Black and Red United Archives for January 2016

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact staff and reader predictions

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The Black-and-Red return home looking for three points.

After a long, hard month on the road, D.C. United are finally back home at RFK. Whether that also means they get back to winning ways is something we'll just have to see about.

(Not that they were ever really in winning ways. Shhhh don't think about it too much.

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

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The Spirit are looking to move into first place, but they've had a tough time with Sky Blue all season

Tonight at the Maryland Soccerplex, the Washington Spirit will complete their four-game season series against Sky Blue FC. If their previous meetings are any indicator, this should be a very close game.

D.C. United acquires Kennedy Igboananike from the Chicago Fire

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The Black-and-Red made another trade today, bringing in the Nigerian forward/winger for TAM and a 2019 draft pick

In yet another move designed to bolster their attack, D.C. United has traded targeted allocation money and their natural 2019 3rd round draft pick to the Chicago Fire in exchange for Nigerian attacker Kennedy Igboananike.

Tally Hall retires, reportedly to move into law enforcement

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The veteran shot-stopper is apparently going to become a crime-stopper

D.C. United goalkeeper Tally Hall has retired from soccer, corroborating reports from earlier today. This development was first reported by the Washington Post's Steve Goff this morning, and has since been confirmed by the club.

Turkish Delight: D.C United & Sundry Soccer Links for 29 July 2016

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Castillo heads to Turkey. Spirit seek revenge. DC United returns home. Landon says, give the boy a chance; he's a good boy.

This Friday Freedom Kicks was created on an iPhone at gate C17 at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Enjoy.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact | MatchCenter: The Black and Red return to RFK this weekend.

Kaka vs. Nick DeLeon: Who wore it better (well, worse)?

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In which we judge a couple of moments the two men will want to put behind them

Major League Soccer is at an interesting time in its development as a league. While it's recruited the likes of Didier Drogba, Sebastian Giovinco, Giovani dos Santos and Kaka, the enterprise nevertheless remains dependent on more modestly paid mere mortal players developed through college and in the league.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 21: United falling

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Our favorite franchise has fallen to new levels in this week's Power Rankings.

Major League Soccer's teams had a mixed bag of performances in Week 21. There were several teams who put 3, 4 or 5 goals on the scoreboard and had some great games. Individuals like Sebastian Giovinco had incredible individual performances.

MLS All Stars versus Arsenal FC: Game time, TV schedule, and live stream

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MLS takes on the Gunners for bragging rights

After the warmup of the MLS Homegrown team taking on the Mexican U-20s yesterday, the main event of MLS All Star week is here: tonight, the players from MLS will take on Arsenal FC. Since 2005, MLS has invited a European team to come to the States and play against the All Stars; in every year but two, that team has come from the British Isles.

Rio Olympics, Clint Dempsey, MLS All Star Game: Freedom Kicks for 28 July 2016

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Soccer, go!

MLS All-Star week continues onward, with the game against Arsenal tonight. We will have a gamethread for your enjoyment later on, but for now savor these links as we dive into Thursday.

MLS Homegrown 0, Mexico U-20 2 | 2016 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Match Recap | MLSsoccer.

D.C. United focused on fixing an anemic offense

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The Black-and-Red know how much they need to start finding the back of the net

Scoring 19 goals in the first 20 games of the season isn't going to get D.C. United back to the playoffs for the third consecutive year. It's no secret that the team is not scoring enough goals this year, which is the main reason why they are currently in the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference, four points out of a playoff spot.

Filibuster podcast episode 193: Nature being a jerk

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After a beatdown in Toronto, the Filibuster crew tries to recover

Filibuster is back, and does not recommend you listen to Jason's story that opens the podcast. Ben and Adam are here too, and we have to talk about D.C. United's destruction at the hands of Toronto FC. We talk about how bad Jared Jeffrey was and how D.

D.C. United's upcoming home games will define the 2016 season

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Just how badly does United need to pick up some wins in the next few weeks? Pretty damn badly.

You don't need a tremendous command of mathematics to figure out that D.C. United's spot in the standings is less than ideal. The Black-and-Red have 22 points from 20 games, which is only good enough for 8th place in the clown car pile-up that is MLS's Eastern Conference.

2016 MLS Homegrown Game: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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MLS's annual youth showcase sees them playing the Mexico u20s tonight in San Jose

Ahead of tomorrow night's MLS All-Star Game, a Landon Donovan-coached group of academy products from around MLS will take on the Mexican under-20 national team in the MLS Homegrown Game. Donovan selected the roster he'll lead tonight in San Jose, and it features some notable names.

Wednesday Free Kicks: Copywritten so, don't copy me

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Sigi says sayonara to Seattle, FIFA wants 2 more World Cup slots to reside in Africa, Neymar's Olympic partying, EPL winter breaks, Higuain to Juve, and Diego Maradona wants to run Argentina again. Welcome, it's your Freedom Kicks!

Top of the morning to you all! It's 7:00am and we're hoping that today won't be nearly as hot as it has been the past 5 days.

