Black and Red United Archives for January 2015

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

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MLS's first rivals face off in arguably the biggest non-playoff game the Atlantic Cup pairing has ever seen.

Control over the Eastern Conference, the Atlantic Cup, and in all likelihood a shot at the Supporters Shield are all on the line tonight for D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls. As a result, this may be the biggest regular season game this 20 year old rivalry has ever produced.

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

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D.C. United battles with the New York Red Bulls, and our opinions on what will happen are mixed.

D.C. United takes on the New York Red Bulls tonight, and they have a chance to win the Atlantic Cup. We're mixed on what is going to happen, but let us know what you think will go down in the comments!

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls MLS 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The biggest game of United's regular season campaign is tonight against an NYRB team that is hot on their tails in the Eastern Conference standings.

A game between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls is worthy of the old "this one doesn't need any extra hype" cliche. This time around, though, it's bursting at the seams with extras: The Red Bulls have games in hand on United, and a win would draw them within 2 points of leapfrogging the Black-and-Red.

Opposition 11: Who will the New York Red Bulls start tonight against D.C. United?

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A very consistent NYRB side should be at more or less full strength tonight despite playing mid-week.

The fate of MLS's Eastern Conference - and possibly the Supporters Shield - may well hinge on tonight's game between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls. Any game between MLS's first rivals is going to be heated and tense, but as has happened in recent years it now also involves two actual good sides.

D.C. United's Alvaro Saborio and Markus Halsti called up for national team duty

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The veteran duo won't miss any United games while away with Costa Rica and Finland, respectively.

A pair of D.C. United veterans will leave the club after tomorrow's game against the New York Red Bulls for international duty. Alvaro Saborio has been called up by Costa Rica, while Markus Halsti will join the Finnish national team for European Championship qualifying.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: Rubber match for the Atlantic Cup

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D.C. United has one last shot to keep the Atlantic Cup in Washington.

D.C. United takes on the New York Red Bulls for the third time this season, and the Atlantic Cup is on the line. Ben Olsen has the dual benefit of having rested most of his regular starters, but a Tuesday-Sunday game gap means that he could insert any of his backups who played against Montego Bay United FC.

The Last Word on D.C. United's CCL win over Montego Bay United: Yippee-Ki-yay Mr. Farfan

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Michael Farfan is keeping himself in the lineup because he can do something United's other midfielders don't do.

D.C. United pushed themselves within one positive result of sealing a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League knockout round on Wednesday by defeating Jamaica's Montego Bay United 3-0.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, Washington Spirit, and other links for Friday August 28, 2015

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Bill Hamid and Crystal Dunn star, and a man probably saved the world in a literal sense.

I'm subbing for touchline today, and like all subs I plan to show videos as long as everyone behaves.

MLS Insider: DC United goalkeeper Bill Hamid goes from humble upbringing to MLS star | MLSsoccer.

Freedom Kicks for 27 August 2015: MLS, CCL, and soccer links

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Not much D.C. United news today, but plenty from the soccr world. Let's go!

Copa America 2016 may not be in US says CONMEBOL president - ESPN FC: Don't take this away from us! We took down Sepp!

Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Montreal Impact 0 | Canadian Championship Match Recap | MLSsoccer.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 26

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DC United head to Red Bull Arena in Week 26 for the third and final episode of the 2015 Atlantic Cup.

The winner of Weeks 24 and 25 is ChestRockwell with a combined 30 points. As a prize, you receive 30 pink plastic flamingos goats to decorate your lawn with. Set them up, crack open a cold beer, and gaze upon them with pride.

Reserves have D.C. United in prime position to advance in CONCACAF Champions League play

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After wins against Arabe Unido and Montego Bay in their first two matches, United is now a draw away from quarterfinal qualification

Having already cleared their biggest hurdle of the CONCACAF Champions' League group play, D.C. United came into Tuesday's match against Montego Bay United knowing that a win would put them on the verge of qualification for the knockout stages next spring.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 25: I got 5 on it

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5 was the magic number in this week's Power Rankings

Five. One, two, three, four, FIF. That's how many goals San Jose, Toronto and LA dropped on their opponents this past week. It was a wild output of goals, particularly LA's star-studded goalfest on international TV. While some of the other matches this week contained some action, it was the Quakes' 5-0 stomping of Sporting, Toronto's 5-0 blanking of Orlando and LA's 5-1 beatdown of NYCFC that had everyone talking.

Freedom Kicks - D.C. United, Champions League and MLS links for Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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It's a Wednesday, and I'm on vacation. But I love you, so here are some links to get you over the hump.

Could somebody remind me why I would volunteer to stand in on Freedom Kicks while on vacation with my toddler in the far away land of red hots and deep dish? While I await your answers, onto the links.

D.C. United ease past Montego Bay 3-0, move to top of Group H

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United's 3-0 win, with goals from Aguilar, Opare and Doyle, puts the team atop Group H with two games remaining

D.C. United made easy work of Montego Bay on Tuesday night, earning a 3-0 win over the Jamaican side in CONCACAF Champions League play to move top of Group H with two games remaining.

