Black and Red United Archives for January 2016

Washington Spirit will have club in new U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy

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The Washington Spirit are part of the 25 initial clubs joining the Girls Development Academy

This afternoon, U.S. Soccer announced the creation of a Girls' Development Academy similar to the existing program on the boys' side. The Washington Spirit are one of the initial 25 clubs to enter the Girls' Development Academy along with five other NWSL clubs.

Buzzard Point, US Open Cup, Voyageurs Cup: Freedom Kicks for 30 June 2016

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Soccer, go!

Freedom Kicks is meandering its way into work this morning, with a holiday weekend right around the corner. Today's program is a little more audiovisual than normal, so let's just jump right in.

On Rye to Chinatown, Five Guys to Fort Totten and a first step for Buzzard Point development - Washington Business Journal: Another residential building is coming to Buzzard Point, this one right across the street from the entrance to the stadium.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 17: Power through

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With an overflow of matches, Week 17's Power Rankings is where teams need to start to power through.

Week 17. We've reached the midway point of the season in Major League Soccer, and some teams are about to have a full slate of games over the next week or two. With midweek matches this week and U.

Filibuster podcast episode 189: A feeble attempt to make rum palatable

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We have a D.C. United win to talk about!

Another week, another Filibuster for your ears. Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about D.C. United's 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution and how fun it was. We discuss the midfield trio and how Fabian Espindola can play with them. We heap praise on Jalen Robinson, and ask whether or not this formation change will continue past this game.

Charlie Horton Earns Shutout for Richmond Kickers

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Richmond maintains final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference

The Richmond Kickers fought Bethlehem Steel FC to a draw at City Stadium Saturday night. Charlie Horton secured his 2nd league shutout of the season, making two crucial saves in the process. Still, Richmond hoped to secure three points at home and avenge their frustrating away-loss to Bethlehem back in April.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Electric Relaxation

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We have Diego Maradona begging Lionel Messi to not retire, the new USWNT Olympic kits, Barca and Real Madrid hoping to sign a Brazilian talent and more in today's Freedom Kicks.

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Call me crazy, but I think it's going to be a very pretty day because it's not supposed to rain!

Tactical adjustments put D.C. United in better position to win

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The Black-and-Red's formation against the Revolution wasn't all that different from the norm, but little adjustments in roles helped United win in their best performance of the season

Long known for fielding a rigid 4-4-2 formation during his time as D.C. United's head coach, Ben Olsen made some moves for this week's game against the New England Revolution.

Fantasy Focus: Alberg Slim

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Hands up if you saw this coming.

We have a new overall leader in the league, but Otten's Army set the pace this week with 99 points. Chris Pontius (PHI, $7.3) wore the armband and scored 22 points with one goal. Backing him up, Diego Valeri (POR, $11.0) scored twice and added an assist for 18 points, and Lamar Neagle (DCU, $8.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Ok, so we're doing this

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Bye Messi, bye England, bye Klinsmann, please??

Hello! I did not look at Twitter, aka my main source of soccer news, at all yesterday, which means I don't really know what's going on. I gather there were Brexit jokes?

England defeat vs Iceland at Euro 2016 one of their worst ever - ESPN FC
Brexit jokes!

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution Community/Site Player Ratings

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We tally up your votes and your MotM and provide ours as well.

On a day where D.C. United came into their game with the New England Revolution needed some goals, they got some, through some clever action offensively, and the help of a new formation, en route to a 2-0 win which has hopefully, righted their ship in some regard, ahead of a series of games on the road keeping them away from RFK until the end of July.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Jumping for Joy (and Jalen)

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Recaps of the weekend for D.C. United and the Spirit, the last Copa America action, and the creators of The Wire, House of Cards and Homicide have a chat.

First things first: if you haven't, stop by the player ratings post and vote. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

Second, Jay Heaps said after the game last weekend that he wasn't prepared for Alvaro Saborio and Fabian Espindola to return to the lineup.

Argentina vs. Chile Copa America 2016 final TV/streaming, previews, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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In a rematch of the last Copa America final, Leo Messi's Argentina will take on Arturo Vidal's Chile to see who the best team in the Americas is

The Copa America Centenario comes down to Argentina and Chile, which seems entirely appropriate. With Brazil's collapse and Mexico's failure to meet some pre-tournament hype, these are almost certainly the two best teams in the field.

Jalen Robinson stands tall against New England in his first MLS start

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With the absences of Bobby Boswell and Steve Birnbaum, Jalen Robinson made his first MLS start alongside Kofi Opare, helping United keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win

Nine days ago, Jalen Robinson had the unfortunate distinction of being the only Homegrown Player signing in D.C. United's history to have never appeared to a MLS game.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution community player ratings

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We're trying something a bit more...interactive?

So, this is an idea that I've been playing around with in my head, and I figured what better a time to roll it out after D.C. United's 2-0 win over the New England Revolution, right? Rather than have whatever I meander on about on my keyboard, I'm throwing things open to you fine folks to get your thoughts on how everyone did.

Copa America 2016 final: Argentina vs. Chile time, TV schedule and live stream

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it's the Copa America Centenario final, and it's a rematch of last year's Copa final between Argentina and Chile. Who raises the trophy?

The Copa America Centenario Final is upon us and we have the two best teams in CONMEBOL squaring off once again. Argentina is led by arguably the best player in the world in Lionel Messi, who has been dominant once he became healthy enough to play in this tournament.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution GIFs

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We look at moments that entertained us in animate internet filings.

I'm not going to lie; I had doubts about this matchup for D.C. United against the New England Revolution, for reasons I prattled on about in our predictions post. Yet all it took was a formation change, an excellent performance by a youngster, and some creativity in attack that propelled D.

Bad first half dooms Washington Spirit to 2-1 loss against Sky Blue FC

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Despite a late push, the Spirit lost their first game at home all season

After a woeful first half, the Washington Spirit's second half improvements weren't enough to mount a comeback as the Spirit lost 2-1 to Sky Blue FC on Saturday night. Two assists from English midfielder Leah Galton gave Sky Blue a two-goal lead before the Spirit responded in the 77th minute with a header from Diana Matheson.

