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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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.