Black and Red United Archives for January 2017

NWSL Team of the Month for June includes two Washington Spirit players

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Estelle Johnson and Stephanie Labbe got plaudits today after the Spirit gave up just one goal in the past month

Following a month in which the Washington Spirit were unbeaten (2W-1D-0L) and conceded just one goal, Estelle Johnson and Stephanie Labbe were recognized for their performances by being named to the NWSL Team of the Month for June.

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

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Win, lose, draw? No, seriously, we don't know.

Ah, yes, a clash of the bottom feeders. Tomorrow, D.C. United (second-to-last in the Eastern Conference) take on the Montreal Impact (last in the Eastern Conference), in what will probably not be a particularly beautiful game but through which we will all suffer anyway.

D.C. United stadium update, FC Cincinnati, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/30/2017

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Metal going up, Minnesota going down, and bees!

Look, it's been a tough season for D.C. United fans. The team is out of the Open Cup, and making the playoffs will require a tremendous second half of the season. Saturday's game is huge, and it's followed by a brutal trip to Dallas to play a real contender in Texas in early July (so, basically on the sun).

2017 US Open Cup results, Confederation Cup update, and witch doctors: Freedom Kicks for June 29, 2017

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That's right, witch doctors

Good morning! Today's news is an eclectic mix of Open Cup results, Confederation Cup news and bizarre accusations. Let's get to it!

D.C. United's US Open Cup dreams are dashed in 2-1 defeat at New England Revolution - Black And Red United
D.C. United got knocked out of the Open Cup with a pretty lousy performance against New England.

D.C. United’s US Open Cup dreams are dashed in 2-1 defeat at New England Revolution

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An early Jose Ortiz goal wasn't enough for the Black-and-Red, who hadn't lost to the Revs in 3 years coming in

Despite an early goal from Jose Ortiz and some good passing sequences, D.C. United were knocked out of the 2017 US Open Cup tonight by the New England Revolution. The 2-1 defeat was the first time in over three years that the Revs had beaten the Black-and-Red in any competition, with New England's goals coming from Diego Fagundez - on an inspired free kick in the 44th minute - and rookie Brian Wright moments into the second half.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution preview: Behind Enemy Lines with The Bent Musket

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The Open Cup is in less than an hour

D.C. United kicks off their next US Open Cup match in less than an hour, and we talked to Jake Catanese of The Bent Musket to preview the game.

How is Jay Heaps going to change his lineup for the Open Cup?

Jeez, where do we begin here.

Washington Spirit waive Katie Stengel and Cameron Castleberry

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The Spirit needed to release two players to make space for Estefania Banini and Yanara Aedo

The Washington Spirit waived Katie Stengel and Cameron Castleberry, the club announced this afternoon. With the signings of forwards Estefania Banini and Yanara Aedo, the Spirit needed to clear two roster spots.

New England Revolution projected lineup to face D.C. United in 2017 US Open Cup

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Injuries and call-ups will make it very difficult for the Revs to put 18 players in uniform

We are well into the meat grinder section of the MLS calendar, and for both D.C. United and the New England Revolution, that means tomorrow night's US Open Cup match comes at a tough time. Tomorrow will mark the fifth game in fifteen days for United, and it'll be followed by another road game Saturday (a critical game in Montreal) and yet another road game on Tuesday (nothing like Texas in July, amirite?

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

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United's quest for a fourth USOC title takes them to Boston, where they'll face a very familiar Revs side

The 2017 season hasn't gone that well for D.C. United, but the team's MLS struggles don't have any direct impact on making a US Open Cup run. A 4-1 win over Christos FC, the amateur darlings of the tournament so far, was trickier than the scoreline indicates, and the reward was today's trip north to face the New England Revolution.

USA cleared of World Cup wrongdoing, NBC’s EPL subscription service, & more: Freedom Kicks for June 28, 2017

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World Cup bid was clean, but to watch the EPL, prepare to shell out some green.

Happy Wednesday everyone, and Happy United Day once again! D.C. United takes on the New England Revolution tonight in the U.S. Open Cup. Let's see if we can break through with some goals and get to the quarterfinals.

Washington Spirit sign Chilean forward Yanara Aedo

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Aedo played for the Spirit's reserve team in recent years

The Washington Spirit signed Chilean attacker Yanara Aedo, the club announced this evening. Aedo played for the Washington Spirit Reserves and practiced with the team during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Per the club, two players will be waived later this week to make room for the arrival of Aedo and Estefania Banini.

Washington Spirit sign Chilean forward Yanara Aedo

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Aedo played for the Spirit's reserve team

The Washington Spirit signed Chilean attacker Yanara Aedo, the club announced this evening. Aedo played for the Washington Spirit Reserves and practiced with the team during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Two players will be waived later this week to make room for Estefania Banini and Aedo's arrival.

Bill Hamid at the Gold Cup, US Open Cup, and Montreal Impact: Filibuster podcast

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The games can't stop, won't stop

Adam rejoins Ben and Jason, which is good because there is a metric ton of soccer about which to talk. We take the games against Atlanta United and the Philadelphia Union as a compare and contrast. We talk about the expected goals in each game and how they indicate some signs of life, but also talk about how it still isn't nearly good enough yet.

Fantasy Focus: And I know a change gon’ Accam

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That's one way to fill a box score.

This round was led by Acosta Benny Fits, who scored 134 points. The team was led by captain Miguel Almiron (ATL, $9.8), who notched two assists on the way to 30 points. Supporting him were Kevin Molino (MIN, $10.2), who had two assists and 15 points, and Michael Parkhurst (ATL, $5.