Lamar Neagle sparks D.C. United in first half in 2-0 win over New England Revolution

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Sporting a new formation, United got a goal and an assist from Lamar Neagle in the first half of the 2-0 win over the Revolution

D.C. United used a strong first half from Lamar Neagle on Saturday night, getting a goal and an assist from the former Seattle Sounders attacker in a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution.

Formation change, quick start propel D.C. United to win over Revolution

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Coming out in a 4-1-4-1 formation, the Black-and-Red started quickly, striking twice in the first half of a 2-0 win

With a four game road stretch in the month of July looming, and with a poor record at home this season, D.C. United had all the pressure of winning Saturday night's game against the New England Revolution.

United States vs. Colombia Copa America Centenario TV/streaming, previews, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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The U.S. is placing a lot of importance in tonight's third place game

Hey, remember when we did this three weeks ago? Well, we're doing it again tonight, as the United States and Colombia opened the tournament with los Cafeteros winning 2-0. This time, they'll play for 3rd place in the Copa America Centenario.

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

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The third and final regular season meeting between these two old foes sees the Black-and-Red looking to finish 2016 without a loss to the Revs

Inconsistency has defined D.C. United in 2016, with good results and bad results generally following one another (though there's the occasional blandly acceptable draw breaking them up).

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

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For five Spirit starters, it's the last game before departing to join their national teams for the Rio Olympics

After a strong win against Orlando, the Washington Spirit (5-1-2, 17 points) face Sky Blue FC (2-3-4, 10 points) at the Maryland Soccerplex in the second of four games with Sky Blue this season.

Copa America 2016: USA vs. Colombia time, TV schedule and live stream plus full schedule

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The USMNT has a chance to podium at a major international tournament tonight

Win or lose, tonight's rematch against Colombia will be the end of the United States' Copa America run. With a win, Jurgen Klinsmann's side will secure third place in the world's oldest international soccer tournament.

Opposition 11: Who will the New England Revolution start against D.C. United?

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Ever streaky, the Revs may be rounding into form as they come to RFK

This might not be the right time for D.C. United to be playing the New England Revolution. Sure, United has thoroughly dominated the series over the past two years (3W-2D-0L with only 3 goals conceded), and they've shut the Revs out twice this season.

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

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United's struggling attack will be the focus of today's game between two teams fighting for the last playoff spot in the East

There hasn't been a lot to cheer about in recent weeks when it comes to D.C. United. One goal scored across five competitive games (including elimination from the Open Cup by a lower-level team) will do that, as will a distinctly mediocre 2-3-3 string of results across the last eight games.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution staff and reader predictions

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Let the Battle of the Kamaras commence.

Fam, you may have noticed that there were no predictions for the game against Houston, which was because I forgot about them, but I feel the less said about that game the better.

Moving on to this one—the team's back at home, and we're (mostly) feeling like we're looking at a win.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 16: Back to business

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MLS returns to action in this week's Power Rankings.

Welcome back, MLS! After a two week break for the Copa America Centenario group stages, coupled with the U.S. Open Cup and Canadian Championship, MLS teams were a bit hungover from the break in action, and for some of them it showed. Some teams were the same team that we left a couple weeks ago on vacation, while some are still showing their class among the rest of the league.

Brexit Ball: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 24 June 2016

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The Brexit is round.

Friday Freedom Kicks is a little late because I was up most of the night watching Brexit returns.

MLS suspends D.C. United's Bobby Boswell for 'serious foul play' - Washington Post: "I get one of those on him per game." Boswell, ixnay on the alkingtay.

And I'll leave this right here:

We have some special friends visiting from @bayer04_en!

D.C. United allegedly want Jonathan McDonald on loan

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The Black-and-Red need more goals, so rumors that they're pursuing a striker make some sense

According to reports last week, Jonathan McDonald, a 5-foot-8 forward from Alajuelense in Costa Rica, was evaluating offers from D.C. United and FC Dallas, and over the weekend the Chicago Fire were added to the list of MLS teams who wanted to take the 28-year old from the Rojinegros.

Maccabi Tel Aviv to reportedly offer D.C. United around $570,000 for Steve Birnbaum

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The attempt to get Birnbaum out of Black-and-Red hands continues.

Two weeks after word that Israel club Maccabi Tel Aviv was in advanced negotiations to sign D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum, the rumors continue. Via Greg Seltzer, the Israeli Premier League runners-up are prepared to offer D.

Bobby Boswell suspended for D.C. United's game against the New England Revolution

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The Black-and-Red's captain will miss out on Saturday after an incident last weekend against the Houston Dynamo

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Bobby Boswell for one game for a foul in last week's 0-0 draw against the Houston Dynamo. D.C. United will have to do without their captain in Saturday's home game against the New England Revolution as a result.

Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger named to USWNT roster for July friendly

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USWNT regulars named to July friendly against South Africa

U.S. women's national team head coach Jill Ellis announced today her 24-player training camp roster in advance of the team's July 9 friendly against South Africa in Chicago. The roster includes Crystal Dunn and Ali Krieger, two key players for the Washington Spirit.

Thursday Freedom Kicks: Some days I take the bus home, just to touch home

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We got Lionel Messi versus Steve Birnbaum, a Argentina-Chile final, a USA-Colombia 3rd place match, a completed Euro 2016 group stage, the end of international Zlatan and Iceland and the Irish continue to give us the warm feels in today's Freedom Kicks.

Happy Thursday, ladies and gentlemen.

Copa America 2016: Colombia vs Chile time, TV schedule and live stream plus full schedule

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Two countries on the rise will vie for a spot in the final against Argentina

After a lopsided semifinal between the United States and Argentina yesterday, Colombia faces Chile tonight in what looks to be a close fight for a spot in the Copa America Centenario final. Outside of Colombia's 2-0 opening win against the USMNT, the team hasn't met some lofty expectations.

