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The Houston Dynamo may have just found someone capable of filling the void left behind by centerback Bobby Boswell.
Less than a week after allowing Boswell to leave the club via Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, the Dynamo announced they acquired the rights to central defender David Horst from the Portland Timbers via a trade on Tuesday.
We asked SB Nation's Houston Dynamo site about their outgoing center back.
As is our wont here in the wonderful world of SB Nation, when Bobby Boswell was reacquired from the Houston Dynamo, our first instinct here at B&RU was to pontificate on the meaning of our Re-Entry Mechanism/Process/Draft thing selection.
The Benny Awards continue ever onward. Today, the Bobby Award for the team's most improved player.
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 former United standout and current Houston Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell, who went from an undrafted rookie to Defender Of The Year in just a two-year stretch.
When it became clear a week ago that the Houston Dynamo would be without starting centerbacks Bobby Boswell (suspension) and Jermaine Taylor (injured), their looming trip to Sporting Park to take on Sporting KC suddenly looked like too tall a task.
Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall had other ideas, turning in the kind of effort that reminded us why he has been called in as part of the U.
It's been only 2 weeks since Sporting Kansas City handed Houston their first loss at home on the season. Since then Houston has actually started a losing streak at home, losing to New England last weekend as well. So tomorrow at Sporting Park, the Dynamo will be looking for a matter of revenge. The games between these two teams lately have already been intense and physical, and now Houston comes into the game with the extra chip on their shoulder looking for pay back for KC giving them their first loss at BBVA Compass Stadium and their first loss in almost 2 years at home.
The Houston Dynamo extended their unbeaten run at BBVA Compass Stadium by shutting out an injured San Jose Earthquakes side. The Dynamo welcomed back its players that were out on international duty and put in a great team effort that defended well and created chances on goal. Houston Dynamo Player Ratings:
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman On today's game... It was a pretty wide-open game with two teams that put everything on the field. They are very hard-working and had a lot of different weapons coming at us. We got goals today from a defender, a midfielder and a forward, which is seldom you ever get all three lines scoring goals.
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D.C. United are on a two game winning streak, and your favorite podcast is back to talk about that and more. We start with a review of the game against the New York Red Bulls, talking about the Jeff Parke and Bobby Boswell bunkering in after the goal, Andrew Dykstra and his experience in Richmond helping him this season, Eddie Johnson's scoring woes and if they matter, and how Chris Rolfe has looked so far.
For the second consecutive week, #USMNT is the scoring leader this round, with a total of 79 points. Clint Dempsey (SEA, $10.2) was the captain, and he scored two goals and assisted an own goal on the way to 28 points. Kyle Beckerman (RSL, $9.9) followed with a goal and 10 points, while Maurice Edu (PHI, $9.
Stadium struggles in cities that aren't DC, credit where it's due, and a new front-runner in the League's Biggest Douche race. Here is your morning dose of freedom, soccer style.
Here at B&RU, we like to make sure we provide good public service, and in that vein I'd like to remind everybody to file your tax returns if you're the procrastinating type that hasn't already done so.
D.C. United is trying to improve, parking costs, multiple Champions Leagues, Iditarod, and the chance to see a sensational movie for free. I know it's beautiful out - or at least, it will be until everything goes to hell later tonight - but for freedom's sake you should read these links.
Today's edition of Freedom Kicks looks at a few D.
Heading into the final match of the preseason, here's where everybody in camp stands.
Five games in the bag, and we all have a pretty good idea what D.C. United's depth chart will look like going into the opener on March 8. But just to make sure we keep up with these things, here's where our minutes tracker stands after Wednesday night's draw against the Charleston Battery.
D.C. United's preseason losing streak continued, falling 1-0 against the Chicago Fire in their last preseason game in Florida.
The trend that has occured in D.C. United's first two preseason games continued in this morning's game against the Chicago Fire: United had good possession and a solid defense in the first half, which then fell apart in the second half when the substitutes were brought in.
DC United had perhaps their worst ever season in 2013. With the exception of the US Open Cup win on theOctober 1, the Black-and-Reds recorded the joint worst record in MLS history with only 16 points to their name.
That was in the past though. For 2014, DC United can enter the season with the safe knowledge that they will be competing in the CONCACAF Champions League, with thanks to their remarkable U.
In a surprising move, it seems as though D.C. United has sold Dejan Jakovic to an unnamed Japanese team for a small fee.
Ives Galarcep, of Soccer By Ives fame, is reporting that D.C. United has sold Canadian center back Dejan Jakovic to an unnamed Japanese team for a small fee. While the allocation money that it generates will be minimal at best, the move does save United almost $300,000 in salary cap charges and makes the reasoning behind Wednesday's selection of Nana Attakora more clear.
The skinny from a writer who's been covering Franklin's now-former team for SB Nation.
When D.C. United selected Sean Franklin with the #1 pick in today's first stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft Process, my first email was to Josie Becker, the managing editor over at our sister site LAG Confidential.
The Union selected former Wake Forest and Chicago Fire midfielder Corben Bone in this afternoon's MLS Re-Entry Draft. Bone, 25, has played sparingly for Chicago in his 4 seasons in Major League Soccer.
With the sixth pick in today's MLS Re-Entry Draft, the Philadelphia Union selected former Generation Adidas midfielder Corben Bone.
D.C. United selected Sean Franklin with their top pick in StageOne of the Re-Entry Draft andalso welcomed back defenderBobby Boswell to RFK after he was acquired in the second round this afternoon. United will be up first again for Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft next Thursday. As a result of these selections, United must [.
D.C. United addresses its biggest area of need in stage one of the Re-Entry Draft, picking up Sean Franklin and Bobby Boswell.
Typically, the first stage of the Re-Entry Draft is a quiet affair, building up to the more active second round. However, D.C. United became the first-ever team to select two players in the first stage, picking up Sean Franklin from the LA Galaxy in Round 1 and bringing Bobby Boswell back from the Houston Dynamo in Round 2.
Fabian Espindola's (tying goal) and Perry Kitchen's go-ahead score were not enough for United to secure 3 points at RFK. A late equalizer by the Fire's Quincy Amerikwa leveled the match at 2-2 and spoiled the party for the announced crowd of 9,445 fans, the smallest league crowd at RFK in over five years.
The New England Revolutionkick of their MLS campaign this weekend in Houston, where the perennially potent Dynamo await. The match is set to take place on Saturday at 8:30 pm EST at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The hosts, who lost to the eventual MLS Cup winners Sporting Kansas City last season in the Conference finals, are hoping to return to theMLS Cup Finalby the end of the season after missing out on last year's championshipmatchfor the first time in three years.
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Filibuster - The Black and Red United Podcast is back for its final episode of 2013. We are in full offseason mode, and we take you through all of the transactions that have occurred so far this offseason, including the Eddie Johnson trade, as well as Bobby Boswell, Sean Franklin, Fabian Espindola, and Nana Attakora; we also bid farewell to those players who have left us.
Following the excitement of the first stage of the 2013 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft, even more action is expected as we get set for the second stage.
A total of 48 players are available for the second stage of the Re-Entry Draft (3pm, Wednesday), including former MLS MVP winners David Ferreira and Dwayne De Rosario and other veterans such as Heath Pearce, Joe Cannon, Joel Lindpere, and Brian Mullin.