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MLS Ticker: TFC to sign Spanish midfielder, Orlando after centerback and more

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Toronto FC added reportedly another piece to their roster signing 24-year-old Spanish midfielder Ager Aketxe from Athletic Bilbao on a free transfer, according to Goal USA.

Aketxe spent time with the Spanish U-20 national team but has failed to make much of an impact in La Liga since signing with Athletic in 2014.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/17/18

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Union face DC United, MLS moves, and Brazil announces 15 members of their World Cup team.

Philadelphia Union News

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union lineup: The debut of Yamil Asad
Union face DC United today in their first game of the Suncoast Invitational, here's a preview.

An unattractive answer: the truth about Ilsinho

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Nick Fishman continues PSP's offseason series, "The search for a No. 10," with a microscopic look at a divisive player. With no new signing in sight, is Ilsinho the right answer to the Union's biggest question?

Major Link Soccer: Yamil Asad officially going to DC United

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The trade is finally official, 600k for the Argentine.


If the Crew is trying to convince people they need to move to stay afloat they are doing a good job. MLS to Austin: Crew fans given bleak financial picture

FC Cinci's GM presented plans to the school board hoping to get a stadium deal in place to sway MLS for an expansion spot.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Yamil Asad to D.C. United, MLS Live eliminated, and more

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Cupid brought us an attacking midfielder a day early.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope today is a day of love for you all. We love our Black & Red United community and today's gonna be a great day. Yesterday had a lot of news, and while I continue to watch the Olympics, lets's get right to it:

Following deal with Atlanta United, D.

D.C. acquires Yamil Asad in exchange for allocation money

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D.C. United's attack became more dangerous on Tuesday, as the club officially announced a deal with Atlanta United for midfielder Yamil Asad.

D.C. will send up to $600,000 in allocation money to the Five Stripes in exchange for the services of the Argentinian. Atlanta will receive $200,000 in general allocation money and $100,000 targeted allocation money in 2018 and $100,000 in both GAM and TAM in 2019.

Done deal: Yamil Asad joins D.C. United

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United's rich midfield just got richer, as one of the best at his position in MLS has joined the Black-and-Red

Bolstering an attack that struggled throughout last season, D.C. United has officially acquired midfielder Yamil Asad in a complicated deal. To acquire his MLS rights, the Black-and-Red will send $200,000 in General Allocation Money and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money in 2018, and an additional $100,000 in GAM and in TAM to Atlanta United in 2019.

Bobby Boswell announces retirement

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Former Atlanta United defender Bobby Boswell has decided to hang up the cleats after 13 seasons in Major League Soccer. Boswell announced the decision on Monday on his personal Twitter account.

It's been a hell of a ride. From my family to yours, thanks for the support along the way.

U.S. Soccer presidential race, D.C. United vs. Malmö, and more: Freedom Kicks for 2/9/2018

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This ugly election is very nearly over, and the MLS preseason has only just begun

Before we get into D.C. United's preseason, the U.S. Soccer election (I know, I'm sorry), and some MLS news and notes, it's time for the normal Friday self-indulgence. I just went for a short late-night run because I'm trying to get back into good enough shape that I can play in a respectable pick-up game without needing medical help at the end.

MLS Ticker: RSL add TAM midfielder, Oniel Fisher to D.C., and more

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Real Salt Lake added a new midfielder from Croatia.

The club announced that it has used Targeted Allocation Money to sign Damir Kreilach from Union Berlin in the German 2. Bundesliga.

"We're really excited about bringing Damir in. He's got a ton of experience and challenges our depth immediately," said RSL general manager Craig Waibel in a club release.

D.C. United wants players to move up, a Bundesliga team hopes you’ll ink up & more: Freedom Kicks for 2/5/18

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Also we shout out to the local beers.

Hi. My kid has been sick since Saturday night or so, his first stomach bug in about 400 or so days of life. Needless to say, caring for someone who isn't completely sure of what's going on isn't fun, but I'm here for your briefing purposes. Oh, who won last night's game, the Union or the Revolution?

