Dejan Jakovic

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The Etchy Award, for D.C. United's most valuable player

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We've come to the last Benny Award, that for D.C. United's most valuable player of 2015.

We have reached the end of the Benny Awards season, so there is only one more award to give out: The Etchy Award, given to D.C. United's most valuable player. The award is obviously named after El Diablo himself, Marco Etcheverry, who was the catalyst of those early D.

The Popie Award, for D.C. United's best defender

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Who was D.C. United's best defender this season?

Like last year, D.C. United relied on their defense to win games. And, just like last year, Popie Award, given to D.C. United's best defender of the year, is stacked. Named after Eddie Pope, of D.C. United and US men's national team fame, it has been previously given out to Bobby Boswell, Bill Hamid,Brandon McDonald, Dejan Jakovic, Julius James, and Bryan Namoff.

The Andy Award, for D.C. United's best new player

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We combine awards to name one player as D.C. United's best new player

After a massive overhaul last year, D.C. United made fewer changes this year over last. And with only one obvious rookie candidate, the awards committee has decided to merge the Nelly Award, for best Newcomer, with the Andy Award, for best rookie.

The Popie Award, for D.C. United's best defender

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In a season with vastly improved defending, who was the best of the year?

Unlike last year, the field for the Popie Award, given to D.C. United's best defender of the year, is stacked. Named after Eddie Pope, of D.C. United and US men's national team fame, it has been previously given out to Bill Hamid, Brandon McDonald, Dejan Jakovic, Julius James, and Bryan Namoff.

The Nelly Award: Choose D.C. United's best newcomer

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This Nelly Award is as stacked a field as there has ever been for a Benny Award.

D.C. United had a massive overhaul last season, and so there are plenty of contenders for the Nelly Award, given to the best newcomer on the team. It is, of course, named after Ryan Nelsen, former D.C. United captain, MLS Cup winner, and former coach of Toronto FC.

S-Pulse fullback Lee Ki-je offered trial by D.C. United?

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D.C. United looks across the Pacific for their next possible trialist.

The rumor on Twitter is that South Korean left back Lee Ki-je has been offered a trial by D.C. United. Lee plays for Shimizu S-Pulse of the J-League, otherwise known as the team to whom D.C. United sold Dejan Jakovic after a frustrating run with the team.

Flown The Nest: D.C. United First Team Alumni News & Notes

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Dejan Jakovic makes his first appearance in Japan, James Riley arrives at the sixth MLS club of his career, Andy Najar could return to RFK Stadium in May, and much more!

Our regular update on former D.C. United players is back and raring to go after what has been a busy period for first team alumni.

D.C. United 0-1 Chicago Fire: United's preseason losing streak continues

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D.C. United's preseason losing streak continued, falling 1-0 against the Chicago Fire in their last preseason game in Florida.

The trend that has occured in D.C. United's first two preseason games continued in this morning's game against the Chicago Fire: United had good possession and a solid defense in the first half, which then fell apart in the second half when the substitutes were brought in.

Filibuster podcast episode 62: It sounds like the Killing Curse from Harry Potter

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On tap tonight: a classic Manhattan, a fancy Sazerac, and a Southern Tier Old Man Winter Ale.

The Filibuster crew is back after their holiday break, and are rejuvenated and ready to dive back into the tumult of the offseason. This is the third year that Filibuster has been in existence, so we ring it in with some New Year's Resolutions for D.

D.C. United lineup: Taking a wild guess at who will start on March 8

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D.C. United is barely halfway through the offseason, but that won't prevent us from taking a look at the current form of the roster and guessing who will start on March 8.

With all of the moves that D.C. United have made so far this offseason (and especially this week), speculation naturally turns to how the team will fit all of these players into their lineup.

Soccer By Ives reporting that Dejan Jakovic has been sold to a team in Japan

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In a surprising move, it seems as though D.C. United has sold Dejan Jakovic to an unnamed Japanese team for a small fee.

Ives Galarcep, of Soccer By Ives fame, is reporting that D.C. United has sold Canadian center back Dejan Jakovic to an unnamed Japanese team for a small fee. While the allocation money that it generates will be minimal at best, the move does save United almost $300,000 in salary cap charges and makes the reasoning behind Wednesday's selection of Nana Attakora more clear.

Cake or Death? D.C. United homegrown center back Ethan White

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With the 2013 season finally, mercifully behind us, it's time to run through the D.C. United roster and determine who should stay and eat cake and who should leave the team and find inevitable death. Today, our second-straight University of Maryland product, Ethan White.

In a year that was otherwise horrendous for D.

The Popie Award, for D.C. United's best defender of the year

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In a year where the defending was particularly bad, can any climb to the top of this dung heap?

Shouldn't you be helping cook the Thanksgiving meal instead of reading a soccer blog? Well, while the turkey is cooking, steal a second or two away from your family to vote for the Popie Award, given D.

