Black and Red United Archives for January 2017

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

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Tonight's game is the last of a rough season for the Spirit

It's been a rough season for the Washington Spirit. A strong postseason run collapsed into a bottom of the table finish and the Spirit had more injuries (particularly ACL tears) than seemed humanly possible. That said, the Spirit have largely avoided blowout losses (save two road games) and have often been close to getting a win, only to lose by a goal.

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

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Can United pull off a surprise against a Crew side that boasts one of MLS's best records at home?

The 2018 preseason kinda-sorta already started for D.C. United around the end of the transfer window, but until Wednesday's draw there was still an incredibly remote playoff hope. With that pipe dream no longer on the table, it will be interesting to see how the Black-and-Red play tonight against the Columbus Crew.

D.C. United release membership guide for Audi Field

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Guide includes important information as United pivots to the new stadium

D.C. United released a Membership Guide for season ticket holders to walk fans through some of the necessary information involved with Audi Field. In addition to covering the prices of the different sections of the stadium, there is also information about the size of the field, which is slightly bigger than the one at RFK Stadium, to what perks the different types of membership packages include.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew, NASL suit update, and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/29/2017

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Hello! Is anyone there?

I'm at the beach! And one thing that I've learned about being at a mid-Atlantic beach a month after Labor Day is that virtually no one else is at the beach. It's like the start of 28 Days Later, but no scenic shots of a normally bustling London, and instead of a shopping bag of belongings, I wandered around with some booze in a Solo cup.

Filibuster: D.C. United versus Columbus Crew preview

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We're back with a minisode to preview Columbus Crew SC

In this special edition of Filibuster, we talk about D.C. United's weekend game against the Columbus Crew. This was recorded before the New York Red Bulls game, so we will talk about both results next week. We ask if this is still the same dogmatic Crew, or are they more flexible.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls, Champions League wrap-up and more: Freedom Kicks for September 28, 2017

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Thanks Own Goal!

Hello folks! Good news: an own goal helped D.C. United scrape a point last night. Bad news: D.C. is now officially eliminated from playoff contention. Good news: Red Bulls fans were sad! Kinda joking. Anyways, here's the news.

D.C. United squander second half lead, settle for 3-3 tie with NYRB - Black And Red United
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D.C. United show resiliency to come back twice for road draw against New York Red Bulls

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For the second time in three visits, United scored late on to earn a point at Red Bull Arena

D.C. United fought their way to a second half lead on Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena, against their bitter rivals New York Red Bulls, only for it to vanish in a flash. Patrick Mullins, fresh off of his four-goal performance against the San Jose Earthquakes, finished with aplomb in the 70th minute, giving United a 2-1 lead.

D.C. United squander second half lead, settle for wild 3-3 tie with NYRB

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United were eliminated from the playoffs, but can still win the Atlantic Cup

D.C. United seemed set to suffer another defeat at the hands of the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena, until an old friend showed up once again in stoppage time. A late own goal from Fidel Escobar stunned the Red Bulls, who were all set to celebrate another win over United, as the teams settled for a thrilling 3-3 draw on Wednesday night.

Adjustment in Paul Arriola’s role helped the winger get first assists for D.C. United

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Ben Olsen played Arriola wider against San Jose, leading to assists for Patrick Mullins

It did not take long for Paul Arriola to make his way into the D.C. United team upon his arrival to the club in August. United, desperate to turn around a lost season, had no choice but to immediately insert their record signing into the team, even though he had limited time to train with his new team before a game against Real Salt Lake.

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

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The Atlantic Cup, Metro misery, and United's slim playoff hopes are all involved as MLS's first rivalry takes center stage

Any time D.C. United meets the New York Red Bulls, it's a big deal. In classic rivalry fashion, the games tend to be tight and hotly contested no matter what the standings say.

U.S. Soccer’s anthem policy, sexism in women’s soccer, and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/27/17

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And in lighter news: Finland!

Hello! It me, your friendly neighborhood Tuesday Freedom Kick-er, here for Wednesday Freedom Kicks. Donald graciously swapped with me because I spent all of Monday moving and vowing to never move again. Who wants to help me unpack now?

Anyway, to the soccer!

