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D.C. United

Filibuster podcast episode 148: Spread your appendages out in excitement

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We talk all Eastern Conference and size up the playoff race as D.C. United move into the last month and a half of the season.

D.C. United is back in action, and so is the Filibuster podcast! We start by talking about the beige game that was D.C. United versus the Colorado Rapids. We ask whether it was good defense or bad offense, look at both D.

D.C. United 1-1 Colorado Rapids: Player Ratings

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Numbers, names, yada yada.

It was not pretty early on for D.C. United, as their first match in almost two weeks found them flat, and giving up another first half goal could not have done wonders for their mindset. But they persevered and a late goal found them sharing the points with the Colorado Rapids, a draw in a road venue that has not been particularly good for them.

D.C. United versus Colorado Rapids staff and reader predictions

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Let us know what you think will happen tonight as D.C. United take on the Colorado Rapids!

D.C. United takes on the Colorado Rapids tonight at 9:00 PM EDT, and we have a mixed bag of predictions for you. Let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

Ryan Keefer

So Pablo Mastroeni, in losing to Vancouver Wednesday sent out a somewhat second choice lineup, keeping some better players home presumably for the D.

Opposition 11: Who will the Colorado Rapids start tomorrow against D.C. United?

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Normally predicting a Rapids starting lineup is very difficult, but it might be easier than normal tonight.

When it comes to unpredictable lineups, the Colorado Rapids take the cake. D.C. United will face a very predictable team in terms of how they approach the game, but Pablo Mastroeni's "everyone gets to play" philosophy - well, unless you're shunned-for-no-apparent-reason Shane O'Neill - makes predicting the individuals enacting that gameplan a tricky task.

After year of injuries, consistency is the key for D.C. United down the stretch

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The Black-and-Red head into the final six games of the season the healthiest they've been all year

After a year of struggling to deal with injuries to key players, D.C. United head into Saturday's trip to play the Colorado Rapids the healthiest they have been all year.

And following a three game losing streak in MLS play to end August, United are banking on the ability to field a consistent lineup as a way to get back into winning ways over the final stretch of the regular season.

Dream Team Refugee: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 11 September 2015

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The Spirit in the playoffs, a 1980s sci-fi plotline as scouting strategy, the Syrian refugee crisis, and Mexico's trumping of The Donald -- all in today's Friday Freedom Kicks!

For a few hours every Friday morning, Friday Freedom Kicks is Kanye West to Black and Red United's Taylor Swift acceptance speech.

D.C. United get their Fabian Espindola back ahead of home stretch in MLS play

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Espindola is itching to get back on the field against the Colorado Rapids after a month long layoff

The month of August started out like no other for D.C. United in 2015. Despite continuing a worrying trend of conceding early at home, twice in fact, against Real Salt Lake, the Black-and-Red eventually triumphed in that game, moving to 41 points from 24 games in a 6-4 win.

D.C. United, MLS, USMNT, and USWNT links for 10 September 2015

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The soccer train rolls ever forward, so let's hop on!

The international break is over, and we're back into grind of the season. Let's go!

Union: Australia's 2-match series in United States is off: The USWNT will not have friendlies against Australia in Detroit or Birmingham later this month, as a collective bargaining stalemate continues between the players and management.

D.C. United "need a result" as they head to the Rockies to face the Colorado Rapids

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On a current three game skid in MLS play, manager Ben Olsen says that points in Commerce City are a must

By the time that D.C. United takes the field on Saturday night against the Colorado Rapids, it will have been a full two weeks since their last match, a 3-0 loss to bitter rivals, the New York Red Bulls, that has left the team in a sour mood.

D.C. United/Washington Wizards TV voice Dave Johnson Hospitalized for Dehydration

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The beloved broadcaster may go on the injury report.

The voice of D.C. United on television, Dave Johnson, mentioned on his Facebook page that he was hospitalized for dehydration while hiking on vacation in California.

It was not immediately known if Johnson, a Comcast SportsNet Washington personality who also does occasional appearances as sports anchor on the NBC affiliate in Washington (as well as handling play by play for the Washington Wizards) would be able to return in time for D.

game review

Just Two More Home Games To Go

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I heard a lot of diehards saying the title of this post Saturday night. Its been a long season and the DC game didn't make it much better. Another attempt to park the bus for far too long failed badly and Pablo again failed to adapt on the fly. Specifically his decision not to undo his 3rd sub after DC scored, instead pulling Doyle off for Labrocca in a game that multiple people in the organization (Fleming, Smith, Hinchey) identified as a must win should be one more nail in his coffin.

