Black and Red United Archives for January 2016

D.C. United versus Seattle Sounders lineup stays the same into Copa America break

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D.C. United rolls into the Copa America break with the same lineup as last week

In their first midweek game of this MLS season, D.C. United welcomes Seattle Sounders FC to RFK Stadium. It is also the team's last game before the Copa America Centenario break, in which United will stop play until Wednesday, June 16, when they are back in action taking on the winner of Richmond Kickers-Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the US Open Cup.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City Player Ratings

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We assign numbers to those who wore Black-and-Red Friday night.

D.C. United came into Friday night's game with Sporting Kansas City with nary a road win in a stat that was particularly entertaining to some jerk on the masthead. So naturally when a 1-0 win happened for the good guys following a hectic 24 hours of travel and redirection, combined with a weather delay, it was a earned win in the karma department to some degree.

Source close to D.C. United owner denies Ligue 1 ownership interest

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While one of D.C. United's owners is about to help purchase one team, a report of past interest in another comes out.

A report by Gareth Vincent of the South Wales Evening Post says that D.C. United Managing General Partner Jason Levien flew to the United Kingdom last week in an attempt to finalize the purchase of England Premier League side Swansea City to a group that includes Levien and Steve Kaplan, who Levien was familiar with while the two shared ownership in the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies (Kaplan remains co-executive Chairman of the team).

Monday Freedom Kicks: Wet and Wild

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Recaps, DP examinations, and scary news from Mexico.

Hi. So in case I've been late on emails or whatever, I said this during Friday night's game:

@TheCrossbarRSL if a traveled on gameday, barebones DC squad can beat these guys I will get everyone pregnant.

USA vs. Bolivia, 2016 friendly: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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One last warm-up for the USMNT before the Copa America Centenario kicks off

The United States is less than a week away from opening the Copa America Centenario, making today's match against Bolivia an important final tune-up. Earlier this week, the USMNT managed to beat a pretty solid Ecuador 1-0 thanks to some lineup changes in the second half that have been long overdue.

Alhaji Kamara's debut goal in win over Sporting KC caps crazy trip for D.C. United

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Travel troubles, a change to the scheduled kickoff, and a long weather delay at halftime were all trumped by Alhaji Kamara's first touch of the ball in MLS

For all the troubles that D.C. United faced over the past two days, it would have been completely reasonable for the Black-and-Red to happily settle for a point on the road against Sporting Kansas City.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City GIFs

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We look at animated internet files that animated us.

D.C. United started Thursday in Washington, started Friday in Chicago, and start Saturday in Kansas City after a hectic 30-plus hour travel snafu put them at the mercy of charters, wings and prayers. And late Friday night, a goal to seal a 1-0 win by a team who last won on the road in August?

Debutante Alhaji Kamara fires D.C. United to late 1-0 win over Sporting KC

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After weather troubles before and during the game, Alhaji Kamara handed United their first win of the season on the road with a goal in the first 33 seconds of his MLS debut

D.C. United had a torrid time even getting to Kansas City for Friday's night game against Sporting Kansas City. But after a whirlwind 24 hours, United picked up all three points at Children's Mercy Park, with new signing Alhaji Kamara supplying the only tally in a 1-0 win.

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

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After flirting with a weather-related postponement, United and Sporting duke it out for three much-needed points

This story almost got deleted, as there were a couple hours today where it was entirely unclear whether D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City were actually going to play or not. United was due in KC last night, but some severe weather caused their flight to land in Chicago, and then their connecting flight was cancelled.

The Washington Spirit's game against the Houston Dash has been postponed

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Torrential rains have forced tonight's game to be called off

Tonight, the Washington Spirit face the Houston Dash were going to have their second and final meeting of the NWSL regular season, but Mother Nature got in the way. Tonight's game has been postponed to an as-yet-unknown later date due to torrential rains in Texas:

#HOUvWAS has been postponed until a later date in the interest of fan, public and player safety.

D.C. United's game against Sporting Kansas City moved to 9:30

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We will have soccer tonight, but not when we thought

Due to extreme weather yesterday in Kansas City, D.C. United's flight was diverted to Chicago. And due to continuing bad weather, United is unable to get to Kansas City, forcing MLS to delay the game. The game will still be played today but, to allow for travel and for some of the storms to pass, the game has been moved to 9:30PM Eastern time.

D.C. United's four keys to victory over Sporting KC

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The mental game, pressure, and a specific match-up in the midfield are all important for United in tonight's match

D.C. United's 2016 season has been a roller coaster, with wins and losses generally following one another with regularity. They have one last chance to put together a winning streak before MLS takes a break for the Copa America Centenario, and that requires taking all three points against a Sporting Kansas City team that is also looking to bounce back from a dissatisfying loss last weekend.

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

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The Black-and-Red will go for their first road win of the season tonight against a KC side that has just one win in their last nine games

After six straight games against Eastern Conference opposition, D.C. United has left their preferred time zone for the first time in a month in a half to face Sporting Kansas City tonight.

Yes, We Conifa! D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 27 May 2016

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Conifa? Conifa.

Summer is ready when you are.

Copa America call-ups sting D.C. United and Kansas City ahead of MLS match - WaPo: Looks like we'll get to see Kofi Opare and Alhaji Kamara on the field tonight.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs DC United - MLSGB: Across the pond, they predict a 1-1 draw.

Another Horton clean sheet secures point for Richmond

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Ten man Richmond still finds point against conference leaders

The Richmond Kickers faced off against a tough Louisville City FC team at City Stadium on Saturday night. Louisville was coming off a two-game winning streak and looked to secure their position atop the Eastern Conference. Richmond sought to maintain their unbeaten status at home.

