D.C. United

Seattle Sounders

USMNT vs. Jamaica Gold Cup preview, plus D.C. United disasters

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We have a lot of feelings to get through

It is a long Filibuster today, and it is a sadness sandwich with some USMNT in the middle. Jason, Adam, and Ben start by talking about D.C. United's epic failures last week, and first wonder if the Houston Dynamo loss was actually worse than the Seattle Sounders loss.

From coast to coast, D.C. United caps a week to forget with loss to Houston Dynamo

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Two losses in the space of three days have nearly dimmed the lights on United's season

With Managing General Partner Jason Levien in attendance, D.C. United had the opportunity to erase all the bad memories from Wednesday night's debacle. Blowing a three goal lead and losing to the Seattle Sounders was an opportunity wasted, but United were finally back home, facing a Houston Dynamo team that had not won on the road all season.

Horrid first half results in crushing 3-1 defeat for D.C. United against the Houston Dynamo

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Three goals in the first 17 minutes resulted in United's 5th loss at home

A bad week for D.C. United got even worse on Saturday night, as the Black-and-Red turned an abject first half performance into a 3-1 defeat to the Houston Dynamo. United, who gave away a three goal lead on Wednesday night against the Seattle Sounders, conceded three goals in the first 17 minutes against Houston, Houston's first three shots of the game.

Horrid first half results in 3-1 defeat for D.C. United against the Houston Dynamo

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Three goals in the first 17 minutes resulted in United's 5th loss at home

A bad week for D.C. United got even worse on Saturday night, as the Black-and-Red turned an abject first half performance into a 3-1 defeat to the Houston Dynamo. United, who gave away a three goal lead on Wednesday night against the Seattle Sounders, conceded three goals in the first 17 minutes against Houston, Houston's first three shots of the game.

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo staff and reader predictions

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Low bar: Just don't give up a 3-0 lead.

I feel like I've said this rather a lot this season, but...let's just forget the last game, shall we? D.C. United played the Seattle Sounders, and it's my understanding that things happened, and that is that.

The boys are back in town now, though, and it's been a good while since we had a game at RFK but I'm not sure too many of us missed it.

Seattle Sounders vs. DC United: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"Some of those moments that are just indicative of this team never ever giving up, that is what makes me proud to be part of this franchise." -Brian Schmetzer

Yes, it really happened, no it wasn't a crazy fever dream. The Seattle Sounders went down 3-0 to DC United at home, only to score four straight goals in 28 minutes for the improbable comeback victory.

D.C. United surrender three goal lead, lose 4-3 to Seattle Sounders

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An epic, historical collapse saw United throw away their best half of the season

For 50 minutes, D.C. United looked like a team energized by the Gold Cup break, but after 90 minutes against the Seattle Sounders, normalcy was restored. Up 3-0 after Lloyd Sam's goal in the 50th minute, United conspired to throw it all away, conceding four goals in the final 40 minutes of the game, falling 4-3 at CenturyLink Field.

Sounders mount huge comeback to top D.C. United

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There is a reason, perhaps, the Seattle Sounders are the defending MLS Cup champions.

A reason, too, D.C. United owns the worst record in the league.

D.C. United entered Wednesday's match against the Sounders with the worst record in MLS, and having scored eight fewer goals than any other team in the league.

D.C. United versus Seattle Sounders preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Sounder at Heart

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We ask our rave-green-clad about the Seattle Sounders

D.C. United returns to MLS action tonight, facing off against the Seattle Sounders in another installment of #dcuafterdark. We talked to Dave Clark of Sounder at Heart to preview the game; you can see my answers to Dave's questions over there!

USMNT in Gold Cup quarterfinals, D.C. United back in action, and more: Freedom Kicks for 7/19/17

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Two matches tonight...let's get it on!

First of all, greetings from Philadelphia. I'm late for this...my bad. Last night was, as we say, a night. The United States take on El Salvador tonight in the Gold Cup quarterfinals at Lincoln Financial Field, while D.C. United is back tonight against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle Sounders projected lineup to face D.C. United

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The Sounders are missing some major players, but their history against United is still daunting

For about nine months bridging 2016 and 2017, D.C. United and the Seattle Sounders were kinda-sorta mirroring one another. Stylistically, their approaches were different, but last fall was a lot of fun for both teams.

MLS Midweek Rewind: Week 18

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It was a busy period of holiday action as Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday all featured midweek matches.

Josef Martinez's two second-half goals earned Atlanta United a 4-2 victory over the 10-man San Jose Earthquakes.

Major League Soccer

We’re only in July, but D.C. United’s MLS playoff hopes are virtually non-existant

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Even with five of their next seven at home, the Black-and-Red would need an amazing turnaround and big help elsewhere to get into the postseason

Last Wednesday night, there was a brief moment where D.C. United looked like they could, just maybe, mount an improbable late-season charge for a playoff spot.

