Black and Red United Archives for January 2016

Patrick Nyarko's second half equalizer earns D.C. United a point against the Chicago Fire

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The former Fire midfielder headed home from a short corner in the 1-1 draw with the Fire in the wind and rain

D.C. United couldn't quite manage to string together a second win in a row, but without Fabian Espindola, Marcelo Sarvas, and Nick DeLeon, United earned a point on the road in less than ideal conditions in a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.

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

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The Black-and-Red will look to start their first winning streak of 2016 tonight, but they'll have to do it missing some starters

After three straight games at home, D.C. United is back on the road this evening, taking on a Chicago Fire side that has struggled thus far under new boss Veljko Paunovic.

Washington Spirit, thanks to two goals from Diana Matheson, knock off the Western New York Flash 3-0

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The Spirit continued their winning streak on the road with a win over the Flash

The Washington Spirit survived a panic in the early second half to beat the Western New York Flash 3-0 in Rochester, New York tonight. Diana Matheson scored in the opening minutes and converted a penalty kick in the second half to double the Spirit's lead.

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

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The first place Washington Spirit look to continue their momentum against the Western New York Flash

After two hard-fought wins in as many games, the Washington Spirit challenge the Western New York Flash tonight at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, NY. Last Sunday, the Spirit beat Sky Blue FC 2-1 on the road.

Opposition 11: Who will the Chicago Fire start against D.C. United tomorrow?

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The Black-and-Red will face a Fire team that is still a long way from figuring out their own identity

Here's the good news for D.C. United: In the middle of a long run of home games, their one away trip is to face the Chicago Fire, currently tied for 9th place (with the lowly New York Red Bulls) in the East.

Fireyarko: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 29 April 2016

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Where is my mind?

Usually, Friday Freedom Kicks is all about the kicks. But today, it's all about the treat. You just have to slog through the kicks and get to the end to find the treat. It's worth it. Greatest. Treat. Ever.

With renewed fire, Patrick Nyarko returns to Chicago with D.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire lineup: Will Luciano Acosta start?

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Will Lucho get back into the starting XI against Chicago?

Coming off their second win of the season, D.C. United will travel to Chicago this weekend to try and start a streak against the Fire. United will have to do so without their highest paid player, Fabian Espindola, who injured himself taking a long-range shot last week.

David Beckham, Chris Rolfe, and Patrick Nyarko: Freedom Kicks for 28 April 2016

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Beckham's road to a Miami team keeps hilariously fumbling.

It is a rainy morning here in Richmond, but just like the post office, Black & Red United are here for you despite the weather. On to the links!

Chris Rolfe leading the charge for D.C. United against Chicago | WJLA: D.C.

2016 MLS Match Prediction Game - Week 7

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Be on the Lucho(ut) for another double-game round in Week 7.

We have two winners of Week 6, with both stw121191 and Adam M. Taylor scoring 22 points. As a prize, they will each receive a rusty piece of scrap metal taken from the D.C. United demolition event. I hope you are both up-to-date on your tetanus shots.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 8: Stars in charge

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The league's stars were in excellent form and lit up the stage in Week 8 of the Power Rankings.

Through the first quarter of the season, we've already seen some brilliant performances by some of the league's brightest talent. In Week 8, the stars aligned and lit up the scoresheet for several teams, and this is a great thing for the league in reeling in those casual fans who are deciding where to spend their sports entertainment dollars this spring and summer.

Injuries pile up as the Richmond Kickers fall 3-2 to the Charlotte Independence

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A controversial penalty during added time doomed Richmond to its second consecutive loss

The Richmond Kickers sought their first road victory Friday night against the Charlotte Independence, but it wasn't meant to be. Last year, Richmond outlasted Charlotte by one point to earn the final spot in the USL playoffs; it was a score the Independence were out to settle.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and NWSL links for Wednesday April 27, 2016

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A bit about United's next opponent, some talk about the Champions League, and a discussion of shin bruises

Yesterday I assembled a lawn mower, and in the process bumped a large, heavy box into my shin. It left a bruise - nothing major, or even visible unless you get up close, but I can feel it - and I felt a wave of nostalgia about it.

Filibuster podcast episode 180: Soccer pastors

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Podcasts after wins are always the best podcasts

Filibuster is back on a Tuesday morning, and we're both happy (about soccer) and sad (about Prince). We start (7:30) by talking about D.C. United's 3-0 win over the New England Revolution, and we have to mention the Luciano Acosta goal. We talk about how Fabian Espindola got himself injured by shooting as well as the improved play of Bobby Boswell and the back four.

