Black and Red United Archives for January 2017

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

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The Spirit are looking to spoil North Carolina's bid to clinch a playoff spot

After being officially eliminated from playoff contention last Saturday, the Washington Spirit start the next phase of their season tonight in a game against the first place North Carolina Courage. North Carolina and Washington met recently in North Carolina, where the Courage beat the Spirit 2-0.

Holden tries to help Houston, Spirit lose Ship, and more: Freedom Kicks for August 30, 2017

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Stu Holden's the man, and the Spirit lose another one.

Happy Wednesday folks. My thoughts continue to be with the people of Houston, Rockport/Port Aransas, Corpus Christi, Port Arthur and the rest of the Texas Gulf Coast. I continue to check in with family and friends that are down in Houston, and while all of them are thankfully safe, many others are not out of the woods.

Washington Spirit lose Arielle Ship to torn ACL

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Ship is the sixth Spirit player to suffer a torn ACL in the last year

Washington Spirit forward Arielle Ship's season is over due a torn right ACL she sustained in a collision on Saturday's game against the Chicago Red Stars. Ship is the sixth Spirit player to tear her ACL since last September.

USA vs. Costa Rica preview, and D.C. United winning streak: Filibuster

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We welcome back Adam to the show

Adam makes his triumphant return from his western scouting trip, and is back in the saddle with Jason and Ben. We talk about the highly improbably three game winning streak, and review how the big additions have performed based on a question from one of our Patreon subscribers.

Fantasy Focus: Snacks on snacks on Rusnaks

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It's a Real Salt Lake revolution!

Benny's Army led the league this round with a scorching 187 points, just one better than the next closest team. Captain Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $13.5) scored three goals and 44 points to lead the team. Supporting him were Albert Rusnak (RSL, $10.0) with 29 points on the strength of a goal and three assists, while Jonathan Mensah (CLB, $6.

USMNT World Cup qualifying, Arsenal’s woes, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/29/17

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Plus: Name that 2. Bundesliga club.

Happy Tuesday, folks! I still slightly can't believe that D.C. United won on Saturday with an actual goal that they themselves scored. Damn if the mood at RFK wasn't better than it's been all year.

Anyway, on to the links I've got for y'all today!

USMNT roster, D.C. United scores (and wins!), and more: Freedom Kicks for August 28

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It wasn't all good news, as the Spirit lost, but still a busy weekend

Hello. I'm here for Ryan today since the Spirit have a home game this Wednesday night and sleep is something I like. Happy Monday morning/last week of summer and any other cheery greetings you'd like.

D.C. United makes it three straight 1-0 wins in victory over New England Revolution - Black and Red United
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Paul Arriola on USMNT roster for World Cup Qualifiers

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The Black-and-Red sees another player join his national team for Russia games.

D.C. United midfielder Paul Arriola, has been recalled for the United States' upcoming World Cup Qualifier matches against Costa Rica (at Red Bull Arena on September 1) and at Honduras on September 5. The rest of us learned that Arriola has already arrived for USMNT duty, along with current German club players Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach) and Bobby Wood (Hamburg) via a tweet from U.

Washington Spirit’s NWSL playoff hopes extinguished after 2-1 loss to Chicago Red Stars

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Despite a late equalizer, the Spirit fell to goals from Christen Press and Kristie Mewis

It was a familiar tune Saturday night at the Maryland Soccerplex, where the Washington Spirit fell 2-1 to the Chicago Red Stars. The Spirit had plenty of possession in the final third but exited the first half without a shot on goal, gave up a goal to Kristie Mewis - the player Washington just traded to Chicago - midway through the half.

D.C. United makes it three straight 1-0 wins in victory over New England Revolution

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Luciano Acosta's 5th goal of the season was enough to send United to a third straight shutout win

Despite getting no contribution from emerging star attacker Own Goal, D.C. United posted a third straight 1-0 triumph tonight before 13,539 at RFK Stadium. Luciano Acosta's 71st minute goal did the trick, as the Black-and-Red finished a busy week by taking all nine points available.

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

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We are suspiciously optimistic.

It's been a strange week for D.C. United. Back-to-back 1-0 wins thanks to two own goals? That's weird, y'all.

After Wednesday's game, in which the Black-and-Red defied all reason to somehow beat Atlanta United FC again, it feels a little harder to make predictions about this team.

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

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Washington faces a third place Chicago Red Stars squad

Close to elimination, the Washington Spirit face the Chicago Red Stars tonight as Chicago tries to turn around from three consecutive losses and make the playoffs. This Monday, the Spirit sent midfielder Kristie Mewis to Chicago in a trade for a first round draft pick and then picked up former Red Stars holding midfielder Morgan Proffitt off the waiver wire.

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

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United is looking to continue their sudden good form against a Revs team they've largely done well against in recent years

Sometimes, as D.C. United showed Wednesday night, you just have a team's number. The Black-and-Red have also had some really solid success against the New England Revolution in recent years, including a 4W-3D-0L record in the last seven league meetings and five straight wins on the banks of the Anacostia River.

