Black and Red United Archives for January 2017

Bad start dooms Washington Spirit in 1-0 loss to visiting Houston Dash

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An injury-riddled Spirit attack couldn't create the necessary chances to get a result

The Washington Spirit's attack stumbled on Saturday night as the team posted a 1-0 defeat against the Houston Dash. Houston forward Kealia Ohai scored in the 28th minute, capping off a dominant start for the visitors.

D.C. United counter Atlanta United’s attack, win 3-1

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The Black-and-Red won for the first time on the road in 2017

D.C. United came down to Georgia and took a punch in the mouth, but were able to respond admirably, to beat Atlanta United 3-1 for their first win on the road in 2017. Atlanta could have scored twice in the opening moments of the game, but eventually took the lead in the 9th minute through Kenwyne Jones.

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

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It's MLS Old School vs. MLS New School down in Georgia this afternoon

D.C. United has the proudest history in the league, but today they take on an Atlanta United side that is making history of a different sort. Despite being an expansion team, ATLUTD has immediately established themselves as a big-spending, high-profile club that expects big things right away.

Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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An injury-depleted Spirit face a beleaguered Dash

After the Washington Spirit entered the season with three players out due to ACL tears, it was hard to see how things could get worse. But then Joanna Lohman tore her ACL in the opening minutes of the season, and three additional Spirit starters will also be out today.

D.C. United versus Atlanta United lineup: Luciano Acosta and Patrick Mullins are back

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Injuries still dog United, but they have two key starters back

D.C. United will take on Atlanta United this Sunday without a number of keys players: Steve Birnbaum, Nick DeLeon, Patrick Nyarko, and Sebastien LeToux all look to remain on the sidelines due to various injuries. However, the timely return of Patrick Mullins, Taylor Kemp, and Luciano Acosta will provide some tooth to the attack that finally found some goals last week.

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

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It's a battle of the black and red teams!

So, it's still a little bonkers to me that Atlanta has an MLS team, because I grew up there and MLS never seemed like it was really in the cards. And now Atlanta is actually doing pretty well in its first season, while DCU has started 2017 a little bit on the struggle bus.

Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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An injury-depleted Spirit face a beleaguered Dash

After the Washington Spirit entered the season with three players out due to ACL tears, it was hard to see how things could get worse. But then Joanna Lohman tore her ACL in the opening minutes of the season and three additional Spirit players will also be out today.

Atlanta United projected starting 11 to face D.C. United

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Even without one of their attacking stars, this other United poses a major challenge for the Black-and-Red

Atlanta United has quickly drawn plenty of praise, and it's not hard to figure out why. Expensive attacking signings have panned out, Tata Martino has looked as smart as expected, and their only-in-MLS acquisitions have been useful starters.

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

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A patchwork lineup & strange game? Give us some ratings!

D.C. United went into last week's game with the New England Revolution missing several from their first choice XI, gave up a goal early, yet still managed to get a result in Foxboro with a 2-2 draw, even so far as controlling glimpses of the game.

Ailing D.C. United limping into Atlanta United test

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The Black-and-Red wrap up road swing with first-ever meeting with Atlanta

D.C. United hasn't exactly enjoyed the start of the recent three-game road swing in MLS play. There were a couple of positives in the first half two weeks ago, until poor play after the break undid them against the New York Red Bulls.

D.C. United vs. Atlanta United, best wishes to Joanna Lohman, and more: Freedom Kicks for 4/28/2017

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The Uniteds meet soon, the Rainbow Warrior goes under the knife, and TFC-Dynamo is on tap for tonight

A friend of mine is in Florida on vacation, and has had two stories from Uber drivers. The first one tried to sell him hard drugs. The other, a recovered drug addict, told him an amazing story in which the Grim Reaper entered the room and began spinning him "hammer-toss style" in preparations to throw him into Hell.

Gambling, tax fraud, and Steve Birnbaum: Freedom Kicks for Thursday, April 27

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Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman will undergo ACL surgery this morning

Hello! From ESPN layoffs to tax fraud investigations, there was a lot of soccer news yesterday. Today, Washington Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman will undergo ACL surgery.

Tax fraud investigations are a bit too common with West Ham board - Brace The Hammer
West Ham owners Karren Brady and David Sullivan are getting investigated for tax fraud but there's a good chance this ends in nothing.

Chris Durkin, USA U-17s beat Mexico 4-3, advance in CONCACAF Championship

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D.C. United's Chris Durkin played all 90 minutes in midfield in the win

The United States U-17 soccer team took a step closer to qualifying for October's U-17 World Cup on Wednesday night, defeating their Mexican rivals 4-3. With the win, the US secured their passage through the first group stage with one game remaining.

D.C. United versus Atlanta United preview, plus praise for Ian Harkes: Filibuster podcast

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Atlanta fans are very confident

After falling prey to the ravages of time yesterday, Filibuster has conquered its oppressors and is here for you. We talk about D.C. United 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution and how they were able to do it depleted from a slew of injuries that the team could not anticipate.