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

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International call-ups and suspensions will leave KC short of at least four regular starters tomorrow night

Tomorrow might be a good time for D.C. United to play Sporting Kansas City. The Copa America Centenario has deprived United of Steve Birnbaum (the club's best defender, and in the discussion for best player on the team this year) and Alvaro Saborio (DC's top scorer on the year with 4 goals), so that might seem like a crazy way to lead things off.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City staff and reader predictions

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Some of us are going to be wrong this week—we can't agree on what we think will happen.

United are on the road again—is it time for a step forward? Is it time for another step back? Where is this road going, anyway?

We're actually split pretty evenly on this one, so feel free to choose sides in the comments.

Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic, and the USMNT: Freedom Kicks for 26 May 2016

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Soccer, go!

Watching the USMNT is always an experience, but the last 20 minutes finally brought a little joy back to the proceedings. Let's get into the links, shall we?

USA vs. Ecuador, 2016 Friendly: Final score 1-0, Darlington Nagbe's first international goal wins it late - Stars and Stripes FC: After a bad first half, Jurgen finally brough on the players who should have started (Bobby Wood, Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic) and the team looked better and scored a goal.

Hyvästi Halsti - D.C. United and Finnish international part ways

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Markus Halsti will always be a "what could have been" for a lot of fans.

Markus Halsti is no longer a D.C. United player. We've speculated about this possibility going back to last winter, and the talk only got louder and more persistent as the defensive midfielder went through the first 12 games of this MLS season without playing a minute.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 12: Rivalry weak

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MLS had its first Rivalry Week last week, but some of the "rivalries" yielded weak matchups in this week's Power Rankings.

Week 12 was the first of the MLS Rivalry Week Presented By Heineken weeks of the season. It's a However, MLS missed the boat with some of these "rivalry" matchups, focusing on certain derby matchups and manufacturing others while neglecting some of the major rivalries that have carried this league.

Finland calls up D.C. United's Markus Halsti

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The Finn will miss United's next two matches

D.C. United will also be without Markus Halsti for Friday's game at Sporting Kansas City and next Wednesday's home game against the Seattle Sounders. He's been called in by Finland and will play two friendlies with the Huuhkajat. Halsti broke the news himself last night:

Duty calls #helsinkibound #huuhkajat #dutycalls #icelandair #sämpa #nationalteam #MLS

— Markus Halsti (@Halstinho) May 25, 2016

The 32-year old Halsti is part of a Finland squad (coached by former New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe) that will play friendlies with two sides preparing for the Euro 2016 tournament.

USA vs. Ecuador, 2016 friendly: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USMNT gets a real test tonight as they prepare for the Copa America Centenario

The United States will begin their Copa America Centenario preparations in earnest tonight with a friendly against Ecuador, a fellow Copa participant. The USMNT just played a friendly over the weekend, but the circumstances - a significantly different roster for the Americans, and an opponent stocked with more than a few amateurs - were radically different.

Filibuster podcast episode 184: We're already in trouble

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A mixed performance is wiped away, and we look towards the weekend for some hope

Have no fear, your weekly recommended dose of Filibuster is here. Jason, Ben, and Adam are back to talk about D.C. United and hope that things get better. We talk about D.C. United's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union, and have to start with the goal that did them in.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Don't tread on this

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It's Wednesday, and it's a USMNT matchday! Plus, we look at Euro 2016, Copa America and everything else in Freedom Kicks.

Happy Wednesday boys and girls! Hopefully, you have your favorite U.S. gear ready for tonight because it's a USMNT matchday! The U.S. will take on Ecuador this evening (8:00pm, ESPN2) in its second friendly in preparation for the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

Fantasy Focus: New Jersey is Red

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The Red Bulls put up points in New York City proper

This round's leader was Birdbomb SC, who put up 98 points. Will Johnson (TOR, $8.3) led the way with 15 points with one goal scored, while teammate and captain Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.7) scored 14 points in two games. Both Axel Sjoberg (COL, $5.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Jurgen gonna Jurgen

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But no Edgar Castillo on the USMNT roster, phew.

I'm writing this Freedom Kicks while trying to catch up on Game of Thrones, but I'll try to keep things from getting too dark here. To the links!

Puerto Rico vs. USA, 2016 Friendly: What We Learned - Stars and Stripes FC
Jurgen gonna Jurgen, for one thing.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Rivalry? Weak.

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Recaps, more Star Wars nights, and Fargo season 3 stuff.

Well it was fun seeing folks on Friday. Adam was particularly enjoying himself, hopefully he managed to get to where he needed to get to over the weekend.

Recap's of D.C. United's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union from us, MLS (with more from them here) and the Washington Post.

Richmond advances to 3rd round of U.S. Open Cup

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A 4-0 win over Aromas Cafe FC was just what Richmond needed

Richmond began their U.S. Open Cup campaign with a win over Aromas Cafe F.C., a club out of Charlottesville, Virginia. The Kickers have struggled to score goals in league play this season and saw the match as an opportunity to build confidence.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union Player Ratings

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Raters gonna rate.

D.C. United seems to be alternating between wins and losses with each week these days, having yet to go on a win streak in 2016. When they beat the New York Red Bulls last week, in retrospect, a draw or loss was in the cards (speaking as one who predicted a loss, cough cough).

Washington Spirit lose first match of the season, fall 4-1 to the Portland Thorns

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In a disappointing result, the Spirit concede three first-half goals and snap undefeated streak

After a five-game undefeated run, the Washington Spirit fell to the Portland Thorns 4-1 on Saturday night. The Spirit conceded three goals in the first half after allowing one goal in their first four games.