D.C. United looking to respond during vital four-game home stand

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A long road trip saw the Black-and-Red fall out of the playoff picture, and they're looking to use a long stretch at home to jump back in

With a run of four straight games at the friendly confines of RFK Stadium, D.C. United's 2016 appears to have reached a make-or-break point . Sitting in 8th place in the Eastern Conference, United can't afford to leave any more points on the table, as they have to overcome at least two teams to find their way back to the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

Report claims Turkish club Gaziantepspor makes offer for Sean Franklin

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This one is out of left field.

A report from Turkey says that Gaziantepspor, a club based on the Turkish Super League, is interested in D.C. United right back Sean Franklin. The writer of the article (Ali Budak) does not say how involved discussions have been, but does say that an offer from "The Falcons" has been made for D.

Fantasy Focus: King of the Ant Hill

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That stung.

A score of 109 points led the league this round, with Seoul Train putting up the points. Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $13.2) scored an armband-aided 42 points with a hat trick. Meanwhile, Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $11.3) scored a goal and added two assists for 17 points, and Ola Kamara (CLB, $8.

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

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We put a bow on the weekend's ugliness.

D.C. United needed a last minute goal from Fabian Espindola to salvage a result last week against Columbus Crew SC. This week, with Espindola gone (traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps) and a Black-and-Red team with two last-minute lineup changes, facing a Toronto FC team featuring a goal-hungry Sebastian Giovinco and a returning Jozy Altidore, the result?

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Feelin' hot, hot, hot

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IT IS SO HOT OUTSIDE.

The air conditioning in my apartment is not working correctly and GOODBYE, CRUEL(LY SWELTERING) WORLD.

Tension in the NWSL: can the league and players live together in harmony? | The Guardian
"I have no problem with Hope or anybody else fighting for an improvement of conditions," Lalas said.

Monday Freedom Kicks: You are Secretariat

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Recaps of the weekend for D.C. United, the Washington Spirit and the Richmond Kickers, and if you haven't started watching BoJack Horseman, please to do so.

Hi. If you haven't, don't forget to vote, OK?

Recaps from D.C. United's loss to Toronto FC by us (with our first thoughts here), MLS (with more from them here) and the Washington Post.

Miguel Aguilar goal sparks dominant Richmond Kickers win over Toronto FC II

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3-0 victory puts Richmond on a four-game winning streak

Richmond Kickers faced off with Toronto City FC II at City Stadium Saturday, the same night that both teams' MLS partner clubs (D.C. United and Toronto City FC) played each other as well. The Kickers fell to Toronto on the road back in May, though it was a game they felt they should have won.

D.C. United vs. Toronto GIFs

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We look at some moments from an otherwise forgettable night.

D.C. United was facing a slightly nervy Toronto FC squad whose offensive star (and defending MLS MVP) hadn't scored in eight games. So what happened? Well, he scored as many goals in 90 minutes as D.C.'s leading scorer has on the season, as TFC strolled over the Black-and-Red

So let's start looking at some GIFs, starting with TFC's goal.

D.C. United vs. Toronto Player Ratings Form

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Your chance to vote, and vent, is open.

D.C. United was hoping for a win against a Toronto FC team reeling in its own right due to a lack of offense from its creative generator Sebastian Giovinco. But Giovinco got his chances early and often en route to a 4-1 throttling, leaving the Black-and-Red winless since June 25.

Washington Spirit miss their chance to jump into first, falling 1-0 at Sky Blue FC

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Leah Galton, who has troubled the Spirit recently, scored the game's only goal

The Washington Spirit failed to contain Leah Galton on Saturday night and paid the price. The Sky Blue FC rookie scored a fantastic goal that originated from a Sky Blue goal kick for the game's only tally as the Spirit fell 1-0 on the road.

Three things we learned from D.C. United’s 4-1 loss to Toronto FC

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Giovinco is good. He's even better when you make it easy for him

D.C. United lost to Toronto FC for the second time this year tonight, a Giovinco hat trick and another goal resulting from a rebound off the post of a shot by, you guessed it, the Atomic Ant. It was a back-and-forth affair, mostly down to Los Capitalinos leaving themselves vulnerable on the counter and also committing inexplicable fouls in dangerous spots.

Sebastian Giovinco runs riot as Toronto FC dismantle D.C. United 4-1

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The Italian, who had not scored a league goal since May, notched a hat trick as United's road trip came to a pitiful end

D.C. United's four game July road trip came to a dreadful end on Saturday night, as the Black-and-Red were thoroughly outclassed in a 4-1 defeat to Toronto FC. Sebastian Giovinco, who had not scored a league goal since May 14th, hit United for a hat trick.

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

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United will hope to close out a long road trip with a victory tonight

Despite largely having the better of Toronto FC over the years, it has been a while since D.C. United actually beat the Reds. You have to go back almost two full years, to July 30th, 2014, when United brushed TFC aside by a 3-0 scoreline.

