Black and Red United Archives for January 2017

USA vs. Brazil Tournament of Nations 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The USWNT is under pressure to up their level of performance against a dangerous foe

The United States had been hoping to use the Tournament of Nations to prove that their troubling SheBelieves Cup performance was an aberration. They've still got time to do that, but they'll have to take a major step forward tonight against Brazil.

Richmond Kickers continue to struggle, losing 1-0 to St. Louis FC

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Four matches in ten days take their toll on the Kickers

Richmond's tough season continued Saturday night with a 1-0 loss at home to St. Louis FC. Four games in ten days seemed to have taken their toll on the Kickers. The starting lineup for all four matches were similar, and the Reds looked fatigued.

D.C. United hits rock bottom as Minnesota United win in a rout

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On their first-ever trip to Minnesota, the Black-and-Red conceded four goals for the third time in four games

The hits just keep coming for D.C. United, who added another candidate to their potential worst losses of this dreadful 2017 season tonight against Minnesota United. Facing an MNUFC side sitting 21st out of 22 in MLS, and who entered the match on a 351 scoreless streak, the Black-and-Red contrived to fall to an embarrassing 4-0 defeat against the Loons in the first meeting between the two clubs.

Minnesota United projected lineup to face D.C. United

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The Loons have more injuries right now than just about anyone in MLS

Let's start with some good news: D.C. United is playing a Minnesota United team that is in horrible form, with no wins in their last five and no goals in their last 351 minutes played. On top of that, injuries and a suspension have left them almost absurdly short-handed.

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

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The Black-and-Red and the Loons are the two worst teams in MLS. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here!

After an embarrassing, infuriating week, D.C. United has had a few days to get their act together ahead of tonight's game against Minnesota United FC. The expansion team from the Land of 10,000 Lakes has had a rough go of it in their first-ever MLS season, currently sitting just one point ahead of the Black-and-Red, who are (as you well know) in dead last.

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

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No, WE'RE the worst at soccer.

Another week, another disappointing reflection on D.C. United and their inability to do anything consistent or remotely not terrible. At this point I'm really running out of things to say, guys.

This week, though, we at least have a new opponent to face.

LAFC names Bradley as coach, USWNT loses to Australia, and more: Freedom Kicks for 7/28/2017

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With the Galaxy firing Onalfo, hiring Schmid, and signing Jonathan Dos Santos, LA hogged the soccer news scene yesterday

Yesterday was super eventful for the world. For me, it meant picking through folders and files on an old hard drive, manually changing permissions so I could access them, and then checking for redundant files within the folders.

USA vs. Australia Tournament of Nations 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The USWNT is looking to reassert themselves as the world's top team after their struggles at the SheBelieves Cup

The last time the United States invited elite women's national teams over for a friendly tournament, their guests trashed the place. The USWNT finished dead last in the SheBelieves Cup, which ended with a humiliating 3-0 loss to France.

USA wins the Gold Cup edition of your Freedom Kicks for 27 July 2017

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The USA are North American champions once again

Hello from scenic Beckley, West Virginia, as I am on a trip from Richmond to Cincinnati to see my parents and to go see Incubus and Jimmy Eat World in concert. Did anything big and important happen last night?

Oh right, here come your mostly Gold Cup related Freedom Kicks!

USMNT claim 6th Gold Cup title with late 2-1 win over Jamaica

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Jordan Morris scored a 88th minute winner for USA

After plenty of recent late game heroics during the 2017 edition of the Gold Cup, the final between the USA and Jamaica proved no different, with Jordan Morris scoring the winner in the 88th minute, as the USA defeated Jamaica 2-1. Jozy Altidore's free kick to end the first half was canceled out by Je-Vaughn Watson five minutes into the second half.

USA vs. Jamaica Gold Cup 2017: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USMNT met expectations by getting this far, but their opponent is not who they thought they'd face

The 2017 Gold Cup final had an air of inevitability all along, but a tournament low on good games finally offered up some quality and a surprise in the semifinal round. There, while the United States met their goal by seeing off Costa Rica, Jamaica shocked Mexico via a late Kemar Lawrence free kick goal.

USMNT compete for Gold Cup, Dom Dwyer to Orlando, & More: Freedom Kicks for July 26, 2017

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Happy USA Day! Let's get that trophy!

Howdy, folks. The United States are ready to compete against Jamaica tonight in the Gold Cup final, but first, let's recap what was a busy day yesterday:

USA vs. Jamaica, 2017 Gold Cup Final: What to watch for | Stars & Stripes FC

Here's what to look out for tonight when the USMNT takes the field in Santa Clara against the Reggae Boyz.

