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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.