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4 thoughts on D.C. United’s unsettling loss to the Columbus Crew

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After an aggravating loss, The Last Word is focused on the bad, the good (no, really), and United's disjointed attempts to press teams

I don't think I was the only D.C. United fan who walked into RFK Stadium expecting a win over Columbus Crew SC. The Crew were struggling, after all, and United showed a knack for bouncing back last season after defeats.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew Community/Site Player Ratings

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We go through the pain a little bit here.

D.C. United came back home to Estadio RFK to face a Columbus Crew SC team who was reeling in their own right. The Crew rolled out a new formation, frustrated the Black-and-Red players and faithful en route to a 2-0 win which left D.C. winless and goalless.

Player of the week: Zack Steffen

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This week, PSP's player of the week is a Downingtown native Zack Steffen of the Columbus Crew.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew GIFs

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We look at some moments of curiosity.

Well, watching D.C. United keep its 2017 goals account closed for the time being with a 2-0 loss against Columbus Crew SC was hardly fun by any means, but in attempting to look deeper there may be some other causes of concern.

First and foremost is Bill Hamid's early game save.

Penalty nightmare for D.C. United in 2-0 loss to Columbus Crew

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Steve Birnbaum conceded two penalties as United remain without a goal in 2017

D.C. United's winless, and scoreless streak to start the 2017 season continued on Saturday night, as United lost 2-0 to Columbus Crew SC at RFK Stadium. Gonzalo Higuain and Ola Kamara provided the goals for the Crew, both coming from the penalty spot.

Columbus Crew SC

USA vs. Honduras preview with Matt Doyle, D.C. United vs. Columbus review: Filibuster 229

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We have to reflect on D.C. United before getting to the USMNT

D.C. United is off this weekend, but Filibuster is not! Jason, Ben, and Adam are here to talk about (another) depressing game. We talk about the penalty kicks in the recent loss to Columbus Crew SC and wonder why D.C. United is so bad in March throughout their history.

Frustration rising as D.C. United continue scoreless 2017

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270 scoreless minutes means the Black-and-Red have just one point after three games

Referee Ted Unkel might not have won over many fans from D.C. United on Saturday night, but it was the Black-and-Red's own ineptitude in front of goal that has kept United winless to start the 2017 season. The latest set back was a 2-0 defeat at home to Columbus Crew SC, as center back Steve Birnbaum conceded two penalties, one on each side of the half.

Major League Soccer

Crew drop D.C. United to earn first win of 2017

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The Columbus Crew recorded their first win of the MLS season, beating D.C. United 2-0 on Saturday at RFK Stadium.

The scoring began when Columbus was awarded a penalty following Steve Birnbaum's foul on Ola Kamara in the 38th minute. Federico Higuain stepped up to take the penalty, and though Bill Hamid dove the right way, the Argentine still managed to score his first goal of the season.

MLS Week 2: The SBI Breakdown

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The second week of MLS play was supposed to be headlined by a clash between expansion sides but, while one of them brought the attacking heat, it was quite apparent that it was the cold that would take center stage in the teams' sophomore efforts.

Winter conditions affected several MLS matches, with the most obvious coming in New England as the Revolution canceled their match with Orlando City.

Rate D.C. United’s performance vs. NYCFC

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You get to weigh in on the best(?) and worst on the field.

D.C. United came into Sunday afternoon's game with New York City FC looking for their first win of 2017, in an environment they've had little success in. So while the 4-0 loss couldn't be entirely unexpected, there are some things to mull over.

Dynamo face unique tactical challenge in Columbus

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Crew SC are unique among MLS clubs in terms of their tactical approach.

The majority of MLS teams play either a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3. Just four of the 22 clubs — D.C. United, New England Revolution, San Jose Earthquakes, and Toronto FC — use something other than one of those formations as their main look.

Sporting KC earns road tie with D.C. United

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Sporting KC secured a road point for its first match of the 2017 MLS season, a physical battle against D.C. United that produced a match full of attacking chances.

Instead of a shootout,though, both defenses had strong showings in what turned out to be a 0-0 draw, one featuring plenty of action on both ends.

D.C. United vs. Sporting KC 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS online

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The 2017 MLS season kicks off tonight for the Black-and-Red

The 2017 MLS season kicked off last night in Portland, and for D.C. United it starts tonight against Sporting Kansas City. The Black-and-Red, in what will be their final season at RFK Stadium, open their schedule against a KC team that picked up one more point than them last season, and Peter Vermes always brings a tough, physical team to the District.

