coming our way in the next day.

Freedom Kicks for 16 July 2015: Gold Cup, Freddy Adu, US Soccer

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As D.C. United gets ready to play, midweek soccer continues unabated.

The Gold Cup has reached ludicrous speed, Freddy Adu is back, and Mr. Flynn came to Washington. Let's go!

Why U.S. World Cup coach Jill Ellis should get a new contract - The Washington Post: Jill Ellis contract expires in two weeks, and Steve Goff thinks she should got a brand new one, and not the options in her current one.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 19: Bottom Risers

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Last week's bottom feeders take out top talent...how will they fare in this week's Power Rankings?

Last week was not a good week for some of the top teams in MLS. While LA and the Black & Red were both on the MLS idle bus (LA did have a match in the International Champions Cup), 5 of last week's top 10 suffered defeats at the hands of teams outside the top 10.

D.C. United transfer news and rumors: Michael Seaton on the move again?

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The Homegrown forward may have found a desired deal. But to where?

D.C. United homegrown forward and Jamaica national teamer Michael Seaton head been loaned out to Orebro SK in the Swedish Allsvenskan before returning last month due to a lack of playing time. And he is one to have some fun with folks on social media, though his last couple of tweets (one at 2am and the other this evening), do have us wondering a little:

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D.C. United versus FC Dallas lineup: Will Ben Olsen make any changes?

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Ben Olsen will have a chance to reposition his starting lineup in July; what changes will he make?

D.C. United's starters are rested, some players are closer to being recovered from various injuries, and they travel to Dallas this Saturday to take on FC Dallas. Throughout the run of games in May and June, Ben Olsen has not had a chance to shuffle his lineup, if that is what he wanted to do; he was forced to basically have two separate squads, one for MLS play and one for the US Open Cup and spot MLS duty.

D.C. United will not sign an Expensive International Player, and you should not be Surprised

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In which we tell anyone within the sound of our page clicks that if you hope that D.C. United should splash the pot in most any current way, you're going to be disappointed.

We all see the names: Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard, Gio Dos Santos, and most of us know why D.C. United is not involved on that bidding.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, USMNT, and Gold Cup 2015 links for Wednesday July 15, 2015

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Everyone is making moves...well, everyone except us.

Not too much going on with D.C. United, but MLS teams are starting to make their moves as the run to the playoffs nears. In the possibly overused words of Marcelo Balboa, let's take a look:

On Soccer column: In international marketplace, D.

Filibuster podcast episode 139: Entirely made of rust

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Even though D.C. United was on a bye, we still find plenty to talk about.

Filibuster is back, and Ben, Jason, and Adam are joined by a very special guest: Sebastian Salazar from Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic! We start off by talking about the Gold Cup, even though we recorded before last night's 1-1 draw between the United States and Panama.

Lampard and Gerrard All-Star nods highlight MLS's class problem

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The MLS All-Star game isn't the issue, but it highlights a long-standing problem.

During the pre-game show for the United States' Gold Cup game against Panama last night, MLS announced the MLS All-Star Game Fan XI and the two MLS All-Stars picked by Commissioner Don Garber. The fan vote, as is typical in these sorts of games, leaned towards popular players regardless of their their play this season.

Fantasy Focus: One Ant Army

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Shame about the defense

A score of 94 points lead the round, authored by (~^-^)~umad?~(^-^~). David Villa (NYC, $11.1) wore the armband and scored 24 points on two goals. Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.5) scored 20 points on a hat trick and an assist, and both Donny Toia (MTL, $4.9) and Tim Melia (SKC, $5.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Errday we strugglin'

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At least, the USMNT kind of is. Also, Bill Hamid is out for a bit and that's no good.

Whaddup, friends. It is Tuesday, and that means...soccer links!

Steve Goff: Bill Hamid looks to be out for a couple weeks - Black And Red United
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Gold Cup: USA, Panama play to draw in Group A finale - Planet Futbol - SI.

USA vs. Panama 2015 Gold Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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The USMNT will be looking to improve against a Panama side that more or less has to get a result tonight.