New England Revolution projected lineup to face D.C. United

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Injuries and tinkering mean the Revs are in flux heading into this one

It feels weird to say it, but Saturday will see D.C. United arguably favored in a game for the first time in months. Between injuries and the fact that this season has slowly drifted out of their hands (3W-0D-6L run since mid-June), the New England Revolution are a bit difficult to get a read on.

D.C. United versus the New England Revolution lineup: The last of the debuts

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The last new signing will get his debut

Somehow on a two game winning streak, D.C. United takes on the second-worst team in the Eastern Conference in the New England Revolution. United has definitely looked more lively since the introduction of several new players, including Paul Arriola and Russell Canouse.

Champions League draw, D.C. United and Washington Spirit notes, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/25/2017

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All teams should have a dog lead them onto the field

Before we get into what is a big weekend for D.C. United, the Washington Spirit, and the whole soccer world, I'd like to make use of this platform to state clearly that I think the new Taylor Swift song is boring. And now with that out of the way, the dang links:

Russell Canouse fills void in midfield for D.

D.C. United beats Atlanta again, Champions League draw and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/24/2017

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Yay own goals I guess?

Hello! In highlights of my Wednesday making an amazing grilled cheese (it's an art, and I'm bad at cooking) managed to top a D.C. United win thanks to an own goal even though three wins against Atlanta sure feels pretty good. Anyways, last night was game night and today's the Champions League draw so let's get to the soccer stuff.

D.C. United aren’t quite ready to let go of 2017 after another win over Atlanta

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It'll take a miracle to make the playoffs this year, but two wins in a row for United is a good start

Just days after beating the Colorado Rapids 1-0 through a once in a lifetime own goal, there was no way D.C. United would have similar luck on Wednesday night against Atlanta United. Too many things have gone against United this year, who entered the game in last place in MLS standings, for United to get a similar bounce.

Another own goal, another 1-0 win for D.C. United, this time against Atlanta United

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Michael Parkhurst's own goal in the 46th minute gave United their third win over Atlanta United

It took yet another own goal, but D.C. United won again on Wednesday night, taking down Atlanta United 1-0 at RFK Stadium. Michael Parkhurst, who scored an own goal for the Black-and-Red back in April, once again was the culprit for the Five Stripes, sending a header from Russell Canouse in the 46th minute into his own net.

Atlanta United projected lineup to face D.C. United

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Despite a long break between games, don't expect to see much in the way of change for Tata Martino's side

Atlanta United has had almost three weeks to figure out how to approach tonight's game against D.C. United, but I have strong doubts that they're going to change much. Tata Martino has his system, their roster hasn't really changed much, and there are few players outside of their normal starters that are making a real push to get more time.

Washington Spirit pick up Morgan Proffitt

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Chicago waived Proffitt after acquiring Kristie Mewis in trade with Washington

After the Chicago Red Stars acquired Kristie Mewis in a trade with the Washington Spirit on Monday, Chicago waived rookie midfielder Morgan Proffitt to make room. Today, the Spirit claimed Proffitt off the waiver wire.

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

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Somehow, tonight could see the bottom-of-the-table originals complete a season sweep of the flavor-of-the-week posers

Fortune has not smiled on D.C. United much this season, but when it comes to games against Atlanta United it would seem that fortune prefers Black-and-Red over red and black.

D.C. United battles Atlanta, Barcelona sues Neymar, and more: Freedom Kicks for August 23, 2017

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Happy United Day everyone! We got a match tonight, so let's get into the news right meow:

Atlanta looking for revenge in D.C. after break | MLS

Hopefully, the answer is nah as D.C. United takes on Atlanta United tonight at RFK. Be there, and let's get the sweep against ATL!

Barcelona sue Neymar over world record transfer to Paris St-Germain | BBC

FC Barcelona really is just throwing jello at the wall at this point, suing Neymar for breach of contract in his transfer to Paris St.

D.C. United versus Atlanta United and New England Revolution preview: Filibuster

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The start of another jam-packed slew of games

Adam is still on loan to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, so we bring in Steven Streff as a replacement to join Jason and Ben. We start with D.C. United's improbable 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids, and we have to start with Jared Watts' hilarious own goal.

Fantasy Focus: I Piatti the fool

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I hope you captained him.

It was DagNRedleading the league this round with a score of 151 points. Leading the team was captain Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $11.6), with 60 points on four goals. Far behind him were Blerim Dzemaili (MTL, $9.2) with 14 points on two assists, and Diego Valeri (POR, $11.

Zoltan Stieber on Hungary Roster for World Cup Qualifiers

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Another recent D.C. United signing gets the call.

On the heels of the news that recent D.C. United signing Bruno Miranda would be joining Bolivia for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers next week, word now comes that midfielder Zoltan Stieber will be joining Hungary for their qualifiers also.

Keeping tabs on the USWNT, USMNT, & more in Freedom Kicks for 8/22/17

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Also just FYI Lukas Podolski's occupation is still soccer player and not career criminal.

Hello friends! Did everyone see the eclipse yesterday? Are you sick of people talking about the eclipse yet? Too bad, because it was pretty neat. I love this composite photo of the International Space Station passing by:

Image of #Eclipse2017, made from 7 frames, shows @Space_Station, as it transits the Sun near Banner, WY.