Fantasy Focus: Weekend Boateng Trip

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A big double game week beckons

The league was led this week by Otten's Army, with a score of 92 points. Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.2) was the captain and led the team with 28 points, scoring two goals. Four players scored 9 points -- Cyle Larin (ORL, $9.2), Lamar Neagle, (DCU, $7.7), Chris Pontius, (PHI, $7.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: #FreeAcosta

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*whispers* And free Buescher while you're at it.

Hello! Welcome to Tuesday! I'm your host, Leanne, and today we have some things about soccer. Let's see what those things are.

D.C. United owner talks Buzzard Point stadium - Black And Red United
I'm still not convinced they actually needed heavy machinery to take down that little shack, by the way.

Report: Fabian Espindola to miss 2-4 weeks with hamstring injury

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D.C. United's sole Designated Player may need to sit a bit longer than expected

The Washington Post's Steven Goff is reporting that D.C. United forward Fabian Espindola may miss 2-4 weeks due to a hamstring injury he suffered during the team's 3-0 win over the New England Revolution. Goff goes on to say the team will know more pending results from an MRI tomorrow.

D.C. United owner talks Buzzard Point stadium

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Jason Levien took some time to talk exclusively to Black & Red United as Muriel Bowser helped demolish a building.

It was mostly pomp and circumstance on Monday morning, as Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser hopped up into an excavator, and started to take down on the final standing structures on the lot that will eventually turn into D.

D.C. United stadium progress continues with a backhoe

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One step closer.

The progress on D.C. United's new stadium continues ever forward, with the team and the city holding a ceremonial demolition of a building on the property. The event included Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. United players and staff, and some fans and members of the public. The District is continuing to clear and prepare the land for United, who hope to receive it to start construction on the new stadium in September.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution Player Ratings

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We rate players, you can too.

D.C. United faced a New England Revolution side Saturday who was in desperate need of a win as well. D.C. played decently and similar to their win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, they scored an early goal and cinched the game over the Revs late in the second half en route to winning 3-0 over Jay Heaps' side.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Trending Upwards?

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Recaps of wins, bugs at Inter Milan, and Samuel L. Jackson cursing.

Two of three won, one goal (an early brainfart) in three games. Saturday was fun for a myriad of reasons. More of that against the Chicago Fire, please and thank you.

Recaps of D.C. United's 3-0 win over the New England Revolution by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) the Washington Post and Goal.

Washington Spirit defeat Sky Blue FC 2-1 for second straight win

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Goals from Ali Krieger and Diana Matheson gave the Spirit a road win, taking them to the top of the NWSL standings

The Washington Spirit earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Sky Blue FC this Saturday, lifting the team into first place after the second week of NWSL action. Ali Krieger scored the opening goal for the Spirit in the waning minutes of the first half after a misplaced cross went on frame.

Sky Blue FC vs Washington Spirit live stream 2016: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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In their first road game, the Spirit travel to Jersey to face coach Gabarra's old team

After beating the Boston Breakers in their season opener, the Washington Spirit head north today for their first of four games against Sky Blue FC. Sky Blue is coming off of a shocking 2-1 upset over the Seattle Reign, on Seattle's home turf, and will look to continue their success against the Spirit tonight.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution GIFs

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We look at some moments of varying note.

D.C. United was missing their coach due to a suspension and faced a New England Revolution side that was also inconsistent and underachieving. But the Black-and-Red persevered en route to a 3-0 win that will hopefully buoy some confidence, but in the meantime, let's look at some things that occurred during the game that caught our eye.

Luciano Acosta makes his mark in 3-0 win against the New England Revolution

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Relegated to the bench of starting the first couple of games this season, the little Argentine scored his first MLS goal to ensure all three points

As the clock wore away for D.C. United against the New England Revolution, it looked like Lamar Neagle's first half penalty kick would be the only tally the Black-and-Red would need for their second win on the season.

Late goals help D.C. United secure a 3-0 win over the New England Revolution

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Lamar Neagle struck from the penalty spot in the first half, before Luciano Acosta opened his MLS account in stunning fashion

D.C. United made the most of their third straight game at home, defeating the New England Revolution 3-0 at RFK Stadium on Saturday. Lamar Neagle opened the scoring in the first half from the penalty spot, before Luciano Acosta and Alvaro Saborio sealed the deal late in substitute appearances.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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Two teams that have struggled to pick up wins meet today in an important Eastern Conference battle for the Black-and-Red

With around 20% of the season already gone, D.C. United remains a work in progress. They have had a couple solid games, and a few more where they were good only at times, and a few outright poor showings.