More on the USMNT Gold Cup roster, plus did you know FIFA is corrupt? Freedom Kicks for 6/27/17

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Also included: that sweet 2017 MLS All-Star jersey.

Y'all, yesterday was such a Monday. Here's hoping today is a little...Tuesday-ier. Let's get right to it with some soccer stuffs.

Armchair Analyst: USMNT Gold Cup roster blends the old with the new | MLS

Because I know you can't read too many pieces about the USMNT Gold Cup roster.

2017 Gold Cup USMNT roster, DCU/Spirit/Kickers recaps, and more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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And a new world record in soccer was set!

Hi, this weather is nice, isn't it?

Recaps of D.C. United's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union by us (with more from us here), MLS and WaPo. Brotherly Game has the Chester news. They also have detail on the overturned Luciano Acosta red card which includes a shot at New York Red Bulls player Felipe Martins.

Richmond Kickers fall 2-0 to Charlotte Independence

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Chris Durkin was a bright spot as the Kickers lose at home

The Richmond Kickers haven't won a game in 10 matches, and they weren't able to break that streak Saturday night against Charlotte Independence. A first half penalty put the Kickers in a hole they weren't able to climb out of at City Stadium.

Bill Hamid named to the USMNT’s 2017 Gold Cup roster

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The Black-and-Red faithful have a rooting interest from the club.

Bruce Arena announced the United States roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Golf Cup tournament Sunday and Bill Hamid made the final roster for the tournament, with training camp beginning on Monday. For D.C. United, this means they'll be without the services of Hamid starting with Wednesday's Round of 16 U.

Ordega goal leads Spirit to 1-0 win against Portland Thorns

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Motivated by her sister's memory, Ordega led Washington to an important three points

With the hardest part of their schedule coming up, the Washington Spirit needed a win over the star-studded Portland Thorns. Thanks to Francisca Ordega's first half goal, that's exactly what they got, extending their unbeaten streak to three with a 1-0 victory.

D.C. United can’t solve Andre Blake and the Philadelphia Union

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United lost their fourth consecutive game on the road

Talen Energy Stadium has not been kind to D.C. United over the past couple of years, even when the Black-and-Red were making the playoffs in three consecutive trips. And this year's version of United, who've struggled mightily throughout the season offensively, fared no better on Saturday night, losing 1-0 to the Philadelphia Union, their fourth consecutive game in Chester without a goal.

Another missed penalty costs D.C. United in 1-0 loss to Philadelphia Union

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Lamar Neagle missed from the spot as Fafa Picault's 1st half goal stood up for Philly

D.C. United couldn't build their midweek win, losing 1-0 to the Philadelphia Union on a first half goal from Fafa Picault. Lamar Neagle had a chance to equalize in the second half from the penalty spot, but his shot was saved by Union keeper Andre Blake.

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

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The Spirit, with only one home game between now and mid-August, need to take three points against the Thorns

The Washington Spirit, coming off of a 1-1 draw in Chicago, face the Portland Thorns tonight in a key match for both teams. The Thorns suffered a disappointing 3-1 home loss to Sky Blue FC last week and are looking to bounce back tonight and in their upcoming midweek game.

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

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No rest for the weary as United face another big game against their nearest rivals on short rest

D.C. United broke out of a long winless run and an even longer home scoreless streak on Wednesday, but it won't mean all that much if they can't keep the good times going today against the Philadelphia Union.

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

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Good news! Predictions are slightly less depressing this time.

~ROOOOOOOAD TRIIIIIIIIP~

D.C. United are about to play five games away, which of course they will do with great success and precious many points*

*Alternatively, they will crash and burn with five straight losses

The trip starts with a jaunt up to face the Philadelphia Union, whom the Black-and-Red have already played twice this year, to markedly different results.

D.C. United, Atlanta United, and why pressure is MLS’s defining tactic

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The Last Word dispels the idea that either team scored a fluky goal by dissecting the first two goals from Wednesday night

Much to the surprise of most observers - including me, the guy who felt naive while predicting a draw - D.C. United came up with a crucial 2-1 win over Atlanta United on Wednesday night.

Alhaji Kamara signs with Altaawoun FC

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Kamara is off to the Middle East

The rumored departure of Alhaji Kamara from D.C. United has reached its conclusion. Altaawoun FC, of the Saudi Professional League, announced on Twitter this morning that they had signed Alhaji Kamara. The amount of the transfer fee, if any, is currently unknown at this time and is typically not released by MLS or its teams.

D.C. United, Spirit Squadron Pride Night, Confederations Cup, & more: Freedom Kicks for 6/23/2017

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Start your day off with a great journey involving pasta and a giant moth

Wednesday night was weird. Of course, there's the sheer fact that D.C. United ended a 4+ game home goalless streak, a 3 game league losing streak, and scored more than one goal in an MLS match for the first time in over seven weeks.

D.C. United beats Atlanta United, Slate Donovan, and Jurgen Klinsmann and Bruce Arena: Freedom Kicks

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Soccer, go!

Hello, friends! I am back to grace you Thursday yet again as Caitlin needs the day off. Obviously D.C. United knew this was coming and decided to grace my return with a win. To the links!

D.C. United end home drought with 2-1 win over Atlanta United - Black And Red : D.C.

