In all the expansion talk, there's little mention of Miami these days. Alvaro Saborio retires from soccer. Hope Solo will be back on TV soon, but not necessarily in goal.
Major League Soccer:
Alvaro Saborio has retired from soccer, shortly after his move back to his first club, Costa Rica's Saprissa.
Atlanta United et al. may have to look elsewhere to fill their rosters. Why Obafemi Martins didn't score for Nigeria. A referee red cards a TV commentator.
Obafemi Martins is amazing. Especially when he is scoring and doing flips. So why didn't he score for Nigeria during his recent callup?
The MLS season is almost over
The Filibuster crew is back to talk about all things soccer. Jason, Adam, and Ben kick off the show talking about the MLS Cup Final this weekend, and we break down how Toronto FC got here after talking Seattle last week. We discuss each team's defense, which will be facing imposing offenses, and we talk about who will be the difference maker for each team.
From Bill Hamid to Collin Martin, we look at the home team's ratings in the game
EA Sports releases FIFA 17 on Tuesday, September 27th, and the FIFA Ultimate Team player database is now available, showing ratings for every player in the game. It should come as no surprise that players like Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa, and Andrea Pirlo are the highest rated MLS players, but how do DCU's players rate?
Q13 Fox has coverage starting at 5 PM Pacific. It is also on Spanish radio (1360) with English audio on SoundersFC.com.
Avoid the disaster that is Seattle traffic and watch a 5 PM game between the Seattle Sounders and D.C. United. Even though the Sounders have a poor 4-7-1 record the game will be better than rush hour traffic.
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Lloyd Sam opened the scoring in the second half, before Lamar Neagle and Alvaro Saborio confirmed win late
D.C. United won the back to back games for the first time this season, beating Columbus Crew SC 3-0 on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. Four days after a season altering win over Orlando City, United finally broke through in the second half, as Lloyd Sam scored the eventual game winner in the 71st minute.
A tepid affair came alive in stoppage time, as Bill Hamid twice denied the Dynamo winning goals in a 0-0 draw
Bill Hamid was once again the difference for D.C. United, as the Black-and-Red held out for a point in a 0-0 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday evening. An uneventful 90 minutes came alive in stoppage time, as Hamid was forced into point-saving blocks on efforts from Mauro Manotas and Raul Rodriguez.
A look at the Copa America action. some D.C. United news and interviews, and FIFA 17.
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USA vs. Paraguay, Copa America 2016: Final score 1-0, United States advances to quarterfinals with win - Stars and Stripes FC: Man, Jurgen just failing upwards or something.
We look at what a guy who you didn't expect to play, and wound up playing.
The other day, we babbled on for a bit about D.C. United forward Alvaro Saborio and his chances of playing in tonight's Copa America group stage match for Costa Rica against the United States. And when today's lineup tweet came out, we weren't entirely surprised to see Sabo left out again:
Así alinea #LaSele esta noche para enfrentar a @ussoccer, en su segundo juego en #CopaAmerica #VamosTicos @CA2016 pic.
International call-ups and suspensions will leave KC short of at least four regular starters tomorrow night
Tomorrow might be a good time for D.C. United to play Sporting Kansas City. The Copa America Centenario has deprived United of Steve Birnbaum (the club's best defender, and in the discussion for best player on the team this year) and Alvaro Saborio (DC's top scorer on the year with 4 goals), so that might seem like a crazy way to lead things off.
The D.C. United center back will be with the USMNT for this summer's showcase tournament
Jurgen Klinsmann and US Soccer today announced the 23 players that will represent the United States at the upcoming Copa America Centenario, and D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum is included in the roster.
D.C. United - Philly previews, MLS salaries, and creepy goalkeeper fingers.
When you're operating on multiple time zones, it's always Freedom Kicks time. #excuses
D.C. United at Union preview - Philly.com: The Union will be especially eager to notch a win at home because they've got two road games next week (Wednesday and Saturday), and we know how those go.
We're happy after a win over the MetroStars
With a win in this year's Atlantic Cup already notched, the Filibuster crew is here to talk about it. Adam, Ben, and Jason are here to talk about whether D.C. United's game against the New York Red Bulls was the most complete performance of the year.
