Black and Red United Archives for January 2016

Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars TV/streaming info, lineup, previews, prediction, and gamethread

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The Spirit are one win away from a trip to Houston for the 2016 NWSL championship

After ending the season on a negative note, losing the last two games and missing out on the NWSL Shield, the Washington Spirit face the Chicago Red Stars tonight in the first NWSL semifinal of 2016. The season series between the sides is split, with Chicago winning just last week.

D.C. United salaries as of Sept. 15 revealed

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The MLSPU releases the list to little DCU surprise.

The MLS Player's Union released the list of player salaries as of September 15. Notable midseason additions to the list include Alejandro Bedoya of the Philadelphia Union ($1,166,254 guaranteed compensation) and Nicolas Lodeiro of the Seattle Sounders ($1,743,428.

Filibuster podcast episode 203: Black market Turkish razors

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Two podcasts in one week?!

Earlier in the week, you got Jason and Adam, and for your Friday episode of Filibuster you get Jason and Ben! The two first talk about D.C. United's 3-0 victory over the Columbus Crew SC, and we first talk about the excellent play of D.C. United's two center backs.

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

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Plus: an important question about fall.

Look, it's been a busy week. Insert your own intro here, because we're just gonna get straight to the predictions. D.C. United are coming for you, Toronto!

Ben Bromley

Third game in seven days against the top team in the Eastern Conference.

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

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In their first-ever home NWSL playoff game, the Spirit host the Chicago Red Stars

The Washington Spirit will host its first-ever home semifinal tonight as the team looks to beat the Chicago Red Stars and advance from the semifinals for the first time. It's the second consecutive match between the two sides, after a loss in Chicago loss last Saturday meant the Spirit missed out on the NWSL Shield.

Is there a little coffee in that deal for me? D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 30 September 2016

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Coffee in that deal? Hmm?

Let's get started with some tweety tweets before the linky links, yo. Dave Kasper says the excitement from the last couple weeks is intentional:

#DCU offense

GM Dave Kasper sits down to talk new acquisitions, building an attack & creating an identity.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 30: The pack closes in

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5 teams are within striking distance of the Supporters Shield leaders in this week's Power Rankings.

Week 30 saw several teams start to put some pressure on FC Dallas in the race for the Supporters Shield. While Dallas still enjoys a 5 point lead over the rest of the pack with 3 matches to play, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, LA Galaxy and the Colorado Rapids all have 48 points and are easily within striking distance.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew ratings form

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Your votes on a Black-and-Red winning streak are now open.

D.C. United increased their chances of making the playoffs from 53% to 79% according to Inonit, and their 3-0 win may have started off rough but ended just sublimely.

And with that, I'll turn things over quickly to you fine folks for your votes.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew GIFs

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We look at animated internet files which caught our fancy.

Well if you're going to start your first win streak of the season, might wait until games 30 and 31 of the regular season to do it, right? Well, that's what D.C. United did, as they started slowly but finished off Columbus Crew SC in a 3-0 win on an overcast weeknight at RFK.

Strong second half against Crew puts D.C. United on cusp of playoffs

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After a sluggish opening 45, United responded in force in the 2nd half, scoring thrice against the Crew to put distance between themselves and the New England Revolution

The win for D.C. United on Saturday over Orlando City was crucial. United could have ill-afforded anything but three points against the Lions.

Second half onslaught for United in 3-0 win over Crew

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Lloyd Sam opened the scoring in the second half, before Lamar Neagle and Alvaro Saborio confirmed win late

D.C. United won the back to back games for the first time this season, beating Columbus Crew SC 3-0 on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. Four days after a season altering win over Orlando City, United finally broke through in the second half, as Lloyd Sam scored the eventual game winner in the 71st minute.

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

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United faces a desperate Crew side that has two straight wins

Over the weekend, D.C. United logged a huge win at home, but they're in no position to put their feet up. Tonight against Columbus Crew SC, the Black-and-Red will have to carry on with their good form at RFK Stadium or risk undoing all the good that 4-1 thrashing of Orlando did.

Opposition 11: Who will the Columbus Crew start against D.C. United?

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Columbus probably won't rotate their squad despite having played on Sunday

Normally, the Columbus Crew would have to make some major changes to their lineup to face D.C. United. They played Sunday night, leaving less than 72 hours between the end of one game and the start of another. They'll also have to take a flight in that timeframe.

Washington Spirit's Jim Gabarra up for NWSL Coach of the Year

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Gabarra is the Spirit's lone representative on the league's awards ballot

Washington Spirit head coach Jim Gabarra, in his first year with the club, is up for the NWSL's Coach of the Year award for 2016. Gabarra is joined by Portland Thorns boss Mark Parsons, the man he replaced at the Soccerplex, and Western New York Flash coach Paul Riley.

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

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United could finally get a winning streak going tonight against the Crew

Fans were justifiably delighted with D.C. United brushing Orlando aside over the weekend, but tonight against the Columbus Crew, they'll be looking to start their first winning streak of 2016. More importantly, there's the playoff positioning angle: United could jump into 5th place with some help, while the Crew more or less cannot afford to lose this game if they want to maintain any illusions of a postseason berth.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Vamos D.C.

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Big Sam and England split, Dempsey done for the year, Martino heads to Atlanta, Bob Bradley speaks with Swansea, and Qatar setting up tent cities for the World Cup. Happy United Day...it's your Wednesday Freedom Kicks!