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

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The Spirit face their third game of the season against Sky Blue, who have proven to be a difficult opponent

This year, the NWSL schedule is set up so teams play a regional rival four times over the course of the 20 game regular season. For the Washington Spirit, that means extra games against Sky Blue FC.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC staff and reader predictions

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In which we're not that confident, but still (mostly) cautiously optimistic.

Let's go to Canada, eh? D.C. United are headed up there for the first time this season, and it's to take on a Toronto FC side that really spoiled things for us at RFK earlier in the year. Let's hope we don't see another first minute goal—unless one of our guys is scoring it, of course.

Opposition 11: Toronto FC’s likely starting lineup to face D.C. United

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The Black-and-Red will probably find themselves up against a fit-again Jozy Altidore tonight

It's an interesting time for D.C. United to find themselves playing Toronto FC. Both teams are sitting in the Eastern Conference's soft underbelly. A win would propel United above the Reds and into a playoff spot, while TFC will see the chance to turn the East's three-team vanguard into a gang of four.

D.C. United selects builder for new stadium at Buzzard Point

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Shovels continue to get closer to the ground.

The Washington Business Journal reported on Friday that D.C. United has selected Turner Construction Company to build the stadium at Buzzard Point. The team confirmed to the Washington Business Journal that the building contract has been awarded, though further details are apparently still to come.

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

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What seems like a nondescript mid-season game for United might well be vital down the road

Let's start with the bad news: If D.C. United were to lose to Toronto FC tonight, results elsewhere could see the Black-and-Red stuck in eighth place in the East, and as many as four points below the red line.

Sean Franklin and Taylor Kemp have been D.C. United's defensive constants

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While center back and goalkeeper have seen frequent changes, Franklin and Kemp have played every minute of the MLS campaign in 2016

It's been a trying 2016 for D.C. United. They were immediately dumped out of the CONCACAF Champions League in March - for the second consecutive year - and failed to get clear their first hurdle in the US Open Cup despite a home game against a lower-division side.

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

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The USWNT gets one last rehearsal in before heading south for the 2016 Olympics

The United States has one last tune-up before heading to Brazil for the 2016 Olympics. Tonight's game against Costa Rica won't necessarily represent a high-pressure test, but they have proven to be a difficult opponent to break down in the past.

A Trade, A Tuneup, An Own Goal from Hell: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 22 July 2016

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One final tuneup before Rio.

So many freedom kicks. So little time. Let's get started.

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United | MatchCenter: Here's your preview of tomorrow's D.C. United match versus Toronto. If we win tomorrow, we may be turning the corner on the season. If we lose, the hole we've been digging off and on will get dangerously deeper.

After going a different direction in ‘14 SuperDraft, United finally get their man in Patrick Mullins

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Mullins, a former Maryland Terrapin, finally joins up with the Black-and-Red after being on their radar for several years

On the heels of a historically bad 2013 MLS campaign, D.C. United went into the 2014 SuperDraft looking to move on, and more importantly to improve. Holding on to the number one pick in that draft, United had already added the services of Fabian Espindola, Eddie Johnson, Sean Franklin, and Bobby Boswell to their ranks.

D.C. United is betting big on Patrick Mullins following Fabian Espindola's departure

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Let's take a good look at whether United's big move yesterday was the right one

Every MLS team entered the current transfer window with some kind of need to address, but few had a more obvious problem than D.C. United. The Black-and-Red are within a point of a playoff spot, but it's more or less entirely down to their ability to defend as a team.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 20: Busy busy busy

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It was a busy week in MLS...let's see who's on top of the Power Rankings and which teams are fighting to stay close.

Breathe folks...it's hot outside and so was the action this past week in MLS. The busiest week of the season thus far, Week 20 saw 16 matches, and each of them carried some flavor.

Freedom Kicks for 20 July 2016: Patrick Mullins, Fabian Espindola, Sam Allardyce

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Soccer, go!

Welcome to Thursday! It is going to be hot hot hot this weekend, so find some shade, a portable cooling cube, or a full body suit of cooled armor, because you're gonna need it. The links!

D.C. United reportedly acquires Patrick Mullins from NYCFC, trades Fabian Espindola to Vancouver - Black And Red United: The big news of yesterday, of course, was the trade for Patrick Mullins from NYCFC and the trade of Fabian Espindola to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

D.C. United officially trades for Patrick Mullins, Fabian Espindola to Vancouver

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See what Dave Kasper has to say about D.C. United's trades

What was previously rumored is now official, with D.C. United trading for Patrick Mullins from New York City FC, sending general allocation money, targeted allocation money, and an international roster spot through the end of the 2017 season.

Filibuster podcast episode 192: Tally Hall the band

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We break down D.C. United's games and get even extra silly.

The Filibuster podcast is back and Ben is off of the injured reserve. He joins Adam and Jason to talk about D.C. United versus Columbus Crew SC, including what we made of the clash of styles. We talk about D.C. United's high press, the red card to Harrison Afful and whether or not Marcelo Sarvas will be suspended, and the debut of Lloyd Sam.

