Black and Red United Archives for January 2017

D.C. United’s Sean Franklin, Nick DeLeon look to start 2017 at new positions

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Ben Olsen looks likely to start the season with Franklin in the middle and DeLeon at right back

Barring any last minute set backs, the team that will trot out onto the field at RFK Stadium for D.C. United will include eleven familiar faces. That's not too shocking, United, after an early exit from the playoffs in 2016, decided to keep the core of the team together in the offseason.

MLS preview, USWNT wins at SheBelieves, and more: Thursday Freedom Kicks

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Your links for Thursday morning

With MLS starting tomorrow and the SheBelieves Cup underway, the busy soccer days are upon us. I wasn't super impressed by the USWNT's 1-0 win against Germany but it did the job. To win with a three-back where one of the players recently started getting USWNT caps and one of them isn't actually a defender is impressive in its own kind of way.

Luciano Acosta is ready to be even better in 2017 for D.C. United

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After securing a permanent move from Boca Juniors, Acosta is feeling settled in the District

It was a relatively quiet offseason for D.C. United during this winter. Having rebounded in the second half of the 2016 season to become one of the highest-scoring teams in the league, United didn't allow an early playoff exit to drastically affect the makeup of the club going forward.

USWNT downs tepid Germany 1-0 in SheBelieves Cup

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A Lynn Williams goal proved the difference on a windy night outside Philadelphia

Amid questions about a new formation's ability to work against the world's best teams, the United States rather comfortably held off Germany, winning 1-0 on a Lynn Williams goal in the 56th minute at Talen Energy Stadium.

MLS Eastern Conference Preview: New York Red Bulls

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Upheaval in New Jersey may add up to some regression for the Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls, unfortunately, have been good for a few years now. Really good. They've gotten at least 50 points in each of the last five seasons, and in four of those five they topped 55 points. They ran into a problem last season in MVP voting because they had two players splitting ballots.

USA vs. Germany SheBelieves Cup live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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It's the first of three games against world class competition for the USWNT

The SheBelieves Cup returns this week for its second edition. This year's teams are the same as the last, with England, France, and Germany coming to the United States to join the USWNT in competition. These are the first matches that could be called meaningful since Jill Ellis coached the US to a medal-less finish at the Olympics in Brazil, so I'm eager to see whether things will be any different against the 5th, 3rd, and 2nd ranked teams in the world.

NWSL announces 2017 schedule

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The Washington Spirit start their 24 game slate on April 15th

The National Women's Soccer League released its 2017 schedule today. The Washington Spirit had known their first two games of the season when home openers across the league were announced, but now a full season of fixtures is confirmed.

MLS Eastern Conference Preview: New York City FC

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NYCFC got deeper, but did they improve enough to take the next step?

Last year under Patrick Vieira, New York City FC ended up surprising a lot of people. Despite the star power on their roster, they looked like a top-heavy team that was built to put on a show more than they were to actually win games.

USA begins SheBelieves Cup, Clint Dempsey fully cleared, & more: Freedom Kicks for March 1, 2017

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Happy Wednesday, and welcome to March! Today is the day the United States Women's National Team begins the SheBelieves Cup, and I come to you this morning from Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. Ready to get this month started off right? Let's do it!

USA vs Germany, SheBelieves Cup: what to watch for | Stars and Stripes FC

We have our first USWNT match in the SheBelieves Cup this evening, as they take on Germany.

Fantasy Focus: Who Should You Put on Your Roster?

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Recommendations, Sleepers, and Value

With the 2017 MLS season just a few days away, hopefully you've already joined the Black and Red United fantasy leagues. If not, you should join both our classic league (code: 1920-636) and the head-to-head league (code: 1920-637.

D.C. United season preview, Audi Field Groundbreaking, and Sporting Kansas City: Filibuster 226

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We have a lot to cover, so let's get into it

D.C. United finally broke ground on Audi Field yesterday and Filibuster has a lot of feelings about that fact. Jason, Adam, and Ben are here to go in depth about the groundbreaking and talk about how United are finally going to have a real stadium in reality.

