Black and Red United Archives for January 2017

MLS playoffs roll on, Metros fans disciplined & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, can Montreal sports teams handle ALL film opps going forward?

Hi. If watching Sunday night soccer while packaging canned beer to ship for a trade is living the dream, then I've got it made in the shade brother.

So the Seattle Sounders (minus Clint Dempsey) and the Vancouver Whitecaps (with 3 defensive midfielders in their starting XI) played the 0-0 tie that everyone expected yet dreaded nonetheless.

D.C. United 2017 season review

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Bad start, bad middle, maybe a couple fun days, and then a bad end

D.C. United had a 2017 season to forget. Some key players failed to perform, others got hurt, and a couple did both. The team's mentality, front to back, was a problem all year long. While the Black-and-Red did do a good job in the summer transfer window, the season was simply too far gone to save by the time August rolled around.

Francisca Ordega joins Atletico Madrid on loan

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The Washington Spirit striker will be playing in Spain during the NWSL offseason

Washington Spirit forward Francisca Ordega will spend her offseason in Spain on loan with Atletico Madrid. Ordega remains under contract with the Spirit, and with the Spanish season ending in March, should be back just in time for the start of the 2018 NWSL season.

MLS Cup playoffs, Last Call at RFK, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/27/2017

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Bill Hamid says goodbye, plus NWSL draft details

Woke up on the couch with this not done at 6:15am, thoughts of two extremely different MLS Cup playoff games rattling around in my head. Let's get to the links:

D.C. United's final game at RFK Stadium, in photos | Black and Red United
Caitlin Buckley took some pretty great photos on Sunday.

D.C. United’s final game at RFK Stadium, in photos

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Take in the beauty of our home and the emotion of our last day there

Sunday was the first time I've ever left a D.C. United loss to the New York Red Bulls with my mind on something other than the game that I just witnessed. The occasion wasn't even about the game. In some ways, it was a mercy that the only story on the night was the end of United's era at RFK Stadium.

#SavetheCrew, RFK Stadium, FIFA corruption and more: Freedom Kicks for October 26 2017

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Today's updates from the soccer world

Hello all! We've got some interesting stuff today so let's get to it.

It's on D.C. United supporters to make Audi Field special like RFK - Black And Red United
A post on fan culture from Paul Sotoudeh.

Columbus losing Crew SC sucks (for everyone) - SBNation.

MLS Knockout Round 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch Wednesday’s games online

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Our team might not be in the playoffs, but we're watching anyway

It straight up sucks that D.C. United is not hours (or days, in the case of the league's best sides) away from an MLS playoff game, but here we are. The knockout round gets underway tonight, with the Chicago Fire hosting the New York Red Bulls in the East and the Vancouver Whitecaps taking on the San Jose Earthquakes, who took the final spot in the West via a stoppage time goal on Sunday.

The end of RFK Stadium and D.C. United’s 2017 season: Filibuster

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Two things have reached the end of the line

Filibuster is feeling nostalgic today, and for obvious reasons. Jason, Ben, and Adam spend much of the episode talking about the send-off for RFK Stadium and less about the game between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls. We start with the Legends Game that happened before the MLS watch, and talk with warmth and fondness about the players who were there.

The atmosphere on Buzzard Point will be whatever D.C. United supporters make it

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It took years of blood, sweat and tears to make RFK the magic place it was. The hard work creating Audi Field's culture starts now, with us.

After seeing this post from Paul Sotoudeh on social media, we asked if we could republish it here, and he graciously agreed. Paul has been a member of the Screaming Eagles since 1997 and was the group's president from 2007 to 2011.

USMNT names interim coach, Gigi Buffon to retire, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 25, 2017

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The USMNT has a guy in charge...at least for November

Happy Wednesday boys and girls. There was a bit of big news yesterday, so let's hop into it:

U.S. MNT assistant coach Dave Sarachan to guide MNT in November 14 friendly vs. Portugal | U.S. Soccer

Dave Sarachan, who was an assistant under Bruce Arena, will assume the interim head coach role for the United States when they take on Portugal November 14th in Leiria.

Farewell to RFK Stadium

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Everything we had to say about saying goodbye to D.C. United's only home

Despite our best efforts to put it off, and our long-forgotten hopes of the postseason extending D.C. United's stay at RFK Stadium for a little bit longer, it's time to say farewell.

