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.
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.
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.
The Union aim for their first win in seven months when they travel to RFK Stadium on Saturday. PSP previews the match.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
Third game in seven days against the top team in the Eastern Conference.
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.
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.
With academy player Chris Durkin practicing with the Black-and-Red, Olsen said it's possible United sign the 16 year old midfielder/defender in the secondary transfer window
Ahead of Wednesday's US Open Cup game against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, D.C. United took to the training field on Monday morning, looking to shake the cobwebs of the loss to the Seattle Sounders two weeks ago.
CHESTER, PA D.C. United's frustration over 90 minutes on Friday night turned into disappointment as head coach Ben Olsen and his players picked out what went wrong after the 1-0 defeat to Philadelphia.
Olsen started with the call that led to the Union's 90th-minute free kick. The initial set piece was cleared, but the Union pumped the ball back into the box to set up Richie Marquez's game-winner.
Friday's match is the first time D.C. United will face off against Chris Pontius, the most recent mover between United and the Philadelphia Union
Over the past couple of weeks, ahead of Major League Soccer's Heineken Rivalry Week, there has been plenty of push back from fans of both D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union, as the league seems hell-bent on creating a rivalry between the two teams.
Struggling with inconsistency through the first 10 games of the season, the Black-and-Red got everything right in their 2-0 win over their Atlantic Cup rivals
Finishing out a stretch of five in six games at home, D.C. United went into Friday's game against the New York Red Bulls needing all three points in hopes of right their season.
Fabi and Lucho get another chance to find magic
Injuries continue to dominate the talk of D.C. United's lineup, with Fabian Espindola and Bill Hamid coming back to full fitness just as Chris Rolfe is out for an indefinite amount of time with a concussion. Ben Olsen has to continue to juggle his lineup to find a group that will work with the injuries and poor performances that have come so far.
With D.C. United playing the New York Red Bulls tomorrow, there are plenty of stories about the team swirling out there. Let's dive in, shall we?
D.C. United closing in on full fitness ahead of New York Red Bulls clash - Black And Red United: Bill Hamid and Fabian Espindola are training at full speed, and Alhaji Kamara is getting worked in quickly.
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.
Through injuries and suspensions, D.C. United must roll out a lineup that could be its near-term future
When D.C. United takes on New York City FC on Sunday, the formation and most of the lineup will not be in doubt. Injuries, suspensions, and the good play of certain people can basically write Ben Olsen's lineup card for him.
D.C. United will have to take on New York City FC with one less option
In a move that is not too surprising, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended D.C. United attacker Chris Rolfe for one game. In the 45th minute, Rolfe lunged out for a tackle that earned him a yellow card, with his studs going into the back of Nick LaBrocca's calf.
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.
Lamar Neagle struck from the penalty spot in the first half, before Luciano Acosta opened his MLS account in stunning fashion
D.C. United made the most of their third straight game at home, defeating the New England Revolution 3-0 at RFK Stadium on Saturday. Lamar Neagle opened the scoring in the first half from the penalty spot, before Luciano Acosta and Alvaro Saborio sealed the deal late in substitute appearances.
Two teams that have struggled to pick up wins meet today in an important Eastern Conference battle for the Black-and-Red
With around 20% of the season already gone, D.C. United remains a work in progress. They have had a couple solid games, and a few more where they were good only at times, and a few outright poor showings.
We are three weeks into the MLS season. What fate lays in store for the Philadelphia Union?
DC away on Saturday. Curtin says team looking for defensive addition, trialist in over the coming weeks. Reaction to Union's transfer window dealings. More news.
Video and transcript of Jim curtin's postgame press conference. Remarks from Andre Blake, Chris Pontius, CJ Sapong, and Keegan Rosenberry. More.
Mike and Greg's postgame wrap. Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Remarks from Riche Marquez, Keegan Rosenberry, Andre Blake, and Chris Pontius.
West Chester United and Reading knocked out of US Open Cup. Union to host Crystal Palace again. Noes from Curtin's press conference and more Union news.
Ilsinho should be available for NYCFC. Yaro may get the start again. Reading to host Bethlehem in friendly on June 12. USSF releases new financial info to address wage discrimination allegations. More.
Brian Carroll out with plantar fasciitis injury. Notes from Alejandro Bedoya's introduction. USWNT draws 2-2 with Colombia, faces Sweden in Olympic quarterfinals. More.
The Union hosts NYCFC (arrive early!). Bethlehem hosts Charleston. Harrisburg hosts Louisville. Pulisic! More news.
We quickly review the Chicago Fire match before breaking down the most ridiculous team in MLS
It is a Tuesday, which means a downpour of Filibuster drowning your ears and making everyone drive 15 mph under the speed limit. We start by talking about another rainy day, D.C. United's 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.
We all know that Ben Olsen loves his players, but are any of them close to making way for another option?
As our own Steven Streff reported, Ben Olsen does not see wholesale changes to the lineup coming anytime soon. The starting lineup against the New England Revolution will almost undoubtedly be the same group as those who took the field against Toronto FC, but hoping that tweaks to strategy and mindset will help this group unlock its potential.