Keys to Victory: 5 things D.C. United needs to do to beat the New England Revolution

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The Revs have some unique qualities that the Black-and-Red need to look out for in tonight's game

After being held to a humbling shutout at home, D.C. United will take on a New England Revolution team that has been very tough to beat this season. Sure, the Revs have just one win - and it came against the worst team in MLS, the New York Red Bulls - but they also have just one loss in their seven outings.

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

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Two old foes that both need a win face off today at RFK

After last week's aggravating loss, D.C. United will look to pick themselves up and get back on course today against the New England Revolution. They'll have to do it without Ben Olsen on the sidelines, as the Black-and-Red's head coach was suspended for, uh, trying to allow soccer to happen without delays?

How close are D.C. United players to being replaced?

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We all know that Ben Olsen loves his players, but are any of them close to making way for another option?

As our own Steven Streff reported, Ben Olsen does not see wholesale changes to the lineup coming anytime soon. The starting lineup against the New England Revolution will almost undoubtedly be the same group as those who took the field against Toronto FC, but hoping that tweaks to strategy and mindset will help this group unlock its potential.

Opposition 11: Predicting the New England Revolution starting lineup to face D.C. United

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Injuries will probably result in a different looking Revs side from the one the Black-and-Red saw last month

It seems too early in the season for this, but tomorrow D.C. United will face the New England Revolution for the second time in 2016. You might recall the first meeting, a 0-0 draw in Massachusetts, that stands as this season's only example of a game where United was reduced to simply hanging on for dear life defensively.

Twenty Years: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 22 April 2016

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Tomorrow is the 20th Anniversary of Black-and-Red Play at RFK.

Yikes! Friday Freedom Kicks! Better late than never!

D.C. United celebrates the Big 2-0! | WJLA: Did you know D.C. United Assistant Coach Chad Ashton (who always reminds me of a younger William Shatner) scored one goal in 1996, and it was at RFK, against D.

2016 MLS Match Prediction Game - Week 6

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A disappointing result for D.C. United this past weekend paved the way for a high-scoring MPG in Week 5.

The winner of Week 5 is dccal with 31 points, and was trailed closely by dcsoccer7 and BalwmerBirds with 27 points apiece. Collectively, this was the highest-scoring week to date for the 2016 Match Prediction Game.

The Last Word on D.C. United's loss to Toronto FC: Head, meet wall

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The Black-and-Red dominated statistically, yet never truly seemed to trouble TFC while trailing for virtually an entire 90 minutes. Why?

In the last two weeks, D.C. United has faced a Canadian visitor playing a formation that mirrors their own, but the games couldn't have gone more differently.

Ben Olsen suspension, MLS 20th anniversary, and D.C. United stadium: Freedom Kicks for 21 April 2016

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Soccer, go!

News was a little slow yesterday, but we've still you covered. Let's jump in:

MLS takes nitpicking to new high with Ben Olsen suspension - Black And Red United: In case you missed the big news from yesterday.

Coaches, executives, an Argentine chef: Tracking down D.

Richmond Kickers fall on the road, but Miguel Aguilar makes an impact

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Bethlehem Steel FC found their identity Sunday at the expense of the Kickers

Bethlehem Steel FC delivered the Richmond Kickers their first loss on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Pennsylvania. Lehigh University's football stadium is the home of the Philadelphia Union's USL expansion team, which going into the game had a record of 1-2-0.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 7: Hot and cold

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Some teams were hotter than fire, while some teams were calling themselves the Icicles in Week 7 of the Power Rankings.

Week 7 was the first week of the season that featured midweek matches, and it set the tone for a week that saw some teams that were leading the pack fall off while others made a statement.

MLS takes nitpicking to new high with Ben Olsen suspension

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Ben Olsen gets suspended for keeping the game moving

Despite the game having ended four days ago, the fallout from D.C. United's 1-0 loss to Toronto FC keeps coming. Pablo Maurer first reported, and D.C. United has since confirmed, that United head coach Ben Olsen will be suspended for one game and fined an unspecified amount for entering the field of play in the 80th minute of the game.

Filibuster podcast episode 179: Chief Error Maker

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The Filibuster crew wraps up another disappointing weekend before previewing the Revs

Another day, another Filibuster to delight and surprise you. We have to talk about D.C. United's 1-0 loss to Toronto FC, and talk about how United played exactly into Toronto's gameplan. We talk about the bright first half versus the dour second, and spend plenty of time talking about Luciano Acosta, where he fits in this lineup, and whether or not there should be a formation change.

