Black and Red United Archives for January 2016

Friday Freedom Kicks: Closing out 2016 with USWNT news and a look around the soccer world

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Your final FKs of 2016

Happy Friday! This is the final links post of the year and given this year, it's worth a celebration. Also, DC won't be hit by the storm that's dumping over a foot of snow in New England, another thing worth celebration.

U.S. Women's National Team Fires Its Union's Leader- New York Times
The end of 2016 also means the scheduled end of the U.

Landon Donovan, Hope Solo, moth jokes, and more: Freedom Kicks for Thursday, 12/29/2016

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Various MLS signings and rumors, the USWNT's fight for equal pay, and some other stuff

I did some late-night shopping to pick up stuff to make fajitas, and along with seeing a kid puke at Target, I realized that I've adjusted to the cold temperatures. 34 and breezy was no problem with just a light coat and short sleeves on underneath (and, you know, pants).

Jonkopings Sodra says they’re playing D.C. United in preseason

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If true, it would be the third straight year J-Sodra faced the Black-and-Red

Jonkopings Sodra IF of Sweden's Allsvenskan is listing a preseason friendly with D.C. United on their website for Wednesday, February 8 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Typically, these dates don't get nailed down until mid-January.

Filibuster podcast episode 218: You can't slap your assistants

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We have an interview with the owner of DC's newest soccer bar

After a week off for the holiday, the Filibuster crew is back, rested, and ready to go. We start with a D.C. United news roundup, talking about the departure of Andrew Dykstra, the arrival of Jose Guillermo Ortiz, and the re-signing of Sean Franklin.

Bob Bradley fired, US coaching licenses, and Orlando City: Freedom Kicks for 28 December 2016

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Soccer, go!

Hey all, I'm back! Well, I'm just subbing in for your regularly scheduled Freedom Kicker, and I've brought some verbosity to the proceedings. Let's get into it!

Bob Bradley out as manager at Premier League side Swansea: Brought into a terrible situation and never given a chance to pick his own players, it isn't too surprising that Bob Bradley wasn't able to right the ship.

Tales from Buzzard Point - Chapter 4: Prof. Langley's Dive

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The fourth in a series of Tales from Buzzard Point that explores the rich history and traditions of legendary Buzzard Point – a legacy that the current D.C. United ownership should honor in their plans for naming the new soccer specific stadium.

Today's entry was researched by "Tales from Buzzard Point" Series Editor David Rusk.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Talon’s New Year’s resolution

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Get aggressive.

Greetings, friends! I'm still very much in holiday/vacation mode, and I hope many of you are, too. If you're not, though, I hope real life is treating you well.

Let's talk soccer, yes?

MLS has way too many white jerseys | Black and Red United

Hard agree.

MLS has way too many white jerseys

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Nearly every one of MLS's 22 teams has a white primary or secondary jersey. Let's start mixing things up.

As the calendar begins to flip to 2017, we look forward to the impending beginning of MLS preseason, training camps in Florida and making plans for the first couple matches of the year.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Happy and Merry!

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More on D.C. United's new signing, ranked logos, and a rumor. Maybe.

Hi, hope you're getting everything you want during the holiday season.

José Guillermo Ortiz, un pésimo negocio para Alajuelense (La Nacion): If you have some time and are up for translation, this article on D.C.

Tales from Buzzard Point: an introduction

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A series that explores the rich history and traditions of legendary Buzzard Point – a legacy that the current D.C. United ownership should honor in their plans for naming the new soccer specific stadium.

In fall 2016, longtime reader/commenter and most interesting man in the world David Rusk approached the Black and Red United editors about curating a series for the site that would focus on the interesting and sometimes-odd history of Buzzard Point, the peninsula in Southwest DC where D.

Tales from Buzzard Point: the complete series

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A series that explores the rich history and traditions of legendary Buzzard Point – a legacy that the current D.C. United ownership should honor in their plans for naming the new soccer specific stadium.

In fall 2016, longtime reader/commenter and most interesting man in the world David Rusk approached the Black and Red United editors about curating a series for the site that would focus on the interesting and sometimes-odd history of Buzzard Point, the peninsula in Southwest DC where D.

Tales from Buzzard Point - Chapter 3: The Magic Triangle

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The third in a series of Tales from Buzzard Point that explores the rich history and traditions of legendary Buzzard Point – a legacy that the current D.C. United ownership should honor in their plans for naming the new soccer specific stadium.

