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D.C. United passes on 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft’s first stage

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The Black-and-Red weren't interested in taking anyone at their current asking price

The MLS Re-Entry Draft's stage one came and went for D.C. United, who opted to pass with the second pick. This matches years past, where stage two — where teams can negotiate new deals with players rather than accepting their existing contract options — is far busier.

MLS releases player list for 2017 Re-Entry Draft

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D.C. United picks second in tomorrow's Stage 1

MLS has revealed the list of eligible players for the 2017 Re-Entry Draft. The event begins at 3:00pm tomorrow, with the 23 teams in the league able to select from a list of 59 players that are not eligible for the league's version of free agency, either due to their option being declined or being out of contract.

LAFC Expansion Draft, Real Madrid in Club World Cup, and more: Freedom Kicks for December 13, 2017

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A busy day for MLS.

Welcome to Wednesday folks. The MLS waiver draft is today, but don't expect much action there. All eyes mostly point toward Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft that will take place Friday. Ok, let's get to the news:

LAFC select Tico striker, young prospects in 2017 MLS Expansion Draft | MLS
Tyler Miller, Latif Blessing, Marco Urena, Jukka Raitala, and Raheem Edwards were the Los Angeles Football Club Expansion Draft picks.

MLS offseason schedule: D.C. United begins building for 2018

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This is gonna be a busy week

The confetti from the parade in Toronto has barely settled, but the rest of the league has their sights set on 2018. D.C. United made a couple of moves yesterday, but there is a slew of events this week and in the coming weeks that will all build the team towards the first year at Audi Field.

Half-day trade window winners and losers

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Breaking down the eight deals announced during yesterday's MLS half-day trade window

One of Major League Soccer's stranger mechanisms (of which there are a few) is the half-day trade window the day following the MLS Cup. It allows clubs four hours to trade players because why not? While not usually very active compared to other trade deadlines, a few players did wind up moving from club to club yesterday.

MLS Half-Day Trade Window Roundup: Kei Kamara, Walker Zimmerman, and more

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Only hours after Toronto FC lifted the 2017 MLS Cup, MLS opened a brief trade window Sunday morning. Teams could conduct player trades for four short hours between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and several teams took advantage.

Here's a closer look at all of the day's action:

Whitecaps acquire Kei Kamara from Revs

New England Revolution striker Kei Kamara is headed to western Canada as the Vancouver Whitecaps acquired his services.

MLS Ticker: Vanney wins Coach of the Year, Red Bulls buy Murillo, and more

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Greg Vanney has been named the MLS coach of the year, beating out Gerardo "Tata" Martino and Veljko Paunovic for the honor. The Toronto FC boss won with an average of 37.07 percent of the player, club, and media votes.

Vanney, who was also named SBI's MLS Coach of the Year last week, led Toronto FC to the best record in MLS regular season history with 69 points.

D.C. United makes contract decisions, RSL stadium handouts & more: Freedom Kicks for 11/27/17

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Also, still stuffed from the holiday.

Hi. So you know, D.C. United is supposed to announce whose contracts they'll be picking or not picking up for 2018, so plan accordingly. One or two of those guys had their 2017 season reviewed over the Thanksgiving break, so take a peak and get caught up to speed, if you please.

D.C. United season review: Russell Canouse

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D.C. United has a defensive midfielder around which they can build for years

Of all of D.C. United's midseason acquisitions, Russell Canouse was the one with the most mystery surrounding it. Paul Arriola was the big splash, Zoltan Stieber had the pedigree of a player who could reliably produce in Major League Soccer, Deshorn Brown was the MLS veteran, and Bruno Miranda was the flyer on a promising young talent.

Playing to win in DC, New England, and Philadelphia

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 3, 2017) US Soccer Players - We're in the midst of the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs. The best teams in the league battle it out for supremacy on fields from Cascadia to New York City. Meanwhile, a quieter, much less fun process is unfolding in all of the cities left out of the postseason party.

D.C. United season review: Deshorn Brown

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The forward gets the treatment.

There's no big surprise that little worked right for D.C. United during the 2017 season, but after a game that nobody expected them to win (a 3-1 road win over Atlanta United), the goals dried up, but fast. Patrick Mullins (whom we'll discuss later) just returned from injury, Jose Ortiz was in the midst of finding his form which was clearly not up to MLS level competition, so the Black-and-Red needed some offense before the MLS secondary window opened in July, and after 1 goal in six league games after the Atlanta win, they needed them fast.

Seattle Sounders

Expansion, waiver, and re-entry drafts, oh my! Filibuster

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Get ready for a wild couple of weeks

The Filibuster trio is back together, and not a moment too soon. Jason, Adam, and Ben discuss MLS Cup, the final game of the 2017 season, and we talk about Toronto FC's formation switch and the great game of Michael Bradley. We wonder if Seattle Sounders could have done anything sooner and better, and whether or not this TFC team had the best season in MLS history.