Atlantic Cup preview and joyful review of San Jose

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We've got some happy things to talk about

Well that was fun, wasn't it? Adam, Jason, and Ben are here to talk about D.C. United's 4-0 destruction of the San Jose Earthquakes, and we start by talking about Patrick Mullins and what his performance means for Deshorn Brown. We discuss the breakthrough of Paul Arriola and how Russell Canouse could have been the most important player on the field that day.

Fantasy Focus: Carne Asad-a

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One week of carving up defenses

Nobody scored more this round than our overall leader, !BL4CKnRED, who extended the lead to 52 points with a score of 150. Yamil Asad (ATL, $8.8) led the team with two goals and two assists for 28 points, while teammate and captain Miguel Almiron ($10.

Your ‘Bill Hamid benched’ takes are too hot

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The perception that D.C. United wronged their star GK over the weekend is a bit much

Following the news from Ives Galarcep that D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid would be missing Saturday's game against the San Jose Earthquakes, the reaction was interesting, perhaps because of how said news was framed.

NYCFC to bid for Belmont Park, PSG deny Cavani row, and more: Freedom Kicks for September 26, 2017

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NYCFC looking outside the 5 boroughs for a place to call home.

Hello folks, welcome to Tuesday. I'm pinch hitting today for Leanne and she will relieve me tomorrow. With that, let's dive right into it:

Source: NYCFC will bid to build soccer stadium at Belmont Park | Newsday
New York City FC is trying to get space at Belmont Park, which is just outside of Queens.

Bolivia calls D.C. United’s Bruno Miranda up for final two World Cup qualifiers

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United's young attacker may see the field in qualifiers against Brazil and Uruguay

Bruno Miranda has been included in Bolivia's 26-man squad for their final two World Cup qualifiers. The D.C. United attacker, who currently has 3 caps, will join his national team for games against Brazil (October 5th, in La Paz) and Uruguay (October 10th, in Montevideo).

Travis Worra earns assist in 1-0 Richmond Kickers win

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The Kickers upset playoff contenders Rochester Rhinos

It took 80 minutes for the Kickers to deliver, but deliver they did for nearly 6,000 home fans at City Stadium. Rochester came out expecting pressure from Richmond, a team trying to salvage a season where they'll miss the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

Hat Trick Mullins turns into Pa4rick Mullins, USMNT jersey designs leaked? and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/25/17

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Also: an emotional story down in RVA.

Hi. That was fun, wasn't it?

Recaps of D.C. United's 4-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes by us (with more from us here), WaPo and MLS. Center Line Soccer has the NorCal take.

Lampard weighs in: "Class" performance from Mullins (MLS): Former Manchester City, West Ham United and Chelsea player Frank Lampard pays tribute to former New York City FC teammate Patrick Mullins.

Travis Worra Earns Assist in 1-0 Richmond Kickers Win

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The Kickers upset playoff contenders Rochester Rhinos

It took 80 minutes for the Kickers to deliver, but deliver they did for nearly 6,000 home fans at City Stadium. Rochester came out expecting pressure from Richmond, a team trying to salvage a season where they'll miss the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

Patrick Mullins powers D.C. United to 4-0 win over San Jose

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The striker scored his first, second, third and fourth goals of the season in big win

Patrick Mullins has had a rough go in 2017, but an incredible second half saw Mullins score four times as D.C. United defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 4-0. Mullins finally scored his first goal of the season in the 57th minute, which was quickly followed up by the striker finishing off his hat trick in 11 minutes.

Washington Spirit fall 3-0 in bottom of the table matchup

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Two own goals and two goals waived offside doom Spirit

Two own goals in two minutes as part of a three goal flurry from the Boston Breakers led the Washington Spirit to a 3-0 loss against the Breakers, who started the game in last place. Kassey Kallman scored two goals in her own net after Natasha Dowie converted an Adriana Leon cross for the game's opening goal.

Patrick Mullins’ outburst gives frustrating glimpse into what could have been for D.C. United

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A resounding win over San Jose was nice, while showing what United missed out on in 2017

In the 57th minute minute against the San Jose Earthquakes, Patrick Mullins finally did it. Finally, after a year full of injuries and missed games and missed opportunities, but no goals, Mullins scored his first of the season.

