Black and Red United Archives for January 2015

D.C. United versus New York City FC lineup: Will Ben Olsen make big changes?

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What changes will Ben Olsen make to spark his team against NYCFC?

D.C. United is in a funk. You know it, I know it, Ben Olsen knows it. The choice facing Ben Olsen is whether to try and stick with his current lineup in an attempt to build coherence or sub in new players to try and spark a moribund attack and a deficient defense.

Filibuster podcast episode 150: Hugs for everyone

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We're pretty sad about D.C. United, but we manage to have some fun regardless.

It is the 150th episode of Filibuster, so to celebrate that fact we bring you a completely regular show! Adam, Jason, and Ben are joined by Donald, who regales us with the view from the stands of D.C. United versus Montego Bay United FC in the Concacaf Champions League.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 30: Bunched Up

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The playoff standings and the Power Rankings this week are very concentrated.

In last week's Power Rankings, we discussed the need for those top teams in the lead to begin their final push to create some separation from the pack and secure their playoff berths. Well, take a look at the Supporters Shield standings this week and you will see the true definition of parity.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, 2015 US Open Cup final, and Champions League links for Wednesday September 30, 2015

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Some DCU things happened, and the USOC final is tonight. Plus probably some other stuff, who knows?

Here's a D.C. United thing that happened:

Thanks for coming @DCUnited! When can we talk what Frank U's goal celebration would look like?

Markus Halsti Shares His Thoughts on Being Called Up to Finland for Euro 2016 Group Qualifiers

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Halstinho returns to the Huuhkajat to see if he can get the Finns Further.

Per the team, D.C. United midfielder Markus Halsti has been recalled to his national team to play for Finland in Euro 2016 qualifiers on October 8 (at Romania) and October 11 (home vs. Northern Ireland). He should not expect to miss any playing time for D.

Fantasy Focus: The Drogs of Society

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It's nice to get away with punching another player so you can do this the next week

With a score of 103 points, Salisbury United SC led the league for the second week running. Didier Drogba (MTL, $10.6) wore the armband and scored 36 points on three goals over two games. Meanwhile, Lee Nguyen (NE, $11.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Michael Bradley actually smiles a lot

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Just, you know, not really while playing soccer.

Tuesday. Go!

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Let's predict Jurgen Klinsmann's starting XI for the U.

The Last Word on D.C. United 0-2 Montreal Impact: What We Learned

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In which we look at a couple of things that occurred to us during the game.

Going into the game, D.C. United scored 9 goals on the road in the whole 2015, whilst new Montreal Impact signing Didier Drogba had scored 5 goals in 391 minutes. Based on those numbers, along with the winless streak of the former and the undefeated of the latter, the result, a 2-0 victory by the Impact, really shouldn't have been a surprise.

D.C. United 0-2 Montreal Impact GIFs: Birdbomb Edition

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In which we look at the highlights(?) of the sophomore defender's night.

By now, everyone is aware of how new Montreal Impact Designated Player Didier Drogba did against Steve Birnbaum and D.C. United in their 2-0 win. So we figured we would look at a couple of things from that game, in a post we'd like to call "something Birdbomb may not want to see.

D.C. United 0-2 Montreal Impact: Player Ratings (Special Edition)

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We try to have a little fun because someone should have to.

So earlier this week, I saw the movie "Electric Boogaloo", which tells the story of Cannon Films, the low budget movie studio run by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. The studio or the bosses may not be familiar, but the movies they made during the '80s, such as the Missing in Action films, the Death Wish sequels, God, even Cobra, are all films you may be familiar with.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Double (Drogba) Impact

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Recaps, rumors, CCL projections and PTA for your Monday.

I raise a practical question at the moment: are we going to play Stonehenge tomorrow?

Recaps of D.C. United's 2-0 loss to the Montreal Impact from us, MLS (with more here), the Washington Post and CSN Mid-Atlantic. Mount Royal Soccer has the haps from the hosts' side.

D.C. United lose 2-0 to Montreal Impact, as Didier Drogba scores twice in first 11 minutes

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Drogba's two early goals doom United to their fifth loss in six MLS games

D.C. United failed again on Saturday night to qualify for the MLS playoffs, losing 2-0 to the Montreal Impact, with Didier Drogba scoring twice in the opening 11 minutes. Drogba scored from a long range free kick four minutes in, then doubled his tally seven minutes later with a delicate chip.

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

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A win gets United into the playoffs, but this will be the tougher version of the Impact than they've seen previously.