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

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News from around our domestic top flight, plus important updates involving Ric Flair and a cartoon from the 90s

Happy 4/20! You know what time it is: Time to go to work with a clear, sober head and work eight hours, and then come home for a nice dinner, and then walk the dog, and go to bed.

Ben Olsen rules out wholesale changes to squad early in the season

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Despite one win in seven MLS games, United's manager believes that his current set up is capable of winning results

It has been a rough start to the 2016 for D.C. United, with an early exit from the CONCACAF Champions League coupled with a slow start to the MLS campaign. With several new players in the side for 2016 though, United manager Ben Olsen isn't quite yet ready to shake up his team in search of results as the team tries to learn how to work with each other.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Y'all miss Andy too, right?

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Also brb going to check out Atlanta United FC's (ugh) shiny new things (woo).

Belated thanks to those who turned out for our tailgate on Saturday! I was, of course, the one in the Doyle jersey (RIP).

Today is one of those Tuesdays I don't have a lot for you. Oh, did you hear Lin-Manuel Miranda/Hamilton won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama?

Fantasy Focus: It's the most Wondoful time of the year

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Is it just me or was the bunch of two-game players kind of a letdown?

Just one team scored more than 100 points, and that was ddoub92, with 101 points. Chris Wondolowski (SJ, $10.9) set the pace with an armband-aided 36 points on two goals. Trailing him was Fabian Castillo (DAL, $10.8), who scored a goal and an assist for 13 points, while David Bingham (SJ, $6.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC player ratings

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A look at how individual Black-and-Red players did in this weekend's loss to TFC

In a game that saw them rack up evidence that they were "dominating" when they really weren't, D.C. United fell behind after 59 seconds and never recovered en route to a 1-0 home loss to Toronto FC. Despite controlling most of the possession and generating plenty of chances - well, first half chances, anyway - United found TFC's defense either too organized or too acrobatic to equalize.

D.C. United, Inter Milan, Swansea City: Freedom Kicks for 18 April 2016

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Happy Tax Day!

Good morning friends! I hope everyone who attended had a great time; I know I did and I always loving meeting more of you all. Let's get into the links from around the weekend, shall we?

Early Sebastian Giovinco goals dooms D.C. United against Toronto FC - Black And Red United: Steven Streff has our coverage of Saturday's 1-0 loss to Toronto FC.

Spirit beat Boston Breakers 1-0 in season opener

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A bicycle kick from Joanna Lohman lifts the Spirit to a 1-0 win in the first game of the 2016 NWSL season

The Washington Spirit kicked off the first game of the historic fourth season of the NWSL on Saturday, April 16. Maryland native Joanna Lohman scored a bicycle kick within three minutes of kickoff to propel her side to an early lead over the visiting Boston Breakers.

Early goal demons strike again in D.C. United's latest loss

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For the third time in nine games this season, the Black-and-Red allow a goal in the first 15 minutes of a game in a 1-0 loss to Toronto FC

In a scene all too familiar during the 2015 season, D.C. United put themselves in a bind early on during Saturday's game against Toronto FC. It was a fortunate deflection from Marky Delgado on Jozy Altidore's cross, but the ball fell right to the Reds' Sebastian Giovinco, who easily netted in the first minute.

Early Sebastian Giovinco goals dooms D.C. United against Toronto FC

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Early goal demons returned on Saturday for the Black-and-Red, who lost 1-0 to Toronto FC after Giovinco's first minute goal

A week after D.C. United put it all together in a 4-0 win against the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Black-and-Red took a step back on Saturday afternoon, falling 1-0 to Toronto FC.

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

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The Black-and-Red play host to TFC and their full compliment of big names

Both D.C. United and Toronto FC have had a slow start to the season. United, adjusting to a brand new midfield and upheaval in goal, finally put together a strong 90 minutes against Vancouver last week on their way to a cathartic 4-0 win.

Washington Spirit Preview

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The Washington Spirit open their season at home tonight against the Boston Breakers

After two offseasons of turnover, this offseason was rather quiet for the Washington Spirit. The two-time semifinalists return almost three-quarters of the 2015 squad that finished in fourth place. However, the offseason didn't start quietly for the Spirit.

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

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The Black-and-Red will attempt to build on their first win of 2016 against a road-weary TFC

After getting a much-needed first win on the season, D.C. United will face a Toronto FC side that has yet to play a home game in 2016. TFC has come through the first five games of an eight-game road trip in relatively decent shape, picking up 5 points by focusing on solid defending, hard work, and the fact that Sebastian Giovinco is a trump card no one else in the league can match.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC lineup: Ben Olsen to keep the same group together

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Ben Olsen has no reason to change as D.C. United take on Toronto FC

With the first win out of the way, D.C. United will take on Toronto FC tomorrow. The team seems to have finally figured out their goalscoring woes, and now need to start stringing together this same type of performance if they want to compete in the Eastern Conference this year.