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

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Two injury-riddled teams are looking to figure some things out for the future

2017 has been a rough season for both the Washington Spirit and the Boston Breakers, who sit 9th and 10th in the NWSL standings at the moment. Injuries have hit both teams, as has a tendency to not turn good performances into actual results.

D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes staff and reader predictions

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Somehow, none of us predicted a loss.

We're down to just two more games at RFK Stadium and five more in this hellish season. There are hints of fall in the air. The days are getting shorter. The milk in my fridge is nearing expiration.

Time moves on, friends. I have put last week's game behind me, I have accepted its stupidity.

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

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The Black-and-Red look to show signs of progress against the Quakes

Two teams that are trying to figure some things out meet tonight as D.C. United hosts the San Jose Earthquakes. United, after winning three straight 1-0 games following the transfer window's close, has suffered two straight losses that were as deflating as they were self-inflicted.

San Jose game gives Ian Harkes a chance to bounce back from own goal

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After a month and a half injury layoff, Harkes' return was marred by first half gaffe

For all the ups and downs that D.C. United have endured during the 2017 MLS season, no one aspect might encapsulate the ebbs and flows like their relationship with own goals. Three different own goals scored by opposing teams have helped United pick up three of their wins this season, while three own goals scored themselves have cost them points on three other occasions.

D.C. United versus San Jose Earthquakes lineup: Give Jalen a chance!

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Time to start building for 2018

After a disappointing game against the Chicago Fire, D.C. United will try and regroup against Chris Wondolowski and the Sane Jose Earthquakes. Following the loss to the Chicago Fire, it seems like the team has realized that their playoff hopes are truly done and dusted.

D.C. United at Audi Field, USWNT news, and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/22/2017

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The Rapids are apparently about to make a terrible mistake, while your faithful author is at war with himself

I fell asleep very early last night, and woke up hungry for pulled pork and a soda. My body is entirely confused and cannot be trusted. Here are some links while I fight this internal battle.

Chris Durkin makes final roster for the U-17 World Cup

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Good luck in India, Chris!

John Hackworth has announced the final roster for the US U-17 men's national team for the U-17 World Cup in India and, as expected, D.C. United's Chris Durkin is on it. Durkin has been a mainstay of Hackworth's qualifying campaigning, starting most of the important games and captaining the U-17s at times as well.

José Andrés confirms pupusas at Audi Field

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One D.C. United tradition is making the move from RFK to Buzzard Point

D.C. United's move to Audi Field will bring with it many changes. The investment on the field has already increased, which seems bound to continue this winter and in the future. Fans are mentally preparing for the differences, including supporters sections relocating behind the goal, possible changes to the tailgating scene, and much more.

D.C. United’s trip to San Jose, and wrapping up Chicago

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We have to break down that loss before moving on

Well that sucked. Jason, Adam, and Ben have to talk about D.C. United's game against the Chicago Fire and how, for the first 10 minutes or so, D.C. United looked decent; it all went down hill from there. We discuss the deflated body language after the own goal, and the poor play of the forwards.

Sporting KC lifts U.S. Open Cup, Real Madrid loses, and more: Freedom Kicks for September 21, 2017

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Congrats, KC!

Happy Thursday folks! I'm completing the switch with Caitlin, who covered my shift yesterday as I returned from the USWNT match in Cincinnati. Thanks to her for picking up the slack for me yesterday, and I'm happy to carry the torch today. Here we go, to the news!

SKC 2, NY 1: Sporting raise third Dewar Cup in six years | MLS
Congratulations to Sporting Kansas City, who got goals from Latif Blessing and Daniel Salloi to win its 4th Lamar Hunt U.

FIFA 18 player ratings for D.C. United revealed

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What's your favorite player rated at in this year's game

It's still nine days until the release of FIFA 18, EA Sports popular soccer video game, but as usual, player ratings for the game have slowly been released over the past couple of weeks. Finally though, we have the numbers for D.C. United, and the breakdown for different categories for each player can be found here.