MLS 2017 starts tonight, CCL delights, and more: Friday Freedom Kicks

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A big change in the NWSL, Mix Diskerud, and a story about selling pants are all included

We've had four CCL games as the appetizer, but tonight the MLS season really gets started. The Portland Timbers host Minnesota United on Fox Sports 1. Finally, I can stop chipping away at my DVR backlog of shows and movies and get back to forgoing all popular culture in favor of soccer, soccer, and more soccer.

DC United breaks ground

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DC United held the groundbreaking ceremony for Audi Field, finally getting their own soccer-specific stadium.

FOX Soccer’s Rob Stone Blasts Revolution

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Stone is mad as hell and just can't take it anymore, he's probably not alone.

Opening week of the MLS season is upon us and there is excitement all around the league. DC United is getting a new stadium, expansion sides Atlanta United and Minnesota United are joining the league and Rob Stone is putting the New England Revolution on full blast.

MLS Ticker: Plata signs DP extension, DCU break ground on stadium, and more

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While not a flashy new player, Real Salt Lake completed the re-signing of a key component of its roster, locking Joao Plata up with a new multi-year DP deal.

The 24-year old winger has been a boon for RSL since his trade from Toronto FC in 2013, as he's notched 30 goals and 30 assists in regular season play, leaving him fifth and third respectively in club history.

SBI MLS Season Preview: D.C. United

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The last time we saw D.C. United on a Major League Soccer pitch, the Black and Red were shellacked by the Montreal Impact in the knockout round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Sure, there was disappointment across the board for United, but all they can do now is learn from the mistakes and shortcomings and find more success during the 2017 MLS season, which begins for D.

Sporting Kansas City

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew SC staff and reader predictions

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Can the Black-and-Red finally find the back of the net?

It's safe to say that D.C. United haven't started the 2017 season quite as hoped or planned—that was true after the first game against Sporting Kansas City, and it was even more true after the best-not-dwell loss to New York City FC last weekend.

D.C. United listless in NYCFC defeat

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United were again largely toothless without Luciano Acosta

It was not much of a surprise an hour before kickoff on Sunday, with D.C. United visiting New York City FC, that Luciano Acosta was once again missing from the gameday squad. Head coach Ben Olsen had said throughout the week the playmaker was day-to-day with an ankle injury, and as of Tuesday Acosta had not returned to the practice field.

D.C. United versus NYCFC lineup: Waiting for Acosta

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Without the diminutive playmaker, United will stick with its opening lineup

D.C. United takes its first and only road trip to New York City this Sunday, going to Yankee Stadium to face off against New York City FC. The Pigeons have a couple of names that you definitely know: Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, and Ethan White, plus a number of lesser known players that they're trying to work into a coherent whole.

D.C. United vs. Sporting KC Community/Site Player Ratings

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We wrap up, pack up, and move on from Saturday.

D.C. United opened up the last opening game of their time at RFK Stadium against Sporting Kansas City with big aspirations and thoughts of a win with a bunch of goals scored being a formality were on many minds. So when a scoreless draw occurred naturally there was cause for some disappointment.

4 thoughts about D.C. United’s draw with Sporting KC

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The Last Word returns to tackle a frustrating season opener

The atmosphere, as fans cleared out of a cold RFK Stadium around 9pm Saturday, was one of disappointment. D.C. United fans of all stripes seemed a bit deflated after the Black-and-Red - coming into the season having scored 36 goals in their last 15 competitive games - were held to a 0-0 draw by Sporting Kansas City.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City GIFs

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We look at some things from the game.

When you see a scoreless draw between two teams on the first weekend of regular season such as the one D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City engaged in Saturday, it would be a problematic thing for someone to try and look at GIFs from a contest such as that.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City ratings form

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You get to weigh in on the best and worst on the field.

D.C. United came into their first game of 2017 (and their last home opener at RFK, if I understand things) with high-ish aspirations and expectations, dampened slightly by the absence of a key figure in the lineup. Though they found themselves outshot, they did seem to have more dangerous chances in their 0-0 draw with Sporting Kansas City, they did leave Saturday's game disappointed and with some work to do.

Sporting KC projected starting 11 to face D.C. United

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Opposition 11 is back to preview Kansas City in the season opener for both sides

The word "rebuild" has been tossed around a few times this offseason when people talk about Sporting Kansas City. It's a bit odd; yes, the club has two new wide forwards, and there's talk that defensive midfielder Ilie Sanchez is a game-changer, but other than that?

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City lineup: Soccer is back!

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After a long offseason, D.C. United are finally back in action

The regular season is finally back, and D.C. United takes on Sporting Kansas City this Saturday. Ben Olsen has been remarkably consistent in his first choice starters throughout the preseason, with the main wrinkle being Sean Franklin at center back and the corresponding move of Nick DeLeon to right back.

