Black and Red United Archives for January 2017

Ben Olsen’s face should be immortalized

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A District legend should get his face on a local monument of sorts

So in listening to a podcast recently, I heard that Ben's Chili Bowl, the iconic establishment and purveyor of half-smokes for almost a half century, had painted over their existing exterior wall mural, which included former President Barack Obama, go-go musician Chuck Brown, comedian Bill Cosby and longtime DC DJ Donnie Simpson.

Steve Birnbaum with the USMNT, Bobby Boswell gabs & Lenhart invades Japan? Freedom Kicks for 1/30/17

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Radio interviews and strangers in strange lands abound.

Hey there, you're looking nice. Did you change your hair?

USMNT, Serbia both lack inspiration in 0-0 draw (us): D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum goes 90 for the United States, not much to take from this one honestly.

Ryan Martin, DC United Academy Director, Discusses Culture, Tactics, and the Future of DC United (MLS Multiplex): Martin was the focus of this multipart piece on what he wants to do (parts 2 and 3 are here), AND he did a radio interview with Prost Amerika.

USMNT, Serbia both lack inspiration in 0-0 draw

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Bruce Arena's second tenure as US head coach starts with a scrappy draw

Despite owning over 61% of possession and connecting a healthy share of their passes, the United States could not break down Serbia, with the two sides settling for a 0-0 draw in San Diego today. The USMNT, with Bruce Arena back at the helm for the first time since 2006, had their moments but ultimately struggled in the final third.

USA vs. Serbia live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The USMNT's second Bruce Arena era starts today

Bruce Arena's return to the USMNT started a couple of weeks ago, with a 30-man roster called in for the traditional January camp. That group has been cut down to 23 for two friendlies (today against Serbia, and Friday against Jamaica). With the United States sitting in an extremely perilous spot in World Cup qualifying, getting this almost entirely domestic-based squad up and running is vital; many of these players will be called in for the crucial qualifiers against Honduras and Panama in late March.

Caprice Dydasco re-signs with the Washington Spirit

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The 23 year old fullback will look to build on a promising 2016

The Washington Spirit, just days after confirming that goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe and center back Shelina Zadorsky would return, have re-signed fullback Caprice Dydasco. The 23 year old Hawaiian made major strides last season, starting at right back while Ali Krieger was away with the USWNT during the Olympics before moving to left back for the stretch run.

Steve Birnbaum makes 23-man USMNT roster; Taylor Kemp sent home

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Only one D.C. United player will suit up for Bruce Arena's first friendlies

US Soccer announced the roster today for Bruce Arena's first two friendlies, against Serbia and Jamaica. Steve Birnbaum, D.C. United center back and a semi-regular at this point for USMNT callups, will make the trip to Carson and Chattanooga, while Taylor Kemp will join D.

Clint Dempsey in training, MLS trades, NWSL news, & more: Freedom Kicks for 1/27/2017

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D.C. United preseason is just getting started, while Minnesota is splashing the (allocation) cash

Yesterday saw roughly 1,000 MLS trades and signings, with the expansion clubs doing most of the work. Meanwhile, D.C. United headed down to Florida for the first leg of their preseason (and posted a bunch of video from media day).

D.C. United preseason and MLS with Sebastian Salazar: Filibuster podcast episode 221

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We have an old friend back on this week

The three horsemen of the Filibuster are back in action, and ready to bring you a (belated) episode this week. Adam, Jason, and Ben start off by catching you up on the week's news, with the re-signing of Jared Jeffrey and the fact that Chris Durkin will spend most of the year with D.

Freddy Adu, MLS preseason, NWSL allocations: Freedom Kicks for 26 January 2017

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Freddy Adu articles never cease

Hello folks! Hope things are going well. Here are a few links to start your Thursday morning.

Freddy Adu on trial with Portland Timbers as MLS preseason begins - Philly.com
Let's start with every D.C. United fan's favorite topic: Freddy Adu.

Meet D.

Despite recent knee surgery, Bill Hamid on course for season opener

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United's top goalkeeper is set to return for the second leg of preseason

Another January meant another missed US national team camp for D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid. Another surgery on his right knee required more work on his meniscus, the same one that kept him out until the end of May last season.

Stephanie Labbe and Shelina Zadorsky will return to Washington Spirit in 2017

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Canada Soccer released its list of NWSL allocated players

Canadian internationals Stephanie Labbe and Shelina Zadorsky will return to the Washington Spirit for the 2017 season, Canada Soccer and NWSL announced today. Labbe and Zadorsky are each allocated players, meaning their salaries are subsidized by their federation.