TFC wins, D.C. United deals & more: Freedom Kicks for 12/11/17

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Also, I'd pay a premium for a Paul Thomas Anderson Star Wars movie.

Well it was great to see Army beat Navy to claim their first Commander in Chief trophy in more than two decades in what was the only thing going on on sports Saturday.

Recaps of Toronto FC's 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders to claim their 1st MLS Cup from SB Nation proper, Waking the Red, Sounder at Heart, WaPo, ESPN (with more here, here, here, here and here), Four Four Two (with more here), Goal, Sports Illustrated and MLS (with more here, here, here, here and here).

Thanksgiving edition: Freedom Kicks for 11/23/2017

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Random stuff from across the soccer world

Hello and happy Thanksgiving! I hope your Thanksgiving is good and gets better than reading Freedom Kicks in the morning. Let's go!

D.C. United season review: Bruno Miranda - Black And Red United
Steven Streff reviews Bruno Miranda, whose loan lasts until the end of next season.

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MLS Cup preview and closing the door on 2017 D.C. United: Filibuster

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Due to Ben's unending war against his Internet provider, Jason and Adam team up to preview MLS Cup. Well, not alone; they also invited on Dave Clark of Sounder at Heart and Duncan Fletcher of The Vocal Minority to discuss the last game of the MLS season. They get into how each team will try and play and whether or not this game will be a carbon copy of last year.

D.C. United season review: Travis Worra

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In which we wonder if the right ‘keeper was let go.

Like D.C. United, Travis Worra had a decent enough 2016. He fended off competition from established veterans and seemed to have a decent enough grasp on the backup goalkeeper job heading into 2017.

And as we all know now, 2017 happened, and happened to Travis in a way.

2018 World Cup

Kathy Carter runs for U.S. Soccer president, DC United to play Malmo, and more: Freedom Kicks for December 6, 2017

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The U.S. Soccer presidential race is getting thick.

Happy Wednesday folks. I'm ready for December to get bone-chilling cold. Bring on the feet of snow, I say! Alright, there's Champions League on today, so let's get to the news:

Kathy Carter Joins a Crowded Race for U.S. Soccer President | NY Times

Kathy Carter, the president of Soccer United Marketing, has joined the race for U.

Chris Rolfe retires, USWNT vs. Canada, 2018 World Cup qualifiers, and more: Freedom Kicks for 11/10/2017

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A statue for Christian Gomez, and a tale of incredible 90s nerdery

Colder weather, after being locked out for several weeks, has kicked in our door and is throwing snowballs at us. It's time for hearty meals and high gravity beer, and for me it means it's time for some sort of major computer problem.

Sean Franklin

Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew, D.C. United news, and more: Freedom Kicks for 11/30/2017

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A hectic day in the soccer world

Hello! There was a ton of soccer news yesterday so I'll dive right into it.

D.C. United announces 2017 contract decisions, Sean Franklin among cuts - Black And Red United
D.C. United declined to exercise 2018 contract options on five players including Sean Franklin.

D.C. United season review: Chris Odoi-Atsem

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It was a mixed rookie season for United's top 2017 draft pick

Entering last year's MLS SuperDraft, expectations for what D.C. United's plans were ended up being all over the place. Mock drafts had United going for an attacker, a speedy winger, and a center back. Those same mocks all saw Chris Odoi-Atsem going several picks earlier than the Black-and-Red's first opportunity with the #12 spot on the list, but when draft day came around, the Mitchellville, MD native was still available.

Here’s why Ben Olsen is talking about a ‘blank canvas’ for D.C. United in 2018

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It looks like the floor will be clear for a significant rebuild after finishing last in the East

At media availability last week, D.C. United coach Ben Olsen hinted at forthcoming changes to the squad during this offseason. Phrases like "quite a bit" of roster turnover and having "a blank canvas" with which to build the roster were tossed about.

Bill Hamid

D.C. United close to re-signing Steve Clark

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Bill Hamid's late season replacement looks to be back in DC next year

We have now figured out a least part of the reason that D.C. United's roster status announcement has been delayed for so long. Sources close to the team have confirmed to Black and Red United that United is close to a new agreement with Steve Clark.

D.C. United season review: Eric Klenofsky

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It's hard to evaluate someone who hardly played

With the departure of Bill Hamid to Midjtylland in Denmark, the D.C. United goalkeeping situation is in flux. The team's best ever goalkeeper is gone, and while the team seems to have cast its lot with Steve Clark, the spots behind him are still up for grabs.

D.C. United season review: Bill Hamid

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The keeper is headed to Europe, but we dissect his 2017 season nonetheless

We already know how this one ends, but let's take time to discuss Bill Hamid, and his 2017 season with D.C. United. In case you haven't heard, Hamid finally decided back in October to not renew with the Black-and-Red, and signed with FC Midtjylland in Denmark, until 2022.

D.C. United season review: Steve Clark

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Is Clark the man to replace United's best-ever goalkeeper?