DC United wins in 2018 because of Audi Field

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Feb 2, 2018) US Soccer Players - There's really no way to frame the 2018 DC United season as anything else than a triumph. A triumph, before it even begins. A triumph no matter what the club's record is at the end of the regular season or whether they lift MLS Cup.

News roundup: Bethlehem Steel friendlies, Stewart rejected Dutch, more

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Plus Union mid-week contest, Earnie's European offer, Jay Heaps to USL, and more!

News roundup: More on Accam, Bethlehem Steel grad to Atlanta, Pro/Reg in USL?

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Also: new Union jersey today, MLS' Miami team to be announced Monday, Leeds United's badge upsets Internet, and more.

MLS preseason, Ezequiel Barco, Pontius to Galaxy: Freedom Kicks for 1/23/18

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Sometimes this is still a Party Boy blog.

Gooood morning, good morning, good morning! Does anyone else feel like 2018 hasn't done much to prove itself better than 2017? Because, woof. This year feels eternal already. And the MLS season hasn't even started yet!

Anyway, here are some soccer things.

Philadelphia Union

News Roundup: preseason results, Sané to Orlando, and LinkedIn

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Plus a Union Academy hire, cold weather, and chaos in Portugal

3 observations from D.C. United’s 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union

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Stieber, Durkin, and the goalkeeper battle caught our eyes

D.C. United have now completed half of their preseason games in their preparation for the 2018 season. Last night, they defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-1, thanks to goals from Darren Mattocks and Luciano Acosta. Their final two games of the preseason will come against lower division competition, the Jacksonville Armada on Wednesday, and Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday.

Gifted goal hands DC United 2-1 win over the Union in Suncoast Invitational opener

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Luciano Acosta made it 2-1 seconds after Cory Burke's equalizer

A missed penalty kick and a terrible giveaway on the back line were the difference between a 2-1 win and a 2-1 loss for the Philadelphia Union in their first game of the Suncoast Invitational Tournament on Saturday.

CJ Sapong had his penalty kick saved in the 30th minute after he drew a foul in the box from Ulises Segura.

Preseason match report: Philadelphia Union 1-2 D.C. United

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The Union fell 2-1 to D.C. United in the opener of the Suncoast Invitational, but the individual battles for positions were just as important as the result.

Recap: Mattocks, Acosta score as United beat the Union 2-1

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Darren Mattocks scored for the second game in the row, with Luciano Acosta netting a late winner

D.C. United notched their first win of the preseason, defeating the Philadelphia Union 2-1 at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida. Darren Mattocks scored his second goal of the preseason in the first half, and moments after conceding an equalizer, Luciano Acosta won the game for the Black-and-Red in the 89th minute.

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union lineup: The debut of Yamil Asad

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United's newest attacker should make his debut on Saturday

D.C. United takes on the Philadelphia Union this Saturday in their second preseason game, the first with the addition of attacker Yamil Asad. It will also give us the first insight into Ben Olsen's plans on how to fit Asad, Zoltan Stieber, Paul Arriola, and Luciano Acosta into an attacking trio, and that is before he decides how to structure his defensive midfield with Russell Canouse, Junior Moreno, Ulises Segura, Ian Harkes, and Chris Durkin.

News roundup: Philadelphia Union begin Suncoast Invitational in Florida, injuries already apparent, Steel FC single-game tickets on sale

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Philadelphia Union begin competition in the Suncoast Invitational against D.C. United tomorrow, Bethlehem Steel FC take on Junior Lone Star FC @ YSC Sports in Wayne, PA, UEFA Champions League action was eventful as always.