D.C. United 2017 contracts and cap-ology

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We know more about where MLS teams stand than ever before

As the 2017 season is in its toddler incarnation, I wanted to try and put together a financial and numeric look at D.C. United's roster. Before getting too deep into the weeds, a couple of notes for stipulation: I'm using the current Roster Rules and Regulations and the April 2017 salaries list the Players Union released.

Pour one out at Audi Field for Johan Cruyff: Wednesday Freedom Kicks

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The GOAT would have celebrated his birthday yesterday, and he'd have been as entertained by MLS-adjacent drug smuggling as I am

Oh, hello there. I'm back in the Freedom Kicks game for #onemorningonly (I'm still working on the hashtag, ok?), and I want to talk about renovations. Namely the reno my family is going through at the moment as we prepare for child #2.

2017 player salaries released, some D.C. United players got PAID.

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I mean, really.

The MLS Players Union released the first salary figures of 2017 today (you can view them here), and we get to see the first updated salaries of Luciano Acosta and Steve Birnbaum. Both players are above the Designated Player threshold of $480,625, however General and/or Targeted Allocation Money mechanisms were used in the re-signing of both players, and these salaries reflect the pre-allocation totals.

Fantasy Focus: Triple Threat

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Dempsey and Giovinco for the Nguyen

We have another new overall leader this round, as !BL4CKnRED took over first place with a round-leading 131 points. Captain Lee Nguyen (NE, $10.1) led the team with 32 points on the strength of a goal. Meanwhile, Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.2) scored two goals on the way to 16 points, and Florian Jungwirth (SJ, $5.

USMNT lineups, the coolest kindergarten, and more: Freedom Kicks for 4/25/17

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Also, Zlatan is Zlatan.

I just want everyone to know that yesterday at work we had a three hour, department-wide meeting that ended with tacos and frozen margaritas...at 3:00 p.m. For like, no real reason? I'm sharing this because it was weird, but also awesome, and I'm still a little confused about it.

Vote for D.C. United’s Man of the Match vs. New England

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Lots of new choices in this one.

D.C. United looking into rediscovering their form after losing it last week was a bit of a need, made more so by missing several players to injury or illness. And the first 50 minutes or so was some of the more...interesting? in recent memory as they eeked out a 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution.

Lionel Messi maintains God status in El Clasico, D.C. United/Spirit/Kickers recaps & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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A tremendous rivalry game and a bunch of local soccer for your reading.

What a trippy little game that was. Soccer, right?

Recaps of D.C. United's draw with the New England Revolution by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and WaPo. The Bent Musket has things from the Land of Heaps.

Chris Durkin nets winner for USA against Jamaica U-17s

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In the Americans first World Cup qualifier, United's homegrown player headed in the first goal in a 5-0 rout

Chris Durkin scored the opening goal for the United States under-17 team in the second half against their Jamaican counterparts, and the US eventually coasted to a 5-0 victory to start off their World Cup Qualifying campaign.

Alhaji Kamara leads Richmond Kickers past Pittsburgh Riverhounds

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The Kickers get their first win in four games with some help from a D.C. United loanee

The 1-3-0 Richmond Kickers faced off Saturday against the 1-2-2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds during a rain soaked game at Richmond's City Stadium. Richmond was coming off three straight losses, a situation the team has never been in under coach Leigh Cowlishaw's leadership.

Alhaji Kamara Leads Richmond Kickers to First Win in Four Matches

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The Richmond Kickers get their first win of the season with help from D.C. United.

The 1-3-0 Richmond Kickers faced off Saturday against the 1-2-2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds during a rain soaked game at Richmond's City Stadium. Richmond was coming off three straight losses, a situation the team has never been in under coach Leigh Cowlishaw's leadership.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution in GIFs

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A strange game, but one that deserves an exam.

If you'd told me coming into the game that D.C. United would start a lineup with two guys making their first starts with the club, and two other guys with their first starts of 2017, and they'd give up a goal in the first five minutes only to take (and lose) the lead en route to an entertaining 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution, I'd have called you a nutjob, or whatever slang it is for crazy talk these days.

“Important” road result for D.C. United after a wild draw with the Revs

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Despite making several enforced changes to their lineup, United managed to get a road result at New England

D.C. United's 2-2 draw on Saturday night against the New England Revolution had a little bit of everything, and provided plenty of story lines which could be the focus of post game analysis.

Washington Spirit battle their way to a 1-1 draw against the Orlando Pride

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Despite Marta making her debut, the Spirit managed to collect their first point of the NWSL season

The Washington Spirit manage to scrape a tie against the Orlando Pride, picking up the club's first point of the 2017 season. Despite the Pride looking like the better team in the second half, the Spirit went up 1-0 thanks to Line Sigvardsen Jensen's header.