The situation is simple for D.C. United: Defeat the Montreal Impact - something they've already done twice this season - and qualify for the MLS Cup playoffs. There would be some pretty good side effects involved too: Ending a five-game winless streak is a pretty big deal, while defeating another likely playoff team at this stage of the season is always a positive statement.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact MLS 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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United can sweep the season series with Montreal and clinch a playoff spot with a win in Montreal tonight.

Two likely playoff teams heading in very different directions will meet tonight, as struggling D.C. United is north of the border to face the Montreal Impact. The Black-and-Red badly need to get back on track with a win after picking up just one point for their last five games.

Opposition 11: Who will the Montreal Impact start tonight against D.C. United?

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Plenty of big names are missing for Montreal, but United will probably have to deal with the biggest one.

On one hand, D.C. United has not timed tonight's game against the Montreal Impact very well. United has 4 losses and a draw from their last 5 outings, while Montreal has won 3 and tied 2 in the same span.

Keys to Victory: 4 things D.C. United needs to do defeat the Montreal Impact

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It's the right time to be playing the Impact, but United still has some hard work to do tonight.

September has not been a good month for D.C. United, but they may be playing the Montreal Impact at just the right time. The bleu-blanc-noir will be without Defender of the Year candidate Laurent Ciman and starting winger Andres Romero due to suspension, while playmaker Ignacio Piatti has gone back to Argentina to be with his ailing father.

Despite loss to Columbus, D.C. United looking to build upon improved performance with trip to Montreal

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Can United finally end their longest winless streak in MLS play in two years with trip to Montreal?

Mired in a four game winless streak in league play, D.C. United returned to RFK last Saturday, in hopes of turning around their fortunes against the Columbus Crew. Instead, despite a scene all too familiar in the nation's capital this year, being down two goals at home, United couldn't find the same magic they had earlier this year, falling at home 2-1.

MLS Match Prediction Game Wk30: Back at Last

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The Match Prediction Game is back for the final stretch of games this season.

The winner of Weeks 26 and 27 is dccal with 44 combined points. Your prize is a case of expired Red Stripe beer, kindly brought back to the states by the DCU reserves after their 3-3 draw in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Nemanja Vidic to D.C. United Rumors Exist, and also Crazy

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So this is a thing.

Our friends at Once a Metro first mentioned this last week, and we were actually going to mention their report this Monday as part of Freedom Kicks more as a community service than anything else. Now, word from BN Television in Serbia is saying that Inter Milan defender Nemanja Vidic is not only coming to Washington to play for D.

D.C. United versus Montreal Impact Staff and Reader Predictions

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D.C. goes up North to try and right the ship.

D.C. United comes to Quebec to play the Montreal Impact in a game sponsored by the number five; the winless streak of D.C.'s and the undefeated streak of Montreal's. Nevertheless, Saturday afternoon should prove to be an interesting game, despite what we predict about it.

Relieve Yourself: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 25 September 2015

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Miguel Herrera rumors. Magic headband futures. Spanish tax evasion.

The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting, because it was FRIDAY FREEDOM KICKS!

MLS Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs DC United | MLSGB: MLSGB is written in the UK (or is it the GB?

Chris Rolfe Agrees to Contract Extension with D.C. United

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Moar headbands, moar farm to table, moar wins hopefully.

In news that the player presumably hinted at last night and the team made official today, Chris Rolfe has been signed to a contract extension with D.C. United. While the team did not mention terms, Goff says the contract is for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, with a club held option for 2018.

Freedom Kicks: MLS, CONCACAF Champions League, and many more links for Thursday September 24, 2015

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Match reports, match reports, and some other stuff.

We sent Ben to scout the hills of distant Virginia to scout for new blogging talent, so you're stuck with me for the second straight day. However, I got some help from other B&RU staff members because 90% of my links were just match reports.

Crystal Dunn Wins NWSL MVP

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The Washington Spirit sophomore gets a richly deserved Season award.

Per the NWSL website, Washington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn has been voted Most Valuable Player for the 2015 season. In her second year in the League with the Spirit, she pretty much refuted any proverbial sophomore jinx.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 29: Struggles at the top

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The top teams struggled to create separation in this week's Power Rankings.

It's getting chaotic, folks. With 13 matches in Week 29, the top teams all looked to create some separation from the middle of the table and clinch berths in the 2015 MLS Playoffs. However, only the Red Bulls were able to capitalize, becoming the first (and so far, only) team to secure their place in the postseason.

Updated MLS salaries released, D.C. United includes no surprises

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In the usual September update there aren't any changes to speak of, Black and Red wise.

The MLS Player's Union released their September list of salaries Tuesday afternoon, and includes the likes of Didier Drogba, Herculez Gomez and other midseason arrivals that may not have made the list from July.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, CONCACAF Champions League, and other links for Wednesday September 23, 2015

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3 goal comebacks, dudes scoring 5 goals in 9 minutes, and someone you think is great eating more oreos than you can eat.