Happy United Day folks! Today sees many teams in MLS involved in league action or CONCACAF Champions League play.

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

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We've got playoffs in our sights and high hopes for a Wednesday night win.

It's one of those weeks, folks: multiple games, lots o' predictions, and the hope that United can see things through with results.

Just a few days after the fun against Orlando, the Black-and-Red face Columbus Crew SC tomorrow at RFK, and as is true of every game left in this season, this one has serious playoff implications.

Fantasy Focus: Two ends of the spectrum

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They're two of a kind.

Every team this week scored under 90 points this round, save just one — South Carolina SC, which scored 100 points to lead. David Villa (NYC, $12.5) wore the armband, assisted one goal, scored two more, and put up 36 points to lead the way by a good margin. Behind him, Ola Kamara (CLB, $9.

Filibuster podcast episode 202: We can’t hide our insults

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Ben is too busy smoking delicious foodstuffs on his grill to join the podcast, so it is just Jason and Adam for the first of two episodes this week. First, the pair break down D.C. United's satisfying 4-1 victory over Orlando City SC, including discussing Taylor Kemp's great game, United playing direct and attacking without going Route 1, and how different this team is than the D.

No one in MLS is scoring as often as D.C. United is right now

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Over the past two months, DCU has been irresistible going forward

As you've no doubt noticed, D.C. United has been scoring a lot of goals recently. The Black-and-Red are on a five-game streak of scoring at least two goals per game, and have scored ten in their last two home games. United has an article about this phenomenon on the team site, where they note that no one has more goals than DC since Patrick Mullins came over via trade.

D.C. United vs. Orlando City Community/Site Player Ratings

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We unveil the ratings, and vote 'Hot' or 'Not' on the team's play.

Heading into a night where D.C. United was playing an apparently increasing minted rival in Orlando City SC in a game they needed to win, and on a night where the Black-and-Red saw more people in RFK to watch club soccer for the first time easily in several years, D.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: #hairwatch #pulisick #brand

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#hashtag

Y'all, it's a long week already. We're getting straight to the soccer.

D.C. United's Marcelo Sarvas sidelined several weeks with knee injury | The Washington Post
Buried in this article, Nicky D talks about the very important issue of his hair (or lack thereof).

Diego Valeri: Portland Thorns superfan | FourFourTwo
This is a lovely story.

Richmond Kickers fall on the road to Wilmington Hammerheads

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With the loss, the Kickers will have to face Louisville City FC in the playoffs

The Richmond Kickers ended their regular season campaign with a loss on the road in Wilmington, North Carolina. With a record of 12-9-9 on the year, the Kickers finished with forty-five points and seventh in the table.

D.C. United versus Columbus Crew SC lineup: Does Ben Olsen rotate his lineup?

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Ben Olsen doesn't have many choices to make for Wednesday's game

D.C. United is now in the middle of three games in seven days, a stretch that would normally presage some serious rotation in Ben Olsen's lineup. I think there will be less rotation than normal, for two reasons: the first is that, due to injuries, there isn't as much that Olsen can do with his lineup; the second is that there is an international break right after United's match against Toronto FC, so there will be two weeks between games after this three in seven stretch.

D.C. United vs. Orlando City GIFs

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We look at the moments in animated files that entertained us.

D.C. United had to come out of RFK Stadium with 3 points over Orlando City SC in order to have any sort of place in a discussion about a red line and their place above or below it. And things started nervy but ultimately they did what they had to do in order to secure three points in a 4-1 win over the Lions from the land of Florida.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Buesch-wacked

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Recaps of the weekend and events for D.C. United and the Washington Spirit, updates on some D.C. players

You know what's fun? A win, over a particularly obnoxious opponent, with a full house and then some. THAT'S fun.

Recaps of D.C. United's 4-1 win over Orlando City SC from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here), Goal.

Washington Spirit will face Chicago Red Stars in NWSL semifinal

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After losing to Chicago on Saturday night, the Spirit will get a rematch at home this Friday

The Washington Spirit had the opportunity to secure the NWSL Shield, awarded to the regular season champions, last night against the Chicago Red Stars but the Spirit fell 3-1 in its final regular season match.

In pressure situation, United respond with resounding win

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United's 4-1 win over Orlando was important, but there's still work to be done to make the 2016 playoffs

Last night wasn't quite do or die for D.C. United against Orlando City SC. A loss or a draw against their playoff rivals would not have eliminated the Black-and-Red from playoff contention, but it surely would have dented United's hopes, and made the final four games a sweat to end the season.

Five thoughts on D.C. United’s win over Orlando City

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Taylor Kemp, central midfield, and OCSC's issues are all up for discussion

There have been a few big nights or important periods of time for D.C. United, and the returns have been, like much of this 2016 season, iffy at best. That season-opening trip to Queretaro? 70 surprisingly good minutes followed by 20 that left United with little chance of making a statement in CONCACAF.

D.C. United vs. Orlando City Player Ratings Form

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You get the chance to weigh in on the highs and lows from last night.

D.C. United needed to get a result against Orlando City SC Saturday night to improve their chances of their third straight postseason appearance (and 4th of their last 5 seasons) drastically, and with a 4-1 win over the Lions, they got just that.