USA vs. Puerto Rico, 2016 friendly: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USMNT - or some semblance thereof - faces an exhibition against a very young Puerto Rican side

It's safe to say that today's United States vs. Puerto Rico match is a strange one. The USMNT just announced their roster for the Copa America Centenario, but it's not the same roster that will be available for today's game.

Portland Thorns vs. Washington Spirit live stream 2016: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The Spirit start their road trip tonight with a rematch against the Thorns

Two weeks after battling the Washington Spirit battled Portland Thorns FC to a scoreless draw at the Maryland Soccerplex, the last two unbeaten NWSL teams meet again tonight in Portland. Despite the goalless result, the match featured 23 shots, Thorns midfielder and USWNT star Tobin Heath being ejected, and five yellow cards.

Steve Birnbaum named to USA roster for Copa America Centenario

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The D.C. United center back will be with the USMNT for this summer's showcase tournament

Jurgen Klinsmann and US Soccer today announced the 23 players that will represent the United States at the upcoming Copa America Centenario, and D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum is included in the roster.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union GIFs

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We include animated internet files to entertain and amaze.

D.C. United ran into a Philadelphia Union squad that was unbeaten in their last four, albeit 3 of those were draws. It certainly didn't make their 1-0 stoppage time loss to the Union any easier to swallow, particularly as we head into the summer months.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not coming to D.C. United

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It is fun to dream, but it isn't happening

Late last night, after D.C. United lost a heartbreaker to the Philadelphia Union, a rumor from abroad popped up in our feeds. Normally, I would reject this kind of rumor out of hand (and by the headline, you can tell that I still do). However, this was printed in L'Equipe, which is a major French newspaper, so I present here so you may do with it what you may.

Richie Marquez scores in stoppage time as D.C. United lose 1-0 to the Philadelphia Union

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For the second year in a row, United lose to the Union in Chester to a stoppage time goal

D.C. United had an off night on Friday night in Chester, Pennsylvania against the Philadelphia Union. Really, neither team had shown much in the way of invention or style. But with just moments remaining in the game, it looked like the Black-and-Red would escape with a point on the road.

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

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The Black-and-Red could jump into a tie for 2nd place in the East with a win over the Union tonight

Last week's win was D.C. United's most satisfying result of 2016, but the Black-and-Red's previous wins have been followed up by a home loss and a road draw against MLS's bottom club, respectively.

Keys to Victory: 4 things D.C. United needs to do to beat the Philadelphia Union

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The Union have been solid, but they're hardly unbeatable. Here's how United can take three points today

It's strange how things work sometimes. "Struggling" D.C. United - never mind that their points per game over their last six outings, if maintained for the rest of the season, would see them comfortably qualify for the playoffs in the draw-happy East - is looking for some consistency against the"high-flying" (er, 2 points ahead of those strugglers from DC) Philadelphia Union.

Salary Chasm: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 20 May 2016

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D.C. United - Philly previews, MLS salaries, and creepy goalkeeper fingers.

When you're operating on multiple time zones, it's always Freedom Kicks time. #excuses

D.C. United at Union preview - Philly.com: The Union will be especially eager to notch a win at home because they've got two road games next week (Wednesday and Saturday), and we know how those go.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union staff and reader predictions

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Et tu, Party Boy?

On the back of one rivalry win, D.C. United look to grab another one on another Friday—this time against the Philadelphia Union on the road. Will DCU get three more sweet points, or is it not to be?

Well, we're not sure.

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It's our first time up to Philly and our first time facing off against Chris Pontius since he moved to the Union in the off-season.

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

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United's push for consistency continues today in Philly

Does the fact that D.C. United frequently plays the Philadelphia Union require a league-mandated rivalry cup? Is this whole thing an attempt to direct the Black-and-Red toward a new rival so the energy drink hucksters of northern New Jersey are free to find a new rival in the Big Apple?

Opposition 11: Who will the Philadelphia Union start against D.C. United?

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You might not believe it, but Philly actually has a coherent roster full of respectable players. It's weird.

In years past, any D.C. United game against the Philadelphia Union came with some guarantees. The game would be chippy and close regardless of how good the teams were doing, and the Union lineup would be in some sort of disarray.

The definitive lineup for players who played for both D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union

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14 different players have worn the black and red and the navy blue and gold. Here's how they would line up

When Chris Pontius made the move from D.C. United to the Philadelphia Union this past winter, the 2009 first round draft pick became the latest in a long line of players to have played for both clubs.

D.C. United to play Kickers/Strikers winner in first Open Cup Match

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Soccerplex, soccerplex, soccer soccer soccerplex!

D.C. United will play their first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game on June 15, presumably at the Maryland Soccerplex, as they will host the winner of a June 1 match between the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Richmond Kickers.

D.C. defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in last year's fourth round match before falling to the Philadelphia Union in the Round of 16.

D.C. United 2016 salaries released

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Some surprises, good, bad or otherwise.

The MLS Player's Union released the list of player salaries as of May 15. Notable names over MLS include salaries for Tim Howard ($2,100,000 base compensation) and Jermaine Jones ($600,000) of the Colorado Rapids, recently acquired New England Revolution forward Kei Kamara ($1,000,000) and once almost-D.

Philadelphia Union game just a 'friendly rivalry' to Ben Olsen

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Friday's match is the first time D.C. United will face off against Chris Pontius, the most recent mover between United and the Philadelphia Union

Over the past couple of weeks, ahead of Major League Soccer's Heineken Rivalry Week, there has been plenty of push back from fans of both D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union, as the league seems hell-bent on creating a rivalry between the two teams.