The Nelly Award: Choose D.C. United's best newcomer

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The Benny Awards march ever forward and the second award to be given out is the Nelly Award, which is given to the best newcomer to the team. It is, of course, named after Ryan Nelsen, former D.C. United captain, MLS Cup winner, and now the coach of Toronto FC. Past winners of this award include Branko Boskovic, Louis Crayton, Dejan Jakovic, and Lionard Pajoy.

Match Day #32 Game Thread: D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Information: D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union

Where: RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00

Channel: TCN

Commentators: JP Dellacamera and Alejandro Moreno

Meet the Opposition: Black And Red United

Officials: Edvin Jurisevic.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union lineup: Jigsaw puzzle of defenders

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With the news coming out now that Dejan Jakovic and John Thorrington are both out injured for the rest of the season, Ben Olsen will now have to make some more difficult decisions about who to start in defense and midfield. It is especially unfortunate for Jakovic, as it deprives him of time to pair with Ethan White (who is also hurt and unlikely to play) so that they can try and develop the beginnings of a partnership for next year.

Injuries End The Season For D.C. United's John Thorrington And Dejan Jakovic

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In case you thought this season was done meting out punishment and sadness, you were wrong. D.C. United confirmed today that midfielder John Thorrington and defender Dejan Jakovic will both be out for the rest of the 2013 season with injuries. Per Steve Goff at the Washington Post, the veteran duo will be unavailable for this weekend's tilt with the Philadelphia Union, next week's trip to the midwest to face Sporting Kansas City, and the season-ending home game against the Houston Dynamo on October 27th.

D.C. United Goat of the Month for September 2013 - POLL

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It took less than one day in October to surpass everything D.C. United had accomplished so far in 2013 (which, admittedly, ain't much). Had the U.S. Open Cup final come a day earlier, this poll (and the Player of the Month poll) would probably look a bit different, at least in tone. But as it stands, somebody has to bear the blame for a winless September that saw United claim a single point while losing to Chivas USA and Toronto FC.

Filibuster Podcast - Week 30: A long slow descent into hell

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The Filibuster guys are back once again and are following D.C. United on their long slow descent into hell. The talk about Bill Hamid's performance against the New England Revolution, whether or not there is a goalkeeping controversy with Joe Willis in the US Open Cup Final. They then (unfortunately) have to talk about the rest of the defense's performance in that game, ponder whether or not United could even get Dejan Jakovic off their books if they tried, and consider whether Conor Shanoksy has a chance to start next Tuesday in Salt Lake City.

Chivas USA vs. D.C. United - Week 27 Storystream

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It's a bottom-of-the-table battle in Carson, California as the Black-and-Red go west to face the Goats. Find all of B&RU's coverage of the game right here.

For any normal team, the loss of its highest paid player (and captain), its highest paid defender, and a key sub and spot starter to national team duty might be a big problem.

D.C. United vs. Chivas USA lineup: Will the Canadian absences help Ben Olsen?

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For any normal team, the loss of its highest paid player (and captain), its highest paid defender, and a key sub and spot starter to national team duty might be a big problem. However, 2013 is anything but normal for D.C. United. The loss of Dwayne De Rosario, Dejan Jakovic, and Kyle Porter frees lineup positions to try things for which most fans have been calling, such as an end to the double false nine lineup and trying Conor Doyle as a center forward.

Red Bulls Notebook: Cahill suffers ankle injury; Sam, Wright-Phillips impress Petke; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Although the New York Red Bulls picked up a hard-earned 2-1 victory over rival D.C. United on Saturday evening, not all was well in Red Bull land.

Tim Cahill, who scored the game-winning goal on a header in the first half, suffered an ankle injury inside ten minutes, and was eventually forced off in the 58th minute after gutting out his time on the field on one good ankle.

New England Moves Into Last Playoff Spot In The East

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The New England Revolution have jumped ahead of Houston into the fifth playoff spot in the east after a come-from-behind 2-1 against D.C. United at RFK Stadium tonight.

Yes that is not a typo. The Rev's won for the first time this season when trailing at half-time!

It did not look like a promising night for New England when D.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire lineup: Back after a break

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With all of the new additions to D.C. United's roster of the past two weeks, predicting which players will start is suddenly a puzzle. A welcome complication to that puzzle is the fact that three veteran players are close to returning to full fitness and are therefore back in consideration.

Now that Dejan Jakovic is rounding back into fitness, the question is now which of him, Ethan White, and Daniel Woolard will start in the two center defense spots.

Blame Canada

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A curious thing occurred to me when news of United's acquisition of Alain Rochat dropped, accompanied as it was by mentions of his being Swiss by upbringing, but Canadian by birth. Even if you discount Rochat's Canadian-ness, doesn't it seem strange that D.C. United has so many Canadians on the roster?

D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers TV/live streaming schedule, lineups, prediction and GameThread

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Last week, D.C. United ended their seven-match losing streak against one of the tougher teams to do that against, and this week, they'll look to finally put a second tally in the win column against another difficult opponent. Tonight, United will host the Portland Timbers, who haven't lost since the third week of the season - coincidentally, the last time D.