D.C. United settle for 2-2 draw against New England Revolution

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United gave up goals to start each half, but first half goals from Jared Jeffrey & Sebastien Le Toux gave them a road point

D.C. United couldn't have asked for a worse start in either half against the New England Revolution on Saturday evening. United conceded in the 5th and 48th minutes, but thanks to first half goals from Jared Jeffrey and Sebastien Le Toux, the Black-and-Red got out of Gillette Stadium with a point in an eventful 2-2 draw with the Revolution.

D.C. United settle for 2-2 draw against New England Revolution

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United gave up goals to start each half, but scored twice in the first half through Jeffrey and Le Toux

D.C. United couldn't have asked for a worse start in either half against the New England Revolution on Saturday evening. United conceded a goal to start each half, but thanks to goals from Jared Jeffrey and Sebastien Le Toux, United got out of Gillette Stadium with a point, in a 2-2 draw with the Revolution.

NWSL announces Orlando City Stadium as championship venue

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For the second year in a row, the championship will be decided at a neutral venue

During halftime of the Washington Spirit and Orlando Pride's nationally televised game on Saturday, the National Women's Soccer League announced that Orlando City Stadium will host the league's 2017 championship game.

Orlando Pride vs. Washington Spirit 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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Washington heads south to Orlando to face Marta and the Pride

After a rough offseason, it was hard to imagine how the Washington Spirit's situation could get worse. But in the Spirit's opening game, Joanna Lohman suffered a season-ending ACL injury and forward Cheyna Williams exited with a groin injury.

New England Revolution vs. D.C. United 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS online

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The Black-and-Red head to Massachusetts in search of their first away win of the year

D.C. United enters tonight's game against the New England Revolution in need of some good news. The Black-and-Red are the lowest-scoring team in MLS coming into this one, and will have to make do without two or three starters on the road.

New England Revolution projected starting 11 to face D.C. United

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In this week's Opposition 11, we look over a Revs side that features a diamond midfield and a potent attack

Most of the talk surrounding D.C. United this week has surrounded injuries. The Black-and-Red will face the New England Revolution without Steve Birnbaum and Patrick Nyarko, and most likely Nick DeLeon as well.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution staff and reader predictions

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You want a revolution? I want a revelation.

Last week, we felt bizarrely optimistic about playing the New York Red Bulls on the road, and it turned out that we were dumb with that optimism. D.C. United lost 2-0, and in retrospect, we probably shouldn't have expected much more than that.

This week, we are still feeling relatively optimistic, but hear us out, okay?

Washington Spirit at Orlando Pride: 3 questions with The Mane Land

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Checking in with Orlando's answer to B&RU ahead of the Spirit's clash with the Pride

The Washington Spirit face the Orlando Pride tomorrow in the Pride's first game at the club's brand new stadium. The Spirit fell to the North Carolina Courage 1-0 last Saturday, while the Pride lost 2-0 on the road against the Portland Thorns.

El Clasico approaches, D.C. United & Washington Spirit on the road, & more: Freedom Kicks for 4/21/2017

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TAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMM!!! Always more TAM! And don't forget #MartaWatch

Today is my birthday, and I have a request of all of you fine folks. Years ago, Ben & Jerry's used to host a Free Cone Day that always fell within a couple days of my birthday, and I turned it into an ad hoc birthday celebration.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution lineup: Injuries force Olsen’s hand

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Can United find its winning ways?

Every season it seems like D.C. United is dealing with a slew of early season injuries, and this year is no different. Steve Birnbaum and Patrick Nyarko are almost definitely out, with Nick DeLeon a question mark and Patrick Mullins unlikely to go the full 90 minutes.

Bill Hamid reportedly in talks with D.C. United to extend contract

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It looks like the Black-and-Red are trying to make sure another important player is around when Audi Field opens

Steve Goff reported Wednesday night that D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid was involved in contract extension talks with the team. Goff cited multiple sources, including one who characterized the talks as going well but another seemed to exercise caution on their progress.

UEFA Champions League, Mal Pugh news, and cats: Thursday Freedom Kicks

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Juve's win over Barcelona, plus MLS and NWSL links for your morning

Good morning! I was planning on starting this with a joke about the Caps choking but they didn't. I don't have any other joke today so let's get to soccer.

Barcelona vs. Juventus: Final score 0-0, Leonardo Bonucci dominates in Champions League quarterfinal | SBNation.

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

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A dour game? Bring on dour ratings.

D.C. United hoped to snap run of bad luck in New Jersey against a New York Red Bulls side that found themselves in need of an identity or form or whatever, similar to what D.C. did two weeks prior. And like two weeks prior when D.C. beat the Philadelphia Union, the Black-and-Red found themselves on the bad end of a 2-0 result.

D.C. United’s collapse against New York Red Bulls, and previewing the New England Revolution: Filibuster podcast

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Unfortunately, we have to talk about Saturday

Despite the poor performances around all of the DMV's soccer teams, the Filibuster podcast is ready to go the full 90. Adam, Jason, and Ben have to talk about D.C. United's 2-0 defeat at the hands of the New York Red Bulls. We discuss the injury to Steve Birnbaum, the goals by Bradley Wright-Phillips and Alex Muyl, and then go from back to front dissecting the poor play: the defense, midfield, and attack all get a turn.