Today's entry was researched by "Tales from Buzzard Point" Series Editor David Rusk.

“You’re what is wrong with America!” Friday Freedom Kicks for December 23, 2016

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Some D.C. United tidbits, the MLS Re-Entry Draft, and a story about hippos

I was going to talk about The Thing again, but yesterday was balmy by recent standards. So...uh...hey, what's for lunch? I've only been awake for a few minutes, and I'm thinking of getting Peruvian chicken already. And now that we've stumbled through an introduction, let's get to the links:

Jose Ortiz: the obligatory FM scouting report, with excessive discourse.

D.C. United passes on MLS Re-Entry Draft’s second round

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The Black-and-Red declined to make a pick, but Andrew Dykstra was selected by Sporting KC

As expected, D.C. United declined to select any players in the second round of the MLS Re-Entry Draft this afternoon. A thin pool of players, combined with United being reasonably deep at most positions, left few viable choices for the Black-and-Red to pick up today.

Washington Spirit sign midfielder Havana Solaun

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The Spirit acquired her NWSL rights from the Seattle Reign last month

The Washington Spirit officially signed midfielder Havana Solaun yesterday. The Spirit had acquired the NWSL rights to Solaun from the Seattle Reign as part of the trade that saw Christine Nairn go west. In addition to Solaun, the Spirit received the Reign's 3rd and 36th overall pick in this January's college draft as well as the Reign's natural second round pick in the 2018 draft, while trading the rights to goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel to the Reign.

Washington Spirit striker Francisca Ordega joins Sydney FC on loan

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The Nigerian international will spend the winter playing in Australia's W-League

After reports in Australia broke overnight, the Washington Spirit confirmed that Francisca Ordega will play the rest of the W-League season on loan with Sydney FC this morning. Ordega has joined Sydney already, and will stay in Australia through the end of the W-League season in February before returning to rejoin the Spirit for the preseason.

U.S. women’s national team will face France in Washington, DC

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It looks like the USWNT will play France on March 8, 2017

According to a France women's national team press release, the U.S. women's national team will play France on March 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. The friendly has not been announced by U.S. Soccer. The USWNT will host a series of friendlies this spring against Germany, England, and France as part of the federation's SheBelieves Cup.

Thursday Freedom Kicks: MLS season openers, Julian Green, and more

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Your links for December 22

Good morning! Here are your links for this slightly less cold Thursday morning.

Julian Green right to leave Bayern Munich to reignite career at Stuttgart | ESPN FC
Julian Green is leaving Bayern Munich to play for Stuttgart, a club where he will probably get more playing time.

D.C. United announces 2017 MLS season opener

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The Black-and-Red's 2017 campaign will start off at home against Sporting KC

D.C. United, along with the rest of MLS, announced the date for their 2017 season opener. The Black-and-Red will host Sporting Kansas City at RFK Stadium (note that the club is making a point to mention that it's the final opener at RFK) on March 4th, followed by a trip up to the Bronx to face NYCFC at Yankee Stadium March 12th.

WoSo Week in Review: Alex Morgan to Lyon, Melbourne City falls again

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This week in women's soccer: Alex Morgan, W-League, and some NWSL moves

Alex Morgan officially signed with Olympique Lyonnais yesterday, confirming an anticipated departure for the USWNT and Orlando Pride striker. In other news, Melbourne Victory had their second consecutive loss after winning the first 16 regular season games in club history.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Alex Morgan Says Au Revoir (For Now)

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Alex Morgan heads to France, Jose Ortiz joins the Black-and-Red, English fans dog Bob Bradley for how he talks, Real Madrid's transfer ban is reduced and Barcelona ready to spend some cash to keep Lionel Messi around...rise up, it's your Freedom Kicks.

Hello folks! It's early in the morning and I don't have much for you since I head home for the holidays today, so let's just jump right into the news:

Why I'm Going to Play in Lyon | The Players' Tribune

The USWNT and Orlando Pride star Alex Morgan is taking her talents to Olympique Lyonnais for the 2nd half of their season.

Is there anyone left in the Re-Entry Draft pool that D.C. United should pick up?

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It's a thin group this year, but United might still find some depth on Thursday

On Thursday, D.C. United and the rest of MLS's clubs will get a shot at the second round of the Re-Entry Draft. How does this differ from the first round? To keep things brief, the first round obliges you to sign the player as is.