Washington Spirit waive Line Sigvardsen Jensen, exercise options on 17

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Catch up on the Spirit's offseason machinations

The Washington Spirit placed Line Sigvardsen Jensen on the re-entry wire and exercised club options on 17 players. Due to a large number of injuries this season, the Spirit's roster is larger than the current roster limit. Assuming that the NWSL maintains the same roster size for 2018, the Spirit will have to release players.

More farewells to RFK, FIFA’s best players, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/24/17

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I'm in denial about some things.

Gooood morning! I have Freedom Kicks for you all, and we're just gonna get right to ‘em.

Final thoughts on an emotional day at RFK Stadium | B&RU

Ryan gives one last sendoff for RFK. You guyssss I think I'm still in denial just a little bit that we really won't be there next year.

Final thoughts on an emotional day at RFK Stadium

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We try to deal with a Lot 8-less life.

The way I drove to RFK for game days generally goes on a fairly straight, slightly hilly stretch of road for about 15 miles before getting to 66, where things give me a lot of options: I can go to 495, or stay on 66 to Constitution or Independence, or even take the GW Parkway on occasion to get to a game.

Tori Huster to join Newcastle Jets on loan

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The Washington Spirit's longest tenured player will spend this winter in Australia

Washington Spirit midfielder Tori Huster will return to Australia to play for the W-League's Newcastle Jets. It's a familiar move for Huster, who has previously spent time with Newcastle in 2012 and 2014. Additionally, the 28 year old spent the 2013 Australian season playing for the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Bill Hamid signs with FC Midtjylland after nearly a decade with D.C. United

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United's all-time leader in saves and shutouts is headed to the Danish Superliga

As we mentioned Friday, Bill Hamid was traveling to Denmark to make his signing with FC Midtjylland (a development first reported by Steve Goff) official. That deal is done, per this Instagram post by Hamid's agent:

Estoy súper feliz para nuestro cliente Bill Hamid de la Selección Estados Unidos por firmar su nuevo contrato con #FCMidtjylland de #Dinamarca #USMNT #GK1 #USA #Vamosquevamos #WIM #EuropaLeague #Denmark #nextup

A post shared by Michael Gorman (@gormanpdx) on Oct 22, 2017 at 9:00pm PDT

Hamid will turn 27 next month and on the surface would appear to have a fight for minutes on his hands.

Saying goodbye to the Old Grey Lady and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/23/17

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Hi. Mood:

Hasn't moved in like 10 minutes #DCU pic.twitter.com/GJ3s4A7xId

— Ryan Keefer (@reefa_k) October 22, 2017

Anyway, the last regular occupant of RFK in D.C. United lost 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls. Read recaps from us (along with bonus legends recap!

So long RFK: D.C. United fall 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls

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Arriola started a party in the first half, but United couldn't keep it going in the second

It has been a wonderful 22 years of memories for D.C. United at RFK Stadium, but on Sunday afternoon, the team could not send out the only home it has known in glory, falling 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls.

D.C. United celebrate past at last game at RFK Stadium with Legends match

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The game gave United stars of the past one more game at the hallowed old ground

The last game at RFK Stadium is sure to be an emotionally charged event for D.C. United and it's fans, but Sunday started off on the right foot with the Legends game. Featuring stars from all four MLS Cups, two teams filled with former United and Washington Diplomats celebrated the history of soccer at RFK with a 50 minute game, with the Black team beating the Red team 5-4.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS online

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The Black-and-Red are looking to finish 22 seasons at RFK Stadium with one last win

It's not the RFK finale D.C. United would have wanted, but today's game against the New York Red Bulls is still important. It's not going to impact the standings in any truly meaningful way. It's not going to factor into MLS's Decision Day.

Paul Arriola: “Maybe we went in overconfident” in loss to Trinidad and Tobago

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D.C. United's midfielder spoke to Black and Red United about the USMNT's failure to make the World Cup

Two Fridays ago, Paul Arriola and the US men's national team were on a high. Needing a victory against Panama to get closer to a World Cup berth, the US dominated for 90 minutes in Orlando, crushing the Panamanians 4-0.

