Black and Red United Archives for January 2016

Over confident D.C. United end season early in stunning loss to Montreal Impact

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The version of the Black-and-Red that ran off four wins was nowhere to be found in loss to Montreal

The play from D.C. United as they turned their season around in September and October had earned them plenty of plaudits. United, averaging less than a goal per game after 20 games, ended up the fifth highest scoring team in Major League Soccer, moving all the way up to fourth in the Eastern Conference by season's end.

D.C. United bow out of playoffs with 4-2 loss to Montreal Impact

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United were second best throughout, falling behind by two at halftime, and only scoring twice in the dying minutes of the game

D.C. United came into the 2016 MLS Playoffs as one of the hottest team's in the league. Instead of continuing that run, United were blown out of the water without much of a whimper on Thursday night, losing 4-2 to the Montreal Impact at RFK Stadium.

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

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The ultimate chance to prove whether United has turned a corner as a club starts tonight

Over nine months after the preseason began, D.C. United finds itself where they wanted to be all along. The MLS playoffs start tonight with a home game against the Montreal Impact, and the fact that United is coming in as a favorite is an improvement over the past two years.

Five things to watch for as D.C. United takes on the Montreal Impact

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Staying composed and cutting Ignacio Piatti out of the game are keys for the Black-and-Red tonight

We've already talked about the lineups D.C. United and the Montreal Impact will put on the field tonight, but that only allows us to touch on the actual tactical decisions both teams will make for this game.

D.C. United, MLS Cup Playoffs, and offseason changes: Freedom Kicks for 27 October 2016

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Happy United Day!

The playoffs are here, and we had plenty of coverage yesterday and plenty more coming for you today. Let's get into the rest of the news surrounding MLS, shall we?

Entering MLS playoffs, D.C. United in belief: It's all coming together - The Washington Post: Steve Goff with his playoff preview, with United hopefully peaking at just the right time.

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

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The Didier Drogba saga is the only real question for an otherwise settled Montreal side

Heading into the MLS playoffs, every team would rather know more or less who their starters are and how they'd like to approach the game. D.C. United has figured that out, with the only questions being down to players being short of full fitness after time spent injured.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact MLS Playoffs 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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United's late burst of form has them favored in tonight's knockout round match

The MLS playoffs may be too easy to qualify for, but as D.C. United will find out tonight, they get harsh right away. Tonight, against the Montreal Impact, a loss means the end of the Black-and-Red's 2016 season.

MLS playoffs: D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact staff and reader predictions

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Plus: Halloween puns!

If you gotta play a knockout game in the playoffs, you want it to be at home—and happily for D.C. United, that's what they've got tomorrow night. The Black-and-Red have about as much control over their playoff destiny as a team can hope for going into this kind of game.

D.C. United versus Montreal Impact lineup: Choices for the MLS Cup Playoffs

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Ben Olsen will start the players who got him to the playoffs

D.C. United welcomes the Montreal Impact to RFK Stadium tomorrow night for a knockout round match in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Ben Olsen's team is as healthy as it has been almost all year, so Olsen will have plenty of options from which to chose as he makes up his lineup.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Moving on up!

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Tampa Bay and Ottawa leave NASL for the USL, the MLS playoffs begin tonight, a Brazilian legend passes, Wood strikes twice, and we can't wait for DCU tomorrow night. Despiértense...it's the Freedom Kicks.

Happy Wednesday folks! Tonight sees the start of the knockout round of the 2016 MLS Playoffs, with Toronto FC hosting the Philadelphia Union (7:30pm, ESPN2) and the LA Galaxy at home against Real Salt Lake (10:30pm, UniMás).

D.C. United facing some tough decisions against Montreal Impact

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Will Ben Olsen give starts to fit-again veterans Marcelo Sarvas and Sean Franklin?

Heading into the 2016 MLS Playoffs, D.C. United are just about the healthiest they have been all year, which raises two lineup questions for head coach Ben Olsen. With both Marcelo Sarvas and Sean Franklin playing 45 minutes in the 4-2 loss to Orlando City SC on Sunday, Olsen is now faced with the prospect of keeping together a team that's on a run, or re-inserting two savvy veterans who have missed time to injuries.

Take our D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact MLS playoffs poll

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Who do you think takes Thursday's knockout round game?