USA vs. Argentina, Leo Messi, and Steve Birnbaum: Freedom Kicks for 22 June 2016

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Soccer, go!

Now begins the process of coming down from the Copa America, a process which includes the third place game. We're here for you and we'll get through it together. To the links:

USA vs. Argentina, Copa America 2016: Final score 0-4, USMNT outclassed in semifinals - Stars and Stripes FC: Well, this is about what we all expected.

Leo Messi made a lot of USA players look bad, including Steve Birnbaum

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An uncharacteristic mistake from the D.C. United center back contributed to a goal in the USMNT's heavy loss in the Copa America tonight

Tonight's Copa America Centenario semifinal between the United States and Argentina did not go well for the USMNT, who lost 4-0 in Houston. However, one D.

United States vs. Argentina Copa America 2016 TV/streaming, previews, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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It's the biggest match the United States has played in two years. Tonight, they take on Argentina in the Copa America Centenario semifinals.

After a slow start, the Copa America Centenario has kicked into high gear, and tonight's semifinal promises more of the same. In the red corner, we have the host nation, the United States.

Filibuster podcast episode 188: Changing the arc of human history

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D.C. United, USMNT, and more!

It is a USA gameday, and it is a Filibuster listen day! Jason, Adam, and Ben are back to talk about a couple of D.C. United games and the USMNT. We start with the two most recent games, the US Open Cup loss to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on penalty kicks and the 0-0 draw to the Houston Dynamo in MLS regular season play.

Copa America 2016: United States vs. Argentina time, TV schedule and live stream plus full schedule

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The USMNT are in the semifinals, where they'll face the best team on the planet

The Copa America Centenario semifinals begin tonight and the United States are the lone CONCACAF team still remaining. After losing the opening match to Colombia 2-0, the USMNT have rattled off wins of 4-0 against Costa Rica, 1-0 against Paraguay and 2-1 against Ecuador to seal their place in their first Copa America semifinals since 1995.

Fantasy Focus: If you really want Moor

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Yeah, a Toronto defender.

This was a low-scoring round, as Cathedral SC was the only team to top 60 points, with a total of 68. Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $11.0) led with 14 points on a goal and an assist. Bill Hamid (DCU, $6.2) earned a clean sheet on the way to 9 points, while David Villa (NYC, $12.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Yer a wizard, Vedran

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Not a wizard: Jurgen Klinsmann, probably.

Happy USMNT game day, folks! The United States face Argentina tonight in the Copa America, which surely will go very well and not be stressful at all!

Copa America: U.S. ready for challenge vs. Argentina
Not gonna lie, I flagged this for FKs before I had a chance to read it, and now my browser won't load SI's terrible website after I obeyed by disabling my ad blocker.

Canada Olympic soccer roster includes Washington Spirit trio

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Diana Matheson, Stephanie Labbe, and Shelina Zadorsky will join a Canadian team looking to get back on the podium in Rio

Canada women's national team head coach John Herdman named three Washington Spirit players to Canada's 2016 Olympic roster. Herdman selected Spirit starters Diana Matheson, Stephanie Labbe, and Shelina Zadorsky to his 18-person roster.

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo Player Ratings

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We rate players on their performance Saturday.

D.C. United had such a thin roster of players going into Saturday night's game with the Houston Dynamo, that the field player with the longest Black-and-Red tenure among the substitutes was Luke Mishu. They dressed three goalkeepers, two players who started Saturday played 120 minutes in Wednesday's midweek loss to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (a third was subbed on at one point), and Andrea Mancini even appeared on the bench, in a regular season MLS game.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Frozen in Carbonite

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We look at the weekend for D.C. United, the Washington Spirit, Orlando sports teams, and Len Bias.

Hi there. Have Chile stopped scoring against Mexico yet? I kid. I also included this picture from Saturday's D.C. United game.

Recaps of D.C. United's scoreless draw with the Houston Dynamo from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and the Washington Post.

Different game, same old story with Bill Hamid saving D.C. United

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United's #28 made two crucial saves in stoppage, as United picked up a valuable point on the road against the Houston Dynamo

It was getting late in the tilt between D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo on Saturday evening, and goalkeeper Bill Hamid hadn't had much to do for 90 minutes. Sure, he cut out a couple of crosses, and got a slight touch to a Will Bruin shot early in the second half to push it off the post.

Washington Spirit regain their rhythm in 2-0 win over Orlando Pride

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In an emotional night at the Maryland Soccerplex, a strong first half performance leads the Spirit past Orlando

In front of a record 5,750 fans, the Washington Spirit returned to their early season dominance, beating the Orlando Pride 2-0. Estefania Banini gave the Spirit a 9th minute lead, while Francisca Ordega struck five minutes before halftime to help the Spirit to their fifth win of the season.

Bill Hamid's heroics persevere a 0-0 draw for D.C. United against the Houston Dynamo

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A tepid affair came alive in stoppage time, as Bill Hamid twice denied the Dynamo winning goals in a 0-0 draw

Bill Hamid was once again the difference for D.C. United, as the Black-and-Red held out for a point in a 0-0 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday evening. An uneventful 90 minutes came alive in stoppage time, as Hamid was forced into point-saving blocks on efforts from Mauro Manotas and Raul Rodriguez.

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

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Two teams that could really use a win meet up tonight in Space City

A few weeks ago, D.C. United seemed poised to get their season going on either side of the Copa America break. Following an unexpected 1-0 win at KC after some crazy travel difficulties, the Black-and-Red were going to enter the break after a home game against a struggling Seattle team, and then come out of the break with a home Open Cup game against the Ft.

Opposition 11: Who will the Houston Dynamo start against D.C. United?

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The Dynamo have changed their formation under interim coach Wade Barrett, and it has helped them get a couple recent results

Tonight, D.C. United will be facing a Houston Dynamo side that looks a lot different than they have for most of the season. That's not really a surprise, given that the Dynamo have been sitting somewhere in MLS's bottom three for much of the year; it was time for a change.

