Black and Red United Archives for January 2016

Fantasy Focus: Acosta Rica

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Poco pero loco

No team in the top five reached 65 points this week, but jargony el naan scored 92 to lead the round. Patrick Mullins (DCU, $6.6) scored a hat trick and 18 points to lead the team. Paling in comparison was captain Bradley Wright-Phillips (NYR, $11.7), who scored a goal and 16 points, while Diego Valeri (POR, $11.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Guess who's back, back again

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Meanwhile: guess who's going, going...

What do you mean, "Leanne almost forgot to do Tuesday Freedom Kicks and has slapped this together in record time"? Me? What? Never!

(jk that did happen)

Um. Soccer!

LA Galaxy's Nigel de Jong 'quite likely' to join Galatasaray - source - ESPN FC
Just.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire player ratings form

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Voting for your Man (Men?) of the Match is now up.

That was fun. Wasn't that fun? The whole scoring, the whole 6-2ness of D.C. United's win over the Chicago Fire, it was great. Anyway, I'll shut up and let you do your thing.

For those unfamiliar, the scale is:

1 - Not a pro (MLS/NASL/USL) quality performance

4 - Average USL starter

6 - Average MLS starter

9 - MLS All-Star

10 - MLS MVP-quality performance

Feel free to sell everyone on a pick either way.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Hat Trick Mullins

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Recaps, looking at the bright, shiny forward and Scatman Crothers croons about Kubrick.

Hi. I'm going to beat this nickname into the ground until it sticks and/or we get a cut of whatever merch sales come from it. Cool? Cool.

Recaps of D.C. United's win over the Chicago Fire from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and the Washington Post.

Steve Birnbaum on USMNT roster for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

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DC's only USMNT call-up will miss this Thursday's game at NYCFC

The United States roster for two upcoming World Cup qualifiers has been announced, and D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum is on the list of 26 players Jurgen Klinsmann has called in. The USMNT has games September 2nd at St. Vincent and the Grenadines and September 6th in Jacksonville, FL against Trinidad and Tobago.

D.C United vs. Chicago Fire GIFs

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We look at some fun moments from a fun night.

It would be very easy to just make GIFs of all the goals from last night's 6-2 win by D.C. United over the Chicago Fire. And don't get me wrong, there are a few goals in here. But I'll do what I can to paint around the edges, so to speak, at some things I enjoyed otherwise from that particularly fun night.

Hat trick Mullins fits just right with D.C. United

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After not scoring in 7 appearances with NYCFC this year, Patrick Mullins has five goals with United, scoring a hat trick against the Chicago Fire

The biggest beneficiary of Khaly Thiam's first half red card on Saturday night was Patrick Mullins. With the score level at 1-1, the Chicago Fire's Thiam lashed out after a foul, and threw the ball at Patrick Nyarko, earning him a straight red card.

Patrick Mullins’ hat trick propels D.C. United past the Chicago Fire

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After Khaly Thiam got his marching orders, Mullins scored three times as United opened up offensively in a 6-2 win

D.C. United took all the advantage of playing against a 10-man Chicago Fire side on Saturday night, scoring five times after Khaly Thiam was sent off in the first half in a 6-2 win.

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

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The pressure is on the Black-and-Red to take three points tonight at RFK

RFK Stadium hasn't had all that much joy in 2016, as D.C. United has gone just 5-4-4 on East Capitol Street. The recent string of four straight at home was a bit of a letdown, as United ended up with three ties (two of which involved late comebacks), but on the plus side the Black-and-Red have at least been a better team going forward.

Opposition 11: Likely Chicago Fire starters to face D.C. United

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Veljko Paunovic has a bunch of tough choices to make after already playing two games this week

We have been complaining a lot about D.C. United's schedule over the past week, and for good reason. Three games in six days is a ridiculous amount of soccer, and in scheduling games like this MLS has essentially told United and its fans - as well as fans league-wide, really - that things like preserving the competition or player safety are just not high up on their list of priorities.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Community/Site Player Ratings

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We wrap up the second choice midweek affair.

D.C. United came into Wednesday night's affair with the Montreal Impact looking at their 2nd game in 4 days, and part of an overall stretch where they play 4 in 12, with 3 of those against teams ahead of them in the standings, so they're in the position of attempting to make up ground which trying to manage the roster to avoid injury and general breakdown.

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

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United will look to build on their modest unbeaten streak against a Chicago side that is finally showing a pulse

Unless this is your first season as a D.C. United fan, you've encountered "must win" games in the mathematical sense, where anything other than a win meant United's ability to compete for MLS Cup was over.

Washington Spirit hold on for 2-1 win over the Orlando Pride

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The Spirit are on the verge of clinching a playoff spot after a strong opening hour gave them a lead they wouldn't relinquish

The Washington Spirit survived a late comeback from the Orlando Pride to win 2-1, extending their lead at the top of the NWSL table to six points. Cheyna Williams opened the scoring in the first half before Christine Nairn scored her third goal in two games to double the Spirit's lead, capping off a superb passing sequence.

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

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Crystal Dunn returns for the Spirit, who will look to sweep their season series against the Pride tonight

With a win against the Orlando Pride tonight and help from other results later this weekend, the Washington Spirit could become the first team to clinch a playoff berth this season. Both clubs will get some major stars back, as the NWSL's Olympic break is officially over.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire staff and reader predictions

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Yes, it's time for more predictions.