How are you feeling about D.C. United playing a one-off home game against the Montreal Impact? Thursday's MLS playoff game between the two sides won't have the "midweek game" stigma after both clubs rested the majority of their starters.

A look back at D.C. United's games against the Montreal Impact

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Can recent history tell us anything about United's MLS playoff opponent?

For the first time since the Montreal Impact joined Major League Soccer back in 2012, D.C. United will meet them in the MLS playoffs. Both teams had the chance to host this game against each other, but Montreal lost 3-0 to the New England Revolution on Decision Day, meaning United kept the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference despite a 4-2 setback against Orlando City SC.

Filibuster podcast episode 209: The berry farm also has goats

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The Filibuster crew is here to talk MLS Cup playoffs!

D.C. United is hosting a game at RFK Stadium in the MLS Cup playoffs, and Filibuster is here to talk about it! First, though, Adam, Jason, and Ben talk about the D.C. United stadium and the potential problem that seems to have been avoided with their Zoning Commission hearing.

Fantasy Focus: Coming Home

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It's the end of the season as we know it.

It's all over. The MLS regular season has come to a close, bringing with it the conclusion of the 2016 fantasy season. The final round leader was Feel the Birn, who scored 100 points with captain David Villa (NYC) scoring 26 points on a goal and an assist, followed by Sebastian Giovinco's (TOR) 16 points on a goal and an assist, and Benny Feilhaber's (SKC) 12 points on the same.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: #BruceWatch?

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I don't know, I'm not on my hashtag game this morning.

Playoffs! D.C. United! Thursday! Be there!!

That's all the energy I can muster this morning, you guys. Tired af and busy af and just tryna to slap together some links for y'all.

D.C. United, Southwest Land Holder LLC come to Buzzard Point stadium agreement - Black And Red United
Can we get some shovels in the ground soon or nah?

D.C. United, Southwest Land Holder LLC come to Buzzard Point stadium agreement

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The Zoning Commission meeting will be moved back so revised plans for the stadium can be completed

D.C. United's quest for zoning approval appears likely to be put on hold for an additional two weeks, but it also looks like the club has reached an agreement with those objecting to the existing Buzzard Point stadium plan.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 34: Red line defined

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The red line was drawn, and we know which teams are playoff bound in this final edition of the Power Rankings.

Week 34. Decision Day. For several teams, playoff hopes, seedings and a Shield were up for grabs. And with the red playoff line highlighted the entire week, 12 teams will move onto the postseason.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Playoff homecoming

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We recap MLS Decision Day and the upcoming playoffs (home game!), Real Madrid takes over La Liga, Jose Mourinho is mad and Captain Carli does work for the USWNT. It's your Monday Freedom Kicks!

Happy Monday folks! I'm here this morning filling in for our very own Ryan Keefer, who over the weekend welcomed a new baby son into the world.

D.C. United lose 4-2 to Orlando City, will host Montreal Impact in MLS Playoffs

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Ben Olsen made 10 changes to his team, but United keep their 4th spot in the East despite loss

D.C. United didn't have the best of days on the field on Sunday in their final MLS regular season game. Fielding a weakened side, United struggled defensively against Orlando City SC, eventually falling 4-2 to end a four game winning streak.

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

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United is looking to keep their good run going & to secure a home playoff game

Remember a month ago, when D.C. United was merely an improving team that hadn't quite put it all together? They faced Orlando City SC at RFK separated by a tiebreaker, and both clubs were outside of the playoff picture.

D.C. United vs. Orlando City 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS

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United's MLS playoff dress rehearsal is in Florida against a team building towards 2017

D.C. United is playing the most effective soccer in MLS right now. It's been so long since we've been able to say it that it almost feels weird. The Black-and-Red, with a win over Orlando City SC today, would be charging into the playoffs with the only five-game winning streak the league has seen this year.

Opposition 11: Who will Orlando City start against D.C. United?

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OCSC is moving pieces around as they plan for next year

D.C. United closes out the regular season against an Orlando City SC side that is using their final games to look for a way to be better next year. United beat the Lions 4-1 a month ago and virtually closed the door on Orlando's playoff hopes (while starting a four-game winning streak of their own).

D.C. United MLS playoffs rooting guide

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Here's what United fans should hope for on Decision Day

D.C. United's four-game winning streak has people throwing the word "contender" around, and has seen them jump from the playoff bubble to potentially hosting a knockout round game. A win tomorrow over Orlando City SC will do the job, but that's only part of the equation.