An ode to RFK Stadium

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Today's the day to say goodbye to our beautiful, weird home

Somewhere during late 2015 or early 2016, it occurred to me that I would have to sit down one day and write an article saying goodbye to RFK Stadium. It was a daunting thought at the time, as I've found the topic ineffable. I can talk about it in metaphors and jokes, and I can use my memories in the place to hint at what it means to me, but I've been trying to avoid looking directly at it and facing the reality.

Chris Durkin, US U-17s lose 4-1 to England in World Cup quarterfinals

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The Yanks run at the U-17 World Cup comes to an abrupt end

The USA U-17 boys team couldn't carry the momentum on from their resounding win in the Round of 16 at the World Cup, falling to their England peers 4-1 in the quarterfinal stage. A hat trick Rhian Brewster paced the young Three Lions, who move on to face either Germany or Brazil in the semifinals.

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

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Oh, it's gonna be good.

Well, here we are. Last call at RFK. What can be said that hasn't been said already? This is the end of an era, and it's more than fitting that it should happen against our most hated rivals, the New York Red Bulls.

D.C. United has had a crappy season. We've had plenty of games at RFK Stadium this year that have been miserable to watch—conceded goal after conceded goal, lackluster performance after lackluster performance, disappointment after disappointment.

With Bill Hamid departing, Steve Clark is ready to take over in goal for D.C. United

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The competitive veteran never saw himself as coming to United to be second choice

Emily Olsen, a contributor with MLSsoccer.com, was kind enough to send us this piece. You can follow her on twitter at @Em_Olsen59.

While questions about the future for D.

Paul Arriola: “Maybe we went in overconfident” in loss to Trinidad and Tobago

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D.C. United's midfielder spoke to Black and Red United about the US' failure to make the World Cup

Two Fridays ago, Paul Arriola and the US men's national team were on a high. Needing a victory against Panama to get closer to a World Cup berth, the US dominated for 90 minutes in Orlando, crushing the Panamanians 4-0.

Share your favorite RFK Stadium memory

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Sunday is the last time D.C. United will play at RFK. Let's hear about your best times.

In case you haven't heard, as of Sunday, D.C. United will no longer play at RFK Stadium, the only permanent home the team has had in 22 years of existence. (Just kidding, I know that everyone knows that it is #LastCallatRFK).

Columbus Crew SC's future could have been D.C. United's future

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A D.C. United alternate timeline is happening in Columbus

As we celebrate the last game at RFK Stadium and D.C. United's impending move to Audi Field, current events ask us to take a look at where we've been. I became a fan of Major League Soccer in 2010, after having starting to follow the US men's national team in 2008.

Bill Hamid, Last Call at RFK, Save The Crew, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/20/2017

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The hits just keep coming

We're only two days from D.C. United's final game at RFK Stadium, and now it looks like Bill Hamid is about to make his departure from the club official. 2017 has been tough for a lot of serious, real-life reasons, but it's also been tough for soccer fans around these parts.

USWNT vs. South Korea 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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With only about a year before qualifying starts, competition for spots may begin to heat up

The United States women's national team's slate of friendlies continues tonight, as they'll take on South Korea in New Orleans. It's another game on synthetic turf for the USWNT (which is another stumble from US Soccer) and another game against an opponent that will likely be overmatched.

Bill Hamid is traveling to Denmark to sign his next contract

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The keeper is rumored to be signing with FC Midtjylland

Black and Red United has learned that Bill Hamid is headed to Denmark today, where he will sign a contract to play, after deciding not to return to D.C. United. The keeper, who has spent the entirety of his professional career with the Black-and-Red, announced to the Washington Post yesterday that he did not intend to return to United for a 10th professional season.

RFK memories, Bill Hamid’s D.C. United exit, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 19, 2017

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The USWNT face South Korea tonight too!

Remembering the sights and sounds of RFK Stadium, a hallowed hall of soccer -MLSsoccer.com
Jason is interviewed here in an otherwise great piece about RFK. Seriously, it's quite good and you should read it.

‘I want to push myself': Bill Hamid won't return to D.

Bill Hamid is set to leave D.C. United

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The Washington Post is reporting that United's longest-tenured player has decided to move on

After nearly a decade as a professional with D.C. United, it appears that Bill Hamid's time with the club is coming to an end. Steve Goff of the Washington Post first tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that Hamid had his sights set on a new destination, followed up by this report.