D.C. United breaks through the last barrier at Buzzard Point groundbreaking ceremony

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After years of delays, a soccer stadium in the District is finally a reality

Throughout the years, D.C. United fans have always cast skepticism when it comes to talk about a new stadium for the team. That skepticism was well deserved, as promises from city mayors came and went. Plans flamed out at Poplar Point and in Prince George's County, and the team teetered on having to leave the area all together.

D.C. United really did break ground on a stadium

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Audi Field will soon be a real building at Buzzard Point. We can barely believe it.

It never seemed like today would come. That's the thought that I had over and over again yesterday, right up until - with my own eyes - I witnessed actual earth being moved in the name of building D.C. United a stadium.

Ground has been broken on D.C. United’s new stadium, and what else do you need? Freedom Kicks for Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Hey, did you guys hear? D.C. United broke ground on the new stadium yesterday. Oh, so you did hear? Did you hear our very own Jason and Adam (and Sebi Salazar and Bill Hamid!) talk about it?

Well, you definitely have now. Welcome to Tuesday Freedom Kicks!

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U.S. Soccer needs an identity, and the Waldo jersey is the answer

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The United States national soccer teams have lacked a traditional jersey for long enough. It's time to pick one, and we know the best choice.

Jerseys. The word is one that always is cause for adoration, ire and endless debate. Over the past 15-20 years, there is one team that has created constant material for discussion in soccer pubs and at sports parties: the United States.

MLS Eastern Conference Preview: New England Revolution

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Are new defenders and a new-ish formation enough to turn the Revs around?

The New England Revolution have regressed in each of the last two seasons, falling from a 55 point 2014, to 50 points in 2015, to last year's 42 point total that saw them miss the playoffs even in a pretty weak Eastern Conference.

D.C. United’s new stadium breaks ground, in Monday Freedom Kicks

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I'm not sure what else you need, but we got a ton.

Hi there. Anything going on today? Oh yeah, this I guess. It's a good thing a crap ton of links are here to tide you over until 3.

A sleeping giant stirs as DC United finally build their own home (MLS): Charlie Boehm with the must-read of the day.

MLS Eastern Conference Preview: Montreal Impact

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Was standing pat this offseason a mistake for the Impact?

In 2016, the Montreal Impact were never that good or that bad. They flirted with different formations during the year, but never really found something that worked better than a 433 built around the counter. Fortunately for them, that worked like a charm in the playoffs, where they found themselves in extra time in the Eastern Conference finals only to lose to their hated rivals from Toronto.

Victory over Philadelphia caps off a successful preseason for D.C. United

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United looked their best in 3-2 win over Philadelphia Union

After doing so well during the second half of 2016, D.C. United decided to stand pat for the most part this offseason. Sebastien Le Toux and Jose Ortiz were the two biggest signings, but both appear to be likely substitutes rather than starters.

D.C. United wrap up preseason with win over Philadelphia Union

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Three first-half goals helped the Black-and-Red end their preseason with a victory

D.C. United finished their preseason in style on Saturday, downing the Philadelphia Union 3-2 at the Suncoast Invitational in St. Petersburg. The Black-and-Red raced out to a 3-0 lead at the half, thanks to a 10 minute flurry of three goals.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS preseason online

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The Black-and-Red have one last preseason test today, facing the Union at the Suncoast Invitational

D.C. United's preseason trip to Florida has mostly gone well. They've scored plenty of goals on lower-level opposition, and played evenly with two Eastern Conference playoff teams. Today against the Philadelphia Union, they'll look to keep making forward progress against the only team to hold them to fewer than two goals this winter.

D.C. United sign Maxim Tissot

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The left back joins the Black-and-Red after two trial stints

D.C. United announced today that they signed Canadian defender Maxim Tissot to the club after his successful trial during this preseason. Tissot joins the team after spending the back half of 2016 with the Ottawa Fury (then of the NASL) after being waived by the Montreal Impact.