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

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Plus: some inspiration for your Halloween movie night.

Here we are, folks: Decision Day. After clinching their playoff spot, D.C. United head down to Orlando to try to secure a home game in the playoffs. They'll need a win, though, and away wins haven't always been in DCU's wheelhouse.

But this team is hot right now, and we're feeling confident.

D.C. United vs. Orlando City: 3 questions with The Mane Land

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Ahead of MLS's "Decision Day," we checked up on United's next opponent

Ahead of D.C. United's visit to Florida to take on Orlando City SC, we found ourselves with some questions about the Lions. What do you do when you have some questions? You go ask somebody! So we checked in with The Mane Land (the OCSC version of what we do here), and the site's managing editor Michael Citro filled us in:

Since Orlando City has been eliminated from the playoffs, what do you want to see Jason Kreis do with this final game of the 2016 season?

D.C. United Will Obliterate All Opponents & Sundry Soccer Links for 21 October 2016

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Everybody else sucks. They suck so bad.

Insert further ado here.

How DC United's midseason pickups made them the most explosive team in MLS | MLSsoccer.com: Oh my god. Is that...what is it...I can't quite put my finger on it...something strange and unprecedented coming from MLSsoccer.

Filibuster’s 20th Anniversary non-commentary of the First MLS Cup

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We bring you an episode of Filibuster from almost four years ago on the 20th anniversary of the very first MLS Cup.

D.C. United is a team and a fanbase that respects its history, and so today is a very special day: It is the 20th Anniversary of the very first MLS Cup, which D.C. United won in dramatic fashion 3-2 over the LA Galaxy.

First MLS Cup 20th Anniversary, Lloyd Sam, and Patrick Nyarko: Freedom Kicks for 20 October 2016

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Soccer, go!

Happy 20th anniversary of the very first MLS Cup. We've got something special planned for it that will be coming out later today, but first, here are the links!

United to stream first MLS Cup on Facebook | D.C. United: D.C. United will stream the very first MLS Cup on Facebook this evening; we will have something to go along with it that will be coming later this morning, so keep your eyes open for that!

MLS Power Rankings, Week 33: One more week

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There's one more week left...who will step up in the Power Rankings?

The playoff line is as red as ever, as we draw to the final week of the season. Week 33 saw a couple teams finally squander their chances to make the playoffs, while in the Western Conference, 4 teams will fight it out for the final 3 spots above that red line.

Washington Spirit waive Laura del Rio, Estefania Banini still might return

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The team's leading scorer still might return next year, and most of the league runners-up are coming back

Washington Spirit forward Laura del Río was named to the NWSL re-entry wire today after her contract with the Spirit expired and the Spirit opted to not offer the Spanish midfielder a new contract.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: I’ll be late for that

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Cristiano Ronaldo gets roasted, Nagbe's USMNT future in doubt, fresh blood in the USWNT lineup, and Manchester United has no untouchables...we're a bit late, but it's your Freedom Kicks.

What up world...yep, this is coming a little bit late, but it's 11:00am and the early morning got away from me.

D.C. United vs. NYCFC Final Player Ratings

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Votes are revealed, and we start to get nervous about the playoffs.

D.C. United's 'win and in' mission on Sunday was more than accomplished, scoring 3 goals in 18 minutes en route to a 3-1 win over New York City FC, which led to a playoff berth for their third consecutive season, and 4 in the last 5 years under the Managing General Partner Jason Levien era.

Confidence high as D.C. United prepare for Orlando City trip

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United must win in Florida to guarantee themselves an MLS playoff game at home

For almost a year and a half, D.C. United went without scoring multiple goals in a road game during MLS regular season play. After a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in April 2015, United began a stretch of 27 games on the road in which they failed to score more than one goal.

MLS Fantasy: Piatti Rock is in the House Tonight

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Who ordered the loaded Nacho?

With a score of 110 points, Rolfin' on the River led the league this round. Bradley Wright-Phillips (NYR, $12.3) scored an armband-aided 26 points with two goals to lead the team. Behind him were Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $11.9), who scored two goals of his own for 15 points, and the DCU pair of Lloyd Sam ($9.

Filibuster podcast episode 207: Not as good as a rocket ship

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D.C. United is flying into the playoffs, just like a rocket ship.