Richmond Kickers take first place after defeating Rochester Rhinos

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The Richmond Kickers vault into first place after defeating the 2015 USL Champions

Cold temperatures didn't slow the action at City Stadium as the Richmond Kickers faced off with 2015 USL Champions Rochester Rhinos. A bundled up crowd of 5,000 looked on as the two perennial conference favorites traded jabs.

Opposition 11: Predicting the Toronto FC starting lineup to face D.C. United

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The Black-and-Red face a team playing out of a 442 for the second week running, but this one has Sebastian Giovinco

Tomorrow's game against Toronto FC might be a look into the future for D.C. United. The Reds are six games into an eight-game road trip to start the season due to BMO Field being renovated.

To Infinity and Detroit: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 15 April 2016

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Physicists conducting controversial experiments have discovered that, like the universe, MLS is forever expanding. (Resistance is futile, also.)

Friday Freedom Kicks is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Black and red united meetup tailgate - B&RU's Facebook Page: It's B&RU meetup tailgate eve.

Jason Levien agrees to reduce Swansea City majority share, deal to close next week

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Things appear to be moving along in the D.C. United's owners pursuit of a stake in a Premier League club

Following the news over the weekend that D.C. United owner Jason Levien (as part of an ownership group which involves Steve Kaplan of the Memphis Grizzlies) was in talks to purchase Premier League team Swansea City, now comes new word that Levien and Kaplan's group will take a reduce share of majority ownership.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 6: Who's real?

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There are a couple teams that we can start to assume are for real, while others still have questions surrounding them. We'll examine them in this week's Power Rankings.

Week 6 had a lot of late-match heroics and some dominating performances. Some teams snatched a draw from the grasp of defeat and some went out and took all 3 points home with authority.

Ben Olsen: "I don't know what to tell players" regarding red card tackles

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D.C. United's manager isn't sure what message to send to his players regarding the rash of red cards this season because of the inconsistency from the referees

With red cards seen as on the rise in Major League Soccer, there has been plenty of confusion as to which tackles now constitute ejections, and which ones don't.

The Last Word on D.C. United's demolition of the Vancouver Whitecaps: Just a little patience

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VWFC was poor, it has to be said, but let's not dismiss the value of this game for the Black-and-Red

After a frustrating start to the season, D.C. United broke out over the weekend by steamrolling the Vancouver Whitecaps at RFK Stadium. The 4-0 win saw them score more goals over 90 minutes than they'd managed in their opening 5 MLS matches.

Fabian Espindola, D.C. United stadium, and Swansea City: Freedom Kicks for 14 April 2016

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Soccer, go!

Freedom Kicks are a little late, but that's what happens when you're just so excited that the Black & Red United meetup is only two days away. Let's go!

Fabian Espindola takes MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 6 - SBNation.com: In case you missed it, D.C. United's own Fabian Espindola was named MLS Player of the Week by the panel here at SB Nation.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and Champions League links for Wednesday April 13, 2016

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Some DCU and MLS news, plus we check in on Perry Kitchen

Are you coming to our meet-up Saturday? Please come and meet us. We're nice! Well, some members of the staff are nice. Anyway, links!

Child abuse victim beats the odds and overcomes his past and now tries to inspire others | NewsNet5.

2016 MLS Match Prediction Game - Week 5

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D.C. United fans get the catharsis they so badly needed, but did it win you any points?

The winner of Week 4 is BawlmerBirds with 21 points. As a prize, you will receive two large rolls of bubble wrap. Why? Because if you're going to take the field against a certain LA Galaxy player, then it would be wise to wear sufficient protective gear on your legs.

The dirt is turning at Buzzard Point: A trip to D.C. United's future home

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The D.C. United stadium advocacy trio return to Buzzard Point to see how things have changed since the District took control of the property.

by Doug Barnes, Tod Lindberg and David Rusk

As David, Tod and I arrive by car in Buzzard Point, I turn down a street that has all of its parking meters sawed off one inch above the ground.

Filibuster podcast episode 178: D.C. United versus Toronto FC preview

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We talk to a friend north of the border to preview D.C. United's upcoming match against Toronto FC

Filibuster is back for your ears and is good for your mind. Adam, Jason, and Ben are back and are here to review D.C. United's 4-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. We discuss whether or not they were any good, and then get into D.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Boo this man

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Also: choose your Chinese Super League club.

