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 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 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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perry Kitchen's brace and United's most complete performance of 2015 were wasted after Lloyd Sam's late game equalizer.
67 minutes gone on Saturday night, and proceedings looked just peachy for D.C. United. Responding well since being soundly defeated by the New York Red Bulls three weeks ago, Perry Kitchen had just struck from 20 yards out to put United up 2-0.
We show ours, your show yours, and we chat them up.
Coming into the game with Orlando City SC, D.C. United had some attacking options on the bench even if their defensive options were a bit thin. And their last attacking option of the night in Luis Silva provided the touch needed to grab three points and head home as Eastern Conference leaders once again.
On a day where D.C. United braved the elements and a sudden and unexpected change in plans, it took the heroics of a guy coming back into his form for the Black and Red to come away with the full three points in a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy.
We try to put a bow on the result and wonder if there will be a transition to youth at some point down the road.
There is little denying that D.C. United played like a team missing its three most effective threats from 2014. Additionally, the fact of the matter is that if you are going to rely on a castoff and a guy in his tenth start in 20 months as your main offensive threats, things are going to be a bit rough.
In which we score the Black and Red's second game.
After an effort where D.C. United squeaked past the Montreal Impact two weeks ago, the Black and Red dropped their second game to the New York Red Bulls in a 2-0 loss that was a frustrating one. With that in mind, on to your subjective scores!
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.
The 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year spent his first six seasons with the LA Galaxy
Following the disastrous 2013 MLS campaign, D.C. United were in desperate need of help all over the field. Known for drafting well, United don't have quite the same penchant for finding capable starters in MLS from foreign leagues.
After scoring 72 points this round, Seoul Train was the league leader. The leading scorer was captain Kei Kamara (CLB, $8.6), whose goal and assist led to 22 points. Kamara's teammate, Ethan Finlay (CLB, $8.3) scored 16 points on two goals and an assist, and Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $9.
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.
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.