The Filibuster podcast, just like D.C. United, is on a rocket ride of success as we blast into the playoffs! We open with United's 3-1 win over New York City FC, and ponder whether or not the first half was the best 45 minutes of the year for the team.

It looks like Estefania Banini has left the Washington Spirit for Valencia CF

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All signs point to the Spirit's top scorer in 2016 having signed with Spanish club Valencia's women's team

Though the Washington Spirit haven't officially announced Estefania Banini's departure from the club, the signs are pointing to the Argentine playmaker not playing with the Spirit in 2017.

Despite community concerns, D.C. United confident Buzzard Point stadium is on track

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Citizens raised issues on Monday night ahead of the Zoning Commission Public Hearing on 11/2

In an office building in Southwest Washington D.C., not too far from the proposed Buzzard Point Stadium, representatives from D.C. United gave a presentation on their proposed new home Monday night to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: #HereIsBenny

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Nothing like some #BennyWatch to start the day.

It's only Tuesday? I feel like we are certainly at least halfway through the week by now. Oof.

The Best-Dressed MLS Coach Bracket: Vote now in the play-in round | MLSsoccer.com
#BennyWatch

D.C. United follow Portland Timbers' MLS Cup-winning blueprint into playoffs | FOX Sports
I would be fine with this.

D.C. United vs. New York City FC GIFs

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We look at moments that caught our fancy.

For the second time in three weeks, in front of an overflow (by current RFK standards) crowd, D.C. United muscled up in a game they needed to win and did the thing in a 3-1 win over New York City FC that was fraught with beauty, weirdness and general fun.

D.C. United vs. New York City ratings form

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Voting on the good and bad from yesterday is open.

I'll just skip to the end of things here and skip to the introduction: D.C. United defeated New York City FC 3-1 in a game of soccer yesterday. They've made the playoffs for the third straight year, and fourth of the last five, and, well, it seems like things are trending up compared to previous years, right?

Monday Freedom Kicks: Playoffs? Playoffs!

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We look back at yesterday for the local club and the partners, and the best interpretation of a Schwarzenegger film.

Yesterday was fun. Perhaps most fun?

Today's Attendance: 30,943

WELL DONE! #DCU #DCvNYC pic.twitter.com/GzDsvee6WE

— D.

Goal accomplished as D.C. United qualify for MLS playoffs

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It wasn't always pretty in 2016, but the Black-and-Red made the playoffs by winning when it mattered

Halfway through the season, D.C. United were searching for an answer for their season. Struggling to find goals, United were on the outside looking in for the playoffs, which seemed like a longshot after a six game winless streak in July and to begin August.

First half outburst sends D.C. United to playoffs with 3-1 win over NYCFC

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First half goals from Mullins, Boswell, and Vincent guarantee United's playoff spot

D.C. United came into the penultimate game of the MLS season just needing one win to secure their 2016 goal of making the playoffs. In front of the biggest home crowd of the season, the Black-and-Red took care of that business against New York City FC, scoring thrice in the first half to secure a 3-1 win.

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

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A win in their final regular season home game gives United a spot in the playoffs

D.C. United won three straight heading into the international break, changing the tone of their entire season in a one-week span. The Black-and-Red are on a three-game winning streak, and if they make it four in a row today, they'll be assured of a spot in the MLS playoffs.

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

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Villa and Pirlo aren't the only players of note for the Pigeons

Early in the season, Patrick Vieira tinkered a lot with New York City FC's formation and starting eleven. Every week it seemed like a new look, with a 3223 and several other looks given a shot. D.C. United didn't have the benefit of catching NYCFC during that stretch, though, and since they've settled on a 433 and a fairly consistent lineup, the Pigeons have been one of the better teams in MLS.

D.C. United vs. NYCFC 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS

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If United can extend their three-game winning streak, they'll clinch an MLS playoff spot

D.C. United is so close to the MLS playoffs, it almost feels like the job is done. However, as we talked about yesterday, there are scenarios that would see them eliminated despite having lost just once in the last twelve games.

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

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Plus: a question about an elite squad...

Playoffs are coming. But before they do, it's time for United's last home game of the regular season, against the very hate-able, stupidly named NYCFC. (By the way, Jason breaks down DCU's playoff scenarios for you right here, so check that out.)

Putting the playoffs aside for just a minute, though, let's predict what'll happen in tomorrow's match.