If it feels like you've read a lot of our predictions for D.C. United games lately, that's because you have, and MLS schedules are often the worst, etc., etc.

Yet here we are once again, so let's get to predicting. Don't forget to vote in the poll at the bottom, by the way—there'll be a different one each week moving forward.

Villains United: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 26 August 2016

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It's why we wear the black.

Today's Friday Freedom Kicks is dedicated to our favorite villains.

Offensive makeover helps D.C. United's push for MLS playoffs - Washington Post: I'm impressed with this new Mullins-Igboananike-Sam strike force, with Marcelo hitting his stride where Arnaud once ruled.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact GIFs

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We look back at some entertaining moments from Wednesday.

If you told me that D.C. United would field a lineup with three guys that had less than 2 or 3 games worth of playing time this year against Didier Drogba, Ignacio Piatti and others and come out of it with a 1-1 draw, I'd have said you were trying to sell me TruCoat from the dealership and called you a liar.

Estefania Banini to miss 4-6 weeks

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The Spirit's leading goalscorer could return before the end of the season

The Washington Spirit announced Wednesday that forward Estefania Banini is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing a successful left knee arthoscopy. The reigning NWSL Player of the Month missed last Thursday's game against the Houston Dash due to a left knee chondral defect.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact Player Ratings Form

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Voting on the game is now open for ye clicks.

With three games in seven days, the thought of personnel rotation for D.C. United was natural somewhere, be it Wednesday against the Montreal Impact or Saturday against the Chicago Fire. So Ben Olsen ripped the band-aid off, with seven changes from Sunday's draw with the New York Red Bulls, including a guy making his first start for the team since being traded, and two others making their first starts of the year, including one making his first MLS start, period.

Hope Solo suspended, contract terminated: Freedom Kicks for 25 August 2016

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News aplenty as August nears its end.

We may be in the dog days of summer, but we're not in the dog days of soccer news. Let's get to it!

US Soccer suspends Hope Solo for 6 months - Stars and Stripes FC: This story is ridiculous on a number of levels. Hope Solo has unquestionably done things worth suspension, from her husband's DUI while driving a US Soccer van to alleged domestic abuse and more.

D.C. United survive second half onslaught in 1-1 draw with Montreal Impact

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Lamar Neagle gave United the lead with a first half penalty, but the Black-and-Red had to hang off after Hassoun Camara's second half equalizer

There was moments of hope for D.C. United to pick up their second road win of the season on Wednesday night, but a Hassoun Camara equalizer in the second half dashed any hopes, as United held on for a 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact.

D.C. United at Montreal Impact MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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The Black-and-Red look to take their improved form on the road to get the inside track to a playoff spot

D.C. United hits the road tonight for the first time in four weeks, traveling to face the Montreal Impact in the first of four away games over the next five weeks. (Nobody ever accused MLS of reasonable scheduling.

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

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Can the Black-and-Red take their improving soccer on the road, or will it be same old, same old in Montreal?

It's one of those packed weeks in MLS, and D.C. United have not escaped the wrath of the scheduling gods. So here we are, three days after a game day, for another game day.

This time the Black-and-Red hit the road to take on the Montreal Impact, and we're uncertain about whether the recent not-bad team we've seen at home will show up at Stade Saputo.

Opposition 11: Likely Montreal Impact starters to face D.C. United

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Bad results and a tight schedule have left Mauro Biello with some tough questions to figure out for Montreal

It is, quite frankly, enormously difficult to predict what sort of lineup both D.C. United and the Montreal Impact will trot out tonight. Thanks to some frankly nonsensical scheduling - twelve of the thirteen MLS teams with a game tonight also have games on Saturday, which is one less recovery day between games than is considered reasonable - these two Eastern Conference teams have to play an important game with either second-choice players or with tired starters who would be at a higher risk for injury.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls Community/Site Player Ratings

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One last look back at the soccer game/monsoon from Sunday.

D.C. United was looking to defeat their longtime rival the New York Red Bulls any way they could Sunday; a torrential storm and standing water on many parts of the field caused a delay, and playing conditions at times were, well, interesting.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 25: The leaders get some company

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The top of the Supporters Shield is crowded in this week's Power Rankings.

Last week, there were only two teams that were above the 40-point mark in the Supporters Shield standings. The rest of the field was trying to figure out a way to catch up with leaders FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids.

Additional renderings and details of the new D.C. United stadium released

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Things like stadium capacity and tailgating at the new place appear to be coming into focus.

Monday evening, D.C. United tweeted out some updated renderings of the stadium location at Buzzard Point with the promise that more would be forthcoming. Tuesday morning, the Washington Business Journal included more drawings (amusingly enough, I found those via a tweet from the District Deputy Mayor's Office for Planning and Development).

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

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United has some complicated lineup questions to deal with thanks to the short gap between games this week

For the pessimists, D.C. United's game against the Montreal Impact is a rough assignment coming after a four-game home stand that saw the Black-and-Red get just one win. We previously wrote that United needed to exceed their season points-per-game projection in those games, and instead they're exactly where those numbers said they'd be: on 28 points, ahead of Orlando City via a tiebreaker.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Paint it black

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LAFC stadium sponsors, Yedlin to Newcastle, Champions League changes, USMNT predictions, and of course it's a DCU Day! Wake up...your Freedom Kicks are here!