D.C. United will have at least one player at the Copa America Centenario
When the Copa America rolls around this summer, D.C. United will have at least one player participating. United forward Alvaro Saborio has made Los Ticos' 23 man roster for the tournament, joining such MLS players as Kendall Waston, Christian Bolanos, and Johan Venegas.
The Black-and-Red took the first leg of the Atlantic Cup, defeating the Red Bulls 2-0 with goals from Alvaro Saborio and Patrick Nyarko
The last two MLS seasons for D.C. United have ended at the hands of the New York Red Bulls, the first two times United had ever lost a playoff series to their main rivals.
In which we get grumpy about D.C. United's performance
It is a grumpy night for the Filibuster crew, with a lot of good reasons why. Jason, Adam, and Ben have to talk about D.C. United's 2-0 loss to New York City FC, and we have to start with all of the misses of Alvaro Saborio. We then wonder why the heck Patrick Nyarko started if he could only make it 25 minutes, and wonder why Jared Jeffrey was the sub who came in and not Miguel Aguilar.
NYCFC capitalized on Alvaro Saborio's first half miss, with David Villa and Khiry Shelton providing goals in the 2-0 result
Playing their fourth home game in their past five MLS matches, D.C. United had an opportunity on Sunday night to pick up points against a New York City FC side that has had it struggles early in the 2016 team.
David Villa and Khiry Shelton scored in a space of three minutes to give New York City all three points at RFK Stadium
Having picked up points in 3 of their last 4 games, D.C. United failed to keep the momentum going on Sunday night, losing 2-0 at home to New York City FC.
Alvaro Saborio had a golden opportunity to put United ahead in the first half, but the Costa Rican couldn't capitalize for his 4th goal of the season.
The East is wide open, and two teams sitting right on the red line meet today at RFK
The last time D.C. United met New York City FC, a stoppage time goal from Alvaro Saborio gave the Black-and-Red a 2-1 victory as well as a spot in the 2015 MLS playoffs. We're months away from games carrying that kind of weight, but this game still looks quite important for two remodeled teams.
The former Fire midfielder headed home from a short corner in the 1-1 draw with the Fire in the wind and rain
D.C. United couldn't quite manage to string together a second win in a row, but without Fabian Espindola, Marcelo Sarvas, and Nick DeLeon, United earned a point on the road in less than ideal conditions in a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.
Will Lucho get back into the starting XI against Chicago?
Coming off their second win of the season, D.C. United will travel to Chicago this weekend to try and start a streak against the Fire. United will have to do so without their highest paid player, Fabian Espindola, who injured himself taking a long-range shot last week.
Photo by Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports
Eight weeks into the MLS season, and Luciano Acosta has finally found a partner he works well with.
Alvaro Saborio has been paired with Acosta off the bench for D.C. United in recent weeks, and the partnership has worked wonders thus far. In the past three weeks, DCU has scored seven goals, with four of them coming from either the Costa Rican forward or Boca Juniors loanee in the second half of play.
Podcasts after wins are always the best podcasts
Filibuster is back on a Tuesday morning, and we're both happy (about soccer) and sad (about Prince). We start (7:30) by talking about D.C. United's 3-0 win over the New England Revolution, and we have to mention the Luciano Acosta goal. We talk about how Fabian Espindola got himself injured by shooting as well as the improved play of Bobby Boswell and the back four.
Same story, different day. Did anyone shine for the Revs?
In dire need of a win, the Revolution failed to recover from an early D.C. United penalty kick, ultimately falling to the home side, 3-0. Did anyone shine for the visitors?
We break down the match, position-by-position, and offer an overall team grade below.
We talk to a friend north of the border to preview D.C. United's upcoming match against Toronto FC
Filibuster is back for your ears and is good for your mind. Adam, Jason, and Ben are back and are here to review D.C. United's 4-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. We discuss whether or not they were any good, and then get into D.
Two goals from Fabian Espindola, two goals from Alvaro Saborio, two assists from Luciano Acota.