Average reported attendances for MLS through gameweek 20 of the 2017 season

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Last week was very busy as MLS comes out of the Gold Cup group play break. In a nice change, there were no terrible reported attendances for the seven midweek matches. DC United had a disappointing showing over the weekend given they had rain. Meanwhile, New England Revolution opened up some extra seats for the LA Galaxy’s visit as did Vancouver for its Cascadia Cup game versus Portland.

Average reported attendances for MLS through gameweek 20 of the 2017 season

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Photo credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Last week was very busy as MLS comes out of the Gold Cup group play break. In a nice change, there were no terrible reported attendances for the seven midweek matches. DC United had a disappointing showing over the weekend given they had rain. Meanwhile, New England Revolution opened up some extra seats for the LA Galaxy’s visit as did Vancouver for its Cascadia Cup game versus Portland.

Dynamo use trio of first-half goals to sink D.C. United

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The Houston Dynamo have been one of Major League Soccer's worst road teams this season, struggling to replicate their home form. Wilmer Cabrera's side, however, used a trio of first-half goals to down host D.C. United, 3-1 at RFK Stadium on Saturday evening for their first road win of the season.

MLS coaches in trouble?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - We're just past the halfway point of the 2017 Major League Soccer season. We're fresh off an extended break for the Gold Cup group stage. For some teams, this is the time for regrouping. For others, it's looking at what's already happened and figuring out if the time is right for a change.

Major Link Soccer: Atlanta United fans use Pulse tragedy as trash talk

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MLS is back, and the first half of the Gold Cup semifinals are set.

Seattle

In case you forgot already, the Sounders scored four goals in 27 minutes to come from three goals down to beat D.C. United 4-3.

Sadly, Nicolas Lodeiro will miss the next game because of the red card he picked up late in the game.

MLS Ticker: Dynamo sign young DP Martinez, DC drop Ortiz, and more

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There's a new Designated Player in Major League Soccer, as the Houston Dynamo have confirmed the signing of midfielder Tomas Martinez.

The 22-year-old, who has featured for Argentina's youth teams, joins the Western Conference power from Sporting Braga in Portugal. Martinez is the Dynamo's third Designated Player on the squad, including Erick Torres and Alberth Elis.

Major Link Soccer: Soccer world the latest to fall victim to fake news

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Also: Zlatan still hasn't made his big announcement, and should fans have more of an actual say in a team's operations?

MLS

After a circuitous journey back to MLS, former Colorado Rapid Deshorn Brown is taking full advantage of the Gold Cup break to get fully acquainted with his new club D.

On Rooney to Everton, the MLS transfer window, & more: Freedom Kicks for 7/11/17

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Also, stop being so great, Sweden.

Hello hello hello! It's Tuesday, which means I'm here to serve you up some Freedom Kicks.

By the way, it's gonna be 90+ degrees all week, and I just want to register my severe displeasure re: that.

Okay, soccer!

A preview of the MLS transfer window | B&RU

ICYMI: Ben looks at two positions D.

Bruno Miranda

Report: D.C. United monitoring Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez?

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An odd rumor has the Black-and-Red considering a move for the Real España GK

Let's face it: D.C. United's silence on matters of player rumors since word came out of Bruno Miranda possibly/probably/maybe joining the team 3 weeks ago falls into the "quiet, too quiet" category. And that's why Honduran outlet La Prensa claiming that United is apparently monitoring goalkeeper Luis Lopez is a head scratcher at best.

Bruno Miranda visits D.C., but where would he play?

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We wonder about his place in the rotation going forward.

Following Monday's news that D.C. United had been courting Universidad de Chile (and Bolivia National Team) youngster Bruno Miranda, word came yesterday from Miranda that he has undergone a physical and even toured RFK, and is awaiting the opening of the MLS transfer window to appear in D.

Houston Dynamo

Alex shows well in last chance as a No. 10

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Alex picked up three assists against D.C. United in what is likely his last game as a No. 10 before the arrival of Tomas Martinez.

The Houston Dynamo picked up their first road win of the season on Saturday against D.C. United. Without five possible starters and three of their best attackers, they scored three times in the first 17 minutes to put away the struggling DCU early and secure the three points.

Houston Dynamo 3, D. C. United 1: Rate the Players and Quick Thoughts

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Tell us how you thought the Dynamo players did in their first win on the road of the season

At the beginning of the year I introduced a new way for the Dynamo Theory community to be a part of Player Ratings. After matches everyone will get a chance to submit how each player did on a scale of 1 to 10 which will be averaged out in a later article.

Deshorn Brown

USMNT impresses, the Spirit and Kickers depress & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, go see Baby Driver.

Howdy. Whatever did you do over the break?

Recaps of the United States' 3-0 win over Nicaragua and advancing out of Group B in the CONCACAF Gold Cup by us, Stars and Stripes FC and WaPo.

Wasteful Spirit fall 2-1 to the Dash (us): While the Houston Dash were missing Carli Lloyd, they were able to hang on for a win over the Washington Spirit, who remain in the NWSL basement.