Yamil Asad

What does Yamil Asad add for D.C. United? We asked an Atlanta United expert

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Dirty South Soccer's Rob Usry tells us about the Black-and-Red's latest addition

We've been talking about about Yamil Asad since D.C. United's move to acquire the Argentine attacking midfielder went public. Now that a sequence of deals have been concluded — one with Atlanta United for his MLS rights, a second to settle loan terms with Velez Sarsfield, and finally with Asad himself concerning his salary — we wanted to hear from an Asad expert about what to expect from the new guy.

D.C. United versus Malmo FF lineup: Soccer is back!

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And I have missed it so

D.C. United has finally officially left 2017 behind them, and the first (preseason) game of 2018 is upon us. They will take on their old foe, Malmo FF of the Swedish Allsvensken, this afternoon at 2:30pm. It will give fans their first look into the thought process of Ben Olsen going into the 2018 season, who his starters might be, and which trialists have the edge in making the team.

Yamil Asad to D.C. United, the USSF presidential election, & more: Freedom Kicks for 2/6/18

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Also, Jermaine Jones needs his own reality show.

Hello! It's February! It's beginning to not get dark at 4:00 p.m., and I consider that a big win. Cheers to you, February. (Yes, I know it's been February for almost a week now, but this is my first February Freedom Kicks of the year, okay?)

Anyway, got some stuff for you all this morning.

Reports: D.C. United to sign Yamil Asad on loan

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ESPNFC says deals with Atlanta United and Velez Sarsfield are in place to bring the 23 year old Argentine to the District

In a surprising move, D.C. United has apparently completed negotiations with both Atlanta United and Argentine club Velez Sarsfield to acquire attacking midfielder Yamil Asad on loan for the 2018 season.

Seattle Sounders

D.C. United gets Oniel Fisher from Sounders, Lori Lindsey talks U.S. Soccer, and more: Freedom Kicks for 2/8/2018

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MLS rumors? At this time of year? Well, yeah, of course!

Hello everyone! I'm not sure if it's a thing to say ‘Happy Olympics' but the Olympics are starting, so that's cool. Here's what we've got today in soccer news.

Lori Lindsey, One-on-One: What she wants from the next U.S. Soccer president and the need for multiple development pathways - FourFourTwo
Former Washington Spirit player Lori Lindsey (who is currently involved with the Spirit's Development Academy) talks about the U.

D.C. United makes it official, acquires Oniel Fisher

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D.C. adds some fast depth at fullback for cheap.

D.C. United made it official today, acquiring fullback Oniel Fisher from the Seattle Sounders for $50,000 in General Allocation Money. The 26-year old Fisher played in 27 games since being drafted in the second round of the 2015 MLS Superdraft, though almost half (12) of those appearances came in the first season.

Portland Timbers

D.C. United trades Williamson, Washington Spirit trades Zadorsky, and more: Freedom Kicks for January 24, 2018

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Washington teams with all the trades yesterday.

Happy Wednesday folks. It's already been a week and it's only Wednesday. Lots to do, so let's get right to it:

D.C. United trades Eryk Williamson's homegrown rights to the Portland Timbers | Black & Red United

D.C. United trades the rights to United States U-20 international (and Maryland Terrapins standout) Eryk Williamson to the Portland Timbers.

Timbers acquire U.S. U-20 Eryk Williamson from D.C. United

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The Portland Timbers have added a U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder.

On Tuesday, the Timbers announced that the club has acquired the Homegrown rights to University of Maryland product Eryk Williamson from D.C. United in exchange for $100,000 General Allocation Money in 2018, $100,000 Targeted Allocation Money in 2019, a 2018 international spot and a second-round pick in the 2020 MLS Draft.

Reports: D.C. United to trade Eryk Williamson’s Homegrown rights to Portland Timbers

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Word from both the DMV and out west say a deal to send the Maryland Terrapins midfielder to PTFC is done

Eryk Williamson looks likely to sign an MLS Homegrown contract, but multiple reports point to the D.C. United academy product signing with the Portland Timbers instead. The Washington Post's Steve Goff first reported that a deal was "very close" per United GM Dave Kasper, while Stumptown Footy's Chris Rifer confirmed a done deal in Portland.