Let's start with the standard aggregation of D.C. United match reports from the Black-and-Red's exciting, flawed 3-3 draw last night:

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D.C. United's furious second half comeback finishes in a 3-3 draw against Montego Bay

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Looking to secure a top three spot for the quarterfinals, the Black-and-Red instead settled for a point against Montego Bay, drawing 3-3 after being behind by three goals

D.C. United headed down to Jamaica to face off against Montego Bay having already qualified for next spring's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

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 are in Jamaica to finish up their CCL duties for the year against Montego Bay.

The CONCACAF Champions League's group stage ends tonight for D.C. United with a match in Jamaica against Montego Bay United, who currently sit on the bottom of Group H. The Black-and-Red have already clinched a spot in the quarterfinals next year, and will now set their sights on a high seed and a second straight four-win group stage performance.

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

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United will attempt to make it four wins from four games as they finish up their CCL group in Jamaica tonight.

Having won their CONCACAF Champions League group, D.C. United could be forgiven for taking the night off against Montego Bay United. The starters are all focused on Saturday's trip to Montreal, and teams don't get a special prize for winning all of their CCL games.

Fantasy Focus: It's your boy Grabavoy

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Where did that come from?

There were some big scores this week, and Salisbury United SC was the pick of the litter with 124 points. Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $13.3) wore the armband and scored 38 points in two games, with two goals and an assist. San Jose's Chris Wondolowski (SJ, $11.2) scored 14 points with two goals in two games, and his teammate, Quincy Amarikwa ($7.

Keys to Victory: Three things D.C. United needs to do tonight against Montego Bay United

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This game might not mean much for either club, but it should still be turned into a useful exercise for the Black-and-Red.

Thanks to D.C. United's clean sweep of Arabe Unido, tonight's CONCACAF Champions League game against Montego Bay United is purely academic. United has won Group H, and previous CCLs have shown us that quarterfinal seeding is nearly meaningless.

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

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D.C. United is already into the knockout round of the CCL, but there are still things for which to play.

D.C. United plays their final group stage match in the Concacaf Champions League tonight, and there isn't much at stake. Seeding is still at hand, but last year provided that seeding doesn't matter too much.

Filibuster podcast episode 149: Both lawns are dead

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We break down the last game in sadness, before moving onto the Concacaf Champions League and the game against the Montreal Impact.

D.C. United are on a five game winless streak, but Filibuster shows up week in and week out. Ben, Jason, and Adam are here, and we're pretty sad. We talk about D.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: They're alive, damn it!

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It's a miracle.

Happy Tuesday! The pope is coming to town, and I wonder if we could possibly trouble him to give our local soccering team a quick blessing. Couldn't hurt, and we need it a bit.

Actually, we'll probably be okay tonight, right? Right? D.C. United (some of them, anyway) are in Jamaica and play Montego Bay United in the CCL tonight, so stick around later for more on that game.

Should D.C. United keep Perry Kitchen?

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With the season in the balance, should United keep playing Perry Kitchen?

Rumors have been swirling, mostly from Steve Goff, that D.C. United and Perry Kitchen are far apart in their negotiations for a contract extension. Kitchen has been a key player for United since 2011; in his first season, he was surprisingly good at right back even though that was not his natural position.

TLW on DCU 1-2 CCSC: Six Packed

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In which we wonder what's going to happen to our CDM position for in the short and long terms.

When D.C. United gives up a goal or two as they did Saturday with Columbus Crew SC, results can be frustrating. And when D.C. drops a 2-1 loss to the Crew, things prove to be interesting, starting with:

Their Words:

My Words (Ryan Keefer): "Early in the second half, a Tchani pass found Kamara, who got past a flat-footed Steve Birnbaum and won the race to Hamid, beating the keeper on the short side to his left for a 2-0 lead by the 50th minute.

D.C. United 1-2 Columbus Crew SC: the GIFs

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In which animated files are shown for your perusal.

Aside from the goals within the game between Columbus Crew SC and D.C. United, there were some other moments that occurred during Saturday's 2-1 loss that grabbed our attention, and we grabbed them and have them here for your senses.

The first was on the first Crew goal, and Bobby Boswell's decision to essentially wipe out the center of the field caused Tyson Wahl to be marked by Sean Franklin and Ethan Finlay to be marked by Taylor Kemp.

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

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In which we rate and rate some more.

Stop me if you've heard this before: D.C. United gives up a goal in the first half, maybe one in the second, rallies to try and come back, and may or may not do so successfully. Sounds impressive, no? Well, when you lose 2-1 to an impressive Columbus Crew SC squad, the result can be damaging, and this one, dropping D.