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

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The Black-and-Red will look to affirm their place as Group H's top side tonight against Jamaican champions Montego Bay.

Tonight is a great opportunity for D.C. United to further cement their position in the CONCACAF Champions League's Group H by defeating Montego Bay United, the group's outsiders.

D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes CONCACAF Champions League 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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One United will be heavily favored over the other United tonight along the mighty Anacostia River.

It's been weeks - months? - since D.C. United gave us a league match to feel truly comfortable with, but Montego Bay United will hardly arrive for tonight's CONCACAF Champions League match feeling confident.

D.C. United versus Montego Bay United FC staff and reader predictions

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D.C. United is back in CCL action tonight, and we think they bring home three points.

It is the magic of the Concacaf Champions League, and it is happening tonight at RFK Stadium. We're very confident that D.C. United can take care of buisness against Montego Bay United FC, but let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

Fantasy Focus: Quake in your boots

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San Jose players are leaders at every position

Our leader this round was Buzzards Beaks, with a score of 118. Kei Kamara (CLB, $9.7) wore the armband and scored 34 points with a goal and two assists over two games. Ethan Finlay (CLB, $9.2) scored a goal and an assist over two games for 14 points, and David Villa (NYC, $11.

Filibuster podcast episode 145: Settling before settling was necessary

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D.C. United takes on Montego Bay United tonight and the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, and we're on it.

Happy United Day and Happy Filibuster Day! Adam, Jason, and Ben return to talk about the debacle that was the San Jose Earthquakes game. We ask if the other shoe dropped in this game (or if it had already dropped), the problem that was the defense in general and Kofi Opare particularly, the lack of ideas across the midfield and attack, whether or not Alvaro Saborio scoring would have changed things, and Davy Arnaud.

D.C. United vs. Montego Bay United: CONCACAF Champions League scouting report with The Home of Caribbean Football

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In lieu of our normal Opposition 11, we've checked in with Nathan Carr of The Home of Caribbean Football to see what makes Montego Bay tick ahead of tonight's game at RFK Stadium.

The CONCACAF Champions League can put MLS teams in the odd position D.C. United finds themselves in tonight against Montego Bay United: Facing largely unknown opponents from leagues where video is a bit harder to track down than buying an MLS Live subscription.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Are you a girl and in school? What about "ethnic"?

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Just taking a quick poll.

It's game day! Get yourself out to RFK tonight if you can, folks. We'll have #content for you later re: the game, and Ben's already predicted DCU's lineup for you, so check that out.

Here are some soccer links to tide you over until 8:00.

D.C. United welcomes Montego Bay to RFK for CONCACAF match Tuesday | The Washington Post
Some preview action for ya from the Goffmeister.

D.C. United versus Montego Bay United preview: More CCL action

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D.C. United turns back to their reserves for the CCL match against MoBay United.

D.C. United is back in Concacaf Champions League action tomorrow night, as they welcome Montego Bay United to RFK Stadium for their second game in the group stage. Montego Bay United lost to Arabe Unido 3-0 in their first CCL game, and United hopes to keep them at 0 points after this game.

The Last Word on D.C. United's loss to the San Jose Earthquakes: On Slow Starts and Must-Wins

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In which we wonder if both the Black and Red's slow starts combined with their absence in high-visibility games will be a problem not only in their next game, but could have ramifications past that.

It's become an all too familiar refrain where D.C. United is involved: give up an early goal or two, try to play from behind and hope for the best.

D.C. United 0-2 San Jose Earthquakes: Player Ratings

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It's that thing were we place numbers to names and you can do your own as well.

D.C. United went into Saturday's game with the San Jose Earthquakes having to feel a little good, after having 9 days of rest (more depending on the player) and taking a second choice squad to Panama and winning arguably their toughest CONCACAF Champions League game of their group.

Early goal finally catches up to D.C. United in loss to 'Quakes

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Conceding early for the fourth straight home game, United lose for the second time at RFK this season

Before Saturday night, in the last three home games, D.C. United had somehow managed to win three times, despite giving up four goals within the first ten minutes of those games. Comeback wins against the New England Revolution, the Philadelphia Union, and Real Salt Lake had papered over the early goals in each of those games.

D.C. United's Supporters' Shield chances take a hit in 2-0 loss to San Jose Earthquakes

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United shutout for the first time all season at home in 2-0 defeat to 'Quakes

Coming off a shocking midweek romp over Sporting Kansas City, the San Jose Earthquakes rolled into RFK Stadium on Saturday night, and put a damper on D.C. United's Supporters' Shield run with a 2-0 victory. Chris Wondolowski scored in the 4th minute, the 4th consecutive home game in which United had conceded within the first 10 minutes of the game.

D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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United faces a new-look Quakes side in a big game for both clubs at RFK tonight.