Yo, it's Tuesday, and I'm here to serve you guys up some soccerball links.

Black & Red United is having a meetup on April 16 - Black And Red United
That's this Saturday! Here's the Facebook event if you're into that. I promise we are fun and cool (that's what fun, cool folks always say).

D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps GIFs

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We look back at the fun via animated files.

Seeing D.C. United beat, and beat up on the Vancouver Whitecaps with a 4-0 win was something nobody could have expected, but we'll gladly take those types of results as a Silkwood-like shower to rinse off the stank of the winless run that lasted since last October.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Fantastic Four

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Recaps, ownership news, and Taxi Drivers?

I'd like to think part of last week happening was because I thought Fabi was a poopyface in last Monday's Kicks so...you're welcome fam!

Recaps of D.C. United's 4-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and the Washington Post.

D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Player Ratings

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We rate player performances so you don't have to. But you can if you want.

D.C. United came into Saturday's game with the Vancouver Whitecaps on a rough week: a member of the District Ultras had been banned for setting off a smoke device, and hours before kickoff it was learned one of its owners is part of a group that will be buying Premier League side Swansea City.

D.C. United put it all together in win over the Vancouver Whitecaps

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Needing a victory to right the course, United outplayed Vancouver for 90 minutes, with Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio both supplying two goals

Five weeks into the 2016 season, D.C. United was one of two winless teams in MLS. Three draws had provided several bright moments for the Black-and-Red, but they were sandwiched around two heavy losses.

D.C. United wins for first time in 2016 in 4-0 rout of Vancouver Whitecaps

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Two goals from Fabian Espindola, two goals from Alvaro Saborio, two assists from Luciano Acota.

D.C. United's stuttering start to the 2016 season came to a screeching halt on Saturday afternoon, as the Black-and-Red stormed past the Vancouver Whitecaps in a 4-0 win. Goals on either side of the half from Fabian Espindola had United in a good position to win their first game of the season, before Luciano Acosta assisted twice for Alvaro Saborio late in the game.

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

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Facing a short-handed VWFC, it's high time the Black-and-Red got themselves into the win column

For the third week running, D.C. United will face an opponent missing important starters. The Vancouver Whitecaps will arrive at RFK Stadium without Pedro Morales and Matias Laba, two players who have the potential to make MLS's Best 11.

D.C. United owner set to invest in Swansea City

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Another D.C. United owner is looking at a Premier League team

According to rumors from multiple sources, a D.C. United owner is set to invest in a Premier League team. However, this is not Erick Thohir's rumored interest in West Bromwich Albion. His partner in D.C. United, Jason Levien, seems set to invest in Swansea City, the Welsh club that is solidly mid-table this season.

Three Questions With: Eighty Six Forever

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We ask our Canadian counterparts some things about their friends/our foes.

Ahead of today's game where D.C. United hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps, we spoke with Bartosz Wysocki, from the Whitecaps' SB Nation home Eighty Six Forever, for some quick thoughts about the 'Caps so far this year:

Black and Red United: We know that Pedro Morales and Matias Laba didn't make the trip, and we assume that DCU alum Andrew Jacobson will probably occupy one of those spots in central midfield.

Keys to Victory: 5 things D.C. United needs to do to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps

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For the Black-and-Red, the flanks will be a huge point of emphasis for multiple reasons tonight

For D.C. United, it's an interesting moment to be playing the Vancouver Whitecaps. They're missing two key starters, and they aren't scoring goals from open play. However, United has very recently played a short-handed team that shares some broad similarities with Vancouver, and that ended in a rout.

Opposition 11: Who will the Vancouver Whitecaps start today against D.C. United?

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A normally predictable Whitecaps side has, for a variety of reasons, become a bit of a wild card.

Normally D.C. United's opponent today, the Vancouver Whitecaps, poses few real questions in terms of their lineup. Carl Robinson has mostly set his team up in a 4231, and only one or two positions were ever really in flux.

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

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The Black-and-Red will be hunting their first win of 2016 against a Whitecaps side missing two key midfielders

Last week's road draw still feels like a very mixed bag for D.C. United. They showed far more nerve and intelligence in San Jose than they did when they more or less handed FC Dallas a rout in their previous game.

2016 MLS Match Prediction Game - Week 4

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Our MPG players had a rough time in Week 3, despite being a double-game week.

One of the best things about MLS as a league is its parity. Any team can win on a given weekend--regardless of their spot in the Power Rankings--which makes MLS matches so hard to predict. Week 3 was no different, and MLS parity was unkind to most of us.