USWNT win, NASL lawsuit, and more: Freedom Kicks for September 20, 2017

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Also Jay Heaps is out in New England, yesterday was wild

Hello all! I'm coming to today instead of Donald since he was in Cincinnati last night. He saw the USWNT pick up a 5-0 win against New Zealand. He'll be here tomorrow.

A Day at the Benz: A neutral observation | Dirty South Soccer
But Donald's still in this a bit.

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

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Here's hoping the United States can put together a more complete, more focused effort tonight

The United States was supposed to brush New Zealand aside with ease on Friday night. With a major edge in talent, fitness, and experience, plus a game being played at elevation in Colorado, the expectations were that the USWNT would score a few goals and generally go untroubled for 90 minutes.

Fantasy Focus: Josef and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamgoals

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Josef all the time

This round's pacesetter was Sin City FC, with 184 points. Is that good? Josef Martinez (ATL, $10.0) led the way with an armband-aided 74 points on hat tricks in successive games. Helping out were Fredy Montero (VAN, $9.4) with 18 points on a goal and two assists, and Anton Walkes (ATL, $4.

MLS playoffs, USWNT things, and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/19/17

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Praise be.

Good morning! You may have noticed I plumb forgot to do Freedom Kicks last Tuesday, and for that I do apologize. (Or maybe you didn't notice and now I've pointed out my mistake, womp.) Life is busy! I'm moving to a new apartment this weekend and work has been a little bit cray.

But enough about me!

D.C. United loses, Paul Arriola fits in & more: Freedom Kicks for 9/18/17

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Also, a kind of amazing story.

Hi. I did all this horizontally thanks to a sciatic issue. Hooray drugs!

Recaps of D.C. United's 4-0 loss to the Chicago Fire from us, WaPo and MLS. Hot Time in Old Town takes it on from the Bridgeview side.

Thoughts On New Teammates And Being A ‘Player That Changes Games' (LWOS): Paul Arriola talks about his new digs and mates.

Richmond Kickers can’t solve Charleston Battery

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A valiant effort by Travis Worra wasn't enough in the 1-0 loss

Six elite saves by Travis Worra kept Richmond in the game Saturday against Charleston Battery, but his team failed to score in a 1-0 loss. Even against a ten-man Charleston squad, the Kickers couldn't get on the board, all but dashing any hopes of a playoff run.

Another own goal, another loss for D.C. United as Chicago Fire win 3-0

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United lose for the 17th time in 2017

D.C. United had a night to forget on Saturday, as the Black-and-Red fell 3-0 to the Chicago Fire. Ian Harkes headed past Bill Hamid in the first half, and United never really seemed to get back in gear, as Brandon Vincent and Nemanja Nikolic secured the three points with goals in the second half.

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

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We're in agreement—don't expect three points.

So last week's game against Orlando City was...not the best. D.C. United probably deserved to win, and yet they allowed in two goals and couldn't climb back from that deficit. Throw in a couple red cards for the visiting side and the night was pretty eventful, but ultimately disappointing.

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

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Can United spoil the Fire's attempts to get back to their mid-season best?

The last time D.C. United faced the Chicago Fire, the Black-and-Red were comprehensively outplayed en route to a defeat. The scoreboard at RFK Stadium only read 1-0, but realistically the Fire's dominance on the day would have been better reflected by 3-0 or 4-0.

Zoltan Stieber continues to learn on the go with D.C. United

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The Hungarian has appeared twice for the Black-and-Red since his summer move

It's been several generations of soccer players ago, since the men's Hungarian national team has been a force on the world stage. Back in the early days on international competition, Hungary were one of the top teams, buoyed by two runner up finishes at World Cups, winning three Olympic gold medals, and finishing in third at the 1964 European Championships.

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

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USWNT face the Football Ferns in the first of two friendlies

As the NWSL gets ready for the upcoming playoffs, the United States women's national team hosts New Zealand for a pair of friendlies, the first one tonight in Colorado at 10 p.m. Eastern time. After tonight's game against the Ferns, who are currently ranked 19th worldwide, the USWNT will travel to Cincinnati for a game on Tuesday.