Jose Ortiz officially joins D.C. United on loan from Herediano

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The former Alajuelense attacker comes to MLS shortly after changing clubs in Costa Rica

After rumors, and claims, and confirmation from the player himself, Costa Rican attacker Jose Guillermo Ortiz has officially joined D.C. United on loan from Herediano. United will have Ortiz for the 2017 season, with an option to buy his permanent playing rights built into the deal.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Nope, still me

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Same host, different links. Or something.

Hi. Me again. You'll get no Hamilton references today and like it or some such thing.

D.C. United re-signs Sean Franklin to a multi-year deal (us): This isn't much of a surprise, and weirdly save for filling out depth puts the team in a weird spot of stability.

D.C. United re-signs Sean Franklin to a multi-year deal

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The steady right back is here to stay

D.C. United announced today that they have re-signed free agent fullback Sean Franklin to a multi-year deal. The veteran has appeared in 82 games for United, contributing three goals and six assists while providing solid defense up and down the right side of the field.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Holiday AND Wedding Bells

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Looking at a new signing and a Black-and-Red player gets hitched.

Look at that, holiday week things going on. Hopefully you and yours enjoy it.

All signs pointing towards D.C. United acquiring Jose Guillermo Ortiz (B&RU): We'll have more on this when it's official, but this would seem to be a good move.

All signs pointing towards D.C. United acquiring Jose Guillermo Ortiz

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It looks like the Black-and-Red have bolstered an already potent attack

Jose Guillermo Ortiz, who was officially unveiled as a new signing by Costa Rican club CS Herediano today, is apparently going to be joining D.C. United on loan. The rumor has been going in Costa Rica for days, and just hours ago, Ortiz's agent Kurt Morsink said they were "very close" to a loan deal to an MLS club.

Agent for rumored D.C. United target Jose Ortiz says MLS loan “very close”

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Former DCU midfielder Kurt Morsink, now Ortiz's agent, thinks his client will be in MLS next season

Jose Guillermo Ortiz, the 24-year old Costa Rican attacker linked with D.C. United recently, has officially left LD Alajuelense for Herediano, who formally unveiled him today. During the press conference, Ortiz's agent Kurt Morsink - yes, THAT Kurt Morsink, the former Black-and-Red midfielder who retired to be a scout for United from 2012-2015 - said that they were ".

D.C. United has options in today’s Re-Entry Draft

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United has shrewdly used the Re-Entry Draft over the years

The drafting does not stop this week, with the third of three today: after the Expansion Draft and the Waiver Draft comes the first stage of the Re-Entry Draft. Created a few years ago, the Re-Entry Drafts allows players to move to a new team that wants them, rather than allowing a team to just squat on a player's rights (a la Kevin Hartman or Herculez Gomez).

Friday Freedom Kicks: Live from Outpost #31

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MLS expansion, player moves, and checking in on a former Washington Spirit player

The cold weather has officially settled in, and there's a new dog in my life (my mom adopted a dog last night, so I went over there to be introduced). This sounds like the start of a movie.

You're damn right I went back to Kurt Russell references.

Filibuster podcast episode 217: Asked to go meet a dog

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The guys get the lowdown on the two Interlopers United

It is a very rare two Filibuster week, with so much happening that we just had to split it into two shows. This week Jason, Ben, and Adam talk to writers who cover the two newest teams in MLS: Atlanta United and Minnesota United.

First off we talk to Rob Usry of Dirty South Soccer to get the low down on Atlanta.

3 players D.C. United could opt to take in the 2016 MLS Waiver Draft

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The Black-and-Red just might be able to find some value among players other teams decided to cut loose

I'll level with you: D.C. United is probably not going to pick anyone in today's MLS Waiver Draft (3pm Eastern). MLS's GMs, Technical Directors, Sporting Directors, and the like will all partake in a conference call, and a large majority of teams - hell, maybe even all 22 teams - will pass.

D.C. United stadium still has zoning hurdles to clear

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A potential final vote, which would allow the start of construction, may come at the next hearing in February

At another lengthy hearing Wednesday night, D.C. United once again went under the scrutiny of the Zoning Commission in their bid to build a stadium at Buzzard Point. The meeting consisted of 45 minutes of testimony from Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D Chairman Andy Litsky.

Thursday Freedom Kicks: It is very cold

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And it's going to get colder.

Good Thursday morning! Here are your links for this freezing cold day.