Alhaji Kamara, Eddie Johnson, and DeAndre Yedlin: Freedom Kicks for 19 May 2016

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Soccer, go!

So, come closer. I'm hearing a rumor, and I only want you to hear it. You know that mythical object, the "sun"? I've heard we might see it today, so let's have a great one. Let's soccer.

European doctors wouldn't let him play soccer anymore. U.S. specialists had a different opinion.

Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger on USA roster for Japan friendlies

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The Washington Spirit's two US regulars were both unsurprisingly called in by Jill Ellis for next month's games

Ahead of two friendlies against Japan early next month, United States women's national team coach Jill Ellis announced a roster featuring 25 players. It will come as no major surprise that Washington Spirit stars Crystal Dunn - the reigning NWSL MVP - and Ali Krieger were among those called up.

2016 MLS Match Prediction Game - Week 10

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There are a dozen games to predict this week, so don't miss any of them!

We have a triple winner of Week 9, with dccal, Steven Streff, and dhresko2 all scoring 23 points. Congratulations! As a prize, you each get to take home a talking Jesse Marsch doll. Pull the string in his back and you'll hear some of his most famous quotes following an embarrassing loss, such as "Trust in the system, guys, the system works," or "This is all on me tonight," or "At this point in the season, to not understand what big games are like, it's disappointing from us.

90th minute equalizer gives the Richmond Kickers a point

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Late-match heroics from Brian Ownby even the score against New York Red Bulls II

Richmond's road trip through the Northeast continued Saturday at Red Bull Arena. The Kickers hadn't secured an away point since April 1st, and D.C. United loanees Miguel Aguilar, Jalen Robinson and Luke Mishu were there to help get them back on track.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 11: West side the best side

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The Western Conference leaders are starting to dominate in this week's Power Rankings.

May has seen several teams attempt to establish themselves as among the contenders for this year's Supporters Shield and the MLS Cup trophy. In Week 11, we finally had some teams emerge from the pack as the ones that each team must really bring their A game against when their name's next on the schedule.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Now we out in Europe spending Euros

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The Europa League Final is today and Chelsea's getting paid. Plus, Neymar could possibly be stripped of his captaincy, plus a great story from Old Trafford, U.S. Open Cup is back in action and Bob Bradley deserves some respect.

Greetings and salutations. I had a late night but it's my Freedom Kicks debut and I couldn't be more excited to wake up early and get our day started right.

Filibuster podcast episode 183: Talon is an eagle and should fly

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We're happy after a win over the MetroStars

With a win in this year's Atlantic Cup already notched, the Filibuster crew is here to talk about it. Adam, Ben, and Jason are here to talk about whether D.C. United's game against the New York Red Bulls was the most complete performance of the year.

Alvaro Saborio named to Costa Rica's Copa America squad

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D.C. United will have at least one player at the Copa America Centenario

When the Copa America rolls around this summer, D.C. United will have at least one player participating. United forward Alvaro Saborio has made Los Ticos' 23 man roster for the tournament, joining such MLS players as Kendall Waston, Christian Bolanos, and Johan Venegas.

Fantasy Focus: Morales and Values

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More double game weeks, more big scores

With a score of 141 points, #Gio'd led the double game week. Diego Valeri (POR, $10.6) led the team with an armband-aided 32 points on the strength of a goal. Backing him up was Pedro Morales (VAN, $11.1), who scored a goal and added two assists for 21 points, followed up by Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: He coached Bayern Munich and all he got was an ugly mascot sculpture

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Plus: USMNT stuff, more on the Kei Kamara trade, Atlanta happenings, etc.

I spent all of yesterday mostly away from the Internet, so admittedly this morning's Freedom Kicks are a little sparse. But that just means you guys have extra opportunity to share your own links in the comments. I'm giving the power to the people, you see.

Bill Hamid practices for the second straight week as his 2016 debut for D.C. United looms

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The 2014 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year talked to Black and Red United as he gets closer to making his 2016 debut

The news in January was not promising. Bill Hamid, D.C. United's first ever homegrown player - not to mention the 2014 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year - had to remove himself from the January US national team camp to have surgery on a torn right meniscus.

Univision: Steve Birnbaum getting interest from Borussia Dortmund

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A familiar name on the radar of the young center back.

David Ruiz of Univision (which appears to roll up under the Spanish version of the MLS website) is saying that D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum is on the watchlist of Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. It does not say that there is an offer for the 25-year old defender, but it does say that Michael Zorc is looking to fill the position left by Mats Hummels, who is returning to join Bayern Munich, where he started his career.

This is not the outrage you're looking for, move along.

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Folks expressing a disproportionate amount of emotion about Star Wars night should probably pick and choose their rage a little better.

Over the course of Friday night's D.C. United win over the New York Red Bulls, an underlying gripe surfaced. The apparent problem - that the team decided to hold a "Star Wars Night" promotion - could trump a rivalry in the eyes of some fans, as if they would be scarred for life when their favorite movie and their favorite sports team crossed paths.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Allayed on the Anacostia

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Recaps of D.C. United, the last weekend of European club soccer, a Swansea update and Matthew McConaughey grunts.

Hi. I'm at a work meeting today, so some of these things may have been covered already. If not? Hooray!

Recaps of D.C. United's 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls from us (and more from us here), MLS (and more from them here) and the Washington Post.