D.C. United pick up crucial win, but plenty of work remains ahead busy two weeks

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United's 2-1 win over Atlanta was necessary to keep their season alive

D.C. United started out well on Wednesday night against Atlanta United, a team that they beat several months ago after a horror start to the game. United had several chances early on, coming close to ending a near 400 minute streak of no goals at home.

D.C. United end home drought with 2-1 win over Atlanta United

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Goals from Luciano Acosta and Patrick Nyarko canceled out Julian Gressel's first half opener

It had almost been two and half months since the last time since D.C United had scored and picked three points up at RFK Stadium. But after falling behind to Atlanta United in the first half, the Black-and-Red responded, beating their Eastern Conference rivals 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Atlanta United projected lineup to face D.C. United

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ATL brings a ton of attacking talent, but they've also got some defensive weaknesses

Perhaps a game against the last team they scored more than one goal on is just what D.C. United needed. It's hard to say at this point what they need beyond better players and better play from those on the roster.

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

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Oh, did you think the Black-and-Red might win tonight? Lol.

D.C. United are about to head off on a five-game road trip—but before they do that, they have to face Atlanta United FC at RFK Stadium tonight. The Black-and-Red played—and even beat—Atlanta back in April, but it's a different night, a different game, and we're thinking a different result.

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

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The Black-and-Red are looking to break out of a very poor run of form against the last team they scored multiple goals on

D.C. United faces Atlanta United tonight in an acutely desperate situation. The Black-and-Red are 7 points short of the red line in the Eastern Conference, and have been shut out in four straight home games.

D.C. United welcomes Deshorn Brown, Tony DiCicco passes away, & more: Freedom Kicks for June 21, 2017

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There's a new striker in town.

Welcome to Wednesday folks, and Happy United Day. Before you head to RFK tonight, know that in Russia, the Confederations Cup enters the 2nd slate of games in Group A: Russia vs. Portugal (11:00am) and Mexico vs. New Zealand (2:00pm). Ok, lots happened yesterday so let's get into it:

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D.C. United officially signs Deshorn Brown

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A convoluted deal brings in some badly needed attacking reinforcements for the Black-and-Red

By far MLS's lowest scoring side, D.C. United made their first move to fix what ails them today, signing Jamaican striker Deshorn Brown via the league's allocation order. To get to the top of that ranking, United had to complete a trade with the Houston Dynamo, sending $100,000 in general allocation money, $75,000 in targeted allocation money, and an international roster spot for the 2018 season only to Texas in order to swap spots and select Brown.

A neverending onslaught of Christos, Toronto, Atlanta, and Philly: Filibuster

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This is the busiest time of the entire season

Adam is off celebrating the birth of his second child, so you're stuck with Jason and Ben for this episode. There has been so much soccer in these past six days that the US Open Cup match against Christos FC feels like years ago, and not just a week.

D.C. United reportedly signs striker Deshorn Brown

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Per the Washington Post's Steve Goff, the Black-and-Red have completed a deal for the Jamaican international

D.C. United has apparently made the first of what is hopefully several moves to boost the worst attack in MLS. Jamaican striker Deshorn Brown, according to reports from the Washington Post's Steve Goff, is United's first acquisition in what appears likely to be a busy summer.

Fantasy Focus: Livin’ la Villa loca

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David at the double

With a scorching 121 points, We Takes the Money led the league this round. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.3) led the team with 36 points on the strength of two goals. Behind him was the duo of Romain Alessandrini (LA, $10.3) and Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $10.5), each of whom tallied a goal and an assist for 12 points.

MLS, USMNT, NWSL, Bundesliga, & more: Freedom Kicks for 6/20/17

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Plus: a special appearance by a very special animal.

Happy Tuesday! I've got a full slate for you all today, so let's get to it.

DC United's Star Muslim Goalie Balances Faith with Soccer | VOA

Brief profile on our man Bill Hamid.

World Cup status more secure, U.S. soccer shifts attention toward Gold Cup | The Washington Post

Some of Goff's thoughts on what Bruce Arena's Gold Cup roster may look like.

Estefania Banini returns to the Washington Spirit

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The Spirit's 2016 leading goalscorer is coming back to the NWSL after playing in Spain

Estefania Banini's long-rumored return to the Washington Spirit is a done deal. As first reported by the Washington Post's Steve Goff, Banini - Washington's top goalscorer in 2016 and the NWSL Player of the Month last July - is coming back to the club after spending a season in Spain with Valencia's women's team:

Insider has learned Argentina's Estefania Banini, @WashSpirit leading scorer last year, returning to NWSL club after 1 season at Valencia

— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) June 19, 2017

Rumors of Banini returning had been in place virtually since her departure, as the Spirit had offered her a deal at the time that she opted to sign with Valencia.

Stoppage-time goal gives Richmond Kickers 1-1 draw

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Newly signed Franck Tayou saves a point for the Kickers

The Tampa Bay Rowdies lived up to their nom de guerre as they faced off with Richmond Kickers in a physical match at City Stadium.

Richmond stuck with a 4-2-3-1 formation, albeit with a few players shuffled for Saturday night's match.

Where in the World is Alhaji Kamara?

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The answer to this may pertain to D.C. United's summer moves.

While D.C. United's scoreless streak of non PK goals continued in their loss to Toronto FC, the thought lingers: just where is forward Alhaji Kamara?

The 23-year old forward scored a hat trick for the Richmond Kickers just more than 3 weeks ago and has 4 goals this year.

DMV pro soccer recaps, USMNT jersey leaks & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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This is a little more serious than usual.