Monday Freedom Kicks: SCrew'd

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Recaps, oral histories, and Foxes doing gangsta rap

A quick note, thanks to those that came by the meetup Saturday. You guys are some great (and pretty looking) folks. An don't read too much into the title, speaking for myself it wasn't a game that a shared result would have been just. Moving along then.

D.C. unable to trade chances with Columbus, drops 2-1 result

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The Black and Red go back and forth but lose again, this time to a red-hot Crew squad.

D.C. United was back home for the first time in almost a month Saturday night, and hosting 19,033 at RFK Stadium, they returned to a worrisome trend, spotting Columbus Crew SC a two-goal lead thanks to Ethan Finlay and current MLS goal scoring leader Kei Kamara.

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

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Is tonight's game between United and the Crew a big one? Well, the winner will be the first team in MLS to clinch a playoff spot this season, so yeah it looks pretty big.

Three points tonight will assure D.C. United of a spot in the MLS playoffs, but Columbus Crew SC - themselves a win from clinching a postseason berth - are going to offer stiff opposition tonight at RFK Stadium.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew MLS 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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A playoff spot - and possibly first place in the East - awaits the winner of tonight's game between the Black-and-Red and their old foes from Ohio.

With a win over Columbus Crew SC tonight, D.C. United will seal a playoff spot for the second straight season. However, thanks to a strong back half of their season the Crew are in the same spot.

Opposition 11: Who will the Columbus Crew start against D.C. United tonight?

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The Crew haven't changed much since they last faced United in May, but that steady approach has reaped benefits for Gregg Berhalter's side.

Normally when D.C. United hasn't played someone in over four months - as is the case with Columbus Crew SC - there are a bunch of changes to report on.

Keys to Victory: 4 things D.C. United needs to do to beat the Columbus Crew

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United is facing a very different opponent from the side they played last weekend. Here's how they can get back to winning form in MLS play.

It's been quite a while since D.C. United took on Columbus Crew SC, but both clubs have a pretty defined style of play and are built around largely the same players who participated in United's 2-0 win back on May 2nd.

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

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D.C. United take on Columbus Crew SC, and our predictions are all over the place.

D.C. United takes on the now construction-worker-less Columbus Crew SC tomorrow night, after our much celebrated and vaunted meetup in Lot 8. Here is what we think, let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Muriel Bowser: Eminent domain likely necessary for D.C. United stadium site

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It looks like the courts will decide how much the D.C. United stadium land is worth.

Muriel Bowser took to the airwaves on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU today and was asked, among other things, about the progress of the land acquisition for the D.C. United stadium site. Earlier in the month, she delegated authority to the Director of the Department of General Services to execute the purchase agreements most of the parcels on Buzzard Point, as well as giving authority to close the roads on the stadium site.

Slump and Surge: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 18 September 2015

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Better late than never.

It's late, but it's here. Friday Freedom Kicks!

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew SC | MLS MatchCenter: There isn't much in the news about DC United today. But here is the MLS preview of tomorrow's big match.

Five storylines to watch in MLS Week 29: Whitecaps meet Sounders with roles reversed, slumping D.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 28: Let the chase begin

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The push for the playoffs has begun in this week's Power Rankings.

Week 28 didn't see much movement among the top teams in Major League Soccer, as the top 11 teams all got at least 1 result during the week. As we enter the home stretch of the season and with a lot of teams bunched up in the playoff race, every match is critical for the teams that want to play soccer in November and December.

D.C. United versus Columbus Crew lineup: Consistency is the key

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Ben Olsen will try and build some consistency in his lineup selections.

D.C. United take on the Columbus Crew this Saturday (right after our meetup), and it seems like Ben Olsen has, at least temporarily, settled on a lineup. Players have mentioned their wish that they team had been able to play with a consistent lineup but, with the team racked with injury so far this year, that just hasn't been possible.

MLS, Copa America, FIFA ethics, NASL, and soccer links for 17 September 2015

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Soccer, go!

Today's Freedom Kicks are a little sleepy, but still filled with all the vitamins and minerals you need to start your day. Let's go!

Copa América's Fate Uncertain as U.S. Soccer Skips Meeting - The New York Times: US Soccer is skipping a planning meeting today for next year's Copa America, which all but seals that it will not be held in the US nor will they participate.

On arenas, stadia and convenient outrage

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Fantasy Focus: Just when you think you have all the answers, I change the Kljestans

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A score of 85 points led this week, as !n It Toux Wynne It crept closer to 2nd place in the table. Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $10.4) wore the armband and scored 18 points over two games with an assist. Bobby Burling (COL, $4.9) scored a goal and 13 points, while the KC duo of Tim Melia ($5.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, CONCACAF Champions League, and other links for Wednesday September 16, 2015

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United won a game and broke some news, while other teams played continental soccer too.