Real Madrid highlights, Mal Pugh, D.C. United injuries and more: Thursday Freedom Kicks

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A mix of links this morning

Hello all! I'm subbing for Donald today who is in Australia. He's in Australia but now you get two days of free kicks of me. Pretty even trade.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat trick to secure semifinal spot | Managing Madrid

Watch the highlights of Real Madrid's controversial Champions League win over Bayern Munich | FOX Sports (FOX Sports)

Thanks to a Ronaldo hat trick, an own goal, and some referee drama, Real Madeid beat Bayern Munich.

Fantasy Focus: That’ll do, pig.

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It does help to play with a man advantage for 63 minutes.

We have a new overall league leader, as American Soccer FC used a round-leading 96 points to ascend to the top of the standings. Bastian Schweinsteiger (CHI, $9.3) led the team with 14 points on the strength of a goal and an assist. Not far behind him were Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $9.

Mal Pugh is going pro, but probably not with the Washington Spirit

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The Spirit have the top NWSL claim on the USWNT phenom, but Grant Wahl is reporting she's not that interested in coming here

Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl is reporting that USWNT phenom Mallory Pugh has decided to go pro. Pugh, a versatile attacking player who has 22 caps and 4 goals with the United States despite being just shy of her 19th birthday, would be subject to the NWSL's Distribution Order were she to opt to play there.

USMNT summer friendlies, John Terry leaving Chelsea, & more: Freedom Kicks for 4/18/17

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Get that rumor mill going.

Welcome to Tuesday Freedom Kicks, everyone! I was feeling not so swell yesterday, so I have just a few links for you this morning and then I'll throw it over to you guys in the comments.

Ready? Okay!

USMNT will reportedly play friendlies vs. Ghana and Venezuela in the summer | Stars and Stripes FC

Love a good USMNT vs.

Joanna Lohman diagnosed with a torn ACL

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After Saturday's injury, an MRI confirmed the devastating news for Lohman & the Washington Spirit

Washington Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman has torn her left ACL. Lohman was forced out of Saturday's season opener in the 22nd minute, and an MRI over the weekend confirmed a tear, which generally requires 6-9 months of time to rehabilitate.

Chris Durkin called into US U-17 World Cup Qualifiers

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Durkin is going to Panama for a tournament

US U-17 head coach John Hackworth has announced his roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Championship, which also doubles as the qualifiers for the U-17 World Cup to be held later this year in India. Unsurprisingly, D.C. United midfielder Chris Durkin has made the roster.

Vote on D.C. United’s Man of the Match vs. RBNY

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The...least bad performance gets your praise

Things like D.C. United losing to the New York Red Bulls, at Red Bull Arena, in the manner that they did in a 2-0 loss, hurt, but isn't unexpected when you consider their record (winless in 6) there.

Nevertheless, their individual performances are available for your review.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls in GIFs

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A not-pretty night is recapped.

D.C. United thought they could go up to New Jersey, beat the New York Red Bulls when they barely score goals and haven't won in almost 5 years? Come on, family. A 2-0 result was fairly fair when you think about it.

But there were still some parts to be concerned by.

Rough weekend for D.C. United & the Washington Spirit, David Villa & Ottawa midfield goals, & more Monday Freedom Kicks

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Oh, and a random sings Simon & Garfunkel

What a dour weekend, plus it was Easter? Ugh.

Recaps of D.C. United's loss to the New York Red Bulls by us (with more from us here), MLS and Goff. Once a Metro has the winners' taeks.

Washington Spirit open NWSL season with a 1-0 loss to the North Carolina Courage (us): Hey, Saturday for D.

Steve Birnbaum injury mars Red Bull Arena loss

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The center back had to be stretchered off late in 2-0 defeat to RBNY

In Ben Olsen's first foray to Red Bull Arena as head coach, back in 2011, his D.C. United side came away with a surprising 1-0 win. On July 9th that year, Dwayne De Rosario - having recently joined the team in a trade from the Red Bulls - scored the lone goal in United's 1-0 win in Harrison.

Steve Birnbaum injury mars Red Bull Arena loss

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The center back had to be stretchered off late in 2-0 defeat to RBNY

In Ben Olsen's first foray to Red Bull Arena as head coach, back in 2011, his D.C. United side came away with a surprising 1-0 win. On July 9th that year, Dwayne De Rosario, having recently just joined the team in a trade from the Red Bulls, scored the lone goal in United's 1-0 win at RBA.

New York Red Bulls take first leg of Atlantic Cup with 2-0 win over D.C. United

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Alex Muyl and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored early in the second half as United's RBA nightmares continued

D.C. United were undone early in the second half against the New York Red Bulls, conceding two goals as United's rivals took the first leg of the 2017 edition of the Atlantic Cup. Alex Muyl scored his first goal of the season just moments into the second half, and Bradley Wright-Phillips made it two in the 62nd minute.

