D.C. United

Philadelphia Union

News roundup: Steel get winger, Pulisic at Talen, Chivas beat Toronto

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Plus USMNT coach backs Curtin, DC fan looks at Saturday's match, World Cup news, and more.

Double dipping: notes from Sarachan and Curtin’s press conferences

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U.S. manager Dave Sarachan announced Christian Pulisic will play for the U.S. in a friendly in Philly, while Jim Curtin suggested that few changes would be made to a struggling Union starting lineup.

Philadelphia Union start youngest back line in MLS history

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The Philadelphia Union back line had an average age of 69 days younger than the previous record set by a back three for D.C. United in 2000

With 18-year-old Matthew Real making the start Saturday against the Colorado Rapids in place of injured veteran Fabinho, the Philadelphia Union lined up a back four with an 18, 19, 22 and 24-year-old that was the youngest in league history.

Columbus Crew

D.C. United’s first win and new ownership rumors: Filibuster

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We've got rumors to make up for the fact that there is no game this weekend

D.C. United has their first win of the year and Filibuster are here to talk about it! Jason, Ben, and Adam discuss the 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew, and break down Ulises Segura's very fast goal in all its glory. We also discuss the very effect press and how it shut down Columbus' midfield, and then talk about how the game shifted when Paul Arriola was sent off.

3 things we learned in DCU’s win over the Crew

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Like reading through fuzzy tea leaves in week 1, let's try this again.

When you're playing in ostensibly a home game for the last time in three months with an opponent who pasted you a couple of weeks prior, as D.C. United was heading into Saturday's game with the Columbus Crew, and it's compounded by the start you've had to the year thus far, you kinda need a win to get the weight off your back and make everyone breathe a little easier.

DCU lineup vs. Crew : Time to bust the slump

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Can the guys get their first three points?

D.C. United takes on the Columbus Crew this weekend at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. After a week off and with no wins so far this season, three points are desperately needed. With players like Junior Moreno and Russell Canouse coming back to full training, Ben Olsen will have almost all of his options available to him.

D.C. United versus Columbus Crew, plus your questions! Filibuster

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We break into your questions before previewing the Crew

D.C. United may soon have a new owner, but the Filibuster crew will stick with you through thick, thin, and three separate ownership groups! In this episode of the podcast, Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about goats and Adam's failures at March Madness (9:29) before getting back into your questions.

The MLS report: Week Zlatan

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MLS had quite the weekend. We'll recap the week that was with a look to the Pacific Northwest, a brief snapshot of the Union's next opponent, and touch on a certain someone's debut.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 5

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In a week headlined by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, there was plenty of action all around across MLS.

Jozy Altidore pushed the LA Galaxy to a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake. (READ)

Second half goals propelled the Vancouver Whitecaps past the Columbus Crew. (READ)

Orlando City edged the New York Red Bulls, 4-3, in a back-and-forth thriller.

D.C. United is its own worst enemy right now

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The Last Word laments the Black-and-Red's self-destructive streak after Saturday's 3-1 loss against the Columbus Crew

Putting together a piece for D.C. United's loss against the Columbus Crew had been evading me on Sunday and Monday. There are a lot of things to be frustrated about, and they're magnified because there are positives leading up to the bad parts.

D.C. United’s frustrating start continues, and Sporting KC looms: Filibuster

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We gotta talk it out

Nothing is going quite to plan for D.C. United on the field, but everything is full steam ahead for your favorite D.C. United podcasters. Jason, Adam, and Ben break down D.C. United's frustrating 3-1 loss to the Columbus Crew by first contrasting the best 15 minutes stretch of the season so far with the with the rest of the game, especially the goals.

Monday Freedom Kicks: United and Spirit lose, Brazil outlasts Russia, and more

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Happy Monday folks. Because of my trip to North Carolina for the United States-Paraguay friendly, I'm rocking Monday this week. Thanks to Ryan, who was gracious enough to help me by switching Freedom Kicks this week. Now, let's kickstart the week with the news from the weekend:

D.C. United outclassed as Columbus Crew roll to 3-1 victory | Black & Red United


Crew down D.C. United behind trio of first-half goals

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The Columbus Crew may have missed their chances a week ago at Philadelphia, but Gregg Berhalter's side showed a short memory on Saturday as they rolled to three points at home.

A pair of first-half goals scored two minutes apart broke the game open for the Crew as they cruised to a 3-1 home win at Mafpre Stadium over winless D.

Zlatan to LA Galaxy, NWSL season begins, and more: Freedom Kicks for 3/23/2018

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Multiple D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew notes to go with plenty of NWSL news as the 2018 season looms

Starting tomorrow, we are well and truly in the thick of another season. D.C. United is on the road against the Columbus Crew, which looks like it'll be a tough one. The Washington Spirit open their season with a daunting trip to face the Seattle Reign, their most difficult foe over the years.