USWNT, D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire, FC Koln fans, and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/15/2017

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Injury updates for the Black-and-Red and their upcoming opponent, plus the NASL's ongoing struggles and advice on how not to treat dogs

It's Friday, which means I'm less than two weeks away from a vacation. It also means we have a D.C. United game tomorrow, and a USWNT game tonight. Let's start gearing up for them, and not spend our whole day thinking about sandy beaches, good company, big family-style meals, margaritas, and sunsets.

D.C. United supporters groups won’t see ticket price increases at Audi Field in 2018

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Fans will also get a chance to name the north stand

While construction of D.C. United's new stadium Audi Field continues at a solid pace, the team's supporters groups, who have expressed concerns about some aspects of the move from RFK Stadium, have some good news coming their way. Black and Red United has learned that fans that want to sit with the supporters groups, who will now be set up behind the north goal rather than at midfield, will not see an increase in ticket prices for the 2018 season.

Champions League results, FIFA ethics, and more: Freedom Kicks Thursday September 14

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Also weird Swedish soccer news

Hello! Today is two days before the Juggalos march on DC, an event I'm strangely excited for. Should be interesting. Here's the interesting soccer stuff:

D.C. United falls flat against Orlando, plus previewing Chicago - Black And Red United
Check out the latest Filibuster!

D.C. United falls flat against Orlando, plus previewing Chicago: Filibuster

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The guys get into the issues we saw against Orlando

We finally have a D.C. United game about which to talk, but it didn't end up going the way any of us wanted. Ben, Adam, and Jason talk D.C. United's game against Orlando City SC (after diverting into Old Man Ben's Music Corner) and we start off by talking about Sean Franklin in particular and the defense in general, including advocating for Jalen Robinson and wondering who should actually be starting.

World Cup ticket sale announced, PSG trio dominate Champions League, and more: Freedom Kicks for September 13, 2017

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PSG is gonna be a problem this year.

Happy Wednesday folks. Tons going on today, including more Champions League matches. Real Madrid, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are the big names in action. Before that, let's get to the news:

Ticket sales for 2018 FIFA World Cup to start on 14 September 2017 | FIFA

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is drawing nearer, and starting tomorrow, fans can begin to apply for tickets.

Whitney Church named NWSL Player of the Week

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Spirit goalkeeper DiDi Haracic finished third after Washington's 2-1 win over Sky Blue FC

Washington Spirit center back Whitney Church was named NWSL Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association for her performance in the Spirit's 2-1 comeback win against Sky Blue FC this weekend. Church scored her first-ever professional goal and also contributed to a excellent defensive performance against a club featuring the league's leading goal scorer.

Fantasy Focus: Oh no, Beitashour

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That's an unexpected big day

With a score of 107 points, Benny's Army lead the league this round. Tim Melia (SKC, $5.9) led the team with an armband-aided 16 points over two games. Behind him were Miguel Almiron (ATL, $10.2) with two assists and 14 points, and his teammate, Hector Villalba ($9.

Washington Spirit stun Sky Blue FC with late goals

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Whitney Church and Mallory Pugh struck in the final 15 minutes to give the Spirit a sweep of the season series

A short-handed Washington Spirit posted a second half comeback to beat Sky Blue FC last night, eliminating the New Jersey club from playoff contention. Sky Blue took the lead just before halftime through Maya Hayes, but in the second half center back Whitney Church's first professional goal equalized for the Spirit.

D.C. United loses, Dark Tower is a good locker room read? And more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, some adorable profanity.

Hi. So we know what day it is on the calendar and feel free to take a moment and remember those who aren't here with us anymore.

Recaps of D.C. United's 2-1 loss to Orlando City from us (with more from us here), MLS and WaPo. The Mane Land has the tamperers side of things.

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

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An injury-plagued Spirit side faces a Sky Blue side on the brink of elimination

With the season winding to a close, the Washington Spirit face Sky Blue FC tonight, a team fighting to stay in playoff contention. Playoffs aren't a possibility for the Spirit and Washington, hard-hit by injuries, only has 15 players available this evening.

Winning streak ends for D.C. United as they fall 2-1 to Orlando City

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Two first half goals further diminish United's playoff hopes

D.C. United needed to keep on winning to keep their slim 2017 playoff hopes alive, but instead they fell 2-1 to Orlando City on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. United wasted a bright start to the first half, and fell behind by goals from Cyle Larin and Giles Barnes midway through the half.