Washington Spirit vs. Orlando Pride live stream 2016: Game time, preview, and how to watch

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The Spirit look to regain their earlier success against a determined Orlando side

The Washington Spirit returns to Maryland Soccerplex tonight to face the Orlando Pride tonight, starting a four-game home stretch. This is the Spirit's first-ever game against the 2016 expansion side, who boast USWNT star Alex Morgan, Australian defender Steph Catley, and former Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo preview: Behind Enemy Lines with Houston blog Dynamo Theory

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We preview DCU and the Dynamo with Derek Stowers from Dynamo Theory

With D.C. United traveling to Houston today to take on the Dynamo, we reached out to our friends at Dynamo Theory to get the lowdown on all things Orange. For my answers to their questions, head on over to Dynamo Theory.

B&RU: The Houston Dynamo were the first team to fire their coach this year; was it justified, and does Wade Barrett have a chance to remove the interim tag from his title?

How to watch the Copa America 2016 Quarterfinals: Mexico vs. Chile time, TV schedule and live stream plus full schedule

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You want Messi? You want Chicarito? Tonight's your night.

I mean, if this isn't just the best night of the Copa America Centenario for neutrals. For the first time, two of the seeded teams will play on the same night, and conveniently, they've also been the two best teams in this tournament so far.

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

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Despite visiting a very unfriendly venue, it's time for United to kick their 2016 season into gear against one of MLS's worst teams

Following a frustrating US Open Cup defeat, D.C. United will have to pick themselves up and quickly fix a few problems, as they face a trip out to Texas to play the Houston Dynamo tonight.

Ten thoughts for ten penalties: On D.C. United's US Open Cup defeat at the hands of the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

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A look at young players, frustration, and the real reason why the Black-and-Red are out of the Open Cup this early

There's nothing quite like the frustration of losing on penalty kicks, which is just what D.C. United did on Wednesday night. And even within that subset of grating ways to be eliminated, this was a bad one: A first half bereft of action, multiple goal-line clearances by the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and PK misses from a player who had sparked the game to life (Luciano Acosta) and another who is finally getting his moment as a starter (Jared Jeffrey).

Copa America 2016: Colombia vs. Peru time, TV schedule and live stream plus full schedule

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Peru shocked Brazil last Sunday. Can they shock Colombia tonight?

Colombia faces Peru tonight in front of a sold-out MetLife Stadium in a quarterfinal Copa America Centenario matchup neither team expected. Colombia fell to second-place in Group A after resting most of its starters against Costa Rica in a 3-2 loss.

The Ball is Political: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 17 June 2016

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Man o' the match!

It's Friday Freedom Kicks. Another end-of-the-week fray on a set piece into the box that is life.

.@StevenBirnbaum came in late to lock it down for #USMNT #FeelTheBirn #DCU https://t.co/aovp2A7TcB

— D.C. United (@dcunited) June 17, 2016

Yes, that's Birdbomb making an appearance, finally, at long last, for Bedoya.

United States vs. Ecuador Copa America 2016 TV/streaming, previews, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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It's the quarterfinals, and the USMNT look to get past a tough Ecuador side.

The Copa America Centenario quarterfinals are set to begin in an hour, and it's a quarterfinal matchup that most fans of the United States thought would come about in a slightly different manner. Most assumed the USMNT would finish 2nd in Group A to Colombia and end up playing against Brazil in New Jersey tomorrow.

D.C. United reportedly makes offer to Costa Rican forward Jonathan McDonald

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D.C. is apparently looking at an old vanquisher but isn't alone in the hunt.

According to Costa Rican outlet Teletica.com, D.C. United is not only evaluating but has made an offer to Jonathan McDonald, a 5-foot-8 inch forward. That name might sound familiar, as McDonald scored against the Black-and-Red in the first leg of last year's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals for LD Alajuelense, where he had been playing for the last three years.

Copa America 2016: United States vs. Ecuador time, TV schedule and live stream

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The tournament quarterfinals begin with the hosts in action.

What's that, the United States is playing an opponent from CONMEBOL on the Pacific coast during a big international soccer tournament? Can't say that's happened before. This time the USMNT's formidable yellow-clad foe is Ecuador, as the knockout phase of the Copa America Centenario begins tonight.

USA vs. Ecuador, US Open Cup, St. Louis Stadium: Freedom Kicks for 16 June 2016

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Soccer, go!

I'm still sleepy after staying up for free soccer last night, so this is the intro. It isn't the intro you deserve, but it is the one you get. Onto the links!

D.C. United fall to Fort Lauderdale Strikers in penalties in US Open Cup - Black And Red United: Very disappointing.

D.C. United fall to Fort Lauderdale Strikers in penalties in US Open Cup

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After a scoreless 120 minutes, the NASL side prevailed 4-3 in penalty kicks

D.C. United crashed out of the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, as the NASL won 4-3 on penalties. 120 minutes of scoreless soccer between the two sides meant penalties, where United lost when Luciano Acosta had his effort saved, and Jared Jeffrey hit the bar.

D.C. United vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2016 US Open Cup TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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United will face a hungry Strikers team tonight in pursuit of the oldest trophy in American soccer

When it comes to the fourth round of the US Open Cup, D.C. United is in an unenviable position. Defeat the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and they get no real credit. After all, the Strikers are made up of players United cut loose, aging Brazilian veterans, and two or three young players who haven't fought their way into MLS yet.

Fantasy Focus: The Break is Over

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Sebastian Giovinco is the leading overall scorer as the Copa break ends. Who else is bringing it so far this season?

The Copa America Centenario break ends this weekend, and that means Fantasy MLS is back. This is a good time to take a look at the top three teams in the league, which are conveniently the only three teams above the 1000-point plateau:

1) !

Filibuster podcast episode 187: High ambition at 11am

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We have real D.C. United games about which to talk!