Bonjour, mes amis. It's a D.C. United matchday so of course this entire day is just to get you ready for the away match against the Montreal Impact (7:30pm, Newschannel 8).

Richmond Kickers extend unbeaten streak to eight games with draw

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A 1-1 draw with Orlando City B keeps the Kickers in fourth place

Anthony Grant notched his second goal of the season Sunday night to nab Richmond a point on the road against Orlando City B. Richmond's unbeaten streak extends to eight, and with Charleston Battery tying Wilmington Hammerheads FC Saturday, the Kickers maintain fourth place in the USL eastern conference.

Fantasy Focus: Two-Man Midfield

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One expensive, and one cheap.

In a generally low-scoring round, #Gio'd led all with 77 points. Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $11.6) led the team with 14 points on a goal and an assist. Captain Nicolas Lodeiro (SEA, $11.8) had an assist and 12 points, while Jonathan Campbell (CHI, $5.1) had a clean sheet and 9 points.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: There can only be ONE (or two)

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Or three.

Well, obviously today we're starting with this:

Stadium Update

New renderings dropping all week long! Stay tuned for more shots of our new home. #DCU pic.twitter.com/N2VQhw7HxB

— D.C. United (@dcunited) August 23, 2016

Make of those what you will.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls player ratings form

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Votes on yesterday's waterlogged affair are open.

I was witness to the rain that D.C. United encountered before their game with the New York Red Bulls and to be honest, I thought that if it was still going to get there that a delay (particularly with lightning) was inevitable. Captain Hindsight, I know.

Monday Freedom Kicks: High and Nearly Dry

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Recaps, owner neglect, player profiles, and Robert De Niro breaks things.

Hi. I was at a birth class and missed a chunk of the game, but sat down with barbecue and saw the last two goals live. So you're welcome. GIFs will have to wait another day.

Recaps of D.C. United's 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls from us (and more from us here) and MLS.

Despite rally, D.C. United again leave points on the table

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The 2-2 draw with the Red Bulls concluded an undefeated home stand for United, but one in which they picked up just six points from four games

Having seen the New England Revolution lose on Saturday, and Orlando City manage just a point against the Colorado Rapids, D.C. United had the perfect opportunity to put some distance between their nearest rivals for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

D.C. United use second half comeback to earn a point against New York Red Bulls

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Down 2-0 after 65 minutes, Marcelo Sarvas scored from the penalty spot before Patrick Mullins tied it up with his second United goal

The weather put on its own show on Sunday at RFK Stadium, but D.C. United almost topped that in the second half, scrambling out of a two goal deficit to earn a point in a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls.

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

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A rival, the standings, and the schedule make this arguably United's biggest game of the season thus far

Just how important is today's game for D.C. United? Well, beating the New York Red Bulls is always a must, and United will take the Atlantic Cup back with a win. The Black-and-Red are sitting outside the playoffs at the moment, but could jump back into 6th (and within 3 points of Montreal) with a win today, so that's big.

Opposition 11: Likely New York Red Bulls starters to face D.C. United

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NYRB is in a better place than they were back in May, but they're missing a few key players due to injury

The last time D.C. United hosted the New York Red Bulls, the Black-and-Red got a rare gift from their old rivals. Jesse Marsch, still working on a 4222 experiment that to this day has yet to truly take, sent his group out for a road game in a formation built to get more out of Gonzalo Veron - the multi-million dollar player who has yet to justify even 20% of what the Red Bulls likely paid for him - rather than their more familiar and effective 4231.

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

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Atlantic Cup matches are always big, but due to some unusual circumstances this one means even more

Fans of both teams will tell you that any game between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls is important. For United, the rivalry aspect is just one angle that makes getting a win today so vital.

Germany wins first Olympic women’s soccer gold medal

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Despite a late response from Sweden, Germany held on for a 2-1 win

Dzsenifer Marozsan led Germany to its first gold medal in the program's history in a 2-1 victory against Sweden at the Maracana on Friday evening. Marozsan scored a gorgeous goal in the 48th minute before her free kick just over an hour into the match led to Sweden conceding an own goal.

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

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We're feeling pretty good about how things will go against our most hated rivals.

Throw the Metros down the well!

I mean, um, the New York Red Bulls. Yeah, they're coming to town and man do we not like them. Now let's hope our beloved D.C. United can actually throw them down the well (ok, not actually) and get that sweet, sweet home win against our biggest rivals.

Germany vs. Sweden: 2016 Olympics TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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Can Sweden go all the way, or will Germany be too strong? It's time to see who's taking home gold.

Well, here we are: the final match of the women's soccer competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics. We thought the USWNT would be playing in this game, but their quarterfinal exit at the hands (feet?

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls Preview: 3 Questions with Once a Metro

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We chat with the folks at the Red Bulls SB Nation blog to see where they are at the moment.

Ahead of Sunday's second leg of the Atlantic Cup between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls, we spoke with Steve Toto at SB Nation's Red Bulls blog Once a Metro to see how things are going in New Jersey.