Despite Labbe’s heroics, Washington Spirit open the NWSL season with a 1-0 loss to the North Carolina Courage

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The Spirit were largely outplayed, but nearly snatched a draw in the late going

The Washington Spirit were on the back foot for much of a 1-0 loss to the North Carolina Courage in the Spirit's first game of the 2017 NWSL season. McCall Zerboni scored in the 19th minute, and despite some second half chances, the Courage held the Spirit to zero shots on goal.

New York Red Bulls projected starting 11 to face D.C. United

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Jesse Marsch has brought back the 4231 to break the Metros out of a slump

Much like last year, the New York Red Bulls are starting the season poorly. As a D.C. United fan, it's been fun to watch just how similarly things have gone. Once again, Jesse Marsch is trying to implement a 4222, and once again it's failing.

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

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After two successful home games, D.C. United is back on the road

After righting the ship against the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC, D.C. United travels to New Jersey to put their two game win streak on the line against the New York Red Bulls. After two wins to open the season, the Red Bulls are winless in their last four games (three losses) and are struggling to find the formation that best fits their personnel.

Washington Spirit vs. North Carolina Courage 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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After a tough offseason, the Spirit open the NWSL season against the team that snatched the 2016 title from their grasp

It's been a challenging offseason for the Washington Spirit, who went from losing a championship in an extraordinarily cruel fashion to seeing numerous starters depart or get injured.

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

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We get the scoop on the Red Bulls from our pals at Once a Metro

Ahead of D.C. United's first rivalry clash with the New York Red Bulls, we talk to Steve Toto at Once a Metro, SB Nation's Red Bulls blog, to get some insight as to where the Jerks from Jerz stand. Check out my answers to their questions over there.

Washington Spirit preview 2017: Defenders

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Offseason departures and injuries have hit the defense the hardest

The Washington Spirit's backline hasn't been exempt from the gutting the rest of the team has undergone. Veteran right back Ali Krieger was traded to the Orlando Pride, while Megan Oyster was traded to the Boston Breakers. On top of that, defender Caprice Dydasco and goalkeeper Kelsey Wys each tore their ACL in the fall.

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

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Everything is legal in New Jersey.

Ah yes, it's time for a D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls game. To start off the Atlantic Cup this year, the Black-and-Red hit the road up to Jersey, where truly anything can happen between these two teams.

This week, we're predicting not total disaster, which is kind of nice.

US to win 2026 World Cup?, NWSL kicks off 5th season, and more: Freedom Kicks for 4/14/2017

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Not much D.C. United news yesterday, but the Washington Spirit have you covered

The fifth NWSL season starts tomorrow, and the Washington Spirit are at home. There's even plenty of time between the end of their game and kickoff of D.C. United's trip to face the Metros for you to go up to the Plex and still make it home.

Washington Spirit 2017 preview: Midfielders

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Despite the offseason departures, the Spirit midfield remains the club's biggest strength

When your roster has seen the amount of turnover the Washington Spirit's has this offseason, it's safe to expect that every section of the starting lineup will feature some significant changes. The Spirit midfield is no exception, as playmaker Christine Nairn will now suit up for the Seattle Reign.

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

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Votes are unveiled on the first win streak of the year.

D.C. United was looking to build on their previous win over the Philadelphia Union by defeating a pretty good New York City FC side that had smoked them at Yankee Stadium a couple of weeks prior. While the 2-1 win wasn't full retribution for that 4-0 loss, points is points is points.

NWSL, go90 announce exclusive streaming partnership

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Live and on demand NWSL matches will be available via mobile app and online

The National Women's Soccer League has announced that go90 will be their streaming partner, replacing YouTube. The deal means that every NWSL match that isn't part of the Lifetime Game of the Week package will be available for both live streaming and on demand from the go90 mobile app and go90.

Cristiano Ronaldo leads Real Madrid, Dortmund coach lashes out, & more: Freedom Kicks for April 13, 2017

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Champions League dominated the wires yesterday.

It's Thursday! I'm pinch hitting for Caitlin Buckley today, so let's quickly get into the news of the day:

Cristiano Ronaldo leads Real Madrid past Manuel Neuer-inspired Bayern | ESPNFC

Bayern Munich started off strong, but Cristiano Ronaldo was the difference for Real Madrid in the 2-1 victory at Allianz Arena.

2017 Washington Spirit Field Guide

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Everything you need to know about the Spirit heading into this season, all in one place

The Washington Spirit have officially announced their 2017 roster. Per NWSL rules, all clubs had to announce a roster with between 18-20 active players today. In the Spirit's case, their squad has 22 players, 19 of whom are currently active.