USMNT vs. Jamaica Gold Cup preview, plus D.C. United disasters

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We have a lot of feelings to get through

It is a long Filibuster today, and it is a sadness sandwich with some USMNT in the middle. Jason, Adam, and Ben start by talking about D.C. United's epic failures last week, and first wonder if the Houston Dynamo loss was actually worse than the Seattle Sounders loss.

Fantasy Focus: Running of the Bull

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Getting fat off the weak

This round's leader was DC Buzzards,with a whopping score of 173 points, 20 more than the next closest team. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.9) tallied two goals and an assist on the way to 46 points, easily leading the team. Behind him were Red Bulls teammates Sacha Kljestan ($11.

We’re only in July, but D.C. United’s MLS playoff hopes are virtually non-existant

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Even with five of their next seven at home, the Black-and-Red would need an amazing turnaround and big help elsewhere to get into the postseason

Last Wednesday night, there was a brief moment where D.C. United looked like they could, just maybe, mount an improbable late-season charge for a playoff spot.

Report: D.C. United monitoring Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez?

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An odd rumor has the Black-and-Red considering a move for the Real España GK

Let's face it: D.C. United's silence on matters of player rumors since word came out of Bruno Miranda possibly/probably/maybe joining the team 3 weeks ago falls into the "quiet, too quiet" category. And that's why Honduran outlet La Prensa claiming that United is apparently monitoring goalkeeper Luis Lopez is a head scratcher at best.

D.C. United is bad, Gold Cup is fun, soccer is weird sometimes: Freedom Kicks for 7/25/17

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brb calling 12 rabbis

Are we done with this rain yet? Because I'm 1,000% elephants over it being hot/sunny one moment and then a TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR the next. I mean, not that I got caught in a downpour yesterday or anything.

Anyway, it's Tuesday! It's Freedom Kicks!

D.C. fighting too many fires under Olsen, current ownership to truly grow | ESPN FC
I'm in a growing minority that's not ready to give up on Olsen yet, mostly because I want him as coach in the new stadium.

Richmond Kickers finally find the net in win over Bethlehem Steel

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The Kickers' 3-2 win was their first victory since April

Good news out of Richmond over the weekend. The Kickers broke their 13 game winless streak during an epic 3-2 match, and D.C. United loanee Jalen Robinson played a big part in the victory over Bethlehem Steel FC.

Richmond was committed to the attack, throwing players forward early and often.

D.C. soccer disappoints, a Gold Cup upset & more: Freedom Kicks for 7/24/17

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Also, it's Monday, let's go home.

Well I watched my kid sleep and took a nap myself, so what happened?

Recaps of D.C. United's 3-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo by us (with more from us here), MLS and WaPo. Dynamo Theory covers the away team's first away win of 2017.

Spirit go toe-to-toe with Thorns, but drop 2-1 decision (us): The Washington Spirit had some finishing problems last night that came back to haunt them in their loss to the Portland Thorns.

Horrid first half results in 3-1 defeat for D.C. United against the Houston Dynamo

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Three goals in the first 17 minutes resulted in United's 5th loss at home

A bad week for D.C. United got even worse on Saturday night, as the Black-and-Red turned an abject first half performance into a 3-1 defeat to the Houston Dynamo. United, who gave away a three goal lead on Wednesday night against the Seattle Sounders, conceded three goals in the first 17 minutes against Houston, Houston's first three shots of the game.

Washington Spirit go toe-to-toe with Portland Thorns, but drop 2-1 decision

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Despite plenty of chances, Washington's NWSL winless streak extended to four at Providence Park

A familiar pattern returned once again for the Washington Spirit, who fell 2-1 to the Portland Thorns despite creating enough chances to win the game. Havana Solaun gave Washington a lead in the 58th minute, but close-range finishes from Allie Long and Mallory Weber gave the home side a win that kept them in third place overall.

From coast to coast, D.C. United caps a week to forget with loss to Houston Dynamo

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Two losses in the space of three days have nearly dimmed the lights on United's season

With Managing General Partner Jason Levien in attendance, D.C. United had the opportunity to erase all the bad memories from Wednesday night's debacle. Blowing a three goal lead and losing to the Seattle Sounders was an opportunity wasted, but United were finally back home, facing a Houston Dynamo team that had not won on the road all season.

Horrid first half results in crushing 3-1 defeat for D.C. United against the Houston Dynamo

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Three goals in the first 17 minutes resulted in United's 5th loss at home

A bad week for D.C. United got even worse on Saturday night, as the Black-and-Red turned an abject first half performance into a 3-1 defeat to the Houston Dynamo. United, who gave away a three goal lead on Wednesday night against the Seattle Sounders, conceded three goals in the first 17 minutes against Houston, Houston's first three shots of the game.