The Smokeless Pall over RFK: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 8 April 2016

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Talon will have to be extra awesome from now on.

I think it was Emma Goldman who once said: "If I can't set off smoke bombs, I don't wanna be a part of your revolution."

I am paraphrasing, of course. The exact wording was "If I can't set off smoke bombs after being encouraged to do so via MLS promotional materials without being kicked out for a year as an initial punishment despite many, many years of supporting you, I don't wanna be a part of your revolution.

Richmond Kicks draw Wilmington Hammerheads

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Two games into the season, Richmond is tied for top of their conference

Coming off a 3-1 win in their home opener, the Richmond Kickers looked to keep their momentum going as they traveled south to North Carolina to take on Wilmington Hammerheads FC. Away support for the Kickers was strong- the Red Army traveled well, creating a block of Kickers jerseys in Legion Stadium.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 5: Binary Results

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There were a lot of ones and zeros on the scoreboards of Major League Soccer in Week 5. Don't worry, the Power Rankings will count to 20.

As we dive into the month of April, a nearly full slate of MLS matches awaited fans eager to get back into league action. There was some wild weather in some cities, while others had picture perfect atmosphere for their fans.

The Last Word on D.C. United's draw with the San Jose Earthquakes: Let's talk about Lucho

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Fans thought they were getting a much-needed central playmaker. So why, with the Black-and-Red struggling to score, is Luciano Acosta only getting in as a sub?

Early Sunday morning, D.C. United trudged off the slippery, untrustworthy surface at Avaya Stadium with what were surely mixed emotions.

Panama Papers, D.C. United, and USWNT links: Freedom Kicks for 7 April 2016

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Soccer, go!

After the whirlwind of news in the past few days around D.C. United, it looks like the world of soccer news is no different. Let's get started, shall we?

How DC United and the San Jose Clash got their names and original look | MLSsoccer.com: A walk down memory lane, with the 20th anniversary of the very first MLS game coming yesterday.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for Wednesday April 6, 2016

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Something you probably think is important happened 20 years ago today.

Following a conversation last night, my oldest friend sent me a link to this, a Nicolas Cage pillowcase. Imagine, after a long day, resting your head next to this man's face.

Really imagine it.

Links!

Why isn't Luciano Acosta starting for D.

United States vs. Colombia live stream 2016: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The USWNT faces Colombia Wednesday night in the first of two friendlies.

In the midst of an equal pay debate, the USWNT will play Colombia, another team in the middle of a pay dispute today in Connecticut. Last Thursday, the USWNT filed a wage discrimination complaint with the EEOC. The Colombia women's national team alleges that they aren't being paid at all.

D.C. United and District Ultras give their sides of fan ban story

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We checked in with both sides involved in yesterday's controversial decision

After the club went to the airwaves on Jason Davis' Soccer Morning to talk about the one year ban of a D.C. United fan from the stadium yesterday - the documentation from said ban can be found in this DCist piece - Black & Red United got in touch with the team and with the District Ultras to go into further depth about the issue.

US Soccer unveils pairings for the first two rounds of the 2016 US Open Cup

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Four Virginia-based sides found out who their first opponent will be in this year's USOC

The draw for the first round of the 2016 US Open Cup came out today, announcing the pairings for teams that qualified from the National Premier Soccer League, the Premier Development League, and various amateur teams that made it through regional playoffs.

Report alleges that Erick Thohir made a bid for West Bromwich Albion

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D.C. United's managing partner could be trying to add another club to his portfolio

A report from Italy suggests that Erick Thohir, the managing partner of D.C. United and president of Serie A's Inter Milan, made an attempt to purchase West Bromwich Albion of England's Premier League. The offer was turned down, but there remains speculation that Thohir wants to expand his ownership to England and may increase the initial offer.

D.C. United clarifies supporter ban

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The D.C. United director of communication went on the radio to clarify their side of the story.

Lindsay Simpson, D.C. United's director of communications, went on Jason Davis' SiriusXMFC show today to clarify the team's position as to why a fan has been banned from all MLS stadia for one year and why a supporter's group was sanctioned.

Filibuster podcast episode 177: Soccer is very fragile

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With Adam gone, we have a very special guest host this week

Since we have sent Adam off on assignment to Texas, we have the great pleasure to welcome in Greg Roche of DC101 and Pitch Pass fame to his hosting chair this week. Will we accept Adam back? Only time will tell.

We start off with D.

