Bobby Boswell

D.C. United

Chris Rolfe and Bill Hamid star as D.C. United downs FC Dallas to win the ATX Pro Challenge - Recap + Highlights

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A wonderful goal from Rolfe brightened an otherwise drab match as United won itself their first-ever trophy featuring an armadillo that is also a cowboy.

No one would go so far as to call it an eye-catching performance, but D.C. United won the ATX Pro Challenge final by defeating FC Dallas 1-0 today in Austin, TX.

Pontius scores as D.C. United ties Orlando City SC 1-1 in 2015's first preseason match - Recap + Highlights

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Missing several regulars, United took a deserved lead via Chris Pontius, but let up a soft goal in the second half to draw with the expansion Lions.

D.C. United opened the 2015 preseason tonight with 1-1 draw against MLS newcomers Orlando City SC. Chris Pontius gave the Black-and-Red an early lead with a superb diving header, but the Lions would equalize via new signing Carlos Rivas midway through the second half.

D.C. United's positional needs: Center backs

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Our look at United's roster continues with a focus on central defense.

With the MLS draft out of the way, we can get back to talking about D.C. United's roster and where the club needs to add players. In the distant past we took a look at United's goalkeeping situation; today, we focus on the center backs.

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

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In a season with vastly improved defending, who was the best of the year?

Unlike last year, the field for the 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 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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It is time to pick D.C. United's most improved player of the year, and the competition is fierce.

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 Season Review: Dave Kasper

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The General Manager of D.C. United gets a look at his year...and more.

During a 2013 season where things were simply dreadful, coach Ben Olsen and general manager Dave Kasper decided that they simply wanted to get back to basics, go cheap(er) and young(ish), along with a mix of Major League Soccer castoffs.

D.C. United and Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft: Three players the Black-and-Red could be interested in

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There's no use pretending that United is likely to select someone today, but there are a handful of players that would make sense for the 2015 roster.

Let's be blunt: This year's Re-Entry Draft is not nearly as important for D.C. United as it was at this time last year, where it was the beginning of the Black-and-Red's roster rebuild.

D.C. United Season Review: Defender Jeff Parke

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On this latest installment of Black & Red United's Season Review, we look at defender Jeff Parke.

Veteran center back Jeff Parke was brought to D.C. United this season in part to serve as the final piece of a completely retooled defensive back line. Acquired from the Philadelphia Union a week before this year's MLS Superdraft in exchange for Ethan White and the top spot in the allocation order, Parke was a proven MLS defender in his years with Philadelphia and the Seattle Sounders.

D.C. United's Bill Hamid and Bobby Boswell named to MLS Best XI

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Voters recognized United's elite defense today with Best Eleven nods for Hamid and Boswell.

Over the past few years, MLS's end-of-season awards seemed to have a sort of allergy to D.C. United, with a somewhat lengthy list of snubs stacking up. It's safe to say today has altered that trend. Hours after Ben Olsen was named Coach of the Year by a healthy margin, MLS announced that goalkeeper Bill Hamid and center back Bobby Boswell were among the league's Best XI.

Winners of 2014 MLS Talk Awards Announced; Best Players, Podcasts, Blogs and More Recognized

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After two weeks of votingfrom more than 5,000 soccer fans, the winners of the 2014 MLS Talk Awardshave now been decided.

The inaugural MLS Talk Awards recognizes the best of the 2014 MLS season — everything from the blogs, podcasts and radio shows that fuel discussion about the league, to the best players, coaches and more.

Winners of 2014 MLS Talk Awards Announced; Best Players, Podcasts, Blogs and More Recognized

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After two weeks of votingfrom more than 5,000 soccer fans, the winners of the 2014 MLS Talk Awardshave now been decided.

The inaugural MLS Talk Awards recognizes the best of the 2014 MLS season — everything from the blogs, podcasts and radio shows that fuel discussion about the league, to the best players, coaches and more.

D.C. United Season Review: Sean Franklin

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Another one of the 2013 offseason acquisitions gets Dake! Ceath!

Stage One of the 2013 MLS Re-Entry draft saw D.C. United take Bobby Boswell, who helped whip a reconstructed back four into shape and earn a Defender of the Year nomination in the process. But also in said draft, D.C. acquired right back Sean Franklin from the Los Angeles Galaxy, whose contributions to D.

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

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Up next for our season review is potential MLS Defender of the Year Bobby Boswell.

Sometimes in the process of writing a billion or so words about the local soccer concern, you will find out you got something wrong. Well, when it comes to Bobby Boswell, I have to be clear: I was wrong. When D.

D.C. United season review: Rookie centerback Steve Birnbaum

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A stellar season from rookie centerback Steve Birnbaum has us all expecting more next year.