Deshorn Brown finally gets acquainted with D.C. United

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After joining the Black-and-Red in June, the striker had little practice time during busy schedule

Whenever bringing a new player into a team, there is a necessary adjustment period, for both the player and the team. That player needs to become acquainted with how the team plays, what is expected of him, in addition to meeting his new teammates.

D.C. United has reportedly released Jose Ortiz

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It looks like the Black-and-Red are clearing the deck for more moves

D.C. United is apparently making room for new players in the transfer window. Steve Goff of the Washington Post is reporting that the Black-and-Red have released forward Jose Ortiz. Ortiz had joined United on loan from CS Herediano and managed to score the club's first goal of the 2017 season, but that strike against Philadelphia is his only goal or assist in 16 league appearances.

New York Red Bulls

Back in the fold, where will Nick DeLeon play?

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United have plenty of options at both right back and wide midfielder

It's been quite a while since anyone has spotted Nick DeLeon, given that he's been out injured since April 15. The former first round draft pick has having a fine start to the 2017 season, becoming first choice at right back, even as D.

Back in the fold, where will Nick DeLeon play?

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United have plenty of options at both right back and wide midfielder

It's been quite a while since anyone has spotted Nick DeLeon, given that he's been out injured since April 15. The former first round draft pick has having a fine start to the 2017 season, becoming first choice at right back, even as D.

FC Dallas

USMNT at the Gold Cup, and D.C. United failures: Filibuster

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Good news: the US roster is interesting. Bad news: DCU lost 3 times this past week

After pausing so that we could take in the D.C. United game against FC Dallas, we immediately realized that was a mistake. However, Jason, Ben, and Adam are here to talk you through all of the soccer games in the past week and change, including the matches against the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution.

D.C. United goes down in Dallas, Wayne Rooney possible return to Everton, & More: Freedom Kicks for July 5, 2017

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DCU drops another one on the road.

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Hope you all had a great Independence Day. I know you're probably crawling into the office thinking, "I don't want to be here," and I feel you. But, since you're there and unhappy, let me start with some news links to jump start your day:

D.

Roland Lamah's latest double helps FC Dallas trounce D.C. United

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A 15-minute goal-scoring barrage was all FC Dallas needed to roll over D.C. United in Dallas on Tuesday evening.

Roland Lamah scored twice on either side of halftime to give FC Dallas the lead and to seal the victory for the home side.

Lamah's first goal came in the second minute of stoppage time in the first half.

Watch Ben Olsen’s post-game remarks after D.C. United’s loss to FC Dallas

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Frustrated with a "naive" United, Olsen says reinforcements are coming

D.C. United enters the Gold Cup break on the back of a 4-2 loss to FC Dallas that has left fans and players frustrated. Ben Olsen is frustrated too, even after a game in which United managed to create enough chances against a top defense to possibly even get a tie.

The Rest

Nos Audietis, Episode 257: Roldan, Cristian, Roldan

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Sounders are suddenly looking pretty darn good.

This last week promised to tell us a lot about the Seattle Sounders. Facing a pair of winnable games at home, but missing several key players, the Sounders badly needed to claim maximum points if they were to solidify their spot in the standings.

Sounders injury update: Chad Marshall should be available against D.C. United

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The defender returned from his foot injury much quicker than anticipated.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Seattle Sounders center back Chad Marshall gave fans quite the scare when he had to be substituted in the first half of their last MLS match on July 4 in Colorado, but it looks like he'll be available for selection against D.

Scouting Report: breaking the DC United filibuster

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They haven't realized that proximity to power has deluded them into believing they wield it

Who You'll Watch

After a much needed two week break, the Sounders will welcome D.C. United to Seattle. This will be the lone meeting of the regular season between the two clubs.

Last season, Seattle went to the nation's capital and defeated United behind goals from Jordan Morris and Joevin Jones.

Zlatan to LA?, Ordega injured, and more: Freedom Kicks for 7/13/2017

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Olsen says D.C. United has reinforcements coming just as other MLS clubs start to make their transfer window moves

Somehow, in recent days I got it in my head that the heat and humidity we've been dealing with lately would break today. However, earlier tonight I caught the seven-day forecast on the news, and saw 90+ over and over again, on into the future.

Major Link Soccer: Playing Florent Malouda was worth the risk

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MLS Transfer rumors, best USMNT kits and more.

Seattle

Seattle Sounders right back Jordy Delem is currently with Martinique for the Gold Cup. ESPN FC did a story about how Delem is a success story for Martinique.

Both Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan started and played all 90 minutes in the United States 3-2 win over Martinique.

Chris Pontius gets Gold Cup call-up, worst week in LA Galaxy history?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/6/17

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The Union travel to Kansas City for tonight's game - read all about it and more in today's links.

Philadelphia Union News

Match preview: Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union
In the last match before the Gold Cup break, the Union head to Kansas City to take on an old nemesis.