Despite D.C. United not having a game this past week, Filibuster is here for you throughout this MLS break. Ben, Jason, and Adam are here to talk about the Copa America Centenario, in which the USA have won their group. We sing the praises of John Brooks, chastise DeAndre Yedlin, and gawk at the fact that Bobby Wood was played in his correct position for a bit in this game.

D.C. United vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2016 US Open Cup: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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A potentially pivotal stretch for the Black-and-Red starts with tonight's USOC game against the Strikers

For D.C. United, the easiest path to a trophy, as well as a return to the CONCACAF Champions League, starts with tonight's US Open Cup fourth round match against the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Ready or not

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We got D.C. United, Euro 2016 news featuring Iceland's incredible crowd, PDL players scrimmaging Argentina, the hopeful end of Mexico's disgusting chant and Brazil is looking for a new coach in today's Freedom Kicks.

Freedom Kicks - A born again hooligan only to be king again

Happy United Day!

Chris Durkin's first interview after signing with D.C. United

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Durkin spoke with exclusively Black and Red United just after officially becoming United's 8th ever homegrown player

Chris Durkin, the captain of the US under-17 national team, became D.C. United's eighth homegrown signing on Tuesday, sealing a deal which will allow him to start on Wednesday against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the US Open Cup.

D.C. United signs Chris Durkin as Homegrown player

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The newest roster player in Black-and-Red will see action early.

The previously rumored signing of Chris Durkin is now official, with D.C. United signing the 16-year old to a contract today. A team spokesperson informed Black and Red United that Durkin will start in tomorrow night's Lamar Hunt US Open Cup game at the Maryland Soccerplex against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and will wear jersey #21.

Copa America 2016: Argentina vs. Bolivia time, TV schedule and live stream plus full schedule

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It's the final day of the group stage, and two teams are competing for one spot.

The group stage of Copa America Centenario concludes tonight. Sitting at the top of Group D with six points, Argentina have already advanced to the group stage. Lionel Messi is healthy, and he proved it by scoring a 20-minute hat trick in a substitute appearance against Panama.

Opposition 11: Who will the Fort Lauderdale Strikers start against D.C. United?

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Black-and-Red fans will see a lot of familiar faces as United makes their first - and hopefully not last - appearance in this year's Open Cup

The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is one of the very best things in American soccer. Despite the fact that US Soccer does next to nothing to promote the tournament - which is itself a boost over the actual nothing of past years - it chugs along, providing diehard soccer nerds like yours truly plenty to talk about even during early-round games between obscure teams.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Freedom for America, freedom for France!

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The world turned upside down.

Welcome to Tuesday, folks. I have no fun intro for you this morning, so let's just get straight to the links, shall we?

D.C. United's new stadium comes to life in 3D model - Black And Red United
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D.C. United's new stadium comes to life in 3D model

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The first look at Buzzard Point without the use of computers looks nice.

Earlier today, Michael Morris posted a photo on Instagram showing a 3D model of D.C. United's future stadium at Buzzard Point. The model can be found at the team's preview center in downtown D.C.:

Always cool to check out new sports developments happening.

Ben Olsen hints at new signings ahead of Fort Lauderdale cup game

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With academy player Chris Durkin practicing with the Black-and-Red, Olsen said it's possible United sign the 16 year old midfielder/defender in the secondary transfer window

Ahead of Wednesday's US Open Cup game against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, D.C. United took to the training field on Monday morning, looking to shake the cobwebs of the loss to the Seattle Sounders two weeks ago.

Copa America 2016: Mexico vs. Venezuela time, TV schedule and live stream plus full schedule

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Mexico and Venezuela battle to see who wins Group C tonight, while Uruguay and Jamaica fight for pride.

Group C in the Copa America Centenario reaches its final conclusion this evening, but while all four teams are in action, the main event is the early match between Mexico and Venezuela. Both teams have already clinched a spot in the quarterfinals, but with both of them tied in Group C with 6 points, El Tri and La Vinotinto fight to see who wins the group.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Hey, D.C. United matches start back up this week!

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A look at the Copa America action. some D.C. United news and interviews, and FIFA 17.

Hi. If you have some time today, say hi to our friends over at The Mane Land. Let them know you're thinking of them, OK?

USA vs. Paraguay, Copa America 2016: Final score 1-0, United States advances to quarterfinals with win - Stars and Stripes FC: Man, Jurgen just failing upwards or something.

Copa America 2016: Brazil vs. Peru time, TV schedule and live stream plus full schedule

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These games will determine who the United States faces in the Copa America quarterfinals

The last days of the Copa America Centenario roll on, and there is everything to play for in Group B. Brazil and Peru are tied at the top of the group on points, but Brazil have a massive edge in goal differential after dismantling Haiti 7-1.

DCU Copa Watch: Steve Birnbaum has another game to play, while Alvaro Saborio may be hurt

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We wonder about a potential impact to an injury of a Black-and-Red player.

If anyone had any money that the United States would defeat Paraguay and then watch as Colombia would lose to Costa Rica in order to win Group A, chances are you are a liar, but I may want to rub you for luck. Nevertheless, seeing Geoff Cameron and John Brooks work to preserve a clean sheet for a 10-man USA squad - DeAndre Yedlin got two yellow cards in quick succession - so that they could play the Group B runner-up (which could be any one of Brazil, Ecuador or Peru) on Thursday in Seattle was impressive.

United States vs. Paraguay Copa America 2016 TV/streaming, previews, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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The USMNT is so close to a spot in the knockout round, but Paraguay is not an easy opponent

Let's go over what the United States needs to do to go through tonight against Paraguay: Win, and the USMNT will advance to the quarterfinal round of the Copa America Centenario. In fact, with a win in Philadelphia tonight paired with a loss by Colombia later (highly unlikely but still possible), the US could even win the group.

Copa America 2016: United States vs. Paraguay time, TV schedule and live stream plus full schedule

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Time to see who advances out of Group A. The USMNT can make it simple with a win.

