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Opposition 11: Who will Arabe Unido start tonight in the CONCACAF Champions League against D.C. United?

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A suspension and some possibly eligible new signings have added some wrinkles for El Expreso Azul.

Until just a few days ago, figuring out which Arabe Unido players would start against D.C. United seemed pretty straightforward. There was a suspension to account for, but beyond that the team seemed to pick itself.

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.

D.C. United 1-3 New York City FC: Player Ratings

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Numbers! Names! Bantz!

D.C. United went up to Yankee Stadium and played well in the first half against New York City FC. But the game has two halves, and the Black and Red looked less than perfect in the other, with involvement in the offense from Andrea Pirlo and David Villa as Citeh Lite won 3-1 over D.

D.C. United versus New York City FC staff and reader predictions

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D.C. United takes on NYCFC at their home, and despite that we are feeling good.

D.C. United travels to New York City (New York City?!) to take on NYCFC for the first time at Yankee Stadium. We are pretty confident about their chances, but let us know what you think will happen in the comments!

DCU U23 roundup: Streak, PDL playoff hopes end as summer starts to

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We wrap up last week's activities for the Black and Red youth.

D.C. United's U-23 team found themselves in the middle of a dogfight last week, as one of five teams separated by two points in a battle for first (and a playoff spot) in the USL-PDL Mid-Atlantic Division. The difficult circumstances - three games in five days, and the last two on the road within a 24 hour span - were going to require a mighty push.

Speculating on D.C. United's CCL dates

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Thanks to CCL teams releasing their schedules and other stuff, we slowly get to schedule-bate on when D.C. may play their Group games.

The fine folks at RSL Soapbox managed to get their hands on some of their dates for the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League tournament, but then Real Salt Lake decided to tweet out the windows for CCL games:

@JeremiahOshan @TheCrossbarRSL yes, have the windows not been out?

D.C. United U-23s Await Home Stand, Unbeaten Streak Now at Five

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Ahead of a run where they play their next five matches at home, the baby Black and Red spoke with us about the home stand and first place, which may be on the horizon.

If it wasn't for paperwork, the D.C. United U-23 team would be undefeated this season.

Consider that a 1-1 draw in the first week of the season was ultimately ruled a forfeit because of an incorrectly registered player, the Black and Red have gone on a run where they have won four of five road games, drawing the other.

Opposition 11: Who's going to start for the Philadelphia Union tomorrow night against D.C. United?

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Despite two straight wins, the Union are going to make some changes.

Things have suddenly turned around for the Philadelphia Union, who despite missing several regulars have won two straight over teams supposedly in the Eastern Conference's elite. D.C. United had good reason to enter May thinking that their two games against the Union should result in six points, but Philly has sorted some things out both tactically and in terms of morale.

D.C. United U-23s defeat Ocean City 3-1 in Home Opener

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The Baby Black and Red starts slow, but finds pace and secures the three points.

Following an opening game against the New York Red Bulls U23 team which they drew 1-1 but ultimately had to forfeit due to the use of an unregistered player, the D.C. United U-23 team still found themselves shorthanded against the Ocean City Nor'easters.

D.C. United scores some, gives up the most important one, is eliminated by New York.

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D.C. starts well, but the bad defensive habits of last week rear their head once more as New York advances to the Eastern Conference Finals on a 3-2 aggregate.

After their 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls last week, to a man D.C. United expressed frustration at their lackluster performance, and over the course of the week vowed that they would not, were not, going to be training at RFK Stadium for one last time.

CCL Preview: D.C. United and Portland face tough tests in quest to reach knockout round

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The U.S. Open Cup final isn't the only big non-MLS fixture today, as both D.C. United and the Portland Timbers look to solidify their position in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.

D.C. is down Jamaica today for an 8 p.m. match against Waterhouse F.

THE MATCHUP: Taxi for Luis

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We admit it. Sometimes during these stretches of the season where the matches come thick and heavy, time gets the best of us and our hard-hitting, award-winning* journalism suffers.

West side represents, Seattle blanks D.C. United 1-0

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The matchup of East versus West falls to the favor of the Sounders who beat a D.C. team lacking "the final ball."

The big concern aboutD.C. United's temporary life without offensive nucleus Fabian Espindola was what the team would do for firepower. While United had some chances, the answer lived up to most of the presumptions as the Seattle Sounders scored a first-half goal that a vaunted defense made sure stood en route to a 1-0 win in front of 16,922 at RFK Stadium.

D.C. United versus Columbus Crew preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Columbus blog Massive Report

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We talk to Pat Murphy to preview this weekend's Crew-United match.

It is apparently Don Garber's wish that D.C. United and the Columbus Crew play every month forever. To get the lowdown on our eternal opponent, we talk to Pat Murphy of Massive Report.