Poor defense dooms Washington Spirit to 3-1 loss at Chicago Red Stars

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Dunn scored her second goal of the season but Chicago's two first half goals make the difference

The Washington Spirit came into Chicago with a chance to secure the NWSL Shield against the Red Stars tonight, but the Spirit dug themselves into a three-goal hole. Crystal Dunn's second half goal couldn't make up the deficit, with the Spirit closing the regular season on a losing note.

D.C. United roar back into playoff position with 4-1 win over Orlando City

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Patrick Mullins scored twice as the Black-and-Red won their most important game of the season to this point

After only picking up two points on their recent three game road trip, D.C. United needed all three points on Saturday night against Orlando City to get themselves back into a playoff spot with four games remaining in the season.

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

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It's only the biggest game of the year for both United and OCSC

At some point this season, D.C. United and Orlando City will play more important games than tonight's match at RFK Stadium. One or both of these teams will face a game that must be won to stay alive in the playoff race, or a game where three points would clinch a postseason berth.

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

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Banini returns from injury and with a win, the Spirit clinch the NWSL Shield

The Washington Spirit face the Chicago Red Stars in what will be the final regular-season game for both sides. The Spirit can secure the NWSL Shield - given to the top team in the regular season - with a win tonight.

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

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Anything less than a win today spells trouble for United

There's no hiding the fact that, for both D.C. United and Orlando City, tonight's game is the most important of the season. With five games to go, both clubs are outside the MLS playoff picture thanks in part due to the New England Revolution's recent slasher movie villain-esque return from the dead and in part due to some pretty unimpressive form.

D.C. United fans’ guide & open thread for MLS Week 29: what to watch and who to root for

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Everything you need to know for the action outside of RFK Stadium. It all kicks of Friday night at Yankee Stadium

Oh, my fellow D.C. United fans, you did it. Sure there's some help from military appreciation day, the weather, a fun-to-watch team scrapping for a playoff spot and the long layoff between home games.

D.C. United vs. Orlando City SC staff and reader predictions

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There may or may not be Hamilton lyrics in this post. (There are.)

Guys, I still have an Orlando magnet from when I was at a game last summer and we found the magnet on our rental car afterwards. Never did decide what to do with it (most suggestions were "burn it"). Is this the week I destroy it once and for all?

Opposition 11: Who will start for Orlando City against D.C. United?

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Believe it or not, Antonio Nocerino could be a major factor tomorrow

Somehow, it's late September and D.C. United has yet to meet Orlando City SC, a fellow Eastern Conference foe. The vagaries of MLS scheduling are beyond the scope of this column, though, so let's not dwell on how odd that is.

A Rash of Uniteds: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 23 September 2016

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Did you know the collective noun for a group of Uniteds is a rash?

Next week is the 29th anniversary of the release of Strangeways, Here We Come. Can you believe it?

D.C. United "An Opponent That Never Gives Up" | Orlando City Soccer Club: True this.

Pride Pub: Orlando City at D.

Saprissa set to make offer for Alvaro Saborio for 2017

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The Costa Rica side says they want him.

Following on the news last month that D.C. United forward Alvaro Saborio was keen on returning to Costa Rica to play for Saprissa (where his professional career began), now comes word that Saprissa's President Juan Carlos Rojas will begin formal negotiations to bring Saborio back to La S.

Report: Werder Bremen interested in Steve Birnbaum

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Another Bundesliga side throws its hat into the ring for the defender

Teams in Israel have been pursuing D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum for some time now, and earlier today Paul Tenorio not only mentioned that Maccabi Tel Aviv continues their interest, but he also reported that Germany Bundesliga club Werder Bremen apparently has Birnbaum on the radar.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 29: Draw happy

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Pens and pencils everywhere were happy at the amount of drawing teams did in this week's Power Rankings.

We have officially reached crunch time in the MLS season. With only 5 weeks left in the season, there isn't a lot of time left for teams to state their case for making the playoffs. Some teams have games in hand and some only have 4 left.

D.C. United stadium, NASL, and playoff odds: Freedom Kicks for 22 September 2016

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Soccer, go!

There's always a lot of soccer news to digest, and today is no different. Let's jump right in.

Buzzard Point Stadium Construction Photo Update - Black And Red United: For all the worryworts and naysayers out there, here is proof that there is actual, measurable work being doing towards a stadium at Buzzard Point.

Have a look at D.C. United’s player ratings in FIFA 17

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From Bill Hamid to Collin Martin, we look at the home team's ratings in the game

EA Sports releases FIFA 17 on Tuesday, September 27th, and the FIFA Ultimate Team player database is now available, showing ratings for every player in the game. It should come as no surprise that players like Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa, and Andrea Pirlo are the highest rated MLS players, but how do DCU's players rate?

D.C. United versus Orlando City lineup: Trying to claw into the playoffs

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D.C. United needs every point possible

D.C. United comes into the final bend of the season needing points, and lots of them, to try and get into the playoffs. Since this feature last ran, the team and settled into a new lineup, moving away from the 4-4-2 and into a 4-1-4-1 with Patrick Mullins leading the line.

Perry Kitchen named team captain for Heart of Midlothian

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PK rising the ranks of Scottish club hierarchy

Six months after midfielder Perry Kitchen left D.C. United to sign for Scottish Premiership side Heart of Midlothian F.C., now comes word that coach Robbie Neilson has appointed Kitchen team captain for the 2016/17 season, the first American in Hearts history to hold the role, and replaces defender Alim Ozturk as armband-wearer.