Perhaps it doesn't, but it feels like it often comes to this for the United States in big tournaments: win and you're in. After an opening loss to Colombia, followed by a rebound 4-0 win against Costa Rica, the "just win and you're good (for now)" scenario is the one in which the USMNT currently find themselves.

Washington Spirit play to an ugly 1-1 draw against the Boston Breakers

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Spirit drop points on the road in a physical and frustrating game

For the second game in a row, the Washington Spirit dropped points on the road, tying the Boston Breakers 1-1 on Friday night. It was a frustrating evening for the Spirit who scored an important early goal via Katie Stengel in the 13th minute only to concede a penalty kick converted by Louise Schillgard just two minutes later.

Argentina vs. Panama live stream: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for Copa America 2016

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Can a Messi appearance help Argentina go top of the group? And can current champions Chile ensure they don't face an early exit?

Argentina got the work done in their Copa America opener against Chile, picking out a 2-1 win against the current title holders, but there is work yet to be done—and Panama aren't to be dismissed as easy opponents.

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

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The Spirit return from a three-week break to face the struggling Breakers

After suffering their first loss of the season nearly three weeks ago, the Washington Spirit have a chance to regain their confidence on Friday night against the last-place Boston Breakers. The Spirit were not supposed to go this long between games, but last weekend's international break was preceded by Washington having their road game against the Houston Dash postponed due to heavy storms.

Israeli report says Steve Birnbaum in advanced talks with Maccabi Tel Aviv

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Add a second Israeli club to the growing "linked with Birnbaum" list

A report in Israel (h/t Daniel Karell) says that D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum is in advanced negotiations with Israel club Maccabi Tel Aviv. The article goes on to say that Birnbaum was previously in discussions with Maccabi Haifa but that Tel Aviv has jumped into the discussions.

Dunga on Kaka: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 10 June 2016

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Uhh-heh-heh-heh-heh.

Friday Freedom Kicks, y'all.

MLS Team Not Happy About Brazilian Manager Dissing The League - Deadspin: Dunga gets all poopy about Kaka. And our comrades at The Mane Land disses back good.

Report: US international Ventura Alvarado eyeing move to MLS | MLSsoccer.

D.C. United reportedly pursuing Chris Durkin as next Homegrown signing

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The Black-and-Red are apparently considering a move to add a fourth Homegrown player to the current roster

Steve Goff's latest for the Washington Post says that D.C. United is making "a serious push" to sign Academy player Chris Durkin to the first team roster. The 16-year old Durkin plays primarily as a center back or defensive midfielder, and captained the United States at the 2016 AIFF Youth Cup in India.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 14: Ready, break!

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The Copa America break has arrived in this week's edition of the Power Rankings.

The hiatus has arrived as the 2016 Copa America Centenario began last Friday in Santa Clara, California with the United States facing off against Colombia. However, before this major tournament of the Americas began, 12 teams went against each other in one last set of league matches before everyone got their vacation on for two weeks.

Mexico vs. Jamaica live stream: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for Copa America 2016

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El Tri could seal a spot in the knockout round if tonight's results work out for them

The Copa America Centenario rumbles on tonight, with Group C pairing off into all-CONCACAF and all-CONMEBOL games. Uruguay will take on Venezuela in the early game, while Mexico will face Jamaica at the Rose Bowl.

Perry Kitchen, Dunga, and Kaka: Freedom Kicks for 9 June 2016

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Soccer, go!

Even though D.C. United news has slowed to a trickle during the Copa America break, there is still plenty of news around the country and the world. Let's dive into it, shall we?

Perry Kitchen insists his best is yet to come for Hearts as he laps up Copa America experience with USA: A good feature on our old friend Perry Kitchen as he stays ready for a chance at the Copa America and gets ready for his first full season in Scotland.

Three thoughts on the USMNT's much-needed Copa America win over Costa Rica

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Bad tactical choices, rethinking one player's worth, and a look ahead are all on our mind after last night's big result

After all the acrimony and hand-wringing, the United States bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Colombia in their Copa America Centenario opener by routing Costa Rica. The game was essentially decided as a contest when Oscar Duarte gave Bobby Wood carte blanche to face goal and fire past Patrick Pemberton in the 42nd minute, expanding the USMNT's lead to three, and Graham Zusi padded that lead with a late solo effort.

Brazil vs. Haiti live stream: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for Copa America 2016

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Today's games will determine who is getting out of Group B

After last night's games in Group A finally opened up the Copa America Centenario, hopefully tonight's games in Group B continue that trend. Brazil and Ecuador, the two favorites to come out of the group, look to lock down their passage to the next round by winning against Haiti and Peru, respectively.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Goals, goals, goals, goals, goals I do adore

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We take a look at all the news from last night's resounding 4-0 win for the USA over Costa Rica in the Copa America

This is my first foray in to the Freedom Kicks here at Black and Red United. I have the impossible task of replacing this man, who normally brings you the Freedom Kicks every Wednesday.

D.C. United had its first player appearance in Copa America 2016, and nobody liked it

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We look at what a guy who you didn't expect to play, and wound up playing.

The other day, we babbled on for a bit about D.C. United forward Alvaro Saborio and his chances of playing in tonight's Copa America group stage match for Costa Rica against the United States. And when today's lineup tweet came out, we weren't entirely surprised to see Sabo left out again:

Así alinea #LaSele esta noche para enfrentar a @ussoccer, en su segundo juego en #CopaAmerica #VamosTicos @CA2016 pic.

United States vs. Costa Rica Copa America Centenario TV/streaming, previews, lineup, prediction, and gamethread

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It's time to see if the U.S. can manage to not crash out of this tournament.

The United States kicked off their Copa América Centenario in decidedly less than stellar fashion (they fell 2-0 to Colombia in case you're behind), but a favorable result elsewhere in Group A (0-0 between Costa Rica and Paraguay) means that hey, things maybe aren't so bad for the USMNT.