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo staff and reader predictions

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Low bar: Just don't give up a 3-0 lead.

I feel like I've said this rather a lot this season, but...let's just forget the last game, shall we? D.C. United played the Seattle Sounders, and it's my understanding that things happened, and that is that.

The boys are back in town now, though, and it's been a good while since we had a game at RFK but I'm not sure too many of us missed it.

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

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The Spirit need to come up with a top-quality effort to sweep the season series against a combative Thorns side

After three straight games where they did well enough to win only to lose or tie, the Washington Spirit travel cross-country to take on Portland Thorns FC tonight. Washington's best performance of the season is likely their previous meeting with the Thorns, who they managed to bottle up for all 90 minutes at the Maryland Soccerplex en route to a 1-0 victory.

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

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Finally back home after a month away, United is desperate to break a four-game losing streak

After an interminable stretch of road games has left D.C. United in deep trouble, they're finally back home for tonight's game against the Houston Dynamo. The Black-and-Red have lost four straight, and have conceded four goals in two straight games.

USA vs. Costa Rica Gold Cup 2017: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USMNT will have to deliver their best game in this tournament to beat the Ticos tonight in Texas

It's been a strange Gold Cup for the United States, who have not managed to impress but are nonetheless in the semifinal facing Costa Rica. Despite the biting and nipple-twisting of the quarterfinal, the USMNT didn't have to expend too much of themselves to beat El Salvador, and outside of a few minutes against Martinique they've not truly been tested.

Hosting Houston gives D.C. United a chance to quickly forget Wednesday’s epic collapse

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Welcoming the Houston Dynamo into town, United play six of their next eight games at home

There have been plenty of highs and lows for D.C. United this year, peaks and valleys that have been the source of pride, and a plethora of frustration. Wins on the road against Atlanta United, the Vancouver Whitecaps, have been soured by an extended scoreless and winless streak at home, injuries to most of the key players, and results that have left the Black-and-Red at the bottom of the table, with just 14 games remaining in their season.

Four thoughts on D.C. United’s devastating loss to the Seattle Sounders

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Oh lord, won't you buy me a defensive mid?/My friends all control games, I must make amends

D.C. United is back in action less than 30 hours from when this is being published, and yet I still feel like I'm in a fugue state after having a potentially delightful performance against the Seattle Sounders turn into the wrong kind of history.

Richmond rises to meet Swansea City

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8,000 fans enjoyed plenty of excitement during Wednesday's match

Richmond has played host to the Premier League for four years now: Crystal Palace, West Brom, and two years with Swansea City. It hasn't gotten old. 8,000 fans packed City Stadium to watch the bottom-of-the-table Kickers face off with a battle-tested squad from England.

2017 Gold Cup semifinals set, Michael Carrick to Colorado?, and more: Freedom Kicks for 7/21/2017

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More talk about nipples, bite marks, and the surface of the sun than normal, because the soccer world is getting weird

Hey everyone! Still reeling from Wednesday night? Yup. Spent most of Thursday trying not to deal with soccer's current harsh realities, and I've got to say it helped a little bit.

Letters from the Gold Cup battlefield: USMNT beats El Salvador

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A date in the Semifinals awaits the Americans.

My Dearest Eleanor,

I write you this correspondence before we depart the fare city of Philadelphia. The sweltering heat claimed many victims on this fateful day; however, the United States Men's National Team has survived another round of this frightful competition.

D.C. United surrender three goal lead, lose 4-3 to Seattle Sounders

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An epic, historical collapse saw United throw away their best half of the season

For 50 minutes, D.C. United looked like a team energized by the Gold Cup break, but after 90 minutes against the Seattle Sounders, normalcy was restored. Up 3-0 after Lloyd Sam's goal in the 50th minute, United conspired to throw it all away, conceding four goals in the final 40 minutes of the game, falling 4-3 at CenturyLink Field.

D.C. United surrender three goal lead, lose 4-3 to Seattle Sounders

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United's collapse in the second half was of epic proportions

For 50 minutes, D.C. United looked like a team energized by the Gold Cup break, but after 90 minutes against the Seattle Sounders, normalcy was restored. Up 3-0 after Lloyd Sam's goal in the 50th minute, United conspired to throw it all away, conceding four goals in the final 40 minutes of the game, falling 4-3 at CenturyLink Field.

D.C. United versus Seattle Sounders preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Sounder at Heart

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We ask our rave-green-clad about the Seattle Sounders

D.C. United returns to MLS action tonight, facing off against the Seattle Sounders in another installment of #dcuafterdark. We talked to Dave Clark of Sounder at Heart to preview the game; you can see my answers to Dave's questions over there!

USMNT in Gold Cup quarterfinals, D.C. United back in action, and more: Freedom Kicks for 7/19/17

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Two matches tonight...let's get it on!