Yesterday was a busy day for B&RU. In case you weren't around last night (or in case you're like me and sometimes just eat leftovers for breakfast), here are some things you might not have seen:

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Ben Olsen hints at changes to future CONCACAF Champions League tournaments

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Could the CCL be changing to a calendar year format? Ben Olsen seemed to indicate as much during his post game press conference on Tuesday

D.C. United secured passage to the quarterfinals of the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League tournament on Tuesday night with a 2-0 win over Arabe Unido.

D.C. United are on to the Champions League quarterfinals with 2-0 win over Arabe Unido

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Conor Doyle and Jared Jeffrey net in the first half as the Black-and-Red ease into next spring's CCL Quarterfinals

D.C. United needed just one point at home against Arabe Unido on Tuesday night, and Conor Doyle ensured United of that by scoring within 35 seconds, as United won 2-0. Jared Jeffrey added a second goal later on in the first half, as the Black-and-Red ensured passage into the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with the win.

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

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United is back in action tonight in CCL play, facing an Arabe Unido side who must win to stay alive in the competition.

For D.C. United, tonight's objective is very simple: Avoid defeat against Arabe Unido, and seal a place in the CONCACAF Champions League's quarterfinals. It's the second straight year United has found themselves in a group where their reserve team is still comfortably the strongest lineup of the three, and they've once again relied on being extremely difficult to score on.

D.C. United re-sign Kofi Opare to a multi-year contract

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D.C. United are looking towards their future, locking down Kofi Opare to a multi-year contract.

On a day in which he is very likely to start a CCL game, D.C. United announced that they had re-signed center back Kofi Opare to a multi-year contract. After being acquired mid-season last year, Opare has been a staple in the Concacaf Champions League; the trade to acquire Opare for an allocation order spot that the LA Galaxy were never able to use remains one of the most lop-sided trades in recent memory.

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

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United is just a point away from CCL advancement, but Arabe Unido will be desperate to make sure the home side doesn't get that point tonight.

So far, the CONCACAF Champions League is going according to plan for D.C. United. Without having used many first-choice players, the Black-and-Red will be the first team to mathematically assure themselves of a spot in next year's knockout round with a single point tonight against Arabe Unido.

D.C. United versus Arabe Unido staff and reader predictions

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D.C. United takes on Arabe Unido tonight and can clinch a spot in the CCL quarterfinals

We are all very confident that D.C. United will win tonight's game and move onto the next round of the CCL. Are we too confident? Let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

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DC United keep winning, and continue not concede, as they cruise to the quartefinals with a simple 2-0 win.

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

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A suspension and some possibly eligible new signings have added some wrinkles for El Expreso Azul.

Until just a few days ago, figuring out which Arabe Unido players would start against D.C. United seemed pretty straightforward. There was a suspension to account for, but beyond that the team seemed to pick itself.

Bill Hamid makes the 35-man preliminary roster for Confederations Cup Playoff

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He joins fellow goalkeepers Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, and Nick Rimando

The 35-man preliminary roster for the CONCACAF Cup, the playoff to decide the CONCACAF representative at the 2017 Confederations Cup, has been released, and Bill Hamid is listed.

USA's 35-man preliminary roster for the 10/10 Confederations Cup playoff v Mexico: pic.

Filibuster podcast episode 148: Spread your appendages out in excitement

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We talk all Eastern Conference and size up the playoff race as D.C. United move into the last month and a half of the season.

D.C. United is back in action, and so is the Filibuster podcast! We start by talking about the beige game that was D.C. United versus the Colorado Rapids. We ask whether it was good defense or bad offense, look at both D.

Keys to Victory: 3 things D.C. United needs to do to beat Arabe Unido in the CONCACAF Champions League tonight

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This game sets up very well for United to get the job done and assure themselves a spot in next year's CCL knockout stages.

Let's keep our eyes on the prize here: D.C. United will clinch advancement out of the CONCACAF Champions League's Group H with a draw tonight against Arabe Unido. A tie would leave the Panamanians with a chance to end up tied with United when all is said and done, but the first tiebreaker is head-to-head, which would give the Black-and-Red the edge.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Calling all millennials

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This one goes out to you.

Happy game day! Our DCU face Arabe Unido tonight in the CCL. Check back later for our how to watch + gamethread, and in the meantime, I've got other soccer things for you.

Before we get to those, though, make sure you have our next Black and Red United tailgate on your calendars!