D.C. United’s MLS playoff scenarios

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With two games left to play, we took a look at all of the ways the season could end for United

Thanks to their current three-game winning streak, D.C. United is sitting in a comfortable position. 43 points is not enough to clinch a playoff spot - that will require 46 points as of this writing - but it does put United very close to a playoff spot in MLS's Eastern Conference.

Caprice Dydasco suffered torn ACL in NWSL Championship

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The Washington Spirit defender could miss the beginning of the 2017 season

The Washington Spirit confirmed today that defender Caprice Dydasco suffered a torn ACL in the NWSL championship. The 23 year old could miss the start of the 2017 season. Dydasco, who was expected to play for the Newcastle Jets of Australia's W-League in the offseason, will instead spend the next few months recovering from surgery.

Help a friend in need and Be the Match: Freedom Kicks for 13 October 2016

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Soccer, go!

Having a tiny baby is not conducive to getting Freedom Kicks out at 7:30, so we're just gonna stumble in here just before 10. Grab some caffeine, and let's get to it!

Member of D.C. United family battling leukemia needs your help | D.C. United: Many of you know Big Rob Gillespie, and many of you know that he is in need of a bone marrow transplant.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Nuthin but a hero

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We recap the USMNT draw, Klinsmann wants to keep WCQs as is, Real Madrid dropping cash on a new roof, Michael Bradley reviewing his options, and Abby Wambach doubles down. It's your Wednesday Freedom Kicks.

Well, good morning folks. I stayed up late after the USMNT match at RFK Stadium last night to write this so I'm probably still sleeping off the last week and a half of travel.

USA settle for draw against New Zealand

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USMNT head into next month's Hexagonal opener versus Mexico on the back of a 1-1 draw with the Kiwis

Julian Green struck once against for the US national team in their final warm-up before the CONCACAF Hexagonal game against Mexico next month, but a second half New Zealand score left the game in a stalemate.

United States vs. New Zealand 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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New players have cycled in in the USMNT's final prep before the Hex

The United States faces New Zealand tonight in what will be their final dress rehearsal for the upcoming CONCACAF Hexagonal matches against Mexico and Costa Rica. It's not really an ideal test for the USMNT, though, as New Zealand has historically been a very defensive team that favors long balls out of necessity.

Filibuster podcast episode 206: Dinosaurs headbutting other dinosaurs

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We have Jurgen Klinsmann's stupid comments and the last D.C. United regular season home game about which to talk

Even though there wasn't a D.C. United game this weekend, there is still a Filibuster for you to enjoy on Tuesday. Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about the change in ownership of D.C.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: #Birdbomb hashtaggers, assemble

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We're going national.

Greetings, friends! Anyone heading out to RFK tonight? I'm currently trying to decide whether to sport my new DCU Birdbomb jersey or go with the tried-and-true bomb pop Bradley one.

Jason Levien, Erick Thohir assume full ownership of D.C. United - Black And Red United
In case you missed it yesterday.

Bill Hamid way down Klinsmann's USMNT depth chart

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Jurgen Klinsmann listed six keepers ahead of Bill Hamid during Monday's press conference

It has been nearly two years since Bill Hamid has taken the field wearing the red, white, and blue for the US national team. In a friendly against Ireland, D.C. United's first ever homegrown signing played 90 minutes in a 4-1 defeat.

Steve Birnbaum status unclear for New Zealand friendly

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The centerback has no concussion symptoms after taking a cleat to the head against Cuba

Steve Birnbaum returned to the nation's capital this weekend, sporting a slight alteration to his manicured hair cut, after Friday's friendly in the Caribbean against Cuba. In the dying moments against Cuba, the D.

Jason Levien, Erick Thohir assume full ownership of D.C. United

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Will Chang has ended his service to D.C. United

Bloomberg reports and Black and Red United can independently confirm that Erick Thohir and Jason Levien, the Managing Partner and Managing General Partner of D.C. United, respectively, have bought out Managing Partner Will Chang's 40 percent share in the club for an unreleased amount, and now have 100 percent ownership in the team.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Gone in a (WNY) Flash

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Recaps of a gut punch for the Spirit, D.C. United players and the US team, and Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.

If you're like me, you watched the NWSL Final last night, because it had a chance to give Washington D.C. a title and temporarily stop bellyaching. But nope, only more pain.