Filibuster podcast episode 201: Easy on the life

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It is a supersize episode of Filibuster for you to enjoy!

Filibuster is back and sounding delightful in your ears! Jason, Adam, and Ben (who finally fixed his audio problems) are back to talk about D.C. United's late late draw with the Chicago Fire. We talk about the late goals and how surprisingly lackluster United's midfield trio of Marcelo Sarvas, Luciano Acosta, and Rob Vincent were.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Run the jewels

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Iceland not in FIFA 17, MLS trying to secure Christian Pulisic later, Ballon d'Or leaves FIFA and Yaya's agent and Pep Guardiola go at it. Wake up...it's your Wednesday Freedom Kicks!

What up world. It's Wednesday morning and it's a beautiful day filled with La Liga action and EFL Cup contests.

Luciano Acosta named to MLS 24 Under 24

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United's 22-year-old playmaker is officially among the best young players in the league.

D.C. United fans have known for most of 2016 that Luciano Acosta is a special player. We saw flashes when he was being used out-of-position as a second forward in a 442 to start the year, and any doubts have been laid to rest since Ben Olsen retooled his system around the 22-year-old Argentine.

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

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We look at Friday's game and wonder if the coasting is the last lesson left for this team to learn.

D.C. United was in the position of needing points, again, and trying to get 3 in one setting, again, an environment where they had done so only 1 time before in 19 games. It looked for a long time like they weren't going to get even one point, despite starting somewhat well.

Fantasy Focus: Rowe Your Oats

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One man scores 18 points in one round after scoring 18 over three rounds.

Just one team hit the century mark this round, and it was Leister City FC leading the league for the second consecutive week, this time with 100 points. Nicolas Lodeiro (SEA, $12.3) scored an armband-aided 26 points with an assist to lead the team, followed by Ethan Finlay (CLB, $10.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Get your #DosACero hashtags ready

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And then also put on your musical theater casting director hat.

Greetings on this fine Tuesday, friends. How are we all today? I'm currently making my way through an entire bag of cough drops whose wrappers have "pep talks" on them like "Fire up those engines!" and "Turn 'can do' into 'can did'!

Richmond Kickers fall to old rivals Charleston Battery

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2-1 loss ends any chances of home field advantage during USL playoffs

The Richmond Kickers had hopes of hosting a playoff match, but those were dashed after falling 2-1 to the Charleston Battery Saturday night. It was the first time the Kickers lost at home since May 28th. The final game at City Stadium in 2016 saw Richmond go ahead early from a penalty kick, but Charleston roared back in the second half to steal the win.

“Happy and healthy” Joanna Lohman excelling for the Washington Spirit

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The Silver Spring, Md. native is having a career year in the Spirit midfield

Joanna Lohman wasn't the player expected to score the Washington Spirit's first two home goals of the season. Lohman, the Spirit's oldest player, had scored four goals total in the three seasons prior while being a gritty presence in the midfield.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Cardiac Capitalinos

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Recaps from Friday night, Donald Trump at a D.C. game (but not really), and a mariachi national anthem.

Well that was interesting Friday night, wasn't it? Goals in stoppage time in the last 3 weeks, 2 points. There you go. Please vote when you have some time.

Oh, and for those who didn't see it, this AMAZING rendition of the anthem Friday night:

¿Te perdiste esta magnífica rendición del Himno de Estados Unidos ?

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

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Your votes on the best and worst of Friday are open.

D.C United continues to not go down without a fight on the road lately, this time to the Chicago Fire, and this time as a result of a 2-2 draw that the Black-and-Red hustled to claim over the course of the last half hour. DCU has only lost 1 since the beginning of August, but the number of draws remains problematic.

D.C. United fans’ guide to MLS Week 28: what to watch and who to root for, plus an open thread

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From Seattle to New York, Colorado to Toronto, we tell you what results this weekend will most help the Black-and-Red's playoff push

Ben Olsen may have said it best in the run-up to D.C. United's 2-2 road draw against the Chicago Fire on Friday — there's not really any point to gaming out the final six weeks of the Major League Soccer season at this point.

D.C United vs. Chicago Fire GIFs

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We look back at a (yet another) crazy night in Illinois.

Nothing like a night where D.C. United score yet another goal in stoppage time that leads to a 2-2 draw, this time over the Chicago Fire, and this time on the road. So let's take a look at what occurred in the game through my tiny eyes, shall we?

D.C. United does it again, scoring in stoppage time to secure a draw against the Chicago Fire

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For the second straight road game, United scored a last-gasp goal to give themselves a point

Once again, D.C. United entered second half stoppage time trailing by a goal on the road. Once again, they managed to score that goal, with Bobby Boswell's 92nd minute header handing the Black-and-Red a 2-2 draw against the Chicago Fire.

Three things we learned from D.C. United’s disappointing 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire

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In a game that D.C. United badly needed, they came up frustratingly short

In a game that D.C. United desperately needed, the came up short. After scoring a goal off of an indirect free kick to open the game, they gave up two goals in quick succession; despite another late goal to tie the game, they came up short of the full three points.

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

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D.C. United is under pressure to have another good result against the Chicago Fire.