D.C. United versus Columbus Crew lineup: dealing with absences

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Even with 5 absences, United can roll out a good team

D.C. United takes on the Columbus Crew this weekend and will have to do so without their full complement of players. Junior Moreno picked up a knock in the game against the Houston Dynamo, Ulises Segura is with the Costa Rican national team, Oniel Fisher and Dane Kelly are with Jamaica, and Zoltan Stieber is with the Hungarian national team.

Major League Soccer

Trying to make a run in the East

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Apr 18, 2018) US Soccer Players - Let's start this discussion about the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer by putting aside three teams: NYCFC, Atlanta United, and Toronto FC.

That's the elite of both the Eastern Conference and MLS. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who disagrees that those teams belong at the top.

News Roundup: Union sign Mbaizo, Toronto lose to Chivas, Hack’s U-17’s defeat Norway

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Plus two Union U-15's going to Italy, Penn FC's opener broadcast locally, Dortmund coming to Pittsburgh, and more.

On This Day in Football: Scots beat England in front of record crowd, Adu makes history

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On this day in 1937, Scotland hosted England at Hampden Park in Glasgow for the last game of that season’s British Home Championship in front of a record crowd of 149,415.

The two countries had already lost the Championship to Wales who had won all of their three games in the competition and were instead battling for second place.

D.C. United wins while their (soon to be) new owner talks business: Freedom Kicks for 4/16/18

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Quick and to the point, these links are.

Hi! Scientifically proven that winning > losing, or something I guess.

Recaps of D.C. United's 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew SC from us (with more from us here), WaPo, MLS and Pro Soccer USA. Massive Report has things from the Yellow side of the aisle.

Olsen: Hard work key to first win of 2018

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D.C. United breathed a deep sigh of relief Saturday night after finally getting their first win of the 2018 MLS season over the Columbus Crew.

For Ben Olsen, it was the product of the hard work that the team has been putting in through the early months of the season.

"You want to get the first three points because the guys have put in a lot of hard work," said Olsen following the win over the Crew.

Major Link Soccer: Mario Balotelli to D.C. United?

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International Champions Cup to add women's team, Juventus heartbreak and RSL thrashed in the Bronx,


ICYMI, Toronto FC are playing in yet another final. This time they are playing in the CONCACAF Champions League. Some think that Toronto is the favorite in the final, which is a new role of MLS.

What is the MLS business model?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Apr 11, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS is adding at least one new name to its group of investor/operators. Per reports from Bloomberg and Steven Goff of the Washington Post, new investors are stepping in to take over a majority share of original franchise DC United.

Erick Thohir

New owners for D.C. United?, Kathy Carter leaving SUM, and more: Tuesday Freedom Kicks

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OK, FIRST of all, I distinctly remember that last week in Freedom Kicks I complained about how cold it still is even though it's APRIL and we're supposed to be in SPRING. And you know what? I'm still cold!!

So help me if Saturday's game is freezing. SO HELP ME.

Report: Patrick Soon-Shiong to buy Erick Thohir’s stake in D.C. United

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Per Bloomberg, one of the owners of the Los Angeles Lakers is about to take over the Black-and-Red at a price of $500 million

D.C. United could be on the verge of having new ownership. Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg broke the news late tonight, reporting that NantWorks chairman and Los Angeles Lakers minority owner Patrick Soon-Shiong is close to purchasing United at a valuation of $500 million.

Columbus Crew SC

Russell Canouse inching closer to return after injury layoff

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The midfielder has yet to play for the Black-and-Red this year

After impressing during the second half of last season, when D.C. United brought him over from Germany, Russell Canouse had hopes for himself, and the Black-and-Red coming into 2018. The season has not been so kind to United thus far, and same goes for Russell, who has yet to feature for the team this year, as he continues to recover from an injury suffered in the first preseason camp.

Recap: D.C. United outclassed as Crew roll to 3-1 victory

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Despite a lively first half, United saw their mistakes punished as Columbus went into a tie atop the Supporters Shield standings

D.C. United was hoping to build on last week's comeback draw, but against a high-flying Columbus Crew SC, they instead got a familiar result. The Crew won 3-1 at Mapfre Stadium, extending United's winless streak in the state of Ohio to 11 games over the last decade.

Sporting Kansas City

D.C. United at the early season break, plus Sporting Kansas City: Filibuster

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We talk about the heat of Ben Olsen's seat

D.C. United has a week off, but your friends at Filibuster do not! Jason, Adam, and Ben are here to get us through D.C. United's game against Sporting Kansas City, and we start (10:55)with how the Sporks attacked D.C. United's right side and how the team as a whole showed a lot of "not good enough.