Richmond Kickers' away struggles continue against Toronto

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With two shots cleared off the line, Richmond unable to find an answer for TFC II

The Richmond Kickers' struggles on the road continued Wednesday as they suffered defeat to Toronto FC II. A 2nd half goal by Salvador Bernal Flores made the difference. 4-0 at home, Richmond had only mustered an 0-2-1 record in away matches.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls GIFs

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We look back at moments of intrigue. Or entertainment at least.

Moods were rightfully sour after D.C. United lost to New York City FC last week, and on a clear and rain-free night at RFK, beating their rivals in the New York Red Bulls 2-0 was a pleasant, even encouraging sign. So let's go looking at GIFs, shall we?

Washington Spirit continue their unbeaten run with a 1-0 win over the Houston Dash

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Joanna Lohman's first half goal proved enough for the Spirit

On a windy and chilly night at the Maryland Soccerplex, the Washington Spirit beat the Houston Dash 1-0 thanks to a goal from Joanna Lohman in the first half. Despite Dash goalkeeper Lydia Williams' heroic efforts and Houston's opportunities, the Spirit prevailed and continued their five-game undefeated streak.

Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash live stream 2016: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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Two of the NWSL's stronger teams face off tonight at the Maryland Soccerplex

Summer is returning to the Maryland Soccerplex: The threat of thunderstorms looms over tonight's game and attendance looks promising for tonight's match against the Houston Dash. But unlike a typical summer for the Washington Spirit, the team boasts a stellar backline and satisfying performances on the road.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls Player Ratings

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We play America's favorite rating game.

D.C. United needed to get back on track after their loss to New York City FC, and in beating the New York Red Bulls by a 2-0 margin, it may not completely wash away the existing sins of the Black-and-Red, but anytime you beat a rival, it sure does feel nice, doesn't it?

Alvaro Saborio, Patrick Nyarko on target as D.C. United take down NYRB 2-0

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The Black-and-Red took the first leg of the Atlantic Cup, defeating the Red Bulls 2-0 with goals from Alvaro Saborio and Patrick Nyarko

The last two MLS seasons for D.C. United have ended at the hands of the New York Red Bulls, the first two times United had ever lost a playoff series to their main rivals.

D.C. United find right mentality in win over New York Red Bulls

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Struggling with inconsistency through the first 10 games of the season, the Black-and-Red got everything right in their 2-0 win over their Atlantic Cup rivals

Finishing out a stretch of five in six games at home, D.C. United went into Friday's game against the New York Red Bulls needing all three points in hopes of right their season.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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Two teams that really need some points will meet tonight in the first Atlantic Cup match of 2016

Two old rivals who have not exactly played that well in 2016 meet up tonight at RFK, as D.C. United hosts the New York Red Bulls. The Black-and-Red are in an uneasy pattern at home and have yet to string two actually good performances together in a season that is already ten games old.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls preview: Behind Enemy Lines with New York blog Once A Metro

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Two teams tied on points meet at a crucial juncture in the season

To help us preview tonight's game, Black & Red United reached out to Austin Fido of SB Nation's New York Red Bulls blog Once A Metro. For my answers to Austin's questions, head over to Once A Metro.

B&RU: The 2015 Supporters' Shield winners are having a slow start to the season; is it the players, the coaching, or a bit of both?

Opposition 11: Who will the New York Red Bulls start against D.C. United?

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After some attempts to branch out, NYRB has gone back to what worked for them in recent years

Tonight, D.C. United will face a New York Red Bulls team that has largely disappointed in 2016. Ten games into the season, and the defending Supporters Shield winners are clinging to a playoff spot - just ahead of United, actually - by the total wins tiebreaker.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS

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The first Atlantic Cup match of the season finds both the Black-and-Red and the former Metros dissatisfied with their play thus far in 2016

Over the past few seasons, two things have been a constant when D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls meet: It's been a battle of two of the stronger Eastern Conference sides, and the Black-and-Red have struggled to get much going on the attacking side of the ball.

Friday Freedom Kicks: Yo, let's steal their cannons

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Kei's joining the revolution...er, I mean the Revolution.

You all thought you were free from Leanne Freedom Kicks this week, but aha! I am here. And although I am sorely tempted to make this entire post just an open thread to discuss Hamilton (because I saw it in NYC on Monday and am compelled to mention this at any given moment), I actually have quite a few links about soccer to share with you.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: Putting the puzzle together

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Fabi and Lucho get another chance to find magic

Injuries continue to dominate the talk of D.C. United's lineup, with Fabian Espindola and Bill Hamid coming back to full fitness just as Chris Rolfe is out for an indefinite amount of time with a concussion. Ben Olsen has to continue to juggle his lineup to find a group that will work with the injuries and poor performances that have come so far.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 10: Who's taking it?

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Who wants to take charge of the league? We discuss in this week's Power Rankings.

Entering Week 10, there were a few teams that were poised to separate themselves from the pack to become the cream of the crop in Major League Soccer. It's at this point of the season where a few teams realize that if they want to be considered the best in MLS, they have to go out and make a statement.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls staff and reader predictions

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Win, lose, or draw? No, seriously, what's going to happen in this game, because we're not sure.

It's almost the night we've all been waiting for, folks: Star Wars Night. Oh, also, D.C. United's biggest rivals are coming. But Star Wars!

It seems we can't all agree on an outcome for this game.

Travis Worra, Blas Perez, and Philadelphia Union: Freedom Kicks for 12 May 2016

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Soccer, go!

With D.C. United playing the New York Red Bulls tomorrow, there are plenty of stories about the team swirling out there. Let's dive in, shall we?

