Bobby Boswell

D.C. United

Bobby Boswell announces retirement

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Former Atlanta United defender Bobby Boswell has decided to hang up the cleats after 13 seasons in Major League Soccer. Boswell announced the decision on Monday on his personal Twitter account.

It's been a hell of a ride. From my family to yours, thanks for the support along the way.

D.C. United season review: Steve Birnbaum

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The captain goes under the microscope.

Steve Birnbaum had a pretty good 2016, with United States caps both in World Cup Qualifying action and during the Copa America Centenario, and had European interest from Israel and Germany which was parlayed into a new contract to keep him in Black-and-Red for a few years.

D.C. United focuses on youth, potential with roster overhaul

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No MLS team was busier at the tail end of the secondary transfer window than D.C. United.

Two players left the club while four new ones came into the fold. They took a roster filled with old, familiar MLS names on the wrong side of 30 and replaced them with younger players brought in from foreign leagues that many fans may not recognize right away.

Sapong making history, big day in MLS moves, and the UEFA Super Cup: Brotherly Game Daily Links 8/9/17

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Hump day links

Philadelphia Union News

CJ Sapong continuing his historic season
CJ Sapong continues to show how important he is to the Union, scoring a brace in the team's 3-1 victory against FC Dallas Saturday.

MLS News

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Report: Bobby Boswell is set to be traded to Atlanta United

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United's attempts to rebuild at the the transfer deadline are ramping up

According to a report late on Monday night from the Washington Post's Steve Goff, Bobby Boswell, D.C. United's long tenured center back, is headed to the south in a trade with Atlanta United. According to Goff's sources, what United would get in return was undetermined, though it's likely not to be much different than what United got for Lamar Neagle on Monday.

D.C. United hits rock bottom as Minnesota United win in a rout

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On their first-ever trip to Minnesota, the Black-and-Red conceded four goals for the third time in four games

The hits just keep coming for D.C. United, who added another candidate to their potential worst losses of this dreadful 2017 season tonight against Minnesota United. Facing an MNUFC side sitting 21st out of 22 in MLS, and who entered the match on a 351 scoreless streak, the Black-and-Red contrived to fall to an embarrassing 4-0 defeat against the Loons in the first meeting between the two clubs.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Starting XI against the Portland Timbers

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Who's in your starting XI?

The Houston Dynamo were finally able to get their first win on the road in their 3-1 win over D. C. United which completed a successful 4 points out of 6 in their two game road trip. The Dynamo came out strong in the first half with goals coming from Andrew Wenger, Mauro Manotas, and homegrown product Memo Rodriguez.

D.C. United survive Christos FC scare, move on in US Open Cup

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Christos took a first half lead but D.C. came back to win.

D.C. United had an early scare against Christos FC in the US Open Cup, but the Black-and-Red eventually did enough to get past the amateur side to move on to the Round of 16. Mamadou Kansaye gave Christos the first half lead with a wonderful free kick, but his effort was canceled out by Julian Buescher in the first half.

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.

D.C. United vs. NYCFC in GIF form

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Watch Lucho and Bill do work, as well as some quiet indicators for United at the back

I like winning, as D.C. United did Saturday over New York City FC. But if you're looking for animated moments of a celebratory nature this may not be the post for you. This isn't to say that we hated the win; we don't, but there were some things to take a closer look at.

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 re-sign Steve Birnbaum

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The USMNT center back is here to stay

D.C. United announced today that they have re-signed starting center back and 2016 MVP Steve Birnbaum to a multi-year contract, rumored to be four years. As we said earlier this week, retaining Birnbaum was an absolutely part of the team's offseason plans, with Bobby Boswell getting older and Kofi Opare and Jalen Robinson battling for the third spot.

First half outburst sends D.C. United to playoffs with 3-1 win over NYCFC

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First half goals from Mullins, Boswell, and Vincent guarantee United's playoff spot

D.C. United came into the penultimate game of the MLS season just needing one win to secure their 2016 goal of making the playoffs. In front of the biggest home crowd of the season, the Black-and-Red took care of that business against New York City FC, scoring thrice in the first half to secure a 3-1 win.