Hi. Off we go:

Recaps of Toronto FC's 2-0 win over D.C. United from us (with more from us here), MLS and WaPo. Waking The Red has the GTO take.

Ordega's goal helps Spirit to 1-1 tie at Chicago - Black And Red United: Francisca Ordega helped celebrate Caprice Dydasco's return to the roster by scoring as the Washington Spirit drew with the Chicago Red Stars, putting them 8th in the NWSL.

D.C. United: Goalless in Toronto

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United's woes in front of goal continued in 2-0 loss to Toronto FC

Saturday night's task for D.C. United was always going to be an uphill battle against Toronto FC. Late in 2016, when United was one of the highest-scoring teams in the league, the Black-and-Red came to Toronto and beat the Reds 2-1 via two Lamar Neagle goals.

D.C. United: Goalless in Toronto

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United's woes in front of goal continued in 2-0 loss to Toronto FC

Saturday night's task for D.C. United, based on 2017, was always going to be an uphill battle against Toronto FC. Late in 2016, when United was one of the best scoring teams in the league, the Black-and-Red came to Toronto, and beat the Reds 2-1, thanks to goals from Lamar Neagle.

Francisca Ordega’s goal helps Washington Spirit to 1-1 tie at Chicago Red Stars

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Missing multiple starters, the Spirit managed a gritty road draw against one of the best teams in the NWSL

Francisca Ordega scored just before halftime to help the Washington Spirit scrape a 1-1 tie on the road against the Chicago Red Stars. Chicago was the favorite this afternoon, but couldn't create much against a stubborn Spirit side.

Jozy Altidore, Jordan Hamilton score as D.C. United lose 2-0 to Toronto FC

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Two second half goals were more than enough against the Black-and-Red

D.C. United still couldn't find the back of the net in MLS play, and couldn't replicate last year's shock win in Canada, losing 2-0 to Toronto FC on Saturday night. Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 60th minute, and his replacement, Jordan Hamilton, finished off the scoring with a header in the 85th minute, as United lost for the eighth time this season.

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

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Spoiler alert: Giovinco is definitely scoring on us.

After week off from MLS and a midweek Open Cup win (phew), D.C. United are back to the league grind today against Toronto FC.

The Black-and-Red have a confusing record on the road this season—where home performances have mostly been, let's say, not great, the team seems to occasionally do just a bit better away, even finding a couple wins (flukes or no, they still count).

Toronto FC projected lineup to face D.C. United

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TFC is the best team in MLS right now, and United will probably be facing their best possible eleven

Good news, D.C. United fans! Toronto FC is coping with a schedule that, in the short term, is even crueler than the Black-and-Red's. United's seven games in twenty-two days will eventually be worse, but in the near term they have games today, then on Wednesday, and then again next Saturday.

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

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United starts the toughest stretch of their season with their most difficult game of the season thus far

D.C. United was showing some modest signs of improvement heading into the international break, but they'll have to ratchet that up quickly today against league-leading Toronto FC. In particular, they're going to have to break out of a wretched run in front of goal, where they've scored just one goal - an ill-gotten penalty kick - in six games.

Chicago Red Stars vs. Washington Spirit 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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Without Mallory Pugh, the Spirit return from the international break to face Chicago

The Washington Spirit return from the international break to face the Chicago Red Stars on the road today. Chicago sits in 2nd place and has won three straight games, making them a very tough opponent for the 9th place Spirit.

USA vs. Mexico review, plus D.C. United vs Christos FC and Toronto FC: Filibuster

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Despite there being no D.C. United game this past weekend, we have plenty to talk about. We bring on Sebastian Salazar, formerly of Comcast SportsNet and now of ESPN and ESPN FC, to talk about the USA's 1-1 draw with Mexico. We talk about the goals of Michael Bradely and Carlos Vela, the difference between the 5-4-1s of Jurgen Klinsmann and Bruce Arena, and Bruce's use of Christian Pulisic.

Fantasy Focus: Fits to Adi

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It was a week of slim pickings.

Demonbarber12's 96 points led the league this round. Fanendo Adi (POR, $9.8) led the team with an armband-aided 26 points on the strength of two goals. He was supported by teammates Diego Valeri ($10.7), with an assist and 10 points, and Sebastian Blanco ($8.

D.C. United survive Christos FC scare, move on in 2017 US Open Cup

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The Black-and-Red were made to work for their win over the amateur darlings of this year's USOC

D.C. United had an early scare against Christos FC in the US Open Cup, but the Black-and-Red eventually did enough to get past the amateur side to move on to the Round of 16. Mamadou Kansaye gave Christos the first half lead with a wonderful free kick, but his effort was canceled out by Julian Buescher in the first half.

D.C. United outlasts Christos FC, Cristiano Ronaldo accused of tax fraud, & more: Freedom Kicks for June 14, 2017

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The ‘Plex was packed to see the Black-and-Red take on the Cinderella amateur side, and they're going after CR7's money!

Happy Wednesday folks. A lot to dissect from yesterday's soccer action. In World Cup qualifying, Panama drew Honduras 2-2, while Costa Rica held off Trinidad & Tobago 2-1.

2017 US Open Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo, and more: Freedom Kicks for June 15, 2017

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Open Cup! Open Cup! Open Cup!

Good morning! Most of the news today is US Open Cup news since there were a ton of games last night. Let's get to it.

"Hell is Real" for Crew SC - Massive Report
In the biggest upset of the night, Columbus Crew SC fell to FC Cincinnati. Crew fans were not pleased.