D.C. United acquires Patrick Mullins from NYCFC, trades Fabian Espindola to Vancouver

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In moves with two different clubs this morning, D.C. United gets younger, acquires roster flexibility, and says goodbye to their Designated Player.

Big moves this morning out of RFK Stadium, as D.C. United has traded away forward Fabian Espindola -- who was once integral to the team's attack but has found himself shifted to the wing following a formation change -- and brought in former University of Maryland striker Patrick Mullins.

The Washington Spirit's Estefania Banini is the NWSL player of the week

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Banini's two well-taken goals saw her win the league media's vote

Washington Spirit midfielder Estefania Banini was named the NWSL Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association. On Saturday, Banini scored two goals against FC Kansas City to deliver a 3-2 win for the Spirit. The Argentine attacker has four goals and an assist to her name this season, a boost after losing almost all of 2015 to injury.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Got you all in check

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The U.S. Open Cup quarters, Orlando hires Kreis, Klinsmann is still in the hunt for the England job and Ronaldinho drops 5 in futsal...here are your Freedom Kicks.

Wednesday. Hopefully everyone remained dry last night after we got rocked by some severe storms, but don't worry...it's not raining right now!

D.C. United looking to conclude four-game road trip on a positive note

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Against Toronto FC this weekend, the Black-and-Red are looking to build on their draw against the Columbus Crew

The third game of four in D.C. United's July long road trip presented the team with a great chance to pick up a rare win on the road. Up against a Columbus Crew SC side that has just three wins on the season, United could have jumped up over the New England Revolution for the 6th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Travis Worra gets first start, shutout for Richmond Kickers

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Richmond gets back-to-back wins on the road in Pennsylvania

The collaboration between D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers continues to benefit both teams. Travis Worra made his first trip to Richmond this year and picked up right where he left off.

After securing their first road victory last week against Harrisburg, Richmond sought to keep their momentum as they faced off against another Keystone State team at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh.

Fantasy Focus: Mystic, Instinct, and Valeri

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After missing three matches, Diego Valeri is back.

The second highest scoring team this round scored 16 fewer points than the leading team, as Vamos United outpaced everyone with 104 points. Captain David Villa (NYC, $12.2) scored a goal and 16 points, leading the team. Close on his heels were Diego Valeri (POR, $11.

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

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Your Man of the Match revealed, and discussion of a couple of things.

After an abysmal performance in their last road outing, D.C. United had no fewer than four lineup changes from the loss to the Philadelphia Union to this week's 1-1 draw against Columbus Crew SC. But it did take a red card on a Crew defender and a last-minute goal to salvage the result

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Bill Hamid - 6.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: The worst thing that's ever happened to soccer

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And some good things too.

You guys, I hate humidity. I hate it so much.

That's all the introduction I have this morning.

Crystal Dunn and Ali Krieger star in wonderful USWNT animated video series - Black And Red United
These are so darn cute.

What's going on with Mix Diskerud?

Crystal Dunn and Ali Krieger star in wonderful USWNT animated video series

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The Olympics-bound Washington Spirit stars tell stories from their childhoods, and it's delightful.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Jumping into the Mondays

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Recaps of D.C. United and the Spirit from the weekend, some D.C. alum news, and our prices are INSANE....

Hi. Hope your day goes well today. If you have some time, feel free to vote with our ratings form on the players Saturday. Polls are still open!

Recaps of D.C. United's 1-1 draw with Columbus Crew SC from us (with our first thoughts here), the Washington Post and MLS (with more from them here).

D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum named to 2016 MLS All-Star team

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Black-and-Red fans will get to see Birnbaum show his wares off against Arsenal later this month.

Earlier today, Major League Soccer announced the 26-man gameday roster of players who will battle against England Premier League side Arsenal at the MLS All-Star Game on July 28, and D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum made the squad for the first time.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew GIFs

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We look back and some moments from the draw.

D.C. United's game Saturday with Columbus Crew SC featured the first with new acquisition Lloyd Sam and a Crew lineup that went midweek and most of those players were subsequently gassed, or should have been. But, D.C. United, bad on the road thus far, etc.

Banini brace leads Washington Spirit to 3-2 win over FC Kansas City

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Despite two late goals from the home team, the Spirit hung on for their first-ever road win over FCKC

Estefania Banini netted a brace to push the Washington Spirit past FC Kansas City 3-2 on Saturday night. This was the Spirit's first-ever road win over the two-time defending NWSL champions.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Player Ratings Form

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Your chance to weigh in on how players did tonight is open.

D.C. United came into tonight's game with Columbus Crew SC need some sort of result and for a little while it looked like they wouldn't get it. While a 1-1 draw on the road might not be ideal, any points on the road for a team that doesn't do well on it would presumably help their cause.

Three things we learned from D.C. United's 1-1 draw against Columbus Crew SC

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Turns out, playing a man up is helpful, but DC need more from their attack.