Boswell suspended, Melano fined by Disciplinary Committee

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Following a rash challenge against Houston Dynamo attacker Will Bruin, the MLS Disciplinary Committee is taking action against Bobby Boswell and several others around the league.

In the 28th minute of D.C. United's match against the Dynamo, Boswell lifted his knee into the back of Bruin, receiving a yellow card for the action.

Bobby Boswell suspended for D.C. United's game against the New England Revolution

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The Black-and-Red's captain will miss out on Saturday after an incident last weekend against the Houston Dynamo

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Bobby Boswell for one game for a foul in last week's 0-0 draw against the Houston Dynamo. D.C. United will have to do without their captain in Saturday's home game against the New England Revolution as a result.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City GIFs

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We look at animated internet files that animated us.

D.C. United started Thursday in Washington, started Friday in Chicago, and start Saturday in Kansas City after a hectic 30-plus hour travel snafu put them at the mercy of charters, wings and prayers. And late Friday night, a goal to seal a 1-0 win by a team who last won on the road in August?

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United

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Following three straight draws, the Union hope to get back on track with a home win against D.C. United. Here's everything you need to know about the game.

Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
Friday, May 20, 2016
7:00 PM ET
UniMas - Ramses Sandoval and Keith Costigan
Online Streaming: MLS LIVE
TBG Game Preview
Know Thy Enemy: Black And Red United
Starting XI

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls GIFs

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We look back at moments of intrigue. Or entertainment at least.

Moods were rightfully sour after D.C. United lost to New York City FC last week, and on a clear and rain-free night at RFK, beating their rivals in the New York Red Bulls 2-0 was a pleasant, even encouraging sign. So let's go looking at GIFs, shall we?

Filibuster podcast episode 180: Soccer pastors

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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.

D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes GIFs

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We look at animated internet file moments of interest.

Despite the record against them in California, recent D.C. United games against the San Jose Earthquakes haven't been pleasant ones to watch. Nor was Saturday night's 1-1 draw for that matter, but now we're done with all that and we can look at GIFs from the game.

D.C. United 0-3 FC Dallas: the GIFs

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We look back at the match with animated internet files.

Saturday afternoon's 3-0 loss to FC Dallas was not pretty, but for D.C. United seeing them in the disrepair as they were was, in a humorous topical phrase, not great Bob. But more specifically, Bobby Boswell, as we're about to illustrate.

D.C. United versus LA Galaxy lineup: All eyes on central midfield

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D.C. United opens their MLS season with all eyes on the central midfield

After two games in the Concacaf Champions league, D.C. United comes back to Major League Soccer to open the regular season. They do so by taking on their old rivals out in Carson, California: the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy have gotten a lot older and a lot stranger this season, and their performance in the CCL was even worse than United's.

D.C. United versus Queretaro Concacaf Champions League lineup: First match of the season

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D.C. United kicks off their season with a trip to Mexico to take on Queretaro

And just like that, the season is here. On Tuesday evening, D.C. United takes on Queretaro in the first league of their Concacaf Champions League knockout round tilt. Ben Olsen has had a month of preseason to figure out both who will make the final roster for the team, as well as who will be his starters for this key game.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 6 Days - Can Kofi Opare unseat Bobby Boswell?

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We look at the other 25-year old center back and wonder if he makes the last pass on Bobby Boswell

Last month, D.C. United center back Steve Birnbaum turned 25 (hooray, Birdbomb!). Birnbaum joined a fellow center back in that club, one whose presence on the field, while fairly anonymous, remains just as impressive, and that's Kofi Opare.

D.C. United 2016 Preseason Minutes Tracker v2.0

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Nerd out with us as we obsess over who is playing where on the field as the Black-and-Red prepare for the season.

Welcome, all, to the second phase of D.C. United's 2016 preseason - and the second installment of our minutes tracker. I had meant to get this out to you over the long weekend, but [stock quote about the Nature of Things].

D.C. United officially releases new jersey

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We've seen it in teases, now see it on D.C. United players

After seeing leaks of it, teases of it, and problems with it, D.C. United has officially released their new primary jersey ahead of the season ticket holder event this afternoon. It includes all the the varieties, including the short-sleeve, long-sleeve, and goalkeeper jerseys, and is modeled in the release by Bobby Boswell, Kofi Opare, Andrew Dykstra, and Julian Buescher.