What is D.C. United getting by signing Sebastien Le Toux?

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We checked in with fellow SBN sites Burgundy Wave and The Brotherly Game for more on United's newest signing

We watch a ton of MLS games, so we have a pretty good handle on what D.C. United acquired by signing Sebastien Le Toux as a free agent. The French veteran is a hard-working, tireless winger with a knack for providing dangerous crosses and a record of popping up to score important goals.

Meet D.C. United’s first batch of preseason trialists

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Two familiar faces and a national team starter are looking to earn a contract with the Black-and-Red

Yesterday saw the official start of D.C. United's 2017 preseason, and as always there was plenty of news coming out of the halls of RFK Stadium. While the headlines were dominated by new signings like Ian Harkes and Sebastien Le Toux and a fairly optimistic prognosis for Bill Hamid, there was also the news that a small crop of trialists are vying for a spot on the 2017 roster.

D.C. United stadium updates, Clint Dempsey returns to practice, and more: Freedom Kicks for 1/25/17

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Stadium updates...we know you love ‘em!

Happy Wednesday, friends! There was a lot of soccer news yesterday, so enough with the intro...let's get right to it:

D.C. United releases transportation plan for Buzzard Point stadium | Black & Red United

More D.C. United stadium news as the transportation plan was released by the team.

Ian Harkes: Same last name, new face for D.C. United

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John Harkes' son looks to make his own name at RFK Stadium

In the end for Ian Harkes, signing with D.C. United was an easy choice.

The 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy winner for his play as a senior at Wake Forest possesses a British passport, acquired by being born in England while his father, John Harkes, played several years before being part of the inaugural United team in 1996.

D.C. United officially signs Sebastien Le Toux

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The veteran Frenchman has a new home

As we broke over the weekeend, D.C. United have officially announced tonight that they hve signed free agent attacker Sebastien Le Toux to a one year contract. Le Toux is the second free agent signed by United this offseason, with Sean Franklin deciding to return to the team.

Ben Olsen plans to look at Sean Franklin at center back in preseason

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Franklin, who has primarily been a right back, spent most of his rookie campaign in the middle

There had been rumblings throughout the offseason that Sean Franklin, D.C. United's right back for the past three seasons, would play center back for the Black-and-Red in 2017. There was mention of it when United selected Chris Odoi-Atsem in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft, a right back out of the University of Maryland.

D.C. United releases transporation plan for Buzzard Point stadium

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This is how you're going to get to and from Buzzard Point

In the run-up to what looks to be the last Zoning Commission hearing for D.C. United's new stadium at Buzzard Point, United has submitted a slew of documents that were requested by the Commission. One of the main concerns of the ANC has been the traffic around the stadium site and how fans will access the stadium.

Pulisic staying at Dortmund, Matheson to Seattle, and more: Freedom Kicks for 1/24/17

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Also, hey Bruce, you should meet Patrick Mullins.

Y'all, I've been sick for over a week with a cold-turned-sinus-infection, and I am 1000% elephants over it.

So plz excuse my laziness this morning, I've only got a few links for you fine folks.

Washington Spirit trade Diana Matheson to Seattle Reign | Black and Red United

ICYMI yesterday.

Washington Spirit trade Diana Matheson to Seattle Reign

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Confirming long-standing rumors, the Canada women's national team veteran is heading west

The Washington Spirit traded Diana Matheson to Seattle Reign FC, the club announced this evening. In exchange, the Spirit received versatile attacker Arielle Ship and the Reign's natural third round pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.

D.C. United officially signs Ian Harkes as a homegrown player

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Johnny's son will play for his father's team

D.C. United announced this morning that they have officially signed Ian Harkes to a homegrown player contract. The Wake Forest senior would have been a top three pick in this year's MLS SuperDraft, and is a a player who will challenge for starting minutes on day one.

Le Toux to D.C. United, Matheson on the move, & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Rumors of inbound and outbound player movement as preseason starts.

Hi there. Hey, it's Steve Birnbaum's birthday today, so wish him a Happy 26th as players report for preseason.

Ready, set, go: D.C. United to open training camp with familiar look (Washington Post): Good Monday campers!

