Black and Red United Archives for January 2016

Report: D.C. United is nearing a trade for Colorado Rapids midfielder Marcelo Sarvas

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United may be about to take a risk on a talented but aging central midfielder.

The Washington Post's Steve Goff is reporting that D.C. United is on the verge of trading some form of allocation money to the Colorado Rapids for Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas. United's needs in central midfield have been well-known throughout the offseason, as Perry Kitchen has opted to pursue a deal in Europe while Davy Arnaud considers retirement due to concussions.

D.C. United interested in Georgios Samaras

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Another international name comes up on the radar.

Steve Goff introduced an intriguing name that D.C. United may be considering:

D.C. United also has keen interest in Greek intl attacker Georgios Samaras (Man City, Celtic, West Brom). Turns 31 in Feb, 6 feet 4

— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 30, 2016

Samaras turns 31 next month, and the 6 foot 4 Greece international has had tours with Scotland side Celtic and England's Manchester City, and most recently played at West Bromwich Albion.

D.C. United's Pursuit(?) of Antonio Nocerino: Day 3

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More on what we know, what's transpired, etc.

There were some crazy unaccompanied rumors about D.C. United's attempts to try and sign Italy (and AC Milan) midfielder Antonio Nocerino when we tried to put things together Thursday, so we figured we would try and put more things together in one place for you to look at.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 25 days - Will Jared Jeffrey still wear Black and Red at First Kick?

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We speculate on Jared Jeffrey's future, if there is one, with D.C.

When we looked at D.C. United midfielder Jared Jeffrey last month in our season review series, we thought there may have been a tiny bit of optimism for him, in the sense that Perry Kitchen, who served as the top of the central defensive midfielder depth chart, would be seeking greener pastures in Europe and, combined with Davy Arnaud attempting to recover from an injury, would open up a bit of breathing room for Jeffrey to show off his wares, especially with an uneven 2015 campaign by Markus Halsti.

D.C. United concedes early and falls to IF Elfsborg 1-0 in preseason opener

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An early goal ended up being all the scoring as the Black-and-Red lost to their Swedish opponents

Viktor Claesson scored the game's only goal in the fourth minute as D.C. United lost their preseason opener 1-0 to IF Elfsborg. The Swedish side, who finished in 4th place in last year's Allsvenskan (a.

D.C. United vs. IF Elfsborg MLS preseason streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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D.C. United plays their first game of the MLS preseason today!

D.C. United kicks off their preseason matches today! at 3:30 against IF Elfsborg, who placed fourth in the Allsvensken last season. It has been 81 days since United's last match, and the team is now deep into the process of figuring out who will make the 28 man roster for this season.

D.C. United target Leonardo Gil to remain with Estudiantes

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The Black-and-Red's Argentine target looks set to stay in Buenos Aires.

Another day, another update concerning a D.C. United transfer target:

#MLS | LEONARDO GIL will stay with #EDLP. #DCUnited were interested in signing Argentine MF | #DCU pic.

Libertà Calci: D.C. United and Sundry Soccer Links for 29 January 2016

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Nocerino! Nocerino! È la Statua della Libert? No. E 'il monumento a Washington!

Buon giorno, paesani! Venerdì Libert Calci inizia ora!

Il DC United punta Nocerino: MLS potrebbe accogliere un nuovo italiano? - Gianlucadimarzo.com: The Italians put Nocerino in the same boat as Pirlo, Giovinco, and DiVaio.

D.C. United's pursuit of Antonio Nocerino: Day 2

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We round up what we know, or think we know at least.

With yesterday's news that D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper and Managing General Partner Jason Levien were going to Milan to meet with former Italy national team player and AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino, we figured we would keep tabs on how things progressed.

D.C. United preseason, signings, and Landon Donovan: Freedom Kicks for 28 January 2016

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The news is flying as we get closer and closer to the first games of the preseason

D.C. United has their first preseason game tomorrow night. Real(ish) soccer! This week!

DC United gets going down in Florida | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WJLA: New broadcast partner WJLA with some video from D.