The United States and Panama enter tonight's Gold Cup match with very different objectives. For the USMNT, it's an opportunity to improve on two straight dire outings. With the tournament's compressed schedule and the triple-digit temperatures in Kansas City today, there will also surely be a focus on avoiding injury and conserving energy whenever possible.

USA vs. Panama, Gold Cup 2015: Time, TV schedule and team news

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The USMNT has clinched first place in Group A, but they'll still want to show well against Panama tonight.

The United States and Panama meet tonight in Kansas City in the final group stage games for both sides in the 2015 Gold Cup. The US has sealed first place in Group A and will be more focused on improving on what have been two straight poor performances.

Steve Goff: Bill Hamid looks to be out for a couple weeks

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D.C. United's injury bug continues, with Bill Hamid out for longer than we would like.

Andrew Dykstra was the starter in goal for D.C. United's most recent game, the 1-0 loss against the Seattle Sounders. It is good that he played well, because he will probably be in goal for the rest of July: Steve Goff is reporting that Bill Hamid is going to be out for a couple of weeks with lingering knee and hand injuries.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Have TFC and NYCFC Stopped Scoring Yet?

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We look at a variety of things, since the Black and Red are all on Bye Week and such.

Well, when the team you cover is on a bye week like D.C. United was, you look for a variety of things to pass the time, right?

Own goals, penalty kick misses, and a hat trick in nine minutes, and that was just the first half of New York City FC and Toronto FC.

USA vs. Haiti 2015 Gold Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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The USMNT's quest for another Gold Cup title continues tonight against Haiti.

The United States will be expected to win tonight over Haiti in their second Gold Cup game, and they'll be expected to do so in style. However, CONCACAF and stylish play are pretty much like oil and water, and judging from Haiti's approach against Panama there will be precious little space to entertain in.

USA vs. Haiti, Gold Cup 2015: Time, TV schedule and team news

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The USMNT will be heavy favorites tonight, but Haiti will be looking to make things tricky tonight in Group A.

In all likelihood, the United States will be able to seal a spot in the Gold Cup quarterfinal round tonight against Haiti. Tuesday night went pretty well on paper for the USMNT: They beat Honduras - the strongest opponent they'll face until the semifinals, most likely - while the other game ended in a surprising draw.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 19

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D.C. United gets a bye week; the Match Prediction Game does not.

The winner of Week 18 is garbaggio with 28 points! This is garbaggio's second consecutive victory, putting him in second place just five points behind leader dccal. As a prize, you will receive a magical wristband of power to accompany your magical headband.

MLS Power Rankings Week 18: MLS gonna MLS

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Our top 3 all lost, and most of the bad teams avoided defeat, so this gets a little weird. Weird stuff in MLS? Never!

We were very tempted to run this piece with the world champion United States women's national team in all 20 spots because we are really excited about that. I'm not sure what we would have said for the comment portion, or points, or really most of the sections in the table below, but mostly we still wanted to run actual MLS power rankings whether or not we're still having a USWNT victory party.

Whatever Floats Your Boat: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 10 July 2015

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MLS floats cause a stir.

Here we are now. Entertain us.

Q&A: Comcast SportsNet D.C. United Analyst Santino Quaranta - Press Box DC: Quaranta's take on DC United is very, very shiny. I don't entirely buy it. Maybe I should. I want to buy it. But then I see things like that Seattle game last week, and I wonder whether a Villa-Pirlo-Lampard team will overtake us in the Eastern Conference before the season is out.

Filibuster podcast episode 138: Not the Neolithic, obviously

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Our podcast migrates throughout the week, but always finds its way back to your ears.

A late-in-the-week edition of Filibuster is here, but we would never leave you completely hanging. Jason, Adam, and Ben are back, and Adam starts off the episode with a rant about a certain new team down in Atlanta.

Freedom Kicks for 9 July 2015: USMNT, Concacaf, FIFA, and more links and news

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While D.C. United might be on vacation, we at B&RU are not!

With D.C. United in their midsummer hibernation, we still strive to give you all the news you need. Here we go!