D.C. United planning to launch USL team in 2018 - Washington Post
Steve Goff is reporting that D.C. United is pursuing an in-house USL affiliate starting in 2018. The University of Maryland's Ludwig Field and the Maryland Soccerplex are mentioned as potential homes for the unnamed B team, but the more interesting option could be at George Mason, as part of a mooted practice facility.

D.C. United one of the MLS Cup longshots

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At least, if you listen to the oddsmakers

D.C. United is tied for the third-worst odds, at 25/1, to win the 2017 MLS Cup, according to a recently published list by the oddsmakers at Bovada. The Philadelphia Union, New England Revolution, and San Jose Earthquakes come in at 33/1, and the poor Chicago Fire bring up the rear at a whopping 100/1.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: D.C. United spared in MLS Expansion Draft

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Atlanta and Minnesota spare D.C. United in the MLS Expansion Draft, Cristiano Ronaldo thinks he should have more Ballons d'Or than Lionel Messi, MLS silly season begins, Dortmund tells Liverpool to lay off Christian Pulisic and Oscar weighing a move to China...Freedom Kicks be kickin!

Happy Wednesday folks.

WoSo Week in Review: Tobin Heath, NWSL expansion, and more

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U.S. Soccer names their POTY, NCFC wants to join the NWSL, and more

This week in women's soccer, Tobin Heath was named U.S. Soccer Player of the Year and North Carolina FC expressed interest in joining the NWSL. Also, FC Kansas City's general manager resigned after four years with the club.

No D.C. United players selected in the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft

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Atlanta United and Minnesota United stocked their rosters without raiding the Black-and-Red's squad

The 2016 MLS Expansion Draft is in the books, as Atlanta United and Minnesota United both picked over the rest of the league's rosters to stock their own. The only important United - that's D.

Filibuster podcast episode 216: Smart nuanced answers to dumb questions

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We end the 2016 season and start 2017

It is Tuesday, it is expansion draft day, and it is Filibuster day! Jason, Ben, and Adam start off the show by talking about the Richmond Kickers' new stadium deal before getting to MLS Cup and specifically how it wasn't nearly as bad a game as people have been saying it was.

2016 MLS Expansion Draft: What we’d do in Atlanta and Minnesota’s shoes

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We tried to figure out what Atlanta United and Minnesota United would do this afternoon

The MLS Expansion Draft is today, with Atlanta United and Minnesota United getting a chance to add five players each from other MLS rosters. It's a weird mechanism - you know, like all the others in this league - but it's also kind of fun to watch.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: I thought it felt a bit drafty

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"Did you say Abe Lincoln?"

Whaddup, friends. Ready for your daily of dose of soccer? Great, let's go!

D.C. United announces protected players for MLS Expansion Draft - Black And Red United
don't take my bb Jared Jeffrey plz

Miguel Aguilar traded to the LA Galaxy - Black And Red United
I'm a little sad about this but I wish him all the best.

D.C. United announces protected players for MLS Expansion Draft

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Atlanta United and Minnesota United get their shot at MLS rosters tomorrow

Along with the rest of the league's existing clubs, D.C. United announced their protected list for the upcoming MLS Expansion Draft. A pair of trades announced earlier today changed the equation for United, who went from being obliged to protect three internationals (due to draft rules) to having to protect one.

Miguel Aguilar traded to the LA Galaxy

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The promising winger hasn't been able to make an impact

D.C. United has continued their trading spree: after getting rid of Kennedy Igboananike to the Portland Timbers, the team is also trading Miguel Aguilar to the LA Galaxy. First reported by Steve Goff, Black and Red United can now confirm the trade and can confirm that the teams will also exchange fourth round draft picks, with United getting LA's 2018 fourth rounder and LA getting United's 2019 fourth rounder.

D.C. United season review: Dave Kasper

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The longtime general manager orchestrated a mid-year makeover of the team, which is in its best offseason position in years

I won't even try to hide the ball: Dave Kasper had himself a good 2016. A very good 2016, in fact.

Before we go through the GM's year, though, let's take stock of where D.

Report: Kennedy Igboananike traded to Portland Timbers

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The little-used DP forward is shipped to Portland.

Paul Tenorio reports this morning that D.C. United has sent the rights of forward Kennedy Igboananike and an international roster spot to the Portland Timbers in exchange for a second round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Tenorio goes on to say that Igboananike's option was declined and should he stay with the Timbers/MLS, a pay cut down from his $900,000 base salary is likely in order.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Bring on the Offseason

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D.C. United (& the Kickers) with some stadium events this week chief among them.