If it feels like D.C. United just played the Chicago Fire, its because, well, they did. United will hope to have some of the same luck they had the last game, when the beat the Fire 6-2. They also really need the three points that this game can provide, as they should be able to beat one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

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

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David Accam is the main threat for the home side tonight

Tonight, D.C. United faces a Chicago Fire team that has, at long last, truly settled on a formation. Veljko Paunovic has always seemed like he'd prefer to play 4231, but spent much of the season rotating through most of the range of formations seen in the modern game.

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

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Without Sean Franklin, United needs someone to step up to extend their eight-game unbeaten run against Chicago

On paper, D.C. United should be facing one of their easiest remaining games of the season tonight against the Chicago Fire. The Fire are currently not in last place in MLS only due to a tiebreaker, and their record at Toyota Park features more draws (six) than wins (five).

Profile-ific: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 16 September 2016

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Profiles of Vincent, Igboananike, and Birnbaum are just some of the highlights of today's Friday Freedom Kicks.

Today is National Guacamole Day.

Check out what D.C. United's new stadium will look like | FOX Sports: There will be parklets. You will adore them. You will want parklets in your backyard and at your place of work.

Richmond Kickers battle Charlotte Independence to a 0-0 draw

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Two goals called back kept Richmond from securing three vital points

The Richmond Kickers saw their prospects for a home playoff game dwindle Wednesday as they drew 0-0 against Charlotte Independence at City Stadium. With both teams seeking the top four spot required to host a playoff game, the game was chippy but also low on mistakes.

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

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But more importantly: La Croix.

Last time D.C. United went up against the Chicago Fire, they turned in a resounding 6-2 win. Granted, that was at home, but even on the road this week, is it too much to hope for three points again?

The Black-and-Red could certainly use the win. With so few games left in the season, every one is important for a team that's currently out of playoff contention.

Filibuster podcast episode 200: Don't think too hard, just enjoy it

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Somehow they haven't shut us down after 200 episodes

It is our 200th episode! Jason, Ben, and Adam are here to bring you the 200th installment of Filibuster by talking about D.C. United's miraculous 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls. We talk about the comeback and the wing play of Lloyd Sam, Patrick Nyarko, and Lamar Neagle, before breaking down how the central midfield did without Luciano Acosta and raving about how much of a weapon Steve Birnbaum has become on set pieces.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 28: Action packed

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Balls were hitting the net at a tremendous rate in this week's Power Rankings.

Week 28 had 12 matches coming off the international window, and teams did not hesitate to put their best foot forward. In a week that saw the opening of the NFL as well as week 2 of college football, there were plenty of reasons to put the local MLS match on.

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

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We show off the votes and get happy about the future for a second.

Soccer is a weird game, isn't it? D.C. United just could not score at Red Bull Arena, for a long time in fact. Since eliminating the New York Red Bulls at RBA in 2012, D.C. United had scored 1 goal in 7 games in New Jersey. That's 1 more than I've scored, for Pete's Sake!

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Dallas does it

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Dallas wins the U.S. Open Cup, Champions League begins in Europe, MLS expansion draft changes are announced, and the Spirit announce their home playoff date. Rise up...it's your Freedom Kicks!

Morning everyone! We are back at it on this Wednesday morning. First off, congrats to FC Dallas, your 2016 Lamar Hunt U.

Richmond Kickers suffer first loss since July at Louisville City

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Heroics from Andrew Dykstra not enough to stave off Louisville attack

The Richmond Kickers' ten match unbeaten streak was broken on the road in Louisville Saturday night. A stagnant offense resulted in eighteen shots from Louisville to just one from Richmond. Though two shots on goal slipped by him, Andrew Dykstra made several crucial saves to keep Richmond in the game.

Washington Spirit announce home NWSL playoff date

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The Spirit will play their first-ever home playoff game on September 30th

The Washington Spirit announced today the team's NWSL playoff semifinal will be played on Friday, September 30 at 8pm. The Spirit clinched home-field advantage last Wednesday but their opponent is still to be determined.

Former MLS referee diagnosed with Huntington’s

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Terry Vaughn is in for a battle.

Terry Vaughn is a former MLS referee who worked several high profile events through the years, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup, FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007 and CONCACAF Champions League in 2009 and 2010 before his dismissal from U.S. Soccer at the end of 2011.

Fantasy Focus: Two Saints

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Nobody comes close.

By just one point, Leister City FC squeaked out the lead this round, scoring 141 points. Giovani dos Santos (LA, $12.1) was responsible for more than half of that, scoring an armband-aided 74 points on the strength of four goals and three assists over two games. Trailing him by a wide margin were Joao Plata (RSL, $9.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: We gonna let it burn, burn, burn

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Unless the Revolution win, and then just kidding.

Welcome to Tuesday Freedom Kicks, folks. It's lovely to see all of you here. Shall we get to the soccer?

Abby Wambach: I abused alcohol, prescription drugs for years
Yeah, so this dropped yesterday.

3 things USMNT fans need to know in MLS this week (9/5-11) - Stars and Stripes FC
Billy Ham, he's our man!

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

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We break out the voting form from yesterday's wild one.

D.C. United was on its way to getting shut out, again, at Red Bull Arena to the New York Red Bulls. Since a goal from Nick DeLeon in the 36th minute of an August 31, 2013 game in New Jersey, D.C. hadn't scored since. 593 minutes over 5 and a half matches, until Steven Birnbaum's 89th minute one snapped the streak, and Lamar Neagle's stoppage-time tying effort gave D.