Washington Spirit reportedly shopping Diana Matheson

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Per Steve Goff, yet another Spirit veteran could be out the door

The Washington Spirit's offseason sea change will apparently continue, as The Washington Post's Steve Goff is reporting that the club is on the brink of trading attacking midfielder Diana Matheson. A Spirit original and two-time bronze medal winner with Canada, Matheson is Washington's all-time leading scorer, with 23 goals in her four seasons with the club (to go with 11 assists).

Sources say D.C. United will sign Sebastien Le Toux

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The Black-and-Red appear set to sign the veteran French winger

Multiple sources have told Black and Red United that MLS veteran Sebastien Le Toux has apparently signed a one-year contract with D.C. United. Le Toux, 33, split his time between two clubs last year, starting with the Philadelphia Union (where he had spent most of his time in MLS) before being traded to the Colorado Rapids for General Allocation Money.

NWSL draft, HAO to Arsenal, & more: WoSo Week in Review

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Heather O'Reilly joins Crystal Dunn in London, while NWSL clubs prep for 2017

Between the NWSL College Draft, Heather O'Reilly leaving the NWSL, and other trades, it was a busy week for women's soccer. Last Thursday, the Boston Breakers dominated the first round but FC Kansas City and Sky Blue FC made some of the best picks.

USWNT CBA, USMNT dual national talk, DCU Academy, and more: Freedom Kicks for 20 January 2017

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Six stories to get you through Inauguration Day

I won't bother with a Happy Friday! greeting or mention the miserable weather today. Bright side of today: I will fill up my tourist bingo card quite quickly. If you're experiencing the misery of DC during the inauguration, I'm with you. Here are a few links to get you through the day.

Filibuster podcast episode 220: Water spewing out of some wall

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A two-man pod this week!

You've waited for it, and now it is back! Jason and Adam are here to serenade your ears while Ben is off on assignment. We start with an Adam's Fun Time News Roundup Time™️️, which kicks off with the news of Bill Hamid's injury. We also talk about D.C. United's full schedule, the potential Ian Harkes signing, and the preseason schedule (which convenes next week!

MLS transparency, USMNT camp, and scrambling to post: Freedom Kicks for Thursday, 1/19/2017

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More GAM/TAM opinions, and more signings as MLS & NWSL both head towards the 2017 season

I don't really have much to say to start this post off. Happy Thursday!

Trade transparency opens door for new era of evaluation, valuation | MLSsoccer.com
More MLS GMs react with mild optimism to this bold new era where the league lets the world in on one small bit of information when it comes to trades.

D.C. United re-sign Jared Jeffrey

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After a breakout year, Jeffrey is back for 2017

D.C. United announced this evening that they had re-signed Jared Jeffrey. After being convinced by Ben Olsen to sign for another year before the 2016, he took advanatage of the faith Olsen had in him by mounting his must impressive campaign yet.

Bill Hamid out for six weeks with knee surgery

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For the second preseason in a row, Bill Hamid will not participate

As first reported by Steve Goff, D.C. United and US Men's national team goalkeeper Bill Hamid had surgery on his right knee on Monday. We can further confirm that Hamid had arthroscopic surgery on the knee, which he aggravated during preparations for the national team camp.

Copa of the Americas, DCU jersey teasers & more: Freedom Kicks for 1/18/17

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Combined tournaments and jersey speculation...let's go!

Happy Wednesday folks! Before we dive into the day, if you haven't been watching the Africa Cup of Nations, you're missing out. In my opinion, it's one of the most underrated tournaments in all of soccer. Games are on beIN and beIN Connect, so make sure you check out today's matches.

Steve Birnbaum gives us a look at the new D.C. United away jersey

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Well this is...interesting?

D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum snuck a peak at the upcoming away/secondary jersey earlier today:

Had a fun time shooting in the new 2017 kit, stay tuned ⚫️ #DCU pic.twitter.com/UsnmCu9XZ5

— Steven Birnbaum (@StevenBirnbaum) January 17, 2017

So uh, yeah.

MLS Draft 2017: D.C. United passes on 4th round pick

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Following a recent pattern, the Black-and-Red opted not to make one last selection

D.C. United had the 78th overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft, but opted to pass during today's third and fourth rounds. The back half of the draft is completed via conference call, and as in 2016, the Black-and-Red were on the clock in the middle of the final round.

