Black and Red United Archives for January 2017

Breaking down the Jose Ortiz-Kendall Waston incident, plus LA Galaxy with Josie Becker: Filibuster

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There are some things to talk about from the weekend

With D.C. United's first midweek game of the season coming up this week, we have a jam-packed episode; we also have to do it without the services of Adam, who is off on assignment. In his stead, Jason and Ben break down D.C. United's 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps, including starting off by talking about Jose Ortiz's embellishment and Kendall Waston's role in all of it.

Fantasy Focus: I love you, to-Morrow

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Well, it wasn't a great week.

Overall it wasn't a particularly high-scoring round, but MLS Muppets led everyone with 83 points. Justin Morrow (TOR, $6.6) led the team with a goal, a clean sheet, and 15 points. Matt Hedges (DAL, $7.2) posted a clean sheet and 12 points, while Julian Gressel (ATL, $4.

On dives, the USMNT Hex roster, and more: Freedom Kicks for 5/30/17

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Also, come hang out with us this weekend!

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Freedom Kicks! I found very little to share with you all today, but you know, sometimes you just need a light day anyway.

Here we go!

Come to the Black and Red United tailgate on June 3!

Do itttttt.

Alhaji Kamara scores hat trick for Richmond Kickers

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Three goals weren't enough as Richmond fell to Ottawa Fury FC

Alhaji Kamara finally delivered in a big way for the Richmond Kickers, netting a hat trick in a 5-3 loss to USL expansion team Ottawa Fury FC. The Kickers had only scored five goals so far this season but tallied three on Saturday.

D.C. United wins, USMNT hex roster and more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Mal Pugh started, and the beginning of the end for RFK is recalled.

Stop me if you've heard this before: a team named the Caps throws a crapton of shots on a team wearing black, only to get shutout? I know, I kill me:

Recaps of D.C. United's win over the Vancouver Whitecaps by us (with the only reactions onsite by us here), MLS and WaPo.

Roster announced for USMNT’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers

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Christian Pulisic headlines the team with games against Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico

Bruce Arena named his roster for the United States' upcoming World Cup Qualifiers, and there were no real surprises in the names that he brought in. With four points from their first four qualifying games, the US is currently in 4th place in the Hexagonal, which would put them in a playoff game against an Asian team for a spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Washington Spirit comeback falls short in 3-2 loss to FC Kansas City

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Mallory Pugh made her first pro start, but it wasn't enough for the Spirit

Despite a 70th minute red card to FC Kansas City midfielder Alexa Newfield, the Washington Spirit couldn't muster enough of a comeback, falling 3-2 in the team's second loss to FCKC in two weeks. Kristie Mewis scored a goal in the opening minutes to put Washington ahead, but Sydney Leroux's brace and a Becky Sauerbrunn goal pushed the Blues to a 3-1 lead.

D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps player ratings form

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Lots of streaks snapped Saturday.

Not going to lie, I didn't expect D.C. United to come to British Columbia and steal a point from the Vancouver Whitecaps, much less three. But here we are, and it's a nice thing to do.

So hey, how about some voting! The scale as per usual 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

And do the celly of your choice.

After recent struggles at home, D.C. United rebound to beat Vancouver Whitecaps

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Two penalty kicks went United's way in a 1-0 win

The outlook for D.C. United this week was not exactly a bright one. The Black-and-Red recently wrapped up a three game home streak which presented them an opportunity to work themselves up the standings in the Eastern Conference. Instead, three losses and zero goals ensued, and United faced a two games on opposite sides of the continent within three days.

Penalty drama results in 1-0 win for D.C. United over Vancouver Whitecaps

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Lamar Neagle's penalty was the difference as Vancouver hit the woodwork four different times

D.C. United had to endure late penalty drama, but in the end, Lamar Neagle's second half penalty was the difference for the Black-and-Red in their 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. After Jose Ortiz controversially won the penalty, Neagle dispatched the spot kick for United's first goal in the month of May, breaking a 366 minute scoreless run.

D.C. United vs. Vancouver player ratings form

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Lots of streaks snapped Saturday.

Not going to lie, I didn't expect D.C. United to come to British Columbia and steal a point from the Vancouver Whitecaps, much less three. But here we are, and it's a nice thing to do.

So hey, how about some voting! The scale as per usual 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

And do the celly of your choice.

After recent struggles at home, D.C. United rebound to beat Vancouver Whitecaps

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Two penalty kicks went United's way in a 1-0 win

The outlook for D.C. United this week was not exactly a bright one. The Black-and-Red recently wrapped up a three game home streak, one which presented them an opportunity to work themselves up the standings in the Eastern Conference. Instead, three losses and zero goals ensued, and United faced a three game stretch in two days, spanning both sides of the continent.

FC Kansas City vs. Washington Spirit 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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It's the second game of a home-and-away series

After a 1-0 home loss to FC Kansas City last weekend, the Washington Spirit face the same opponent on the road tonight. USWNT phenom Mallory Pugh made her Spirit debut last week, entering as a second-half substitute. Pugh made an immediate and strong impact on an under-performing Spirit attack.