Washington Spirit fall 2-0 to Seattle Reign

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With a Spirit loss and a Thorns win, the Spirit will need to wait until the last week to clinch NWSL Shield

The Washington Spirit fell 2-0 to the Seattle Reign at Memorial Stadium on Sunday night, leaving the Spirit to wait until the last week of the season to determine whether or not the team will win its first-ever NWSL Shield.

Monday Freedom Kicks: The name's Plissken!

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Recaps of the Escape from New York Jersey, partner club news, updates on former (and future?) Designated Players, and chocolate choo-choos.

Hi. I left to go to a birth class at 2-0, and it ended 2-2. You welcome, family.

Recaps of D.C. United's wild draw with the New York Red Bulls from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here), and the Washington Post.

D.C. United reportedly to begin negotiations with Boca Juniors for Luciano Acosta

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Time to pull out the checkbook, Mr. Thohir

Just before D.C. United game against the New York Red Bulls, United fans got a welcome bit of good news, per the Washington Post's Steve Goff:

D.C. United has begun talks w Boca Juniors to retain MF @LuchoAcosta94, who is on loan.

D.C. United stages “Escape From New York” in 2-2 draw with NY Red Bulls

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An amazing late show gives United the Atlantic Cup

D.C. United looked down and out, as the New York Red Bulls held a deserved 2-0 lead late in the game. Luis Robles had barely been tested, and it looked for all the world like the Black-and-Red were in danger of falling further behind in the playoff race.

Three things we learned from D.C. United’s dramatic 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls

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When you have a story pre-written and have to change all of it in stoppage time, but you don't really mind because we didn't lose to the Metros.

D.C. United continued their cardiac stoppage time ways this afternoon, coming back from a two-goal deficit late to hold the New York Red Bulls to a 2-2 draw.

Washington Spirit vs. Seattle Reign NWSL live stream 2016: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The Spirit could clinch the NWSL Shield tonight in its second game against Seattle this week

After the drama of Wednesday night's Spirit vs. Reign game, tonight's game seems calm even though there's an NWSL Shield at stake for the Washington Spirit while Seattle Reign FC face elimination from playoff contention.

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

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United has more on the line today than simply winning the Atlantic Cup

Today's Atlantic Cup finale between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls could see the Black-and-Red jump back into the playoff places with a win. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Red Bulls have not lost in 10 outings, and they've been particularly good at home all season long.

Washington Spirit vs. Seattle Reign FC: 3 Questions with Sounder at Heart

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Ahead of the Spirit's game at Seattle, we chat with Sounder at Heart

The Washington Spirit play the Seattle Reign on Sunday with a chance for the Spirit to clinch the NWSL Shield and eliminate the Reign from playoff contention. Black and Red Unitedchatted with Sounder at Heart writer Jacob Cristobal to prepare for Sunday night's match.

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

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Suspensions have left NYRB short-handed on the wings

Heading into D.C. United's game against the New York Red Bulls, there are plenty of angles to discuss. Since United last played, both Orlando City and the New England Revolution have won games (the Revs, shockingly, have done so twice). United has slipped to eight place as a result, and now face a team that hasn't lost in ten outings.

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

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United comes into the Atlantic Cup desperately needing points

D.C. United travels to Harrison, New Jersey, today to take on the New York Red Bulls in a game that they desperately need. Currently out of the playoffs, United need to make up ground on Orlando City SC, who play later today against the LA Galaxy.

Who should D.C. United choose to replace Luciano Acosta against the New York Red Bulls?

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Take our poll on what the Black-and-Red should do without their Argentine playmaker

Tomorrow's game looks like it'll be a tough one for D.C. United. The New York Red Bulls are unbeaten in 10 games, including two straight 1-0 wins. United's oldest rival is 10W-1D-2L at home this year, the second-best home record in MLS behind FC Dallas.

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

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Will the Black-and-Red claim this year's Atlantic Cup?

Believe it or not, the 2016 MLS season is quickly nearing its end—which also means it's time for the last game in the Atlantic Cup rivalry, aka the best rivalry, aka good god do we hate the New York Red Bulls.

But however much we may want a win for D.

Andrea Mancini released, joins New York Cosmos

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The son of former Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini is released by D.C. United after just one US Open Cup appearance

Andrea Mancini, an Italian midfielder who appeared just once with D.C. United in his first season with the club, has been released by the Black-and-Red. Mancini will now join the NASL's New York Cosmos, where he has effectively been on trial for a month (a development first reported by the This is Cosmos Country Podcast).

Washington Spirit players release statement about Rapinoe anthem dispute

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The Spirit disagree with owner Bill Lynch's decision to play the national anthem early

The Washington Spirit players collectively released a statement disagreeing with Spirit owner Bill Lynch's decision to play the anthem with both teams in the locker rooms. Lynch's decision denied Seattle Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe the opportunity to kneel during the anthem, a gesture planned in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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

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We chat with the Jersey Boys before Sunday's game.

The last leg of the Atlantic Cup gets underway Sunday and before that, we chatted with our friend Steve Toto at SB Nation's New York Red Bulls blog Once a Metro to get the latest skinny on the jerks from Jersey.

Black and Red United: With 3 games in 8 days, and Alex Muyl and Mike Grella out to accumulation suspensions Sunday, is there some kind of precedent for Jesse Marsch and player rotation with the Red Bulls that should be considered?