Washington Spirit trade Kristie Mewis to Chicago Red Stars

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In exchange the Spirit received a first round draft pick

The Washington Spirit started to make moves for next year with today's trade that sent Kristie Mewis to the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for either their natural 1st round draft pick or the Seattle Reign's first rounders (which Chicago hold), whichever is higher.

D.C. soccer teams sweep wins, injuries during celebrations & more: Freedom Kicks for 8/21/17

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Some strange things afoot today.

Hi there. This weekend, in summation:

A musical accompaniment to last night's goal #dcu #mls #Rapids96 pic.twitter.com/pEirKiosDC

— Ben Bromley (@BRUBromley) August 20, 2017

Recaps of D.

Richmond Kickers edge out Toronto FC II in 2-1 win

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Saves from Travis Worra and two new goal scorers made the difference

On a humid Saturday night in Richmond, the Kickers took on Toronto FC II and won. TFCII's MLS parent club is enjoying a banner season, but they find themselves at the bottom of the USL table along with Richmond. Both teams came out attacking, recognizing an opportunity to bag three points against a struggling opponent.

Richmond edges out Toronto FC II in 2-1 win

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Saves from Travis Worra and two new goal scorers made the difference

On a humid Saturday night in Richmond, the Kickers took on Toronto FC II and won. TFCII's MLS parent club is enjoying a banner season, but they find themselves at the bottom of the USL table along with Richmond. Both teams came out attacking, recognizing an opportunity to bag three points against a struggling opponent.

Comical own goal hands D.C. United 1-0 win over Colorado Rapids

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Jared Watts' first half gaffe was the difference between the two struggling clubs

It had almost been two months since D.C. United tasted the sweet, sweet success of victory in MLS, but a laughable own goal from Jared Watts handed the Black-and-Red a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. United made the goal stand up despite a Rapids surge in the second half, while the Black-and-Red failed to capitalize on several promising counters going in the opposite direction.

Comical own goal hands D.C. United 1-0 win over Colorado Rapids

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Jared Watts' first half gaffe was the difference between the two struggling clubs

It had almost been two months since D.C. United tasted the sweet, sweet success of victory in MLS, but a laughable own goal from Jared Watts handed the Black-and-Red a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. The first half tally withstood the Rapids surge in the second half, as United failed to capitalize on several fast breaks going in the opposite direction.

Mistakes loom as Washington Spirit drop 2-0 decision to North Carolina Courage

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Two second-half goals from the Courage negated a strong first half from Washington

After stymieing the first-place North Carolina Courage for 45 minutes, a mistake moments into second half ended up costing the Washington Spirit, who fell 2-0 to the NWSL league leaders. Ashley Hatch scored in the 46th minute, while a bizarre 84th minute own goal summed up the Spirit's summer.

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

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Two teams thinking about 2018 try to start the building process today

A quick look at the MLS standings makes it clear that D.C. United's trip west to face the Colorado Rapids is probably not going to have major consequences in the 2017 season. To make the playoffs, United realistically has to run the table, which seems.

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

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The Spirit face the NWSL's top team today in their first-ever trip to NC

The Washington Spirit have been involved in from frustrating games since the beginning of July. Last month, they arguably outplayed their opponents in every game, but picked up just one point and endured three one-goal losses.

Colorado Rapids projected lineup to face D.C. United

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With Pablo Mastroeni no longer in charge, we're not sure what to expect from the Rapids

Predicting a team's lineup is sometimes very easy, but with the Colorado Rapids in recent seasons, it's been tricky. Pablo Mastroeni's willingness to replace one player with another or put a square peg in a round hole meant a lot of the normal logic went out the window.

D.C. United versus Colorado Rapids lineup: How many of the new guys will start?

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The new players will get a chance to show their stuff

D.C. United are traveling to Colorado this weekend to take on the Rapids, and this even though it is a road game this could be a great chance to get a win: a similarly bad team that just fired its coach and hasn't made the same kind of midseason moves that United has.

Bruno Miranda called up to Bolivia in World Cup Qualifiers

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It matters little now, but it helps him out all the more.

D.C. United forward Bruno Miranda has been included in the preliminary roster for Bolivia in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers at Peru on August 31 and home against Chile on September 5. The 19-year old played in La Verde's last World Cup Qualifier when he was substituted in extra time against Argentina in March and played 90 minutes in a friendly against Nicaragua in June, his second and third caps for the team.

D.C. United still making moves, USMNT’s John Brooks hurt, & more: Freedom Kicks for 8/18/2017

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Fake soccer, real soccer, and a metal faced villain are on our minds today

Over the last couple of days, I've gotten my old Football Manager 2012 (look, my old desktop computer struggled to run anything bigger before it died last month, RIP) save back up and running. AC Pisa, in the fake world I've created, is on course for a second straight season of qualifying for Europe, and we're in the Coppa Italia final.

D.C. United parts ways with Sebastien Le Toux

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The veteran midfielder found his playing time dwindling.

Earlier today D.C. United announced it was mutually terminating the contract of Sebastien Le Toux. The 33-year old midfielder was one of 13 players in MLS history to record 55 goals and 55 assists over a 9-year MLS career with 6 clubs.