Washington Spirit concede 124th minute equalizer to Western New York Flash, lose NWSL Championship on PKs

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Spirit midfielder Christine Nairn summed it up best: "This one is going to hurt for a while."

There were thirty seconds left. The Washington Spirit were thirty seconds away from winning their first-ever NWSL Championship, on track to beat the Western New York Flash 2-1 until Lynn Williams scored a stunning equalizer, forcing a penalty kick shootout where the Spirit missed three of their penalty kicks and consequently missed out on what would have been their first-ever title.

Washington Spirit fall to Western New York Flash in NWSL championship on penalties

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Spirit suffer heartbreaking loss after leading twice

A wonderful season for the Washington Spirit came to a cruel end at the hands of the Western New York Flash, who took the 2016 NWSL championship on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Crystal Dunn twice gave the Spirit the lead, only for Samantha Mewis and Lynn Williams - in the 124th minute - to pull the Flash back level each time.

Washington Spirit vs. Western New York Flash NWSL Championship TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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This is it. The Spirit go for their first trophy in team history in today's clash against the Flash

After what seems like an eternity of waiting, the Washington Spirit finally play in the NWSL Championship, taking on the Western New York Flash at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Spirit haven't taken the field since September 30th, when Francisca Ordega fired the Spirit into the final with an extra time goal against the Chicago Red Stars.

Projected Western New York Flash starting lineup for the 2016 NWSL Championship

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Unlike the Spirit, the Flash lineup is pretty much settled

The Washington Spirit may have questions about who to start at center back and a wide range of forwards to choose from, but the Western New York Flash are heading into today's NWSL championship game with no such problem. Even head coach Paul Riley's suspension won't have a major impact on the Flash's starting eleven, which appears to be more or less set in stone.

New to the Washington Spirit? Here’s a guide to the NWSL Championship

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Let's get you on the bandwagon before today's NWSL final

If you've been on this site a lot lately, you've heard a ton about the Washington Spirit's quest to be champions of the National Women's Soccer League. The NWSL final is later today against the Western New York Flash. Thinking about getting on the bandwagon?

Projected Washington Spirit starting lineup for the 2016 NWSL Championship

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Against the Western New York Flash, the Spirit have some big choices to make

The Washington Spirit are in the NWSL championship game against the Western New York Flash after a season in which they topped the table for most of the year. That probably paints a settled sort of picture for folks that haven't followed the team closely, but that picture would be inaccurate.

Washington Spirit vs. Western New York Flash NWSL Championship live stream 2016: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The Spirit look for their first-ever trophy today at BBVA Compass Stadium

The Washington Spirit will face the Western New York Flash this evening in the Spirit's first-ever NWSL final. It's the second time the Flash have gotten to the final, but both teams are looking to be crowned NWSL champions for the first time.

Bill Hamid joins USA for New Zealand friendly

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D.C. United's number one has been added to the roster by manager Jurgen Klinsmann

As part of bevy of changes following the US National team's 2-0 friendly win against Cuba on Friday, D.C. United's Bill Hamid has been called up to the national team. Hamid takes the spot of Ethan Horvath, who returns to Molde FK after playing 90 minutes in the win in Cuba.

Filibuster podcast episode 205: Everything pumpkin is happening

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The NWSL Final is on Sunday, so Filibuster breaks it down with Steph Yang

Jason Anderson welcomes on Steph Yang of The Bent Musket to talk about the Washington Spirit, the Western New York Flash, and all things NWSL Final in advance of the game on Saturday afternoon. The Spirit won a wild game over the Chicago Red Stars to get her (2-1 in extra time) and the Flash won and even wilder game over the Portland Thorns (4-3 in extra time) to set this matchup.

Steve Birnbaum picks up ugly injury on USMNT duty

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D.C. United's star defender took a kick to the head against Cuba today

D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum came on at halftime of today's United States friendly with Cuba for John Brooks and was having a good second half, or at least as much as one could expect against the 139th ranked team in the FIFA rankings.

United States vs. Cuba 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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We're trying our hardest to focus on the exciting new USMNT players

We've spent a lot of time harping on Jurgen Klinsmann's United States roster selections in these parts. Outside of the USMNT boss's maddening inability to see how much better Bill Hamid is than other members of the American goalkeeping pool, there's also the general puzzle of how he evaluates players all over the field.