Why USMNT vs. Peru at RFK stadium is a can't-miss game - The Washington Post: Want to see the USMNT without having to go to Landover?

How will D.C. United use the MLS Targeted Allocation Money?

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Ben Olsen and Dave Kasper have some new money to use as the transfer window opens.

Major League Soccer announced today the establishment of Targeted Allocation Money, which compliments the existing pool of allocation money that teams earn for missing the playoffs, making the Champions League, and other nebulous events.

Freedom Kicks: USMNT, Gold Cup 2015, USWNT, and MLS links for Wednesday July 8th, 2015

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Holiday calls it a day, the US men struggled but got themselves 3 points in the Gold Cup, plus a few other odds and ends.

There isn't much going on with D.C. United right now, which is reasonable considering that they've played 7 full seasons in the past 2 weeks. Let's look around at some other stuff:

3 things we learned from the USMNT's 2-1 Gold Cup win over Honduras | SB Nation
That was a pretty frustrating Gold Cup opener from the United States last night, but they gutted out a 2-1 win because Clint Dempsey has that rare combination of being a flair player who doesn't really stick to a position while also being a scrapper who has scored so many important goals for the US by punching in rebounds or fighting off his man to get the last touch.

USA vs. Honduras 2015 Gold Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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The Gold Cup starts tonight for the USMNT and Honduras as they play the back half of a Group A doubleheader.

This summer's barrage of soccer continues as the United States will play Honduras in the opening Gold Cup match for both sides. The USMNT is coming into this one on a high, having recently won crazy games over the Netherlands and Germany on European soil while most recently thumping Guatemala 4-0.

USA vs. Honduras, Gold Cup 2015: Time, TV schedule and team news

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The Gold Cup starts tonight in Texas with the US and Honduras squaring off in Group A.

The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off tonight, with the United States facing Honduras in the back half of a doubleheader in Texas. The USMNT has gotten some favorable Gold Cup groups in past years, but this time they've ended up in the toughest of the three.

B&RU Player of the month for June: Fabian Espindola

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D.C. United played a silly number of games in June, and the most consistently good player was the man in the #10 shirt.

D.C. United's schedule was a meat-grinder in May, but June took it to another level. 8 games were jammed into 30 days, including a nonsensical 6 in 17 stretch to end the month.

Fantasy Focus: He used to be a lovely boy

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Is it any wonder?

Despite starting an injured Bill Hamid, Benny's Rage Strokes led the league with 86 points. Kei Kamara (CLB, $9.5) wore the armband and scored 22 points with two assists. LA's Robbie Keane ($11.4) scored a hat trick and 17 points, and NYC's David Villa ($10.9) scored two goals and 14 points.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Watch ALL the U.S. soccer

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Everything is USWNT and nothing hurts.

Happy Tuesday! It's a USMNT game day—they take on Honduras (hi, Andy!) in the Gold Cup tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1/UniMas. Look out for our gamethread later.

I've got some stuff for you on that, but before we get there, I'm not quite done with that whole USWNT winning the World Cup thing.

TLW on D.C. United 0-1 Seattle Sounders: The Frustrating Mr. Fabi

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In which we look at the active Designated Player and hope he (and those around him) can sally forth without lashing out.

D.C. United was coming to the end of a tortuous run of games, playing their 17th in 62 days (or about one every 3 and a half days) Friday night against a Seattle Sounders team depleted by their own injuries and national team call-ups.

D.C. United 0-1 Seattle Sounders: Player Ratings

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We score D.C.'s Friday night effort.

Before the game with the Seattle Sounders was a half hour old, D.C. United found themselves without their starting forwards due to injury and suspension. They hung on for as long as they could, but ultimately a late golazo wound up being the difference as they lost to Seattle in a 1-0 heartbreaker.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Carli Lloyd's Three Goals = America's Three Stars

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So much stuff, have the coffee pot handy.

Kind of amazing that the United States soccer teams can do what they do and NEVER play any games between World Cups, right? Wait, what? Oh.

The United States team defeated Japan 5-2, buoyed by a Carli Lloyd hat trick in the first FIFTEEN minutes.