D.C. United releases 2017 preseason schedule

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The Black-and-Red will participate in the Suncoast Invitational for the second straight year

D.C. United announced their preseason plans for the 2017 Major League Soccer season, and once again, the Black-and-Red will take two separate trips down south to Florida. Earlier, the Tampa Bay Rowdies announced the second edition of the Suncoast Invitational tournament, in which United and four other MLS teams will participate in.

MLS Draft 2017: Could D.C. United find a diamond in the rough?

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The SuperDraft is actually only halfway over, and the Black-and-Red have one more pick

The 2017 MLS SuperDraft came and went last week, and yet we still have half of the remaining picks to go. While cutting the draft in half was wise - anyone that has attended probably knows the "joy" and "euphoria" that sets in sometime during the third hour - we're still left with an odd situation.

Alex Morgan on women’s soccer, Dax McCarty to Chicago, and more: Freedom Kicks for 1/17/17

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Also inside: Andy Najar!

Hello hello hello! Hope everyone enjoyed a long weekend, if they got one, or at least had a not terrible Monday yesterday. Let's talk soccer!

Armchair Analyst: Unpacking Dax McCarty's trade from RBNY to Chicago | MLSsoccer.com

This trade caught me totally by surprise.

Tales from Buzzard Point - Chapter 5: Sir Arthur Conor Doyle’s “Balkanized Accounts”

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The fifth in a series of Tales from Buzzard Point that explores the rich history and traditions of legendary Buzzard Point – a legacy that the current D.C. United ownership should honor in their plans for naming the new soccer specific stadium.

We are fortunate to begin 2017 with the product of investigative research by Rawley Vaughan, who has uncovered yet another unpublished manuscript of Dr.

Young players flocking to D.C. & more: Freedom Kicks for 1/16/17

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Narratives...slowly...turning...

So, deep breath in, this first part has a lot in it.

MLS Draft 2017: D.C. United selects Maryland Terrapins defender Chris Odoi-Atsem (us): The team had a surprising amount of options in a crazy draft and got a good option. More on the rest of D.C. United's day from us here.

Ian Harkes reportedly set to sign homegrown deal with D.C. United

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The Black-and-Red appear to have midfield set for he foreseeable future with the addition of college soccer's best player

The Washington Post's Steven Goff reported Sunday night that D.C. United has agreed in principle to sign midfielder Ian Harkes as a Homegrown Player. Harkes, a Wake Forest graduate and son of former D.

Jose Guillermo Ortiz scores twice in Costa Rica debut

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D.C. United's newest player figured in all the goals for the Ticos.

D.C. United's newest player Jose Guillermo Ortiz was named to the Costa Rica roster earlier this month and was looking at the chance of playing for his country for the first time. After appearing on the bench Friday in a scoreless draw with El Salvador, Ortiz was given his first start for the Ticos by former Alajuelense coach Oscar Ramirez.

MLS Draft 2017: D.C. United selects Radford center back Jo Vetle Rimstad

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The Black-and-Red made it a clean sweep for defensive players, picking up a Norwegian center back prospect

With their final pick during the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected Radford University defender Jo Vetle Rimstad. Rimstad, a 6'2" Norwegian center back, finished his college career with two straight All-Big South nods, and was the conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.

MLS Draft 2017: D.C. United selects Monmouth University goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky

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After selecting a defender with their first round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United stayed defensive in the second round, selecting Eric Klenofsky with the 34th overall pick, a 6'6" goalkeeper from Monmouth University. Klenofsky started during his four years for the Hawks, though he was limited to 11 games in 2016 due to injuries.

MLS Draft 2017: D.C. United selects Maryland Terrapins defender Chris Odoi-Atsem

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The Black-and-Red went local with the 12th overall pick, fortifying their defensive depth with Odoi-Atsem

With their first pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected Maryland Terrapins defender Chris Odoi-Atsem. Described by Terps coach Sasho Cirovski as "the strongest one-on-one defender [he'd] ever coached," Odoi-Atsem has deep local roots.

MLS Draft 2017 preview and how to watch

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For D.C. United and 21 other teams, today's the first big day of 2017

Normally, the MLS SuperDraft is a big day for D.C. United, who have established themselves as one of the league's best teams when it comes to draft day. They currently start three players they picked up in past drafts, and they'd start four if Perry Kitchen had been re-signed.

MLS Draft 2017, NWSL Draft, and Bryce Harper: Freedom Kicks for 13 January 2017

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Soccer, go!