Winning streak ends for D.C. United as they fall 2-1 to Orlando City

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Two first half goals further diminish United's playoff hopes

D.C. United needed to keep on winning to keep their slim 2017 playoff hopes alive, but instead, they fell 2-1 to Orlando City on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. United wasted a bright start to the first half, and fell behind at the break by goals from Cyle Larin and Giles Barnes.

Wasted opportunities doom D.C. United against Orlando City

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Chances were there for United to extend their winning streak, but they instead fall 2-1 to the Lions

The board hoisted up by the fourth official at the end of regulation said six minutes. By the time the game was completely over, the clock had hit triple digits, something that is rare in games that don't include extra time.

D.C. United vs. Orlando City SC staff and reader predictions

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Four game winning streak? Why not?

After a three game winning + shutout streak (lol wut), D.C. United got a week off. But now they're back and it's time to see if that streak can continue or if we're all about to get a rude awakening.

Today's opponent is Orlando City, who didn't get a week off and are winless in their last eight games.

Orlando City projected lineup to face D.C. United

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Despite plenty of talent, the pieces haven't fit together for the Lions this season

It's safe to say 2017 has not gone according to plan for Orlando City, which is something D.C. United is painfully familiar with. The Lions, like United, were expecting themselves to be in the thick of the playoff race.

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

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A win over the troubled Lions could finally (finally!) see the Black-and-Red out of the East's basement

Normally, two teams at the bottom of an MLS conference by this time in September have a broadly similar pattern of results. Instead, D.C. United enters tonight's game on a three-game winning streak and has shown signs of real progress.

D.C. United versus Orlando City SC preview: Behind Enemy Lines with The Mane Land

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D.C. United takes on Orlando City SC this weekend, and to preview the game we talked to Michael Citro of The Mane Land. You can find his answers to my questions below, and my answers to his will be up on The Mane Land soon.

B&RU: So what has happened to Orlando City since they last met with D.

Richmond Kickers Dispatch Orlando City B in Midweek Scuffle

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Two goals in five minutes earned the Kickers their first road win this season

The Richmond Kickers earned their first road win of the season against an up and coming Orlando City B squad during an afternoon showdown in Florida. The game was bumped up to midweek due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma.

D.C. United vs. Orlando City, further World Cup qualifying reactions, and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/8/2017

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The Black-and-Red are back at it, while the USWNT announced a roster for next week

I gave myself an hour to think of an introduction for this post, and nothing came to me. As such, this explanation of a failed process is the intro. I'm sorry.

Let's start with Ben Olsen summing up the job in front of D.

Washington Spirit’s Mallory Pugh called up for USWNT duty

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Jill Ellis has selected 22 players to face New Zealand later this month

Mallory Pugh is the sole Washington Spirit representative on the latest United States women's national team roster. Jill Ellis called up 22 players for an upcoming pair of friendlies against New Zealand. The USWNT will play the Kiwis on September 15th at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and on September 19th at Nippert Stadium, the home of FC Cincinnati.

Will Johnson arrested, Steph Labbe takes medical leave, and more: Freedom Kicks Thursday September 7 2017

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Also: FIFA bans referee

Orlando City midfielder Will Johnson arrested on domestic battery charge - Orlando Sentinel
Orlando City midfielder Will Johnson was arrested on a domestic battery charge. MLS suspended Johnson pending local police and league investigations.

Stephanie Labbe takes medical leave of absence from Washington Spirit - Black And Red United
Washington Spirit starting goalkeeper Stephane Labbe is taking a medical leave of absence and will miss the final three games.

Stephanie Labbe takes medical leave of absence from the Washington Spirit

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The Spirit and Canada #1 will miss Washington's final three games

The Washington Spirit announced tonight that goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe will miss the remainder of the 2017 season due to a medical leave of absence. Labbe, after starting the first 16 games of Washington's season, has not played in four of the club's last five games, and had been listed as out in recent weeks on the league's official injury report.

USMNT vs. Honduras disaster review, plus D.C. United vs. Orlando City: Filibuster

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World Cup qualifying has us feeling some kind of way

This weekend was all about the USMNT, so Jason, Adam, and Ben have to start with the two disastrous qualifiers. We start with the man on the sideline, Bruce Arena, and try to assess how much of the blame for these games is on him (hint: a lot).