Global soccer power index: USA is a soccer power

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The US Women are FIFA World Cup champions! And, the USA is a world soccer power. In fact, only three countries are greater soccer powers than we are!

Dear America,

Know and accept this fact: not only is the United States the FIFA women's World Cup champions, we are also a world soccer power.

USA vs. Japan, Women's World Cup final: U.S. earn third World Cup title in exciting 5-2 win

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A Carli Lloyd hat trick was just part of a stellar performance from the U.S., who broke their 16-year World Cup trophy drought.

Normally any recap that includes "Julie Johnston own goal" would spell trouble for the U.S., but not this time. This time, it's pretty much, "Own goal? It's fine," because in the end, the U.

USA vs. Japan, Women's World Cup final: TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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It's time to see who's the best team in the world.

Well, it all ends here. After an exciting month of soccer, the 2015 Women's World Cup finishes today with a winner of either the United States or Japan—two of the top teams in the world playing a rematch of the 2011 World Cup final (and a rematch of the 2012 Olympic gold medal game, for that matter).

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

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For the second straight Women's World Cup, Japan stands between the USWNT and a third star.

For the second straight tournament, the United States will face Japan in the final of the Women's World Cup. 2011's incredibly dramatic finale may not be repeated verbatim here, but it still should be a fascinating clash of styles.

Fabian Espindola sees red as D.C. United falls late to Seattle Sounders 1-0

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In addition to Espindola's red, Luis Silva's start lasted less than 5 minutes after picking up a groin injury

D.C. United's final trip to the Pacific Northwest this season was a night to forgot, as the Supporters' Shield leaders fell to a late Tyrone Mears goal in a 1-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders.

D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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#DCUAfterDark is back, this time featuring two Supporters Shield contenders fighting it out in Seattle.

Never mind that D.C. United is the victim of MLS's just-short-of-abusive scheduling and dealing with a cross-country flight, or that the Seattle Sounders are missing nearly half their starting team for tonight's game.

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

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Two Supporters Shield contenders will square off tonight as United visits the Sounders.

D.C. United's trip west to face the Seattle Sounders is an odd type of game. On one hand, we're talking about two teams very much in the running for the Supporters Shield and who - for very different reasons - see themselves as legitimate contenders in 2015.

D.C. United versus Seattle Sounders preview: Behind Enemy Lines with Sounder at Heart

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We talk to Dave Clark of the Sounders blog for his thoughts on the lineup for the Rave Green, and other stuff.

Ahead of tonight's match between D.C. United and the Seattle Sounders, we talked to Dave of Sounder at Heart for a preview on Seattle's side of things. For a look at what Ben provided them, feel free to check it out here.

USA vs. Guatemala friendly TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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The USMNT's Gold Cup dress rehearsal will see them face a familiar foe in Guatemala.

Tonight's game against Guatemala is the one and only warm-up for the United States before the Gold Cup gets underway next week. For the US it's an opportunity to test their ability to break down a determined, defensive team.

USA vs. Guatemala Friendly: Start time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USMNT will limber up for the Gold Cup this evening against Guatemala.

Unlike bigger tournaments, this evening's game between the United States and Guatemala is the USMNT's only Gold Cup warm-up match. It's a good rehearsal for the Americans, as Guatemala is a bit stronger than Group A opponent Haiti while also providing broad stylistic similarity to Panama.

D.C. United versus Seattle Sounders staff and reader predictions

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It is another edition of #DCUAfterDark as United visit Seattle for a game that will end on the Fourth of July.

In the last game before a well-deserved break, D.C. United takes on the Seattle Sounders. Both teams are missing key players, but most of us think that United somehow manages to eek out at least a point.

Michael Farfan may be in Seattle after all

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Is United going to get an unexpected boost tonight?

D.C. United arrived on Wednesday and trained on Thursday for their game Friday with the Seattle Sounders. Steve Goff reported on Thursday that Chris Pontius, Sean Franklin and Michael Farfan did not make the trip. And Goff's presence in Vancouver makes him a lot closer to Seattle than most of us are.

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

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The Sounders could be missing up to five big names for this game, which seems an awful lot like last year's DC-Seattle tilt.