The MLS 2016 season is in the books, protected lists for the Expansion Draft comes out today, so all the footy Hot Stove you can consume begins in earnest.

City Stadium Upgrades Planned (Richmond Kickers): The Richmond City Council will consider a lease by the Kickers and stadium upgrades they will invest in.

5 things you need to know about Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders ahead of MLS Cup

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Here are the projected lineups and major tactical keys to MLS's championship game

MLS Cup has given us a very intriguing match between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders, and we should be thankful for that. Imagine for a second the 0-0 dourness of a sit-deep-and-counter Montreal Impact going to the Rockies to play the sit-deep-and-grind-it-out Colorado Rapids.

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC MLS Cup 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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MLS's 2016 season comes to an end tonight as TFC and the Sounders both go for their first-ever MLS Cup

A season that stretches back over nine months ends today, as Toronto FC hosts the Seattle Sounders with MLS Cup on the line. TFC has been carried through the playoffs by an irresistible attack, managing two different five-goal outings and scoring two or more goals in every single postseason game.

D.C. United season review: Rob Vincent

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From the end of the bench to a consistent starter, Rob Vincent's first season in MLS ended on a high note

Rob Vincent was this year's player that D.C. United signed from USL, with the team paying a transfer fee to secure his services from the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. He served as an attacking midfielder in USL, scoring 18 goals primarily from the left wing.

Friday Freedom Kicks: Maybe we’ll just warm things up a little around here

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D.C. United transfer rumors, expansion draft, MLS Cup, and more

Hey, Freedom Kicks fam, I'm back! Not like someone who went out of town for vacation, or a situation where it's good news. No, I'm back like Kurt Russell's RJ MacReady, bursting back into Outpost 31 after being left for dead as paranoia spreads throughout the Antarctic.

D.C. United looking at Costa Rican forward Jose Ortiz in loan deal?

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Rumors in Costa Rica have United possibly leading MLS interest for Ortiz, but it might be complicated

Andres Gonzalez, who works with Deportivo de Radio Columbia in Costa Rica, reports that Jose Guillermo Ortiz, forward for Costa Rica club side Herediano, is headed to MLS, with separate reports hinting that he may be coming to D.

D.C. United season review: Travis Worra

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The man who rose most on the depth chart gets a look.

Signed as an undrafted free agent at the beginning of 2015, Travis Worra appeared on the bench of D.C. United's 2015 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal campaign, backing up Andrew Dykstra as Bill Hamid was out because of offseason surgery.

Tales from Buzzard Point - Chapter 2: The Wreck of the Columbus

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This is the second in a series of Tales from Buzzard Point that explores the rich history and traditions of legendary Buzzard Point – a legacy that the current DC United ownership should honor in their plans for naming the new soccer specific stadium.

Today's entry was researched by "Tales from Buzzard Point" Series Editor David Rusk.

Thursday FKs: 48 links is the right number

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Infantino wants to expand World Cup, Railhawks rebrand

Fifa's Infantino suggests 16 three-team groups for revamped World Cup | The Guardian

Gianni Infantino gave several suggestions for expanding the World Cup including a format for 48 teams.

Carolina Railhawks rebrand to North Carolina FC, set sights on MLS | MLS Soccer

North Carolina FC (formerly Carolina Railhawks) and Tampa Bay Rowdies are both hoping to enter MLS.

D.C. United stadium design is much improved

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The new design of the Buzzard Point stadium presented at the DC Zoning Commission includes a more promising streetscape, but questions about transportation and pocket parks remain

by Doug Barnes, Tod Lindberg and David Rusk

October's public spat between D.C. United and stadium area developers led by Akridge has resulted in a much better design for the stadium at Buzzard Point.

MLS Expansion, USL-NASL, and Curt Onalfo: Freedom Kicks for 7 December 2016

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Soccer, go!

With the regular provider of your Wednesday links off gallivanting the world, I've come out of links retirement to give you today's best soccer news. Let's go!

U.S. Soccer has released the below statement regarding professional league sanctioning.

Luke Mishu retires to pursue non-MLS opportunities

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United's reserve midfielder has retired

According to Steve Goff of the Washington Post, D.C. United reserve fullback Luke Mishu has retired to pursue non-soccer opportunities. A common occurance in the earlier days of the league, Mishu is retiring to hopefully enter the business world; as he told Goff:

I had to be realistic.