22 short stories about D.C. United’s win over NYCFC

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The Last Word turns to The Simpsons to guide us through United's second straight victory

Last year, after a particularly uneventful 0-0 draw between D.C. United and New England, I paid homage to one of my favorite episodes of The Simpsons and divided the game up into 22 talking points. Saturday's game against NYCFC was not so dreary, but I enjoyed the format and promised myself I'd bring it back.

D.C. United to use Pride-themed rainbow jersey numbers for Night Out

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This is pretty great.

From D.C. United's team store, this bit of goodness:

Early stages of design but we are working on some exciting limited edition numbers for later this season #DCU pic.twitter.com/0Q9oklhcfW

— DCU Team Store (@dcuteamstore) April 12, 2017

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2017 Washington Spirit NWSL preview

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The Spirit won't be as bad as you think they'll be

Last October, the Washington Spirit were seconds away from winning the NWSL Championship before a last-second goal and penalty kicks led to a crushing defeat. The Spirit's offseason got worse from there. Washington lost most of its stars amid widespread reports of club-player conflict.

Dortmund explosion postpones Champions League, World Cup 2026 bid, & more: Freedom Kicks for April 12, 2017

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Dybala downs Barca, and a report from D.C. United training

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. Today sees the continuation of UEFA Champions League with 3 matches: Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid vs. Leicester City, and the rescheduled matchup of Borussia Dortmund vs. AS Monaco.

Bobby Boswell is back at his normal position - starting for D.C. United

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After being relegated to the bench to start the season, Boswell has played his way back into the lineup

Back before the start of preseason, D.C. United center back Bobby Boswell claimed to be caught off guard. During the team's media day, head coach Ben Olsen had discussed the possibility of using Sean Franklin as a center back.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls preview, NYCFC wrapup: Filibuster 232

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It is an all New York themed version of Filibuster

Filibuster is back with another electric episode, so hold onto your hats! Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about what a difference a month makes against New York City FC and what D.C. United changes forced the Pigeons to do. We discuss how poor their crossing ways and how much Bobby Boswell had to do with that, plus the fact that goals are starting to go in.

D.C. United vs. NYCFC in GIF form

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Watch Lucho and Bill do work, as well as some quiet indicators for United at the back

I like winning, as D.C. United did Saturday over New York City FC. But if you're looking for animated moments of a celebratory nature this may not be the post for you. This isn't to say that we hated the win; we don't, but there were some things to take a closer look at.

Fantasy Focus: Hey hey hey!

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It's Albert Rusnak!

!BL4CKnRED scored 83 points to lead this round. Romain Alessandrini (LA, $9.5) donned the armband and scored a goal on the way to 20 points to lead the team. Meanwhile, Seth Sinovic (SKC, $5.3) tallied a goal and an assist for 13 points, while Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.

Washington Spirit 2017 preview: Forwards

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With the NWSL season days away from starting, we're taking a look at where the Spirit stand on all three lines

The story of the Washington Spirit this winter has entirely been about the departures. It's fair to say that, since coming one clearance short of winning the NWSL final, Washington has more or less been rebuilt.

World Cup 2026, D.C. United notes, and more: Freedom Kicks for 4/11/17

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Christian Pulisic will only be 27.

Good morning, folks! Welcome to your regularly scheduled Freedom Kicks. We're gonna start this one off with some news about 2026, because you probably wanted to start your day by thinking about how old you'll be then, right?

USA, Mexico, Canada announce 2026 World Cup joint bid | Stars and Stripes FC

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Washington Spirit confirm 2017 roster ahead of NWSL season opener

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This year's squad has no fewer than eight new players

The Washington Spirit have officially announced their 2017 roster. Per NWSL rules, all clubs had to announce a roster with between 18-20 active players today. In the Spirit's case, their squad has 22 players, 19 of whom are currently active.

Washington Spirit beat Virginia 2-0 in preseason finale

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Washington closed out preseason with goals from Kristie Mewis and Joanna Lohman

Joanna Lohman and Kristie Mewis each scored as the Washington Spirit beat University of Virginia 2-0 in the Spirit's final preseason game. Despite struggling to link up in the first half, the Spirit managed to limit the Cavaliers, who finished the game with one shot on goal.

D.C. United wins, the 2026 World Cup may have 3 hosts, and more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, a former D.C. player likes snowballs.

Hi, hopefully the warmer weather is treating you well.

Recaps of D.C. United's win over New York City FC from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and WaPo. Hudson River Blue has the enemy's side.

United States will bid for 2026 World Cup alongside Mexico and Canada (SB Nation): A 48 team, 3 country World Cup?

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

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We're here for more nutmegs, and Based Rose is going to provide them

The USWNT finishes up their set of friendlies with Russia today, having defeated their overmatched foes 4-0 on Thursday. The United States will be looking to smooth some rough edges, as the chances were there to get to six or seven goals.

Vote on D.C. United’s Man of the Match vs. NYCFC

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We get to do this again? Neat!

