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D.C. United

Recap: Arriola stars as D.C. United beats Las Vegas Lights FC 4-2

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United's USMNT winger produced 3 assists as the Black-and-Red took advantage of a wild second half

D.C. United found themselves in a tale of two halves in tonight's preseason finale against Las Vegas Lights FC. A fairly tight first half saw few chances and just one goal, from Yamil Asad, but the second half was another story.

SBI MLS Season Preview: D.C. United

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D.C. United has found a way in the past to use poor campaigns as motivation for the following season. 2014 saw the team finish atop the as the MLS' Eastern Conference, a year after finishing bottom in the East under head coach Ben Olsen.

Following a pair of fourth-place finishes in 2015-16, lets just say that 2017 was the not the season that Olsen and his players had hoped for.

Recap: D.C. United sees off Jacksonville Armada to cap preseason spell in Florida

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Patrick Mullins and Luciano Acosta scored as the Black-and-Red finished up their business in the Sunshine State on a positive note

D.C. United wrapped up the second of two preseason spells in Florida with a 2-1 win over Jacksonville Armada FC tonight. Patrick Mullins opened the scoring in the 11th minute via service from Paul Arriola, while Luciano Acosta doubled United's lead on the hour mark.

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union lineup: The debut of Yamil Asad

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United's newest attacker should make his debut on Saturday

D.C. United takes on the Philadelphia Union this Saturday in their second preseason game, the first with the addition of attacker Yamil Asad. It will also give us the first insight into Ben Olsen's plans on how to fit Asad, Zoltan Stieber, Paul Arriola, and Luciano Acosta into an attacking trio, and that is before he decides how to structure his defensive midfield with Russell Canouse, Junior Moreno, Ulises Segura, Ian Harkes, and Chris Durkin.

D.C. United versus Malmo FF lineup: Soccer is back!

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And I have missed it so

D.C. United has finally officially left 2017 behind them, and the first (preseason) game of 2018 is upon us. They will take on their old foe, Malmo FF of the Swedish Allsvensken, this afternoon at 2:30pm. It will give fans their first look into the thought process of Ben Olsen going into the 2018 season, who his starters might be, and which trialists have the edge in making the team.

MLS Draft 2018: We picked Wisconsin attacker Chris Mueller for D.C. United in SB Nation’s mock draft

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A "best player available" strategy made the Badgers assist machine a no-brainer

In a pre-Superdraft tradition around these parts, we join the other MLS blogs on SB Nation to conduct a mock draft. Every year, we've pretended to be in charge of D.C. United for a moment, and every year we've tried our best to mimic what Dave Kasper, Ben Olsen, and the rest of United's staff would do on draft day provided that they were not allowed to trade their picks.

Here’s why Ben Olsen is talking about a ‘blank canvas’ for D.C. United in 2018

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It looks like the floor will be clear for a significant rebuild after finishing last in the East

At media availability last week, D.C. United coach Ben Olsen hinted at forthcoming changes to the squad during this offseason. Phrases like "quite a bit" of roster turnover and having "a blank canvas" with which to build the roster were tossed about.

D.C. United can’t keep up with the Columbus Crew, dropping a 2-0 decision on the road

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The Black-and-Red had their moments, but were ultimately unable to crack the Crew defense

Despite having the better of a decent portion of the game, D.C. United could not keep pace with the Columbus Crew, who extended their unbeaten run to eight games by downing the Black-and-Red 2-0. Goals from Josh Williams and Justin Meram midway through each half consigned United to defeat.

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

D.C. United versus LA Galaxy lineup: Luciano Acosta and Ian Harkes together again

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At home, Ben Olsen will reunite his young central midfield

After a midweek performance that was better than the scoreline indicated, United have to play their third game in 8 days when they take on the LA Galaxy at RFK Stadium tomorrow. Ben Olsen will have to try and find a way to get points over an up-and-down Galaxy team that is currently playing well, and has to do so playing their third game in 8 days.

Goals not there for D.C. United, but positives to build on from Orlando City loss

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Finishing aside, Olsen says that this was one of United's best performances of the year

Three points from two road games on opposite sides of the continent is usually a good haul for an MLS side. And indeed, D.C. United will be pleased to take those points, and head back to RFK Stadium for their third game this week.