First of all, greetings from Philadelphia. I'm late for this...my bad. Last night was, as we say, a night. The United States take on El Salvador tonight in the Gold Cup quarterfinals at Lincoln Financial Field, while D.C. United is back tonight against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders FC staff and reader predictions

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It's the battle of the Washingtons!!

Welcome back, folks! It sure has been a minute since we made some predictions. I hope you guys are ready for #DCUAfterDark tonight, because what's a better return to MLS action than a game that keeps you up only to have you watch your team (probably) lose?

USA vs. El Salvador, Gold Cup 2017: Time, TV schedule, and live stream

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The USMNT, reinforced by key additions, are hoping this is just the first step towards the Gold Cup final

While hardly impressing, the United States met their first challenge of the 2017 Gold Cup, winning Group B and sealing the simplest possible path to next week's final. Tonight, the USMNT starts down that path with a match against El Salvador, a country they have historically been able to beat comfortably on a regular basis.

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

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The Black-and-Red are looking to break a years-long hex tonight against the Sounders

The time is now for D.C. United, who start the second half of their season with a tough away match against an improving Seattle Sounders side. 10 points out of the final MLS Eastern Conference spot, the Black-and-Red have wasted all of their excuses and outs.

Seattle Sounders projected lineup to face D.C. United

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The Sounders are missing some major players, but their history against United is still daunting

For about nine months bridging 2016 and 2017, D.C. United and the Seattle Sounders were kinda-sorta mirroring one another. Stylistically, their approaches were different, but last fall was a lot of fun for both teams.

USMNT in the Gold Cup, D.C. United versus Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo

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Even though D.C. United had a break, they have two games this week

Filibuster came to you late last night (seriously, you should subscribe to the the RSS feed below), and comes to the website now! Jason, Adam, and Ben start by talking about the USMNT, their bad performance, and the play of Brad Guzan.

USMNT in the Gold Cup, D.C. United versus Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo

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Even though D.C. United had a break, they have two games this week

Filibuster came to you late last night (seriously, you should subscribe to the the RSS feed below), and comes to the website now! Jason, Adam, and Ben start by talking about the USMNT, their bad performance, and the play of Brad Guzan.

Fantasy Focus: The Take Over, the Break’s Over

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MLS returns with 18 games over four days.

The Gold Cup break is over, and MLS is back. The league has welcomed its players back by making 14 teams play twice in four days, and it's a great time to load up on two-game players with increased odds of your now-rested guys playing both games. Before we get to that, let's take a quick look at the league leaders:

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Ortiz out, USMNT players in, and more prepositions: Freedom Kicks for 7/18/17

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Plus: soccer from such great heights.

Goooooood morning! Welcome to your regularly scheduled Freedom Kicks. Please keep arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times, and remember that flash photography is not permitted.

D.C. United waive Jose Ortiz | B&RU

ICYMI: Some news I am not at all sad about.

Richmond Kickers can’t break down Harrisburg City Islanders, losing 1-0

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Multiple shots on target prove fruitless once again

Richmond fell 1-0 to the Harrisburg City Islanders Saturday, meaning the Kickers only nabbed one point during their three-game road trip. With the loss, the Kickers haven't won one away game all season. Chris Durkin and Chris Odoi-Atsem joined the starting eleven, and newly signed midfielder Oscar Umar made his first start for the team.

D.C. United waive Jose Ortiz

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In a separate transaction, the team traded away a 2017 international spot for GAM

D.C. United announced two moves on Monday morning, and while neither involved a player coming into the team, both might help make room for a new signing. Firstly, in a move that was expected, the Black-and-Red announced that they waived Costa Rica forward Jose Ortiz.

USMNT impresses, the Spirit and Kickers depress & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, go see Baby Driver.

Howdy. Whatever did you do over the break?

Recaps of the United States' 3-0 win over Nicaragua and advancing out of Group B in the CONCACAF Gold Cup by us, Stars and Stripes FC and WaPo.

Wasteful Spirit fall 2-1 to the Dash (us): While the Houston Dash were missing Carli Lloyd, they were able to hang on for a win over the Washington Spirit, who remain in the NWSL basement.

Richmond Kickers Fall to Harrisburg City Islanders

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Multiple shots on target prove fruitless in 1-0 loss

Richmond fell 1-0 to the Harrisburg City Islanders Saturday, meaning the Kickers only nabbed one point during their three-game road trip. With the loss, the Kickers haven't won one away game all season. Chris Durkin and Chris Odoi-Atsem joined the starting eleven, and newly signed midfielder Oscar Umar made his first start for the team.

