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D.C. United season review: Michael Farfan

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2015 didn't go exactly as planned for Farfan due to injuries and perhaps due to his fit within the team.

Back when D.C. United acquired Michael Farfan, it seemed like a perfectly sensible move. Farfan could play on either flank or in the middle, had MLS experience, was still young-ish, and wouldn't cost a lot of money.

D.C. United transfer news and rumors: Chris Pontius will be traded to the Philadelphia Union

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United's longest-tenured player is heading a couple of hours up 95, with some allocation money coming south in the exchange.

The first major move of the MLS offseason appears to involve D.C. United, as is reporting that D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius was being traded to the Philadelphia Union for allocation money.

Report: Union set to acquire Pontius in trade with D.C. United

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D.C. United will look vastly different in 2016 due to the reported departure of the club's longest-tenured player.

Goal USA is reporting that D.C. United has agreed to a deal that would ship Chris Pontius tothe Philadelphia Union in exchange for what is believed to be allocation money.

New York Red Bulls claim Atlantic Cup with commanding 3-0 win over D.C. United

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D.C. United is humbled in 3-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls, losing the Atlantic Cup

Needing a win by two clear goals to retain the Atlantic Cup and to keep the New York Red Bulls at bay in the Eastern Conference, D.C. United failed on both fronts, falling to the Red Bulls 2-0 on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and USWNT links for Wednesday August 5, 2015

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Hope you have lots of time to read, because a lot of stuff happened.

There were a lot of moves within MLS yesterday. Expect more today, since the transfer window closes tomorrow. Let's get to it:

D.C. United needs to improve defense, but are personnel changes in store? | Soccer Insider
Some pretty good injury news here from Steve Goff, including Bill Hamid apparently getting close to a return as well as potential one-game loans to build fitness for guys like Sean Franklin, Michael Farfan, and Chris Pontius.

Michael Farfan may be in Seattle after all

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Is United going to get an unexpected boost tonight?

D.C. United arrived on Wednesday and trained on Thursday for their game Friday with the Seattle Sounders. Steve Goff reported on Thursday that Chris Pontius, Sean Franklin and Michael Farfan did not make the trip. And Goff's presence in Vancouver makes him a lot closer to Seattle than most of us are.

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union lineup: Back to the US Open Cup squad

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D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union meet yet again in the US Open Cup.

D.C. United, having beaten the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, will now face an MLS opponent in the US Open Cup. The travel to Chester, Pennsylvania, tomorrow night to take on their old friends, the Philadelphia Union. The Union have been relying on their first-choice starters in a brutal stretch of games, whereas Ben Olsen has been rotating his squad.

D.C. United versus Orlando City SC lineup: Go for nine points

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D.C. United should have a full complement of players from which to choose for their match against Orlando City.

D.C. United travels to Florida take take on Orlando City SC for what seems like the 275th time this season already. They will do so having gotten a week off for the first time in ages, and so should have most of their first choice starters available to them.

D.C. United get back to winning ways in late 2-1 win over Philadelphia Union

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Chris Rolfe converted a penalty in the 85th minute to give the Black-and-Red all three points

D.C. United looked set to run their winless streak to four games on Saturday night, in their tilt against the Philadelphia Union, after falling behind early to Sebastian Le Toux's 5th minute goal. But Chris Pontius' first half equalizer and Chris Rolfe's late penalty saw United to a 2-1 win over the I-95 rivals.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution lineup: Back to injury problems

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D.C. United is back to dealing with injuries as the face the New England Revolution.

After losing last Sunday to the Philadelphia Union, D.C. United looks to rebound this Saturday when they take on the New England Revolution. The Revolution have a midweek match against Sporting Kansas City, and so Jay Heaps will have to make some hard choices for each of these two games.

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City lineup: Prelude to chaos

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D.C. United welcome Sporting Kansas City, Benny Feilhaber's hair, and Peter Vermes to town.

D.C. United welcomes a new member of the Western Conference back to RFK Stadium this Saturday as Sporting Kansas City comes to town. SKC is currently in the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, but are only 4 points out of first (though they already have a game in hand on United).

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls staff and reader predictions

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We give our predictions for the big matchup against the sworn enemies.

D.C. United hosts the New York Red Bulls Saturday evening at RFK Stadium in Round 2 of a 3-round fight for the Atlantic Cup. As always, we have our predictions, but we want to hear from you as well! Sound off in the comments with your predictions for this hate-filled matchup.