Mal Pugh injured, 2017 US Open Cup draw, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/16/2017

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Also, a warning to prepare yourself for the rapidly approaching battle with the robots

Fighting off sleep to put this together, so this will be a short one.

2017 US Open Cup draw pairs D.C. United with the New England Revolution | Black and Red United
Mostly linking this over again so I can go on record with my hunches on who gets through:

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2017 US Open Cup draw pairs D.C. United with the New England Revolution

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The Black-and-Red's next step in their quest for the Cup is a trip to face the Revs

After a fourth round low on upsets but high on drama, US Soccer announced the pairings for the 2017 US Open Cup's round of 16. D.C. United will face the New England Revolution on either June 27th or 28th. The tournament has been divided down into quadrants; should United advance, they will host the winner of the clash between the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union in the quarterfinal round.

D.C. United fans show their respect for Christos FC following US Open Cup win

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A special night at the Plex saw the defeated team get the bulk of the cheers

Last night's US Open Cup game between D.C. United and Christos FC was a unique spectacle to say the least. A team of guys with regular day jobs had fought their way through three rounds - and in away games every time - to earn their place on the Maryland Soccerplex field against United, the most decorated team American soccer has ever produced.

2017 US Open Cup draw pairs D.C. United with the New England Revolution

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The Black-and-Red's next step in their quest for the Cup is a trip to face the Revs

After a fourth round low on upsets but high on drama, US Soccer announced the pairings for the 2017 US Open Cup's round of 16. D.C. United will face the New England Revolution on either June 27th or 28th. The tournament has been divided down into quadrants; should United advance, they will host the winner of the clash between the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union in the quarterfinal round.

2017 US Open Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo, and more: Freedom Kicks for June 15, 2017

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Open Cup! Open Cup! Open Cup!

Good morning! Most of the news today is US Open Cup news since there were a ton of games last night. Let's get to it.

"Hell is Real" for Crew SC - Massive Report
In the biggest upset of the night, Columbus Crew SC fell to FC Cincinnati. Crew fans were not pleased.

D.C. United survive Christos FC scare, move on in 2017 US Open Cup

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The Black-and-Red were made to work for their win over the amateur darlings of this year's USOC

D.C. United had an early scare against Christos FC in the US Open Cup, but the Black-and-Red eventually did enough to get past the amateur side to move on to the Round of 16. Mamadou Kansaye gave Christos the first half lead with a wonderful free kick, but his effort was canceled out by Julian Buescher in the first half.

D.C. United outlasts Christos FC, Cristiano Ronaldo accused of tax fraud, & more: Freedom Kicks for June 14, 2017

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The ‘Plex was packed to see the Black-and-Red take on the Cinderella amateur side, and they're going after CR7's money!

Happy Wednesday folks. A lot to dissect from yesterday's soccer action. In World Cup qualifying, Panama drew Honduras 2-2, while Costa Rica held off Trinidad & Tobago 2-1.

D.C. United fans show their respect for Christos FC following US Open Cup win

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A special night at the Plex saw the defeated team get the bulk of the cheers

Last night's US Open Cup game between D.C. United and Christos FC was a unique spectacle to say the least. A team of guys with regular day jobs had fought their way through three rounds - and in away games every time - to earn their place on the Maryland Soccerplex field against United, the most decorated team American soccer has ever produced.

D.C. United survive Christos FC scare, move on in US Open Cup

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Christos took a first half lead but D.C. came back to win.

D.C. United had an early scare against Christos FC in the US Open Cup, but the Black-and-Red eventually did enough to get past the amateur side to move on to the Round of 16. Mamadou Kansaye gave Christos the first half lead with a wonderful free kick, but his effort was canceled out by Julian Buescher in the first half.

Fantasy Focus: Fits to Adi

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It was a week of slim pickings.

Demonbarber12's 96 points led the league this round. Fanendo Adi (POR, $9.8) led the team with an armband-aided 26 points on the strength of two goals. He was supported by teammates Diego Valeri ($10.7), with an assist and 10 points, and Sebastian Blanco ($8.

USA vs. Mexico review, plus D.C. United vs Christos FC and Toronto FC: Filibuster

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Despite there being no D.C. United game this past weekend, we have plenty to talk about. We bring on Sebastian Salazar, formerly of Comcast SportsNet and now of ESPN and ESPN FC, to talk about the USA's 1-1 draw with Mexico. We talk about the goals of Michael Bradely and Carlos Vela, the difference between the 5-4-1s of Jurgen Klinsmann and Bruce Arena, and Bruce's use of Christian Pulisic.

D.C. United vs. Christos FC: Time, TV schedule and how to watch 2017 US Open Cup online

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The Black-and-Red are out to spoil the David vs. Goliath story today against the amateurs from Maryland

Tonight, for just about everyone in American soccer, D.C. United is the villain. The US Open Cup usually has a lower-division Cinderella team, but it's exceedingly rare that we're talking about a true amateur team like Christos FC facing an MLS side.

USMNT vs. Mexico, D.C. United vs. Christos FC in the US Open Cup, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/13/17

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Honestly you can't watch that Michael Bradley goal too many times.

Hello hello hello! Happy Tuesday, folks. It also happens to be a D.C. United game day, thanks to the U.S. Open Cup. The Black-and-Red take on Baltimore-based amateur side Christos FC tonight, so get excited. (Ben takes a look at DCU's potential lineup here, by the way.