WoSo Review: NWSL openers, USWNT friendlies, and more

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The SheBelieves Cup approaches for the US, who will be busy this year

The SheBelieves Cup starts next Wednesday but this week was highlighted by the release of NWSL home openers. The full schedule is expected to be released soon. The Washington Spirit will kick off their 2017 campaign on April 15 against the North Carolina Courage, and the following week they'll travel to Orlando to take on the Pride.

After offseason surgery, Bill Hamid is ready to return for D.C. United

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Following his first appearance of the preseason, Hamid is looking forward to the future

During the first half of Wednesday's friendly against St. Louis FC, goalkeeper Bill Hamid put his gloves on, headed down the sideline, accompanied by goalkeeper coach Zach Thornton. The two worked together for several minutes, before Hamid warmed up in front of goal during the halftime break.

MLS goes big time: big banks are financing new soccer stadiums like never before

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Private stadium financing like that used in the NFL and NBA has arrived

Major League Soccer is now one of the major players in American sports, at least according to one important industry: the banks. According to SportsBusiness Journal, the newest wave of stadiums being built, including those for Orlando City, LAFC, and D.

New MLS jerseys, Claudio Ranieri, & more: Freedom Kicks for 2/24/2017

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D.C. United preseason, USWNT friendlies, and women making history are what we're thinking about today

Last night, I had a dream that D.C. United traded Julian Buescher to Orlando City for $750,000 in TAM. Specifically, in the dream I was doing a last look at an article for this very site before publishing, and that's where I learned of the trade.

MLS Eastern Conference Preview: Columbus Crew

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Will Columbus bounce back after a disastrous 2016?

In 2015, just about everything went well for the Columbus Crew. Gregg Berhalter's system was forcing Crew opponents to play a game they were deeply uncomfortable with, the entire Columbus front four couldn't stop scoring goals, and all was well.

D.C. United preseason, Real Madrid, and FIFPro World XI: Thursday Freedom Kicks

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Champions League action, Jordan Morris, Wayne Rooney, and a bad-but-actually-good PK make up today's links

Hello folks! Hope things are going well. I started watching this Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design and so far it's pretty good. SheBelieves Cup kicks off next Wednesday and that's another thing I'm excited about.

Bill Hamid returns as D.C. United strolls to preseason win over Saint Louis FC

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Kamara, Le Toux, and Nyarko all grabbed goals for the Black-and-Red in Clearwater, FL

With preseason winding down, a reserve-heavy D.C. United made easy work of Saint Louis FC of the USL, rolling to a 3-0 victory at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, FL. Alhaji Kamara and Sebastien Le Toux scored while United's probable second team was on the field in the first hour, before Patrick Nyarko scored a late goal to cap things off.

MLS Eastern Conference preview and D.C. United preseason: Filibuster 225

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Strap in for a super-sized episode!

We are 10 days away from D.C. United's season opener, so we have to bring you a Filibuster to keep you up to date! Jason, Ben, and Adam kick off the show by talking about the new name of the stadium at Buzzard Point: Audi Field. We also discuss D.C. United re-signing Patrick Mullins to a multi-year deal before diving into the first preseason game against the Montreal Impact.

MLS Eastern Conference previews: How does D.C. United stack up?

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In-depth looks at the prospects of the Black-and-Red's competition in the East

When it comes to the Eastern Conference, one team has made more noise than anyone else this offseason. Chicago made major additions, the Red Bulls suffered some major losses, and D.C. United kept some big names around, but no one in the East garnered the attention that Atlanta United has ahead of their expansion season.

D.C. United vs. St. Louis FC preseason live stream: Kickoff time and how to watch online

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D.C. United continues their preseason against a USL team

D.C. United is back in action this afternoon, taking on St. Louis FC of the USL in their second match of the Suncoast Invitational. United showed some good signs during their 4-2 loss to the Montreal Impact, even if the score line itself doesn't reflect that; they will look to build on that and try and put together a complete performance as they ramp up for the season.