Rapids Regress Ridiculously

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This was going to be bad once you saw that Pablo had started 4 defenders and 4 defensive midfielders, leaving just Ramirez on the wing and Torres up front to attack. Shockingly that didn't work. Doyle came in after the break and came closest to scoring but it wasn't that dangerous. Meanwhile on defense playing the likes of Marc Burch and James Riley showed us how much we gained from signing Figueroa and moving Moor to RB.

Rapids Stick A Spork In KC

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Wow, who were those guys and can we keep them? For the first time in a while the Rapids played good soccer for 90 minutes and were somewhat entertaining to watch. Amazing what you can do when you start XI people in pretty much their natural positions and you put 4-5 attacking players on the field at once!

A Suite Win For The Rapids

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Me in a Rapids suite last night
After the last 270 minutes of Rapids games I'm glad I watched the last 90 in a bit of luxury. A big thank you to C38, the Rapids, and InBev for working out a donation of the InBev suite to the C38 tailgate crew last night. It was nice to see how the upper crust lives and we all had a good time seeing the game from a new perspective.

An Ugly Win Is Still 3 Points

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Great opening from the Rapids. Then 89 minutes of the same dreck we've seen over and over this season. After Serna's goal the Rapids had 1 shot on target the rest of the game (a good shot from distance by Torres). Attacking soccer huh? If we weren't playing the worst team in the Eastern Conference we don't win as Chicago had chance after chance, especially in the first half.

Wort Team Of The Last Two Years

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Umpteenth verse, same as the first. At the moment I'm pretty sure the Charlotte Independence, not even using the Rapids they have on loan, would beat the Rapids. This team is fundamentally broken right now. Since the beginning of thee 2014 season Colorado is averaging .98 points per game, the lowest average in the league.

Major League Soccer

Monday Freedom Kicks: Bird-Bombed

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Looking back at the weekend in Colorado, partner club recaps, and about Dunn time for a Spirit player.

Putting this together from the middle seat of a nonstop from DEN-IAD. Pray there are no casualties.

Recaps of D.C. United and their draw with the Colorado Rapids from us, MLS (with more here), Washington Post and CSN Mid-Atlantic.

Chicago Fire and Colorado Rapids win to start Week 26

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The Chicago Fire beat the New York Red Bulls and Colorado Rapids picked up a win over Houston in Week 26 of the 2015 MLS season. Read More

MLS teams must shake things up for playoff push

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Close your eyes and imagine for a moment, that you are the owner or president of a Major League Soccer team. Despite being five points from the last playoff spot, the team is in last place in its conference. Your team is the only team not to win a road game during the regular season. You have a chance to make the playoffs with a strong push.

MLS teams must shake things up for playoff push

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Close your eyes and imagine for a moment, that you are the owner or president of a Major League Soccer team. Despite being five points from the last playoff spot, the team is in last place in its conference. Your team is the only team not to win a road game during the regular season. You have a chance to make the playoffs with a strong push.

Game Preview

Eagle On Eagle Violence Is Never Pretty

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Edson vs. Talon, who will win?
After that ugliness on Wednesday night its a quick turn-around with DC coming into town tomorrow night. United is traditionally pretty bad at altitude (when the Rapids take the game seriously) so we have a chance but we have to have a better lineup than we did in Vancouver.

Undermanned Rapids Head North Of The Border

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Whitecaps - Rapids, wettest fixture in the league
After the international break the Rapids are off for international travel to British Columbia. Over the last two years the Rapids are 4-0-0 against the Whitecaps in Colorado but 0-0-1 in Vancouver. Both teams will be weakened by international callups and suspensions.

Rapids Hoping To Leave KC Sad

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She's even SporKC's blue
Back at it right away tomorrow with a 2 game win streak. And unlike when we were in KC earlier this year I'm sure we'll get the game in this weekend. The SporKCs are on a bit of a down swing at the moment but overall they're still one of the best teams in the conference so this will be a tough match.

Rapids Try To Short Dynamo

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Electricity + Water = Trouble
After what seems like a long stretch on the road but was only a couple of games the Rapids host Houston tomorrow night. The Dynamo still cling to playoff hopes though a loss in Commerce City tomorrow night would erase most of them. Game time tomorrow is 7pm so the tailgate starts at 4, or whenever people get there after work.

Wooden Spoon Battle

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Choose Your Weapon
If you thought last week's game was unbearable this week's game might be worse. We've go the Rapids, last place int he Wast, versus the Fire, last place in the East. Ugly, ugly soccer ahead. Kickoff tomorrow is at 6:30pm with a watch party at the Southside Bar & Kitchen.