Jason is in full-on draft mode, so I'm back to fill in for him. With a three day weekend coming up (and the MLS SuperDraft today), take it easy on yourself and let's get into this weekend together.

MLS Draft 2017: What do we think D.C. United should do? - Black And Red United: The MLS SuperDraft is this afternoon, and D.

2017 NWSL draft: Washington Spirit select North Carolina midfielder Cameron Castleberry

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With the No. 36 overall pick, the Spirit added Castleberry, a winger known for her speed

With its final pick of the 2017 NWSL College Draft, the Washington Spirit selected University of North Carolina midfielder Cameron Castleberry. Castleberry, the No. 36 overall pick, joins Lindsay Agnew and Meggie Dougherty-Howard as the three players in Washington's 2017 draft class.

2017 NWSL draft: Washington Spirit select Florida midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard

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The Spirit added a USWNT under-23 and former Spirit Reserve in the 3rd round of today's draft

With the 29th overall pick in the 2017 NWSL draft, the Washington Spirit selected midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard, a playmaker who spent her college career with the Florida Gators. Dougherty Howard was a four-year starter with Florida, and produced 14 goals and 25 assists in her NCAA career.

MLS Draft 2017: What do we think D.C. United should do?

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Our staff spells out how they'd handle the MLS SuperDraft

It wouldn't be a draft without folks declaring what they'd do if they got to run the team for the day, and when it comes to the MLS SuperDraft and D.C. United, we're no different. We want access to the levers of power! Even though we're only privy to a sliver of the information involved, and probably don't have the strength of character to survive the traditional trade bonanza at the hotel bar the night before without getting tossed in jail.

2017 NWSL draft: Washington Spirit select Ohio State forward Lindsay Agnew

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With the No. 19 overall pick, the Spirit selected a Canada youth international

The Washington Spirit drafted Lindsay Agnew this afternoon in the 2017 NWSL Draft. After having to wait for the 19th pick to come around, the Spirit selected Agnew, a forward from Ohio State. Agnew will add depth up top, particularly while Cali Farquharson continues to recover from the ACL tear she suffered in September.

MLS Schedule 2017: D.C. United’s last season at RFK Stadium

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Start making plans now!

D.C. United's schedule for the 2017 season is now available on their website, and it includes multiple games against one of the expansion teams, a game on the most American of holidays, and ends, as expected, with the Atlantic Cup.

United will face both of the expansion teams this season, with three games against Atlanta United and a trip to the north to play Minnesota United.

How to watch the 2017 NWSL Draft

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The Washington Spirit hold three picks in today's draft

The 2017 NWSL Draft kicks off this afternoon at the NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles, California. The Boston Breakers currently hold four of the ten first round picks and the North Carolina Courage (i.e. the recently relocated Western New York Flash) havethe No.

NWSL Draft 2017: All of our Washington Spirit draft coverage is right here

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It's a big day for the Spirit, and for the NWSL as a whole

The 2017 NWSL Draft starts at 3pm today and features a unusually talented class of prospects. The Washington Spirit will need this draft to recoup from offseason losses and injuries. The Spirit currently hold the 19th, 29th, and 36th overall picks.

2017 NWSL Draft Preview

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Your guide to the first big event of the NWSL's 2017 calendar

The 2017 NWSL Draft starts at 3pm today and features a unusually talented class of prospects. The Washington Spirit will need this draft to recoup from offseason losses and injuries. The Spirit currently hold the 19th, 29th, and 36th overall picks.

USWNT coming to RFK, Jesse Marsch heading to Europe, and more: Freedom Kicks for 1/12/17

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The NWSL draft is later today! But first, your morning links

You guys, it's finally Thursday. I felt like it was Thursday on Monday. Help, why is this week so long?

Let's combat the weekday blues with some soccer.

Bill Hamid forced out of USMNT camp due to injury | Black and Red United
Everything sucks and is terrible.

MLS Draft 2017: Everything related to D.C. United and the SuperDraft

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Picks, trades, prospects, mock drafts, and more!

Ahead of each MLS SuperDraft, every year we get to pose as D.C. United and pick college players. It's fun, and occasionally you even get it exactly right (and other times, you miss badly). Last year, without the option to trade up like United eventually did, we selected Fabian Herbers, who went on to be a solid contributor for the Philadelphia Union as a rookie.