Wasteful Washington Spirit fall 2-1 to the Houston Dash

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Despite a first-ever NWSL goal from Estelle Johnson and plenty of chances, the Spirit missed a chance to leapfrog the Dash

The Washington Spirit saw a strong attacking performance go to waste as the Houston Dash won 2-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium last night. It was a familiar story for the Spirit, who have been able to create chances in three straight road games but only have one point (a 1-1 draw against Chicago) for their efforts.

Bill Hamid, USMNT top Group B with 3-0 win over Nicaragua

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USA missed two second half penalties, but won the group late with Matt Miazga's goal

Needing to win by three goals against Nicaragua to win Group B of the Gold Cup, the US Men's national team left it late, with Matt Miazga's 88th minute goal capping off a 3-0 win for the US. Joe Corona and Kelyn Rowe scored on either side of the half for the US, but two penalty saves kept the US' final positioning in question down to the wire.

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

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The Spirit are looking for their first road win, and to climb out of the NWSL cellar

The Washington Spirit have a big opportunity tonight to turn a recent uptick in overall performance level into a move up the standings. Facing the Houston Dash for the third and final time in the regular season, a win for Washington would at least guarantee that the Spirit get out of last place.

USA vs. Nicaragua, Gold Cup 2017: Time, TV schedule, and live stream

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With first place in Group B possibly on the line, it's time for the USMNT to kick it into gear

The United States has underwhelmed during the 2017 Gold Cup, but they will still take the field tonight against Nicaragua knowing exactly what they need to know to win Group B. There are myriad possibilities, but the only way to absolutely guarantee that finishing atop the group is for the USMNT to win comfortably.

Back in the fold, where will Nick DeLeon play?

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United have plenty of options at both right back and wide midfielder

It's been quite a while since anyone has spotted Nick DeLeon, given that he's been out injured since April 15. The former first round draft pick has having a fine start to the 2017 season, becoming first choice at right back, even as D.

Back in the fold, where will Nick DeLeon play?

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United have plenty of options at both right back and wide midfielder

It's been quite a while since anyone has spotted Nick DeLeon, given that he's been out injured since April 15. The former first round draft pick has having a fine start to the 2017 season, becoming first choice at right back, even as D.

Deshorn Brown finally gets acquainted with D.C. United

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After joining the Black-and-Red in June, the striker had little practice time during busy schedule

Whenever bringing a new player into a team, there is a necessary adjustment period, for both the player and the team. That player needs to become acquainted with how the team plays, what is expected of him, in addition to meeting his new teammates.

Zlatan to LA?, Ordega injured, and more: Freedom Kicks for 7/13/2017

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Olsen says D.C. United has reinforcements coming just as other MLS clubs start to make their transfer window moves

Somehow, in recent days I got it in my head that the heat and humidity we've been dealing with lately would break today. However, earlier tonight I caught the seven-day forecast on the news, and saw 90+ over and over again, on into the future.

Washington Spirit lose Francisca Ordega to knee injury

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Cali Farquharson is back on the active roster, while the Spirit's leading goalscorer will miss some time

The Washington Spirit, already hit by numerous injuries stemming back to last year, lost another key piece today, as striker Francisca Ordega was placed on the 45 day disabled list due to a knee injury suffered in training this week.

Gold Cup 2017 scenarios for the USMNT

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Here's how the United States can win Group B...or end up sweating things out in 3rd place

Following an uninspiring draw with Panama and a deeply uninspiring win over Martinique, the United States is atop their 2017 Gold Cup group. Regardless of misgivings about performance, the USMNT controls their own destiny by the narrowest of margins.

Chuck Blazer dies, USMNT disappoints, and more: Freedom Kicks

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Soccer, go!

Well, that was quite a 90 minutes of soccer. After staying up to watch the USMNT last night, I'm moving as slowly as the US's back line. Let's ease into the links:

USMNT squeak past Martinique after wild second half with a 3-2 victory - Black And Red United: Something to think about besides the USA's performance: the rest of Concacaf looks to be getting better, and quickly.

USMNT squeak past Martinique after wild second half with a 3-2 victory

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The US threw away a two goal lead in the second half, before Jordan Morris spared the embarrassment for the US

The United States men's national team had another disappointing performance in the Gold Cup, but they eventually escaped against Martinique with a 3-2 victory, after a roller coaster of a second half.

D.C. United has reportedly released Jose Ortiz

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It looks like the Black-and-Red are clearing the deck for more moves

D.C. United is apparently making room for new players in the transfer window. Steve Goff of the Washington Post is reporting that the Black-and-Red have released forward Jose Ortiz. Ortiz had joined United on loan from CS Herediano and managed to score the club's first goal of the 2017 season, but that strike against Philadelphia is his only goal or assist in 16 league appearances.