Richmond Kickers vs. Charleston Battery postponed due to lightning

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The rivals will meet two more times this season at Richmond's City Stadium

The Richmond Kickers' much anticipated rematch against long time rivals Charleston Battery will have to wait until later in the season. Wednesday night's game only made it to the 20th minute before inclement weather put a stop to the action.

Markus Halsti looks back on his two years with D.C. United

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The former United midfielder gave details about his time in the District in an email exchange with Black and Red United

Markus Halsti joined D.C. United back in January 2015 as the team's marquee offseason acquisition. United were coming in on the heels of a successful 2014, when they finished first in the Eastern Conference, but were knocked out of the playoffs by the New York Red Bulls.

Germany vs. Sweden 2016 Olympics: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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The women's soccer portion of the Rio games ends today, with the gold medal game being preceded by Canada vs. Brazil for the bronze

The women's soccer competition at Rio 2016 is coming to a close, with today's pair of games determining who will take home the gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Friday Freedom Kicks: GOOD Friday

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We got Olympic medals to be awarded, the Brazil men get ready to pursue history, EPL takes to Friday nights, La Liga gets ready for opening weekend and we have MLS tonight. Wake up, wake up...it's your Freedom Kicks!

Morning folks. Touchline has the weekend off, so I'm filling in for him with this fresh Friday edition of Freedom Kicks.

Washington Spirit take over first place in the NWSL with a 2-1 win over the Houston Dash

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Christine Nairn's brace lead the Spirit to an important road win over Houston

Christine Nairn broke her scoring drought tonight, scoring twice in the Washington Spirit's 2-1 victory over the Houston Dash. With the win, the Spirit claim sole possession of first place in the NWSL, three points clear of the Portland Thorns and are now level with most of the table in terms of games played.

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

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Ali Krieger returns from the USWNT, but Estefania Banini will miss tonight's game due to injury

The NWSL isn't back from its Olympic break, but the Washington Spirit play the Houston Dash to make up for a postponed match earlier this season. After tonight's game, the Spirit will be level with most other NWSL teams in terms of games played.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 24: Top 5 still alive

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The top 5 teams remain unchanged in this week's Power Rankings, but who did well to move up the ladder?

Week 24 of the Major League Soccer season saw the top 5 teams in the Power Rankings stay the same, while in the Supporters Shield standings, the pack has really bunched up. While FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids are the two teams that are above 40 points on the season, 3rd place and 13th place are separated by only 8 points.

D.C. United vs. Portland Community/Site Player Ratings

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We look back one more time at Saturday's win.

D.C. United came into their game with the MLS Cup defending champion Portland Timbers in desperate need of a win, not having taken three points anywhere for almost two months. They continued their impressive recent run of form, but unlike the draws with the Montreal Impact and Philadelphia Union, they kept the Timbers off the scoreboard and improved their playoff chances with a 2-0 win over the green and gold.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Bittersweet symphony

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We have Brazil's heartbreak in women's Olympic soccer, a former FIFA president passes away, the race for MLS MVP, and we got the men's Olympic semifinals. Wake up...it's your Freedom Kicks for Wednesday!

What up world. It's Wednesday, so I hope you got your pink on, because I want you to be able to sit with us.

Fantasy Focus: Sweet Sixteens

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Two midfielders share the spoils

It was not a high-scoring week overall, but South Carolina SC set the pace with 92 points. David Villa (NYC, $12.3) wore the armband and scored 26 points on the strength of two goals. Meanwhile, Chris Pontius (PHI, $7.7) paired a goal with an assist for 14 points, and Cyle Larin (ORL, $9.

Richmond Kickers battle FC Cincinnati to a 1-1 draw

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Richmond's winning streak ends, but they're still unbeaten in seven matches

Richmond remains fourth in the USL's Eastern Conference standings after they fought FC Cincinnati to a 1-1 draw at City Stadium Saturday night. A second half goal from Sunny Jane was quickly answered by an impressive Andrew Wiedeman free kick late in the game.

Germany vs. Canada 2016 Olympics: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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The United States is out of the tournament, but four teams compete today for a berth in the gold medal match

After a crazy day of quarterfinals filled with upsets and penalty kick shootouts, four teams advanced to this afternoon's semifinals. The winners today will advance to the Friday gold medal match at Maracana and the losers to the bronze medal match in Sao Paulo.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Are you done talking about the USWNT yet?

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Neither are we.

Today's Freedom Kicks are basically all about the Olympics or the USWNT. Naturally, I assume you have not heard enough on these topics lately. You're welcome!

Duke's Jeremy Ebobisse signs with MLS | The Washington Post
And you can see him in...2017.

Jeremy Ebobisse is caught between college soccer and MLS | The 91st Minute
Yeah, this is weird.

D.C. United vs. Portland player ratings form

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We open up the ballot for your votes and voices.

D.C. United came into Saturday night's game with the Portland Timbers in need of a positive result, and while the Timbers haven't been exactly world beaters on the road, D.C., though playing better, hadn't made strides up the Eastern Conference table.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Cut down to Size

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Recapping the weekend for D.C. and affiliates, and looking at white elephants.

I'm going to guess that 16.2k at the game Saturday may be an inflated number, but it still looked like a nice crowd on TV, y'all did well.

Recaps of D.C. United's 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and the Washington Post.

D.C. United vs. Portland GIFs

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We look at the goals and see how DCU did it.

