The Benny Awards have all built to this: D.C. United's most valuable player for 2014.
We have reached the end of the Benny Awards season, so there is only one more award to give out: The Etchy Award, given to D.C. United's most valuable player. The award is obviously named after El Diablo himself, Marco Etcheverry, who was the catalyst of those early D.
It is now time to vote for the D.C. United fans' favorite player of 2014.
The Esky Award is named for Alecko Eskandarian, former D.C. United forward whose career was cut short due to concussions. Eskandarian vaulted into fan favorite territory with his spitting out the Red Bull goal celebration, which remains one of the best goal celebrations in team history.
Instead of having you vote on an obvious award, we take a look at D.C. United's current slate of Homegrown players.
The Andy Award, formerly known as the Convey Award, is given out yearly to the best rookie from that D.C. United season. After his remarkable performance during the 2010 season, the name of the award was changed due to Andy Najar putting himself into the pantheon of rookie performances and eclipsing Bobby Convey in both performance and closeness to our hearts.
Time to decide if the Party Boy gets cake or death.
Look, Chris Pontius is a good soccer player. I don't think anyone would argue otherwise. When he's healthy and at this best, he's a tremendous asset to his team, bringing sharp attacking play and a nose for goal to the table.
The trouble, of course, is that Pontius is a good soccer player plagued by bad injuries.
For the first time, we have real dissent between our staff members about what will happen on Saturday.
For once, we have large disagreements between the members of the Black and Red United staff as to what will happen on Saturday. We have large wins, small wins, penalty kicks, and the team both moving on and not moving on.
D.C. United have a hole out of which to climb, but can almost the same lineup from last week do it?
D.C. United are back in action this Saturday, fighting for their playoff lives against the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium. The rumors are the that Metros will be bringing close to 1,000 fans to the game, so United fans will need to be in their normal, raucous voice.
D.C. United finally know their first round playoff opponent, and it had to be their old foe.
Late Thursday night, Bradley Wright-Phillips finally sealed the collapse of Sporting Kansas City and booked the New York Red Bulls a ticket to face D.C. United. United have to travel to New York for this game, but face an old team on very short rest.
What's on tap: Goose Island Pepe Nero, Ben's bourbon concoction, apple cider and rye
The Filibuster crew are back and rounding into playoff form, getting ready for D.C. United's run towards MLS Cup. We start by talking about the 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact, including talking about Marco di Vaio's last goal in Major League Soccer, Eddie Johnson's great hold up play, and Nick DeLeon's play from the wing.
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).
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.
On tap tonight: Filibuster rye, Yamazaki Japanese whiskey 12 year, apple cider and bourbon
The Filibuster crew is being broadcast into your ears for the 100th time, and we have some special guests who drop by to "congratualate" us. We start out by talking about D.C. United's 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union, and we highlight Luis Silva and the performance of the defense overall.
The Black and Red moved six points atop the table as their longest-tenured player returned to the fold after an 11-month layoff.
The rehab was supposed to last half as long, but after five months had passed, D.C. United's longest-tenured player realized nothing had changed. So he went under the knife once again, and the wait reset itself.
Nuclear war, broken noses, "boys being boys," brain damage, sucker punches, ritual sacrifices - today's Friday Freedom Kicks explores the rougher side of soccer.
On this day, 31 years ago, thanks to a glitch in a computer, the world almost had a full-scale accidental nuclear war. Our entire planet was saved by an officer in the Soviet Air Defense Forces named Stanislav Petrov.
With new signings pushing at his heels, will Nick DeLeon be pushed to the bench?
After securing its place in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals, D.C. United welcomes the Philadelphia Union to town. The starters, for the most part, have been the same for most of the season, where the ebb and flow of injuries and suspensions have allowed various different players to get some time without Olsen having to make many truly hard decisions.
Goals from roster players who had been out to injuries were special to see as the Black and Red moved on in CONCAChamps.
Chris Pontius had been waiting for months to be part of the D.C. United rotation, facing injury, setbacks and gradual working back into the lineup. Eddie Johnson had dealt with a concussion in training, a recovery and unfortunate recurrence of symptoms and missed his own share of games.
D.C. United will be without Fabian Espindola, but the Party Boy will step in.
D.C. United will take on the Chicago Fire this weekend without the services of Fabian Espindola, whose ridiculous red card was upheld. United play the Fire twice in this last part of the season, and can hopefully turn those games into East-sealing points.
On tap tonight: Goose Island Oktoberfest, Rum and Coke, White Manhattan
Despite the derbis earlier in the week, the Filibuster crew is committed to providing you with a quality podcast. So we are back again, and start off with a news roundup. We talk about Samuel Inkoom, D.C. United's new signing; the injuries to Chris Rolfe and Eddie Johnson; whether D.
Our photo editing tool here at B&RU is generally automatically populated with the best recent shots related to D.C. United, but due to a glitch, we didn't get any photos from Saturday's did-it-happen-or-didn't-it friendly against Fulham. Until now.
This game was traumatic for fans of both teams, as Chivas USA supporters watched their team get embarrassed, and United supporters watched Chris Pontius go down injured for the season. Luckily, this video only shows the former.
Grab your coffee and let Thursday's Freedom Kicks wake you up!
I'm a little sleepy after staying up to watch the USMNT versus Mexico, so I don't have any unifying theme or witticisms this morning. Instead, I have links to interesting soccer related stories for you, so let's get into it!
Chris Pontius' DC United return delayed, recovery time could be another 8-12 weeks | MLSsoccer.
OTF's Stephen Mangat drives whatever speed he wants on the highway to the danger zone...
Somebody not that important once said, "Everybody's constantly being destroyed and rebuilding themselves, some more drastically than others." DC United fall into the "more drastically" category because after winning three games last season, they needed to go (and did go) back to the drawing board for this season.
On tap tonight: an old fashioned, The Tradition, Guinness, and a Somersby cider.
When your team has two weeks to brood upon an opening day loss after the worst season in league history, you can get a bit of a sad show. Your friends at Filibuster are a bit sad, and so share our sadness with us.
After one of the biggest turnarounds in MLS history, Ben Olsen wins MLS Coach of the Year.
On the same day that stadium votes are being held to determine the team's future, D.C. United won an honor for the season that just passed. Ben Olsen, after taking the worst team in MLS last year to first place in the Eastern Conference this year, won the Coach of the Year award by large margins.
During the dog days of the season, the major question for the Black and Red heading into playoff time was the striker position. Would it be an in-form Luis Silva, or the designated player Eddie Johnson starting alongside Fabian Espindola? Due to an ill-timed injury in Houston, it is Eddie Johnson that will lead the line on Sunday next to Fabi.
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 [.
Second-half goals from Chris Pontius and Eddie Johnson were more than enough to propel D.C. United into the knockout round of the 2014-2015 CONCACAF Champions League after their comfortable 2-0 win over Tauro FC of Panama last night at soggy RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Needing only one point to win Group 4, United had [.
As happens every year, the MLS Players Union has released the salaries for all of the teams.
Although it happened a little earlier than normal, the MLS Players Union has released all of the MLS players' salary figures. This always leads to over-analysis based on fuzzy figures, since we don't know where allocation money plays into any of this.
D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City played to a scoreless draw last night at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C in front of 19, 308 soggy but boisterous fans. The draw was enough to send United to the playoffs and still maintain at least a six-point lead atop the Eastern Conference with just three matches to [.
Join the guys as they look back at United's past couple of games, including the win against I-95 Rival New York and the draw against Columbus on the road. The boys also talk some United news and look ahead to the team's home match against league leader FC Dallas.