Healthy D.C. United looking for fresh start after Gold Cup break

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The Black-and-Red have 15 games remaining to erase poor start to 2017

Even though Bill Hamid is off with the US national team for the Gold Cup, there was a welcomed sight to D.C. United's practice on Tuesday. After a few days off following last week's 4-2 loss to FC Dallas, reconvened for practice this week, the Black-and-Red are as healthy as they've been this year.

USA vs. Martinique Gold Cup 2017: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USMNT is looking for a high-scoring win after stumbling out of the gate in their Gold Cup opener

After a disappointing Gold Cup opener, the United States will try to set things right against Martinique tonight. The USMNT were lucky to get a draw against Panama on Saturday, and that means Group B is up in the air.

Healthy D.C. United looking for fresh start after Gold Cup break

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United have 15 games remaining to erase poor start to 2017

Even though Bill Hamid is off with the US national team for the Gold Cup, there was a welcomed sight to D.C. United's practice on Tuesday. The team, which had a couple of days off after last week's 4-2 loss to FC Dallas, reconvened for practice this week, as healthy as they've been this year.

Messi, Neymar and Suarez set for America, James to Bayern, & More: Freedom Kicks for July 12, 2017

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The Big 3 come to America and Bayern gains a Galactico

Happy Wednesday folks. It's not a D.C. United day today...instead, it's a United States day as the USMNT take on Martinique tonight. There's also U.S. Open Cup action tonight as well. Well, let's get into the news:

Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez all included in Barcelona's U.

Richmond Kickers can’t find answers against FC Cincinnati

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The Kickers fall 2-0 on the road in front of 21,000

Richmond faced tough opposition on the road in the form of FC Cincinnati. In front of a crowd of 21,000, goals that bookended the match saw Richmond lose 2-0. The rapid expansion of the United Soccer League and the influx of new investors has caught up with the Richmond Kickers, who are now 2-9-6 on the season and at the bottom of the table.

D.C. United with Devon McTavish, plus USA at the Gold Cup

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We've got a former D.C. United player on this week

With the USMNT in the Gold Cup, Filibuster starts with our eyes there. Jason, Adam, and Ben discuss our reactions to Bruce Arena's changes from the Ghana game, and spend a lot of time talk about the play of the midfield of Dax McCarty, Kelyn Rowe, Kellyn Acosta, Alejandro Bedoya, and Joe Corona, including how it wasn't all Corona's fault.

Richmond Kickers Can’t Find Answers Against FC Cincinnati

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The Kickers fall 2-0 on the road in front of 21,000

Richmond faced tough opposition on the road in the form of FC Cincinnati. In front of a crowd of 21,000, goals that bookended the match saw Richmond lose 2-0. The rapid expansion of the United Soccer League and the influx of new investors has caught up with the Richmond Kickers, who are now 2-9-6 on the season and at the bottom of the table.

On Rooney to Everton, the MLS transfer window, & more: Freedom Kicks for 7/11/17

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Also, stop being so great, Sweden.

Hello hello hello! It's Tuesday, which means I'm here to serve you up some Freedom Kicks.

By the way, it's gonna be 90+ degrees all week, and I just want to register my severe displeasure re: that.

Okay, soccer!

A preview of the MLS transfer window | B&RU

ICYMI: Ben looks at two positions D.

A preview of the MLS transfer window

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D.C. United needs a lot of help

Today marks the opening of the MLS Secondary Transfer Window, also known as the summer transfer window. This is the window in which players from overseas are more likely to be acquired, as they will be in their offseasons in all the major leagues of Europe and South America.

USMNT snores, Mal Pugh roars and more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Some former DCU player news in here as well.

Hi, Happy opening of the secondary transfer window. We'll bring you news of Ronaldo's signing when we hear about it, and we have a section on transfers and rumors you can check on periodically, which included some late Sunday night gossip.

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D.C. United appears to have Federico Savisky on trial

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The Argentine defender's story is an interesting one

It looks like D.C. United has seemingly done most of the work to bring in Bolivian attacker Bruno Miranda, but it looks like they've been digging around Argentina for players as well. Federico Savisky, a 23 year old defender from Argentine club Pacifico de Cabildo in the Liga del Sur, appears to be a new trialist with the Black-and-Red.

Mallory Pugh, Marta exchange goals as the Washington Spirit fight back to tie the Orlando Pride 2-2

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Pugh's 90th minute penalty kick gave the Spirit a point in front of a sellout home crowd

It wasn't the result they were looking for, but the Washington Spirit showed some real fight in coming back twice to get a 2-2 draw before a sellout crowd of 5,200 at the Maryland Soccerplex. Marta twice gave the visitors the lead, with a 10th minute penalty kick and a 56th minute shot through traffic, but Mallory Pugh responded both times with a goal of her own, including a 90th minute spot kick after Kristie Mewis drew the foul.