The Rest

D.C. United re-signs Chris Odoi-Atsem

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After an unusual path, United's 2017 first round pick is back in Black-and-Red

D.C. United has confirmed the rumored re-signing of defender Chris Odoi-Atsem. Per the team, Odoi-Atsem has a one year deal with club-held options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The 22-year-old Mitchellville, MD native had been one of several defenders on trial with the Black-and-Red during preseason, and ultimately has beaten out MLS veteran Sheanon Williams and former Club Tijuana fullback John Requejo Jr.

Friday Freedom Kicks: Carlos Bocanegra not pursuing USSF GM role, D.C. United news, and more

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Enjoy some over-compressed thoughts

I have nothing interesting to offer you in the way of an opening paragraph. I just saw today's forecasted 30 degree temperature drop and want to throw a mild temper tantrum. Lousy Smarch weather.

Let's get to it:

Official Screaming Eagles statement regarding the 2018 Season and our Strategic Partnerships with D.

D.C. United vs. Malmö FF 2018: Time, TV schedule and how to watch preseason online

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For the first time in three months, happy United day!

After three long months, D.C. United is back on the field for something other than training. As has become a preseason custom, they'll take on Swedish power Malmö FF at Florida's IMG Academy today. The Black-and-Red have never beaten Di Blåe, conceding a first half goal in each of their three previous meetings en route to a 0W-2D-1L record against the club that has won four of the last five Allsvenskan championships.

D.C. United’s ‘peak MLS’ trade with Toronto FC might not be so funny

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Trading GAM for TAM seems silly, but it might signal some unfortunate news for the Black-and-Red

D.C. United has traded $225,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) to Toronto FC in exchange for $337,500 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). This is a real trade that happened today, and the reaction has largely been to mock MLS's general tendency towards the arcane.

Olivier Giroud to Chelsea, D.C. United at the Plex, and more: Freedom Kicks for 2/1/2018

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Random scatterings from the soccer world

Hello folks! I just entered a contest with less than two hours to spare before the deadline so the soccer news of today feels a little more relaxing compared to that tension. Still, there is some interesting stuff today, especially that YouTubeTV and LAFC partnership.

D.C. United tops off, Mix Diskerud fails up, Beckham United starts up? & more: Freedom Kicks for 1/29/18

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Also, David Fincher because.

Hi. It was nice Saturday so we were outside. And it wasn't yesterday, so we weren't. Such as it is I guess.

D.C. United and fans celebrate topping-off new stadium (WTOP): Signed the beam earlier in the week, watched the event online. Things getting closer!

England hires Phil Neville, D.C. United home opener change?, and more: Freedom Kicks for January 24, 2018

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Come for the soccer news, stay for the pictures of camels

Good morning! This week has felt like ten weeks with the amount of news and various stuff happening. Here's what was up yesterday. Also a photo of a bactrian camel at the end because they're cool.

MLS might force D.C. United to find another place to play its home opener | Washington Post
There aren't many other options left in the region for D.

D.C. United new jersey, plus the MLS SuperDraft: Filibuster

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Get all the details on United's new look

2017 is gone, 2018 is here, and the preseason is upon us! Jason, Adam, and Ben kick off the new season (11:11) by talking about the MLS SuperDraft and what D.C. United did in it. we talk about their trade of the 3rd pick in the draft and the two Brazilian players they selected in the fourth round (who might be closer to not needing an international roster spot than we think).

D.C. United drafts (sometimes), releases a new jersey, starts preseason & more: Freedom Kicks for 1/22/18

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Also: the Bond trailer to beat Bond trailers.

Hi. If you were in the area this weekend, you know it was very nice, so I hope you went out and enjoyed it. As importantly, players report to RFK today as D.C. United's preseason kicks off, and for new players, they got some sightseeing in:

Gracias a Dios ya instalado, hoy en día libre.