D.C. United vs. Chicago community/site player ratings

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Quickly looking at last week's scores while bracing for this week.

D.C. United came into last week's game with the Chicago Fire with a couple slivers of hope; the Fire were (or should) on tired legs after a midweek game and despite the absence of Luciano Acosta, something could or should have been made from their game.

Vancouver Whitecaps projected starting 11 to face D.C. United

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A suspension may lead to a midfield reshuffle for Carl Robinson

This might not be the best time for D.C. United to cross the continent for a game against the Vancouver Whitecaps. After starting the season with just four points from five games, they've won four out of their last six games (despite having a four-game road swing bundled into that stretch).

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

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A tough string of games for struggling United starts today against the Whitecaps

The month of May has pretty much been a disaster for D.C. United, who followed up two good road results with a depressing string of losses at home. They'll have to make up for the lost points in arguably the toughest run of games they'll face this year, which starts tonight against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps staff and reader predictions

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Def gonna lose, guys.

It probably goes without saying, but I'll say it nonetheless: D.C. United are not playing well. Normally, a three-game home stint would end in some sweet, sweet points to buoy a team into a couple road trips, but the Black-and-Red are instead coming off three losses in a row.

Chris Durkin stout in return with Richmond Kickers

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Homegrown player shines in otherwise disappointing 0-0 draw

Richmond failed to nab all three points against a 10-man, bottom of the table Toronto FC II squad Wednesday afternoon. Still, the 0-0 draw earned them another point on the road and extended their unbeaten streak to four. In those four matches they've only scored two goals, with five goals total on the season.

Mal Pugh called in for USWNT duty, D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, & more: Freedom Kicks for 5/26/2017

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The Perry Kitchen transfer saga is only just beginning, and NASL owners acting like jerks

It's 1am, and all I have on my mind is a subject I've talked about here a lot: breakfast sandwiches. I am looking at making a bacon, egg, and cheese (Muenster, specifically) on an English muffin, with sriracha and diced avocado.

How much would you spend to get Perry Kitchen back on D.C. United’s roster?

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Some recent news and some history have left us with a question for you fine folks

For those unfamiliar with the tale of former D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen since he left the Black-and-Red, let's bring you up to speed. The now 25 year old defensive midfielder left the team after the 2015 season, after reportedly rejected a multiyear contract offer that would have paid more than $400,000 in guaranteed salary.

Why I’m a fan of D.C. United

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The team hooked me, but the community is what converted and kept me coming back...this is why I love D.C. United.

Welcome to the refreshed Black and Red United!! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we're sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams.

D.C. United’s loss to the Chicago Fire was different, yet still more of the same

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The Last Word was at a loss Saturday, and is at a loss today as the Black-and-Red's struggles continue

Saturday, D.C. United took the field against a team that in a lot of ways should have made for as straightforward a win as can be had in MLS. The Chicago Fire's road record under Veljko Paunovic involved one win in twenty-two attempts, and they'd just played a home game mid-week.

Gedion Zelalem, tailgates, NWSL and more: Freedom Kicks for 5/25/2017

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Ben Olsen, Jaime Moreno, and Briana Scurry are up for the USSF Hall of Fame

Hello folks! I made really, really, good grilled cheese on Wednesday night and I'm still super pumped about it. The other day I made cupcakes but forgot to add baking powder so grilled cheese is definitely an accomplishment.

Jaime Moreno, Ben Olsen highlight US Soccer Hall of Fame nominees

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The list of potential inductees has some nice names

U.S. Soccer has announced their ballot of nominees for the 2017 Hall of Fame Class and among them are current D.C. United coach Ben Olsen and former Black-and-Red player Jaime Moreno are on the list.

Along with Moreno and Olsen, there are a number of local players on the list, including former Washington Freedom (and United States) goalkeeper Briana Scurry, and former Black-and-Red players Josh Wolff and Pat Onstad, both of whom admittedly received their notoriety elsewhere.

Report: Kamara receives Sierra Leone callup in June

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Some good news for the D.C. United/Kickers striker.

D.C. United forward Alhaji Kamara has been called into the Sierra Leone national team for their Africa Cup of Nations qualification match with Kenya on June 10. The 23-year old forward has played for the Leone Stars first team 6 times, scoring 2 goals, and would not miss any potential first team appearances (D.

Raul Gonzalez Breaks Scoring Drought for Richmond Kickers

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The rookie's first professional goal saved a point on the road against Rochester

Richmond's scoring drought finally broke while on the road against 2015 USL champs Rochester Rhinos Sunday afternoon. The match saw Rochester dominate possession early, but Richmond found a new hero in recently signed Raul Gonzalez.

2017 Europa League Final, Real Madrid signs Brazilian phenom, & more: Freedom Kicks for May 24, 2017

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Man U attempts to bring home the Europa League trophy.