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

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Ali Krieger makes her return to the Plex, with Alex Morgan and Marta in tow, but for the Spirit this one's all about bouncing back from last week with a win

There are so many storylines to talk about when it comes to the Washington Spirit hosting the Orlando Pride. It's the first time the NWSL game of the week has come to the Soccerplex, which makes it a showcase for the club and its fans.

USA vs. Panama, Gold Cup 2017: Time, TV schedule, and live stream

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The USMNT are looking to put their best foot forward in what will be their toughest Gold Cup group stage match

For the United States, Gold Cup group stage play usually involves one potentially tricky game out of the three. With all due respect to Nicaragua and Martinique, today's game against Panama is unquestionably the most difficult for the USMNT as far as Group B goes.

2017 Gold Cup, Lukaku to Man United?, and more: Freedom Kicks for 7/7/2017

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Meanwhile, the Spirit gear up for a big game against Orlando tomorrow

With D.C. United's players scattering to the winds - California seems popular, with Steve Birnbaum going home while Lloyd Sam and Julian Buescher are hanging out in LA - there's not much to discuss. And you know what? It's nice for them, and it's nice for us.

USMNT at the Gold Cup, and D.C. United failures: Filibuster

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Good news: the US roster is interesting. Bad news: DCU lost 3 times this past week

After pausing so that we could take in the D.C. United game against FC Dallas, we immediately realized that was a mistake. However, Jason, Ben, and Adam are here to talk you through all of the soccer games in the past week and change, including the matches against the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution.

USA at the Gold Cup, and D.C. United failures: Filibuster

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At least the USMNT is a bright point

After pausing so that we could take in the D.C. United game against FC Dallas, we immediately realized that was a mistake. However, Jason, Ben, and Adam are here to talk you through all of the soccer games in the past week and change, including the matches against the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution.

Bruno Miranda visits D.C., but where would he play?

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We wonder about his place in the rotation going forward.

Following Monday's news that D.C. United had been courting Universidad de Chile (and Bolivia National Team) youngster Bruno Miranda, word came yesterday from Miranda that he has undergone a physical and even toured RFK, and is awaiting the opening of the MLS transfer window to appear in D.

Perry Kitchen to Randers, D.C. United stadium real estate, and The Leftovers: Freedom Kicks for 6 July 2017

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Soccer, go!

I am back on a limited Freedom Kicks engagement, while your regular Thursday Freedom Kicker, Caitlin Buckley, is off in far-off lands. Let's get right to it:

Hearts' Perry Kitchen heads to Denmark for Randers move: Perry Kitchen is heading to the Dutch Super League after getting sidelined at Hearts.

‘Naive’ D.C. United can’t make lead count versus FC Dallas

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Ben Olsen was none too pleased with United's performance during little moments of 4-2 loss to the Hoops

For as poor of a goal scoring record that D.C. United has in 2017, the Black-and-Red rolled into Frisco, Texas on Independence Day, and scored twice against FC Dallas, one of the best defensive teams in Major League Soccer.

D.C. United goes down in Dallas, Wayne Rooney possible return to Everton, & More: Freedom Kicks for July 5, 2017

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DCU drops another one on the road.

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Hope you all had a great Independence Day. I know you're probably crawling into the office thinking, "I don't want to be here," and I feel you. But, since you're there and unhappy, let me start with some news links to jump start your day:

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D.C. United score first, but fall 4-2 to FC Dallas

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Ian Harkes opened his MLS account, but a horrid 15 minutes from United cost them four goals in 3rd consecutive loss

Ian Harkes gave D.C. United a hope in the first half, but the Black-and-Red conceded four goals in a 15 minute stretch spanning halftime, in an eventual 4-2 loss to FC Dallas.

Watch Ben Olsen’s post-game remarks after D.C. United’s loss to FC Dallas

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Frustrated with a "naive" United, Olsen says reinforcements are coming

D.C. United enters the Gold Cup break on the back of a 4-2 loss to FC Dallas that has left fans and players frustrated. Ben Olsen is frustrated too, even after a game in which United managed to create enough chances against a top defense to possibly even get a tie.

Fantasy Focus: Pay it forward

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There's more than one way to the top.

The leading scorer this round over all of Fantasy MLS scored 128 points. Our league leader this round, Murk Mode FC, scored 124. Captain Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $10.8) led the team with 32 points on two goals and an assist. Supporting were Blerim Dzemaili (MTL, $9.

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

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Happy Fourth of July! Here are zero points.