Crew to move, Blanc or Big Sam for USMNT coach, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 18, 2017

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A wild day in soccer news.

Happy Wednesday folks. I'm set to head to New Orleans today for the USWNT match tomorrow, but before I do that, let me hit you with the news:

Columbus Crew SC reportedly set to move barring new downtown stadium | Massive Report

Look, the Michigan native in me wants to laugh.

A Filibuster farewell to RFK Stadium

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With one game left in D.C. United's first and favorite home, we share some memories

D.C. United is done to one last game at RFK Stadium, and we have to give the old rustbucket a proper farewell. Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about our memories of RFK Stadium throughout the years, eulogizing and celebrating the stadium that has held D.

Fantasy Focus: At last, the last

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It's all but over

The final round is on deck, and after overtaking the leader for most of this season last round, No Name MLS cemented the overall lead by amassing the most points in this round with a score of 131 points. Captain Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $10.8) led the team with a hat trick and an armband-aided 36 points.

Columbus Crew to Austin?, Baby Yanks > Grown Up Yanks, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/17/17

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But to be clear, USWNT > all.

It seems so long ago that was I looking upon Tuesday Freedom Kicks with a naive sense of excitement about the USMNT and their road to Russia. Was that really just a week ago? Man, sorry to bring it up again, but I'm still not quite over it.

Unfortunately today's Freedom Kicks isn't totally devoid of World Cup woes articles, but I've got some other things for you guys too.

USA U-17s coast into World Cup Quarterfinals with 5-0 win over Paraguay

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Tim Weah scored a hat trick to pace the comprehensive victory

The USA U-17 team erased all memories of their recent loss to Colombia, and moved on at the World Cup with a 5-0 win over Paraguay in the Round of 16. Tim Weah, son of all-time great George Weah, led the line for the US, scoring a hat trick, including one of the goals of the tournament with his second goal.

PRO’s officiating will get someone hurt if it hasn’t happened already

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Something has to change

In the midst of D.C. United's loss to the Portland Timbers, a play occurred that led to the 4th and final goal that we wanted to vent about, specifically Jeremy Ebobisse's challenge on Steve Birnbaum:

So, let's put aside the nature of whether or not Ebobisse's challenge was dirty (I don't think it was).

Portland really is Soccer City USA, more USMNT fallout and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/16/17

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Super serial links today, OK?

Hi, I'm getting new floors today, and spent most of the weekend moving stuff accordingly. I also tweaked links to avoid moving more stuff. Bring on the muscle relaxers!

It was a good weekend for Portland, let's be honest. Saturday, the Portland Thorns beat the North Carolina Courage 1-0 in the NWSL Final (us, Stumptown Footy and Four Four Two), then Sunday the Portland Timbers beat D.

Second rate D.C. United lose 4-0 to the Portland Timbers

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Steve Birnbaum's late injury was cause for concern after a poor game from United

Sunday was another night to forget for D.C. United, as they fell 4-0 on the road to the Portland Timbers, who ran away in the second half with three goals. There have been plenty of bad nights for the Black-and-Red this season, but the loss was made all the more worse when Steve Birnbaum appeared to be knocked unconscious in the lead-up to the fourth goal and had to be taken off, leaving United with just 10 players to finish the game.

Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS online

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The Black-and-Red are in for a major test against free-scoring PTFC

D.C. United is, strangely for this point in the season, heading west today to face the Portland Timbers. It's the last cross-country road trip for the Black-and-Red in this tough 2017 season, and indeed the last one any MLS club will go on in the regular season.

Portland Thorns battle their way past North Carolina Courage to take 2017 NWSL Championship

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It wasn't pretty, but the Thorns won via Lindsey Horan's second half goal

The Portland Thorns won their second-ever NWSL Championship today in Orlando, defeating the North Carolina Courage 1-0. Lindsay Horan's 50th minute goal was the deciding factor in a game short on chances and high on physical play.

North Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL Championship online

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The defending champs and the league's most popular team are looking to win it all today in Orlando

Even before the 2017 NWSL season kicked off, the the North Carolina Courage and the Portland Thorns were exceedingly common picks to make this year's final. It made perfect sense: North Carolina, in their previous identity as the Western New York Flash, won last year's title by breaking the Washington Spirit's hearts with last-gasp goal and penalty kicks, while the Thorns won last year's NWSL Shield and appeared to be improved for this year.

US U-17s lose to Colombia, NYCFC switching to Queens, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 13, 2017

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The Bronx Bombers send City to Queens.

Hey everyone. It's Friday the 13th and everything is still awful. Thanks to Jason Anderson for taking Wednesday's Freedom Kicks while I was in Trinidad and Tobago watching...that. Yeah, not sure if I'm ready to talk about it, but for now, here we go with the news:

USA 1-3 Colombia, FIFA U-17 World Cup | Stars & Stripes FC
The U-17s lose to Colombia and with Ghana crushing India, the U-17s finish 3rd in the group.

US U-17s lose to Colombia, finish third in Group A

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3-1 loss, combined with resounding Ghana win, drops the US into third place

The USA U-17 team had a disappointing end to their group play at the U-17 World Cup, falling 3-1 to Colombia, With the loss, the US finish third in their group, despite being the first team in the tournament to qualify for the second round.

US Soccer reform, the future of the USMNT, and D.C. United back in action: Filibuster

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We spend 90 minutes breaking down the USMNT and US Soccer

Well, we have to talk about it. Jason, Adam, and Ben spend 90 minutes on all things US men's national team, starting with the awful game in Trinidad. We discuss the mistake of using the exact same lineup, the nonchalance of the team and the arrogance of Bruce Arena, and Bruce's lineup and overall roster selections.

Rejects World Cup: How the USMNT should spend next summer

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Let's host our own tournament.

Tuesday night was the end of the long and grueling adventure known as the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal. All of us love The Hex for all of it's quirks and surprises. As always, the United States Men's National Team overcame all of their issues and qualified for World Cup 2018.

All the dead Christmas trees: Freedom Kicks Thursday October 12 2017

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Despair, despair, despair!

Hello. I'd warn you about this being just super bleak and depressing but with how 2017 is going you should just assume that's the case when you're reading something here. On that cheery note, let the despair continue!

USMNT World Cup failure: Bad coaches to blame more than anything else - SBNation.

Mallory Pugh on USWNT roster for South Korea friendlies

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Jill Ellis is bringing in 22 players for upcoming friendlies in New Orleans and North Carolina

Jill Ellis has named 22 players to her roster for the USWNT's upcoming friendlies. The United States will face South Korea in New Orleans on October 19, and again on October 22 in Cary, NC. Washington Spirit attacker Mallory Pugh is in the group, as is Virginia native Andi Sullivan, who is seen as a favorite to be picked first overall in the upcoming NWSL draft.

Processing the USMNT’s elimination from 2018 World Cup Qualifying

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This is the darkest timeline. I brought felt beards for everyone.

I have no words right now, so buckle in because I'm going to use a lot of words to try and find the right ones. The United States will not be playing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

A nonchalant first half ultimately doomed the USMNT in Couva, as the Yanks couldn't overcome a two-goal halftime deficit.

USMNT World Cup qualifying debacle and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/11/2017

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The unfathomable happened, and we're going to have to live with it

The thought I can't shake is of how the USMNT started this qualifying cycle. Back in November 2015, they beat St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6-1, but the first thing that happened in that game was a somnolent United States, fielding a team of millionaires and coached by a World Cup winner, falling behind after 5 minutes.

USMNT lose, miss out on 2018 World Cup

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Loss to Trinidad and Tobago combined with wins from Panama and Honduras spells disaster for the Americans

The United States men's national team missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1986, as a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, coupled with two other results, knocked the USMNT out on the final day of CONCACAF qualifying.

USMNT lose, miss out on 2018 World Cup

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Loss to Trinidad and Tobago combined with wins from Panama and Honduras knocks the US out of the World Cup

The US men's national team missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1986, as a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, coupled with two other results, knocked the USMNT out of qualifying.