D.C. United versus Christos FC lineup: The reserves get their chance

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Ben Olsen will go back to his regular methods for the early rounds of the Open Cup

Ben Olsen has a specific style when it comes to the US Open Cup, one that many other coaches throughout MLS follow as well: start as many reserve players as possible. Olsen takes it further than many, and has been willing to play people out of position in order to rest his regular starters.

USMNT gets a point in Mexico, Mal Pugh hurt? and more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, anyone want some cats?

Hi. A little tired from the game and a little melancholy; doctor says our 7 month old has a severe allergy to our two cats (which we've had for a dozen years), so if you know anyone that wants to foster a couple of senior indoor felines, hit me up and such.

USMNT take point from Azteca Stadium with 1-1 draw against Mexico (us) - After seeing United States coach Bruce Arena talk about a plan for the Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago games a week ago when players came into camp, it reminded me you should never give out a long-term job extension contract with no merit.

USMNT take point from Azteca Stadium with 1-1 draw against Mexico

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Michael Bradley's early chip was canceled out by Carlos Vela in the first half

Bruce Arena chopped and changed his lineup on Sunday, and the USMNT came away with a 1-1 draw against Mexico at Azteca Stadium. Michael Bradley scored on a 35 yard chipped goal in the 6th minute, but the lead lasted until just the 23rd minute, when Carlos Vela scored on a well placed shot.

USMNT take point from Azteca Stadium with 1-1 draw against Mexico

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Michael Bradley's early chip was canceled out by Carlos Vela in the first half

Bruce Arena chopped and changed his lineup on Sunday, and came away with a 1-1 draw against Mexico at Azteca Stadium. Michael Bradley scored on a 35 yard chipped goal in the 6th minute, but the lead lasted until just the 23rd minute, when Carlos Vela scored on a well placed shot.

Richmond Kickers’ struggle continues with 1-0 loss to Charleston Battery

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A controversial penalty call cost the Kickers' a point on the road

Richmond had a tough task ahead as they faced top of the table Charleston Battery on the road over the weekend. Still trying to find the solution to their goal-scoring problem, coach Leigh Cowlishaw started Anthony Grant up top for the Kickers.

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

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Crystal Dunn and the US will look to step their level of play up today

The United States wraps up its Scandinavian sojourn this afternoon with a match against Norway, Coming off of a proficient, if disjointed, 1-0 win over Sweden, the USWNT will be looking to improve themselves while imposing their higher talent level over the Norwegians, who are no longer the elite-level adversary they were back in the 90s.

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

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The biggest rivalry in CONCACAF takes center stage at Estadio Azteca

There is no bigger game in CONCACAF than when the USA faces Mexico, and for the USMNT there is no more challenging fixture than traveling to Estadio Azteca for World Cup qualifying. Goals have been hard to come by for the United States in Mexico City, and results have been even more rare.

D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy community/site player ratings

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D.C.'s busy week ended, your votes tallied.

Following a 3 game in 8 day stretch that covered 7,000 miles (take THAT, traveling European club soccer fans!), D.C. United returned home in need of points and more specifically positive results, and perhaps go into their mini break with a little bit of encouragement.

USMNT wins World Cup qualifier, USWNT beats Sweden, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/9/2017

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Winning games is good, it turns out.

I don't have much to say this morning, so let's get right into the bizarre and absurd. Here's the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom standing shoulder to shoulder with one of her opponents in the race for her seat in Parliament:

249!

Christian Pulisic powers USMNT past Trinidad and Tobago

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The teenage sensation bagged two goals in the second half of USMNT's 2-0 win

Thursday's World Cup Qualifier proved a tenser affair than fans might have hoped for, but the US men's national team eventually prevailed 2-0 over Trinidad and Tobago, with Christian Pulisic providing both the goals in the second half.

D.C. United Statistical Analysis 1.17

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The good, the bad, and the ugly

We're about one third of the way through the season, so it seems like a good time to look at how D.C. United's players are performing. It's no secret that the way the team closed out the 2016 regular season hasn't carried over to 2017. Injuries to players that were vital to 2016's stretch run, such as Patrick Mullins, Steve Birnbaum, Nick DeLeon, and Patrick Nyarko have played a big part, but it's not the only reason for the struggles.

USMNT vs Trinidad and Tobago, USWNT vs Sweden, and more: Freedom Kicks Thursday June 8

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Two US games today

Good morning! Today is a pretty busy day for the national teams. The USWNT is in Sweden for a friendly (1:30pm) and the USMNT faces Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup qualifier game at 8pm.

USA vs. Trinidad and Tobago: scouting report - Stars and Stripes FC

It's time for Jill Ellis to prove she can learn - Stars and Stripes FC

Two previews of today's games.

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

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It might not be a mathematical must-win for the USMNT, but it might as well be

The United States responded to a desperate need for at least four points in their last pair of World Cup qualifiers by getting exactly four points. It stopped the bleeding, but tonight against Trinidad and Tobago, they still find themselves in a situation where a loss - or even a draw - would be a major problem.

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

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The United States should be less focused on revenge today, and more focused on simply making progress as a team

The United States can't avenge last summer's stunning Olympic defeat against Sweden today. The Swedes went on to the Gold Medal game, after all, while the USWNT had a minor crisis that extended into a dismal performance in March's SheBelieves Cup.