Reserves playing their part as D.C. United close down on advancing in Champions League play

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Needing just a draw against Arabe Unido, the Black-and-Red are poised to advance in large part due to contributions from a couple of unheralded players

A year after relying on some of the clubs more experienced players to advance out of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage -- recall Fabian Espindola's brace in Jamiaca against Waterhouse FC -- D.

D.C. United 1-1 Colorado Rapids: the GIFs

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The animated file serves a comeback of sorts.

D.C. United did not comfort the cockles of the heart in the first half of Saturday's game with the Colorado Rapids, but the ultimate result, a 1-1 road draw, appears to be something that Ben Olsen and charges will try to use to build momentum for a playoff run.

D.C. United 1-1 Colorado Rapids: Player Ratings

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Numbers, names, yada yada.

It was not pretty early on for D.C. United, as their first match in almost two weeks found them flat, and giving up another first half goal could not have done wonders for their mindset. But they persevered and a late goal found them sharing the points with the Colorado Rapids, a draw in a road venue that has not been particularly good for them.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Bird-Bombed

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Looking back at the weekend in Colorado, partner club recaps, and about Dunn time for a Spirit player.

Putting this together from the middle seat of a nonstop from DEN-IAD. Pray there are no casualties.

Recaps of D.C. United and their draw with the Colorado Rapids from us, MLS (with more here), Washington Post and CSN Mid-Atlantic.

D.C. United leaves it late, ties Colorado 1-1

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D.C. United scores their 11th goal in the last 15 minutes of a game this year (and 21st in the last 30) as the Black and Red steal a point from a place they haven't had much success at.

One would presume that with a team full of first choice options and two weeks of rest, that D.C. United could have produced more than one shot on goal in forty five minutes, and one in the last 25 minutes of their game with the Colorado Rapids.

Keys to Victory: 5 things D.C. United needs to do to beat the Colorado Rapids

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In this new segment, we're looking into the things United needs to get right against Colorado, and what weaknesses to exploit.

Welcome to Keys to Victory, our rebooted attempt at doing a scouting report for D.C. United's opponents without taking a run at "War and Peace" in terms of length. For our maiden voyage, we'll turn our attention to the Colorado Rapids, who are eight points out of the playoffs with only seven matches to play.

Opposition 11: Who will the Colorado Rapids start tomorrow against D.C. United?

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Normally predicting a Rapids starting lineup is very difficult, but it might be easier than normal tonight.

When it comes to unpredictable lineups, the Colorado Rapids take the cake. D.C. United will face a very predictable team in terms of how they approach the game, but Pablo Mastroeni's "everyone gets to play" philosophy - well, unless you're shunned-for-no-apparent-reason Shane O'Neill - makes predicting the individuals enacting that gameplan a tricky task.

D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids MLS 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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United finishes their regular season slate against the Western Conference tonight against a Rapids team that can't afford another loss.

After two weeks to lick their wounds, D.C. United returns to action tonight with a road game against the Colorado Rapids. United was finally overtaken at the top of the Eastern Conference last night, but could go back into the lead with a win tonight in the Rockies.

D.C. United versus Colorado Rapids staff and reader predictions

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Let us know what you think will happen tonight as D.C. United take on the Colorado Rapids!

D.C. United takes on the Colorado Rapids tonight at 9:00 PM EDT, and we have a mixed bag of predictions for you. Let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

Ryan Keefer

So Pablo Mastroeni, in losing to Vancouver Wednesday sent out a somewhat second choice lineup, keeping some better players home presumably for the D.

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

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Following a bye week, the Black-and-Red are on the road against a Rapids side that badly needs three points.

After using two weeks to collect themselves and get back on course, D.C. United will return to the field tonight to face the Colorado Rapids. United has, for the first time since April, fallen out of the Eastern Conference lead but can jump back in front of the hated New York Red Bulls with a win tonight.

After year of injuries, consistency is the key for D.C. United down the stretch

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The Black-and-Red head into the final six games of the season the healthiest they've been all year

After a year of struggling to deal with injuries to key players, D.C. United head into Saturday's trip to play the Colorado Rapids the healthiest they have been all year.

And following a three game losing streak in MLS play to end August, United are banking on the ability to field a consistent lineup as a way to get back into winning ways over the final stretch of the regular season.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 27: Idle hat tricks

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Didier Drogba's hat trick overshadowed a cupboard of idle teams in this week's Power Rankings.

In a week where half of Major League Soccer's teams went idle, Didier Drogba decided to provide the action. His hat trick against Chicago last Saturday, his first three goals since moving to Montreal, was the highlight in a weekend with only 5 games.

Dream Team Refugee: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 11 September 2015

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The Spirit in the playoffs, a 1980s sci-fi plotline as scouting strategy, the Syrian refugee crisis, and Mexico's trumping of The Donald -- all in today's Friday Freedom Kicks!