D.C. United, Montreal Impact trade MLS things

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The Black-and-Red are renting out an international roster spot for 2017

D.C. United announced today that they've traded an international roster spot for the 2017 season to the Montreal Impact. In exchange, they've acquired $75,000 in general allocation money (GAM). The move leaves United with five international roster spots, four of which are occupied by Julian Buescher, Luciano Acosta, Alhaji Kamara, and Jose Ortiz.

Sutton’s Wayne Shaw resigns over pie-gate, Mullins re-ups with D.C. United & More: Freedom Kicks for February 22, 2017

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They really had to let Wayne Shaw go over a pie, didn't they?

Happy Wednesday ladies and gents! There was one main story that dominated the news yesterday, but there was plenty of other news as well. So, let's jump into it:

Sutton reserve keeper Wayne Shaw resigns over pie-eating incident | ESPNFC

The story that captivated everyone's hearts has a sad ending, as Wayne Shaw resigns from his positions at Sutton United after his eating a pie during the FA Cup match against Arsenal was the subject of a gambling investigation.

Washington Spirit announces 2017 NWSL home opener

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The Spirit's home opener is set for April 15 against North Carolina Courage

The Washington Spirit will open their 2017 NWSL season on April 15 against the North Carolina Courage at the Maryland Soccerplex. The following week, the Spirit will travel to Florida to face the Orlando Pride. The full schedule is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

D.C. United re-signs Patrick Mullins to a multi-year contract

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The target man is here to stay

Black & Red United can confirm that D.C. United have re-signed forward Patrick Mullins to a multi-year contract extension. Mullins made $126K in guaranteed compensation last year, and looks poised for a well-deserved raise. As per MLS policy, exact terms were not disclosed.

WoSo, USMNT, and...Mike Piazza? Freedom Kicks for Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Lower divisions are so hot right now.

Hello hello hello, friends. Hope everyone had a nice long weekend and got a chance to enjoy the ridiculously nice weather! Now back to your regularly scheduled week, including your regularly scheduled soccer links.

A Look at Season Tickets Around the NWSL | Backline Soccer

As the title states, this article explores season ticket packages across the NWSL, but damn is this detailed.

MLS Eastern Conference Preview: Chicago Fire

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After two straight seasons at the bottom of the table, the Fire are desperate to be competitive

The Chicago Fire have been MLS's worst club for two straight years. In 2015, they lost 20 times, fired coach Frank Yallop mid-season, and did not retain interim boss Brian Bliss. In 2016, after new GM Nelson Rodriguez hand-picked Veljko Paunovic to be the club's new head coach, they picked up precisely one more point in the standings, and actually won fewer games and had a worse goal difference.

D.C. United preseasons and Jason Levien works on stadia: Monday FKs

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Spring breakers, stadium rights and more today.

Some of you may be sleeping in because of the holiday. To others of you, good Monday.

Hey, did you hear D.C. United received final approval to build Audi Field at Buzzard Point? On the off chance you didn't get the chance to look at things Friday, there is some leftover stuff from Goff here and here, here (Soccerwire) and here (Clad Global).

D.C. United falls 2-4 to the Montreal Impact

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Just like the playoffs, D.C. United can't unlock Montreal

D.C. United went down early and were never able to catch back up to the Montreal Impact in their first preseason match of the Suncoast Invitational.

D.C. United conceded in the sixth minute because they couldn't get the ball out of the area.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact preseason live stream: Kickoff time and how to watch online

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D.C. United kicks off part 2 of the preseason back in Florida

D.C. United is back in action this afternoon, taking on the Montreal Impact in first game of the Tampa Bay Rowdies' Suncoast Invitational. This is the first of two matches United will play at Al Lang Stadium, the Rowdies home, with the middle game being played at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex nearby.

MLS Eastern Conference preview: Atlanta United

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The expansion team is getting all the attention, but will they actually be any good?

When it comes to the Eastern Conference, one team has made more noise than anyone else this offseason. Chicago made major additions, the Red Bulls suffered some major losses, and D.C. United kept some big names around, but no one in the East garnered the attention that Atlanta United has ahead of their expansion season.