D.C. United forward Alhaji Kamara played with U-23s during Copa break

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The striker from Sierra Leone played 45 minutes in an intrasquad scrimmage with the U-23s

While his D.C. United teammates went on an immediate break following last week's 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders, Alhaji Kamara had other plans. Having played 9 minutes against the Sounders, Kamara was given two tasks while his teammates took a break from all things soccer for the Copa America break.

Richmond Kickers equalize in epic fashion against FC Cincinnati

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Defender Hugh Roberts scored in the 94th minute to earn a point on the road

Having not won a match since May 18, the Richmond Kickers faced a tough challenge against FC Cincinnati, who have done well in their debut season. Both teams were eliminated from U.S. Open Cup play by NASL clubs last week, meaning each wanted to bounce back from poor tournament performances with a league win.

United States vs. Costa Rica live stream: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for Copa America 2016

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It's not technically a must-win for the USMNT, but it sure feels like it

The United States, after just one round of games in the Copa America Centenario, faces potential elimination tonight against Costa Rica. Thanks to the the USMNT's 2-0 loss to Colombia being followed by a dreary 0-0 draw between the Ticos and Paraguay, combined with the order of fixtures in Group A, a loss tonight will eliminate the Americans from a tournament they're hosting.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: USMNT deja vu is my favorite deja vu

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It's mostly Copa América stuff today.

Happy—dare I call it happy?—USMNT game day, folks. Info on how to watch and a gamethread for discussion are coming later today, but in the meantime, I've got your regular dose of soccer links right here.

The co-founder of the American Outlaws DC chapter tells his fan story - Black And Red United
ICYMI: Donald is everywhere.

The co-founder of the American Outlaws DC chapter tells his fan story

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We all know him around here, and now Donald Wine II is the subject of an SB Nation video

Donald Wine II -- you might know him better as blazindw -- is a lot of things. He's a writer for us here at B&RU, a passionate soccer head, a member of the Screaming Eagles field team, and an all-around good dude.

Argentina vs. Chile live stream: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for Copa America 2016

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The last group joins the Copa America

We are now into Group D of the Copa America, and they feature one of the two big powerhouses of South America: Argentina. Argentina will be without Lionel Messi for this game, who continues to recover from a back injury, but the top ranked team in the world still has plenty of firepower.

D.C. United moves midweek game with New England Revolution to weekend

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An event cancellation freed up the team to hold the game on Saturday instead of Wednesday.

In an email sent to Season Ticket Holders, D.C. United announced that its game this month at RFK Stadium with the New England Revolution, originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 22 at 8pm, has been moved to Saturday, June 25 at 7pm.

Monday Freedom Kicks: You did this to me!

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D.C. United owner news, player goals and, well, not much else.

It is kind of weird to not have a lot of recaps at the beginning of my link thing, so forgive me if the tone of these is a bit lost. I mean, I put Rafa Marquez in here scoring the game-winning goal for Mexico (against Uruguay) as a weird form of self-loathing.

Levien group confirmed to buy Swansea City, Thohir announcing Inter majority sale Monday

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D.C. United owners making long-rumored transactions official Sunday.

News about D.C. United owners buying and selling teams was finally made official on Sunday. First up, Swansea City announced on their website that DCU Managing General Partner Jason Levien, as part of an ownership group that includes his former Memphis Grizzlies partner Steve Kaplan, would be purchasing 60% of the club in the club.

Mexico vs. Uruguay live stream: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for Copa America 2016

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El Tri opens their Copa campaign against the 2011 winners and we have the info on how to watch the games today.

Day 3 of Copa America brings us action from Group C today, with two matches on the schedule, but Mexico's Copa opener against Uruguay is probably going to get the majority of the attention.

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

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Can the US improve in its second match against Japan?

Unlike in the World Cup final, the United States women's national team got off to a rough start against Japan on Thursday. Since last summer, Japan hired a new coach and ushered in a wave of young players. Despite the personnel changes, the Nadeshiko displayed its trademark technical ability and patience.

Does Alvaro Saborio figure into Costa Rica's Copa America plans?

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We speculate on what the other Black-and-Red member on a Copa America roster may do in the next two games.

There are no two ways around it: Saturday's Group A match between Paraguay and Costa Rica was a poor, underwhelming affair, played in the 90 degree June heat of Orlando and involved water breaks, occasional missed chances and lots and lots of tackling.

Brazil vs. Ecuador 2016 live stream: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for Copa America Centenario

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Day two of the Copa is here with a slate of three games to watch

The second day of the Copa America is here, and today's focus is on the perennial favorites of any tournament: Brazil. However, Brazil will have to contest this tournament missing a number of key players, the biggest of which is Neymar.

What are Steve Birnbaum's chances of getting playing time at Copa America?

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We speculate on Birdbomb after the first game.

In lieu of the United States' expected loss to Colombia 2-0 in the opening game of the 2016 Copa America Centenario, we wanted to see if there was any hope for D.C. United fans to see center back Steve Birnbaum in one or both of the next two matches against Costa Rica and Paraguay.

United States vs. Colombia Copa America Centenario TV/streaming, previews, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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The USMNT faces one of the strongest teams on the planet tonight

The Copa America Centenario kicks off tonight, with the United States taking on Group A favorite Colombia tonight in Santa Clara, CA. The USMNT comes into the Copa on the back of some encouraging results, defeating a strong Ecuador side 1-0 eight days ago before routing Bolivia 4-0 in their final pre-tournament friendly.

Swansea City to have preseason camp in D.C., play Kickers and unnamed opponent

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Looks like more dalliances of synergy this summer.

Hot on the heels of news that D.C. United Managing General Partner Jason Levien (as part of a ownership group) is in the final stages of purchasing a majority ownership stake of England Premier league club Swansea City, the Swans have announced that they will be coming to the United States for a preseason camp in Washington on July 7 and will play D.