Battle To Decide The Worst Team The Last Two Years

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The last placed rider in a bike race is the Lantern Rouge
San Jose and Colorado are currently ties with the lowest pts/game average since the start of the 2014 season. So the loser of this game will really be the worst team in the league the last two seasons. So, hey, something to play for! Game time tomorrow is 9pm MDT and the game is on UniMas!

Sporting Kansas City

Match Day 26: Needing to Right the Ship

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Sporting KC are back in action after 10 days off after the club's 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids. Sporting now faces a 5 day cross country trip for back to back games. That starts tomorrow in Portland when KC takes on the Timbers at Providence Park. The two teams are currently tied for fifth place in the Western Conference only two points above the playoff line (but KC still has their games in hand).

Sporting Fall for the Third Time in a Row

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For the second straight week, Sporting KC lost a lead in the second half and ended up leaving the game with no points at all. Kansas City saw a 1-0 lead in the second half turn into a 2-1 deficit as the Colorado Rapids picked up their first win in six years against Kansas City in league play.

The first half left plenty to be desired from both teams as neither team really got much in the way of offense going.

Match Day 25: Sporting Head to the Rockies with 800 Friends

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Tomorrow Sporting KC take on the Colorado Rapids and look to end their first two game losing streak, but they won't be doing it all by themselves. They'll be doing it with traveling support of over 800 for the game. Once again a large traveling Cauldron is heading to the Mile High City to support Sporting KC.

Front Office

KSEOut - A Bit Misguided

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Its not secret to regular readers that I'm fed up with the Front Office and have been for a couple a few many years. I'm not alone and a group of fans who can't take it anymore have banded together to start the KSEOut movement.

The problem I have is that they're a bit misguided. Here's one of their goals from their website (and the title for their whole movement:
We just want KSE to put the Rapids up for sale.

Um, Shots Fired?

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So if you remember from yesterday there were tweets about our style of play:
Hinchey says the gripe about not playing attacking soccer is very legit and a big problem. the style is in effect throughout academy...
...but with Pablo it has been a struggle to establish it in the senior team.

Interesting Live(?) Tweeting Of A Hinchey 1 on 1 Today

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I had another post planned for today about the KSEOut movement but an interesting twitter discussion erupted that seemed more relevant. Season-ticket holder Brian Mercer has a lunchime 1 on 1 with Tim Hinchey and live(?) tweeted it. There's a lot in there and I'm just going to hit some things that jumped out to me but I encourage you to read it all.

Fan Forum Wrap-Up

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You might remember a similar post from last year and after today's Fan Forum it seemed relevant to update it for anther year, sadly. The definite feel I got from the forum was one of "We're still working hard and we have a long-term plan so if this year doesn't work out keep having faith in us".

Philadelphia Union

Rapids 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

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As the Fire continue to slide towards the worst season in club history one has to wonder just how bad this is going to get. After dropping out of the US Open Cup with a whimper, they followed that with what could have been a five or six goal onslaught from the same Philadelphia team that knocked them out just days earlier.

Fire Notebook - Maloney saga continues, Injury updates, and staying positive

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The Fire returned to Chicago Monday after Sunday's draw against the Philadelphia Union, as they prepare to take on the Colorado Rapids this Saturday at Toyota Park. Tuesday afternoon, the conversation on Fire head coach Frank Yallop's weekly conference call was weighted towards the rumors of Shaun Maloney departing Chicago for Hull City, but Yallop also gave reporters an update on the Fire's DP injury woes, as well as staying positive in the face of increasing frustration and lack of wins.

The Rest

Houston Dynamo vs Colorado Rapids: Highlights

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Birnbaum’s late header salvages United effort in 1-1 draw in Colorado

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Fabian Espindola (pictured) marked his return to the lineup with the game-tying assist in the 87th minute in D.C. United's 1-1 draw in Colorado

I. Told. You. So.

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The Denver Post had an article today about Pablo's tenuous position. Included was a paraphrase from Tim Hinchey that made my eyes roll back so far I could see inside my head.
Hinchey reiterated that Mastroeni was thrown into a tough situation last year, being officially named coach a week before the first match.

Fire v Rapids match preview

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It's another battle of the titans. With eleven games left in the Fire's season every match is a must win. Martin Tomszak takes a look at the Colorado Rapids, a team sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference.

What Are They All About? Colorado Rapids Preview

Two goals from Kennedy Igboananike, fighting spirit, a well-earned point, and hey, the club is worth $160m.

October Scheduling Updates

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Two scheduling items were announced today.

The first one was the schedule for the U-23 Olympic Qualifying at the Dick in October.

Tues Oct 6th:
Canada - Cuba
USA - Panama

Wed Oct 7th:
Guatemala/Costa Rica - Haiti
Mexico - Honduras

Tickets on sale a week from Thursday and each night is a separate ticket covering both games.