D.C. United is approaching, or even has approached, a window where they need to come away from games with all of the points, and not split them with anyone. Thankfully, they started early Saturday night, with two goals in 20 minutes in the first half, and they stood up uncontested in a 2-0 win over last year's MLS Cup Champion Portland Timbers.

D.C. United beat heat, Portland Timbers, to earn first win since June

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Goals from Steve Birnbaum and Luciano Acosta in the first half put to bed United's streak of six games sans a victory

On the third try, D.C. United finally made a first half lead at home count. On the back of a four game winless on the road in July, the Black-and-Red had wasted first half leads in the past two weeks at home, finishing with draws against the Montreal Impact and Philadelphia Union.

Two goal first half powers D.C. United to 2-0 win over Portland Timbers

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Steve Birnbaum scored for the second week in a row, with Luciano Acosta adding his second goal of the season in the first half

D.C. United finally got the crucial win at home they had been yearning for, defeating the Portland Timbers 2-0 on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. Steve Birnbaum and Luciano Acosta found the back of the net in the first half for United, who then were able to hold on for their first clean sheet at home since June.

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

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On a night that will be challenging in multiple ways, it's time for United to step up and prove they can make a push for a playoff spot

It's been a tough season for D.C. United, and tonight's game may be the toughest. It's not just that the Portland Timbers are the defending champs, or that they've never lost to United at RFK, or that Diego Valeri is an MVP candidate.

Opposition 11: Likely Portland Timbers starters to face D.C. United

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Portland has two distinct looks they can try today, but either way DC has to account for Diego Valeri

It's been a few games since D.C. United faced a team with some major variables in their lineup, but that's what they'll be dealing with tonight against the Portland Timbers. Caleb Porter is dealing with incorporating new faces, numerous absences - especially in central midfield, where his team was already thin - and possibly looking at a formation change after spending most of the year in a 4231.

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

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Portland's injuries in the engine room may help Lucho Acosta and United break out with a vital win

A troubled 2016 season for D.C. United has left them needing to reverse two season-long trends to make the playoffs. Last week's draw left the Black-and-Red with MLS's worst home record (4W-3D-4L), which is pretty terrible news for a team with one win in eleven road games.

Chris Durkin receives United States under-17 call-up

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The D.C. United homegrown player will spend the next 10 days in Utah.

D.C. United homegrown player Chris Durkin was named as part of a group of 24 United States players by coach John Hackworth to a training camp in Utah beginning Sunday and running through August 22, ahead of the Torneo Nacionales de Mexico in Mexico City.

Rob Vincent finds new role with D.C. United as a defensive midfielder

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After featuring solely on the wing, Vincent started and played 90 minutes in a holding role against the Philadelphia Union

With Marcelo Sarvas out suspended and Jared Jeffrey unable to recover from a hamstring injury, there was a slight surprise last week when the lineups rolled out for D.C.

USA shocked by Sweden, crashing out of 2016 Olympics on penalties

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The USWNT has never gone out of a major tournament this early

The United States women's national team, considered heavy favorites to take gold at Rio 2016, are out before the semifinals after falling to Sweden on penalties today. Stina Blackstenius had given Sweden the lead after an hour before Alex Morgan pounced on a mistake to level the score in the 77th minute.

D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers staff and reader predictions

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Maybe THIS week our positivity will pay off.

D.C. United are enduring a struggle of a season here, and their performances the last two weeks have been awful teases—just good enough to not look terrible, just bad enough to not win.

In the Portland Timbers, United face the current MLS champions, but those champions have also traveled across the country and haven't been particularly good on the road this year.

USA vs. Sweden: 2016 Olympics TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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The knockout stage begins today and the United States are looking to put it all together on their quest for gold.

The United States entered the Olympics as the clear favorite to win their 4th straight gold medal. While the USWNT made easy work of New Zealand, they weren't playing at their best against France and Colombia.

United States vs. Sweden 2016 Olympics: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USWNT take on Sweden and their former coach in the quarterfinal

After winning Group G, the United States start the knockout round of the Olympics with a familiar foe: Sweden. The U.S. Women's national team faced Sweden in the past four World Cups and the Swedes are led by former USWNT head coach Pia Sundhage.

Quickie Kick: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 12 August 2016

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Something happened on the way to Freedom Kicks...

Can't talk now, so here are the key links for Friday Freedom Kicks.

Portland Timbers at DC United: Players to watch, how to watch on TV | OregonLive.com - A preview from Oregon of this weekend's game at RFK.

MLS concerned by two missed penalty calls in Galaxy-Red Bulls draw - ESPN FC - I always wondered how they figured out which team to favor when the two favorites met.

A discussion about race and gender diversity and inclusion in American soccer culture - Filibuster podcast special episode

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Fans and writers of color share their experiences in U.S. soccer stadiums

A few weeks ago, the New York Times Magazine ran what has become a notorious piece in American soccer cultures. That article, by Jay Caspian Kang, we think, was an attempt to start a conversation about race and ethnicity and diversity and inclusion in the stands at professional soccer games around the U.

Alvaro Saborio, Andrea Mancini, and Olympic soccer: Freedom Kicks for 11 August 2016

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Soccer, go!

Freedom Kicks is stumbling in a little late today, a little haggard and tired. But don't worry, we're still here for you even when we're not at 100%. The links!