D.C. United 2017 Preseason Minutes Tracker v1.0

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There is fierce competition for starting spots

We are halfway through D.C. United's preseason, and the games start back up again this weekend. United has played three preseason games so far, and has done so against the US U-17 team, the Philadelphia Union, and Jönköpings Södra.

If you'd like the direct link to view the minutes tracker, click here.

More MLS jersey leaks, D.C. United stadium approved, and more: Freedom Kicks for 2/17/2017

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Changes at Red Bull Arena, and the NWSL season is approaching

Normally I open Freedom Kicks with some odd statement about something totally unrelated to anything. Today, though, I'd like to take a second to note the job everyone on our staff did in covering the byzantine process of getting a stadium from concept to where it is today.

D.C. United stadium gets final zoning approval

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The DC Zoning Commission voted to allow United to move forward with stadium plan at Buzzard Point

It took 1303 days, but D.C. United finally has the approval for their new stadium. The D.C. Zoning Commission voted unanimously on Thursday night, paving way for United to begin construction on their stadium at Buzzard Point.

Carli Lloyd to Man City, D.C. United stadium naming rights, and more: 16 February Freedom Kicks

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Your links for Thursday morning

Good morning! I'm warming up to the new, all-red, USA kits. The first Washington Spirit preseason game is in just over a month so that's good news too.

D.C. United land Audi in one of the biggest stadium naming rights deals in MLS - Black And Red United
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D.C. United land Audi in one of the biggest stadium naming rights deals in MLS

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The stadium's naming rights are among the highest in the league

D.C. United announced today that they have secured a sponsor for their new stadium at Buzzard Point. The team is returning to the greater VW Group by partnering with Audi, giving us Audi Field.

Jason Levien, D.C. United managing partner, had glowing things to say about the partnership with Audi:

We are thrilled to partner with such an incredible brand that is not only recognized in North America, but throughout the world Audi has transcended the automobile industry and fully embraced the culture of soccer, especially in MLS.

USA jersey released, Barcelona gets blasted, and more: Freedom Kicks for February 15, 2017

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All red everything for the USMNT & USWNT!

Happy Wednesday folks. Hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine's Day (or Singles Awareness Day). Today is just Wednesday, but there are Champions League matches for you to watch! Okay, here's the news:

U.S. Soccer unveils new red 2017 U.S.

MLS jersey talk plus the first half of D.C. United’s preseason: Filibuster 224

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Our podcast takes a sartorial flavor today

It is a Tuesday Filibuster for your earholes! Jason, Adam, and Ben are back to talk about D.C. United's preseas on (5:33), including the friendly against J-Sodra, Ben Olsen's lineup choices, Sean Franklin at center back, and the crop of trialists. Something happened to Ben's audio, so we had to chop out some parts; believe me, he made very smart and insightful comments.

For the love of soccer: Freedom Kicks for Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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Soccer is great, you know?

Happy Valentine's Day, fam! Apologies for the late Freedom Kicks this morning, but I 100% forgot that today is Tuesday.

Since I'm woefully unprepared, I thought this could be a Special Edition Free-for-All Freedom Kicks—we all obviously love soccer, and today is for celebrating love, so let's talk about why we love the beautiful game.

D.C. United releases almost all preseason trialists

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There isn't much drama at the end of D.C. United's roster

D.C. United has confirmed to Black and Red United that the team has released all of the trialists from the first part of preseason camp, save for Maxim Tissot. Tissot has impressed so far as a potential backup for Taylor Kemp, and Steve Goff has reported that the team has offered Tissot a contract.

Jerseys revealed, players plunging, stadiums approved? Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also Black Sabbath because...Black Sabbath.

Hey, did you find yourself at a Day to Unite? Did you see Leanne and her riding boots? I think she went to Middleburg after for some steeplechase, I dunno.

United's 2017 secondary kit unveiled (D.C. United): Riblets! Stripes! Buttons!