Report: D.C. United in talks with AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino

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United is allegedly going to attempt to sign a higher-profile central midfielder than previously expected.

A report from Sky Italy's Gianluca Di Marzio states that D.C. United is meeting with AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino tomorrow to persuade him to come to MLS. Whether an offer has already been made and the team is coming to close the deal, or whether these are simply preliminary talks, remains unclear.

What are the prospects for D.C. United's crop of trialists?

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United has a bunch of guys in camp looking for a contract. We examined the chances each one has of making the team.

Over the weekend, D.C. United announced an unusually large group of trialists. Normally the Black-and-Red bring in around four or five players at this stage of the preseason. This year, though, there are nine trialists training with United over the next couple of weeks.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown

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Our player-by-player look at D.C. United's roster as we count down to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Welcome back, boys and girls, to our annual countdown to the upcoming D.C. United season! As of today, we are a scant 34 days away from the Black-and-Red's Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Queretaro, and we shall take the opportunity to talk about the man who wears number 34 for United - at least when he can get into the side - Luke Mishu.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 27 days - Will we remember this as Collin Martin's breakout year?

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The homegrown midfielder is coming off a rough 2015 marred by injury and illness. Will 2016 be the year he breaks out?

Collin Martin is many things for many D.C. United fans. Promise, the future, a missed opportunity, hope. It's a lot to put on a 21-year-old homegrown player who has all of 13 first team appearances since signing in 2013.

Honduras defender Brayan Garcia to trial with D.C. United

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Looks like there will be a Catracho to add to a Tico or two in Florida.

Renan Nunez, a radio reporter from Honduras, had this interesting note regarding a possible D.C. United trialist:

Bryan Garcia viaja en este Momento a una prueba con el DC United de la MLS.

Filibuster podcast episode 167: Ugly crusty trash snow

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Despite the snow paralyzing our brains, we have a podcast here for you today.

It takes a little while for the guys to remember how to speak after being snowed in for what feels like years, but eventually we do to bring you a brand new episode of Filibuster. We start out by talking about D.C.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 28 days - How will United's goalkeeping situation shake out with Bill Hamid injured?

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United's star GK is out injured, so let's talk about who his stand-in will be and how long the back-up will be the starter.

By now we're all surely familiar with the situation regarding Bill Hamid: D.C. United's best player will be out for months due to a meniscus injury picked up during offseason workouts.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: I wanna be in the room where it happens

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*just bought Hamilton tickets and is thus only peripherally aware of soccer as a thing that exists*

Hope everyone had a grand snowstorm experience. I'm wondering if a beautiful magical being will come through my apartment building's parking lot and dig out all the spaces. I want to believe.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 30 days - The Conor Doyle Conundrum

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Midfield? Forward? That is the question in our next countdown piece.

We're less than a month out from United's first competitive game of 2016, which brings us to the next piece in our countdown series. Let's talk about the man who wears #30: Conor Doyle.

He's a somewhat divisive player on this roster.

D.C. United hires Director of Soccer Strategy and Analysis to staff

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A newly created position brings a man with some good credentials.

Via their website, the performance analysis and statistics group Prozone announced that Stewart Mairs will be joining D.C. United as their Director of Soccer Strategy and Analysis. The position was made known in an interview Jason Levien gave to Steve Goff last month but was one they had been investigating for some time.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Digging Out Edition

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We round up D.C. United news as best as there is, along with partner club happenings, and stretch before exercise.

So hopefully you've managed to get shoveled out and/or extricated to go to wherever you need to get to. Me, I'm in one of those places that got 30 plus inches and am taking it easy.

D.C. United releases preseason roster

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D.C. United has filled out their first preseason roster with some new and old names.

A few days after flying down to Florida before Winter Storm Jonas hit, D.C. United has released its preseason roster. In addition to the regular members of the team, there have been some trialists invited to camp.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 31 days - How much does Bobby Boswell have left in the tank?

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Our next countdown piece looks into whether United's captain will still be first choice this season.

We're just 31 days away from D.C. United's first competitive game of 2016, and the second piece in our countdown series is looking at Bobby Boswell, the man that wears #32. Before you ask: No, this doesn't dovetail neatly with the calendar like our Luke Mishu piece and yes, it's because of the snowstorm.