Alvaro Saborio to rejoin Saprissa in 2017? - Black And Red United: From yesterday, but there are rumors that this might be Alvaro Saborio's last season with D.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 23: The race tightens

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Several teams have moved back into the hunt in this week's Power Rankings.

The Major League Soccer season hit what is possibly its most competitive weekend yet as far as eyeballs, as the Olympics opened in Rio de Janeiro and has taken a lot of the media attention. Still, a few teams used the weekend's matches to move up in the playoff chase.

Alvaro Saborio to rejoin Saprissa in 2017?

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He appears to be open to the possibility.

In a post from the Costa Rica news outlet La Nacion, D.C. United forward Alvaro Saborio hints that he could be returning to Saprissa in the Ticos' domestic league in 2017, categorizing a return as "... a high possibility."

The report goes on to claim that talks have begun with Saborio, who signed a contract extension with the Black-and-Red last year (though seemed to admit news of it a month before it was made official), and the report does mention said extension has an option for 2017, though based strictly on the nature of the article, it would presumably be a club-held option.

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

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We put a bow on Saturday's action.

D.C. United hosted a Philadelphia Union side that had gotten the better of them in two previous games, and made some moves to improve their roster in the days before their matchup Saturday. At home, D.C. needed three points, and only left with one, with a last minute goal capping off an entertaining, yet underachieving 2-2 result.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Olympic gold on the ceiling

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We have the Olympics, the USWNT, the Open Cup, Real Madrid lifting trophies, Manchester United shelling out pounds for Paul Pogba, some MLS expansion news and Julian Green sticking with Bayern Munich. Wake up...it's your Freedom Kicks!

What up, world. It's 7:00am and we got a full day of Olympics to watch.

Hope Solo, USWNT win their Olympics group despite disappointing draw with Colombia

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Errors from the longtime US #1 meant only a tie for the US despite goals from Crystal Dunn and Mallory Pugh

Despite a lackluster defensive performance and a draw against a Colombia side they were favored to beat, the United States finished first place in Group G and will advance to the quarterfinals.

USA vs. Colombia: 2016 Olympics TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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The USWNT will be heavily favored to make it three wins from three Group G games tonight in Manaus

Things have more or less gone according to plan for the USWNT. Sure, they might have expected to score another goal on New Zealand, and France controlled more of Saturday's game than is ideal, but we're still talking about 6 points and zero goals conceded.

Filibuster podcast episode 195: LaCroix is over

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Before we bring on Richard Farley to talk PTFC and MLS, we have to talk about the Philadelphia draw

The Filibuster team is united once again, and Jason, Adam, and Ben are here to talk about D.C. United's 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union. We talk about whether or not this is the turning point of the season, and have to keep talking about how the finishing needs to improve and how United is shot shy.

Fantasy Focus: Ant's on Fire

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Sebastian Giovinco can't stop scoring.

Two teams split the scoring lead this round, with!BL4CKnRED-2014Champ and Rolfin' on the River scoring 146 points each. Both teams captained Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $13.6), who scored 50 points with a hat trick in one game and an assist in the other. They also both used RSL teammates Javier Morales ($11.

United States vs. Colombia 2016 Olympics: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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A win or draw for the USWNT will clinch first place in Group G

The United States women's national team secured a berth in the quarterfinal following their win against France, but tonight's result will help determine their place within Group G and their opponent this Friday. Barring a massive upset against the USWNT, Colombia will not advance past the group stage.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: USA! USA! USA!

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me 24/7 right now tbh

I am in FULL Olympics mode, you guys. I may or may not have spent three hours in a room at work yesterday watching gymnastics and diving (while working, I SWEAR).

And lucky us, the USWNT continue their Olympic tournament today. Check back later for our preview, info on how to watch, and a discussion gamethread for the match against Colombia.

Richmond Kickers extend winning streak to six with late goal over FC Montreal

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Luiz Fernando capitalized on a rare start with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory

A late penalty made things interesting as the Richmond Kickers faced off with FC Montreal Saturday afternoon, but the Kickers weren't about to let a controversial call in the box end their winning streak. A close and exciting match marked with strange events - a disappearing dugout, fire alarms in the stadium and two goals in the last nine minutes - saw Richmond win 2-1, a sixth straight victory.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Player Ratings Form

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We collect your votes on Saturday.

D.C. United needed points on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union, after being stung late in their first match and early in their second. In the third, they were the ones doing the stinging, but a 2-2 draw simply just isn't good enough for whatever this team is trying to accomplish.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Old Friends, Shared Points

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We look back at the weekend for D.C. United, some shoddy turf and a list of a lot of movies.

Man, that was hot Saturday. I hydrated a whole bunch. Hope you did the same.

Recap's of D.C. United's 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union from us (with more from us here and here), MLS (with more from them here and here), the Washington Post and Goal.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia GIFs

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We look back at a wild night in animated internet file form.

Goodness knows we will get, or have already gotten into, why D.C. United's 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union, while exciting short-term, is a little damaging over the longer timeline. But this game had pieces of everything. Old friends, coming home to haunt RFK, other ones who may be out the door soon, attempting to salvage what is left of the season.