USMNT, Hurricane Matthew, Washington Spirit and more: Freedom Kicks for October 7 2016

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USMNT (hopefully) play this afternoon and Spirit will be in the NWSL Championship this Sunday- here are your Friday Freedom Kicks

USMNT friendly vs. Cuba expected to be played as scheduled despite Hurricane Matthew - FOX Sports
Hearts out to those affected by Hurricane Matthew. For those with an eye on both soccer and the weather forecast, here's an update on the USMNT and its (hopefully) friendly in Cuba.

D.C. United stadium, Andy Najar, and Perry Kitchen: Freedom Kicks for 6 October 2016

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Soccer, go!

D.C. sports fans: It's OK to show some Spirit - Black And Red United: Really, its ok. You can like soccer and women's sports too!

Here's how you'll drive, park and bike to the new D.C. United stadium - Washington Business Journal: Some of this information we have seen before, but some of this information is new (at least to me), such as the fact that the team might provide a transit subsidy equal in value to the parking subsidy typically provided to season ticket holders.

D.C. sports fans: It’s OK to show some Spirit

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An appeal to those yearning for a glimpse at D.C. sports glory.

If you're a soccer fan in the DMV, you've probably done this exercise once or twice with friends of yours:

Friend: "Jeez, D.C. sports can't buy a break. The Nats and Caps lose every playoffs, and the Caps usually choke in the process.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 31: Three teams surge

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Teams who needed the wins got them in a loaded week of the Power Rankings.

Week 31 was full of action, with 14 matches throughout the week as teams sought to make up ground and get into one of those coveted playoff spots. Three teams dominated the week as the Seattle Sounders, Montreal Impact and our favorite D.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC Community/Site Player Ratings

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We reveal the votes and look at a possible perk of the win.

D.C. United had to have anticipated seeing Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC in some manner or fashion Saturday night. While they dodged a bit of a bullet, there was still three more national team players on the TFC squad. Both teams had been playing a few games of late, so there was some rotation on both sides, even before an international break, but the Black-and-Red managed to steal a win at BMO field and further cementing their chances of a postseason berth.

Look back: The Washington Freedom win the 2003 Founder’s Cup

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With the Washington Spirit playing in the NWSL Final this weekend, we take a look back the last final involving a local woso team

On Sunday, the Washington Spirit will be playing in the NWSL final against the Western New York Flash, looking to win a trophy for the first time in the club's four year history.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Lost in the world

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Carli Lloyd to retire in 2020, FIFA president wants a 48-team World Cup, the "laughing stock" that is England's national team, Talon gets no respect and MLS players fly like the rest of us. Rise up for your Wednesday Freedom Kicks!

What up world. It's Wednesday morning and I'm set to travel to Miami this morning, where tomorrow I will hopefully be able to catch a charter flight for Cuba for the USMNT match that takes place Friday.

Richmond Kickers fall to Louisville City in USL Eastern Conference quarterfinals

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Andrew Dykstra kept 10-man Kickers team in the game for bulk of the match

A hard-fought season for the Richmond Kickers came to an end Sunday night as they lost a quarterfinal playoff game against Louisville City FC. On the road against a side that scored fifty-two goals during the regular season to Richmond's thirty-three, the Kickers had a nightmare start after going down to ten men in the fourth minute.

Filibuster podcast episode 204: The Big Apple Cider

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Nine points in seven days? We'll take it!

The whole crew is back together again, as Jason, Adam, and Ben are all here to talk about D.C. United's 2-1 victory over Toronto FC, their third win in seven days! We talk about the luxurious amount of wing depth that D.C. United has right now, and how there was less rotation than we thought there would be in this game.

Fantasy Focus: Fly Like a Neagle

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Into the playoff (position)

With so many teams playing twice this round, big numbers were bound to come. Willy Nilly put up 133 points to lead the league. Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $11.7) captained the team and scored 28 points on a goal and an assist. Osvaldo Alonso (SEA, $9.5) trailed with 17 points on a goal of his own, and David Villa (NYC, $12.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Bob Bradley > you

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Today's main lesson tbh.

Heyo, it finally, truly feels like fall, y'all! And I am here for it. I'm also 1000% elephants here for D.C. United getting that away win in Toronto and sitting nicely above the red line. (Obviously, I know it was days ago, but I feel it bears repeating.)

Shall we get to some soccer things?

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC ratings form

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Your voting for Saturday's big win are open.