Bill Hamid is going to miss a lot of soccer. What can D.C. United do about it?

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The timetable for Hamid's return is bad enough that the Black-and-Red can't just ride this one out.

We've known for a few days that Bill Hamid was going to miss some of D.C. United's early schedule. First it was a couple of weeks, then it was maybe going to last into April. That was bad enough.

D.C. United adds three new trialists

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D.C. United is taking some extra players to Florida to see who can make the roster

Today we found out the names of some more of D.C. United's trialists, with some competition for the starting goalkeeper role in Bill Hamid's absence among them. Steve Goff is reporting that United's trialists will include goalkeepers Chris Konopka and Paolo Tornaghi, as well as midfielder Kevan George.

The Great White Horror: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 22 January 2016

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Abandon all hope.

If the meteorologists are right, this Freedom Kicks will be the Commentariat's only respite from the Great White Horror to befall us over the next 36+ hours. Charge your iPhones if you want to stay in touch with the Black and Red masses because, chances are, you'll soon be without power.

Costa Rican midfielder Ariel Rodriguez to trial with D.C. United

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Another trialist comes onto the radar.

Two reports out of Costa Rica link Ariel Rodriguez to D.C. United as a trialist for the Black and Red. If the name sounds familiar, it's because the 29-year old defensive midfielder played for LD Alajuelense last year in the CONCACAF Champions League against D.

All the details of the new D.C. United stadium

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The most detailed information about the new D.C. United stadium is now here, straight from their submission to the Zoning Commission.

Two days ago, D.C. United officially submitted the information needed (specifically, the Planned Unit Development) by the District of Columbia Zoning Commission, which includes the most detailed plans to date for the stadium and stadium site at Buzzard Point.

Benny Feilhaber, Jurgen Klimsmann, and USL: Freedom Kicks for 21 January 2016

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Get your snow shoes ready, it is Freedom Kicks!

I hope you've already gotten to the store and are ready to batten down the hatches. Have some soccer to keep you going!

Sporting KC's Benny Feilhaber speaks out on US national team exile: "I don't think Klinsmann calls in the best players" | MLSsoccer.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 34 days - Is there room for Luke Mishu on the field?

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Our roster-themed preview of the upcoming season begins with a reserve fullback.

Welcome back, boys and girls, to our annual countdown to the upcoming D.C. United season! As of today, we are a scant 34 days away from the Black-and-Red's Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Queretaro, and we shall take the opportunity to talk about the man who wears number 34 for United - at least when he can get into the side - Luke Mishu.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and USMNT links for Wednesday January 20, 2016

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Yesterday saw a blizzard of news from around MLS. Good prep for this weekend's Class 3 Killstorm.

Yesterday was very busy in the world of MLS news. Even if you removed the second half of the SuperDraft (which, judging from the number of teams that passed, might be a thing that literally happens soon), it was a very busy Tuesday.

Updated D.C. United Stadium Renderings Released

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Some more views of entry points are included.

Late this afternoon D.C. United released updated renderings of its stadium at Buzzard Point. The new illustrations show the entry point at Half Street and Potomac Avenue both on the ground and in the air, along with an aerial view from the southwest, facing the Washington Nationals ballpark and the U.

Nick DeLeon's father says son "wants to come and play" for Trinidad & Tobago

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United's longest-tenured midfielder may soon turn out for the Soca Warriors.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association posted an interview with Leroy DeLeon, father of current D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon, where he says that Nick "...wants to come and play..." for the Trinidad and Tobago national side, as the United States apparently does not have DeLeon in its plans.

D.C. United selects Ohio State defender Liam Doyle in the 4th round of the 2016 MLS Draft

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United added the 2015 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in today's closing half of the SuperDraft.

With the 67th overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United picked up center back Liam Doyle. Doyle had been captain of the Ohio State Buckeyes, having transferred there from Cincinnati State for his final two years of eligibility.

Swedish clubs added to D.C. United preseason schedule

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The Black-and-Red are filling up their preseason dance card.