Cali Farquharson to miss rest of Washington Spirit season

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The rookie forward tore her ACL on Wednesday

Last night, the Washington Spirit clinched a home-field semifinal butunfortunately rookie Cali Farquharson won't be playing in it. The Spirit forward injured her knee two minutes into Wednesday's match, and the club confirmed yesterday that she suffered a torn ACL.

Redo-novan: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 9 September 2016

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Don't call it a comeback.

Welcome to Friday Freedom Kicks.

Preview | NY Red Bulls v. United | D.C. United: Here's DCU's preview of the big match, which we'll be playing without Luciano Acosta. It would have been fun to watch his footwork frazzle Dax McCarty.

September the Eleventh | First Touch: This weekend's game between D.

Spirit owner Bill Lynch's statement on Rapinoe's comments

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Megan Rapinoe called Spirit owner Bill Lynch homophobic. Lynch insists that the Spirit organization is "absolutely inclusive"

Washington Spirit owner Bill Lynch forcefully responded to Megan Rapinoe calling him "homophobic" after Wednesday night's game in an interview withthe Washington Post'sSteven Goff.

Rapinoe: Spirit anthem decision, statement "incredibly distasteful"

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A full transcript of Megan Rapinoe and Laura Harvey's post-game comments from last night's Washington Spirit game

As you've likely heard, last night's Washington Spirit game against Seattle Reign FC ended up being about much more than a simple soccer match. The Spirit opted to move the national anthem up by nearly 15 minutes, sparking a major backlash.

Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger called up for September USWNT matches

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The Washington Spirit stars are in the United States squad to face Thailand and the Netherlands

The United States women's national team is not having a victory tour after the Olympics did not end in, well, victory. However, they do have two upcoming friendlies against Thailand and the Netherlands, and the list of players called in by Jill Ellis unsurprisingly includes Crystal Dunn and Ali Krieger.

Landon Donovan, MLS Expansion Draft, and Alejandro Bedoya: Freedom Kicks for 8 September 2016

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Soccer go!

So in addition to all of the Megan Rapinoe/Washington Spirit news yesterday, other things have been happening in soccer as well. Let's have an early afternoon Thursday Freedom Kicks!

MLS source: ‘There will be an Expansion Draft.' - Brotherly Game: Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh. I hate expansion drafts.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 27: Playing the breaks

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The MLS Power Rankings don't stop for international duty!

While most of the world were on break for the FIFA international fixture window, MLS said that the window would be a great place to put Week 27 of the 2016 season. 12 teams saw action while 8 were given the week off. And though many teams were shorthanded with their stars playing for their national teams, we saw some surprising results over the course of the weekend.

Last night's Washington Spirit game got really weird

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When two weather delays, two penalty kicks, and the Spirit clinching a home semifinal were all overshadowed

Before Wednesday night's game, the Washington Spirit organization decided to play the national anthem with the players from both teams in the locker room, effectively silencing Megan Rapinoe's planned protest.

Megan Rapinoe calls Washington Spirit's anthem decision "unbelievable"

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The USWNT star denounced the organization and called out owner Bill Lynch after the Spirit opted to play the national anthem early to prevent her protest

Megan Rapinoe planned to kneel during the national anthem on Wednesday night, but the Washington Spirit decided to play the anthem while both teams were in the locker room following warm-ups.

Megan Rapinoe's anthem protest blocked by Washington Spirit

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Controversy erupted before the game even started

Megan Rapinoe made headlines last Sunday when she knelt during the National Anthem, in a gesture of solidarity with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Rapinoe planned to continue her protest tonight, but the Washington Spirit organization decided to deny Rapinoe the opportunity and played the National Anthem while the Seattle Reign and Washington Spirit were in the locker room.

D.C. United’s fake value is going up, even though it still doesn’t matter

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D.C. United's value is wildly (and inaccurately) estimated

Forbes released its annual list of the estimated valuations of Major League Soccer teams today. These lists, just like their lists of billionaires, are just for fun; they have no insider information whatsoever, and so are based on publicly available information and guesses.

Filibuster podcast episode 199: Yelling about it at random

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We're in a New York state of mind this week.

The Filibuster crew is all back together, and Adam, Jason, and Ben have to talk about the disappointing loss against New York City FC. We talk about how hard this one hit and how well it was going until the 79th minute. We have to break down Luke Mishu and the other defensive breakdowns as NYCFC was throwing everything they had at United, and also how infuriating United's missed chances were in light of how the game turned out.

Washington Spirit vs. Seattle Reign NWSL live stream 2016: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The Spirit have clinched a playoff berth, and a win tonight means they'll host that match

The Washington Spirit face fifth-place Seattle Reign FC tonight in the first of a pair of matches this week between the two teams. With a win, the Spirit would clinch a home-field semifinal and would secure the NWSL Shield if the Portland Thorns fall to the Houston Dash late tonight.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: El Pescadito says adios

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And, boy, did he put an exclamation point on that. (And an upside-down one in front of it, too.)

I'm usually the Friday guy. But blazindw has the day off. As we all know, you don't enter Wednesday Freedom Kicks with the Freedom Kicks compiler you want, but the one you have. And you've got me.

United States vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Game time, TV schedule, and live stream for 2018 World Cup qualifying

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The USMNT is aiming to head into the Hexagonal with a victory

The United States takes on Trinidad & Tobago tonight in Florida with the top spot in CONCACAF's group C up for grabs. Technically, the US is under some pressure to get a result. A loss tonight - which would mean the Soca Warriors getting their first-ever win over the USMNT on American soil - and a win for Guatemala over St.