Fantasy Focus: Two-Man Game

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Two players rule the two game week

Rolfin' on the River led the round with 133 points, taking advantage of the two-game week for some teams. Pedro Morales (VAN, $10.9) was the captain and led with 20 points on the strength of one goal. Chris Tierney (NE, $8.1) scored a goal and earned a clean sheet, and Maximiliano Urruti (DAL, $8.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Imma get a scholarship to King's College

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And also play some professional soccer on the side.

Excuse me yes hi I would like for all of us to take a moment to pour one out for the flawless rendition I performed of "My Shot" from Hamilton last night that nobody on my trivia team appreciated. The song played, I was amazing, and meanwhile everybody else just talked amongst themselves.

Notes from the Washington Spirit's intrasquad game

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With the season opener under two weeks away, the Spirit split into two teams for a scrimmage

The Washington Spirit had planned a preseason game Saturday against the University of North Carolina, only for the Tarheels to cancel due to player availability concerns. With the regular season fast approaching, the Spirit played an intrasquad scrimmage instead.

D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes Player Ratings

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We attach numbers to how each player did. Chime in with yours.

D.C. United was searching for their first win of 2016 going into their first game Avaya Stadium against the San Jose Earthquakes and now...they're still searching for it after their 1-1 draw Saturday night, with a late goal from the hosts that resulted in shared points on the night.

D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes GIFs

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We look at animated internet file moments of interest.

Despite the record against them in California, recent D.C. United games against the San Jose Earthquakes haven't been pleasant ones to watch. Nor was Saturday night's 1-1 draw for that matter, but now we're done with all that and we can look at GIFs from the game.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Fabi-lously Disastrous

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Recaps, DCU alums and Heavy Metal Parking Lots.

Hi. I write today from Vermont, where my wife and I have explored such things as Hill Farmstead Brewery, Maple Syrup Festivals, and flirtations with snow, because Vermont. Anyway, away we go:

Recaps of D.C. United's 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes from us, MLS and the Washington Post.

D.C. United settle for a 1-1 draw after late San Jose Earthquakes equalizer

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Patrick Nyarko and Adam Jahn scored the goals as the Black-and-Red came within minutes of their first win of 2016

Despite an improved effort, D.C. United is still waiting on their first win in 2016. A header from Patrick Nyarko gave the Black-and-Red a first half lead against the San Jose Earthquakes, but the home side snatched a late equalizer through Adam Jahn to earn themselves a 1-1 draw.

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

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The Black-and-Red have a tough one on their hands tonight, facing a Quakes team that has been solid at home thus far in 2016.

The first match in MLS history saw D.C. United travel west to take on the San Jose Clash. Four days short of the 20th anniversary of that match, the Black-and-Red are back in California, taking on the San Jose Earthquakes at a stadium that had not even been imagined in their first meeting.

Keys to Victory: 4 things D.C. United needs to do to beat the San Jose Earthquakes

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Improving a leaky defense and being smarter all over the field are among the items United needs to check off today.

This might not be the best time for D.C. United to have to play the San Jose Earthquakes on the road, but the calendar has no sympathy for United's messy situation. It's the 20th anniversary - give or take a few days - of MLS's first game, played between these two sides on San Jose's home turf.

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

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A tough test awaits the Black-and-Red as they visit San Jose for a reprise of the first-ever game in Major League Soccer.

In desperate need of some good news, D.C. United is probably going to have to put together their most complete showing of 2016 to return to the District with any points from tonight's game against the San Jose Earthquakes.

D.C. United sign goalkeeper Tally Hall

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With Bill Hamid and Andrew Dykstra out long term with injuries, United have come to an agreement with former Houston Dynamo and Orlando City keeper Tally Hall

D.C. United announced the signing of goalkeeper Tally Hall on Friday, adding the MLS veteran keeper to a corp of keepers currently lacking MLS experience.

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

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Some injuries down the spine of their team will leave the Quakes sorting through some imperfect options.

In some ways, D.C. United is about to play a San Jose Earthquakes team that is a better version of themselves at the moment. Both teams make no apologies for their focus on results over style.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 4: These are the breaks

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An international fixture window meant most of MLS was on a break, but not the Power Rankings

While the world paused for the March FIFA international fixture window, allowing for World Cup Qualifying, African Cup of Nations Qualifying, an Olympic Playoff and friendlies, MLS proceeded with a light schedule.

A Woman's Place: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 1 April 2016

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US Soccer to the Lady Americans: We said fair play, not fair pay.

Point of personal privilege. Today is my 100th Friday Freedom Kick. The century mark. I'm now pension-eligible under the B&RU retirement plan.

Speaking of pay and benefits, how about them women?