Via a team spokesperson, D.C. United will play Elfsborg on January 29 and Jonkopings Sodra on February 2. The clubs are part of the Allsvenskan in Sweden, their first division, which is home of Malmo FF, where current D.C. player Markus Halsti was a mainstay.

2016 MLS Draft: Rounds Three and Four Open Thread

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There is still more SuperDraft-ing to be had, so join us and follow along!

After last week's beginning to the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, filled with trades, excitement, and players who will definitely make the rosters of your team, we come to today's part of the SuperDraft. Rounds three and four used to consist of players who would almost definitely not make your team, but with the growing number of USL teams that may no longer be true.

Filibuster podcast episode 166: Autumn russet in color

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The MLS SuperDraft is the focus of this episode, with so many interviews from our crew.

The MLS SuperDraft was last week, and we had correspondents there to get all sorts of recordings for you. But first Adam, Jason, and Ben talk in studio, and we have to talk about the awful news that Bill Hamid is out for a couple of months with a knee surgery.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Brad Evans prob fought in the Civil War though

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Also: the Jordan Morris saga continues.

Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. Sadly, it is back to business as usual today, and soccer things keep keeping on.

Toronto FC acquire goalkeeper Clint Irwin from Colorado Rapids for targeted allocation money, draft picks | MLSsoccer.com
I kind of love Clint Irwin.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Drafting, Dealing, Signing(?)

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We look at D.C. United current, former and future players, the Spirit's draft and Rick and Morty.

Things are slowly coming together for the year, let here we go:

¿Leonardo Gil también se va de Estudiantes? - Cielosports: So, Goff said Friday afternoon that D.C. United was closing in on signing Leonardo Gil.

Washington Spirit add five via the NWSL Draft

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New coach Jim Gabarra had a couple of weaknesses to strengthen, but did he find the necessary players?

The 2016 NWSL preseason began in earnest on Friday in Baltimore, as 40 players were taken in the draft. The league will soon embark on its fourth season, which is something the WUSA and WPS were not able to say.

Go Slaw! D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 15 January 2016

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Can you really have enough Uniteds? Is the guy replacing Blatter worse than Blatter? Would you want a ruffian like Steven Gerrard swinging clubs at your golf course?

This Friday Freedom Kicks is dedicated to the man who sold the world.

Bill Hamid out several months with knee injury, clouding D.

D.C. United wrap up SuperDraft with selection of Paul Clowes

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With Davy Arnaud's status still to be determined, United went with another midfield selection in the second round of the draft, selecting Clemson's Clowes

After selecting an attacking midfielder in the first round of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United stayed in the midfield for their selection in the second round, selecting Paul Clowes, a holding midfielder, from Clemson University.

D.C. United add offensive piece in Syracuse's Julian Buescher

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Olsen sees the Generation Adidas signing as capable as playing as a number 10, a number 8, a withdrawn forward, or out wide

The first round of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft was a busy one, with movers and shakers all making their mark early on in MLS' collegiate draft. Not to be left out, D.C. United moved up two spots in the first round, and picked Syracuse University midfielder Julian Buescher with the 11th pick overall.

D.C. United take Paul Clowes with 2nd round pick in 2016 MLS Draft

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D.C. adds an English product to their roster.

As part of a hectic first round that saw D.C. United have a second pick in today's draft in a trade with Orlando City, they used their second round pick to select midfielder Paul Clowes from Clemson University. Clowes was born in England and grew up in the Manchester City youth system and reserve team, and was named ACC midfielder of the year.

D.C. United picks Julian Buescher #11 in 2016 MLS Draft, Acquires 2nd Round Pick

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The Black and Red make a move, select a guy they wanted.

D.C. United traded Targeted Allocation Money to Sporting Kansas City in order to acquire the #11 pick and promptly selected Julian Buescher from Syracuse. The German-born midfielder, part of this year's Generation Adidas class, was projected to go 12th in the most recent MLS Mock Draft (and as high as 7th on Top Drawer Soccer's last mock), and there were reports the team was high on Buscher.

Jordan Morris, MLS Homegrown players, and NASL: Freedom Kicks for 14 January 2016

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Happy draft day!