Well one D.C. United win was nice, but two are even better, and another 2-1 win, this time over New York City FC, makes things even nicer in light of the Black-and-Red getting thrashed by the pigeons last month. Suck it, CFG.

Here's where we get the chance to pick a Man of the Match of the game.

Top NBA prospect Markelle Fultz attends D.C. United’s win Saturday

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Kid's organic, supports his local, bless him.

Spotted at RFK Stadium Saturday night taking in D.C. United's win over New York City FC? Markelle Fultz, a freshman point guard from the University of Washington, who is expected to be the first pick in this year's NBA draft:

@MarkelleF
⚫️& are definitely your colors #JustSayin #DCU pic.

D.C. United end home stand on a high after win over New York City FC

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United ahead into a three game road trip with back to back wins at home

Looking to exact revenge over New York City FC for last month's 4-0 drubbing, D.C. United didn't set the world on fire in the first half. Instead of dictating the game, United were on the back foot for the last part of the second half.

D.C. United defeat New York City FC 2-1 for second win a row

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Lloyd Sam and Luciano Acosta scored in the second half, before United survived a late David Villa goal

D.C. United didn't exactly get a full measure of revenge on New York City FC on Saturday afternoon at RFK Stadium, but the Black-and-Red did enough to get all three points, taking down City 2-1 before 18,855.

NYCFC projected starting 11 to face D.C. United

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Visitors to RFK often look to sit deep and counter, but NYCFC is likely looking for a shootout

D.C. United took their first tentative steps - in the form of a "just good enough" win over Philadelphia - towards having a good 2017 last week, but facing NYCFC today will be a far more demanding challenge.

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

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DCU faces a tough task tonight, needing to hold off one of MLS's best attacking sides while missing Marcelo Sarvas

Tonight's game against NYCFC could be pivotal for D.C. United. It's early in the season, true, but with the Black-and-Red following tonight's match at home up with three straight on the road, the need to bank some points is paramount.

With NYCFC coming to town, last month’s 4-0 loss is still fresh on D.C. United’s mind

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United is hoping for some revenge after being embarrassed at Yankee Stadium

A month is a long time in the soccer world, but what occurred back in March in New York City is still fresh on the minds of D.C. United. In the second game of the season, United went to the Big Apple hoping for their first win of the season, but instead got sent home with a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of New York City FC.

D.C. United vs. New York City FC: Staff and reader predictions

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We see you, David Villa.

Remember when New York City FC beat D.C. United 4-0? Me neither, I've blocked it from my brain and that game is in the dumpster where it belongs.

Now, NYCFC are coming to United's turf, and the Black-and-Red are coming off their first win of the season. It wasn't the most comprehensive win ever, perhaps, but it was still a win, and this team needs whatever confidence boost it can get.

How will D.C. United replace Marcelo Sarvas against NYCFC?

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Due to suspension and injury, United is short on potential defensive midfielders. Let's look at the remaining possibilities.

Defensive midfield has been a bit of a problem for D.C. United in 2017. It was widely considered a potential weak point coming into the year, and after two underwhelming games, it appeared that Marcelo Sarvas might be rotated out for Rob Vincent.

D.C. United vs. NYCFC, USWNT wins, and more: Freedom Kicks for 4/7/2017

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The Black-and-Red gear up for Saturday, Rose Lavelle put on a show, and we have to talk about a moth

So a moth goes into a podiatrist's office, and the podiatrist says "What's the problem?" The moth says "What's the problem? Where do I begin? I go to work for Gregory Olinovich, and all day long I work.

USA vs. Russia 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch the USWNT online

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With a CBA now in hand, the USWNT can return their focus to the play on the field

The USMNT is back in action in the first of two April friendlies against Russia. These two games will give Jill Ellis more time to experiment with her lineups, after her choices in the SheBelieves Cup went so definitely wrong.

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

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The first win of the season is rated by you.

D.C. United needed something, ANYTHING in their game with the Philadelphia Union. Goals, a win, a dancing monkey, something. But hey, they got a 2-1 win, put the Union in the basement, and things aren't so dire, or are they? (dun dun dun)

That's where your votes come in!

USA vs. Russia 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch the USWNT online

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With a CBA now in hand, the USWNT can return their focus to the play on the field

The USMNT is back in action in the first of two April friendlies against Russia. These two games will give Jill Ellis more time to experiment with her lineups, after her choices in the SheBelieves Cup went so definitely wrong.

USWNT CBA, Marcelo Sarvas suspension and more: Thursday Freedom Kicks

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It was a pretty eventful day in women's soccer, and arguably a lucky day for D.C. United

Good morning! The U.S. women's national team faces Russia at 8:30pm tonight in Frisco, Texas. Also, the USWNT and U.S. Soccer just finalized collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

U.S. Women's Soccer Team and U.