Happy Wednesday folks. It's a big day for soccer, so let's get right to the main course:

UEFA Europa League Final preview: Manchester United vs. Ajax | NBC Sports

It's the Europa League final (2:45pm, FS1), with Manchester United hoping to win for all of Manchester after the terrible tragedy that took place Monday night, while Ajax hopes to win its first European trophy since 1995.

D.C. United’s scoreless streak continues, and can they break it against Vancouver Whitecaps: Filibuster podcast

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The guys don't have any good things to say

We like doing a podcast more than we dislike reliving D.C. United's poor performance this week, so we are here for you. We open the show talking about the meetup that we are having on June 3rd, and you should definitely come to it. It's gonna be fun!

Fantasy Focus: Gerso Vain

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You probably think this blog is about you.

Bonjour! I don't often use this space to talk about personal things, but from here forward (for the next 3 years, at least), I'll be coming to you from Brussels, Belgium. My wife's work has taken us overseas, so here I am. This is going to increase the difficulty of keeping up with MLS, as most games will be kicking off at or after 1am here (New England/Columbus this past weekend was live on Belgian cable for some reason), but I have Direct Kick, and I do love a challenge.

Saprissa midfielder Ulises Segura linked with a move to D.C. United

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Segura's agent tells Costa Rican radio that the Black-and-Red are among numerous suitors for the 24 year old

Midfielder Ulises Segura of Costa Rica side Deportivo Saprissa may be a D.C. United target. Segura's agent Jose Luis Rodriguez linked the versatile Saprissa midfielder to a move to MLS yesterday on Costa Rican radio.

Books, tailgates, and free-for-alls: Freedom Kicks for 5/23/17

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Until explicitly told otherwise, I will assume Miro Klose now plays for DCU.

Hello, friends! I'm on day two of three days of 9-5 training at work, so I saw precisely zero soccer news yesterday. Literally, like, did anything good happen? Did our stadium get built overnight? Did we sign Miroslav Klose?

Come to the Black and Red United tailgate on June 3!

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Join writers and readers from our community at D.C. United's next home game

Whether the team on the field is good or bad, we like to think of this little corner of the internet as a community, and sometimes, we like to bring that community out into tangible space. At D.C. United's next home game, June 3 against the Fightin' Curt Onalfos (a/k/a the LA Galaxy), we'll do just that as we throw one of our famous* tailgate/meetups.

Mal Pugh’s debut, D.C.’s offense? Whew, and more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, Lori Lindsey climbs a perfectly good mountain.

Hi. I'm amongst you in D.C. at a conference for work. I've been up for a couple hours, working out of one bloodshot eye, so have a heart.

Recaps of D.C. United's 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire by us, MLS (with more from them here) and WaPo.

Mallory Pugh’s debut not enough as the Washington Spirit lose 1-0 to FC Kansas City

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Despite some good opportunities, the Spirit were frustrated by FCKC

USWNT phenom Mallory Pugh made her Washington Spirit debut on Saturday night against FC Kansas City, but Pugh's arrival wasn't enough for the Spirit, who fell 1-0 on a second half goal from Alexa Newfield. Pugh joined training this Tuesday and entered the game in the 54th minute, replacing Arielle Ship and playing as a left forward.

D.C. United vs. Chicago player ratings form

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Seeing where the bottom is on this group.

D.C. United was trying to salvage something in their match with the Chicago Fire, who are breaking in their shiny Designated Players nicely in Bastian Schweinsteiger and Nemanja Nikolic were looking for their first road win in a gajillion years. And they got their win in a quiet, convincing 1-0 fashion.

Toothless D.C. United shut out at home again, falling 1-0 to the Chicago Fire

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David Accam dominated as United's scoreless streak moved beyond 300 minutes

D.C. United once again disappointed their home fans, falling 1-0 to the Chicago Fire and barely ever carving out chances. David Accam's 52nd minute goal made the difference, but in truth Chicago - despite having played mid-week - could have won by more if not for saves from Bill Hamid and misses from MLS top scorer Nemanja Nikolic.

Washington Spirit vs. FC Kansas City 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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Mal Pugh is probably going to debut as the Spirit look to bounce back against FCKC

Mallory Pugh is expected to make her debut tonight for the Washington Spirit as the team faces FC Kansas City in the first of a home and away series. Mal Pugh's signing was announced last Saturday and the 19-year-old will likely make her first NWSL appearance tonight.

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

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A desperate D.C. faces a real gut-check today against Chicago

D.C. United came into the string of three straight games at home on the back of the kind of win that normally jump-starts a season. April itself saw United go 3-1-1 and score 2+ goals in four of five outings. Unfortunately, the last two games have been utterly demoralizing losses, and the Black-and-Red desperately need to get a win over the visiting Chicago Fire, who are coming off of two impressive wins this week and will probably field World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Washington Spirit release Crystal Thomas

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With multiple roster moves brewing, the Spirit have waived the former Georgetown Hoya

The Washington Spirit have waived forward Crystal Thomas. The Georgetown product was only signed by the club on April 27th, but had spent the entire preseason training with the first team. Thomas made one appearance during her time on the roster, coming on for the final half hour against the Houston Dash late last month.