Today is the first and second rounds of the MLS SuperDraft, so take all of your draft talk to our open thread. Everything else? This is always your open thread for any and all soccer news of the day, so have at it.

MLS combine notebook includes Jordan Morris intrigue - ESPN FC: There is some juicy news about Jurgen Klinsmann supposedly trying to push Jordan Morris to Germany, but there is also D.

2016 MLS Draft: Time, TV schedule, and live stream

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Follow along as we monitor D.C. United and the rest of MLS during today's SuperDraft.

The days where D.C. United would be expected to turn their first round draft pick in today's MLS SuperDraft into a sure starter are long gone. However, for an aging team with some positional needs to be addressed, the #13 pick holds some real value.

D.C. United receives 4th round pick from New York Red Bulls

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D.C. United has acquired a fourth round pick as compensation of their discovery claim.

D.C. United has confirmed that they have received a fourth round pick in tomorrow's MLS SuperDraft from the New York Red Bulls and, in a very MLS manner, it was in exchange for D.C. United's discovery claim on Kemar "Taxi" Lawrence.

Ranking the best and worst team logos of Major League Soccer

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The best and worst shields, crests and badges of Major League Soccer

When the Los Angeles Football Club revealed their new colors and logo last week, response was decidedly mixed. And I don't mean "mixed" as a euphemism for negative - it really was mixed. There were some very positive reactions along with some strongly negative takes.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, 2016 MLS Draft, and USMNT news for Wednesday January 13, 2016

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We start at with bad news, and then move on from there. Happy Wednesday?

My computer is still broken, and with the draft being this week it is probably one of the three or four worst weeks for this to happen. I feel like this almost all the time.

Let's talk soccer links!

Bill Hamid withdraws from USMNT camp with knee injury | Black and Red United
I'm sorry for immediately plunging you into the pit of despair.

Bill Hamid withdraws from USMNT camp with knee injury

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DCU's #1 picked up the injury before camp, with the extent of the injury still to be determined

With just over a month and a half until their first CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal game against Queretaro, D.C. United announced on Tuesday evening that goalkeeper Bill Hamid withdrew from the USMNT camp, with an undisclosed knee injury.

Andrew Dykstra re-signs with D.C. United

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Beer nerds of the DMV soccertariat rejoice!

Good news, D.C. United fans: homebrewers will continue to be represented on los Capitalinos' 2016 roster. The club announced today that they have re-signed reserve goalkeeper and Belgian beer aficionado Andrew Dykstra. Terms of the deal (as always) were not announced.

Filibuster podcast episode 165: Werewolf trademark attorney

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The FDA recommends approximately 70 minutes of Filibuster per week as a part of a healthy and balanced diet.

There isn't that much D.C. United news to talk about, but Filibuster we are and so Filibuster we must. Jason, Adam, and Ben talk first about United's trade for Patrick Nyarko, breaking down his role and what United gave up to get him.

D.C. United "selects" Creighton forward Fabian Herbers in SB Nation's 2016 mock draft

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United prefers the best player available, and if this mock draft holds true the Black-and-Red will have a very easy decision on their hands.

Last year at this time, we talked about how D.C. United's track record in the first round of MLS's SuperDraft is good, but that it mostly applies to picks inside the top 10.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Do you have a moment to talk about Carli Lloyd

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I brought some pamphlets.

Sometimes I forget I have to do Freedom Kicks until it's 11 p.m. on Monday night and then I'm like "oh yeah, I did have something to do." It's possible that this explains a lot about my Freedom Kicks.

D.C. United's Top 20 in 20: Who Should (and Shouldn't) be on the List - Black And Red United
In case you missed this one yesterday.

D.C. United's Top 20 in 20: Who Should (and Shouldn't) be on the List

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We throw in some suggestions for discussion.

When D.C. United was in the midst of their Top 20 Players in 20 years campaign, there were bound to be some questionable choices, both omissions and inclusions, as is the case with fan-driven campaigns. So Jason, Donald and me decided to get together and add some folks and drop some others, with the goal of having a better 20 than the one that folks came to.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Mock (Super)Draft with J. Reinhold

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D.C. United news and notes, SuperDraft and alums, and people getting hit by a bus.