Toothless D.C. United shut out at home again, falling 1-0 to the Chicago Fire

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David Accam dominated as United's scoreless streak moved beyond 300 minutes

D.C. United once again disappointed their home fans, falling 1-0 to the Chicago Fire and barely ever carving out chances. David Accam's 52nd minute goal made the difference, but in truth Chicago - despite having played mid-week - could have won by more if not for saves from Bill Hamid and misses from MLS top scorer Nemanja Nikolic.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia community/site player ratings

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Going into the darkness with these scores

Following a disappointing performance the week before, D.C. United coach Ben Olsen lambasted his team's performance and expected better of them heading into the weekend with the Philadelphia Union. The result? Not great, Bob.

So what did you think?

D.C. United fell flat against Montreal, and they need to bounce back right away

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The Last Word grits its teeth and places an infuriating loss in context

Sometimes it's hard to get it together and face a particularly galling loss. Carving out the time to further discuss D.C. United's utterly disappointing showing against the Montreal Impact becomes a chore when the mere thought of the game angers up the blood.

“Important” road result for D.C. United after a wild draw with the Revs

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Despite making several enforced changes to their lineup, United managed to get a road result at New England

D.C. United's 2-2 draw on Saturday night against the New England Revolution had a little bit of everything, and provided plenty of story lines which could be the focus of post game analysis.

Bobby Boswell is back at his normal position - starting for D.C. United

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After being relegated to the bench to start the season, Boswell has played his way back into the lineup

Back before the start of preseason, D.C. United center back Bobby Boswell claimed to be caught off guard. During the team's media day, head coach Ben Olsen had discussed the possibility of using Sean Franklin as a center back.

Player ratings: D.C. United 2-1 Union

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The winless streak continues, as the Union turn in a poor performance. For the most part, they played as individuals. Let's evaluate them as such.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at D.C. United

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The Union aim for their first win in seven months when they travel to RFK Stadium on Saturday. PSP previews the match.

Luciano Acosta returns to training for D.C. United

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Despite making progress, Lucho is still questionable to face Columbus

It's been a long two games for D.C. United without their playmaker, Luciano Acosta, but there may be reason for hope in the nation's capital. After picking up an ankle injury in the final preseason game against the Philadelphia Union, Acosta had not practiced for United, who have managed just one point and zero goals scored to start the season.

D.C. United listless in NYCFC defeat

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United were again largely toothless without Luciano Acosta

It was not much of a surprise an hour before kickoff on Sunday, with D.C. United visiting New York City FC, that Luciano Acosta was once again missing from the gameday squad. Head coach Ben Olsen had said throughout the week the playmaker was day-to-day with an ankle injury, and as of Tuesday Acosta had not returned to the practice field.

D.C. United versus NYCFC lineup: Waiting for Acosta

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Without the diminutive playmaker, United will stick with its opening lineup

D.C. United takes its first and only road trip to New York City this Sunday, going to Yankee Stadium to face off against New York City FC. The Pigeons have a couple of names that you definitely know: Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, and Ethan White, plus a number of lesser known players that they're trying to work into a coherent whole.

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City lineup: Soccer is back!

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After a long offseason, D.C. United are finally back in action

The regular season is finally back, and D.C. United takes on Sporting Kansas City this Saturday. Ben Olsen has been remarkably consistent in his first choice starters throughout the preseason, with the main wrinkle being Sean Franklin at center back and the corresponding move of Nick DeLeon to right back.

D.C. United’s Sean Franklin, Nick DeLeon look to start 2017 at new positions

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Ben Olsen looks likely to start the season with Franklin in the middle and DeLeon at right back

Barring any last minute set backs, the team that will trot out onto the field at RFK Stadium for D.C. United will include eleven familiar faces. That's not too shocking, United, after an early exit from the playoffs in 2016, decided to keep the core of the team together in the offseason.

D.C. United vs. St. Louis FC preseason live stream: Kickoff time and how to watch online

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D.C. United continues their preseason against a USL team

D.C. United is back in action this afternoon, taking on St. Louis FC of the USL in their second match of the Suncoast Invitational. United showed some good signs during their 4-2 loss to the Montreal Impact, even if the score line itself doesn't reflect that; they will look to build on that and try and put together a complete performance as they ramp up for the season.