Pressure mounts as D.C. United drops points at home to the Philadelphia Union

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Needing a win at home to improve their position in the standings, United saw another first half lead slip away in 2-2 draw with Union

Below the red line in the Eastern Conference with 12 games remaining in their season, D.C. United could ill afford to drop any more points at home. And with the scheduling gods on their side, United had a run of four games at home to vault themselves up the standings and into a playoff position.

Three things we learned from D.C. United’s 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union

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United came from behind, but the bigger picture isn't great

It was kind of a mirror image of last week. Trailing late, D.C. United threw numbers forward and through force of will pulled out a late equalizer against the Philadelphia Union, drawing 2-2. Taylor Kemp had a Goal of the Week contender that capped a 60-yard solo run before Tranquillo Barnetta scored a ridiculous free kick.

D.C. United salvage a draw with a last gasp equalizer versus the Philadelphia Union

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On the verge of a season crushing defeat, Steve Birnbaum headed home in the 4th minute of stoppage time in a 2-2 draw

For the second week in a row, D.C. United wasted a first half lead, and for the second week in a row, the Black-and-Red had to settle for a lone point at home, this time in a 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union.

Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo lead USWNT to 1-0 Olympic victory over France

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The US seized control of Group H with a narrow win over a French side they may meet again in the final

Despite being outplayed throughout the first half, the United States managed to see off France thanks to Carli Lloyd's 63rd minute goal today in Belo Horizonte. The USWNT managed the game's only goal after some fine work from Tobin Heath, whose shot crashed off the post, teeing up Lloyd for the finish from three yards out.

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

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The Black-and-Red will be looking to beat Philly for the first time this season tonight at RFK

Last week, D.C. United did a lot right, playing both more effectively and more attractively than they have in quite a while. However, the Black-and-Red saw a handful of players miss a handful of chances and couldn't seal the deal, with a late Montreal goal making the good performance still feel like a loss.

USA vs. France: 2016 Olympics TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup, and gamethread

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The USWNT face easily their toughest opponent in the group stage today against France.

Although soccer started earlier this week—the USWNT cruised to a 2-0 win over New Zealand to begin their tournament—last night's opening ceremonies have truly turned all eyes to these Olympics. And, somewhat appropriately as the games get started in earnest, the U.

United States vs. France 2016 Olympics: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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The biggest matchup of the group stages kicks off at 4pm this afternoon.

The United States Women's National Team got off to a good start in their quest to claim a fifth Olympic gold medal, seeing off New Zealand 2-0 three days ago. This being an international tournament, of course, the turn-around is quick, and they'll face likely their sternest test of the group stage this afternoon when they'll meet France.

Opposition 11: The Philadelphia Union’s likely starting lineup to face D.C. United

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Despite the flurry of recent moves, the Union are going to field a familiar group tonight

Just under a month ago, D.C. United got crushed by the Philadelphia Union. The 3-0 scoreline that day doesn't even begin to describe the gulf between the teams back on July 9th, as the Union took total control from the first minute and didn't waver until the full time whistle.

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

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United will have to solve a Union team that has shut them out twice if they're to get a much-needed victory

Heading into D.C. United's last game, the talk was all about how the Black-and-Red needed to take full advantage of a four-game homestand. Tonight against the Philadelphia Union, that feeling is more acute.

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

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We agree: it's time to get a win, damn it.

Not even a month after their last meeting, D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union face each other again tomorrow, this time at RFK Stadium.

United looked generally good last week against the Montreal Impact but couldn't keep it together in the end, and they surely hope both to have another strong performance this week and actually make it count.

Andrea Mancini spotted training...with the New York Cosmos?

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Some surprising news out of another team's camp on Thursday.

It started with an observation by the folks at This is Cosmos Country:

Also at #NYCosmos training today was Andrea Mancini of DC United and Mancini fame.

— CosmosCountryPodcast (@TICCPod) August 4, 2016

This has to be wrong.

What We Must Become: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 5 August 2016

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Ben goes Zen. Neymar goes wide. Nigeria goes standby.

D.C. in August. Hot. Muggy. Empty offices. Long lunches. And the Red Line f--kin shut down [ed. note - It's the Red Line, so swearing is appropriate].

'This is who we are,' D.C. United coach says, but is it good enough | Washington Post: Ben Olsen makes the case that we're really, really going to start attacking maybe, with this new lineup.

Richmond Kickers take down defending USL champs Rochester Rhinos

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A dazzling free kick nabs the Kickers' 5th league win in a row

The Richmond Kickers traveled north Wednesday night to face defending USL champions Rochester Rhinos, both teams on thirty-two points going into the match. When these teams met in April, Richmond triumphed 1-0 at City Stadium with a Yudai Imura goal.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 22: Make some moves

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This week's Power Rankings leaves us wondering who will make the moves necessary to make a run during the month of August.

Week 22 was the week that saw the pack bunch up a bit, as we now have 11 teams in MLS over the 30 point mark, with 10 of those teams separated by only 8 points. FC Dallas, the top team this week, is 6 points clear of 2nd place Colorado, but the Rapids also have 3 games in hand on Dallas.

Filibuster podcast episode 194: Turned up on my own grammar

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The guys break down a good but bad performance.

Filibuster is back yet again to fill that gap in your ears. Adam and Jason fly mano-a-mano to break down D.C. United's 1-1 draw with the Montreal Impact. We talk about how we felt about the game, whether this looked more like a 4-3-3 than a 4-1-4-1, and the performance of Patrick Mullins.