D.C. United closing in on full fitness ahead of New York Red Bulls clash - Black And Red United: Bill Hamid and Fabian Espindola are training at full speed, and Alhaji Kamara is getting worked in quickly.

The Last Word on D.C. United's loss to NYCFC: Airing of Grievances

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We got a lot of problems with this game!

It's a short-ish week for D.C. United, and that might be a good thing. Five days between games will give the Black-and-Red less time to sulk over a very disappointing loss to New York City FC. NYCFC entered the game having conceded eight goals in their three road games, yet left RFK with a shutout that ended up not even requiring any special effort on their part.

D.C. United closing in on full fitness ahead of New York Red Bulls clash

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Bill Hamid has returned to practice ahead of Friday's battle with the Black-and-Red's oldest rival

It has been a long four months since D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid went under the knife to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. United have had an uneven start to the season, picking up just 10 points through their first 10 games, as Travis Worra has filled in as keeper with the additional loss of Andrew Dykstra to back surgery.

2016 MLS Match Prediction Game - Week 9

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MLS has roughly one billion games this week, so get your predictions in!

The winner of Week 8 is a two-way tie between fischy and ChestRockwell with 20 points each. Congratulations! You'll have to do a rock-scissor-papers to decide which of you is the true winner. Week 9 is a double-game week with lots of games to predict, so remind your friends and go nuts.

Bill Hamid resumes training, could start by end of May

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Well this is nice to see.

Via our own Steven Streff, a welcome update on D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid from Ben Olsen:

Olsen confirms that Hamid is back to training completely. Practiced yesterday and today. #DCU

— Steven Streff (@streffsoccer) May 11, 2016

Of course, this is encouraging news for Hamid, who underwent surgery to fix a lateral meniscus tear in the offseason.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and US Open Cup links for Wednesday May 11, 2016

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It was a busy Tuesday for the Black-and-Red, plus the fun of the Open Cup starts tonight

It is very, very late. I had a strange night, seeing a great band while also finding out that the Caps are out of the playoffs. Let's get on with this:

D.C. United signs IFK Norrkoping striker Alhaji Kamara | Black and Red United
As you probably read yesterday, United made a move to help their goalscoring issues.

D.C. United releases Paul Clowes

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To make room for a new striker, United clears a roster and international roster spot

To make room for new signing Alhaji Kamara, D.C. United has confirmed to Black & Red United that they have released Paul Clowes. The team needed to free up both a roster spot and an international roster spot, and with starters Marcelo Sarvas and Nick DeLeon, as well as reserves Jared Jeffrey, Markus Halsti, Rob Vincent, and Julian Buescher all ahead of Clowes in central midfield, this is the move that had to happen.

D.C. United signs IFK Norrkoping striker Alhaji Kamara

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The move is now a done deal.

Black & Red United can independently confirm that D.C. United has signed IFK Norrkoping player Alhaji Kamara. Kamara, 22, has been in D.C. for several days undergoing tests and being involved in negotiations to come to D.C., and IFK's Chairman Peter Hunt has said that the deal will not include a transfer fee for the striker from Sierra Leone, who is under contract until 2017 but has been sidelined since February with health issues.

Filibuster podcast episode 182: Physical murder player

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In which we get grumpy about D.C. United's performance

It is a grumpy night for the Filibuster crew, with a lot of good reasons why. Jason, Adam, and Ben have to talk about D.C. United's 2-0 loss to New York City FC, and we have to start with all of the misses of Alvaro Saborio. We then wonder why the heck Patrick Nyarko started if he could only make it 25 minutes, and wonder why Jared Jeffrey was the sub who came in and not Miguel Aguilar.

Fantasy Focus: Tell your girl like Doritos that's Nacho cheese

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After a little slump, he's back with a vengeance

As we prepare for another double game week, Amish Rakefighters led this round with a score of 92 points. Captain Didier Drogba (MTL, $11.8) led the team with 32 points, aided by a goal and two assists, while his teammate, Ignacio Piatti ($10.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: What are you still doing here?

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Luciano Acosta, Perry Kitchen and statistics counting in Washington for you today.

Hi, I'm Leanne today. I never really left from yesterday. Or did it? Honestly, if I remembered this sooner I wouldn't have shot my links wad on Monday, so I guess the moral here is pace yourself or something, so here you go:

Get To Know: Luciano Acosta | D.

D.C. United vs. New York City FC player ratings

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We examine the Black-and-Red's night through the wonders of subjective numbers.

D.C. United came into Sunday night with Chris Rolfe added to the injury report next to Fabian Espindola, though in theory, facing a New York City FC defense that has a few holes in it, the probability for some goals should have been certain.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Moribund on Mother's Day

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Recaps of D.C. United, the Spirit, a DCU alum gets honored and deaths of the actual sort.

Well that was no fun, and I didn't even do Mother's Day, so double boo!

Recaps of D.C. United's 2-0 loss to New York City FC from us (with more from us here), the Washington Post, MLS and Hudson River Blue.

First half miss plus listless second half performance equals a loss for D.C. United

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NYCFC capitalized on Alvaro Saborio's first half miss, with David Villa and Khiry Shelton providing goals in the 2-0 result

Playing their fourth home game in their past five MLS matches, D.C. United had an opportunity on Sunday night to pick up points against a New York City FC side that has had it struggles early in the 2016 team.

Two quick second half goals see NYCFC past D.C. United

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David Villa and Khiry Shelton scored in a space of three minutes to give New York City all three points at RFK Stadium

Having picked up points in 3 of their last 4 games, D.C. United failed to keep the momentum going on Sunday night, losing 2-0 at home to New York City FC.