Steve Clark to D.C. United?, Jelle van Damme is going back to Belgium, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/17/2017

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Forbes claims D.C. United's value has increased this past year

Hello! I'm back from Tajikistan [ed. note: this is not a joke, Caitlin just set us up as the #1 American soccer site in Tajikistan] and returning to Freedom Kicks duty. Decent amount of news yesterday so let's get started!

D.C. United reportedly signs former Columbus Crew GK Steve Clark

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Per the Washington Post's Steve Goff, United has landed the free agent after a stint in Denmark with AC Horsens

D.C. United had been hinting that the close of the transfer window might not mean the close of business for them, and those hints appear to be reality today. Steve Goff of the Washington Post is reporting that the Black-and-Red have signed American goalkeeper Steve Clark, currently a free agent after spending the 2017 season with AC Horsens of the Danish top flight.

D.C. United’s value up almost 50% from 2016, claims inaccurate list

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Put whatever salt you want into this impressive gain.

The financial publication Forbes has released its list of valuations for Major League Soccer franchises, and while most of the top quarter of the list has just generally shuffled positions, D.C. United has risen dramatically. More on that in a second.

Paul Arriola’s debut for D.C. United, and taking on the Colorado Rapids: Filibuster

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Without Adam to corral us, prepare for madness

Adam is on assignment somewhere west of here, so that means that there is no one to prevent Ben and Jason from embarking on a longer than average podcast! We first talk about the rainy affair that was D.C. United's loss to Real Salt Lake, and we open with how it just wasn't good enough; it was just adequate, and in MLS that just doesn't cut it.

2026 World Cup host cities revealed, Red Bulls beat Cincy in USOC, & More: Freedom Kicks for August 16, 2017

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DC and Baltimore make the preliminary World Cup bid list.

Happy Wednesday folks. Today is a good day for me...it's my dad's birthday. None of y'all know him, but he's a really good dude, so wish him a happy birthday anyway! Alright, let's get with the news:

Potential 2026 World Cup host cities announced | Stars & Stripes FC

49 stadiums in 44 cities in 3 countries on 1 continent.

Richmond Kickers fall to Orlando City B

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The 1-0 defeat leaves Richmond at the bottom of the eastern conference table

Richmond started a three week home stand with a match against Orlando City B Saturday night. In yet another 1-0 loss, the Kickers failed to score and maintained the unenviable position of bottom of the eastern conference table.

2026 World Cup potential venues include Washington and Baltimore

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The 2026 World Cup might be coming to the DMV

US Soccer announced today the first round of cities and stadia being surveyed for potential inclusion in the 2026 World Cup bid; if the cities respond to US Soccer's Request for Information, they will be included in the evaluation process as the US, Canada, and Mexico work towards submitting their joint bid.

Fantasy Focus: Canadian Two-Step

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Look to the north

Rye_rocks1 led the league this round with a stout 93 points. Blerim Dzemaili (MTL, $9.2) led the team with 16 points on the strength of two goals. Supporting him were captain Nicolas Lodeiro (SEA, $11.5) with 14 points on an assist, and Ben Sweat (NYC, $4.

Paul Arriola, MLS salaries, & more: Freedom Kicks for 8/15/17

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tl;dr MLS is weird

Gooooood morning, folks! A happy Tuesday to you. I don't have terribly much to share with you in today's Freedom Kicks, but nonetheless, let us get to it!

D.C. United took a big first step towards catching up with the rest of MLS | B&RU

Ryan takes a look at DCU's moves during the transfer window and general roster stuffs.

D.C. United loans Julian Buescher to Rochester

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Last year's first rounder should see some minutes in short order.

Following up on news first reported by Steven Goff, D.C. United has loaned midfielder Julian Buescher to the Rochester Rhinos of the USL, pending USL and USSF approval. The news, posted on the Rhinos' site, goes on to say that Buescher will join the Rhinos at practice tomorrow.

D.C. United took a big first step towards catching up with the rest of MLS

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This transfer window wasn't just a fluke

Stepping back for a second and looking at a hectic two weeks that saw D.C. United get attached to World Cup veterans (Nigel De Jong, Gary Medel) and club players with national team experience in Europe (Marcus Olsson, Krisztian Nemeth), they eventually "settled" on adding a Young Designated Player from CONCACAF with Liga MX experience (the United States' Paul Arriola), his US youth teammate (Russell Canouse, recently with Hoffenheim and Bochum in Germany), a teenager with caps for a CONMEBOL national team (Bruno Miranda), and a left wing with experience in UEFA competition (Zoltan Stieber) over the course of the last five days of the secondary transfer window.

Spirit score more goals in 1 day than DCU does in 2, and more: 8/14/17 Freedom Kicks

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Some familiar names bubbling up and such also.

Hi. Did you all dry out yet? Anyway, Sunday night games suck for those of us scrambling for links. Minor gripe, I know.

Recaps of D.C. United's 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake from us (with more from us here), WaPo and MLS. RSL Soapbox has the land of Mormon.

