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Good morning! Today's freedom kicks is a mix of actual soccer news and weird stuff. Here we go.
Imperfect USMNT in World Cup contention after productive qualifiers - ESPN FC
You've probably already read a match report on USMNT vs Panama, but if you haven't done so this is your link.
Also, more unfortunate news for a former D.C. player.
Hi. As Donald is travelling back from being away support last night, I'm helping out in a pinch.
Panama vs. USA, 2018 World Cup qualifiers (Stars and Stripes FC): It wasn't a pretty match, and Bruce Arena had to make due with a patchwork backline, and I don't think Jurgen Klinsmann would have walked away with 4 points in the last two games, so it wasn't a bad result.
This game was played in Leesburg, but LS7 took this shot from somewhere in Winchester
The Washington Spirit have scored some pretty great goals thus far in the preseason. Kristie Mewis has managed to score with a rocket from outside the box in both of the Spirit's games thus far, Cheyna Williams torched UNC for a solo goal, and there were a couple of well-worked passing sequences resulting in goals in both of matches.
Another packed episode of soccer hilarity!
It is a Tuesday and that means it is time for a Filibuster! We live up to our title today, going long talking about the USMNT, the MLS Western Conference, plus D.C. United's upcoming game.
Before we balk soccer on the field, we mention the very sad news of the passing of former Richmond Kickers player Kofi Nti.
This will happen when you score five goals.
With just 6 teams playing, Arlington Avengers found the best combination of players, leading the round with 97 points. Lee Nguyen (NE, $9.8) led the team with an armband-aided 24 points on a goal and an assist. Behind him were his teammates, Juan Agudelo ($8.
The USMNT is looking for more after resurrecting their CONCACAF Hexagonal hopes
After a horrid start to World Cup qualifying, the United States entered Friday's game against Honduras desperate to win by any scoreline. They probably weren't putting too much stock in a 6-0 victory, but that's exactly what the USMNT got thanks to outstanding games from Clint Dempsey and Christian Pulisic.
This team will win every game 6-0 from now on, I just know it.
Happy USMNT game day, folks! And, I gotta say, it's the first USMNT game day in a while about which I am actually not thoroughly ugh. 6-0 wins, man, they're quite a boost.
Unsurprisingly, lots of links about the United States today, but there are some other things as well, so vamos!
The eighth in a series of Tales from Buzzard Point, exploring the rich history and traditions of legendary Buzzard Point – a legacy that the current D.C. United ownership may have set aside in selling naming rights for the new soccer specific stadium but is forever enshrined in the chants, songs, and hearts of Black-and-Red fandom.
Also, an 11-year winless streak is snapped.
Hey there, did you notice that breaks of the international variety bring you more free time? How about that.
2018 World Cup qualifiers: Final score 6-0, Dempsey and Pulisic shine in rout (Stars and Stripes FC): Hey, the United States did well Friday night, thanks to Clint Dempsey and Christian Pulisic!
Kristie Mewis and Line Sigvardsen Jensen both produced golazos at the Evergreen Sportsplex
The Washington Spirit got five goals from five different players on Saturday night to beat the University of North Carolina 5-0. Despite a slow start, the Spirit's attack strengthened throughout the night.
The CONCACAF Hex is back and the road to the 2018 World Cup continues.
World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF Hexagonal continues this evening, with Mexico hosting Costa Rica and Panama traveling to take on Trinidad & Tobago. Mexico is looking to take over first place in the Hex with a victory over the Ticos, who are currently atop the standings with victories over Trinidad & Tobago and the United States.
If the USMNT is going to recover from a bad start in CONCACAF, they need to win tonight in San Jose
The United States has simply not been in this bad of a World Cup qualifying position this early in the CONCACAF Hexagonal at any point in the last 28 years. After just two games, the USMNT is dead last in their region, having already lost a home game and fired a coach.
The USWNT released their next roster, while the US men prepare to face los Catrachos
It's a slow news day as far as D.C. United goes, what with all the focus on the USMNT's critical qualifier against Honduras. Speaking of which, the game is apparently going to kick off at 10:55pm. Might want to order that cup of coffee after dinner, fam.
Can the Kickers re-find their goal-scoring touch this year?
Year Founded: 1993 (tied for the oldest continuously operating professional soccer team in the United States with the Charleston Battery)
Affiliation: D.C. United
2016 record, place in Conference standings: 12-9-9, 7th in the Eastern Conference
2016 playoffs: Lost 2-0 in the first round to Louisville City FC after extra time
Key additions: Defender Evan Lee (from FC Cincinnati); midfielder Oliver Minatel (from Puerto Rico); midfielder Patrick McCann (from Sligo Rovers)
Key departures: Starting center back Hugh Roberts (signed by Bethlehem Steel); all-time leading scorer Matthew Delicate (retired); midfielder Brian Ownby (signed by Louisville City FC)
Projected/ideal starting XI (4-2-3-1): This assumes that certain D.
After an aggravating loss, The Last Word is focused on the bad, the good (no, really), and United's disjointed attempts to press teams
I don't think I was the only D.C. United fan who walked into RFK Stadium expecting a win over Columbus Crew SC. The Crew were struggling, after all, and United showed a knack for bouncing back last season after defeats.