Well, that was a thing that happened. After giving up a goal to Ola Kamara in the second half, D.C. United went up a man thanks to Harrison Afful going studs-up on Marcelo Sarvas. United would take advantage in the 88th minute through Fabian Espindola's blast off a loose ball in the Columbus box.

Late Espindola equalizer gives D.C. United a 1-1 draw on the road against the Columbus Crew

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A fiery, frenetic game saw the Black-and-Red fight their way to a tie against the 10-man Crew

Two struggling teams showed they're capable of a bit more than we've seen in 2016, as D.C. United fought the Columbus Crew to a lively 1-1 draw at Mapfre Stadium. Ola Kamara, after being completely shut out of the game in the first half, staked the Crew to a 62nd minute lead.

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

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The Black-and-Red visit the league's last-place team tonight with a chance to bounce back from last week's thrashing

The story of D.C. United in 2016 is one of consistent inconsistency. Los Capitalinos are more than halfway through this season and have yet to put up consecutive wins or losses.

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

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The Spirit take on the Blues for the second time in three weeks

Tonight, the Washington Spirit travel to Kansas City for its first road game in over a month. FC Kansas City is in eighth place, but the Blues are a deceptively hard team to beat this season. Last week, FC Kansas City earned their first win over a current playoff team, beating the previously undefeated Portland Thorns in Portland.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew staff and reader predictions

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On streaks, and the building of them.

D.C. United are halfway through a July that's all away games, all the time. It started out all right with a draw against Real Salt Lake—only to go way downhill against the Philadelphia Union.

So with another road trip underway, this time to face the Columbus Crew, can the Black-and-Red rebound with a result, or are they doomed to flounder once more?

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

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Two teams dissatisfied with their seasons thus far are looking to start a good run of form with a win tonight

We're in the second half of the 2016 season, and D.C. United sits on the wrong side of the red line. Yes, they're just one point and one standings place out of a playoff spot, but it's still not pleasant news.

Opposition 11: A look at the likely Columbus Crew starters to face D.C. United

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A stable but struggling Crew side may have to rotate players due to a midweek game

Normally an article about D.C. United having to go on the road to play last year's losing MLS Cup finalist would be about how daunting a challenge this week's game is going to be. The Columbus Crew have not changed their system, there have been no coaching changes, and ten of the eleven starters from last year's team are still in place.

D.C. United versus Columbus Crew SC preview: Behind Enemy Lines with Columbus blog Massive Report

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We have the preview you need for tomorrow's matchup between D.C. United and Columbus Crew SC

In order to preview tomorrow's game between D.C. United and Columbus Crew SC, we contacted Pat Murphy of our sister site Massive Report to get the lowdown on all things yellow. For our answer's to Pat's questions, head on over to Massive Report.

Soccer Makes Your Heart Burst: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 15 July 2016

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The Return of Nyarko, Homeless World Cup, Asylum Seeker Tournaments, Chinese Billions, Anti-Semitic Soccer Moguls, and Circle Rivers!

You look like you need some Freedom Kicks.

D.C. United's Patrick Nyarko returns from another concussion - Washington Post: We can expect Patrick Nyarko back on the field in Columbus -- but probably only as a late sub.

Extremely late Thursday Freedom Kicks

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We are very late, but hopefully we can make up for it with good links

So, we're late. We're really late. Late in the way I often was as a college freshman for my 8am classes (even though they were all in a building no more than 200 yards away from my bed). Actually, typing that reminds me of the time I overslept for a criminology exam.

Washington Spirit sign Danish international Line Sigvardsen Jensen

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The defender/midfielder joins the Spirit after success in Denmark's top flight

The Washington Spirit bolstered their squad today, signing defender/midfielder Line Sigvardsen Jensen. Sigvardsen Jensen, a current member of the Danish national team, was previously with Fortuna Hjørring. At her old club, Sigvardsen Jensen was part of a side that won two of the last three titles in Denmark's Elitedivisionen, and in last year's UEFA Women's Champions League she scored one goal as Fortuna advanced to the Round of 16.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 19: Two leaders emerge

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We have two teams starting to separate from the pack in this week's Power Rankings.

Week 19 stormed into town and while there were a lot of matches where there was at least one team that didn't score (seven, to be exact), this week succeeded in learning who were the teams that are starting to put a little distance between themselves and the rest of the league.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: I took the road less traveled, the unbeaten path

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On today's edition of Freedom Kicks, we have the USWNT Olympic roster, major Chinese moves, Barcelona gets Umtiti and concerns ahead of the World Cup.

Happy Wednesday everyone! Fans of the four "major" sports will say that today is the lone day of the calendar without any sporting events. Well, Major League Soccer said let's have a nice slate of matches to fill the void!

Reports in Peru link D.C. United to Millonarios attacker

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An outlet in Peru is linking United to Peruvian national teamer Andy Polo

A report out of Peru claims that D.C. United has made a offer for the services of winger Andy Polo, who plays at Universitario de Deportes in Peru, on loan from Millonarios in Columbia. The report says that the Millonarios board received the offer and believes it is a good one, with any remaining decision to be made by Polo.