Yes, D.C. United played just a few days ago, and yes, they lost again. Today we've got another away game, this time against an FC Dallas team flirting with the top of the Western Conference.

Can the Black-and-Red get a result and make our holiday a little brighter?

FC Dallas projected lineup to face D.C. United

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Expect some major rotation for a Dallas team that is as deep as anyone in MLS

D.C. United fans are quite right to look at tonight's game against FC Dallas with a pessimistic attitude. United has five fewer goals than any other MLS team this season, while only one team (Sporting KC) has a better goals conceded tally than Dallas.

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

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Texas in the summer? To play a real contender at the end of a brutal three week slate? Games don't come much tougher than what United is up against tonight

Tired, bedraggled, and above all struggling to turn chances into goals, D.C. United ends a grueling start to the summer tonight, facing Supporters Shield contender FC Dallas on short rest in the heat of Texas.

USA! USA! USA! Free-for-all Freedom Kicks for July 4, 2017

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Happy birthday, America!

Greetings, friends, and happy Fourth of July! Hope you all enjoy the day off doing whatever it is you like to do to celebrate America's birthday.

And hey, also happy (happy?) D.C. United game day! The Black-and-Red take on FC Dallas tonight in Dallas, and hopefully the result won't put a damper on our holiday evening even though ugh we all know it totally will.

Richmond Kickers tie Bethlehem Steel FC 1-1

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Luiz Fernando's first goal of the season earned the Kickers a point on the road

Richmond looked to break their streak of 10 games without a win during a dramatic game Saturday against Bethlehem Steel, FC. The match was delayed over an hour due to severe storms in eastern Pennsylvania, leaving the pitch a sopping mess.

Germany wins in Russia, the US warms up for the Gold Cup & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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And some local soccer stuff too I guess.

Hi. Hope you got fireworks, are going to a fireworks thing, and keep an eye on your pets and/or kids.

Recaps of D.C. United's 2-0 loss to the Montreal Impact by us and MLS (Goff took the weekend off). D.C. finds themselves 20th in the 22 team MLS.

Blerim Dzemaili stars as D.C. United falls 2-0 to the Montreal Impact

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The Swiss Designated Player produced a goal and an assist for the highlight reel as United were frustrated in Quebec

Despite taking 19 shots and posting a season-high 83% passing accuracy, D.C. United were defeated 2-0 by the Montreal Impact tonight at Stade Saputo. Swiss Designated Player Blerim Dzemaili, in a man of the match performance, produced a goal of the year candidate in the 21st minute to put his side ahead, and then produced a glorious pass to set up Chris Duvall for a second two minutes later.

Washington Spirit have most of the chances, but fall 1-0 to the Boston Breakers

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Midge Purce's first professional goal kept Washington winless away from home

Despite creating plenty of chances in both halves, and the return of Mallory Pugh and Estefania Banini, the Washington Spirit remained winless away from home, falling 1-0 to the Boston Breakers at Jordan Field today.

Bolivian reports have D.C. United moving for Universidad de Chile’s Bruno Miranda

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Hey, young Bolivian forwards have worked before.

A report yesterday from Jaime Vega, a journalist in Bolivia, claims that D.C. United has come to terms with Bruno Miranda, a forward playing at Universidad de Chile. A second report this morning in Bolivia has Miranda's agent claiming the deal is essentially done, with an 18-month contract allegedly agreed.

USA vs. Ghana 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch Gold Cup previews online

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The build-up to the Gold Cup starts against a familiar foe

Renewing a rivalry that goes back to the 2006 World Cup, the United States will take on Ghana today in a pre-Gold Cup tune-up friendly. Bruce Arena has brought a different cast of characters to the Gold Cup (for at least the group stage), and so this game against Ghana will give us some insight into his thinking of how the early stages of this tournament will go.

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

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Two teams looking to fight their way out of the Eastern Conference's basement meet today in Quebec

D.C. United heads north today to face the Montreal Impact just as both teams are coming to a breaking point in their 2017 seasons. Both suffered frustrating mid-week cup losses to old foes after having opened the scoring, and both sit 6 points short of a playoff spot at the moment.

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

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Despite the struggles the Breakers are going through, the Spirit can't overlook a team that tends to play them close

The Washington Spirit, coming off a month of June that saw them pick up seven points out of a possible nine and concede just one goal, are likely the favorites in today's NWSL clash against the Boston Breakers.

Montreal Impact projected lineup to face D.C. United

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Without Ignacio Piatti, where will IMFC turn for goals?

D.C. United's recent history against the Montreal Impact has been pretty unpleasant. The Impact ended United's 2016 - which saw the Black-and-Red charging into the playoffs on a ferocious goalscoring run - with a thud, coming to RFK and walking out 4-2 winners in a game that wasn't even that close.