A disappointing end to a exciting week for D.C. United

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All the buzz this weekend surrounded United's new signings, but tonight's loss underlined the work ahead

This weekend's tilt between D.C. United and Real Salt Lake looked less than appetizing several weeks ago, with both teams struggling through the 2017 season. But United had a major overhaul in the final days of the transfer window, and a wicked storm turned Saturday night's game into a weekend event.

D.C. United can’t solve Real Salt Lake, fall 1-0 to Luis Silva goal

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The former United man handed RSL their first ever win at RFK Stadium

A 90 minute game between D.C. United and Real Salt Lake turned into a two day affair, but after the game was resumed on Sunday night, RSL got their first-ever win at RFK Stadium. A goal from Luis Silva in the second half was all it took to give the Utah side a 1-0 decision.

D.C. United can’t solve Real Salt Lake, fall 1-0 to Luis Silva goal

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The former United man handed RSL their first ever win at RFK Stadium

A 90 minute game between D.C. United and Real Salt Lake turned into a two day affair, but after the game was resumed on Sunday night, RSL won for the first time ever at RFK Stadium, thanks to a goal from Luis Silva in a 1-0 decision.

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

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Let's try this again!

Last night, D.C. United and Real Salt Lake got nearly a half-hour into their game when lightning strikes in the area forced a delay. So be it, we've been down that road before. The storms arrived...okay, some rain, we've all endured rainy games. And then the heavens opened up, dumping untold thousands of tons of water directly onto the playing surface at RFK (and probably other places).

D.C. United’s game against Real Salt Lake postponed

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A huge storm rolled through the stadium, causing the delay and eventual postponement

UPDATE: The game will resume tomorrow at 7pm.

The game between D.C. United and Real Salt Lake on Saturday night was postponed, about an hour and a half after a storm rolled through, dumping enormous amounts of rain on the field.

Washington Spirit denied by the crossbar three times en route to 2-2 draw with the Boston Breakers

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A game full of drama saw the Spirit do more than enough to win, but once again only come away with a share of the spoils

The Washington Spirit saw their season summed up in a lot of ways during today's wild 2-2 draw with the Boston Breakers. Despite dominating stretches of the game and taking the lead twice, the Spirit saw Abby Smith produce some stellar saves and had three shots strike the crossbar (two from Mallory Pugh) while conceding both goals via some shoddy defensive play.

Despite being a new signing, Russell Canouse is quite familiar with D.C. United

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The former Hoffenheim man spent time as a youngster going to D.C. United games and has links to the current squad

The name Russell Canouse might not be the huge-name defensive midfielder D.C. United supporters had started to hope for, but the US under-20 standout has plenty of links to his new club.

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

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All eyes are on United's new players as RSL comes to town

Following a week in which all the focus has been off the field for D.C. United, they'll be back on it tonight against Real Salt Lake. Both clubs have struggled this season, with RSL switching coaches and being six points out of a playoff spot despite having played more games than anyone in MLS (24).

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

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The Spirit need a win against a team that has given them trouble throughout their history

After a stretch in which they played four straight road games (and five of six total games since July 1st), the Washington Spirit return home in dire need of points. Hosting the Boston Breakers, Washington is looking at a situation in which they need to make up a nine point gap in eight games to get into the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

Zoltan Stieber joins D.C. United looking to replicate recent Hungarian success

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A national team regular, Stieber wants to follow the path set by Nemanja Nikolic and Krisztian Nemeth

If you're a solid regular on a European national team, it can be a difficult proposition to move to MLS. There's a perception issue involved, not to mention the "whole new world" aspect of moving to a league that is unique in a lot of ways.

D.C. United’s transfer window, NWSL roundup, & more: Freedom Kicks for 8/11/2017

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Still reeling from Wednesday? Yeah, us too

A lot of things happened yesterday. I have a lot of stuff for you do get into while pretending to work. We don't even need to venture too far from the transfer window, D.C. United, and the Washington Spirit.

In Paul Arriola, D.C. United have their new star man | Black and Red United
Steven Streff's big piece on what the Arriola deal means has plenty of quotes from yesterday's press conference, where I have it on good authority that B&RU was the best-dressed outlet in the building.

In Paul Arriola, D.C. United have their new star man

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The USMNT midfielder told the press Thursday that he looks forward to the challenge of dragging United up the table

Back in July, Paul Arriola was with the United States men's national team, making waves as the team won the Gold Cup. The winger, who current USMNT manager Bruce Arena had told years before would only have a bit part to play if he signed with the LA Galaxy in 2013, played his part as the US eventually wound up as CONCACAF's champions.

Bruno Miranda is next in line to continue strong Bolivian tradition at D.C. United

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The 19-year-old is the sixth Bolivian to don the Black-and-Red

D.C. United needed to get younger during the secondary transfer window, given the dependency on veterans who were struggling in 2017. To accomplish that, they traded away Bobby Boswell to Atlanta United, and Lamar Neagle to the Seattle Sounders, doing each a favor.

Rafa Marquez, Paul Arriola, and the US Open Cup: Freedom Kicks for 10 August 2017

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Yesterday was madness

WELL that was quite an MLS Transfer Deadline Day, wasn't it? I still haven't recovered fully from all of the excitement and drama of the past two days, but we'll try and get to the links.