Chicago Fire projected starting 11 to face D.C. United

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The Fire are on a roll, but fixture congestion might force them to test some unimpressive depth in the back

There are a lot of positives surrounding D.C. United hosting the Chicago Fire, believe it or not. The Fire have a 0W-2D-3L road record in 2017, which comes with a -7 goal difference. They're not just losing away from home; they're getting crushed.

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

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It's not looking great.

All right, the less said about last weekend's game, the better. Was it the first D.C. United game I've ever left early? Maybe. Should we dwell? Definitely not.

Instead, let's focus on tomorrow's game, which will totally not be a horrific loss! Lol jk, it's going to suck.

Mal Pugh madness, D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire, and more: Freedom Kicks for 5/19/2017

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Friday night MLS is on tap, plus results from the Liga MX semifinals

It's a huge weekend for soccer around these parts. D.C. United desperately needs a win of any sort (but especially a win where they look like, you know, a coherent soccer team), while the Washington Spirit are virtually certain to give Mallory Pugh her debut (and could also use a win given that last week's loss dropped them into last place).

After a long battle with knee trouble, Chris Korb is finally back for D.C. United

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21 months after first injuring his ACL, Korb made his return to action for DCU last week

This winter, just as D.C. United were gearing up for the first leg of their preseason, defender Chris Korb suffered yet another setback in a long string of them. Korb, who had injured his right ACL against New York City FC back in August 2015, was listed on the preseason roster for United.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire lineup: There is no reason not to start Chris Durkin

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The youngster deserves his shot

D.C. United will take on the Chicago Fire this weekend, having lost two straight games with poor performances in both. While the defense has been poor as well, much of the problem starts with the fact that United has been unable to connect the defense and the midfield, and that midfield has been unable to prevent people from driving through it.

D.C. United to host US Open Cup fourth round game

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United will have their first US Open Cup match at home

D.C. United has a better idea about their first U.S. Open Cup game will be on June 14, as they will host the winner of Baltimore pub team Christos FC or PDL team Chicago FC United in the 4th round, likely at the Maryland Soccerplex.

Chicago FC United got to this position by defeating the USL Pittsburgh Riverhounds, while Christos defeated the Kickers, with both upset wins coming on the road (Jason laid out the scenarios yesterday).

Tales from Buzzard Point - Chapter 10: Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow and the Great Chicago Fire

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The tenth 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.

Kickers lose in Open Cup, Diving fines, MLS concussion protocol and more: Thursday Freedom Kicks

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A Baltimore-based amateur team beat the Richmond Kickers 1-0

Good morning! Or bonjour if you're BlasianSays and this is your first morning in Belgium. Most of the soccer news yesterday was overshadowed by an onslaught of Trump and politics news but here's some soccer news you might have missed.

Christos FC upset Richmond Kickers in the US Open Cup

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Another professional DMV team has a bad performance

Terrible performances from professional soccer teams from the Greater-DMV continue, with the Richmond Kickers losing to the amateur Christos FC of Baltimore in the US Open Cup. The last lower-division semifinalists will be sent home in a similar manner to their other games so far this season.

Who is D.C. United going to end up playing in the 2017 US Open Cup?

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The sheer number of teams on the east coast means there are a wide range of possibilities in the fourth round

The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is already well underway, with a first round full of semi-professional and amateur teams (including several from the DMV) kicking off last week. We covered the basics heading into those games, but now it's time to tackle a thornier question: who, exactly, is D.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia community/site player ratings

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Going into the darkness with these scores

Following a disappointing performance the week before, D.C. United coach Ben Olsen lambasted his team's performance and expected better of them heading into the weekend with the Philadelphia Union. The result? Not great, Bob.

So what did you think?

D.C. United’s meltdown vs. Philadelphia Union, and previewing Chicago Fire: Filibuster podcast

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We can work through this together

Unfortunately, we have to talk about this game. Adam, Jason, and Ben are back to pick up the pieces after D.C. United's demolition at the hands of the Philadelphia Union. We talk about the disaster and try and figure out what happened to United. We ask if teams can use the blueprint that the Montreal Impact and the Union have used, fouling the crap out of United, to keep beating them.

Mallory Pugh introduced at Washington Spirit, Mexico World Cup qualifying roster announced, & more: Freedom Kicks for May 17, 2017

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Pugh, Pugh, Pugh!

Happy Wednesday folks. Soccer news was all over the place yesterday, so let's get into it:

Mallory Pugh steps into pro soccer, and increased expectations, with Washington Spirit | Washington Post

Mallory Pugh is officially announced as the newest member of the Washington Spirit, and now the expectations for her development as a pro have spiked.

U.S. Soccer Foundation shows the love to the DC area

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The US Soccer Foundation is quietly doing some really awesome things

While the U.S. Soccer Federation might have $100 million in the bank and is trying to figure out what to do with it, their charitable group is on the ground and working with children across the country.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is the charitable arm of the U.