Some People Seem To Think DC United's New Kit Having "DCUNTD" On It Is Less Than Ideal (Barstool Sports): Oh.

3 questions for D.C. United after the first leg of preseason

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Even with continuity from last year, the Black-and-Red have some questions that haven't been settled yet

D.C. United's first foray south for the winter, two weeks in Bradenton, Florida, came to a close this week after three friendly games. There was a 6-0 cakewalk against the US under-17 national team, a 1-1 draw against the Philadelphia Union, and a 3-2 win over Swedish club Jönköpings Södra.

Tales from Buzzard Point - Chapter 7: Flight of the Loons

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The sixth 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

This entry is a rarity — one that has not required any research but features the original author.

D.C. United 2017 road jersey leaks

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We get a look at what the Black-and-Red will wear on the road in 2017

D.C. United will return to mostly white when hitting the road during the 2017 MLS season. This morning, the new secondary jersey was leaked in full by Todo Sobre Camisetas:

DC United 2017 adidas away kit LEAKED: https://t.

Alvaro Saborio retires, MLS preseason, Hope Solo, and more: Freedom Kicks for 2/10/2017

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Start your day with hollering about chemicals and the reality that Dallas is playing every single team in Argentina

I fell asleep in front of the TV after the Caps game, and woke up at 3am to a spray-tanned fellow screaming and hollering about some sort of all-natural pill to fix joint pain.

D.C. United rookies looking to carve out roster spots

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Chris Odoi-Atsem and Eric Klenofsky made waves in Florida

Two of the rookies that D.C. United drafted this year during the MLS SuperDraft made inroads during United's first preseason camp, earning playing time during the first set of friendlies. Chris Odoi-Atsem, the right back selected in the first round from played in the first two friendlies, against the USA U-17 team and the Philadelphia Union, while Eric Klenofsky, the towering goalkeeper from Monmouth University, played the second 45 minutes in all three games.

D.C. United preseason and USMNT with Cody Bradley: Filibuster 223

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Soccer is ramping back up towards First Kick

It is Wednesday, and so that means it is Filibuster day! Jason, Ben, and Adam are back to talk about all things soccer, and we start off with D.C. United's preseason. We discuss the fact that Jalen Robinson has been with the first team more often than Kofi Opare, the return of Steve Birnbaum, whether or not Ian Harkes can grab a starting spot, and the good play of Jose Guillermo Ortiz so far.

Hope Solo speaks, D.C. United preseason win, USWNT roster, & more: Freedom Kicks for February 9, 2017

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As winter returns, read up on MLS roster rules, tattoos, and clocks

Good morning! I was hoping for a snow day today but it doesn't look like that's happening. Here is what is happening in the soccer world.

D.C. United wrap up first leg of preseason with win over J-Södra - Black And Red United
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D.C. United wrap up first leg of preseason with win over J-Södra

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Goals from Marcelo, Acosta, and Le Toux pace a 3-2 win over Swedish opposition

D.C. United wrapped up the first portion of their preseason with a 3-2 win over Swedish top flight side Jönköpings Södra IF on Wednesday afternoon at the IMG Academy. Fielding different lineups each half, United raced out to a 2-0 halftime lead, with goals from Marcelo Sarvas and Luciano Acosta.

How to watch D.C. United versus Jönköpings Södra

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D.C. United's first streaming preseason game is today

After playing their first two preseason games behind closed doors, the world will get its first glimpse at the 2017 version of D.C. United as the team takes on Sweden's Jönköpings Södra IF. After this game, United will return to DC and that is traditionally when the first round of cuts to the trialists comes, so they especially will be looking to make an impression on Ben Olsen and his crew.

Sebastien Le Toux looking to push into D.C. United starting lineup

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Despite tough competition on the wings, the former Philadelphia Union attacker wants to be a major factor for the Black-and-Red

As D.C. United transitioned from struggling to score goals in the first half of 2016 to becoming one of the highest scoring teams by season's end, the wide midfield positions were one of their biggest strengths.