Hi. Hope you're well, and that you'll see good things this week.

Steve Birnbaum, Perry Kitchen added to USMNT Camp - Black And Red United: ICYMI, Steve Birnbaum and Perry Kitchen have something to do ahead of their current/TBA club seasons.

Who is D.C. United most likely to take in the 2016 MLS Draft?

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A position-by-position breakdown of players United might select with the #13 pick on Thursday.

The 2016 MLS SuperDraft is just four days away, and D.C. United should be expected to add a player of some note with the 13th overall pick. Per Ben Olsen himself, the Black-and-Red expect to land "a piece that helps us.

Steve Birnbaum, Perry Kitchen added to USMNT Camp

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Hey, more people who wear (or wore) Black and Red to wear the Red, White and Blue

Remember the other day when some dummy mentioned when D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid was called up to the United States Mens' National Team camp that begins Sunday that Hamid's teammates Steve Birnbaum and Perry Kitchen weren't called up?

The winners of the 2015 Benny Awards are here!

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The votes have been cast, and now the results are in. Congrats to the winners of the 2015 Benny Awards!

And now it is time to finally close the book on the 2015 season, with the results of the 2015 Benny Awards. After such a successful season all of the players deserve congratulations, but these are the players who deserve special recognition.

Mark Your Calendars: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 8 January 2016

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Lots of people already know which MLS games will be exciting in 2016. How? Black magic. Also, Will Ferrell puts the LAF in LAFC. And Qatar puts on a very expensive dog and pony show.

You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination.

D.C. United to play Tampa Bay Rowdies in Preseason

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The Black and Red's Preseason Schedule Starts to Form

Shortly after the announcement of their 2016 MLS Regular Season schedule, D.C. United announced they would play the NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies in a preseason friendly on Saturday, February 13, at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg. The game comes 10 days before the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals matchup with Liga MX side Queretaro and just more than a week after a rumored matchup with Norwegian side SK Brann.

D.C. United's 2016 MLS schedule released

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We have D.C. United's full schedule for 2016

Today, D.C. United and Major League Soccer announced the full schedule for the 2016 MLS season. We already knew the first three games of D.C. United's 2016 season: the team will open the season against the LA Galaxy on March 6, will follow that game up by flying cross-country to play the New England Revolution on March 12, and then will finally open their RFK season with a nationally-televised game against the Colorado Rapids on March 20.

Andy Najar, Patrick Nyarko, and Didier Drogba: Freedom Kicks for 7 January 2016

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Soccer, Go!

Soccer links are getting to your right before the bell, so let's just get right into it.

Andy Najar makes happy child with leukemia in the United States - Diario Diez: Andy Najar still doing some good work in the DMV.

One Last Assist: A Farewell to Patrick Nyarko - Hot Time In Old Town: Our sister site says farewell to Patrick Nyarko.

Bill Hamid receives call-up to January USMNT Camp

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The Homegrown Keeper joins a group of new faces for the beginning of 2016.

Steve Goff reports that D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid is one of 23 members of the United States Men's National Team Camp that begins Sunday in Carson, California. Compared to prior camps under Jurgen Klinsmann this one would be considered a bit different in that several players would be in line for their first US cap should they play in either friendly (January 31 vs.

D.C. United officially acquires Patrick Nyarko from Chicago Fire

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Yesterday's rumored trade is finally complete, with D.C. United acquiring Patrick Nyarko.

After rumors all of yesterday, and speculation from our own Adam Taylor a few weeks ago, D.C. United has officially acquired winger Patrick Nyarko from the Chicago Fire. Contrary to what we all thought yesterday, D.

A Chicago Fire fan's view of the Patrick Nyarko to D.C. United trade

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Sean Spence of Hot Time in Old Town tells us what we're getting from the Ghana-born winger.

As is our wont here at SB Nation's team sites, we like to take advantage of our friends with the poor taste to support other teams. One such friend is the editor-in-chief of Hot Time in Old Town, Sean Spence.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and USMNT news for Wednesday January 6, 2016

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Yesterday was kind of nuts.