D.C. United's stuttering start to the 2016 season came to a screeching halt on Saturday afternoon, as the Black-and-Red stormed past the Vancouver Whitecaps in a 4-0 win. Goals on either side of the half from Fabian Espindola had United in a good position to win their first game of the season, before Luciano Acosta assisted twice for Alvaro Saborio late in the game.
International call-ups have left FCD very short-handed, but their vaunted attack is largely untouched.
It's a weird time for D.C. United to be playing FC Dallas. MLS is sort of closed for the weekend, with just three games going on during the current window for international matches. United is feeling it, as Steve Birnbaum will be with the USMNT for their games against Guatemala.
As the international break comes, Ben Olsen must find his attacking parnterships
D.C. United take on FC Dallas this weekend, with both teams missing players due to the international window. Even with easy choices for Ben Olsen on the defensive side (made even easier with absences), he has a plethora of choices for his attacking tetrarchy.
United's second-choice players and trialists were steamrolled by a nearly full-strength Impact.
D.C. United looked like they had more than one eye on Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League match today, losing 4-1 to the Montreal Impact in their final preseason game. A second-choice United lineup was undone by three Impact goals in the first half hour, with Dominic Oduro scoring twice.
What will it take for us to consider the season a success for the Costa Rican international?
Alvaro Saborio is an oddly polarizing figure on D.C. United's roster, and I'm pretty sure it has as much to do with the circumstances of his acquisition and fans' worst fears of what he signals about Ben Olsen and Dave Kasper's plans as it does to do with his on-field contributions.
Please? Pretty please?
While we were all basking in the glow of D.C. United officially releasing their upcoming home jersey, forward Alvaro Saborio was unpacking his gear, and there was a funny thing in the background:
Nueva temporada / New season @dcunited pic.
The midseason acquisition from Real Salt Lake gets goat-caked or fox-deathed.
Looking back at when D.C. United acquired Alvaro Saborio in a July trade that sent Luis Silva to Real Salt Lake, reading through the comments, I remain not completely sure what expectations that D.C. fans had of Saborio when he came here, so let me try and float some questions out there:
- Was it the money hit that drove Sabo's expectations up?
A former D.C. United forward is moving to Liga MX.
Luis Silva, who was traded midseason to Real Salt Lake for Alvaro Saborio will not be staying in Major League Soccer. As Thomas Rongen first reported, it looks like Silva is on his way to Mexico as was rumored at the time of the trade, with Tigres seeming to be the destination.
We wonder about a potential impact to an injury of a Black-and-Red player.
If anyone had any money that the United States would defeat Paraguay and then watch as Colombia would lose to Costa Rica in order to win Group A, chances are you are a liar, but I may want to rub you for luck. Nevertheless, seeing Geoff Cameron and John Brooks work to preserve a clean sheet for a 10-man USA squad - DeAndre Yedlin got two yellow cards in quick succession - so that they could play the Group B runner-up (which could be any one of Brazil, Ecuador or Peru) on Thursday in Seattle was impressive.
Big players step up in big games, and Clint Dempsey stepped all the way up. The United States needed a big result if it wanted a chance to win the group, and any result to advance. The Sounders forward midfielder is a huge reason why the USA beat Costa Rica 4-nil taking part in three of the goals.
We speculate on what the other Black-and-Red member on a Copa America roster may do in the next two games.
There are no two ways around it: Saturday's Group A match between Paraguay and Costa Rica was a poor, underwhelming affair, played in the 90 degree June heat of Orlando and involved water breaks, occasional missed chances and lots and lots of tackling.
The U.S. Men's National Team will face three difficult opponents in Group A play of this summer's Copa America Centenario, and one familiar foe revealed exactly who they'll be bringing to the competition.
Costa Rica head coachÓscar Ramírez announced the team's 23-man roster that he'll take with him to the U.
D.C. will be down a forward for their game against FC Dallas.
D.C. United forward Alvaro Saborio has been called up to the Costa Rica national team for two World Cup Qualifying matches later this month, both against Jamaica. The games are March 25 and 29, which will cause Saborio to miss D.