Jalen Robinson named to MLS Homegrown Game roster

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The center back returns for the second consecutive year.

Via the MLS Facebook page, former United States great Landon Donovan named D.C. United center back Jalen Robinson to his roster for the MLS Homegrown Game. Mexico's under-20 national team will take on Donovan's selected MLS academy products at the home of the San Jose Earthquakes (Avaya Stadium) in San Jose on Wednesday, July 27.

Lloyd Sam takes part in his first practice with D.C. United

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Acquired from the New York Red Bulls last week, United's new winger talked with the press after his first training session with the Black-and-Red

It was a strange sight to behold on Tuesday, as D.C. United returned to the practice field after the weekend's 3-0 thumping at the hands of the Philadelphia Union.

USWNT Olympics roster includes Crystal Dunn and Ali Krieger

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The Washington Spirit duo are heading to Brazil in pursuit of a gold medal

The United States women's national team Olympic roster will include Crystal Dunn and Ali Krieger, both of the Washington Spirit. Jill Ellis named her squad for the Rio games today, with 18 players getting the call along with 4 alternates.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union Community/Site Ratings

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We count up your votes and let you know what we thought also.

There isn't a lot to be chipper about from Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union for D.C. United. The team was slow to respond to several different situations, players who you'd hope would take advantage of their opportunity didn't, and those whose spots who were presumably free of worry saw themselves on the outside looking in, and the overall result was a team that started slow and never recovered, in what was a dour affair for the folks from 202.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: I'm just saying...#Dolo4USMNT

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DCU, USWNT, and some last Euro 2016 things today.

Whaddup, folks. Hope everyone's week is off to a great start. I've got some soccer links for you this morning!

D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum is not for sale — not now, anyway | The Washington Post
Okay but if/when we do sell him, what percentage do I get for coming up with #Birdbomb?

Monday Freedom Kicks: 45-minute effort

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Recaps of D.C. United's loss, the Washington Spirit's win, and DCU players former and (maybe, but probably not) future.

Hi. I listened to Danny Trejo on two different podcasts while driving Saturday, and have an urge for prison ink now.

Recap's of D.C. United's 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union by us (with more from us here) MLS (with more from them here) and the Washington Post.

Washington Spirit close home stand with 2-0 win over Chicago

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Goals from Banini, Stengel combined with yet another shutout move the Spirit within three points of first place

The Washington Spirit earned their seventh shutout of the season last night, beating the Chicago Red Stars 2-0 at the Maryland Soccerplex. Estefania Banini scored her second goal of the season to open the scoring for the Spirit, and Katie Stengel scored moments after entering the game as a substitute in the second half to seal the three points.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Player Ratings Form

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Your chance to vote on the performances from last night.

Well, that was...well, it was a game a soccer. Nevertheless, D.C. United's struggles with the Philadelphia Union continue, as they were sluggish out of the blocks early and tried recovering, but couldn't eek out a moral victory either, losing 3-0 to the Union and leaving the Black-and-Red scratching their heads.

D.C. United struggle throughout overwhelming loss to Philadelphia Union

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The Black-and-Red were outclassed for 90 minutes against the Union, with the opening 45 minutes as bad as it comes for United

D.C. United came into Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Union, having acquitted themselves well on the road this year. There is only one win to show for in eight games away from RFK Stadium, and at times, they've been outplayed.

Dismal first half from D.C. United results in 3-0 loss to Philadelphia Union

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The Union converted on two penalties in the first half, punishing the Black-and-Red for a poor opening 45 minutes, before sealing the victory early in the second half

D.C. United were put to the sword on Saturday night falling 3-0 to the Philadelphia Union in one the poorest performances from the team this year.

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

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The Black-and-Red could move up to third in the East with a win tonight, but a loss could see them out of the playoff places

The second half of the 2016 season officially begins tonight for D.C. United, who will play the Philadelphia Union in their 18th of 34 regular season games. The Black-and-Red have been neither good nor bad this year, showing enough mental strength to avoid a losing streak yet not enough to start a winning run.

Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars live stream 2016: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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Can the Spirit close out their home stand with a crucial win over the Chicago Red Stars?

Tonight, the Washington Spirit (6-2-2, 20 points) face the Chicago Red Stars (5-3-3, 18 points) in a potentially decisive game that could reshuffle the NWSL standings. Chicago is currently in fourth place and with a win, the Red Stars could be tied for second place (with the tiebreakers in Western New York's favor) if the Western New York Flash lose their game tonight.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union: Staff and reader predictions

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The Black-and-Red hit the road to take on Philly for the second time this season.

For D.C. United's previous game against the Philadelphia Union, we were pretty split on the result we thought our guys would get. This time, a little further into the season, we're still not all in agreement on what will happen, but we're fairly certain that United will come away with a result.

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

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USWNT fans are hoping today's friendly gives them some idea of what the Olympic roster will look like

In the first of two send-off friendlies, the United States faces South Africa this afternoon before playing Costa Rica in Kansas City on July 22. Head coach Jill Ellis hasn't announced her 18-player squad for the Rio Olympics yet, but the game day roster will be useful insight ahead of the announcement.