Fantasy Focus: Truth Meram

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He's a hat trick hero

Our overall leader led this round, and now sits with a 56-point lead at the top. !BL4CKnRED scored 114 points, led by captain Justin Meram (CLB, $10.1), who scored 46 points with a hat trick in his second of two games. Supporting him were Lee Nguyen (NE, $10.3) with 15 points on a goal and two assists, and Victor Vazquez (TOR, $9.

Sunil Gulati, NWSL, Chelsea’s title win, & more: Freedom Kicks for 5/16/17

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Also inside: something pretty adorable.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks? Tuesday Freedom Kicks! No time for intros today, we're heading straight into the soccer.

U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati might have a challenger in 2018 election | The Washington Post

I doubt someone else would win?

Mallory Pugh to the Spirit, DMV soccer recaps & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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There's a lot to take in here, good and bad.

Before we dive in, let's have some fun, shall we?

Mallory Pugh signs with NWSL, joins Washington Spirit (us): This was announced Saturday before the Spirit's game, and should serve as some buzz for a Spirit team that stripped things down to the bolts in the offseason.

Richmond Kickers’ scoring woes continue against Harrisburg City Islanders

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Alhaji Kamara played the full 90 minutes but couldn't find the net

Richmond Kickers fans gathered Saturday night at City Stadium to commemorate the career of all-time leading scorer Matthew Delicate. Born in Kent, England, Delicate tallied 113 goals in 249 appearances over 10 seasons with Richmond before retiring after last season.

Richmond Kickers’ Scoring Woes Continue Against Harrisburg City Islanders

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Alhaji Kamara played the full 90 minutes but couldn't find the net

Richmond Kickers fans gathered Saturday night at City Stadium to commemorate the career of all-time leading scorer Matthew Delicate. Born in Kent, England, Delicate tallied 113 goals in 249 appearances over 10 seasons with Richmond before retiring after last season.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia player ratings form

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Well let's get this over with.

D.C. United needed to respond after being called out by their manager in last week's loss to the Montreal Impact. And they did. Boy did they ever. After waiting almost 9 months for a win, the Philadelphia Union only had to wait a week for their second straight one in this 4-0 demolition.

D.C. United in search of answers after loss to Philadelphia Union

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The Black-and-Red were shut out for the fourth time in six home games

D.C. United came into this three game home stand, off their best stretch of the season, with a serious chance to move up the standings in the Eastern Conference. A loss to the New York Red Bulls was the lone loss in their previous five games, with three wins to go with a draw in the other four games, all in which United scored at least two goals.

D.C. United embarrassed in 4-0 loss to Philadelphia Union

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Luciano Acosta received a straight red card in the second half

Saturday night was one to forget for D.C. United, as the Black-and-Red were smashed 4-0 by the Philadelphia Union. Luciano Acosta was shown a red card in the second half, as United trailed 1-0 thanks to a first half goal from Haris Medunjanin.

Washington Spirit fall 6-2 to Seattle Reign

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A poor tactical shift resulted in a barrage of goals

Despite only trailing by a goal at the hour mark, the Washington Spirit ended up falling 6-2 to the Seattle Reign. The Reign scored twice in the first half before Havana Solaun converted a penalty kick in the 60th minute. Then, the Spirit switched to a three-back and proceeded to concede three goals in a 10-minute span.

Mallory Pugh signs with NWSL, joins Washington Spirit

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What seemed like an improbable outcome has come true, and the Spirit have themselves a bona fide star in the making

Mallory Pugh is coming to the DMV. The USWNT attacker confirmed today that she has signed with the NWSL, and via the league's distribution ranking order will sign with the Washington Spirit.

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

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Washington is looking to build on last week's success

After struggling at the start of the 2017 season, the Washington Spirit posted an electric performance last Saturday, beating Sky Blue 4-3. The Spirit had trouble on offense in their first three games, but managed to score four goals last weekend.

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

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Our friends from the second Washington help us figure out what to expect from the Reign today

Ahead of the Washington Spirit's trip west to face Seattle Reign FC, we wanted to know more about what to expect from Laura Harvey's side. As such, we asked the folks who know them best. Susie Rantz from Sounder at Heart answers our questions, and then poses a few of her own.

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

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Two teams coming off of very different results square off at RFK

Two weeks ago, D.C. United was coming off of their most impressive win of the season, while most of the chatter about the Philadelphia Union involved talk of a coach and/or GM being fired due to a winless run that stretched back to August of last year.

Injuries, surprises, and the Washington Spirit: Looking back on the first month of the season

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State of the Spirit looks back on the opening four weeks of the NWSL season

The start to 2017 has been tough for the Washington Spirit. Fans and observers were heavily critical of their offseason moves, and then once the season got going they saw two vital starters forced out with injuries before they got to their first halftime of the year.