The Last Word on a record breaking loss to FC Dallas

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D.C. United lost yet again, this time to FC Dallas, in the same way that they have lost most of their games this season: giving up an early goal and then being forced to chase the rest of the game. When your team is pressing for over an hour each game, more goals for the opponent are often the result.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union: Recap & Highlights - Three mistakes sink D.C.

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Never has a soccer match's statistics had less meaning in the result of a game. On Sunday night, according to every statistic but one, D.C. United outplayed the Philadelphia Union. More shots, more shots on target, vastly more open play crosses, more than 55% duels rate and roughly 2/3 of the possession.

Match report: D.C. United 2-3 Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia scored three goals in the first 26 minutes to pick up a 3-2 road win over D.C. United. PSP has the match report.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for April 19, 2013

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Happy Friday, everyone. Sorry there were no Freedom Kicks yesterday, the internet at my house is the worst. Today's edition of Freedom Kicks features a story with a headline about Carlos Ruiz receiving a 'top honor', so you can just start getting angry right now.

Stuck in rut, DC United's Ben Olsen sets simple goal: "Right now, our focus is winning" | Major League Soccer

Yes, because you are the coach of a professional soccer team.

Filibuster Podcast: Talking Tactics & Previewing D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City

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I swear, this really was going to be a short episode. With no game last weekend for us to break down, we were going to do a quick tactical review of the season-to-date and then jump into our preview of D.C. United's upcoming visit to Sporting Kansas City (Friday night, 8:30, MLS Live). I should have known that we'd end up nerding out for longer than planned.

D.C. United Player of the Month for March 2013

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We may be under new management here at B&RU, but like the Starks of Winterfell, ours are the Old Ways, and the monthly choosing of the best is an established tradition we're going to keep going. Keep your eye out later today for a new addition to our traditions, but for now, I'll leave you with the nominees for March Player of the Month:

Bill Hamid - Let's be honest; United's backstop is going to win this month's contest in a walk.

Starters on notice: D.C. United's lineup vs. the Columbus Crew

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Despite the affront, I am happy that national teams chose not to chose as many D.C. United players as they could have. Had the world been a more reasonable place, instead of one run by Germans with questions about their leadership, United could have been missing four starters and one key sub instead of just one starter and one key sub.

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Flown The Nest: United First Team Alumni News and Notes

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Dejan Jakovic and Andy Najar enjoy differing fortunes with Shimizu S-Pulse and Anderlecht respectively, Freddy Adu buys a watch and more!

Another weekly roundup of alumni news is here, as seasons in Europe come to a close while others are picking up steam, especially in Japan's J League.

Dejan Jakovic and Shimizu S-Pulse ride four-game winning streak

After some initial struggles, Shimizu S-Pulse of the J League in Japan have hit some scintillating form, recording four wins in a row as they surge up the league table.

Jakovic transfer to Shimizu S-Pulse; Robinson to sign homegrown contract imminent for busy United

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According to multiple sources, it appears that D.C. United center back Dejan Jakovic is close to a transfer to Japanese league side Shimizu S-Pulse. Additionally, it seems likely that United is expected to offer Wake Forest sophomore Jalen Robinson a homegrown player contract as well. If the transfer for Jakovic goes through as expected, it [.

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Report says league balking at Edu to Union, on the Parke-White trade, Valdes update, draft news, more

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ESPN's Jeff Carlisle says MLS is balking at Edu salary of $1.2 million. More on the Parke-White trade. Carlos Valdes update. Draft news. Player transactions. More.

Union bits, Reading and OC face off on Saturday, USASA National Cups qualifiers in Horsham, Confederations Cup, more

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Reading United hosts Ocean City Nor'easters in top of the table clash on Saturday. USASA Region I National Cups qualifiers in Horsham this weekend. Confederations Cup set to kickoff. More.

The Rest

Cake or Death? One of MLS' best worst defenders - or is it worst best defenders? - Dejan Jakovic

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D.C. United's defensive record in 2013 was... dubious. At best. After an incredible end to the 2012 season, and a decent start to 2013, the back line fell apart in a major way, resulting in Brandon McDonald's exile to Utah and lots of questions being asked about today's subject in Cake or Death?, Dejan Jakovic.

D.C. United Goat of the Month for August 2013 - POLL

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Whatever else we think of August, it was better than July. But it still wasn't good, especially in league play. But we're not here to debate exactly what went wrong over the last calendar month: We're here to assign blame on a single individual for whatever it is that did go wrong (which was lots).

United vs Montreal: United still winless on the road after 2-1 loss in Montreal

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Marco Di Vaio broke out of a six-week scoring drought with both goals for Montreal in their 2-1 win tonight over D.C. United at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Canada. The loss for United brings their road record to 0-9-3 on the season with only 3 goals scored in those matches. Di Vaio scored in the [...]