Alvaro Saborio had a golden opportunity to put United ahead in the first half, but the Costa Rican couldn't capitalize for his 4th goal of the season.

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

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United will be looking to jump up the standings today against an NYCFC team that has just one win in their last eight games

The final match of the weekend in MLS sees D.C. United facing their closest pursuer in the Eastern Conference playoff race, as they'll host New York City FC tonight. At the time this was written, United sat in 6th place in the East, ahead of NYCFC on goal difference (two of four teams in the East with 10 points).

Norrkoping Chairman, Manager, react to Alhaji Kamara to D.C. United reports

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The Kamraterna management weigh in on the news.

Following the news that their striker Alhaji Kamara was in the United States in the hopes of securing a playing contract with D.C. United (and Steven Goff's tweet saying talked have had progress), IFK Norrkoping's Chairman (Peter Hunt) and Manager (Jan Andersson) have reacted to this news in the 'Norrkopings Tidningar' newspapers.

Keys to Victory: 4 things D.C. United needs to do to beat NYCFC

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The Black-and-Red need to get on the front foot against a fragile New York City FC side tonight

Coming off of a 1-1 draw on the road last week, D.C. United faces New York City FC in a precarious position. The Black-and-Red are above the red line, but the visitors trail them only due to goal difference.

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

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The East is wide open, and two teams sitting right on the red line meet today at RFK

The last time D.C. United met New York City FC, a stoppage time goal from Alvaro Saborio gave the Black-and-Red a 2-1 victory as well as a spot in the 2015 MLS playoffs. We're months away from games carrying that kind of weight, but this game still looks quite important for two remodeled teams.

Spirit throw away their chances, settle for scoreless draw against Thorns

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The Spirit dropped their first points of the season in a 0-0 tie against the Portland Thorns

In each of the Washington Spirit's first three games, the team earned a win despite numerous missed opportunities on offense. This Saturday, the Spirit couldn't succeed in spite of their inefficiency.

Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns live stream 2016: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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Can the Spirit continue their winning streak against the Portland Thorns?

Three weeks into the season, the Washington Spirit have won each of their three games. For a team that won three games total in 2013, this season is especially good. Yet, the Spirit played three weaker teams (Boston, Sky Blue, and Western New York) and have yet to be tested against a strong opponent.

Santino Quaranta to be inducted to Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame

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Tino becomes the latest Black-and-Red alum to receive such an honor.

Former D.C. United player Santino Quaranta is part of the latest class of the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame, and will be inducted with six others in a ceremony to be held this coming Friday. Quaranta becomes the second D.

2016 MLS Match Prediction Game - Week 8

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Ties! Ties everywhere!

The winner of Week 7 is this joeymybro with 27 points. Congratulations! It was a great week for some players, and a terrible week for others. But who could have predicted that 8 of 13 matches played last week would result in a tie? MLS is a strange beast.

Get your picks in and have a great weekend.

D.C. United looking at Alhaji Kamara?

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An interesting (and very cautious) name surfaces on the Black-and-Red radar.

Steven Goff tweeted out this morning that D.C. United is looking at forward Alhaji 'Adriano' Kamara, a 22 year-old forward from Sierra Leone, recently from IFK Norrkoping in the Allsvenskan in Sweden. The 5 foot 11 inch forward had to stop playing soccer due to a heart condition which could have resulted in his death if it was not discovered, so he has been inactive for several months.

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

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After some unusual choices, Patrick Vieira's side has settled on a consistent formation

Most of the time, these pieces covering D.C. United's next opponent refer to a pretty familiar formation, with an emphasis on possession, or pressure, or direct play being the real difference. That isn't the case with New York City FC, whose head coach Patrick Vieira has been unafraid to attempt new things all season.

The Shertz-Gemmell Cup is the right name for the DC-Philadelphia rivalry

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D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union are attempting to name their rivalry with a cup. The Shertz-Gemmell Cup sounds good to me.

On May 20th, D.C. United will travel north to the town of Chester to take on the Philadelphia Union, kicking off MLS's Heineken Rivalry Week. In an effort to formalize the budding rivalry between the two teams, there has been contest to name the Cup that they will compete for each season, similar to the Atlantic Cup.

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

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There won't be a clean sheet, but there will be a D.C. United win—or at least that's what we're (mostly) predicting.

New York City FC are coming on down to RFK this Mother's Day, and we're feeling pretty good about D.C. United's chances. Our predictions are below, but let us know in the comments if you're feeling just as confident—or if we've all just talked ourselves into something that's totally not going to happen.

Friday Freedom Kicks: Emergency Substitute

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Touchline is out with flu-like symptoms (feel better, pal!), so today you get an unprepared substitute. Watch videos and talk amongst yourselves.

Today is that magical day we all remember from elementary school. Not only is it Friday, it's also a day with a substitute teacher.

Hello, class, I'm Mr.

D.C. United versus New York City FC lineup: A preview of the future?

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Through injuries and suspensions, D.C. United must roll out a lineup that could be its near-term future

When D.C. United takes on New York City FC on Sunday, the formation and most of the lineup will not be in doubt. Injuries, suspensions, and the good play of certain people can basically write Ben Olsen's lineup card for him.

Jaime Penedo denies speaking to D.C. United about a MLS return

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Teams with five goalkeepers do not need more goalkeepers.

Former LA Galaxy (and current Panama national team) goalkeeper Jaime Penedo today denied any knowledge of a verbal agreement to return to MLS to play for D.C. United or any other team, in an interview with Panamanian press. Which begs the question, how in the heck did Penedo get attached to D.