A look at the Washington Spirit’s depth chart ahead of the 2017 NWSL Draft

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After an extremely busy offseason, it's time to look over the Spirit's roster

It has been a typically eventful offseason in the NWSL, and most of that activity - for better or for worse - has centered around the Washington Spirit. USWNT stars Ali Krieger and Crystal Dunn have both found new clubs, as have key midfielder Christine Nairn and highly-rated center back Megan Oyster.

World Cup expands, Hamid out of USMNT camp, & more: Freedom Kicks for 11 January 2017

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A crazy day in the world of soccer means a wide-ranging set of reading material

Happy Wednesday folks. Yesterday was, shall we say, busy in the news world. Both soccer news and news elsewhere probably kept your phone buzzing with notifications. I know mine needed a charger real early on. Well, it's 7:00am, so open your eyes to these news stories:

Unanimous decision expands FIFA World Cup™ to 48 teams from 2026 | FIFA

Want me to say it?

Bill Hamid forced out of USMNT camp due to injury

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As with last year, a knee problem has caused the D.C. United star to withdraw

In unfortunately familiar news, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid has been forced to drop out of the USMNT's January camp due to a knee problem. Last year, a knee injury picked up during camp ended up requiring surgery, and Hamid ended up missing several months.

MLS Draft 2017 and USMNT January Camp: Filibuster podcast episode 219

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The team is rested and ready to plow through the rest of the offseason

After a winter slowdown, Filibuster is here for you and ready for the long haul. Jason, Adam, and Ben are back to talk about the last two weeks of news, including the UMSNT camp and the United players who will be attending.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Free for All

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We have nothing, so share what you like and love.

Hi. Me again. Short of an interview Goff did with Bruce Arena, I don't really have anything today, partly because I'm a last minute fill-in for Leanne. So feel free to share what you like, keep the studs down, and be excellent to one another.

MLS Draft 2017: D.C. United adds Providence attacker, Penn State duo in mock draft

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In SB Nation's annual mock draft, we selected Julian Gressel, Connor Maloney, and Robby Sagel

Ahead of each MLS SuperDraft, every year we get to pose as D.C. United and pick college players. It's fun, and occasionally you even get it exactly right (and other times, you miss badly). Last year, without the option to trade up like United eventually did, we selected Fabian Herbers, who went on to be a solid contributor for the Philadelphia Union as a rookie.

Monday Freedom Kicks: It’s Drafty in Here

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And the breeze is big, because the Draft is SUPER.

Happy Combine-ing! We'll be drafting this week, so stay tuned.

US Soccer grants division 2 status to both USL and NASL (us): US Soccer plopping this deferral at 9 on a Friday night is Chivas USA-esque. And this interview with the North Carolina FC owner is worth a complementary read.

D.C. United academy star Ian Harkes wins M.A.C. Hermann Trophy

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The potential homegrown signing was named MVP of this year's men's NCAA soccer season

The hype surrounding potential D.C. United homegrown signing Ian Harkes is growing louder every day. This afternoon, the Wake Forest midfielder and son of United/USMNT legend John Harkes, was awarded the M.

US Soccer grants division 2 status to both USL and NASL

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US Soccer kicks the can down the road yet again

After months of uncertainity, the second and third divisions of the US soccer pyramid have yet more uncertainty. For the first time since 2010, the USL is again the second division of American soccer. After a forced joint season in 2010, the NASL has been the second division and the USL has been the third division.

D.C. United’s Academy has a new director

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The Black-and-Red have got a good one here.

D.C. United announced today that they have hired Ryan Martin, formerly of FC Cincinnati, as their new academy director. He replaces Nolan Sheldon, who has been promoted to one of Ben Olsen's assistant coaches for the senior team. Dave Kasper had this to say about the hire:

Ryan has a proven track record of identifying, attracting and developing top talent.

USMNT & USWNT news, more MLS signings, and sandwiches: Freedom Kicks for Friday, 1/5/2017

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Oh, and don't forget the future of lower division American soccer being determined today

Drive safe this morning. The local dusting of snow has surely turned area roads from their normal Thunderdome status to...uh, Thunderdome on fire! That's worse, right? Anyway, be safe and kind rather than a screaming fury.

Bill Hamid, Steve Birnbaum, and Taylor Kemp called into USMNT camp

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Bruce Arena wants to see what three of United's best players can do

Bruce Arena announced the roster for the US Men's national team's January camp, commonly known as Camp Cupcake. As expected, there are two D.C. United players on this roster: goalkeeper Bill Hamid and center back Steve Birnbaum.