Paul Arriola completes move from Xolos to D.C. United - Black And Red United: Obviously, the massive news from yesterday was the rumored signing, and then actual signing, of USMNT starter Paul Arriola.

Paul Arriola completes move from Xolos to D.C. United

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The USMNT midfielder required a record-breaking transfer fee for the Black-and-Red

D.C. United fans have been demanding big moves all season, and they're getting their wish just hours before the end of the transfer window. USMNT midfielder Paul Arriola has signed with the Black-and-Red on a club-record transfer from Club Tijuana.

D.C. United signs Hoffenheim midfielder Russell Canouse

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The United States under-20 will immediately compete for playing time at defensive midfield

D.C. United's preposterously busy transfer window continued this evening, as the club confirmed that they had signed Hoffenheim midfielder Russell Canouse. The 22 year old - a former high school teammate of Travis Worra - has signed a multi-year deal after spending over six full years with Hoffenheim of the German Bundesliga.

USMNT midfielder Paul Arriola on his way to D.C. United

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D.C. United is finally opening the checkbook

Black and Red United can confirm Steve Goff's reporting that Paul Arriola, USMNT and Tijuana midfielder, is on his way to D.C. to sign with D.C. United. He will arrive in D.C. shortly to have his medical evaluation, and then will sign immediately thereafter.

D.C. United transfer window free-for-all

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Here's the place to be for what might be a busy day for the Black-and-Red

We heard your requests, and stopped merely thinking "maybe we should have a place for discussing all the D.C. United rumors and moves that are coming today." This is exactly that: a place to keep track of all the pertinent rumors involving United, and probably the rest of the league too, as the transfer window comes to a close.

D.C. United signs Zoltan Stieber from Kaiserslautern

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You don't mess with the Zoltan

D.C. United has officially announced that they have signed Zoltan Stieber. Stieber joins United from 1.FC Kaiserslautern of the 2.Bundesliga, having previously played for Hamburger SV of the Bundesliga. He also has 21 caps and three goals for Hungary, playing in all three of their Euro 2016 matches and scoring in their 2-0 win over Austria.

D.C. United transfer deadline madness: Filibuster

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For once, an non-stop-action-packed transfer window

Yesterday was been an insane day of news that it makes like everything seem like years ago, and today has the possibility to be the same. But it was only a few days ago that D.C. United played against Toronto FC and got a point after having been down a man for over half the game!

All the D.C. United moves, Real Madrid win UEFA Super Cup, and more: Freedom Kicks for August 9, 2017

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Breathe...it's been a whirlwind 24 hours for D.C. United and it's not over.

Happy Wednesday folks. I write this during a down period of D.C. United not making any changes to its roster....at least for now. Breathe everyone...let's attempt to catch up before more changes come.

Report: D.

Alex Morgan and Marta both score as the Orlando Pride trounce the Washington Spirit

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The Spirit saw a four-game road trek end with a resounding defeat

The inconsistency that has dogged the Washington Spirit all season came back again tonight, as they followed Friday's 4-1 road win with a 3-0 road loss to the Orlando Pride. Marta, Camila, and Alex Morgan scored three goals in a twelve minute span during the second half, as Washington saw an even game slowly drift out of their grasp from the 40th minute onward.

Washington Spirit forward Arielle Ship wins NWSL Player of the Week

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A dominant second half against Sky Blue was recognized today by the NWSL Media Association

Washington Spirit forward Arielle Ship, thanks to a one goal/two assist performance against Sky Blue FC, was named the NWSL Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association. Ship's play was instrumental in Washington overturning a 1-0 halftime deficit, allowing the Spirit to come away 4-1 winners.

D.C. United trades Bobby Boswell to Atlanta United

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The veteran center back is headed south in exchange for a 2019 SuperDraft pick in the third round

The roster overhaul heading in 2018 continued in earnest on Tuesday for D.C. United, as they traded veteran center back Bobby Boswell to Atlanta United in exchange for 3rd Round draft pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

Report: D.C. United close to signing Russell Canouse

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D.C. United looks to have at least one defensive midfielder coming in

D.C. United's pivot to 2018 continues with a flurry of expected moves today, one of which is the acquisition of a defensive midfielder from Europe. This defensive midfielder, however, is a young American coming back to the United States: Steve Goff is hearing that former US U-20 international Russell Canouse will be coming to D.

Fantasy Focus: MaraVilla

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Shame about the Metros

The leader this round was Sin City FC with a score of 104 points. David Villa (NYC, $12.0) scored a hat trick and 21 points, leading to a bitter defeat suffered by some team in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Clint Dempsey (SEA, $9.9) scored two goals and added an assist for 18 points, and captain Diego Valeri (POR, $11.

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

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Will the quick turnaround help the Spirit get rolling, or curtail their momentum?

The Washington Spirit is coming off of the biggest win of their season, but they have no time to rest on their laurels. Tonight against the Orlando Pride, Washington has a chance to start their first winning streak of 2017, but it won't come easy.