Yesterday was kind of nuts on the soccer news front. Let's get right to the main reason why:

Peter Nowak vs. The Philadelphia Union | The Brotherly Game
Find a good place to sit and take this one in. Yesterday, Philly.com's Jonathan Tannenwald got his hands on the documentation behind Nowak's wrongful termination lawsuit against the Union, and was tweeting out everything of note that he found.

The only MLS championship ring in New York is the one D.C. United gave Shep Messing

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Shep Messing has more MLS Cup rings than any member of the New York Red Bulls.

Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com has been dropping a bunch of bombshells, having gotten his hands on the full court documents from Peter Nowak's wrongful termination suit against the Philadelphia Union and Major League Soccer.

Report: D.C. United working on trade for Chicago Fire winger Patrick Nyarko

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The Black-and-Red appear to be on the verge of adding another speedy wide player from within MLS.

A report from Soccerwire.com's Charles Boehm says that D.C. United will be making a trade to acquire Chicago Fire winger Patrick Nyarko. Per Boehm's reporting, the terms of the deal are likely to involve non-player assets (e.

Filibuster podcast episode 164: Waving a bunch of money and screaming

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We preview the MLS SuperDraft with Travis Clark and then wind up our D.C. United awards before we hate on the rest of the league.

The Filibuster crew is back for their first podcast of 2016, and we cover all things MLS SuperDraft. We bring back our favorite expert on the college and youth game, Travis Clark of Top Drawer Soccer, to dig in on this year's class.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: I'm just like my country / I'm young, scrappy, and hungry

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America!

I refuse to accept that work has resumed so I'm just going to ignore it and listen to the Hamilton soundtrack instead.

Well, and read about some soccer things.

Sources: Jordan Morris to turn pro - Goal.com
Try to contain your shock.

Los Angeles Football Club set to unveil crest and club colors on January 7 | MLSsoccer.

The Etchy Award, for D.C. United's most valuable player

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We've come to the last Benny Award, that for D.C. United's most valuable player of 2015.

We have reached the end of the Benny Awards season, so there is only one more award to give out: The Etchy Award, given to D.C. United's most valuable player. The award is obviously named after El Diablo himself, Marco Etcheverry, who was the catalyst of those early D.

Book review: Fifty-Six: The Story of the Bradford Fire

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A new book stirs controversy and joins the essential canon of soccer literature.

Last year saw the publication of a book that is destined to take its place in the canon of soccer literature, alongside the likes of The Miracle of Castel di Sangro, Among the Thugs, and The Ball is Round.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Merry New Year!

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News on current, former, and future(?) D.C. United players, Spirit news and Tarantino.

So, are we all hydrated and sick of the gym already? Good. So let's get into it:

D.C. United Top 20 Players in 20 Seasons | D.C. United: We'll get into this more later this week, but D.C. United's fan-voted list of the Top 20 in 20 is complete.

Top 10 most popular posts from Black and Red United in 2015

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A look back at the most popular posts of 2015.

2015 was a banner year for Black and Red United, and we hope that you enjoyed the journey with us. To look back on it, let us take a look at the 10 most popular posts on the blog this year.

  1. The most viewed post, of course, was the leak of D.

The Popie Award, for D.C. United's best defender

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Who was D.C. United's best defender this season?

Like last year, D.C. United relied on their defense to win games. And, just like last year, Popie Award, given to D.C. United's best defender of the year, is stacked. Named after Eddie Pope, of D.C. United and US men's national team fame, it has been previously given out to Bobby Boswell, Bill Hamid,Brandon McDonald, Dejan Jakovic, Julius James, and Bryan Namoff.

Happy New Year: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 1 January 2016

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Hello, 2016.

Once again, Friday Freedom Kicks falls on a major holiday.

But Freedom Kicks pauses for no arbitrary point on the Earth's relentless, 67,062-mph revolution around its star, no matter how drunk/hungover the link compiler.

And so here are your links and, more importantly, your place to fraternize among the Commentariat and build a better world.