D.C. United exchanges chances, goals with Jonkopings Sodra in entertaining preseason draw

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Fabian Espindola and Miguel Aguilar scored while Andrew Dykstra saved a PK as United got a tie out of a high-tempo affair.

D.C. United's second preseason game was far more eventful than the first, as the Black-and-Red and Jonkopings Sodra IF played to an entertaining 2-2 draw in Bradenton, FL.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 31 days - How much does Bobby Boswell have left in the tank?

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Our next countdown piece looks into whether United's captain will still be first choice this season.

We're just 31 days away from D.C. United's first competitive game of 2016, and the second piece in our countdown series is looking at Bobby Boswell, the man that wears #32. Before you ask: No, this doesn't dovetail neatly with the calendar like our Luke Mishu piece and yes, it's because of the snowstorm.

The Popie Award, for D.C. United's best defender

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Who was D.C. United's best defender this season?

Like last year, D.C. United relied on their defense to win games. And, just like last year, Popie Award, given to D.C. United's best defender of the year, is stacked. Named after Eddie Pope, of D.C. United and US men's national team fame, it has been previously given out to Bobby Boswell, Bill Hamid,Brandon McDonald, Dejan Jakovic, Julius James, and Bryan Namoff.

The Bobby Award: Pick D.C. United's most improved player

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D.C. United has plenty of young players who improved this year.

The Benny Awards continue ever onward, and to day its time to give the Bobby Award, given to the team's most improved player. It's named for once and current D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell, who went from an undrafted rookie to Defender Of The Year in just a two-year stretch.

D.C. United 2015 Season Review: Club captain Bobby Boswell

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Should Boswell wear the armband for another season, or make way for a younger replacement?

Our player-by-player review of the D.C. United season that was has reached Bobby Boswell, the club's captain and linchpin of the defense. Boz has worn the armband since returning to the District from Houston before the 2014 season, and - not coincidentally - his arrival has coincided with United's resurgence.

D.C. United 1-3 New York City FC: The GIFs

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Animated moments that mattered for consumption.

D.C. United started strong against New York City FC, but ultimately faded fast, losing 3-1 and seeing their Eastern Conference lead tighten ever so slightly.

With that, on to the moments that mattered. Thanks to a baseball stadium, you'll see why some of the angles are the way they are I guess.

Bobby Boswell | Episode 518

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D.C. United captain and centerback Bobby Boswell talks about his penchant to get forward (#WhiteRooney), United's current form and tight finances, and fishing in the Potomac River.

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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.

Help B&RU raise money for children's cancer research!

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Adam is shaving his head! For charity!

You may remember last year around this time, D.C. United players Bobby Boswell, Perry Kitchen and Kofi Opare, along with coach Ben Olsen, sacrificed their hair to the St. Baldrick's Foundation for the cause of curing childhood cancer. I was there, and I shot the video at the top of this post.

Philadelphia Union

Postgame video and quotes: Union 1-0 DC United

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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.

Tranquillo Barnetta named to MLS Team of the Week

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The Swiss midfielder was instrumental in the Philadelphia Union's victory over New York City FC.

Philadelphia Union midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta has been named to Major League Soccer's Team of the Week for Week 8. The Swiss midfielder had an assist and was instrumental in Philadelphia's 2-0 win over rivals New York City FC on Saturday, propelling the blue and gold into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Union bits, Trusty, training compensation update, more

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News bits for Tuesday.

The Rest

Filibuster podcast episode 179: Chief Error Maker

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The Filibuster crew wraps up another disappointing weekend before previewing the Revs

Another day, another Filibuster to delight and surprise you. We have to talk about D.C. United's 1-0 loss to Toronto FC, and talk about how United played exactly into Toronto's gameplan. We talk about the bright first half versus the dour second, and spend plenty of time talking about Luciano Acosta, where he fits in this lineup, and whether or not there should be a formation change.

United rout Fire and jump back into 2nd place in the Eastern Conference

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Chris Pontius (pictured saluting the United faithful after the match) scored the first goal to lead D.C. United to a 4-0 romp over the Chicago Fire.