So D.C. United went to Toronto FC, anticipating to face Sebastian Giovinco but didn't get him. They did get Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley in their stead, and playing their fourth game in just over two weeks, they managed to make the most of their chances en route to a 2-1 win that would presumably ensure a playoff berth for the Black-and-Red and perhaps even hosting a game to boot.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Lamar Brace-goal

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Recaps, a D.C. United player gets abused by his own fans at home, and Sideshow Bob.

In my latest installment of silly nicknames to D.C. United players, I know this needs a little workshopping, but wanted to get things in anyway. Please to enjoy.

Recaps of D.C. United's 2-1 win over Toronto FC from us, the Washington Post and MLS (with more from them here).

Washington Spirit will face WNY Flash in NWSL Championship

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Western New York upset the Portland Thorns, making the Spirit the favorites to win the final in Houston

The Washington Spirit will face the Western New York Flash in the NWSL Championship after the Flash upset the Portland Thorns this evening. Two first half goals gave the Flash the lead but in less than a minute after the second goal, Christine Sinclair scored for the Thorns.

Steve Birnbaum on USMNT roster for October friendlies

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Birdbomb among 23 players called in to face Cuba and New Zealand

Earlier today U.S. Soccer announced the list of 23 players that will comprised the United States team for friendlies in the upcoming international break. The U.S. plays Cuba in Havana Friday afternoon at 4pm Eastern before coming to RFK to host New Zealand on Tuesday, October 11.

D.C. United vs. Toronto GIFs

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We look at some moments from Saturday.

D.C. United was going up to Canada to play a Toronto FC side that had been looking not as good as they normally would (thanks to the absence of Sebastian Giovinco), but still among the East leaders. Dressing an A-minus/B-plus side that was definitely leggy from the work they'd put in over the last two and a half weeks, their 2-1 win may have been as impressive as the ones which have given them all this goalscoring over the last two months.

Lamar Neagle leads D.C. United to huge road win over Toronto FC

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The Black-and-Red win their third straight, jumping up to 4th in the East

D.C. United put an exclamation point on their best week of the 2016 season, coming back to knock off Toronto FC 2-1 at BMO Field. After Jozy Altidore used some wonderful moves to put TFC ahead in the 36th minute, Lamar Neagle pulled United level just three minutes later.

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

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D.C. United finishes three games in seven days with a trip across the border

D.C. United plays their third game in seven days, before getting almost two full weeks off due to the international break. A win against Toronto FC would almost guarantee United a spot in the MLS playoffs; if the chips fall a certain way today, United could actually and mathematically clinch a spot today.

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

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We talk to James Grossi of Waking the Red to get the lowdown on all things Canadian

D.C. United takes on Toronto FC tonight; to preview the game, we talked to James Grossi of Waking the Red. His answers to my questions follow; if you want to see my answers, head on over to our sister site.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew Community/Site Player Ratings

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We look at your votes and prepare for unpleasantness today.

D.C. United was coming into a RFK Stadium clash with Columbus Crew with a game that they should have won beforehand; the team was, is, buzzing, the Crew were without several players, including Federico Higuain, and the Crew were dealing on slightly shorter rest.

Three we learned from the Washington Spirit's semifinal victory

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"A dream come true" for the Spirit, who will get their shot at the NWSL championship next weekend

The Washington Spirit advanced to their first-ever NWSL Championship with a thrilling 2-1 win extra time win over the visiting Chicago Red Stars. Ali Krieger scored a header towards the end of the first half to seal 45 minutes of Spirit dominance, but the Spirit lost momentum in the second half and Christen Press scored the equalizer in the 81st minute.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS

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Despite indifferent form of late, TFC promises to be a tough foe for United

D.C. United is following a well-worn path in MLS, finding their best form in September and charging towards the postseason after having spent much of the year merely keeping touch with the playoff places. Back-to-back wins - the first positive or negative streak of the season for the Black-and-Red - over Orlando and Columbus have pushed United four points above the red line.

Washington Spirit heading to NWSL championship after 2-1 win over Chicago Red Stars

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Francisca Ordega's goal gave the Spirit a thrilling extra time victory

The Washington Spirit defeated the Chicago Red Stars 2-1 in extra time tonight at the Maryland Soccerplex, with Washington moving on to their first ever appearance in the NWSL's championship game. USWNT stars Ali Krieger opened the scoring for Washington in the first half, but Christen Press responded with an 81st minute goal.