Question for Massive Report

B&RU: After a torrid start, the Crew have gone ice cold with only one win since March.

D.C. United's laundry status clean, blanks Kansas City 1-0

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D.C. still scoring few goals, but allowing fewer as they regain their winning ways against the Sporks.

While some of what occurred for D.C. United was not new to the team, they managed to not only defeat a foe they had not beaten in more than four years, they did so in front of the largest crowd at RFK Stadium in 18 months, beating Sporting Kansas City 1-0 to a happy group of 18,522.

Three points, two goals, one clean sheet: D.C. 2, Houston 0

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D.C. easily dispatches Dynamo down Designated Player.

It may have been windy and rainy, and only 8,224 people were there for it, but D.C. United scored two goals on an 11-man squad for the first time in nearly two months (making yours truly eat his words) and looked at ease facing a Houston Dynamo squad who only dressed 18 players tonight, en route to a 2-0 win in a game where D.

Grading D.C. United On Our 2013 New Years Resolutions

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Each January we give D.C. United five goals to accomplish, and each December we check back to see how they did. So how did the team fare in 2013?

Today we happily close the books on what was undoubtedly one of the worst years in D.C. United history. With just three wins and only 22 goals scored, United set MLS all-time records this year, and not in a good way.

Cake or Death: How do we feel about Andrew Dykstra's future with D.C. United?

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As we make our trip down D.C. United's roster, there are some players - like Nick DeLeon earlier this week - who I'm sure will be given cake by a large majority of United fans. There are also those who I am confident will be given death almost unanimously because of their subpar play in the Black-and-Red.

Congratulations To DC United On Winning The US Open Cup

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I have bene fortunate enough to meet many of the top players and coaches in Major League Soccer. The nicest person I have met is D.C. United's Ben Olsen. He has endured three really tough seasons in charge of D.C. United, but he wakes up this morning as US Open Cup champion.

Real Salt Lake were heavily favored to win the 100th US Open Cup in their fortress at Rio Tinto Stadium, but Lewis Neal's 45th-minute strike was enough to seal victory and send United into the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League

Real Salt Lake fans will be wondering how they lost this game.

D.C. UNITED WILL PLAY FOR A TROPHY! IN 2013!! D.C. beat the Chicago Fire to advance to the 100th U.S. Open Cup Final

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Stop everything. I mean it, put whatever you're drinking down, drop the iPhone and take a breath before you read the next sentence. D.C. United will play for the 2013 Lamar Hunt United States Open Cup after going on the road to beat the Chicago Fire 2-0 Wednesday night in the semifinal. And there's little doubt that United were the better team throughout the match.

Lindpere and Rolfe connect twice to lead Fire past D.C.

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. Teams say they approach every game with the same effort and intensity. But after back-to-back defeats, another loss Saturday at home against lowly D.C. United would have been inexcusable for the Chicago Fire's playoff chase.

A Fire team that usually starts slow exploded from the opening whistle thanks to a renewed intensity from its veterans.

D.C. United draws Colorado Rapids on road, thanks to goalkeeper Joe Willis

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So here's the thing when you're a really, really bad team: Results that might be encouraging, grind-out-a-bad-night sort of draws on a team pushing for playoff position have to be viewed as either manna from heaven or else symptomatic of the team's futility and thus, simply not good enough. Depending on which part of last night's D.

D.C. United 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes - Score and Recap: IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED WE WON A GAME!!

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It's actually really bad and more than just a little bit embarrassing that this feels a little bit like Christmas, but screw it. I'm excited that D.C. United finally won a game. Thanks to a strong second half performance from goalkeeper Bill Hamid and an 11th minute penalty from Chris Pontius, the Black-and-Red are 1-0 winners tonight over the defending Supporters' Shield Champions.

Toronto FC top lowly D.C. in battle of East cellar dwellers

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WASHINGTON There were plenty of interesting storylines to follow heading into Saturday night's encounter between D.C. United and Toronto FC. TFC's front office is led by Kevin Payne, who less than a year ago was calling the shots at United. On the sidelines, Toronto's head coach is also a former United man, having hoisted the 2004 MLS Cup while wearing the black and red.

Player Ratings: New England Revolution v. D.C. United

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Diego Fagundez showed some flashes on Saturday, but was limited by some physical defending. (Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

After each match the contributors to New England Soccer Today will rate the performances of the New England Revolution players who made an appearance on a 1 to 10 scale (1 horrendous, 5 average, 10 perfection).

FC Dallas vs. D.C. United: When Last We Met... United broke out of its early-season funk

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The last time these teams met, in a match that fans in the Nation's Capital can only hope will repeat itself on Saturday night, D.C. hosted the Toros last spring in a match that busted United's scoring woes and set the tone for a successful spring for the Black-and-Red.