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

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Expect yet another close game between United and their nearest geographic rival

Perception is capable of obscuring a lot. Around MLS (and even by fans of the club that have seen every game this season), D.C. United is perceived as struggling or mediocre. Never mind that 5th in the East, which is where they sit today, is the same place that they finished in 2015.

Opposition 11: Likely Philadelphia Union starters to face D.C. United

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Some things have changed for the Union since United last made the trip up 95

One can only hope that D.C. United's trip up I-95 to play the Philadelphia Union tomorrow goes differently than the last two such trips. Both games ended 1-0 to the Union, and both times the goal came in second half stoppage time.

Richmond Kickers can’t find answer for Charleston Battery

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Richmond Away Struggles Continue at MUSC Health Stadium

Richmond's away woes continued Saturday night against Charleston Battery. The long-time rivals fought hard with Richmond making 14 shots to Charleston's 8. Still, two first-half goals put the Kickers in a hole from which they couldn't climb out.

Filibuster podcast episode 190: Concussive air ordinance

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Bill Hamid, position ratings, and Philly are all up for discussion this week

Before we get to this weekend's D.C. United game against the Philadelphia Union, Jason, Adam, and Donald (no Ben this week) are here to put some D.C. United into your ears. They start the show by talking about D.C.

4-1-3-Sam-1: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 8 July 2016

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The Lloyd Sam era begins.

Ehrmigerd. This is the first Freedom Kicks of the Lloyd Sam era.

D.C. United acquires Lloyd Sam from New York Red Bulls - WaPo: Goff's piece on the acquisition that made the loud ::click:: noise in D.C.

D.C. United website spells welcomes 'Llyod Sam' - ESPN FC: A little too excited over at dcunited.

Fantasy Focus: Brillant!

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The only team in New York had a pretty good round.

A score of 110 points led this round, and Cathedral SC set the pace. Captain Josh Saunders (NYC, $5.1) -- I know, I was shocked too -- threw up two clean sheets and 36 points to lead the team. Mauro Diaz (DAL, $11.3) tallied two assists and a whopping 6 attacking bonus points to score 16 points, and David Villa (NYC, $12.

D.C. United acquires New York Red Bulls winger Lloyd Sam

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A notorious Black-and-Red killer is heading south in exchange for general allocation money

Just days after D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen talked about making some moves, the club has traded general allocation money to the New York Red Bulls for winger Lloyd Sam. Sam, a 31 year old born in England but capped once for Ghana's national team, possesses a green card (and thus will not count as an international on the Black-and-Red's roster).

MLS Power Rankings, Week 18: Holiday weekend fireworks

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There was lots of action over the holiday weekend, so let the Power Rankings celebrate!

Week 18 occurred on a weekend where Canada celebrated Canada Day and the United States celebrated Independence Day. Together, with the two holidays, MLS did not disappoint, providing lots of actions over the 3 day weekend.

D.C. United has a chunk of cash to spend, whether Steve Birnbaum leaves MLS or not

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The latest rumor gives a us a chance to envision what D.C. has to play with.

With the MLS transfer window now open, teams are gearing up to bolster their squads and push for a trophy. D.C. United is hopefully in that group, but a recent tweet about defender Steve Birnbaum has us thinking about just how much the Black-and-Red can accomplish on that front:

The @MLS transfer window is open and Maccabi Tel Aviv, sources say, has lodged a $700,000 bid from #USMNT D @StevenBirnbaum of @DCUnited

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 6, 2016

Putting aside the impact that a Birnbaum departure would have on the field, where Ben Olsen would have to rely on Kofi Opare, Bobby Boswell and Jalen Robinson as his center back depth, I thought it may be as good a time as any to look at what that kind of money could be turned into as well as what is currently available for United.

D.C. United may have former Montreal Impact player Maxim Tissot on trial

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The Canadian international appears to be a candidate to boost United's depth at both left back and left midfield

Major League Soccer's summer transfer window has been open for a couple of days now, and we're starting to see signs that D.C. United plans to be active during the 28 days (the window closes August 3rd).

After injury layoff, Bill Hamid is back at his best

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After missing the opening 12 games of the 2016 season, Bill Hamid has reclaimed his spot as the best goalkeeper in Major League Soccer

At the conclusion of 90 minutes and stoppage time on Friday in Utah, D.C. United - somehow, some way - walked off of Real Salt Lake's home field with a point.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Hot in herre

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On this edition of Freedom Kicks, we got Bale vs. Ronaldo, Viking Claps, problems in Argentina and Alex Morgan discusses the USWNT collective bargaining agreement. Happy Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday everyone! The DC heat wave continues so while you cool down from your commute to work, you know we got the links to get your day started.