They say history repeats itself, and for D.C. United and the Seattle Sounders that appears to be true. Last year - 370 days ago, to be exact - the two teams played on a simmering day in the District.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 18

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So long, Open Cup.

The winner of Week 17 is garbaggio with a record-breaking 46 points. As a prize, you will receive a magical headband of power, because how else could you have done so well? Week 18 is a bit more subdued than last, but still plenty of games to predict along with a pair of double-point games.

Greatest Soccer Weekend Ever Is Upon Us - DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 3 July 2015

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This is a crazy soccer weekend. DCU-Seattle, Spirit-FCKC, England-Germany, USMNT-Guatemala, USWNT-Japan. You can't step out of your front door without getting smacked upside the head with a soccer ball this weekend (likely it's that one Doyle kicked in Pittsburgh, but still).

It's Fourth of July Weekend.

D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders lineup: Last ride of the rotation

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The split-squad of D.C. United rides for perhaps the final time, in its current incarnation, against the Seattle Sounders.

D.C. United takes on the Seattle Sounders tomorrow night, ending a long stretch of games with minimum rest. It also means that United only has one more consecutive game on the road, so that RFK Stadium can heal from the Foo Fighters concert this weekend.

Finding Women's Soccer in the D.C. Area

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With the World Cup winding down, where should you go to get your women's soccer fix?

The 2015 Women's World Cup has been entertaining, with plenty of great goals, thrilling build up play, and dramatic endings. Unfortunately the end of the tournament is closing in, and you may be looking for more ways to watch women's soccer.

Freedom Kicks: USA, Women's World Cup, D.C. United, and US Open Cup links for Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Soccer? Go!

Who says that the summer is the slow season for soccer? There is madness all around!

Michael Bradley named as USA captain for the CONCACAF Gold Cup | FOX Sports: The passing of the torch has finally come, with Bradley taking over so Dempsey can focus on his "playing duties.

2015 World Cup: Time, TV, and streaming info for Wednesday's semifinal

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Japan and England fight for the right to play the USWNT in the World Cup final.

The United States will learn their opponent in the Women's World Cup final tonight as heavily favored Japan takes on England in Edmonton. The marketers at Fox are getting something of a gift no matter who wins, as the final will either be a rematch of the 2011 decider or a USA vs.

MLS Power Rankings Week 17: Rivalry Weak

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In this week's Power Rankings, we ask MLS to rethink a rivalry week that had very few rivalry matches.

Rivalry Week. Major League Soccer made a big deal of this week by hyping up the major rivalries in the league playing matches during its own special week. It even had a nice cool sponsor for the promotion in Heineken.

Freedom Kicks: USA, Women's World Cup, D.C. United, and US Open Cup links for Wednesday July 1, 2015

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Good news, bad news, and other news for your morning reading.

Hope you're reading this from a non-flooded residence! As there are always games at all times now, there were two games last night. Let's start with the one that went well, shall we?

Here's our match diary, which contains more German than I know and brings up ninja kicks.

D.C. United out of US Open Cup after 2-1 loss to 10 man Philadelphia Union

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Jairo Arrieta's goal after CJ Sapong was sent off is wiped out by two goal second half from the Union

D.C. United seemed primed for advancement in the 2015 US Open Cup Round of 16 tilt against the Philadelphia Union after Jairo Arrieta knocked the Black-and-Red ahead after 27 minutes. But Arrieta's goal, two minutes after CJ Sapong was sent off for the Union, was erased in the second half, as the Union came back for a 2-1 win to move on to the quarter finals.

USA vs. Germany final score, World Cup 2015: U.S. head to the final with 2-0 victory

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Germany will rue a missed penalty as a converted U.S. penalty and a late Kelley O'Hara goal sent the Americans into the World Cup final.

Amid all the criticism—even, perhaps, the disappointment—the U.S. turned out a 2-0 victory to advance past Germany to the World Cup final.

It looked as though Germany would go ahead in the second half, but a missed Célia ašić penalty proved to be all she wrote for the team ranked number one in the world.