Thursday Freedom Kicks: Let's go to camp

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Spurs beat Chelsea, Orlando City unveils tribute to Pulse shooting victims, and more

Good morning! In non-soccer DC news, there's 15 days left to the inauguration and snow might be coming tomorrow or Saturday. Here are your links for today.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea: Final score 2-0, Dele Alli shines in exciting match | SBNation.

WoSo Week in Review: USWNT January camp roster released, Dunn leaves Spirit for Chelsea, and more

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No Washington Spirit player was named to the USWNT roster

It's been a busy week in women's soccer as the college draft approaches. For the Washington Spirit, the big news of the week is Crystal Dunn's departure The USWNT star, after months of rumors of a departure, has signed with Chelsea Ladies FC.

NWSL releases list of draft-eligible players

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148 players are on the preliminary list

The NWSL released a preliminary list of 148 players eligible for the 2017 NWSL College Draft. The draft will be held on January 12 at 3pm Eastern. The Washington Spirit hold the 19th, 29th, and 36th overall spots in the draft.

The Spirit suffered several critical losses this year which makes the draft a priority for the club.

D.C. United’s 2017 depth chart: Midfielders and forwards

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A deep, potent United attack will see lots of competition for playing time

Yesterday we talked about D.C. United's depth in goal and across the back four. While it's apparent that United's starters are strong, the club is probably in need of an addition or two (or perhaps that's a return, in the case of Chris Korb?

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Dunn deal, Crystal to Chelsea

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Crystal Dunn heads to Chelsea, Collin Martin traded to Minnesota, USMNT to play in Chattanooga and Chapecoense begins the process of rebuilding a team...it's your Wednesday Freedom Kicks.

Top of the morning, folks. It's 7:00am and hopefully it's a much prettier day than it was yesterday. Well, without further ado, let's get to the news:

Crystal Dunn signs with Chelsea Ladies FC | Black and Red United

The Washington Spirit lose another United States star as USWNT forward Crystal Dunn signs a deal to move to Chelsea Ladies FC.

D.C. United trades Collin Martin to Minnesota United

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The Homegrown player has never been able to make it work in DC

D.C. United announced today that they have traded homegrown midfielder Collin Martin to Minnesota United for a 2018 fourth round pick in the MLS SuperDraft. Martin has been plagued by injuries throughout his entire tenure at D.C.

Crystal Dunn signs with Chelsea Ladies FC

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The star forward is leaving the Washington Spirit

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Washington Spirit and U.S. women's national team forward Crystal Dunn has signed with Chelsea Ladies FC. Dunn signed a contract that lasts until 2018. She will not be returning to the Spirit next season.

The Spirit drafted Dunn in 2014 and Dunn excelled for the club, particularly in 2015 when she scored 15 goals.

D.C. United’s Jose Guillermo Ortiz on Costa Rica roster for Copa Centroamericana

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United's newest acquisition could be in line for his first cap

Jose Guillermo Ortiz is D.C. United's newest acquisition and while he hasn't appeared in Black-and-Red yet, it was announced on Monday that he would be a part of Costa Rica's 23-man roster for the coming Copa Centroamericana:

Los 23 jugadores de #LaSele que estarán en la Copa UNCAF Panamá 2017.

D.C. United’s 2017 depth chart: Goalkeepers and defenders

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The first of a two-part series looking at United's whole roster heading into the MLS SuperDraft

Now that 2017 is underway, it's time to take stock on what we have, what can improve, and what we need. For D.C. United, that means looking over the whole roster and putting together a depth chart.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Lukewarm takes

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Mostly in the form of 2017 predictions.

Welcome to Tuesday Freedom Kicks! I hope everyone's 2017 is off to a good start. Me, I'm not especially thrilled to be back at work after two glorious weeks off. I forget how to work. Halp.

But I don't forget how to soccer, so let's get to it!

What will happen around Planet Fútbol in 2017?

Monday Freedom Kicks: Balance Your Mind With Whisky

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Some D.C. United updates, and Nick Offerman sits down.

I hope your New Year has been good. Me, I've been reading books to my 2-month-old and staying out of trouble.

The Best DC Sports Moments of 2016 (Washingtonian): I'd link to the Bog if they, you know, covered D.C. United anymore, but big ups to Washingtonian for this off grid choice for Black-and-Red folks.