Jared Jeffrey is earning his playing time with D.C. United in 2016

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After being an afterthought in 2015, Jeffrey has made 11 appearances for the Black-and-Red in 2016, capped off by his crucial goal against Real Salt Lake

Three weeks ago, Jared Jeffrey walked off the field at the Maryland SoccerPlex, head down, distraught at what had just taken place. After a scoreless 120 minutes against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the US Open Cup, Jeffrey stepped up to the spot for D.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Freedom with a side of more freedom

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Oops, managed to slip a Miro Klose mention into this one.

Hope everyone had a lovely Independence Day! In honor of the holiday, I'm keeping today's Freedom Kicks ~extra free~ and will let you guys mostly take the reins on sharing what's up with soccer at the moment.

(Or maybe I'm just lazy today.

D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake Community/Site Player Ratings

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We count up your votes and reveal your (and our) Man of the Match.

D.C. United went into Utah to play Real Salt Lake with a metaphoric trampoline of circumstance riding against them. They have gotten points in six of eight prior road contests over all competitions this year (that's good), though only won one (that's bad).

Monday Freedom Kicks: Larger than Life

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Recaps of the weekend for D.C. United and the Washington Spirit, and RIP Michael Cimino.

Hi. I do this with a fever of 101, so apologies if I don't catch the spirit of all things today. Oh, it's the opening of the secondary window too, so kept an eye on that.

Recaps of D.C. United's draw with Real Salt Lake by us, MLS (and more from them here) and the Washington Post.

Late goals drive Washington Spirit to 2-0 win over FC Kansas City

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Spirit rebound from disappointing performances of late to knock off a determined FCKC

A 2-0 home win from a expected to make the playoffs over a side lingering at the bottom wasn't the story line for most of Saturday's match. Until the Washington Spirit scored two scrappy goals in the final eleven minutes of the game to beat FC Kansas City, it was pretty even between both sides.

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

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How will the Spirit respond to its poor game last week?

After a strong start to the season, the Washington Spirit has slid into a downward spiral. The Spirit has only won one game out of its past four and hasn't had a shutout since May 14. By contrast, FC Kansas City had an abysmal start to the season and after dropping to the bottom of the table, the Blues are in eighth place now and are unbeaten in their past four games.

D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake GIFs

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We look back at things that entertained us in internet file form.

There's no two ways around it, D.C. United had little right to earn a point out of their Friday night game with Real Salt Lake. But a point was what they got, with Jared Jeffrey putting a header in net towards an improbable 1-1 draw with the folks at the RioT.

D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake Community Ratings Form

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How you choose to rate the Black-and-Red is now open for discussion.

D.C. United brought it one lineup change for their game with Real Salt Lake and decided to wait on another for a week. And in a notoriously tough place to play for them the 1-1 draw felt like, well, something, in a non-judgmental sense of the word.

How will the 2016 Olympics impact the Washington Spirit?

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Five starters could miss as many as seven games while on international duty

After a strong start to the 2016 season, the Washington Spirit has won only one of its past four games. In addition to regaining their early-season ways, the team faces a new challenge: dealing with the loss of its five Olympic players.

Bill Hamid puts on a show as D.C. United steals a point in 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake

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After Bill Hamid kept the game close for 90 minutes, Jared Jeffrey headed home in stoppage time to earn the Black-and-Red a point on the road

Bill Hamid did all that he could on Friday night to help D.C. United earn a result on the road against Real Salt Lake. Save after save in the first half though gave way to Juan Manuel Martinez's goal in the 57th minute, only for United to strike at the death from Jared Jeffrey in a 1-1 draw.

D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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Is this finally the time for United to get on a winning streak?

A distinctly up-and-down season for D.C. United sees the Black-and-Red once again looking to start a good run of form, this time against Real Salt Lake. Each of United's previous four wins has been followed by something other than a win, and in those four games DCU has managed just one goal.

D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake staff and reader predictions

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The two best goalkeepers in MLS—whose team comes out on top?

You guys ready for some viernes de fútbol? Tonight the Black-and-Red are in Salt Lake City, home to Nick Rimando, stunning stadium views, and hopefully three sweet, sweet road points.

We're not so sure on those three points, though.

Opposition 11: Who will start for Real Salt Lake tonight against D.C. United?

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Due to a Tuesday night Open Cup game, RSL's lineup is very tricky to predict

A couple of weekends ago, D.C. United had to ask Jared Jeffrey to play the full 90 minutes in Houston just three days after he played 120 minutes in an Open Cup game. Getting through that second game without being a liability was an impressive feat, as sports science has illustrated that soccer players need one more day of rest than that to play at their normal level following a normal 90 minute game.

Tournament Casualties Continue: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 1 July 2016

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All Your Previews Are Belong To Us.

Friday Freedom Kicks, you're tardy again!

I'm going to start off with a bombardment of Real Salt Lake-D.C. United previews. Read them all and sound the smartest when you watch the game with your friends or family tonight at 10:30.

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

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A very tired RSL side stands between United and their first winning streak of 2016

Soccer fans in the DMV know the pattern by now: D.C. United wins a game, and then does not win the next game. This is what United's form has looked like within MLS play since their first win of the season: WLWTLWLWLTW.