Nick DeLeon sidelined for 6 weeks after hernia surgery

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DeLeon could miss at least the next eight league games

D.C. United announced Friday afternoon that versatile defender Nick DeLeon, who has missed the past three games, will miss another six weeks after having surgery to fix a bilateral sports hernia. The recovery from surgery will sideline DeLeon until at least the end of June.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union staff and reader predictions

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It's time to bounce back! Maybe!

Let's be clear: the loss against the Montreal Impact was bad. D.C. United don't even have the luxury of calling it a fluke loss—it was just a loss, a little surprising because the game should have been winnable, but a loss that by DCU's current standards was no fluke.

Europa League final, Mal Pugh, Washington Spirit, and more: Freedom Kicks for 5/12/2017

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D.C. United and the Spirit prep for games, and the Dynamo hosts the Whitecaps

Happy Friday! Or, dreary Friday. It's dreary. What is this? It's May and I'm having to bring a jacket everywhere.

Let's start the day with some good news:

2 weeks ago I was pushed out of surgery in a wheel chair.

D.C. United fell flat against Montreal, and they need to bounce back right away

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The Last Word grits its teeth and places an infuriating loss in context

Sometimes it's hard to get it together and face a particularly galling loss. Carving out the time to further discuss D.C. United's utterly disappointing showing against the Montreal Impact becomes a chore when the mere thought of the game angers up the blood.

DC playoff failures, Eryk Williamson, and Allie Long: Thursday Freedom Kicks 2017

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Come fan with us? Come suffer with us?

Good morning! Caps fans: Bad morning! I'm not sure if expected disappointment is any better than a surprise disappointment but I'm sure you've got years worth of accumulated thoughts on that matter.

This year's biggest night in D.C. sports history ended like all the others | SBNation.

D.C. United vs. Montreal community/site player ratings

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After a surprising win? A disappointing loss, and your ratings.

Nobody (well, almost nobody?) expected D.C. United to come out of Georgia last Sunday with a win, and they got one. They then came home to RFK to kick off the first of 3 home games against the lowly Montreal Impact. Simple task, right?

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union preview, plus breaking down the Montreal mess: Filibuster podcast

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We really do have to talk about that game

Well, that sucked but we have to talk about it. Adam, Jason, and Ben are back to talk about D.C. United's 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact, in a performance that disappointed everyone. We talk about the goal and the entire flaccid performance, as well as how the team deflated after a decent first eight minutes.

2026 World Cup bid process revealed, Lionel Messi’s sick jersey collection, & more: Freedom Kicks for May 10, 2017

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The USA/Mexico/Canada joint bid hits a slight snag in today's Freedom Kicks.

Top of the morning folks! I'm back on the Freedom Kicks after a lengthy trip to Australia and Singapore. I'm back on Eastern time, somewhat caught up on rest and back in the saddle. In Europe, we have the 2nd Champions League semifinal between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Steve Birnbaum may be back for D.C. United, but injury list remains long

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Seven players missed training due to various knocks and strains

As D.C. United took to the practice field on Tuesday, looking to shake off the disappointment of the 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact, there was a considerable contingent of players absent from training. Seven members of the first team were unavailable to practice on Tuesday, a considerable list considering five of them had started at least one game this season.

Francisca Ordega is the NWSL Player of the Week

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The Washington Spirit forward had a hand in all of the Spirit's goals this weekend

Washington Spirit forward Francisca Ordega was named NWSL Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association after posting an electric performance in the Spirit's game on Saturday. Ordega scored twice and factored into the other two Spirit goals to drive the Spirit to the team's first win of the 2017 NWSL season.

D.C. United academy player Eryk Williamson is headed to the U-20 World Cup

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Williamson, who was part of the United States team that qualified for the World Cup, is part of Tab Ramos' team for South Korea

Eryk Williamson, a D.C. United academy player and Maryland Terrapin, was named to the US U-20 squad for the upcoming World Cup, which starts on May 20th, in Korea Republic.

2017 US Open Cup streaming, schedule, and preview

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The minnows have another chance to take out the giants

It is once again one of my favorite times of year: the US Open Cup starts its 104th edition tonight with a single game, but jumping into full gear tomorrow. A record 99 teams will compete for the Sir Thomas Dewar Cup and, while MLS has dominated the tournament in recent years, it is an exciting competition that allows the lower leagues to size themselves up against competition across the US soccer pyramid.

Fantasy Focus: Jungwirthquake

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There goes that man again.

With a score of 128 points, HICKENHÖPPER FC led the league this round. Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.5) was captain and scored 28 points on two goals, while his teammate, Jozy Altidore ($10.3) scored a goal and added an assist for 15 points. Rounding out the top three was Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $10.

World Cup 2026, USL (probably) to Baltimore, and more: Freedom Kicks for 5/9/17

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Where is my Miroslav Klose appreciation prize though?

Question of the day: Is it just allergies or am I getting a cold? Unclear. Stay tuned, though, maybe I'll have an answer in Friday's predictions.

Let's start today's Freedom Kicks with some ICYMI D.C. United news—first, some stadium stuff, and second, no more Maxim Tissot.