DCU roster changes, pro/rel in MLS, & more: Freedom Kicks for 8/8/17

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Yes, I said pro/rel. Yes, I hate myself.

Whaddup, folks. Fancy seeing you here! You looking for Tuesday Freedom Kicks, too? That is excellent news, because I have them for you.

D.C. United trades Lamar Neagle back to the Seattle Sounders | B&RU
ICYMI yesterday, this happened.

Report: Bobby Boswell is set to be traded to Atlanta United

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United's attempts to rebuild at the the transfer deadline are ramping up

According to a report late on Monday night from the Washington Post's Steve Goff, Bobby Boswell, D.C. United's long tenured center back, is headed to the south in a trade with Atlanta United. According to Goff's sources, what United would get in return was undetermined, though it's likely not to be much different than what United got for Lamar Neagle on Monday.

D.C. United trades Lamar Neagle back to the Seattle Sounders

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With numerous players coming in, the veteran attacker is heading back home

D.C. United announced today that Lamar Neagle, who was the team's leading scoring during the 2016 season, has been traded to the Seattle Sounders for 4th round draft pick in next year's MLS SuperDraft. Neagle's departure helps clear space on the senior roster for United, who look to remain busy for the remainder of the transfer window.

Washington Spirit lose Line Sigvardsen Jensen to torn ACL

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Her season comes to an early end after picking up the injury at Euro 2017

Confirming reports from Euro 2017, Washington Spirit midfielder Line Sigvardsen Jensen has been diagnosed with a torn ACL. Sigvardsen Jensen had played every minute of the tournament up until getting caught in between two awkwardly falling Austrian players in Denmark's eventual semifinal triumph.

D.C. soccer teams..don’t lose? Designated Players inbound & more: Freedom Kicks for 8/7/17

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And the Academy is doing some things.

That MLS fax machine doing some heavy lifting, but before we get to that:

Recaps of D.C. United's 1-1 draw with Toronto FC from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and WaPo. Waking the Red brings you the TDot look.

Ship leads Spirit to comeback win (us): Arielle Ship scored a golazo as the Washington Spirit got out of the cellar and exploded with 4 goals over Sky Blue FC.

Struggling Richmond Kickers earn a point in Pittsburgh

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Raul Gonzalez led the Kickers to a 1-1 draw on the road

The Kickers need points, and lots of them. On the road in Pittsburgh, they at least secured one in a draw. Coming into the night eight points out of a playoff spot, the window for postseason qualification is rapidly closing. In Saturday night's match the Kickers struck first, but a quick answer from Pittsburgh settled the game at 1-1, a result neither side will be happy with.

10 man D.C. United hold Toronto FC to a 1-1 draw

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Despite Lloyd Sam's first half sending off, United ended their six game losing streak

D.C. United took a shock lead over league leaders Toronto FC in the first half, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw after playing the final 46 minutes with ten men. Kofi Opare opened the scoring in the 6th minute for United, but Lloyd Sam's sending off before halftime put the lead in jeopardy.

10 man D.C. United hold Toronto FC to a 1-1 draw

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Despite Lloyd Sam's first half sending off, United ended their six game losing streak

D.C. United took a shock lead over league leaders Toronto FC in the first half, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw after playing the final 46 minutes with 10 men. Kofi Opare opened the scoring in the 6th minute for United, but Lloyd Sam's sending off before halftime marred that lead.

After rough stretch, D.C. United show hope in draw with Toronto FC

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Despite wasting a lead against the league leaders, United held firm with 10 men

It's been quite the disappointing season for D.C. United, who came into the year hoping to build upon the late season success from 2016. Instead, poor form from several key players, injuries, and such, have piled up, and it looks like United will eventually miss the playoffs.

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

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Last place hosts first place as United looks to salvage some pride

D.C. United's season is in dire straits. Starting with Toronto FC today, they probably need to put up 10 wins in 12 games. That would be hard for even the best United teams ever, and this one is not at that level. Most likely, we're at the point where players are trying to prove they deserve to be around in 2018, and there will be no bigger test than facing top-of-the-table TFC.

Arielle Ship leads Washington Spirit to comeback win over Sky Blue FC

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A breakout from the rookie attacker sparked a halftime turnaround for Washington

At the halftime whistle tonight, the Washington Spirit trudged off the field extremely fortunate to only be down 1-0 against Sky Blue FC. However, the Spirit - sparked by a breakout performance from rookie Arielle Ship - transformed during the break, storming their way to a 4-1 win.

D.C. United signs Bruno Miranda from Universidad de Chile

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With 3 caps for Bolivia, the 19 year old is both one for the future and some attacking help for a team in need

A month after rumors first broke and late in the transfer window, D.C. United has indeed signed Bolivian attacker Bruno Miranda from Universidad de Chile. A 19 year old with 3 caps for the senior Bolivian national team, Miranda joins the Black-and-Red on loan through the end of the 2018 season in a deal that includes a clause to buy out his rights and make the move permanent.

German report has Zoltan Stieber joining D.C. United

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Bild says the Hungarian international is already en route to the U.S.