The Last Word on D.C. United's draw with the Chicago Fire: Three angles on the future

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A transfer rumor, a new formation, and a problem at the back? Oh my!

Over the weekend, D.C. United and the Chicago Fire settled for a 1-1 draw. United is a better team than Chicago, but on the day it was a fair score. The weather conditions - a constant downpour, heavy winds, and cold temperatures - effectively prevented either team from doing much that approached good soccer.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 9: Draws & Ties

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Many teams settled for draws in this week's edition of the Power Rankings.

When people look back on the 2016 Major League Soccer regular season and want to define certain weeks of league play, they can file this week under the "Nobody Wanted To Win" category. Eight of the 13 matches played this week ended with both teams splitting points.

Jared Jeffrey, Gio Dos Santos, and Joe Cole: Freedom Kicks for 5 May 2016

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We're almost to the weekend.

It is a Thursday on a week where D.C. United doesn't play until Sunday, so it is still a little light on news. Not light on content, though, so let's get into it.

After years as a backup, D.C. United's Jared Jeffrey appreciates starting chance - Washington Times: Jared Jeffrey has finally gotten some time to shine, and he's done better than most of us would have expected.

Chris Rolfe suspended against New York City FC

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D.C. United will have to take on New York City FC with one less option

In a move that is not too surprising, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended D.C. United attacker Chris Rolfe for one game. In the 45th minute, Rolfe lunged out for a tackle that earned him a yellow card, with his studs going into the back of Nick LaBrocca's calf.

Richmond Kickers back to their winning ways at City Stadium

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An early goal gave Richmond three points, and relief keeper Matt Turner turned heads

After struggling on the road, the Richmond Kickers dispatched Toronto FC II with a 1-0 win at City Stadium Saturday night. Following two straight losses, Richmond sought to get back on track and secure points against a competitive opponent in TFC II.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, and MLS links for Wednesday May 4, 2016

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Steve Birnbaum, Jordan Morris, and the man who will inadequately coach both of them this summer

Almost forgot to set this up to publish. Let's talk about soccer!

D.C. United news and notes | Soccer Insider
Key here is Dave Kasper saying D.C. United is not interested in selling Steve Birnbaum.

Filibuster podcast episode 181: Beyond the barbecue sauce

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We quickly review the Chicago Fire match before breaking down the most ridiculous team in MLS

It is a Tuesday, which means a downpour of Filibuster drowning your ears and making everyone drive 15 mph under the speed limit. We start by talking about another rainy day, D.C. United's 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.

Fantasy Focus: A Spanish Villa in New York

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The DGW comes good.

Our overall leader also led the round, as !BL4CKnRED-2014Champ took advantage of the double game weeks to score 129 points. David Villa (NYC, $11.4) wore the armband and scored 42 points on two goals. Lee Nguyen (NE, $11.2) tallied two assists and 17 points, while Diego Valeri (POR, $10.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: What does the fox say?

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Something about 5,000-1.

Happy Tuesday! You may have heard that some underdogs (underfoxes?) won the English Premier League yesterday and it was kind of a big deal. We're gonna get to that, but first! First a few other things.

Analyzing the USA's Copa America 40-man preliminary roster - Stars and Stripes FC
why Edgar Castillo why

Collin confident he, Red Bulls will make perfect match | FourFourTwo
They are a perfect match of two things I don't like very much.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire player ratings

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Taking a numerically subjective look at Saturday's match.

D.C. United went to Illinois to play a Chicago Fire side who had two weeks since their last match with the Chicago Fire and will have 10 more days before their next game, a midweek clash at the Vancouver Whitecaps. They were missing a couple of key offensive pieces to boot.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Waterlogged

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Recaps of D.C. United, the Spirit, player transfer rumors and Prince guitar solos.

Every time D.C. United play in Bridgeview against the Chicago Fire, it's always a blah experience. I mean, save for a nice goal or a Open Cup win, the weather (rainy and/or windy) is usually horrible. Shame on you Fire, shame indeed.

Steve Birnbaum named to preliminary U.S. roster for Copa America

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Folks may have a Black-and-Red rooting interest in Red, White and Blue.

It was announced today that D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum has made the 40-man preliminary roster for the United States national team in advance of this summer's Copa America tournament. This serves as more evidence that Birnbaum's place within the USMNT is fairly solid.

Report: D.C. United interested in Gabriel Torres?

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The Black-and-Red have been attached to a slightly intriguing name.

An interesting report from Panama reporter Jose Miguel Dominguez caught our eye today, hinting that former Colorado Rapids player Gabriel Torres may come back to MLS, and possibly to D.C. United.

Let's go with what we know about Torres.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire GIFs

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We pick out various moments of interest.

D.C. United found themselves missing their Designated Player (Fabian Espindola) and possibly their most consistent player (Marcelo Sarvas) headed into their game with the Chicago Fire, made doubly harder with a late illness absence from Nick DeLeon. The resulting lineup shuffling and playing 90 minutes in horrible weather made a 1-1 result feel like a disappointment and a mild larceny simultaneously.

European clubs bidding on D.C. United center back Steve Birnbaum

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During tonight's broadcast, reporter Paul Tenorio noted that there is serious interest in United's center back

During the broadcast of D.C. United's game with the Chicago Fire, Paul Tenorio, who is a sideline reporter for the Fire, dropped a surprise regarding defender Steve Birnbaum:

The man @PaulTenorio reporting that at least one Euro club has bid on @dcunited's #USMNT center back Steve Birnbaum.