Two teams that played mid-week road games face off tonight at RFK, as D.C. United hosts the San Jose Earthquakes. The similarities are pretty much limited to the fact that both sides were away on Wednesday, as United sent a squad of reserves to Panama while the Quakes played their best 11 against Sporting KC.

Opposition 11: Who will the San Jose Earthquakes start tonight against D.C. United?

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San Jose is coming off of a huge win, but may be forced into some player rotation today at RFK.

Four days ago, this piece would have been all about how D.C. United would have a significant advantage over the San Jose Earthquakes due to things like familiarity and players playing their correct positions.

D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The Black-and-Red may be favored against a Quakes side that played mid-week, but they still face a dangerous opponent.

Due to the fact that both D.C. United and the San Jose Earthquakes had road games on Wednesday, there's certainly an argument that fans should a sloppy, sluggish game of soccer tonight.

Panama trip and win gives D.C. United help down the stretch

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Three points and playing time for players needing minutes against Arabe Unido vital for United's upcoming schedule

With D.C. United's CONCACAF Champions League journey starting in Panama on Wednesday, and an up and down league form in MLS play, Ben Olsen and acting manager (with Olsen suspended) Chad Ashton decided to go with a second line of players for the game against Arabe Unido.

D.C. United versus San Jose Earthquakes staff and reader predictions

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We have a good feeling going into this game.

D.C. United take on the San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday, and we think they have a good shot at all three points. Let us know what you think in the comments!

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This prediction took a turn after San Jose bamboozled KC 5-0.

The Last Word on D.C. United's CONCACAF Champions League win over Arabe Unido: Futbol de resultados

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The Black-and-Red got back to basics in Panama, but a step out of their comfort zone may have been the bigger takeaway.

It's always an adventure in the CONCACAF Champions League, but D.C. United managed to cope well enough with a desperate Arabe Unido en route to a 1-0 road win. United certainly bent at times, but some strong goalkeeping from Andrew Dykstra and an ability to force Panama's top club into all-or-nothing passes kept the scores level.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and NWSL links for Friday August 21, 2015

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Rambling about the Supporters Shield while looking at the Chicago Fire for a while, plus a Rocky reference.

Today's Freedom Kicks is a little short, as I'm a late substitute for your normal Friday linker touchline (who has jetted off to single-handedly get the 2018 and 2022 World Cups re-allocated via a clean and open process).

D.C. United/Washington Wizards TV voice Dave Johnson Hospitalized for Dehydration

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The beloved broadcaster may go on the injury report.

The voice of D.C. United on television, Dave Johnson, mentioned on his Facebook page that he was hospitalized for dehydration while hiking on vacation in California.

It was not immediately known if Johnson, a Comcast SportsNet Washington personality who also does occasional appearances as sports anchor on the NBC affiliate in Washington (as well as handling play by play for the Washington Wizards) would be able to return in time for D.

D.C. United stadium project hints at future changes at the club

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D.C. United's owners are following an age-old script in their approach to the team.

We know that Erick Thohir, D.C. United's primary owner, is a media magnate with plenty of different investments. He owns, among many other things, soccer teams, basketball teams, newspapers, TV stations, websites, and much more.

Freedo Kicks: D.C. United, CCL, MLS, and USWNT links for 20 August 2015

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Legos, lightning, backheels, and more!

Always good to find the links in the afterglow of three points. Here we go!

Miguel Aguilar fires D.C. United to 1-0 win over Arabe Unido with late goal - Black And Red United: If you haven't seen Michael Farfan's pass to Miguel Aguilar yet, do yourself a favor.

Miguel Aguilar fires D.C. United to 1-0 win over Arabe Unido with late goal

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A solid performance from Chad Ashton's side was capped off by Aguilar's first professional goal

A point was all that was really needed by D.C. United on Wednesday night in Panama against Arabe Unido in their first CONCACAF Champions League group game this year. A point, combined with a win in the return fixture, would put United through to next spring's knockout stages, provided the Black-and-Red took advantage of the two games versus Montego Bay.

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

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United's best chance to seize control of their CCL group is probably tonight in Panama against Arabe Unido.

D.C. United is back in the CONCACAF Champions League, and they'll start group stage play with what appears to be the most difficult game of the round: On the road against Panamanian power Arabe Unido.

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

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United's second straight CCL campaign starts tonight in Panama.

The CONCACAF Champions League opens tonight for D.C. United with a visit to Arabe Unido. Panama's strongest club over the past few years, Arabe is also currently leading Group H in this tournament thanks to a 3-0 home win over Jamaica's Montego Bay United.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 25

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DC United head back into some nasty fixture congestion in Week 25

I'm sorry to say that another jam-packed crazy week has delayed the scores for Week 24. Frustrated? Me too, but life happens. Just as we did before, make your regular Week 25 picks in the comments section. I will compile the scores for both weeks in my next post.

Forbes: D.C. United 13th-highest value in MLS, doubled since 2013

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An updated valuation of MLS teams finds the Black and Red up in a couple of different areas.