USMNT versus Honduras disaster review, plus D.C. United and Orlando City: Filibuster

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This weekend was all about the US men's national team, so Jason, Adam, and Ben have to start with the two disastrous qualifiers. We start with the man on the sideline, Bruce Arena, and try to assess how much of the blame for these games is on him (hint: a lot). We talk about Bruce trying Darlington Nagbe in a central role against Costa Rica, and whether or not Christian Pulisic should have been in the middle instead of out wide.

USMNT draw Honduras in World Cup qualifying, NASL loses Division 2 status, and more: Freedom Kicks for September 6, 2017

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A wild day in San Pedro Sula for the Americans.

Happy Wednesday folks...have you calmed down from yesterday's World Cup qualifying matches? I certainly haven't, but let's jump into the news anyway:

USA 1-1 Honduras, recap: The U.S. does just enough to take a point | Stars & Stripes FC

The United States escape from San Pedro Sula with a point after a 1-1 draw in Honduras.

Fantasy Focus: All Rev-ed Up

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All they do is Nguyen

Our leader this round was HICKENHÖPPER FC, who scored 125 points. Captain Kei Kamara (NE, $9.8) led the team with a hat trick and 38 points, while his teammate Lee Nguyen (NE, $11.00) tallied four assists and 19 points of his own. Roman Alessandrini (LA, $10.

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

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Qualification for Russia 2018 is suddenly extremely dicey for the USMNT

Heading into Friday, the United States men's national team felt comfortable about their path through World Cup qualifying. Coming off of a summer victory in the Gold Cup, a home game against a team that hadn't beaten them on American soil since the Reagan administration seemed to point towards the USMNT putting themselves in a great situation.

USA vs. Honduras, World Cup qualifying, & more: Freedom Kicks for 9/5/2017

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Winning would be good.

Hello hello hello! I hope everyone had the day off yesterday and enjoyed a lovely long weekend. The highlight of mine was watching D2: The Mighty Ducks, which as you all must know is a cinematic masterpiece.

Anyway! Today is a USMNT game day, and even though the last game against Costa Rica did not go to plan, here's hoping that today's game against Honduras yields a much better result.

USMNT loses, Christian Pulisic origin stories & more: Freedom Kicks for 9/4/17

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It's a light day, so go enjoy it.

Hi. Hope you have off today. With an international break, Kicks are on the light side, both in volume and in tone.

USA 0-2 Costa Rica, recap: World Cup hopes in serious doubt (us): I mean, that was tough to watch, but let's hold off on serious until tomorrow when the US plays Honduras.

Washington Spirit fall 4-0 on road against Portland Thorns

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Injuries and fatigue compounded defensive mistakes

Two corner kicks and a penalty call made the Washington Spirit's injury woes worse on Saturday afternoon as the Spirit fell 4-0 on the road against the Portland Thorns. Washington posted a good first fifteen minutes but then Portland turned the tide and scored three goals in the first half.

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A depleted Spirit takes on a Portland side who could clinch a playoff spot

In their third game this week, the Washington Spirit take on the second place Portland Thorns in Portland this afternoon. Kickoff has been moved twenty minutes earlier, to 3:30pm, because of a heat advisory affecting Portland today.

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

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A win could put the USMNT within sight of qualifying for Russia 2018. A loss could put all of that in jeopardy.

Following the horrible start to World Cup qualifying that finally ended the Jurgen Klinsmann era, the United States turned to a tried-and-true head coach in Bruce Arena. He's gotten the USMNT back into an automatic qualifying spot with a tried-and-true pattern: wins at home, draws on the road.

USMNT vs. Costa Rica, Dynamo help Hurricane Harvey relief, and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/1/2017

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World Cup qualifying, transfer rumors, and a large turtle playing whack-a-mole

As per usual, I'm getting to this quite late. After the last two days had wiped me out, I only just managed to make the chili I bought stuff for Monday as I wrote this. So during USMNT vs. Costa Rica, I'll be eating a big ol' bowl of it with skillet cornbread, and a beer or three.