Trinidad & Tobago vs. USA 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch 2018 World Cup qualifying online

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For the USMNT, one more positive result is all that stands between them and Russia 2018

The United States took the field at Busch Stadium in St. Louis back in November 2015 aiming to qualify for Russia 2018. 698 days later, in Trinidad and Tobago, they'll still have the same goal. A nearly two-year World Cup qualifying process should come to an end tonight with the USMNT punching their ticket, but this cycle has been particularly turbulent.

USMNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago, Durkin & Pugh shine: Freedom Kicks for 10/10/17

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Plus: a story about cookies.

Friends, I am by no means an expert baker. I am, however, a baker of moderate ability who is not usually bested by a straightforward cookie recipe. Last night, I was tested. I wanted to try a recipe for pumpkin chai spice snickerdoodles—a fancy name for a simple cookie.

Arena the gambler takes the USMNT to the cusp of Russia 2018

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Friday's 4-0 win was keyed by a huge bet on the American attack

The United States went into Friday's crunch World Cup qualifier against Panama a nervous wreck. Sitting in a position that only guaranteed a difficult playoff against either Australia or Syria, and holding onto that only via tiebreaker, fed the perspective that this was the biggest USMNT qualifier in over a decade.

Chris Durkin shines as USA U-17s beat Ghana 1-0

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Durkin had a hand in the goal as the US are on the verge of qualifying for the Round of 16

The United States Men's U-17 team had to overcome a strong second half performance against Ghana on Monday morning, but a 75th minute goal from Ayo Akinola handed the USA their second win in two tries at the U-17 World Cup.

Pulisic for President, Dave Johnson honored & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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There's some really nice stuff in here on the lazy (sorta) holiday weekend.

Hi. Happy Columbus Day, hope you got my card.

USMNT decimates Panama 4-0 (us): Christian Pulisic for President, more or less. Stars and Stripes FC has more (with more still here) as does WaPo and MLS. Of note, D.

USA vs. Ghana 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch U-17 World Cup online

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The USA look to continue their winning ways in India

The United States men's U-17s are back in action this morning, taking on Ghana in their second of three group stage games. Ghana also has three points, having beaten Colombia 1-0 in their first game. A win likely puts the United States through, while a draw keeps everything going; a loss throws the whole group into chaos.

USMNT decimates Panama 4-0, inch closer to qualifying for World Cup

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Goals from Altidore and Pulisic paced the US in the first half

The US Men's national team needed a win on Friday night in hopes of avoiding a playoff to get into next summer's World Cup, and they got just that, beating Panama by a resounding 4-0 scoreline. Christian Pulisic scored in the 8th minute to help calm the nerves for the US, who entered the game in fourth place in the Hexagonal stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

D.C. United 2017 salaries: Some big raises for the Black-and-Red

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The money the summer signings are getting is revealed

On Thursday the MLS Players Union released the updated salary figures of 2017 (which can be viewed here), and the salaries of D.C. United's seven midseason signings are available. According to the list Paul Arriola is making $336,000 in base salary with a $350,000 guaranteed compensation number.

USA beats India 3-0 to open U-17 World Cup

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And Chris Durkin played a big role

The US opened the U-17 World Cup against the host nation of India, and they (mostly) comfortably cruised to a 3-0 victory. The first goal was a penalty drawn and converted by Josh Sargent, who was tugged down just inside the box. The third goal was a classic US goal: after India knocked a shot off of the bar, Andrew Carleton broke hard and fast and was able to beat everyone to put the game away.

USA vs. Panama 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch 2018 World Cup qualifying online

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If the USMNT wants to qualify for Russia 2018, a win today is pretty much essential

World Cup qualifying has not gone according to the USMNT's plan. A poor start under Jurgen Klinsmann left the United States with a lot of work to do, and a misstep last month has left them in 4th place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal.

USMNT vs. Panama, NWSL playoffs, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/6/2017

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Good luck trying to think about work today

Most of the time, Friday is the calm before the storm, and my link choices are more about what's coming down the road rather than what's right in our collective faces. Today, though, with the USMNT facing an enormously important World Cup qualifier against Panama, and the US under-17s kicking off the World Cup in India, I feel like we're right in the thick of things.

USA vs. India 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch U-17 World Cup online

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The Baby Yanks start their U-17 World Cup against the hosts

Chris Durkin and the US men's U-17 national team kick off the U-17 World Cup this morning against India, the host nation. This US U-17 team is one of the most hyped in recent memory, with talents like Josh Sargent, Andrew Carleton, Timothy Weah, James Sands, and Chris Durkin all among its names.