D.C. United, Maxim Tissot agree to part ways

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The Canadian national team defender/midfielder made just one appearance for the Black-and-Red

D.C. United announced today that the team had reached an agreement with Maxim Tissot to mutually terminate his contract. Tissot, 25, is a member of Canada's national team pool and had signed with United at the end of this year's preseason after a successful trial (which itself had been instigated by a trial last summer).

Chris Korb makes the difference in Richmond Kickers 1-1 draw

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The D.C. United veteran nabbed an assist in his first game back

The Richmond Kickers were able to hold on and earn a point at City Stadium Saturday night. Facing off against a stout FC Cincinnati squad, an early Richmond goal was matched in the second half by the visiting team, leaving the Kickers at 2-4-1 on the season.

D.C. United stadium final zoning order and building permits issued

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The I's are dotted and the t's are crossed

When we last left the D.C. United stadium approval process, the Zoning Commission had voted to approve the planned unit development, but with some edits to the final order requested by the Commission to address concerns raised by ANC 6D. D.C. United filed a revised final order to the Zoning Commission in March, and the Commission accepted and approved the team's revised order, which was published in the DC Register two weeks ago.

DMV Pro Soccer recaps, Mal Pugh, Fred & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Possibly the world's greatest board game too.

Well boo, soccer. BOOOO I SAY!

Recaps of D.C. United's 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact by us (with more from us here), MLS and WaPo. Mount Royal Soccer has the Impact side of things. I'll note if you want to see a recap dropped in here, please let me know, I'm sure I'm missing some.

Washington Spirit pick up first win, beat Sky Blue 4-3

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Ordega dominates as the Spirit get their first win of the season in a wild game

The Washington Spirit earned their first win of the 2017 NWSL season with a 4-3 win against Sky Blue FC. Francisca Ordega posted a dominant game for the Spirit, scoring two goals, forcing an own goal, and setting up the Spirit's third goal.

D.C. United vs. Montreal ratings form

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Just as surprising as last week's win? This week's loss, for your voting.

D.C. United was facing a Montreal Impact team that was down in the dumps, and the Black-and-Red came off a surprising win on national television, so a win would have to have been a formality, right? Well, that's why they play the games.

D.C. United drop more points at home in 1-0 loss to Montreal Impact

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Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla's first half goal was the difference

D.C. United couldn't build upon recent successes on the road, losing 1-0 to the Montreal Impact, in their first home game in over a month. Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla scored the game's only goal in the 13th minute, after United had opened up the game looking the more dangerous of the two teams.

Good vibes quickly vanish as D.C. United lose to Montreal Impact

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United get three game home stand off to disappointing start

D.C. United had every right to come into Saturday's game against the Montreal Impact feeling good about themselves. Most recently, they had gone down to Georgia, and strutted away with three points after a 3-1 win over Atlanta United.

Washington Spirit vs. Sky Blue FC 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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Can the Spirit's offense rebound against a Christie Pearce-less Sky Blue backline?

After picking up one point from their first three games of the season, the Washington Spirit have an opportunity to change the tone of their season with a win against Sky Blue FC. Sky Blue was expected to be a mid-table finisher this season but the team is missing several key players for tonight's match, which makes it a great chance for the Spirit to pick up points.

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

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With three straight at home, United appears to be rounding into form at the right time as they host the Impact

A slow start to 2017 has started to change for D.C. United, who went 3-1-1 in April and are coming off of a remarkable win on the road against Atlanta United. With the injury list starting to shorten a bit last week, the Black-and-Red will be looking to ramp things up as they get three straight matches at home against Eastern Conference opponents.

Montreal Impact projected starting 11 to face D.C. United

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United's opponent this week, like Atlanta last week, is missing a key attacking cog

Last week, D.C. United picked the right week to face Atlanta United. With star striker Josef Martinez injured and precious little depth available in any attacking position, the expansion club saw some chances go unconverted, fell behind, and then didn't have any real reply off the bench.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact staff and reader predictions

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Do. Or do not. There is no try.

After an unexpected win in Atlanta to cap off a three game away trip that was otherwise a rather mixed bag, D.C. United return to RFK this weekend. And, most importantly, they return for Star Wars Night! Hell yeah.

But will the force be with the Black-and-Red as they take on the Montreal Impact?

D.C. United vs. Atlanta United community/site player ratings

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Here's how you felt the Black-and-Red's players did Sunday

D.C. United went into a road game that few thought they would win against an opponent (Atlanta United) that would presumably run them into the ground, and it sure looked the part for the first few minutes of the game. But the ship was remarkably righted and the 3-1 win was a pleasant surprise for a team that needed to continue momentum.