D.C. United wrap up first leg of preseason with win over J-Södra

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Goals from Marcelo, Acosta, and Le Toux pace a 3-2 win over Swedish opposition

D.C. United wrapped up the first portion of their preseason with a 3-2 win over Swedish top flight side Jönköpings Södra IF on Wednesday afternoon at the IMG Academy. Fielding different lineups each half, United raced out to a 2-0 halftime lead, with goals from Marcelo Sarvas and Luciano Acosta.

Ben Olsen’s face should be immortalized

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A District legend should get his face on a local monument of sorts

So in listening to a podcast recently, I heard that Ben's Chili Bowl, the iconic establishment and purveyor of half-smokes for almost a half century, had painted over their existing exterior wall mural, which included former President Barack Obama, go-go musician Chuck Brown, comedian Bill Cosby and longtime DC DJ Donnie Simpson.

D.C. United season review: Ben Olsen

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After a slow start, United's head coach made a major mid-season shift in style

After watching his D.C. United side end the season with a playoff defeat - for the second year running, no less - against the New York Red Bulls, their arch-rival, Ben Olsen asked the key question of last year's offseason: "Are we peaked out?

D.C. United assistant reportedly joining Minnesota United

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The Ben Olsen coaching tree is sprouting another branch

According to a report from ESPN, it looks like D.C. United assistant coach Amos Magee may be returning to his hometown to become the director of player personal for Minnesota United. Magee looks set to be one of the key assistants to Minnesota United sporting director Manny Lagos, and his main role will be to provide advice on MLS players as the team moves through the labyrinthine first offseason with MLS player acquisition methods.

Filibuster podcast episode 209: The berry farm also has goats

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The Filibuster crew is here to talk MLS Cup playoffs!

D.C. United is hosting a game at RFK Stadium in the MLS Cup playoffs, and Filibuster is here to talk about it! First, though, Adam, Jason, and Ben talk about the D.C. United stadium and the potential problem that seems to have been avoided with their Zoning Commission hearing.

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

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Plus: an important question about fall.

Look, it's been a busy week. Insert your own intro here, because we're just gonna get straight to the predictions. D.C. United are coming for you, Toronto!

Ben Bromley

Third game in seven days against the top team in the Eastern Conference.

D.C. United fans’ guide to MLS Week 28: what to watch and who to root for, plus an open thread

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From Seattle to New York, Colorado to Toronto, we tell you what results this weekend will most help the Black-and-Red's playoff push

Ben Olsen may have said it best in the run-up to D.C. United's 2-2 road draw against the Chicago Fire on Friday — there's not really any point to gaming out the final six weeks of the Major League Soccer season at this point.

D.C. United stages “Escape From New York” in 2-2 draw with NY Red Bulls

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An amazing late show gives United the Atlantic Cup

D.C. United looked down and out, as the New York Red Bulls held a deserved 2-0 lead late in the game. Luis Robles had barely been tested, and it looked for all the world like the Black-and-Red were in danger of falling further behind in the playoff race.

Sean Franklin

D.C. United season review: Kofi Opare

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How important is the starting center back?

At the start of the 2017 season, few people would have figured on Kofi Opare being a regular starter by the end of the year. Ben Olsen had been experimenting with Sean Franklin as Steve Birnbaum's center back partner, and Bobby Boswell was still on the team, so Opare looked to be fourth choice at best.

D.C. United season review: Sean Franklin

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How about position conversions?

Sean Franklin's 2017 season was a departure from the norm. For the first time since 2009 he played in fewer than 20 matches, appearing just 19 times in an injury-shortened season. He also began this season playing center back after having played right back for most of his career.

The Rest

D.C. United’s USL stadium in Loudoun County, plus offseason signings: Filibuster

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Filibuster wraps up 2017!

On the week of Christmas, the Filibuster crew returns to make sure you have a podcast under your tree! Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about the two new signings (well, 1.5 new signings) and discuss how Gonzalo Veron and Ulises Segura would fit into the team. We also discuss what this moves mean for Ben Olsen's outlook on the team.

Gedion Zelalem, tailgates, NWSL and more: Freedom Kicks for 5/25/2017

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Ben Olsen, Jaime Moreno, and Briana Scurry are up for the USSF Hall of Fame

Hello folks! I made really, really, good grilled cheese on Wednesday night and I'm still super pumped about it. The other day I made cupcakes but forgot to add baking powder so grilled cheese is definitely an accomplishment.

Where the Union stand

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We are three weeks into the MLS season. What fate lays in store for the Philadelphia Union?