New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United - When Last We Met... D.C. threw the Metros down the well

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The stage was set for something dramatic, and the teams that comprise the original MLS rivalry did not disappoint. After exchanging playoff legs (nominally swapping which team held home-field advantage), two own goals in the first leg and a snowy postponement, the second leg of the 2012 Eastern Conference playoff tie between D.

D.C. United pick up Ruiz via MLS Allocation Process

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D.C. United were looking to boost their stable of forwards and they have turned to a player with a track record of scoring goals in MLS.

D.C. acquired Guatamalan striker Carlos Ruiz via the MLS Allocation process on Wednesday, becoming the fifth team in MLS that Ruiz has called home.

Robles shines as Red Bulls escape RFK with first-leg draw

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D.C. United had the crowd in their favor, and plenty of possession on the night, but what they couldn't do is find a way to get a shot past Luis Robles.

The Red Bulls goalkeeper, who only took over the starting job late in the season, made every play he had to. He stoned a dangerous early shot from Chris Korb, and made a clutch save on a Chris Pontius penalty, to help the Red Bulls earn a 1-1 draw vs.

New York Red Bulls

Opposition 11: Who will the New York Red Bulls start tonight against D.C. United?

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A very consistent NYRB side should be at more or less full strength tonight despite playing mid-week.

The fate of MLS's Eastern Conference - and possibly the Supporters Shield - may well hinge on tonight's game between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls. Any game between MLS's first rivals is going to be heated and tense, but as has happened in recent years it now also involves two actual good sides.

The Last Word on D.C. United 2-2 New York Red Bulls: 90ish Minute Mentality

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In which we try and put a bow on Saturday's game and hope a problem that plagued this team before hasn't come back asking for seconds.

D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls came into their matchup Saturday night with the loser looking up at the winner in first place in the Eastern Conference.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls: When Last We Met... We hung on for dear life

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Last time these two teams played in their Atlantic Cup rivalry was way, way back - four weeks ago - in New Jersey. The home team dominated but couldn't get the ball into the net as D.C. held on resolutely for a scoreless draw.

2012 MLS Playoffs GameThread: D.C. United Vs. New York Red Bulls

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Its really unfortunate that D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls had to swap dates in their home-and-home series in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2012 MLS Cup playoffs. But it had to be done.

On our podcast this week, I came up with an alternate plan that might help give United its rightful advantage back, since D.

Portland Timbers

Bill Hamid named to 2014 MLS All-Star Game

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The homegrown player and DC local will get to face the mighty Bayern Munich August 6 in Portland.

While earlier in the week MLS released the fan voting for All-Stars to face vaunted Bundesliga team Bayern Munich for the All-Star game in Portland on August 6, MLS All-Star (and Portland Timbers coach) Caleb Porter named the squad that will be facing the Germans, and goalkeeper Bill Hamid being the sole representative for D.

D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers: When Last We Met... The 2012 unbeaten streak reached four.

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As we prepare for tomorrow's match-up between the Black-and-Red and the visiting Timbers, we look back at the last time the two teams met - last fall in Portland, where a controversial penalty gave D.C. the lead before United eventually succumbed to persistently shoddy defending and were forced to settle for the draw.

The Rest

Poetry Corner Kicks: two games for the price of one

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Poetry Corner Kicks recaps the games against DC United and Columbus Crew SC

I am sure everyone noticed that there wasn't a poetry recap of the recent Philadelphia Union game against D.C. United. A day job, three kids, after-work commitments, and a quick turnaround between games conspired to deprive you of that recap.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Best Ofs

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Year-End looks, mock drafts and big boards, along with a Yellow King.

Man, this post-Christmas, pre-New Year's window suuucks. But there's still a thing or two to give you a fix.

Soccer Today presented by Toyota: Sunday, December 21 | FC Dallas: Quietly under the radar, Jason Levien gave another interview, this time to Steve Davis and Marc Stein on Davis FM radio.

D.C. United in on Gaetano D'Agostino?

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Look at that, another Italian soccer player D.C. is connected to.

While the "Alessandro Del Piero to D.C./MLS" rumors continue to not die despite Erick Thohir's lack of knowledge of them, we can come to some agreement that with Thohir's ownership of Inter Milan and various interactions between Inter and D.

Open Cup Collapse

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Revolution head coach Jay Heaps, seen here in a Jun. 12 Open Cup tilt vs. New York, fielded a strong lineup in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to D.C. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Apparently, the Revolution forgot to pack something before departing for D.C. on Tuesday. Namely, their scoring boots.

De Leon gives D.C. a 1-0 lead in 27th minute

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Lionard Pajoy got behind the Dynamo defense and made them pay.

Pajoy broke free down the left wing and ripped a great shot that deflected off the far post. Rookie Nick De Leon got the rebound and shot it into the net at the near post at the 27th minute, and it appears as though Dynamo center back Andre Hainault may have redirected it into the goal.