Forbes has released an updated list of the most valuable teams financially for 2015, and with the top 5 teams remaining virtually unchanged since 2013's list. And without further adieu, here is this year's list:

Team Value ($M) Revenue ($M) Operating Income ($M)1
Seattle Sounders 245 50 10
LA Galaxy 240 44 4
Houston Dynamo 200 26 5
Portland Timbers 185 35 4
Toronto FC 175 32 -7
Sporting Kansas City 165 29 4
Chicago Fire 160 21 -6
New England Revolution 158 25 7
FC Dallas 148 25 -3
San Jose Earthquakes 146 13 -1
Philadelphia Union 145 25 2
New York Red Bulls 144 22 -9
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D.C. United versus Arabe Unido staff and reader predictions

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With D.C. United in Panama, the results are anyone's guess. But we try anyways!

D.C. United is on Panama tonight, where Chad Ashton and company will take on Arabe Unido in United's opening match of the 2015-2016 Concacaf Champions League. Here are our predictions, give us yours in the comments!

MLS Power Rankings, Week 24: Big market soccer

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MLS's "big-market" teams start to take over in this week's Power Rankings.

Week 24 came and went with some of the big market teams making serious statements that the run to MLS Cup should go through them. LA moves into the top spot of this week's Power Rankings as arguably the hottest team in MLS right now.

Opposition 11: Who will Arabe Unido start against D.C. United in the CONCACAF Champions League tonight?

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We took a look at United's CCL opponent tonight because we are obsessive nerds.

It can be pretty difficult for MLS clubs to scout their non-Liga MX opponents in the CONCACAF Champions League, but hopefully D.C. United will have done whatever they can before tonight's game against Arabe Unido.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: FIFA doesn't deserve Sauerbrunn

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Heavy on the WoSo today.

It's me again, from your Tuesday Freedom Kicks. I'm here today to do your Wednesday Freedom Kicks while Jason writes approximately 500 other articles for this site, you're all welcome, there'd only be like two things for you to read without him.

Anyway, the Black-and-Red are down in Panama to face Arabe Unido tonight in the CCL, and the USWNT are in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Filibuster podcast episode 144: Our quirkiness caught up with us

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D.C. United starts their journey in the Concacaf Champions League, plus New York City FC and San Jose Earthquakes.

It is Tuesday, and that means there is another Filibuster for your listening pleasure. Jason, Ben, and Donald are here to break down what went wrong against New York City FC, and we start off by talking about the central midfield.

Fantasy Focus: 4 x (4 x 4)

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Four men share the lead.

Two teams tied for the high score this round, with Poor Man's Porales and Leister City FC scoring 75 points. Leister City FC featured David Villa (NYC, $11.4) with an armband-aided 20 points on a goal and an assist., followed by Kevin Ellis (SKC, $6.6) who scored a goal on the way to 9 points, and Matt Miazga (NYR, $6.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: But who will carry the short socks torch?

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Meanwhile, FIFA's latest crime is not recognizing Boss Becky Sauerbrunn.

Tomorrow DCU face Arabe Unido in the CCL and the USWNT continue their victory tour with another game against Costa Rica.

But today's just Tuesday. So here are some links for you!

D.C. United's Chris Korb is out for the season with a torn ACL - Black And Red United
Real bummer, this one.

D.C. United's Chris Korb is out for the season with a torn ACL

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Bad luck just struck United at a bad time, as Korb will miss at least 6 months due to the injury he suffered against NYCFC.

The thinnest position on D.C. United's depth chart just got thinner, as Steve Goff of the Washington Post has reported that fullback Chris Korb is out for the season with a torn ACL.

D.C. United versus Arabe Unido lineup: United starts the 2015-2016 Concacaf Champions League

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Chad Ashton and D.C. United travel to Panama to start their 2015-2016 Concacaf Champions League.

D.C. United kicks off their 2015-2016 Concacaf Champions League campaign this Wednesday, taking on Arabe Unido in Panama. Chad Ashton or Amos Magee will be in charge of United, since Ben Olsen was ejected in their 2-1 victory against Alajuelense in March and will serve his suspension Wednesday night.

The Last Word on D.C. United's loss to NYCFC: Oh hey, there's that other shoe

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United showed us a 45 minute glimpse of the soccer that has carried them to the top of the table before reverting to their recent, problematic form.

For the first 45 minutes against New York City FC, D.C. United was back on course. Rather than hanging on for dear life, or digging themselves a gigantic hole in the first 21 minutes, or digging themselves a similarly-sized hole in just 4 minutes, United played steady, sturdy soccer at Yankee Stadium.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Noo Nork, Noo Nork

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Recaps of Thursday night's game, ticket offers for Panama and maybe some nice swag in Black and Red.

Man, Eddie Murphy as Buckwheat was kinda funny, right? Anyway...

Recap's of D.C. United's loss to New York City FC from us, MLS (with more here), the Washington Post and CSN Washington.

Chris Korb's Knee is Good Enough to Fit in a Rally Car

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Social media is fun, isn't it?