For a few hours every Friday morning, Friday Freedom Kicks is Kanye West to Black and Red United's Taylor Swift acceptance speech.

D.C. United get their Fabian Espindola back ahead of home stretch in MLS play

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Espindola is itching to get back on the field against the Colorado Rapids after a month long layoff

The month of August started out like no other for D.C. United in 2015. Despite continuing a worrying trend of conceding early at home, twice in fact, against Real Salt Lake, the Black-and-Red eventually triumphed in that game, moving to 41 points from 24 games in a 6-4 win.

D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids lineup: The battle for the midfield

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There is a battle in central midfield, with three players vying for two spots.

D.C. United travel to Colorado this weekend to take on the Colorado Rapids, needing a win to break them out of a recent funk. The Rapids have been bizarro-DCU in the results, with a bad majority of the season changed by a string of recent good form.

D.C. United, MLS, USMNT, and USWNT links for 10 September 2015

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The soccer train rolls ever forward, so let's hop on!

The international break is over, and we're back into grind of the season. Let's go!

Union: Australia's 2-match series in United States is off: The USWNT will not have friendlies against Australia in Detroit or Birmingham later this month, as a collective bargaining stalemate continues between the players and management.

Filibuster podcast episode 147: Retroactive rug pulling

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After a break, D.C. United is back into the thick of the season, and we're here to talk about it.

Welcome to another Wednesday edition of Filibuster, which we record while watching USMNT vs. Brazil. We talk about USMNT vs. Peru, the difference between the first half and the second half, the defense, and whether or not the USMNT's success in friendlies is a myth rather than reality.

On Jurgen Klinsmann and increasing apathy as an American soccer fan

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In which someone puts on a pair of ranty-pants.

While I was attending the United States men's friendly against Peru at RFK Stadium last week, a funny thing occurred to me as I was waiting for the 7:36pm kickoff. It was malaise, apathy, and compared to previous USA friendlies that I have done to at RFK or elsewhere, I just wasn't in the mood for it.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and USMNT links for Wednesday September 9, 2015

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Sometimes soccer is the worst.

Let's start today with some (for our purposes, very minor) good news:

Finland make it two in a row thanks to Pohjanpalo | UEFA.com
Markus Halsti started at center back and went 90 minutes for Finland, who are still alive for a spot in Euro 2016.

Costa Rica 1-0 Uruguay: Ruiz header snaps 10-match winless run | Goal.

United States vs. Brazil Friendly 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The USMNT will host Brazil in a high-profile friendly tonight.

It's another friendly tonight for the United States, as they take on five-time World Cup champions Brazil in Massachusetts. Coming off of a 2-1 victory against Peru last Friday, the USMNT made some forward progress from the struggling, reactive soccer we saw during the Gold Cup.

D.C. United "need a result" as they head to the Rockies to face the Colorado Rapids

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On a current three game skid in MLS play, manager Ben Olsen says that points in Commerce City are a must

By the time that D.C. United takes the field on Saturday night against the Colorado Rapids, it will have been a full two weeks since their last match, a 3-0 loss to bitter rivals, the New York Red Bulls, that has left the team in a sour mood.

Fantasy Focus: Mon Dieu

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Didier pays dividends

While extending the overall lead to 217 points, Poor Man's Porales led this round with 80 points. The New England duo of Lee Nguyen ($11.4) and Chris Tierney ($7.5) scored 16 points each, with Nguyen tallying 3 assists, and Tierney contributing a goal and a clean sheet.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: USMNT, and then more USMNT

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They have a way of taking up headlines.

Hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend, and welcome back to the usual grind (yaaaay). Today happens to be a USMNT game day—they face Brazil tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2/UniMas. Check back later for your how to watch + gamethread!

Also means it's a USMNT-heavy bunch o' links for you this morning.

Hamid, Saborio top player ratings for D.C. United in FIFA 16

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It's in the game, right?

Ahead of this year's installment of EA Sports' FIFA release, the websites Fathead and Futwiz are getting their hands on the ratings for the players in the game and putting out the ratings for the teams, both at the club and national levels. As far as D.C. United goes, Bill Hamid and Alvaro Saborio are tied for the highest rating on the club at 73.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Bye Week Blues, Yanks in D.C.

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We have your USMNT insight, some minor D.C. stadium news, and Drunk History outtakes

Thanks to Jason for looking out for me while some life stuff happened last week, so apologies if there is any doubling up of material here. Off we go...

USA rally to beat Peru 2-1, behind Jozy Altidore's second half brace - Black And Red United: Toronto FC player Jozy Altidore availed himself well while the United States team played at RFK Friday night.