Just because it is the weekend doesn't mean that we stop the soccer coverage. In our player by player review of D.C. United's 2014 season, we now turn our attention to Steve Birnbaum, the rookie centerback out of California.

D.C. United Season Review: Defender Nana Attakora

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Our season review of the entire D.C. United roster continues with defender Nana Attakora.

Without asking him personally, I think it's safe to guess that 2014 has been a long year for Nana Attakora, the next player up in our Season Review series. The 25 year old Canadian defender came to United via the Re-Entry Draft, where he was taken in the second round of stage two.

Freedom Kicks for 13 November 2014: D.C. United contracts, Caribbean Cup, Heineken

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We have guaranteed contracts, Caribbean Cup, and Heineken.

The international break is slowing down soccer news around the world, but we still have some tidbits for you on this Thursday morning.

D.C. United news and notes - The Washington Post: Lots of good information from Steve Goff in this installment, including the fact that Bobby Boswell, Chris Rolfe, Eddie Johnson, and Davy Arnaud, among others, all have guaranteed contracts for next season.

MLS Season Awards: Bobby Boswell for Defender of the Year

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Thought to be on the decline in Houston, Bobby Boswell has jumped back into the conversation for Defender of the Year.

When D.C. United acquired Bobby Boswell in the offseason, many fans were happy but wary. A former Defender of the Year with D.C. United and a popular player both on and off the field, but Boswell was seemingly on the decline in Houston.

Steve Birnbaum for 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year

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D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum is the clear choice for 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year.

With the end of the regular season behind us and playoffs coming up soon, it is time for us to reflect on the season that was and talk about the year's awards. D.C. United have candidates for many of these awards, but today we will start with Rookie of the Year, and D.

Filibuster podcast episode 101: D.C. United's draw versus Sporting Kansas City, road trip against Houston Dynamo

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On tap tonight: Fullers ESB, Old Grand-Dad, Blantons, and Glogg.

Despite the revelry in our 100th episode, the Filibuster team is back again for our 101st episode. We first talk about Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United's 0-0 draw, which clinched United's spot in the playoffs. We talk about Nick DeLeon and his performance in the middle of the field, Taylor Kemp, and United's wide midfield options when everyone is healthy.

Match Day 31 - Needing to Right the League Form

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Sporting Kansas City continues to have their league struggles in MLS play. Heading into tomorrow's game against DC United, Sporting has won just one of their last six and just two of their last eight and since their four game winning streak ended the team has picked up just seven of a possible 27 points.

Luis Silva double helps D.C. United to wild 3-3 draw in Chicago - Recap + Highlights

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Despite a sluggish start, the Black-and-Red battled back from 2-0 down to grab a 3-3 draw against the Chicago Fire thanks to an outstanding performance from Luis Silva.

Normally, games involving a desperate team during the latter stages of a given MLS season become tense, chippy affairs where chances are at a premium.

Match Day 25 - Top of the East

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Sporting Kansas City head into another big league match up after a 1-1 midweek draw with Real Esteli. The game is the second in a row against teams in a top three team in the East. Last week Sporting KC topped Toronto FC. This week, Sporting KC welcome second place DC United. United sits just two points behind KC and also has a game in hand.

DC United is the Antithesis of MLS 3.0

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MLS 3.0 is in full force and the sports media have focused like a laser on the growth of the league. Soccer-specific stadiums have sprung up across the country, academies are churning out young talent, big names are coming across the Atlantic to play in North America, and suddenly U.S. men's national team players are booking tickets to places like Houston and Philadelphia to remain relevant for Jurgen Klinsmann.

D.C. United's Jeff Parke undergoes inner-ear surgery

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D.C. United center back Jeff Parke underwent a surgical procedure apparently aimed at alleviating the migraines that have kept him off the field for weeks.

Injuries have been piling up for D.C. United of late, but there's at least a chance that the list of unavailable players might shrink by one.

Filibuster podcast episode 92: D.C. United versus Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids, Concacaf Champions League

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On tap tonight: a Pretty Tony, Isley Brewing's Choosy Mother, New Belgium Summer Helles

The Filibuster gang is back once again, and we have a somewhat melancholy installment of the podcast. We start off with a brief tribute to Robin Williams before moving into D.C. United's loss at Real Salt Lake.

Report: Bobby Boswell will replace Omar Gonzalez on the 2014 MLS All-Star Team

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D.C. United probably deserved to have more players named to the 2014 All-Star Game, and it looks like something's being done to address that. Team captain Bobby Boswell appears to have been named to the roster as a replacement for Omar Gonzalez.

All-Star games are about snubs as much as anything else, and this year it seemed like D.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC lineups: The prelude to the rotation

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D.C. United will have to practice some roster rotation, but not in tonight's game against Toronto FC.