USMNT vs. Panama, Pique speaks out and more: Freedom Kicks October 5 2017

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Also, Meggie Dougherty Howard got snubbed

Hey folks! Tomorrow the United States is up against Panama in a World Cup qualifier, but before that we've got Freedom Kicks today. There wasn't a ton of soccer news yesterday but here we go.

6 questions about the USMNT squad for World Cup qualifying - SBNation.

Da Bruce believes, Alex Morgan tossed from Disney, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 4, 2017

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The news just kept coming yesterday.

Happy Wednesday folks. There was a buttload of news stories yesterday in the soccer world, so I'm just going to get right into everything:

Bruce Arena sends message to USMNT supporters ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers | Stars & Stripes FC

Not sure if you knew this, but the United States has an important set of matches coming up to try and qualify for the World Cup.

Richmond Kickers’ final home match ends in a 1-0 loss

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A late goal from Orlando City B dashed the hopes of 6,500 at City Stadium

With their final home game of 2017, Richmond broke their season attendance record averaging 4,500 fans per match, signifying a growing supporter base for soccer in central Virginia. But the crowd of 6,500 wasn't enough to will a win, and the Kickers fell 1-0 to Orlando City B.

USA vs. Panama preview, plus a wrapup of D.C. United

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We preview a set of massive games for the USMNT

There are plenty of games to talk about even with D.C. United taking this weekend off. Jason, Adam, and Ben start with the wild game against the New York Red Bulls, in which the team showed some resilience. We talk about Zoltan Stieber's goal, rate their performance overall, and get into Tyler Adams.

Fantasy Focus: Yoshi’s Island

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Eat your enemies

The Wootcakers set the pace this round with 152 points. Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $10.6) led the team with 22 points on three goals, while Nicolas Lodeiro (SEA, $12.2) was just behind him with 21 points on a goal and two assists. Brad Guzan (ATL, $6.6) kept two clean sheets for 19 points, rounding out the top three.

USMNT World Cup Qualifying, Christian Pulisic, Nashville in MLS: Freedom Kicks for 10/3/17

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Plus, potential ~playoff drama~

G'morning, friends, and welcome to Tuesday Freedom Kicks. I have no witty opening this morning and so we're heading right to the links, starting with the OBVIOUSLY most important one.

The 2017 Best-Dressed MLS Coach Bracket | MLS

Get your #BennyWatch on.

D.C. soccer teams lose, Barcelona plays in empty stadium & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also an interesting story I'd never heard before.

Hi there, did you enjoy the weather? It sure felt like fall.

Recaps of D.C. United's 2-0 loss to Columbus Crew SC from us, MLS and WaPo. Massive Report covers the playoff-clinched Crew.

USMNT calls up Paul Arriola for pivotal World Cup qualifiers (us): Don't get hurt, and make sure we qualify Paul!

Washington Spirit close out 2017 season with 3-2 loss against Seattle Reign

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One more kick in the teeth for the Spirit, who saw a two-goal lead evaporate in the final half hour

A rough NWSL season for the Washington Spirit ended Saturday night with a tight 3-2 loss against the Seattle Reign. USWNT winger Mallory Pugh netted a brace for Washington in the first half only for Seattle to mount a comeback, scoring the winning goal with only a couple minutes left on the clock.

USMNT calls up Paul Arriola for pivotal World Cup qualifiers

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D.C. United midfielder Paul Arriola is part of the 26 man roster Bruce Arena announced Sunday for the United States in the final two World Cup qualifiers, which have become crucial for the US to qualify.

Arriola appeared as a second-half substitute for the USA's last 2 World Cup Qualifiers and his appearance was influential in the Yanks taking a point at Honduras.

D.C. United can’t keep up with the Columbus Crew, dropping a 2-0 decision on the road

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The Black-and-Red had their moments, but were ultimately unable to crack the Crew defense

Despite having the better of a decent portion of the game, D.C. United could not keep pace with the Columbus Crew, who extended their unbeaten run to eight games by downing the Black-and-Red 2-0. Goals from Josh Williams and Justin Meram midway through each half consigned United to defeat.