MLS expansion, US Soccer’s deep pockets, and more: Freedom Kicks for 5/5/2017

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D.C. United gears up for Saturday, while the Washington Spirit get some kudos

It's Cinco de Mayo, which means people here in the US are going to go too hard and act a fool. I have some experience in going out to watering holes and acting like an unhinged lunatic while not wronging people or going to jail, so here's some advice:

  1. This isn't Mexico's July 4th.

Chris Korb rejoins D.C. United

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The defender had been out on contract since the end of the 2016 season

Chris Korb's return from injury has been a long time coming, but he took one step closer on Thursday, as D.C. United announced that the defender had re-signed a multiple year deal with the team. Korb had been out on contract since this past winter, with the Black-and-Red choosing not to pick up his option for the 2017 season.

Chris Korb rejoins D.C. United

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The defender had been out on contract since the end of the 2016 season

Chris Korb's return from injury has been a long time coming, but he took one step closer on Thursday, as D.C. United announced that the defender had re-signed a multiple year deal with the team. Korb had been out on contract since this past winter, with the Black-and-Red choosing not to pick up his option for the 2017 season.

D.C. United showed how to spoil a party in win over Atlanta United

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The Last Word focuses in on a formation change and DCU's improvement in front of goal

Much has been made about the coaching duel on display during D.C. United's surprising win over Atlanta United. It was a rare nationally televised game for the Black-and-Red, and it was abundantly obvious that the focus in MLS circles all across the country was the home team.

Champions League, Mal Pugh, and Bob the Builder: Freedom Kicks for 5/4/2017

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If you've got Star Wars jokes, make them good ones

Hello and happy May 4th! Today is Star Wars Day (may the fourth...) which means tons of jokes and references that are mediocre at best. On that joyful note, here are today's links.

Insider Notes: Latest on Mal Pugh's NWSL saga; LAFC interest in Schelotto | Sports Illustrated
Grant Wahl reports that young phenom Mal Pugh still doesn't want to go to the Washington Spirit but she is no longer Portland or bust.

D.C. United takes on Montreal Impact, and somehow beats Atlanta United: Filibuster podcast

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We have to spend over 30 minutes breaking down just how D.C. United won

Even though we are a day late we are always here for you: it is Filibuster time! Jason, Adam, and Ben are here and we go deep on D.C. United's 3-1 win over Atlanta United. We talk about the first ten minutes and what a scramble it was, the D.

Fantasy Focus: Proving your Jungwirth

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Das ist gut

Two teams tied for the round lead, with Vamos United and Vandelay Industries logging 92 points. Both teams had Joevin Jones (SEA, $5.5), who scored 12 points on two assists, and Nicolas Lodeiro (SEA, $11.5), who paired a goal with an assist for 14 points. Vamos United had Jozy Altidore (TOR, $10.

Emre Can’s goal, predicting a USMNT Gold Cup roster, and more: Freedom Kicks for 5/2/17

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Also, let women swear.

Welcome to Tuesday Freedom Kicks! I hope everyone else's air conditioning is working because mine currently isn't and let me tell you how not fun it is when your apartment is 84 degrees.

But let me also tell you about something that is actually fun: Black and Red United's Last Season at RFK Meetup!

Richmond Kickers fall 1-0 to Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Low possession and few chances send Richmond further down the table

The Richmond Kickers were on the road to face Tampa Bay Rowdies for the first time ever Saturday night. This is the Rowdies' first year in USL, having spent their first seven seasons in the NASL. Tampa Bay has looked competitive so far this season, and the Kickers struggled to find their rhythm in the Florida humidity at Al Lang Stadium in St.

D.C. United vs. Atlanta United ratings form

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A surprising win is open for evaluation.

It was all the markings of a game D.C. United would win in retrospect; Atlanta United was a formidable foe, scoring a ton of goals, D.C. was playing on the road, which they never do that well. So when they won 3-1 for their first road win in more than two and a half years where three scored two or more goals, it's a cause for celebration, right?

Atlanta United’s Yamil Asad needs to be suspended for elbowing D.C. United’s Lloyd Sam

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It's not even May, and the ATL winger is already developing a reputation for cheap shots

Late in D.C. United's road win over Atlanta United, Yamil Asad threw a needless, dirty elbow that caught Lloyd Sam square in the jaw. And the kicker? He got to stay on the field until being substituted minutes later.

D.C. United gets an improbable win, and DMV soccer recaps abound: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, Christian Gomez (still) has a posse.

Well to be fair, Jason and I called a 3-1 result, so you welcome family.

Recaps of and reactions to D.C. United's 3-1 win over Atlanta United FC by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here, and a nice summation by Matt Doyle here), and WaPo.

D.C. United’s resiliency pays off in 3-1 win over Atlanta United

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Instead of folding after early siege, United responded to pick up their first road win of 2017

Sunday afternoon had all the hallmarks early on of another loss on the road for D.C. United. In their first-ever game against Atlanta United, United could have conceded on two different occasions in the opening three minutes.

D.C. United’s resiliency pays off in 3-1 win over Atlanta United

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Instead of folding after early siege, United responded to pick up their first road win of 2017

Sunday afternoon had all the hallmarks early on of another loss on the road for D.C. United. In their first ever game against Atlanta United, United could have conceded on two different occasions in the opening three minutes.