One of Germany's largest news outlets, Bild, claims that D.C. United has secured the services of Zoltan Stieber, a left winger from Hungary who is under contract with Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern. This news goes so far to say that Stieber is on his way to the US.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC lineup: Preparing for next year

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This season is over, so spend this time prepping for 2018

D.C. United comes into the game against the best team in the league right now on a streak of poor performances unmatched in recent memory. United's playoff hopes, which were minuscule just a few games now, are now effectively impossible.

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

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You guys like conceding a bunch of goals, right?

Oh hey, it's time for another D.C. United game? Um...yay? Is this something we're excited about?

Toronto FC are in town. They're only, like, the best team in MLS right now, and D.C. United are only, like, the worst. What could go wrong!

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

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After a frustrating July, the Spirit head to New Jersey hoping to spark some change

July was aggravating for the Washington Spirit, who managed to play well enough to win every one of their four games only to come away with a grand total of one point. Against a short-handed Sky Blue FC tonight, Washington needs to reward the good work they've been doing with a mistake-free performance at the back and some sharp finishing up front.

Neymar to PSG, Briana Scurry to the Hall of Fame, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/4/2017

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A potential injury at Euro 2017 for the Spirit's Sigvardsen Jensen, plus we close with some D.C. culture

I had a dream last night that reminded me of a slapstick Twin Peaks chase through the Black Lodge, except in this case I was taking back a Nintendo from a friend who insisted he just had two rather than being me running from a doppelganger of myself.

How will D.C. United manage a month without Ian Harkes?

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Ben Olsen has a tricky problem to solve in central midfield now that Harkes is out

Lost in all the hullabaloo of D.C. United and their various big-name transfer targets (it's weird to even type that without scare quotes) is the fact that their best offseason addition, Ian Harkes, is out for up to a month due to an ankle injury.

Report: D.C. United is chasing World Cup veteran Gary Medel

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The Chilean has appeared 105 times for his country, playing in two World Cups

It's been a quiet secondary transfer window for D.C. United, currently the worst team in MLS in 2017. A flurry of rumors came to the forefront this past week, but there have not been any positive conclusions for the Black-and-Red.

MLS All-Stars vs. Real Madrid 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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If you want to watch MLS but can't endure another D.C. United game, here's something less upsetting!

Tonight, in (er, near...OK, near-ish) Chicago, the MLS All-Stars will take on the world all-star team that is Real Madrid. Major League Soccer will never not have a mid-season spectacular light on substance and heavy on branding opportunities.

MLS All-Stars ready for Real Madrid, MLS Miami on the verge of official, & more: Freedom Kicks for August 2, 2017

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It's a MLS kind of day, but pay attention to the lower leagues too.

Happy Wednesday everyone. Tonight, the MLS All-Stars take on Real Madrid in the MLS All Star Game in Chicago. Before you tune into the friendly tonight (8:30pm, FS1), here's some news:

All-Stars eager, but wary of Real Madrid's quality: "You need to go hard" | MLS

The sentiment is clear among the MLS All-Stars: they can beat Real Madrid, but they have to play hard and not make mistakes.

Tempers flare at D.C. United practice as losing streak marches on

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Luciano Acosta walked away from practice after a disagreement with Steve Birnbaum

With D.C. United mired in a six game losing streak that seems to be getting worse with each successive game, practice on Tuesday morning was heated more than normal. There were several disagreements between teammates, and frustrations were audible throughout the practice session.

D.C. United and Nigel de Jong, plus previewing Toronto FC: Filibuster

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We're here to help you get through your emotions

After another crushing defeat, the Filibuster podcast is here to help you with your sorrows. Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about D.C. United versus Minnesota United and the disaster that was defensive midfield. We talk about the turnover, the throw-ins, and how there is no answer currently on this team.

D.C. United and Nigel DeJong, plus previewing Toronto FC: Filibuster

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We're here to help you get through your emotions

After another crushing defeat, the Filibuster podcast is here to help you with your sorrows. Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about D.C. United versus Minnesota United and the disaster that was defensive midfield. We talk about the turnover, the throw-ins, and how there is no answer currently on this team.

Processing the Nigel de Jong to D.C. United reports

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So you've signed an axe murderer...

As Steve Goff reported Sunday night, D.C. United are close to signing Nigel de Jong, a man who needs little by way of introduction in most soccer circles. His accomplishments are really rivaled only by the baggage he carries.

World Cup finalist with the Netherlands.

Fantasy Focus: Sapong Show

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Two games do him some good

With a score of 124 points, second place No Name MLS comfortably led the league. Captain Ola Kamara (CLB, $10.6) led with 32 points on the strength of two goals. Meanwhile, Philadelphia's C.J. Sapong ($8.2) scored 20 points with a goal and two assists, while teammate Haris Medunjanin ($8.

Transfer rumors, Gold Cup reflections, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/1/17

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plz no nigel de jong

Whaddup, friends! It's Tuesday, it's Freedom Kicks, it's soccer. In case you missed it, there was quite a bit flying around yesterday about D.C. United—are they going after Nigel de Jong? Krisztian Nemeth? Marcus Olsson? The closure of the transfer window is nigh, so we'll know soon enough, but in the meantime rumors are fun, aren't they?