Fantasy Focus: Much De Leeuw About Something

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A low-scoring week makes for an unexpected leader

This round saw Rolfin' on the River put up 87 points to lead the league. Mauro Diaz (DAL, $11.6) wore the armband and scored 24 points on a goal and an assist. David Villa (NYC, $12.5) scored 12 points on a goal and an assist, and Patrick Nyarko (DCU, $7.

D.C. United vs. New York City FC Community/Site Player Ratings

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We unveil the ratings cast over the holiday weekend.

D.C. United went to Yankee Stadium before the Labor Day holiday with a lineup that was generating chances and offense, yet there was still the matter of winning one game on the road. And they played the New York City FC stars missing two tarters on defense, and were missing one of their starting midfielders of late due to card accumulation (and may miss him longer due to concussion).

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Let's talk about Hex, baby

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And about some poor, poor millionaires.

Hope everyone had a lovely long weekend! I'm still in denial that it's over, but we do have a USMNT game to look forward to tonight. Yay! Soccer!

USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 2018 World Cup Qualifying: What to watch for - Stars and Stripes FC
Barring complete and utter disaster, the USMNT should be through to the Hex, but they still have a job to do.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Christian Pulisic is a God Among Men Edition

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D.C. United stadium ephemera, the Spirit make the playoffs, and the US probably gets to the Hex behind the greatest player in the World.

Hi. Hope you're having a good holiday, and that you're reading this late.

D.C. United taps MAC Realty Advisors to plan commercial site next to its planned Buzzard Point stadium - Washington Business Journal: Along with this, if anyone has a sub and would like to share what's behind a paywall, hit us up.

Washington Spirit clinch NWSL playoff spot with 1-1 draw with WNY Flash

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Katie Stengel scored as the Spirit sealed a third straight postseason berth

The Washington Spirit became the first NWSL team to clinch a playoff spot this season with tonight's 1-1 draw against the Western New York Flash. Spirit forward Katie Stengel opened the scoring in the 64th minute but the Flash responded and equalized with 15 minutes remaining, but Samantha Mewis pulled the Flash level as Western NY piled on the pressure.

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

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A win or draw tonight will put the Spirit into the playoffs

The math is simple for the Washington Spirit tonight: a win or tie against the Western New York Flash will clinch a playoff spot for the Spirit, who are 6 points clear of the rest of the NWSL at the moment. If the Portland Thorns and Chicago Red Stars lose their games tomorrow, the Spirit will need just one point to clinch the NWSL Shield.

D.C. United vs. NYCFC GIFs

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We look at some moments that caught our curiosity.

D.C. United came into their game with New York City FC looking at a makeshift backline combined with just generally not doing well on the road in games. They held their own, even looked like they'd leave Yankee Stadium with a point, but came away on the bad side of a 3-2 result.

Miguel Aguilar and Andrew Dykstra help Richmond defeat Orlando City B

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Richmond clinches playoff appearance and stretches unbeaten streak to 10

The Richmond Kickers dispatched Orlando City B during the second leg of a home-home series Saturday night. After coming back to earn a point on the road in Florida last week, Richmond looked for a strong performance at home to solidify themselves in the top of the group.

D.C. United vs. NYCFC Player Ratings Form

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Your voting from last night is now up.

D.C. United came into Thursday night against New York City FC not all that good on the road, and finding themselves dressing only 17. And yet they were doing fairly well and then things got pear shaped for both clubs, with a stoppage-time winner from the Pigeons capping a 4 goal in 14 minute run, and that goal being the decider in a 3-2 loss, halting D.

United States vs. St. Vincent & Grenadines: Game time, TV schedule, and live stream for 2018 World Cup qualifying

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The road to the Hex continues for the USMNT

Teams the United States should have no trouble beating: St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Teams the United States are conveniently playing today in 2018 World Cup qualifying and should therefore easily pick up three points against: St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Classic Blunders: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 2 September 2016

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Never get involved in a land war in Asia.

Ha ha! You fool!

You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia."

But only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!

D.C. United again can't hold onto a road lead in defeat against NYCFC

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In control for most of the first 70 minutes, the Black-and-Red instead suffered a gut-punch loss

For the second week in a row, D.C. United went on the road, took a first half lead against their opponent, and failed to walk away with three points. Last week, United held on for a point in a 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact.

D.C. United capitulate in last moments of NYCFC’s 3-2 win

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A crazy game saw United lead for a long time, fall behind, equalize in stoppage time, and still lose

Lloyd Sam's first half strike gave D.C. United hope, but the Black-and-Red's inability to close out games on the road reared its head again, as New York City FC scored three times in a crazy final 10 minutes to win 3-2 on Thursday night.

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

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United have a chance to make a statement tonight

Facing a New York City FC team that looks like a near certainty to qualify for the playoffs, D.C. United has a chance to prove some things to the rest of the league (not to mention themselves). Their new-look lineup is clearly improved, but can they take the promising home performances on the road?

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

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Can United extend their unbeaten run in the Big Apple?

Summer is winding down, and we're seeing some signs that D.C. United is rounding into form at the right time. The Black-and-Red's new formation and some trade window acquisitions have panned out, and they've gone six straight without a loss.