D.C. United (always?) loses, Zlatan always wins & more: Freedom Kicks for 4/2/18

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If you thought this wouldn't get mentioned, you're crazy.

Hi. So remember that NCAA Final Four bracket of shame thing that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago but Adam mentioned on Filibuster last week? Here's an update:

Hey, Nova is up 18, and this avi (from 2008!

Recap: DCU fall 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City

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An early goal doomed United, who were held scoreless for the first time this season

An early goal from Felipe Gutierrez was the only tally that Sporting Kansas City needed on Saturday night, defeating D.C. United 1-0 at Children's Mercy Park. Gutierrez's goal in the 3rd minute, which might eventually be changed to an own goal credited to Frederic Brillant, was the result of catching United flatfooted out of the gate, something that has not been an issue so far this year.

Brillant own goal lifts Sporting KC to victory over D.C. United

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Sporting Kansas City made it three wins in a row, beating D.C. United 1-0 on Saturday at Children's Mercy Park.

The game's lone goal came after only three minutes after D.C.'s Frederic Brillant scored an own goal. The home side's in form midfielder, Felipe Gutierrez, won the ball yards from the penalty area, and made his way to the left side of the box.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City staff and reader predictions

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My kingdom for three points.

OK. So. D.C. United has not a won game yet this season. It's been pretty frustrating. We've seen flashes of good, but ultimately the Black-and-Red are struggling to get results.

And look, I'm not trying to sound like a broken record here, but this team is going to have a get a few wins on the road if they want to have a not-terrible season.

The Rest

Spirit to face Portland Thorns at Buzzard Point on 8/25

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D.C. United's new home on Buzzard Point will host the first women's pro club match in the District in nearly a decade

The long-rumored possibility of the Washington Spirit playing a home game at D.C. United's new stadium has been confirmed. Both clubs announced today that Audi Field will host a match between the Spirit and the defending NWSL champion Portland Thorns FC on August 25th at 7:00pm.

Chicharito to D.C. United?, Clint Dempsey suspended, and more: Freedom Kicks for 4/13/2018

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Does it feel weird to have huge names being mentioned as United signings? Might have to get used to it.

D.C. United and the Washington Spirit have games tomorrow, a bunch of big-name strikers are being linked to the Black-and-Red and to MLS in general, the NWSL season might take a very unexpected turn, and the Washington Capitals.

Recap: Worra helps Richmond Kickers to draw against NYRB2

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The D.C. United loanee helped Richmond get a point against NYRB's USL satellite club

After dropping their first two matches of the season, the Richmond Kickers are back on track with four points in the last two games. In both outings, goalkeeper Travis Worra was crucial to their success. With the partnership between Richmond and D.

Report: Potential new D.C. United owners eye Balotelli as part of double DP additions

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As D.C. United reportedly nears a sale that would see a new majority owner, that potential owner would apparently help open the doors for some serious reinforcements this summer.

According to Sports Illustrated, the proposed sale would pave the way for D.C. United to add two new designated players, and the club has recently been in contact with super agent Mino Raiola regarding Italian forward Mario Balotelli.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/6/18

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Earnie Stewart considered for USA GM, Copa America invites are sent, and more in today's links

Philadelphia Union News

Stewart, Curtis interviewed for US men's national team GM
Philadelphia Union sporting director Earnie Stewart and former New York Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis recently interviewed for the newly-created US men's national team general manager position, sources have told MLSsoccer.

Friday Freedom Kicks: USWNT wins, DCU & Spirit news, & Kurt Russell

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It's an off weekend for our clubs, but the Spirit's internationals are out there scoring goals left and right

It hasn't been a good season on or off the field for D.C. United, but the construction team appears to be avoiding defeat:

This is totally wild.

Thursday Freedom Kicks: USWNT vs. Mexico, Liverpool vs. Man City, and more

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A little local news, and a lot of Champions League talk

Good morning! Tonight, the USWNT face Mexico at 7pm in Jacksonville, and there are a lot of Champions League things to discuss. There's also still

USA vs Mexico friendly: preview and TV schedule | Stars and Stripes FC
Here's the obligatory preview.

The USA wins, Chris Durkin’s era begins & more: Freedom Kicks for 3/28/18

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And a DCU international callup roundup.

Hi. So I traded days with Donald so he could fly back, before getting volunteered for actual job type stuff late yesterday afternoon, evening and this morning. So the usual content buffet be a little lean today, sorry.

USA beat Paraguay 1-0 in friendly between World Cup absentees (us): So as far as I gather, future D.