Some D.C. United players interacted with the community over the weekend, whether it was at the DC School Beautification Event as Miguel Aguilar and Sean Franklin attended:

It was a trick question as more than one #DCU star volunteering today at Jefferson MS!

D.C. United 1-3 New York City FC: Player Ratings

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Numbers! Names! Bantz!

D.C. United went up to Yankee Stadium and played well in the first half against New York City FC. But the game has two halves, and the Black and Red looked less than perfect in the other, with involvement in the offense from Andrea Pirlo and David Villa as Citeh Lite won 3-1 over D.

D.C. United 1-3 New York City FC: The GIFs

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Animated moments that mattered for consumption.

D.C. United started strong against New York City FC, but ultimately faded fast, losing 3-1 and seeing their Eastern Conference lead tighten ever so slightly.

With that, on to the moments that mattered. Thanks to a baseball stadium, you'll see why some of the angles are the way they are I guess.

The Day After: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 14 August 2015

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I can't even.

That Rolfe-Saborio connection for the first half goal was something else, wasn't it?

And now we'll have to wait until October 2nd to redeem ourselves from that second half.

In the meantime, Friday Freedom Kicks!

D.C. United looking at loss to NYCFC as much-needed humbling ahead of home stretch | Soccer By Ives: DC United has been on a steady diet of humble pie served nonstop by the talking heads, despite being in first place for most of the season.

Strong second half from NYCFC dooms D.C. United to 3-1 defeat

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D.C. United's three game winning streak came to a screeching halt in a 3-1 loss against NYCFC

At the end of the first half on Thursday against New York City Football Club, D.C. United looked to be in good position to increase their lead atop of the Supporters' Shield standings. Chris Rolfe set up Alvaro Saborio for the halftime lead.

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

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United's first-ever match against New York City will see the Black-and-Red looking to chalk up a fourth straight victory.

Yankee Stadium is the venue for D.C. United's first-ever match against New York City FC. It's a contrast in just about every way you look at it: The Black-and-Red are an MLS original at the top of the standings despite a very stingy policy in the transfer market; NYCFC is a brand new club that close to the bottom of the table despite spending heavily.

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

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United will look to extend their three-game winning streak tonight on the road against a struggling NYCFC.

For the first time ever, D.C. United will take on New York City FC tonight in the Bronx. The expansion club has struggled throughout the season despite (or is that because of?) plenty of spending on big international stars.

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

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United faces New York City for the first time ever tonight.

There's more than a little bit of unknown to New York City FC, even 24 games into their first MLS season. D.C. United will have to sort out a team that has played, by my count, 5 different formations and has very recently signed several new players and/or had players become eligible due to the opening of the transfer window.

Class War at Yankee Stadium

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That chip on your shoulder, DC, bleeds black and red.

Do you feel that chip on your shoulder? Rub it. There it is. How tender. Remember that feeling. We'll come back to that.

Tonight, D.C. United face NYCFC. For the first time.

NYCFC is the new kid on the block. The fancy new kid.

D.C. United versus New York City FC staff and reader predictions

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D.C. United takes on NYCFC at their home, and despite that we are feeling good.

D.C. United travels to New York City (New York City?!) to take on NYCFC for the first time at Yankee Stadium. We are pretty confident about their chances, but let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

Throwback Thursday: D.C. United visits an expansion team's narrow field in a baseball stadium

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With D.C. United playing New York City FC tonight at Yankee Stadium, we take the opportunity to look at the last time the Black-and-Red paid a visit to a first-year team in a building better known for hardball than soccer.

Freedom Kicks for 13 August 2015: D.C. United offense, FIFA 15 cat faces, US Open Cup

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FIFA 15, D.C. United's offense, and much more. Grab your coffee, SOCCER GO!

Erratic offense not a concern to D.C. United, which continues its winning ways - Washington Times: Thomas Floyd with a profile of D.C. United's current offensive situation, which boils down to: Just win!

Fifa 15 player scans cat's face into the game with terrifying results - Telegraph: Oh goodness, Pablo, what have you done?

D.C. United versus NYCFC lineup: Managing without Fabian Espindola

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As everyone else gets healthy, Ben Olsen is without one key piece.

D.C. United travels to New York for what may be their first ever match in New York City proper, despite it being played on a tiny baseball field. Ben Olsen will have to deal with the continued absence of Fabian Espindola, who just can't stay on the field; however, his arsenal of other weapons grows larger by the day, and so we will hopefully see as close to a full-choice roster as we've seen since March (when Espindola was also absent).

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 24

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United heads to Yankee Stadium for Week 24 of the Match Prediction Game.

The winner of Week 23 is garbaggio with 30 points. As a prize, you will receive a Frank Klopas talking bobble-head doll! Just tap his head and watch him bobble about violently while making unfounded claims such as, "They should have gotten at least 4 red cards," or, "Our shooting is fine--it was the referee's vision that was the problem," or, "The referees clearly smoked a doobie before the game.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 23: No movement, no problem

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The top 7 remain intact in this week's Power Rankings.