USA vs. Colombia 2016 live stream: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for Copa America Centenario

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The USMNT has a tough task for their first Copa America Centenario game

The United States kicks off the Copa America Centenario tonight, playing their toughest group stage match first against Colombia. Jurgen Klinsmann's USMNT has plenty to prove, having played underwhelming soccer since the 2014 World Cup; just like the run-up to that World Cup, however, Klinsmann finally seems to have settled on a more sensible lineup than what he has picked previously.

Replay This: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 3 June 2016

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Soccer, man.

Friday Freedom Kicks is on.

Post-match quotes: Sounders 2, D.C. United 0 | The Seattle Times: For more colorful post-game quotes, see the laments of the Commentariat in yesterday's Steven Streff piece.

Bundesliga, MLS among competitions to test video replays - Yahoo Sports: I'm afraid that this is going to suck.

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

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The USWNT and Japan have gone different ways after last summer's World Cup final, but the Nadeshiko are still a very strong opponent

Last summer, the United States and Japan took different paths to the Women's World Cup final. The USWNT were disappointing in the first round even as they won a pretty solid Group D, but rounded into form after suspensions forced a lineup change that was desperately needed in the quarterfinal against China.

Honduran forward Diego Reyes visits D.C. United game, speculation exercise abounds

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Let's overanalyze a tweet, shall we?

Chris Megaloudis, agent to players like former D.C. United (and current Anderlecht) star Andy Najar, tweeted out that Honduras forward Diego Reyes was at the Black-and-Red's game Wednesday night:

Diego Reyes - miembro de la seleccion de honduras.

Levien ownership group reportedly to purchase majority of Swansea City for $150 million

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The deal looks done, save for a couple of formalities.

Sky Sports reports that D.C. United Managing General Partner Jason Levien, along with Memphis Grizzlies minority owner Steve Kaplan (among a group of eight) have agreed to purchase Swansea City in England's Premier League. The deal, agreed to by Levien's ownership consortium and the Swansea Board, is for 60 percent of the shares of Swansea, valued at 110 million pounds, or more than $150 million US (Levien does not appear to be the primary contributor of the money).

Steve Birnbaum, Copa America, and USWNT: Freedom Kicks for 2 June 2016

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Soccer, go!

Ready for another sweltering day? While you try and stay cool, have some soccer links to sooth your mind. Let's go!

D.C. United fail to capitalize at home, fall 2-0 to the Seattle Sounders - Black And Red United: Welp, that sucked, especially after the first half was so tantalizingly close.

Impotency at home again as D.C. United falter against the Seattle Sounders

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The Black-and-Red have been shut out four times at home in 2016. All four of those shutouts have come in losses.

One of the biggest building blocks for D.C. United over the past two years, as they rebounded from the regrettable 2013, was their form at home. Over the course of the two seasons, the Black-and-Red won 22 of the 34 games at home, losing just five times in the process.

D.C. United fail to capitalize at home, fall 2-0 to the Seattle Sounders

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Jordan Morris and Joevin Jones score four minutes apart to send United into the Copa America break sans consecutive wins so far in 2016

D.C. United couldn't take advantage of a weakened Seattle Sounders side at home on Wednesday night, falling 2-0 to the Western Conference side behind goals from Jordan Morris and Joevin Jones.

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

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Two sides that, for different reasons, could use a win tonight face off at RFK

With the Copa America Centenario break looming, D.C. United will be eager to start their first winning streak of the season tonight against the Seattle Sounders. The Black-and-Red were fortunate to snatch three points in KC, but now they get a home game against one of MLS's bottom four clubs.

D.C. United versus Seattle Sounders FC preview: Behind Enemy Lines with Seattle blog Sounder at Heart

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We talk to Dave Clark to get the lowdown all on things rave green

With D.C. United's game tonight against Seattle Sounders FC, we reached out to Dave Clark of Sounder at Heart to get the lowdown on all things rave green. For my answers to Dave's questions, pop on over to Sounder at Heart.

B&RU: How much of the Sounders struggles to began the season have been the result of the late sale of Obafemi Martins?

MLS Power Rankings, Week 13: Two way out front

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Colorado and Dallas are pulling away from the pack in this week's Power Rankings.

We have two teams who have created some separation from the rest of MLS. Through 13 weeks of the season, the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas have created a 6 point gap from the rest of the league in the Supporters Shield standings and remain 1 and 2 in this week's Power Rankings.

D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders staff and reader predictions

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We feel sure a win—and a clean sheet—are coming. 1-0? 2-0? None of the above?

Ah, it seems only yesterday we were prepping for a D.C. United game. In fact it was not so long ago, but at least with this tight turnaround we're treated to a home game before the Copa América break.

We're pretty confident that United are getting three points out of this one, though we don't all completely agree on the final score.

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

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There's pressure on both teams to go into the Copa America break with a win

There are several reasons why D.C. United might feel like the stakes are high in tonight's game against the Seattle Sounders. It's strange to say that about a mid-season game between two teams that have more losses than wins, but in both cases this game carries some significant meaning.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: We will be superstars, superstars, you and I

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It's a DCU match day, and we got lots of Copa America coverage along with Messi's tax fraud trial and U.S. Open Cup on this morning's Freedom Kicks.

Morning everyone, and Happy United Day! We got so much soccer on today. We got D.C. United hosting the Seattle Sounders (8:00pm, RFK). We have U.

Opposition 11: Who will the Seattle Sounders start against D.C. United?

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The Sounders are unusually weak right now, but they're still going to be tough to break down

For the first time ever, D.C. United will face a struggling Seattle Sounders side. Seattle is on their worst prolonged run of form since joining MLS. They're only one point ahead of the Houston Dynamo (who have already changed coaches) and the Chicago Fire.

Richmond Kickers fall to FC Montreal at home

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A young FC Montreal squad delivers Richmond their first loss at City Stadium

Facing a team yet to gain a single point this season, Richmond looked forward to hosting FC Montreal at City Stadium Saturday night. Montreal is a young, inexperienced squad with plenty of pace but not a lot of form.