USA rally to beat Peru 2-1, behind Jozy Altidore's second half brace

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Overcoming a deflected goal from Daniel Chavez, the US beat Peru 2-1 on Friday night with two Jozy Altidore goals in the second half

In the first of two warm up games before next month's CONCACAF Cup against Mexico, the United States rallied to a 2-1 win over Peru, with both goals coming in the second half from Jozy Altidore.

United States vs. Peru Friendly 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The USMNT's first dry run ahead of the big playoff against Mexico is tonight against Peru.

As we discussed yesterday, the United States needs to get more than just a run-out from today's friendly against Peru. With next month's first-ever CONCACAF Cup - that's the official name for the US-Mexico playoff at the Rose Bowl - approaching, the USMNT needs to make significant steps towards playing better soccer than we saw during this summer's Gold Cup.

B&RU Match Prediction Game - Week 27

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United get a much-needed rest in Week 27 after a catastrophic loss to the Red Bulls last week, extending their losing streak to three games.

It's going to be another bootleg Match Prediction Game this week. I won't offer up any excuses. Instead I'll just say, "Deal with it." Post your predictions for Week 27 in the comments section, and I'll provide updated scores for Weeks 26 and 27 next week.

Jermaine Jones returns to national team, adding crucial experience ahead of Mexico decider

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After surgery in June to repair a bilateral sports hernia injury, Jones returns to the national team to help a side that finished fourth in the Gold Cup

After suffering through a sports hernia surgery in February that kept him out during the opening of the MLS season, Jermaine Jones had to go through it all again this summer.

Panic Button: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 4 September 2015

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WaPo asks whether we should panic. And Jurgen gets lots of attention ahead of today's USMNT-Peru match.

Let's go!

After three straight MLS losses, is it time for D.C. United to panic? - The Washington Post: What? I'm sorry. I didn't hear you. I was too busy refilling my Xanax prescription.

The USMNT is focusing on Mexico ahead of their friendly against Peru

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A month ahead of the CONCACAF Cup against Mexico, the US faces off against Peru at RFK Stadium

When the United States Soccer Federation first scheduled Friday's friendly at RFK Stadium against Peru, the USMNT's plans for the game were likely far different than they are today. The announcement came at the beginning of July, when the USA had just embarked on a mission to defend their Gold Cup title.

B&RU Player of the month for August: Miguel Aguilar

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In a month where the CCL went a lot better than MLS, we're giving it up for the man who scored two game-winners in CONCACAF games.

For D.C. United, August ended up being pretty unpleasant. On paper it doesn't look too bad: Two wins and three losses in league play, as well as two shutout wins in the CONCACAF Champions League.

D.C. United, MLS, USMNT, and soccer links for 3 September 2015

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We've got MLS, USMNT, and the continuing saga of Beckham's stadium. Jonathan Spector?

Freedom! Soccer! USMNT! Let's go!

Jurgen Klinsmann: Brad Guzan to start over Tim Howard for USA through Mexico playoff | FOX Sports: Hopefully this is just a motivating tactic, because Tim Howard should get an opportunity to take the spot from Guzan before the Mexico playoff.

Filibuster podcast episode 146: We're gonna Spanish Inquisition this

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We unfortunately have to talk about D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls, and then talk CCL and MLS around the league.

No one expects a Wednesday Filibuster! Our chief weapon is surprise. Surprise, and Adam. Surprise, Adam, and Jason. No. Amongst our weapons are Surprise, Adam, Jason, Ben, and a fanatical devotion to a stupid bit.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 26: 19's a crowd

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Last week's results mean a crowded bunch in this week's Power Rankings.

Week 26 saw most of the top teams take a tumble in league play, the middle teams make a statement and some of the bottom feeders really solidify their place at the bottom of the table. Only 19 points separate the top team in the Supporters Shield standings, the Galaxy, from the bottom team (Philadelphia).

Fantasy Focus: Three Unlikely Leaders

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I did not see that coming.

Two teams split the lead this week, with Poor Man's Porales and Dukes SC scoring 94 points each. They both used Red Bulls Matt Miazga ($6.1), who earned a clean sheet and 10 points, and Sacha Kljestan ($10.1), who scored a goal and added two assists for 21 points -- though Dukes SC captained him for 42 points.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: The boys are back in town

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Some USMNTers, that is.

Tuesday! Soccer! Go!

USMNT: Klinsmann unveils roster for friendlies, eyeing Mexico - Planet Futbol - SI.com
Some roster analysis from Straus.

U.S. welcomes familiar faces back into national team fold - Goal.com
While we're on the topic of the USMNT, who's heading to RFK on Friday?