USWNT eases to 2016 Olympics with a 2-0 win over New Zealand

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Goals from Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan handed the US victory in a physical Olympic opener

The United States is the clear favorite to take the gold medal in the 2016 Olympics, and tonight in Belo Horizonte they got off to a good start. The USWNT cruised to a fairly straightforward 2-0 victory over a physical, but ultimately limited, New Zealand side.

USA vs. New Zealand: 2016 Olympics TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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The USWNT look to start their push for a fifth gold medal on the right foot.

Tonight, the most dominant force in its sport will start their campaign to add to their record-setting all-time medal haul. The United States Women's National Team kick off against New Zealand tonight in Belo Horizonte in search of their fifth Olympic gold medal.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Community/Site Player Ratings

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We wrap up the weekend action and unveil your votes.

D.C. United returned back to RFK Stadium after a winless road jaunt through July and, like a lot of other times in 2016, had three or four changes from the previous game's lineup, which, considering the previous game's lineup saw them get thumped 4-1, this game, a 1-1 draw with a Montreal Impact side which featured Didier Drogba, Ignacio Piatti and Laurent Ciman to name several others, and dominate most of the action during it?

USWNT’s newly confident Crystal Dunn is poised for a breakout at the Olympics

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Free from past anxiety, the Washington Spirit attacker feels she's at her best heading into Rio 2016

Last year could have defined Crystal Dunn. In April, Dunn missed out on a spot on the U.S. women's national team roster by a margin as small as her five-foot frame. But Dunn responded: her fifteen goals in the NWSL last year were nearly half of the Washington Spirit's total on the season.

United States vs. New Zealand 2016 Olympics: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USWNT starts their pursuit of a fifth gold medal today against a physical, determined New Zealand side

There have been five previous women's soccer competitions in Olympic history, and the United States has won four gold medals. The one time they didn't bring home the gold, in 2000, they still took the silver after taking the final against Norway to extra time.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Who run the world? USWNT!

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The Olympics are here! We got the USWNT in action, Real Madrid-Bayern Munich, Bedoya possibly moving stateside, and Argentina tries to woo back Messi in today's Freedom Kicks

What up world! It's 7:00 in the Ay-Em and we're just counting down the hours until the USWNT begin their quest to get their 4th straight gold medal at the Olympics (6:00pm, NBCSN).

Estefania Banini is the NWSL player of the month for July

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The Washington Spirit's top goalscorer earned some league-wide plaudits

Estefania Banini, who spent most of the 2015 season injured and began the 2016 season as one of a cadre of forwards all vying for minutes on the front line, has been named the NWSL player of the month for July by the NWSL Media Association.

Fantasy Focus: Very nice, Lamps

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Be champions.

We all suddenly trust our captors, as Stockholm Syndrome led the round with 99 points. Captain Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $13.4) scored 32 points on a goal and two assists. Frank Lampard (NYC, $10.6) scored a hat trick and 17 points, and Justin Morrow (TOR, $8.0) posted a clean sheet and 9 points.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: The cursed children

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Okay fine no one is cursed.

I'm still working through a lot of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child thoughts, but ok ok here are some soccer links for you today.

U.S. Soccer finalizing October friendly vs. Ghana in D.C. - sources - ESPN FC
Gimme it.

Armchair Analyst: Lodeiro leaves a mark, Kreis's 1st win & more from Wk.

Andrew Dykstra’s first start for Richmond Kickers sees big win over Red Bulls II

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A dramatic late goal secures three points against a tough New York team

Andrew Dykstra returned to the Richmond lineup for the first time this season and played a big role in a big win for the Kickers. Luke Mishu and Miguel Aguilar joined the starting eleven as well, and Chris Durkin came on late in the game to earn a valuable few minutes on the pitch during Richmond's 2-1 victory.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Player Ratings Form

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You get to chime in on the stars or the bars from last night.

On the surface, 16 shots, 61% possession, having 50% more passes than their opponent, this, this is a weird place of feeling for D.C. United fans. More still, seeing those numbers, and a 1-1 draw against a Montreal Impact team with Didier Drogba, Ignacio Piatti and Laurent Ciman all starting?

Monday Freedom Kicks: French Squander-y

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Recaps, profiles, and Dennis Reynolds may be a serial killer.

Hi. I'm still catching up from the weekend, but as a cinema PSA, allow me to heartily endorse Hunt for the Wilderpeople. A New Zealand kid flees to the countryside with his Uncle, played by Sam Neill (from Jurassic Park). I see a crapton of movies, and this may be the one I've enjoyed myself at most this year.

D.C. United pegged back late in 1-1 draw with 10-man Montreal Impact

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After Didier Drogba was sent off late, Hernan Bernardello smashed home an equalizer for the Impact to cancel out Patrick Mullins first goal for United

D.C. United looked all set to get back to winning ways late in the game against the Montreal Impact at RFK Stadium. Patrick Mullins, in his first start for D.

Three things we learned from D.C. United’s 1-1 draw with the Montreal Impact

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Gut reactions from the draw that was almost a win.

D.C. United was held 1-1 tonight against the Montreal Impact in what the scoreline indicates was a typical DC match. It was anything but. Patrick Mullins and Hernan Bernadello scored, Didier Drogba got red carded, and this is what we learned.