Washington Spirit defender Caprice Dydasco cleared to play

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After tearing her ACL in last year's NWSL final, Dydasco has made a swift recovery

Washington Spirit defender Caprice Dydasco, who was out due to a left ACL tear, is cleared to play, a Spirit spokesperson confirmed today. Dydasco tore her ACL in the NWSL title game last October. In April, she was cleared to train but is now off the 45-day disabled list.

USWNT legends stand up for little girl, Beckham gets a boost in Miami, & more: Freedom Kicks for June 7, 2017

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Road trips to the 305 might be on the calendar in 2019.

Morning, folks...welcome to Wednesday! Just one more day until the United States takes on Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup qualifying as well as the USWNT taking on Sweden, so let's jump into it.

David Beckham finally secures land for Miami MLS stadium, boosting troubled expansion plans | Fox Soccer
MLS Miami (and David Beckham) clear a major hurdle with their land sale being approved by Miami-Dade County.

USA vs. Mexico and Trinidad preview, plus D.C. United still can’t score: Filibuster

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With D.C. United off for the weekend, Filibuster turns its eyes to the USMNT

With our first meetup of the year behind and two games to review, Filibuster is back to talk into your ears. Adam, Jason, and Ben talk about D.C. United's loss to Orlando City SC and their draw with the LA Galaxy together, and start by asking where the goals are.

Fantasy Focus: 20+ Crew

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Columbus midfielders ftw

With a score of 174 points, Vandelay Industries led the league. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.1) posted two assists and 28 points to lead the team. Meanwhile, Justin Meram (CLB, $10.2) added a goal to his two assists for 20 points, and Joe Bendik (ORL, $5.1) earned two clean sheets and 18 points.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid, World Cup 2030 (yes seriously), and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/6/17

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Also, let the girl play.

It's Tuesday, which means I'm here for your Tuesday Freedom Kicks! I'll echo Ryan from yesterday and say thanks to everyone who came to our tailgate on Saturday—you guys are pretty awesome.

Now let's get to some soccer!

Pick a side: Which MLS team is the toughest to play in its home venue?

Watch: D.C. United supporters' groups profiled on local news

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A cool video highlights the 3 supporters groups of the Black-and-Red

You've seen them in the stands at every D.C. United match, you've sang with them, and some of you are likely members. Now, you can learn a little bit about them. The three supporters groups for D.C. United—the Screaming Eagles, La Barra Brava, and District Ultras—were recently featured on a NBC4 report:

In the report, the three groups discuss the style of support they bring to matches and it's clear that every group their own swagger that they bring to each match.

Richmond Kickers fall 1-0 to New York Red Bulls II

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Richmond came up empty-handed in front of 6,200 at home

Coming off a hat trick at Ottawa Fury FC last week, Alhaji Kamara and the Richmond Kickers couldn't find the same goal-scoring magic against New York Red Bulls II at City Stadium. A first half New York goal made the difference as Richmond's attacking woes continued.

D.C. draws, Mal Pugh scores & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Nine Inch Nails.

First things first, thanks to those who came out to our tailgate Saturday. You are a very beautiful bunch of people, and based on the topics of discussion I participated or eavesdropped in, you're smart too. We're lucky to have you.

Recaps of D.

Washington Spirit pick up 2nd win of the season, defeating the Houston Dash 2-0

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Mal Pugh scored her first goal for the Spirit, who posted their first shutout of the season

Following a string of losses and sitting in last place, the Washington Spirit were hoping to get out of a rut before the upcoming international break began. Cheyna Williams got the Spirit off to a good start with a 3rd minute goal, and 19-year-old Mallory Pugh followed it up by scoring her first ever professional goal.

D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy player ratings form

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A hectic week is wrapped up with your scores.

D.C. United came home after driving and flying a whole lot the past week, and faced an LA Galaxy side that, despite having Curt Onalfo as its coach, was playing decent soccer recently. I'd presume that the 0-0 result makes the Black-and-Red feel a little snakebit but maybe people feel differently about it, so this is why we vote.

Goalless once again, D.C. United look to take positives from difficult week

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0-0 draw against Galaxy is the fourth time in a row United haven't scored at home

D.C. United had a rough week to face, but Saturday night seemed to be the chance to end the eight day stretch on a high note. The Black-and-Red had stolen three points against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Canada, thanks to a penalty that shouldn't have been.

Despite improvements, D.C. United shut out yet again in 0-0 draw against LA Galaxy

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More opportunities for United to score, but they have now gone two months since their last goal at home

D.C. United continued their putrid home form on Saturday night, drawing 0-0 with the LA Galaxy. It was the sixth time in eight home games that the Black-and-Red failed to find the back of the net in 2017.

Bill Hamid, Steve Birnbaum named to USMNT preliminary roster for Gold Cup

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Bruce Arena has picked a list of 40 potential players to make up his Gold Cup roster

Bill Hamid and Steve Birnbaum, both who have had caps with the United States national team, were named to the preliminary USA squad for this summer's Gold Cup, which takes place in July. The two D.C. United players were two of the 40 players named by Bruce Arena for the tournament, which takes place in the United States.

Goalless once again, D.C. United look to take positives from difficult week

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0-0 draw against Galaxy is the fourth time in a row United haven't scored at home

D.C. United had a rough week to face, but Saturday night seemed to be the chance to end the eight day stretch on a high note. The Black-and-Red had stolen three points against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Canada, thanks to a penalty that shouldn't have been.

D.C. United toothless in front of goal, settle for 0-0 draw against LA Galaxy

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More opportunities for United to score, but they have now gone two months since their last goal at home

D.C. United continued their putrid home form on Saturday night, drawing 0-0 with the LA Galaxy. It was the sixth time in eight home games that the Black-and-Red failed to find the back of the net in 2017.