Washington Spirit partner with Reston Soccer for Virginia Development Academy

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After losing original partner clubs, the Spirit have secured a partnership with Reston Soccer Association

The Washington Spirit have partnered with Reston Soccer Association for their Virginia-based U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy program. After losing three of the planned partners for the Virginia Development Academy, the Spirit have secured the first partner club for their Virginia program.

Washington Spirit partner with Baltimore Armour for U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy

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Baltimore Armour joins MSI as partner in Spirit's Maryland Girls DA

The Washington Spirit added Baltimore Armour as a partner for their Maryland program in the U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy. Baltimore Armour joins Montgomery Soccer Incorporated (MSI) as the Spirit's partner clubs in Maryland.

Jersey leaks and rumors, Lahm to retire, and more: Freedom Kicks for February 8, 2017

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We love jersey leaks, and the jersey rumor mill was CHURNING!

Happy Wednesday, my peoples. Tuesday had a ton, so fire up the engines and let's get rolling!

USMNT getting a 2017 Gold Cup-exclusive kit? | Stars and Stripes FC

By now, we've all seen that the United States will be getting a new 3rd jersey that's red and maroon.

Ian Harkes, Chris Durkin lead academy revolution in D.C. United’s midfield

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Two homegrown signings are pushing for playing time during United's preseason

The two youngest players under contract with D.C. United happen to be linked together in a couple of ways. United's most recent homegrown signings Chris Durkin and Ian Harkes are roommates on this preseason trip, and there are hopes that both players are regulars in United's engine room for years to come.

Fresh off of USMNT appearances, Steve Birnbaum joins up with D.C. United

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Monday marked the center back's first 2017 practice with United

After spending nearly a month with the US national team for their annual January camp, playing all 90 minutes in friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica, center back Steve Birnbaum was out on the practice field with D.C. United on Monday.

Final thoughts on USMNT Camp Cupcake, and will Chicharito ever come to MLS? | Freedom Kicks for February 7, 2017

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This writer's final thought on January camp: needed more Bill Hamid.

It's only Tuesday! How is it only Tuesday?

Well, regardless, every day is soccer day. Let's get to it!

Despite losing partner clubs in Virginia, Washington Spirit moving forward with Girls DA plans | Black and Red United

ICYMI from last night.

Despite losing partner clubs in Virginia, Washington Spirit moving forward with Girls DA plans

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Braddock Road, Arlington, Loudoun will not be partnering with the Spirit's Virginia Development Academy program

The Washington Spirit lost three of the partner clubs for its Virginia-based U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy program. Braddock Road Youth Club (BRYC), Loudoun Soccer, and Arlington Soccer Association will not partner with the Washington Spirit's Development Academy in 2017.

D.C. United scrimmages and more: Monday FKs

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Soccer against grownups, Black-and-Red alums and more!

Hey there, how was your Super Bowl thing?

D.C. United, Philadelphia Union finish tied in preseason match (us): Preseason gamers, with on-site quotes? Yep, that's this. Steven Streff is down there, so check back occasionally for more content in Bradenton.

D.C. United, Philadelphia Union finish tied in preseason match

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Jose Guillermo Ortiz provides the tally for the Black-and-Red in 1-1 draw with Philly

Three days after an easy win of the USA under-17s, D.C. United faced stiffer competition in their second preseason game, resulting in a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union. After falling behind to a first half goal from CJ Sapong, offseason signing Jose Guillermo Ortiz netted the equalizer for United in the second half, finishing off an assist from trialist Maxim Tissot.

Jordan Morris goal hands USMNT 1-0 friendly win over Jamaica

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Benny Feilhaber, among others, stated his case for a spot on the World Cup qualifying roster as the US beat a cautious Reggae Boyz side

Despite dominating possession and restricting Jamaica to no true shots on goal, the United States was forced to sweat a bit before winning 1-0 on a cold night in Chattanooga.