This week's MLS Power Rankings don't have much movement with the top tier teams. All of them entered the week seeking to either maintain their spot or move up by getting results. And, to their credit, all of them got positive results in their matches.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, Washington Spirit, US Open Cup, and Voyageurs Cup links for Wednesday August 12, 2015

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There is a lot of soccer happening today.

I didn't read anything online yesterday that was not related to soccer, so no movie links or pretentious music talk for you guys today. I will note that I took the dog to the vet for his shots, and they had a complicated gumball machine there. Is that weird, or is it just me?

The Last Word on D.C. United's win over the Montreal Impact: Is the other shoe going to drop?

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United is on a three-game winning streak, but it seems pretty far from sustainable based on the performances involved.

Soccer and statistics don't easily mesh; in many cases, the numbers will point to a completely different result. When it comes to D.C. United's 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact, we've seen that idea taken to a perverse extreme.

Fabian Espindola out 10 to 14 days, as Nick DeLeon faces race to be fit for NYCFC game

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Espindola re-injured his left knee in a collision with a teammate during practice last Friday

As D.C. United took to the practice field on Tuesday ahead of Thursday's game against New York City Football Club, Fabian Espindola and Nick DeLeon were both absent, though the prognosis for both was positive.

Filibuster podcast episode 143: Everyone is cats

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We talk to Rafael Noboa y Rivera to preview D.C. United's first visit to Yankee Stadium.

A Tuesday Filibuster for your listening pleasure! Adam, Jason, and Ben talk about D.C. United's historic 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact, and we have to start with Bill Hamid. We then ask whether or not we were happy with this game, despite the win, ask if anything changed when Conor Doyle came on the field for Nick DeLeon, and discuss what should be the forward pairing against New York City FC given what happened against Montreal.

Fantasy Focus: Fire Ant

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That's a lot of points.

It was a big scoring week, and Attakora Diaspora rose to the top with a total of 129 points. Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.9) wore the armband and scored 56 points with three goals and an assist over two games. The duo of Kei Kamara (CLB, $9.6) and Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $10.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: My preferred weapon is a baguette

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But we all do our hooliganism differently.

Insert witty intro here!

And soccer links!

D.C. United Hires Youth Team Coaches, Including Father of World Cup Winner - Black And Red United
Cool. Cool cool cool.

U.S. women's soccer team plans coming together for victory tour - The Washington Post
The roster for Sunday's and next Wednesday's games will include just the World Cup players.

D.C. United Hires Youth Team Coaches, Including Father of World Cup Winner

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D.C. United brings in some decent names to coach up the kids.

Last week, Charles Boehm reported on budget cuts to D.C. United's youth teams, with one Academy Coordinator already departing, and a U-15/16 coach who would not be brought back, and the team earned some derision for the personnel and financial decisions.

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

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In which we associate numbers to player performances.

When you give up more than 25% of your goals on the season over the last two games, it becomes a problem for you, and D.C. United wanted to stop giving up so many goals. So...they gave up none, against a team in the Montreal Impact who certainly had no shortage of chances to level and surpass the Black and Red.

D.C. United 1-0 Montreal Impact: The GIFs (Special Edition)

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In which this has a bit of a angle to it.

After two games where they gave up six goals (despite scoring nine and winning both), D.C. United had a reboot of sorts, going back to defensive basics. Which meant, absorbing a lot of shots and taking advantage of a defensive error to a 1-0 D.C. win over the Montreal Impact, extending their win streak to three.

Monday Freedom Kicks: One Shot, One Kill

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Recaps all around, apparently the Premier League started? And the art of the cinematic car chase.

So when you outshoot the opposition 25-1, don't score on a less than 100% Bill Hamid AND complain about the officiating, then a bonus reaction GIF follows:

The fuck out of here, Frank Klopas.

Chris Rolfe, Jairo Arrieta combine for early goal in D.C. United's 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact

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With Espindola out injured, Arrieta and Rolfe combine for early goal in 1-0 win over Montreal

A week after putting six past Real Salt Lake, D.C. United set a dubious record on Saturday night, in their 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact. Chris Rolfe struck in the 13th minute after Jairo Arrieta's effort put him through on goal, in what turned out to be United's only shot of the game.

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

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The Black-and-Red will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the standings over an Impact side that is usually strong at home.

Historically speaking, D.C. United has had some success over the Montreal Impact, losing just twice to le Bleu-Blanc-Noir in nine meetings. However, history seems kind of irrelevant right now.

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

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It's a good moment for the Black-and-Red to be playing a shorthanded, possibly tired IMFC squad.

After two crazy games at RFK Stadium D.C. United is back on the road tonight, facing a Montreal Impact team that has been a very inhospitable host in Quebec. The Impact sit sixth in the Eastern Conference and are on a three-game unbeaten streak, most recently playing to a 1-1 tie with the Red Bulls Wednesday night.