Throwback Thursday: D.C. United and Chris Pontius slaughter the Red Bulls at RFK Stadium

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In what has become an April tradition, D.C. United welcome the New York Red Bulls to RFK Stadium, and we share this video.

D.C. United versus Orlando City SC lineup: A change in forwards?

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Despite scoring the goal last week, people are still calling for Chris Pontius to be moved.

D.C. United makes its first ever trip to Florida to play Orlando City SC in a game that matters this Friday, on a nationally televised game. United had a strong March at home, winning three games between MLS play and CCl play, but lost their two road games by a combined score of 7-2.

The Last Word on D.C. United 1-0 Los Angeles Galaxy: Finding the Status Quo

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We attempt to wrap a bow on Saturday's win and wonder if this is the short-term normal.

D.C. United continues to limp along without their offense due to injury and suspension, and in the Los Angeles Galaxy, their opponent was also missing their offense due to international duty, and the play was every bit as one would expect with lineups like these.

Monday Freedom Kicks: 3 Points Warm the Soul

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All the gamers you can handle, the best teams in CONCACAF, the return of an old friend and NewsRadio remembrances. Pour some Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor and peruse.

Still trying to get coffee and brandy in and the cold out. It's March 30 for Etcheverry's Sake! Oh well.

Recaps of D.C. United 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 0 by us (with more from Chris Pontius here and from Kofi Opare here), along with more from MLS Soccer, CSN Washington, The Washington Post, District Sports Page and Pontius nets dramatic late game-winner in 1-0 victory over the Galaxy | UnitedMania.

Late goal gives United the win over Galaxy: Match Gallery

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DC United defeated the LA Galaxy 1-0 with a stoppage time goal from Chris Pontius at RFK Stadium in Washington DC. Photos: Martin Fernandez.

Chris Pontius the late hero in United's 1-0 win over LA Galaxy

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A draw looked inevitable after 90 minutes of scoreless soccer, but Pontius netted in the third minute of stoppage to hand United all three points

After last weekend's poor performance, D.C. United got just the result they were looking for, beating the LA Galaxy 1-0 at RFK Stadium, with Chris Pontius netting the winner in the third minute of second half stoppage.

D.C. United versus LA Galaxy lineup: Not much change to be had, unless its in formation

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With limited options, there isn't much change to Ben Olsen's lineup versus the LA Galaxy.

After a stinging loss to the New York Red Bulls, D.C. United must face another old foe as the LA Galaxy come to town this Saturday. With a number of players still injured or suspended, Ben Olsen will have much of the same options as he did last weekend; they will just have to find themselves in better positions and with better ideas in order to pull the full three points.

D.C. United stumble against New York Red Bulls, lose first game of season.

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United were soundly defeated by Red Bulls, who were paced in 2-0 win by goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Llyod Sam

With 2014 playoff disappointment still fresh in their minds, D.C. United headed up to Red Bull Arena on Sunday looking for a measure of revenge against bitter rivals, New York Red Bulls.

Miguel Aguilar already stepping in to make mark in United's lineup

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The former San Francisco Don has already carved a niche out with the Black-and-Red

Chris Pontius. Perry Kitchen. Nick DeLeon. Steve Birnbaum. Not only some of the more recognizable names on D.C. United's roster, the quartet that started the 2015 MLS season opening game against Montreal all have another thing in common: drafted in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft by the Black-and-Red.

D.C. United sign 2015 SuperDraft pick Aguilar

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Midfielder Miguel Aguilar was the 17th overall pick, from the University of San Francisco

D.C. United announced on Wednesday afternoon that they had come to terms on a contract with their first round pick of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, midfielder Miguel Aguilar, from the University of San Francisco.

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.

Countdown to soccer: 13 days - Will Chris Pontius be a forward or a midfielder?

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With 13 days before D.C. United's 2015 season begins, we look at where the Party Boy will bring the party this year.

Hey, guess what. Chris Pontius is not injured right now. In fact, he's suited up for all three of D.C. United's preseason games so far, starting up top with Fabian Espindola.

Filibuster podcast episode 118: D.C. United preseason, new jersey, MLS collective bargaining

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On tap tonight: White Russian, Black Dog, Bulleit

Despite some technical difficulties that eventually cost us Jason, the Filibuster crew is dedicated to its craft. We start off by talking about D.C. United's preseason losses and whether or not we should be worried by them. We then talk about the positioning of Chris Pontius and whether he is going to feature more as a forward or as a winger, how Markus Halsti has looked so far, and players such as Bill Hamid and Luis Silva returning from injuries.