Filibuster podcast episode 215: Seasons and why they influence my drink

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The MLS season is almost over

The Filibuster crew is back to talk about all things soccer. Jason, Adam, and Ben kick off the show talking about the MLS Cup Final this weekend, and we break down how Toronto FC got here after talking Seattle last week. We discuss each team's defense, which will be facing imposing offenses, and we talk about who will be the difference maker for each team.

D.C. United season review: Marcelo Sarvas

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Marcelo was an understated but vital piece of the puzzle in 2016

D.C. United was in need of some sort of two-way midfield help after Perry Kitchen said that he would not re-sign for the Black-and-Red at the end of 2015 (and eventually went to Scotland side Heart of Midlothian FC). They were unsuccessful in their quest to sign Antonio Nocerino from AC Milan after Orlando City tampered with D.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Free rein on rainsday

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And just a little bit of Hamilton for good measure.

It's Tuesday! These are your Freedom Kicks! I haven't been following soccer super closely lately and therefore this is one of those Free Rein Freedom Kicks, in which you all share stuff and talk about what's up!

Doesn't that sound liberating and exciting, and not just lazy?

D.C. United season review: Lloyd Sam

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We review the midfielder whose midseason pickup sparked an offense.

On July 7th, D.C. United announced the acquisition of Lloyd Sam from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for General Allocation Money (GAM) and Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). It was one of several midseason moves the Black-and-Red made to attempt to move up from the near-bottom of the Eastern Conference standings into playoff position.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

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D.C.'s latest signing, Swans are mad and Zodiac storytelling

Ah, the first Monday in December, where office Christmas parties and vacations start occurring, and MLS Hot Stove heats up!

No? Oh well.

D.C. United re-sign Steve Birnbaum - Black and Red United: We knew this was coming, but Friday night the team updated their release to say that TAM was used in the transaction.

Here are the D.C. United players we protected for SB Nation’s mock MLS Expansion Draft

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Atlanta United and Minnesota United are just over a week away from picking over league rosters

Atlanta United and Minnesota United will be joining MLS in the near future, and that means two things: more teams with "FC" in their name for some reason, and an expansion draft. As we've done whenever a new team joins the league, SB Nation Soccer is conducting a mock expansion draft.

D.C. United player review 2016: Alvaro Saborio

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We already know the Costa Rican won't be at RFK Stadium next season, but let's look at his year and ask whether we'd want him back in 2017.

It was bound to happen. The thing with a weeks-long series that asks whether each player on the roster should return and the nature of any professional sport's offseason means that we were inevitably going to have a post rendered moot before we even got to write it.

D.C. United re-sign Steve Birnbaum

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The USMNT center back is here to stay

D.C. United announced today that they have re-signed starting center back and 2016 MVP Steve Birnbaum to a multi-year contract, rumored to be four years. As we said earlier this week, retaining Birnbaum was an absolutely part of the team's offseason plans, with Bobby Boswell getting older and Kofi Opare and Jalen Robinson battling for the third spot.

Guzan, Gulati, and Goths: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 2 December 2016

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Your Freedom Kicks are served.

I came to drink coffee and freedom kick. And I'm all out of coffee.

DC United player from Brazil reacts to team plane crash | WUSA9.com: Video with Marcelo Sarvas giving his perspective on the Chapecoense tragedy.

Georgetown women's soccer player took one last shot and landed in College Cup - WaPo: Goff has a nice profile of Hoya star Marina Paul and how she overcame injuries to get herself and the team where they are now.

D.C. United season review: Chris Rolfe

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We look at the attacker and hope he's progressing, above all else.

2015 was a good one for D.C. United's Chris Rolfe. Coming over from the Chicago Fire for allocation money, he led the team in goals scored with 10, a personal best for Rolfe, to go with similar bests in starts (30), minutes played (2455) and near bests in shots (64) and shots on goal (29).

Thursday Freedom Kicks: Some joy amidst the sadness

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Chapecoense, Toronto FC heads to MLS Cup, and more

Plane Carrying Doomed Brazilian Soccer Team Ran Out of Fuel Before Crash: Reports | NBC News
Reportedly, the plane carrying Chapecoense ran out of fuel. In an audiotape of the final moments before the charter plane crashed, the pilot is reported a fuel shortage.