Opposition 11: How will the Montreal Impact line up against D.C. United?

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United's timing is impeccable, as some crucial names will be unavailable for IMFC tonight.

For D.C. United, it's a good time to be facing the Montreal Impact. It's been a somewhat common refrain on this site, but we have to admit that United has a knack for playing teams when they're missing a key player or on short rest.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact lineup: Could Bill Hamid, Sean Franklin, and Chris Pontius return tonight?

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The Black-and-Red may have some big names back in their gameday squad tonight against l'Impact.

Yesterday evening, D.C. United fans got some good news in the form of solid evidence that Chris Pontius and Markus Halsti were fit enough to travel for tonight's game against the Montreal Impact.

Chris Pontius, Markus Halsti, and Bill Hamid travel to Montreal with D.C. United

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D.C. United gets some good news on the injury front.

After an entire season of key players missing time due to injury, D.C. United is finally getting close to full health. Three players who have been sidelined, Chris Pontius, Markus Halsti, and Bill Hamid, all seem to be making the trip to Montreal with the team for tomorrow's game against the Impact.

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

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How do we think D.C. United will do against the Montreal Impact?

D.C. United takes on the Montreal Impact tomorrow evening, and we are kind of split: about half of us thinnk that D.C. United will win, and the others think that a draw is at hand. Let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

And the Leibo Goes To: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 7 August 2015

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MLS transfers, EPL previews, and Leibo awards.

Let's get it started in here.

Portland Timbers acquire Jamaican international Michael Seaton in trade from DC United | MLSsoccer.com: DC United is a net exporter of homegrown talent. Our trade surplus is out of control. Somebody call the USTR, stat.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 22: Goalfest 2015

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Who didn't score goals in this week's MLS Power Rankings? Answer: Not many.

Forty. One. Goals. That is astounding. With 39 of those goals scored in one day (Saturday, August 1), MLS teams set a record for number of goals scored in one day. One quarter of those goals came in the goalfest we all saw at RFK Stadium between our D.

D.C. United trades homegrown forward Michael Seaton to the Portland Timbers

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In a shocking move, D.C. United has traded Michael Seaton to the Portland Timbers.

In a surprising move, Steve Goff of the Washington Post tells us that D.C. United is trading homegrown forward Michael Seaton to the Portland Timbers. Even more surprising is the fact that United is receiving an international roster spot and targeted allocation money; TAM is only good for adjusting the cap charges of designated player level salaries, and United is not typically in the market for those kinds of players.

Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United preview: Throwback Thursday - To live and die against the Quebec Counterattack

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The Impact have an identity, and it nearly won them the Champions League. Can United deal with the Montreal break with less anxiety than their last visit to Francophone Canada?

D.C. United, USWNT, MLS, and soccer links for 6 August 2015

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Soccer? GO!

Freedom Kicks is taking it leisurely this morning, sipping coffee, eating a muffin, easing into the day. Let's soccer, shall we?

D.C. United's bizarre approach to development continues apace | The 91st Minute | Soccer Blog | Videos | Pop-Culture: No punches pulled here, as Will Parchman of Top Drawer Soccer blasts D.

Filibuster podcast episode 142: Proletariat housing

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We talk about D.C. United's 6-4 victory over RSL, preview the Montreal Impact game, and break down Cold War housing options in DC.

Rejoice because Filibuster is back to meet your ears on this Wednesday morning. Adam, Jason, and Ben are here to talk about what is going on with D.C. United these past two games, their comebacks from 2-0 down in both, and Taylor Kemp's ridiculous goal.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 23

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United's offense is back on track, as is your moderator. Predict away, commentariat!

The combined winner of Week 21 and Week 22 is DECApps with 38 points. As a prize, you will receive the exploded remains of the ball that was struck on Taylor Kemp's sizzling golazo this past weekend. Now that I have the Match Prediction Game back on track, don't forget to make all your mid-week predictions.

D.C. United has the most expensive MLS Academy

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In an era of cost-free academies, D.C. United is one of only two that still has any kind of fee for their regular academy.

There are plenty of metrics by which one can measure the success of MLS Academies. But by at least some of those measures, D.C. United has the most successful academy so far: Andy Najar has been lighting up the Belgian league and may be moving to a higher league this window, and Bill Hamid is the best goalkeeper in MLS and is starting to get traction within the national team setup.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and USWNT links for Wednesday August 5, 2015

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Hope you have lots of time to read, because a lot of stuff happened.

There were a lot of moves within MLS yesterday. Expect more today, since the transfer window closes tomorrow. Let's get to it:

D.C. United needs to improve defense, but are personnel changes in store? | Soccer Insider
Some pretty good injury news here from Steve Goff, including Bill Hamid apparently getting close to a return as well as potential one-game loans to build fitness for guys like Sean Franklin, Michael Farfan, and Chris Pontius.

Fantasy Focus: KAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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I mean, did you see that flick?