Washington Spirit sign rookies Arielle Ship and Cameron Castleberry

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After officially inking both players, the Spirit have a full 20 woman roster

The Washington Spirit officially signed Arielle Ship and Cameron Castleberry to pro contracts for the 2017 NWSL season. Signing both rookies fills the final two of the Spirit's twenty roster spots. Ship, a forward, was drafted by the Seattle Reign and acquired by the Spirit in a trade for Diana Matheson.

3 thoughts on D.C. United’s scrappy first win of 2017

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The Last Word on what is hopefully just a first step for the Black-and-Red

D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union took the field at RFK Stadium on Saturday desperate for a win. United hadn't so much as scored a competitive goal in 2017, while Philly's winless streak was at ten games (extending back to August 27, 2016) as Ricardo Salazar blew his whistle to start the match.

Marcelo Sarvas suspended for one game

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The midfielder should consider himself lucky it's not more.

First reported by Steven Goff and later made official by MLS, D.C. United midfielder Marcelo Sarvas was suspended one game for this tackle on midfielder Derrick Jones in last week's win over the Philadelphia Union:

This is so dirty from Marcelo Sarvas.

St. Louis MLS stadium deal fails, Dallas falls in CCL semis, & more: Freedom Kicks for April 5, 2017

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MLS teams has seen better days.

Welcome to Wednesday, folks, where tonight the Vancouver Whitecaps hope to earn what FC Dallas could not last night: a trip to the CONCACAF Champions League final. It was a heartbreaking evening for MLS last night, so let's just get right into it:

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Fantasy Focus: Houston, we have a ProbLAm

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Another week, another split

It was ShowtimeJR who led the round with a score of 84 points. Erick Torres (HOU, $8.7) wore the armband and scored 32 points with a hat trick to lead the team. Kevin Molino (MIN, $9.9) added a goal to two assists for 15 points, and Diego Valeri (POR, $10.3) scored a goal and 10 points.

USMNT heading to Colorado, the future of World Cup qualifying, & more: Freedom Kicks for 4/4/17

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"Why always me?" -Jermaine Jones

Merry Tuesday, folks, and welcome to Freedom Kicks! Let's get right to it this morning.

What could the future of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying be? | Stars and Stripes FC

48 teams in a World Cup? Sure! Qualifying definitely won't be totally nuts.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union GIFs

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Looking back on some moments from the Black-and-Red's first win

Things looked dour heading into Saturday's game. D.C. United needed to beat the Philadelphia Union, or at the very least, show up on the scoresheet, to placate the natives. Thankfully, the Black-and-Red did both en route to a 2-1 win, extending the team's unbeaten run over the Doopsters at RFK to six games.

D.C. United and Washington Spirit get wins & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, the Basterds.

Hi. It's my first day back in the office after dropping my kid off for his first day of school, so I'll console my wife about this.

Recaps of D.C. United's win over the Philadelphia Union by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and WaPo.

Washington Spirit improve after halftime, beat Duke 4-3

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Two Katie Stengel goals pushed the Spirit to a comeback win over the Blue Devils

After conceding three goals in the first half, the Washington Spirit recovered to beat Duke University 4-3 in the Spirit's third of four preseason games. Spirit forward Katie Stengel scored twice, while Meggie Dougherty Howard and Cheyna Williams each added a goal.

Rate D.C. United’s performance versus the Philadelphia Union

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Wins are fun, so let's enjoy every bit of this!

Hey that was kind of nice, wasn't it? D.C. United beating the Philadelphia Union 2-1 and sort of avenging some preseason hoodoo in the process? Go for good things, with more on the way. Including your votes!

As always, the voting scale is:

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

4 - Average USL starter

6 - Average MLS starter

9 - MLS All-Star

10 - MLS MVP-quality performance

If you feel like taking a victory lap during evaluations, by all means feel free.

D.C. United survive Philadelphia’s second half blitz to earn first win of the season

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It wasn't always pretty, but United did enough to earn their first win on the season

It was not pretty in the second half for D.C. United. After they had raced out to a 2-0 lead halfway through the first half against the Philadelphia Union, there was some white-knuckling in the second half.

D.C. United finally score, win 2-1 over Philadelphia Union

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United did just enough to hold on in the second half after Ortiz and Acosta scored in the first half

D.C. United scored their first goal of their season, and made it count, in a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. Jose Ortiz, making his first start of the Black-and-Red in place of the injured Patrick Mullins, finally got United on the board for the season in the 18th minute with a deflected strike.

Tales from Buzzard Point - Chapter 9: The Anti-Galaxy Machine

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The ninth in a series of Tales from Buzzard Point, exploring the rich history and traditions of legendary Buzzard Point – a legacy that the current D.C. United ownership may have set aside in selling naming rights for the new soccer specific stadium but is forever enshrined in the chants, songs, and hearts of Black-and-Red fandom.

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

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The pressure is on the Black-and-Red to start scoring, and to get their first win of the season

The first month of the MLS season has not been kind to D.C. United for over a decade, and 2017 has been no different. Hopefully with calendars turning over to April, the Black-and-Red can start performing as expected.