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

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The USMNT's winter camp wraps up tonight against CONCACAF opposition

The US men's national team concludes their January (and, I suppose, February) camp tonight in Tennessee, facing Jamaica. It's probably no mistake that the USMNT is lining up a CONCACAF foe, what with crucial World Cup qualifiers looming on the horizon.

MLS Fantasy is back - Join the B&RU leagues!

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A month from the kickoff of the MLS season, Fantasy MLS returns with a few changes, and one of them is huge.

Now that Fantasy MLS is live, we get to see what has been changed for 2017. The biggest change is that there are no longer limits on weekly transfers. In the past we've had two or three free changes per round, with a couple of rounds where unlimited transfers were allowed, but now there are no restrictions at all.

NWSL TV deal, MLS preseason, and D.C. United talking points: Freedom Kicks for February 3, 2017

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DCU interviews, Becky Sauerbrunn standing for what's right, and a whole lot more

I had forgotten to put this together as of 10pm last night, and now I'm sitting here with a Freedom Kicks that could last you fine folks through the entire weekend. I get by with a little help from my friends (which is to say a bunch of good folks sent me links when I asked).

Washington Spirit release 2017 preseason schedule

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Spirit will play first-ever game in Virginia

The Washington Spirit released its 2017 preseason schedule this afternoon which features four games against top college programs. The Spirit will play their first-ever game in Virginia, a March 25 match against the University of North Carolina. All matches are free except the UNC game, which will cost $10 to the general public.

NWSL announces TV deal and media partnership with A+E Networks

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Lifetime will air a game of the week every Saturday of the season

The National Women's Soccer League announced a landmark national TV deal with A+E Networks today. League matches will be shown on Lifetime once a week during every week of the season. The terms of the three-year deal also see A+E Networks taking an equity stake in the NWSL, while Lifetime will become the league's official broadcast partner.

D.C. United preseason, Lloyd Sam, NWSL TV deal, & more: Freedom Kicks for February 2, 2017

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Start your morning by reading about soccer

Good morning! The main thing driving my day is a massive NWSL television deal that's getting announced today. I'm also looking forward to the Super Bowl but here are some soccer related links.

D.C. United demolishes the US U-17 MNT in first preseason friendly - Black And Red United
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USA vs. Jamaica and Serbia, LAFC, and D.C. United: Filibuster 222

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Despite there not being much D.C. United news, we've got plenty about which to talk

It is Wednesday, and so that means it is Filibuster day! Jason, Ben, and Adam are back to talk about all things soccer, and we kick off with the US Men's National Team and the re-debut of Bruce Arena. We talk about the differences in the team from the Jurgen Klinsmann era as well as the fullback choices Bruce made.

D.C. United demolishes the US U-17 MNT in first preseason friendly

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The men took on the boys, and the men won

D.C. United opened their preseason schedule today, playing two thirty minute halves against the US U-17 men's national team, which sits in residency at Bradenton. United won the game 6-0, which is appropriate for a game pitting full professionals against 16 year olds.

Tales from Buzzard Point - Chapter 6: The Aurochs and the Eagle

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The sixth 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.

Today's entry was researched by "Tales from Buzzard Point" Series Editor David Rusk.

NWSL TV deal, Dydasco re-signs with Spirit, and more: WoSo Week in Review

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There's plenty of news in the NWSL to discuss, plus some noteworthy moves for international players

The world of women's soccer has been busy of late. Major news is coming for the NWSL, and that's after the minimum salary was raised. Meanwhile, the Washington Spirit re-signed Caprice Dydasco, the North Carolina Courage locked in a coach, the Portland Thorns will be missing a big name until mid-summer, and Australian national team regular Caitlin Foord announced where she'd be playing in 2017.

MLS expansion, January transfer window closes, and more: Freedom Kicks for 2/1/17

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MLS has some expanding to do!

Happy February folks, and welcome to Black History Month. It's an important month to me and I feel it's great for everyone to learn a little something about black history not just in America but the world every day this month. So, kick of the morning by learning about one of the greatest African soccer players ever, Roger Milla.