With a score of 77 points, Lot H8ers SC led the league this round. David Villa (NY, $11.3) tallied a goal and an assist for an armband-aided 20 points. Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $10.4) and Cyle Larin (ORL, $6.2) each scored two goals, and 15 and 12 points respectively.

B&RU Player of the month for June: Nick DeLeon

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July wasn't a good month for D.C. United, but DeLeon narrowly won a splintered electorate's favor with consistency on both sides of the ball.

On one hand, July was a month D.C. United needed. MLS and US Soccer's combined scheduling acumen handed United - already MLS's leader in terms of games played - a preposterous 15 games to play over the course of May and June.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Someone give Jurgen a map

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Gather 'round for your morning dose of soccer.

Hit it, Tuesday.

D.C. United has chosen Populous as the architects for the Buzzard Point stadium - Black And Red United
The new renderings aren't as exciting as the first ones we got, but also, that makes sense.

What would Andy Najar's rumored transfer to Newcastle mean for D.

What would Andy Najar's rumored transfer to Newcastle mean for D.C. United?

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We look at the latest news surrounding the Homegrown alum, which may have significance for United.

This morning Honduran outlet Diario Deportivo Mas reported that Anderlecht had received a transfer offer from English Premier League side Newcastle for Andy Najar. Diario says the proposed fee is £6,000,000, or approximately $9.

The Last Word on D.C. United 6-4 Real Salt Lake: Making Sense of the Nonsensical

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In which we try and to figure out anything from a couple of anomalies.

Stop me if you've heard this before: D.C. United gives up two first half goals, including one in the opening moments of the game, but rally to match and surpass their foe, in this case Real Salt Lake, in what ultimately became a wild affair, defeating the Claret and Cobalt 6-4 in one that will be remembered for quite a bit.

D.C. United 6-4 Real Salt Lake: The Game in GIFs

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Some moments that mattered in animated, consumable hors d'oeuvres.

The 6-4 win that D.C. United had over Real Salt Lake was crazy. It was drunk. It has been hydrating and drinking pickle juice since Saturday night, it got that drunk. Nevertheless, we are going to avoid showing two of the goals in question, in part because they're on the site already.

D.C. United 6-4 Real Salt Lake: Player Ratings

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We place numbers to field performances, and want to know what yours are.

Admittedly it is a tiny bit difficult to figure out just how to give ratings to a ten-goal game, but with D.C. United's 6-4 win over Real Salt Lake, we'll do our best to figure it out. So let's get to ratin'!

Andrew Dykstra - 5.

D.C. United has chosen Populous as the architects for the Buzzard Point stadium

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Progress is progress, but the newest renderings look to be a step backward.

The stadium developments just keep coming, slow and steady. The latest update comes from - who else? - Jonathan O'Connell at the Washington Post, who reports that D.C. United have selected Populous to design the new soccer stadium on Buzzard Point in Southwest DC.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Drunk Games are the Best Ones

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We still try to figure out what happened, while reveling in some really nice moments and rate Led Zeppelin songs.

I mean, when you can get old-timers shaking their heads at what happened Saturday night, we can all see that it was something, right?

Recaps of D.C. United's come from behind 6-4 win over Real Salt Lake from us, MLS (with more here), the Washington Post and CSN Washington.

D.C. United, Real Salt Lake play to ten goal extravaganza.

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The Claret and Cobalt and Black and Red go nuts Saturday.

It's not too often in recent memory you see high scoring slugfests at RFK, but 17,288 at RFK got just that as D.C. United and Real Salt Lake combined for seven goals in a half hour in the second half en route to a wild game the Black and Red won 6-4.

D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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The Black-and-Red will be favorites tonight, but RSL is a dangerous opponent based on their current form.

Tonight's home game against Real Salt Lake is another opportunity for D.C. United to maintain their edge at the top of the Eastern Conference. After all, when you're in the Supporters Shield race and the team visiting your home stadium is below the red line, you should be expecting to win.

D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake MLS live stream: Time, preview, and how to watch online

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United will be looking for a complete 90 minutes against an RSL team on the rise.

D.C. United will face their recent trade partners Real Salt Lake tonight on East Capitol Street looking to maintain their push for the Supporters Shield. For the visitors, meanwhile, a recent uptick in form will leave them with hope that they're not too many games away from jumping back into the Western Conference playoff picture.

D.C. United versus Real Salt Lake staff and reader predictions

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Most of us think that D.C. United will get three points tonight, but not all of us.

D.C. United takes on Real Salt Lake tonight, and we are mostly confident of their ability to get three points in this game (with one notable exception). Let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

Opposition 11: How will Real Salt Lake line up tonight against D.C. United?

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RSL has been very good going forward recently, but it looks like they'll be pretty vulnerable defensively tonight.

For the only time in 2015 - well, barring an MLS Cup pairing way down the road - D.C. United will face Real Salt Lake tonight. RSL is in an odd place at the moment: They've won two straight and have just one loss in their last five league games, but are also outside the playoff spots in the West and have a -4 goal difference on the season.