Countdown to soccer: 18 days - Will D.C. United need another in-season talent infusion to thrive in 2015?

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D.C. United started the 2014 season slowly until they acquired Chris Rolfe. Can the Black-and-Red set out on the right foot this year, or will 2015 bring a repeat and an early-season trade?

Think back to early March of last year. United had started the season winless in three games, and despite generally looking better than the hellscape that was 2013, Ben Olsen's side was still missing something, particularly going forward.

Filibuster podcast episode 117: D.C. United vs. Orlando City SC, USMNT vs. Chile

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On tap tonight: Heavy Seas Deep Six, Trader Joes Ruby Red Chai, Port City Optimal Wit

Despite being out on vacation, my dedication to bringing you this podcast knows no bounds. This week, Jason, Adam, and Leanne are back to talk about the beginning of D.C. United's preseason. They start by talking about D.

Philadelphia Union

Some Soccer News for Tue Dec 1

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Report: Union acquire Chris Pontius from DC United

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According to Ives Galarcep, the Union have traded for midfielder Chris Pontius in exchange for allocation money

The Philadelphia Union have acquired midfielder Chris Pontius from D.C. United in exchange for allocation money according to reports from Ives Galarcep of The 28-year-old had been with DCU since 2009, but his playing time has decreased from his 2012 All-Star and MLS Best-XI winning campaign.

Postgame quotes: DC 2-1 Union

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Postgame reaction from Jim Curtin, Maurice Ed, and Sebastien Le Toux following the loss to DC.

Match Reports

United advance to Semi-finals after frenzied 2-1 win over the Revolution

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Bill Hamid (pictured) was a main reason why D.C. United advanced in the 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs last night at RFK

United rout Fire and jump back into 2nd place in the Eastern Conference

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Chris Pontius (pictured saluting the United faithful after the match) scored the first goal to lead D.C. United to a 4-0 romp over the Chicago Fire.

Stoppage-time winner ends losing streak and sends D.C. United back to the playoffs

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Alvaro Saborio (pictured earlier this season against Philadelphia) shook off his recent poor finishing to supply the game-winning goal in stoppage time and seal a playoff berth for D.C. United

Rolfe’s late PK is game-winner in 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union

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DC United's Chris Rolfe (18) keeps the ball away from Philadelphia's Vincent Nogueira during the second half of their team's match at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. United defeated the Union 2-1 with an 85th minute penalty kick goal from Chris Rolfe. Photo: Martin Fernandez.

Hamid early, Silva late in United’s stoppage-time 1-0 win over Orlando City SC

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Luis Silva's 92nd minute free kick was the difference maker in D.C. United's smash-and-grab 1-0 victory over Orlando City SC this evening at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Six days after Chris Pontius' 93rd minute game-winner over the Galaxy, Silva stepped up and curled a clinical shot over the wall and off the mitts [.

Pontius nets dramatic late game-winner in 1-0 victory over the Galaxy

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Chris Pontius' 93rd-minute header was the difference in D.C. United's dramatic 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy tonight at frigid RFK Stadium. The win over the Galaxy was United's first in ten league matches against their West coast rivals and first since a 4-1 win at RFK in June of 2008. Both teams were [.

Defensive miscues fuels Red Bull 2-0 win at home over United

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The narrative going through the first month or so of D.C. United's 2015 MLS campaign was who was going to score goals with the extended absences of Fabian Espindola (11 goals in 2014), Luis Silva (11 goals) and Eddie Johnson (7 goals). This afternoon in their road opener at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New [.

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Episode 160 – The Rhythm Method

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Join the guys in as they look back at United's past few games, including the streak ending loss at RFK Stadium at the hands of Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC at RFK Stadium. The boys also discuss the recent stadium developments and look ahead to United's next games.

United overcomes first half deficit to defeat Orlando City 2-1: Match Gallery

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DC United came from behind to defeat visiting Kaká and Orlando City 2-1 to extend their unbeaten streak to 8. The win propelled United to the lead in the Supporter's shield race. Photos: Martin Fernandez.

The Rest

Persistence pays off for Pontius, United, in late win

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Having missed several chances earlier in the game, Chris Pontius made most of the a stoppage time opportunity, heading home to ensure all three points for United

For most of the 90 minutes last night during the clash between D.C. United and the LA Galaxy, United players, coaches, and fans had a frustrated edge.