On tap tonight: Manhattan, a Gin Pontius, and Courvoisier
The Filibuster gang is back, once again, to preview and review all of D.C. United's soccer action. We start with the conference title clinching win against the Chicago Fire, in which we talk about Chris Pontius, Eddie Johnson and the team in general's composure on the ball, Nick DeLeon and Fabian Espindola's play, and more!
United didn't exactly put on a brilliant show, but they were the better team in the crucial moments against Chicago Saturday. That was good enough to clinch first place, but it won't be enough to make a run at MLS Cup.
The positive side of D.C. United's 2-1 win Saturday night is well-known: First place in the Eastern Conference was assured, and with it a spot in the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League (not to mention the allocation money that MLS gives out to benefit that particular cause).
DC United's current season is a case study for the Chicago Fire. After completing one of the worst seasons in MLS history in 2013 with only three wins, DC has bounced back to finish atop the Eastern Conference. By completely revamping their back line and most of the remaining eleven, save Perry Kitchen and Nick DeLeon, DC was able to rebuild in the course of one off season.
So, what do we think of the Black-and-Red the morning after they clinched the Eastern Conference title and a spot in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League?
Rather than try to break down D.C. United's 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire in any kind of coherent way, I'm just going to spill my thoughts on the Eastern Conference champs' clinching result onto the screen, and we'll see what happens.
We think that D.C. United will beat the draw kings of Chicago; what do you think?
D.C. United takes on the draw kings of MLS this evening when they invite the Chicago Fire into RFK Stadium. The Fire now have the two seasons with the most draws in the history of the league; however, the Black and Red United staff does not think that they will improve on that number today.
Eddie Johnson makes his return to the MLS starting ranks as D.C. United look to lock up first place in the Eastern Conference.
D.C. United comes into this game with one thing in mind: locking up first place in the Eastern Conference. A draw or a win will do that for D.C. United, and they are playing against the draw kings of MLS, the Chicago Fire, but a win keeps them above other playoff teams in the race to host MLS Cup.
On tap tonight: Stone IPA, Eagle Rare, Bourbon Rickey, rum and coke.
It is Tuesday, so it must be Filibuster day! Adam, Jason, and Ben are back to fill your ears with talk of D.C. United's 3-1 win against the Houston Dynamo. We talk about our favorite goal of the bunch, break down Taylor Kemp's first goal of his career, ask whether or not we are concerned about the lack of possession early in the game, rave about Bill Hamid's save on Giles Barnes, and talk about Eddie Johnson.
The MLS Players Union have released the latest salary figures and former Real Madrid and AC Milan star Kaka heads the list, despite never having played for his club.
The 32-year-old Brazilian, who signed for Orlando City in June and was immediately loaned to Sao Paulo, is on a total salary of $7,167,500, making him not only the highest paid in the league, but the highest-paid player in MLS history.
On tap tonight: Mint Julep, Dale's Pale Ale, New Belgium Tour De Fall
What you need, when you need it: The Filibuster podcast is back once again to talk about D.C. United and the soccer that they play. We start off by talking about our range of emotions through the game against the Chicago Fire, talk about the defense generally and Taylor Kemp in particular, and then talk about the magic that was Luis Silva and how fair the result overall was.
There's about a month to go in the MLS season, which will wrap up at the end of October. That means playoff races are reaching their apex, as the field is set for the November tournament that is the best of what the league has to offer.
MLS doesn't have promotion and relegation – and no, it's almost certainly not happening in your lifetime – the playoffs function as the alternative drama to the race against the drop.
Sporting KC clinched their fourth straight playoff berth last night at Sporting Park as they beat the Chciago Fire 2-0. Sporing was led by goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum who recorded six saves and Graham Zusi who had a goal and an assist in the game.
The game started well for Sporting as they pressured the Fire early on and in the12th minute won a penalty kick.
Despite the losses, the winless run, and the two wins in their last 10 games, Sporting Kansas City have the chance to clinch a playoff berth tomorrow night against the Chicago Fire, a win and Sporting is into the playoffs again this year. Standing in their way at Sporting Park, the Fire have been eliminated from the playoff race this year already.
The Union were one Rais M'Bolhi completed clearance away from a real shot at making the playoffs. Now, with the Union helping the Chicago Fire towards their goal of most draws in league history, the Union have their backs against the wall. In this week's playoff picture analysis we see how the Eastern Conference is shaping up.
There shouldn't be any words, but words must be written.
The first 85 minutes of the match were eventless. Completely and utterly eventless. Nothing happened. Zero. Zilch. Exceedingly rare was any semblance of a shot on target from both sides. Non-existent was a scoring chance of real quality.
Needing only one point to take home an improbable worst-to-first Eastern Conference title run, D.C. United did what they have been doing all season long producing wins this one of course being the most important as the Black-and-Red defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1 tonight at chilly RFK Stadium. One season after producing the [.