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

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Wrapping up a crazy road trip with your votes.

So D.C. United's week started after Saturday's win over the Vancouver Whitecaps with a late Saturday night bus ride to Seattle, then to Florida on Monday to face an Orlando City that, while struggling of late, had won 5 of their first 7 games at their new stadium.

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

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Washington looks to get off the bottom of the table against a Dash side sitting right above them

Both the Washington Spirit and the Houston Dash head into today's game looking to turn things around after struggling in the early part of the season. The Spirit are coming off a three-game losing streak and sit in last place.

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

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The pressure is on United and their faltering attack as the in-form Galaxy come to town

In some ways, this is a bad time for D.C. United to be facing the LA Galaxy. After a horrific start, the Galaxy have sorted some things out in terms of tactics, while Curt Onalfo asserted his leadership by surprisingly winning a conflict with defender Jelle Van Damme without alienating one of his key players.

LA Galaxy projected lineup to face D.C. United

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Giovani Dos Santos and the LA Galaxy are in form, but injuries will see them at less than full strength tomorrow

When you've lost each of your last three home games like D.C. United has, facing a team that has three straight wins (all on the road) is not the ideal cure. However, that's the situation United is stuck with, as Curt Onalfo's all-or-nothing moment - standing up to Jelle Van Damme publicly and privately - has paid off.

D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy staff and reader predictions

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Please please win, meow meow meow

Well, that road trip didn't go quite as expected, did it? After a surprise (and lucky) win in Vancouver, karma came back around with a vengeance in Orlando to ensure that D.C. United remain firmly on the struggle bus.

While returning to RFK is usually a prime opportunity for the Black-and-Red to secure three points, that has been far from the case this season.

D.C. United versus LA Galaxy lineup: Luciano Acosta and Ian Harkes together again

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At home, Ben Olsen will reunite his young central midfield

After a midweek performance that was better than the scoreline indicated, United have to play their third game in 8 days when they take on the LA Galaxy at RFK Stadium tomorrow. Ben Olsen will have to try and find a way to get points over an up-and-down Galaxy team that is currently playing well, and has to do so playing their third game in 8 days.

Alex Morgan injured as Lyon wins Champions League title, plus more: Freedom Kicks for 6/2/2017

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It was a rough day injury-wise

Hello! I'm filling in for Jason today so I will do my best to bring you bad [editor's note: actually, good] jokes and a weird [editor's note: well...yeah] video at the end to make you feel like he's writing this. Reminder that we will have a tailgate in Lot 8 tomorrow ahead of D.

Patrick Mullins out with torn meniscus

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The striker is set for his second spell on the sideline in 2017

Patrick Mullins, who has yet to score for D.C. United in 2017, is set to remain scoreless for the foreseeable future, after suffering a torn left meniscus last weekend in a win against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The injury will require surgery for Mullins, with the length of his absence to be determined; a lesser injury would put Mullins out six weeks, while a full meniscus repair could keep the Maryland graduate out for four to six months.

D.C. United vs. Orlando player ratings form

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We take a gander at the midweek result with your help.

So D.C. United had to take a bus from their win over the Vancouver Whitecaps to get over the border to catch a flight from Seattle to Florida on Sunday/Monday, and faced a Orlando City Lions squad with some new faces in a new formation, and while they went down 2-0, the performance could possibly be considered better than what they had a few days prior.

Arsene Wenger, D.C. United vs. Orlando City, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/1/2017

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Weird statues galore!

Good morning! It's the type of Thursday where we're coming off a frustrating D.C. United game. The Black-and-Red lost 2-0 to Orlando City last night in a pretty frustrating loss given the quality of play versus the actual result.

D.C. United squander chances, falter in second half in 2-0 defeat to Orlando City - Black And Red United
Our own Steven Streff was in Orlando for United's game.

Goals not there for D.C. United, but positives to build on from Orlando City loss

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Finishing aside, Olsen says that this was one of United's best performances of the year

Three points from two road games on opposite sides of the continent is usually a good haul for an MLS side. And indeed, D.C. United will be pleased to take those points, and head back to RFK Stadium for their third game this week.

D.C. United squander chances, falter in second half in 2-0 defeat to Orlando City

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Cyle Larin and Giles Barnes took advantage of United's misfirings in front of goal

D.C. United had a chance to extend their unbeaten run away from home to four games, but instead fell 2-0 to Orlando City SC on Wednesday night in Florida. After squandering several chances of their own, United succumbed in the second half to a header from Cyle Larin, and a howler from Bill Hamid which handed Giles Barnes the final tally.

Goals not there for D.C. United, but positives to build on from Orlando City loss

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The finishing wasn't there, but Olsen says that this was one of United's best performances of the year

Three points from two road games, on opposite sides of the continent is usually a good haul for a MLS side. And indeed, D.C. United will be pleased to take those points, and head back to RFK Stadium for their third game in eight days this weekend.

D.C. United squander chances, falter in second half in 2-0 defeat to Orlando City

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Cyle Larin and Giles Barnes took advantage of United's misfirings in front of goal

D.C. United had a chance to extend their streak of points earned on the road to four games, but instead, fell 2-0 to Orlando City SC on Wednesday night in Florida. After squandering several chances of their own, United succumbed in the second half to a header from Cyle Larin, and a howler from Bill Hamid which handed Giles Barnes the final tally.