After resting most of their starters against Fulham FC, D.C. United's starters return to action tonight against Toronto FC. This begins a brutal stretch for D.C. United, with an August crammed with MLS play as well as the beginning of the Concacaf Champions Leage, and with a September that is only slightly less packed.

Philadelphia Union

Camp is open, preseason focus, signings are coming, national teams news, more

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Jim Curtin on his focus as preseason training begins, assures fans signings are coming. Steffen comes up big as US U-20s qualify for World Cup. USMNT roster for Chile and Panama friendlies announced. More.

More Valdes rumors and other Union bits, CBA update, more news

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Latest Valdes rumors. Can the Union take advantage of "hideous" Philly sports scene? CBA negotiations update. US U-20s face El Salvador on Saturday to qualify for World Cup. FIFA loses more sponsors. More.

Union bits, All-Star Game tonight, MLS Deputy Commish on pro/rel, schedule, expansion, and more

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MacMath not surprised by M'Bolhi signing. Abbott says pro/rel never going to happen in MLS. US loses to Germany in WOmen's U-20 World Cup opener. More.

Maurice Edu named to MLS All-Star Game vs. Bayern Munich

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MLS All-Star manager Caleb Porter selects Edu and two others to fill in against Bayern Munich

Today MLSSoccer.com revealed that All-Star manager Caleb Porter has selected Maurice Edu as well as D.C. United defenders Bobby Boswell and Sean Franklin to play in Wednesday's All-Star Game against Germany's Bayern Munich.

New York Red Bulls

Monday Freedom Kicks: Although We've Come to the End of the Road...

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Postmortems, Football Manager 15, and puppy videos or something.

Ah poop. Well, pass the bill and all is forgiven.

Recaps of the D.C. United elimination at the hands of the New York Red Bulls from us, MLSsoccer.com, Washington Post, SI, Goal.com, Soccer By Ives, CSN Washington, Soccer Wire, UnitedMania and District Sports Page.

90th minute Lloyd Sam goal downs 10-man D.C. United at Red Bull Arena - Recap + Highlights

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Following a dubious red card for Fabian Espindola, United fought gamely for an hour before the New York Red Bulls finally broke the dam just before second half stoppage time began.

Long-time Atlantic Cup observers know to expect tension, drama, and controversy regardless of how good or bad D.

Bill Hamid

Major League Soccer All Stars versus FC Bayern Munich: TV/streaming, lineup, prediction and gamethread

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Can MLS find a way to beat the best team in the world?

Bobby Boswell, Sean Franklin, Bill Hamid, and the rest of the MLS All Stars take on Bayern Munich tonight, in a game pits half of the United States men's national team versus half of the Germany men's national team. The primary goal is for the three D.

Fantasy Focus: Just Nguyen Baby

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That was somewhat unexpected.

The lot of teams with double games this round was particularly helpful to a lot of teams this week, as scores all over the place were 80 and above. At the top of that list wasEagles Screaming with 105 points, led by a two D.C. United players. Bill Hamid ($5.0) earned a clean sheet and 16 points, while Bobby Boswell ($8.

The Rest

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Jermaine Jones is Joey from Friends

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CBA stuff getting real, Gyasi Zardes making an impression, and soccer moms, but not what you think.

Full disclosure, I almost forgot it was my turn for the Kicks of Freedom, which means I have a short list for you guys today. Go nuts in the comments with everything I missed.

Bobby Boswell, Chris Rolfe speak on MLS CBA talks: "We will strike over free agency" — Soccer Wire
Shit's real, as they say.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Mix knows that his mustache is bad and he should feel bad

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Bobby Boswell needs some hangout plans, Mix Diskerud recognizes that he should never grow a mustache again, Tom King schedules U.S. Soccer friendlies, and Bayern Munich is a Superclub.

Happy Tuesday, folks! And happy USMNT game day. The Yanks take on the Republic of Ireland in Dublin today (2:45 p.

Covering the MLS All-Star festivites up close: Day 3

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In Day 3 of my MLS All-Star activities, I spent time at the park interviewing several All-Stars, watching Special Olympics soccer, and a special footgolf exhibition out at Glendoveer Golf Course.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Land of Silence and Darkness

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We look back at last night and unrelated to same, wholeheartedly recommend Werner Herzog, or Paul F. Tompkins' interpretation of same.

Your truly spent most of the weekend in Charlotte meeting up with some friends and watching Liverpool playing AC Milan. The radar may not be completely in tuned, but we'll make due with what we have.

Episode 144 – Korbinho

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Join the guys in this extended edition of the UnitedMania.com podcast. The boys look at DC United's past few performances and go through their mid-season player grades, and always entertaining segment of the show.