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Luciano Acosta returns to training for D.C. United

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Despite making progress, Lucho is still questionable to face Columbus

It's been a long two games for D.C. United without their playmaker, Luciano Acosta, but there may be reason for hope in the nation's capital. After picking up an ankle injury in the final preseason game against the Philadelphia Union, Acosta had not practiced for United, who have managed just one point and zero goals scored to start the season.

D.C. United’s Sean Franklin, Nick DeLeon look to start 2017 at new positions

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Ben Olsen looks likely to start the season with Franklin in the middle and DeLeon at right back

Barring any last minute set backs, the team that will trot out onto the field at RFK Stadium for D.C. United will include eleven familiar faces. That's not too shocking, United, after an early exit from the playoffs in 2016, decided to keep the core of the team together in the offseason.

New York City FC

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We unpack the unpleasantness.

D.C. United was hoping to get some sort of result in a place (Yankee Stadium) they hadn't against a team (New York City FC) opening up a stadium for another team the previous week. But the 4-0 loss showed several different things of concern for fans, perhaps things beyond what could be dismissed as a one-off rout.

NYCFC meltdown and D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew SC: Filibuster 228

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Let's dispose of the NYCFC game as quickly as possible

Well that was another poor performance from D.C. United, but the guys from Filibuster are here to talk you through it. We talk about the game against New York City FC and start with some praise for Ian Harkes before diving into everything that went wrong.

First half onslaught leads NYCFC to lopsided win over D.C. United

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NEW YORK New York City FC was held relatively quiet in their season opener, but there was little D.C. United could do to prevent an attacking onslaught on Sunday afternoon.

A trio of first half goals proved more than enough for NYCFC, who cruised past D.

D.C. United vs. New York City FC: Staff and reader predictions

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Both teams are looking to make up for disappointing opening weekends—so which one will?

All right, so the first game of the season didn't go exactly as hoped, did it? And now D.C. United have hit the road to take on New York City FC. NYCFC lost their first game (away to Orlando City), so they'll be looking to wrap up three points at home, while DCU will be aiming to make the statement they'd wanted to make last weekend.

The Rest

Richmond Kickers announce D.C. United loanees

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Five players from the District will spend most of their time in RVA

The Richmond Kickers announced today the five players that D.C. United will send on loan to the USL club: Chris Durkin, Alhaji Kamara, Maxim Tissot, Chris Odoi-Atsem, and Eric Klenofsky. These players will be on indefinite loan, but are eligible for recall at any time.

NYCFC projected starting 11 to face D.C. United

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This week, Opposition 11 looks over David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, and the rest of the New York City FC lineup

You might not have particularly fond memories of D.C. United's last trip to Yankee Stadium. Leading New York City FC 1-0 and frankly doing so comfortably, a short-handed United side saw a huge error from stand-in left back Luke Mishu gift David Villa a 79th minute goal, and a game the Black-and-Red were quietly putting to bed instead became a raging hellion.

D.C. United gears up for NYCFC, Marta to NWSL?, & more: Freedom Kicks for 3/10/2017

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Spirit season starts soon, Galaxy suspensions, and an invitation to start your Friday off

I wish I had something odd to tell you here, or funny, but I don't. Instead, for those of you not going up to New York for D.C. United's game on Sunday, come out to our watch party at Dock FC over in Ivy City!

D.C. United academy coach Tom Torres becomes head of Washington Spirit’s Girls DA program in Virginia

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A D.C. soccer veteran moves from one local pro club to the other

The Washington Spirit named D.C United academy coach Tom Torres to lead the NWSL club's Virginia-based U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy. The newly-formed league will start play this fall. The Spirit are also running a program in Maryland with Spirit assistant coach Denise Reddy in charge.

Patrick Mullins finally has stability with new D.C. United contract

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Mullins inked an extension in February after spending 3 years at 3 different clubs

Patrick Mullins had trouble finding a permanent home to start his MLS career. The two-time M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner at the University of Maryland, an award given to the best collegiate player in the country, figured to be a high pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

MLS Eastern Conference Preview: Orlando City SC

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Signs point to more of the same for the Lions in 2017

In 2015, Orlando City looked dead in the water. A middling opening half of the season gave way to a horrid 1W-3D-7L run through July and August, leaving the expansion side looking like road kill. However, with elimination staring them in the face, the Lions reeled off five straight wins, briefly extending their hopes until the penultimate game of the season.

D.C. United really did break ground on a stadium

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Audi Field will soon be a real building at Buzzard Point. We can barely believe it.

It never seemed like today would come. That's the thought that I had over and over again yesterday, right up until - with my own eyes - I witnessed actual earth being moved in the name of building D.C. United a stadium.