The end of the transfer window saw D.C. United make a remarkable splash in the transfer market. The moves, all unveiled on August 10th, made clear sense. United needed midfield and attacking upgrades all season. A week later, though, they added one more new player to the list, and the addition of Steve Clark was a little more difficult to explain.

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D.C. United season review: Chris Korb

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The fullback goes under a less painful scope this time.

It was August of 2015 when Chris Korb tore his ACL when D.C. United were on the road against New York City FC and since then, the outside back had been working on getting back to some form of game shape. He had setbacks in 2016 that caused additional surgeries, and he was unable to make the 2017 preseason roster.

D.C. United season review: Chris Durkin

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The young defensive midfielder faces the inquisition.

2017 was a season that saw Chris Durkin, the 17-year-old Homegrown Player from Glen Allen, Virginia, begin to see more action everywhere except for D.C. United. The fifth-youngest homegrown signing in the history of the league, Durkin was not expected to feature much this season for the Black-and-Red.

Julian Buescher

Julian Buescher says goodbye to D.C. United

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It sure reads like it.

Yesterday we talked about whether D.C. United should retain the services of Julian Buescher for a third season.

Today in an Instagram post the 24-midfielder made it sure sound like the decision's already been made:

D.C. United family: As I prepare to travel back to Germany to visit my loved ones I wanted to take an opportunity to say thank you to the whole organization, fans, & family I was able to be a part of over the past two years.

D.C. United season review: Julian Buescher

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Will Buescher play for United again next year?

It seems like an eternity ago, but back in March of 2016, Julian Buescher smashed this goal against Queretaro FC, the only goal D.C. United would score as they lost out in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. Days before, Buescher had made his professional debut by coming off the bench in Mexico, before scoring that goal in the second leg.

The Rest

D.C. United acquires Darren Mattocks from Portland Timbers

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Some younger speed up front for the Black-and-Red in this move.

First reported by SB Nation's Portland Timbers blog Stumptown Footy, sources have since told us that D.C. United has acquired forward Darren Mattocks from the Timbers in exchange for an international roster spot in 2018. Sources also tell us that the team has signed him for the 2018 season.

Providence Park: Construction update

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It's going to be well worth the wait.

As we all know, part of Providence Park is getting a face lift and expanding. The Timbers will spend the first five or six matches on the road to start both the 2018 and 2019 seasons, but it won't affect the number of home matches as MLS will backload their schedule similar to what they're doing for D.

D.C. United season review: Rob Vincent

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An unfortunate series of events cost the midfielder most of the 2017 season

Back towards the end of the 2016 season, as D.C. United pushed their way into the playoffs thanks to a months long scoring outburst, Rob Vincent became an important part of the team. Initially cast as a wide midfielder after leading the USL in goalscoring with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Vincent had trouble earning much playing time.

Our D.C. United protected list for SB Nation’s mock 2017 MLS Expansion Draft

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LAFC is coming to take everyone's players. Here's who we would protect if we were running the Black-and-Red

With LAFC taking the field in 2018, MLS has opted to bring back one of its many time-honored traditions: the Expansion Draft. Well, "honored" might not be right, since most people really dislike the Expansion Draft, and for good reason.

D.C. United season review: Marcelo Sarvas

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The Brazilian midfielder is out of contract, after two seasons with the Black-and-Red

We have reached the point in the season reviews in which we already know what roster decisions D.C. United have made. The Black-and-Red were the last team who was no longer playing this year to release their decisions, announcing more than two full days after the list was due to the league, on Monday afternoon.

D.C. United non-Audi Field stadium options

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If D.C. United has to play home games somewhere else, where should they go?

Construction on D.C. United's new home at Audi Field continues apace, but there have been signs that have opened the possibility of some early-season home games being played outside of Audi Field. In September, D.C.

Djurgardens defender Elliot Kack says D.C. United was interested in him

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We might be catching the last gasp of a dying rumor

A report from Sweden claimed that D.C. United had at one point expressed interest in defender Elliot Kack, who plays for Djurgardens in the Swedish Allsvenskan. The report closes by saying that D.C. has moved on to other options, so this rumor may have already played itself out from start to finish.

MLS playoffs and reviewing D.C. United’s season: Filibuster

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But before all of that we have breaking hair news that will shock the country

Now that D.C. United are solidly into the offseason, it is time to take stock of the team, take a larger view of 2017, and see what needs to happen going forward for 2018. This will be a theme of the show throughout the offseason, so Adam, Jason, and Ben start off by looking at two of United's key players: Luciano Acosta and Paul Arriola.

Sounders beat Whitecaps, MLS expansion, and more: Freedom Kicks for 11/3/2017

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Hello from the House of Ladybugs

I'm not sure how it happens or what's going on, but when we get chilly weather followed by a warmer, sunny day, my house gets swarmed by ladybugs. Today, I counted 50 before stopping yesterday afternoon, and there were 10 or so just inside the house. I basically live here now via the generosity of the ladybugs.