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D.C. United

USMNT impresses, the Spirit and Kickers depress & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, go see Baby Driver.

Howdy. Whatever did you do over the break?

Recaps of the United States' 3-0 win over Nicaragua and advancing out of Group B in the CONCACAF Gold Cup by us, Stars and Stripes FC and WaPo.

Wasteful Spirit fall 2-1 to the Dash (us): While the Houston Dash were missing Carli Lloyd, they were able to hang on for a win over the Washington Spirit, who remain in the NWSL basement.

Deshorn Brown finally gets acquainted with D.C. United

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After joining the Black-and-Red in June, the striker had little practice time during busy schedule

Whenever bringing a new player into a team, there is a necessary adjustment period, for both the player and the team. That player needs to become acquainted with how the team plays, what is expected of him, in addition to meeting his new teammates.

D.C. United has reportedly released Jose Ortiz

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It looks like the Black-and-Red are clearing the deck for more moves

D.C. United is apparently making room for new players in the transfer window. Steve Goff of the Washington Post is reporting that the Black-and-Red have released forward Jose Ortiz. Ortiz had joined United on loan from CS Herediano and managed to score the club's first goal of the 2017 season, but that strike against Philadelphia is his only goal or assist in 16 league appearances.

D.C. United score first, but fall 4-2 to FC Dallas

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Ian Harkes opened his MLS account, but a horrid 15 minutes from United cost them four goals in 3rd consecutive loss

Ian Harkes gave D.C. United a hope in the first half, but the Black-and-Red conceded four goals in a 15 minute stretch spanning halftime, in an eventual 4-2 loss to FC Dallas.

D.C. United welcomes Deshorn Brown, Tony DiCicco passes away, & more: Freedom Kicks for June 21, 2017

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There's a new striker in town.

Welcome to Wednesday folks, and Happy United Day. Before you head to RFK tonight, know that in Russia, the Confederations Cup enters the 2nd slate of games in Group A: Russia vs. Portugal (11:00am) and Mexico vs. New Zealand (2:00pm). Ok, lots happened yesterday so let's get into it:

D.

Philadelphia Union

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 1-0 D.C. United

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Just like the fireworks after the match, some players sparkled while others fizzled. Catch up with PSP's player ratings after the Union's victory over D.C. United.

Deshorn Brown could start against the Philadelphia Union this weekend

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Jim Curtin expects the former Reading United and current D.C. United forward to get the nod on Saturday.

So far, Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin is one-for-one on predictions. We'll have to wait until Saturday to see if he remains perfect.

In his weekly press conference, Curtin said this about D.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, Steel falls short, Reading thumps, Union U-18s in USSDA quarterfinals today, more

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Highlights from Curtin's weekly press conference. Bethlehem ends road series with loss in Toronto. Reading thumps Evergreen FC 7-1. Union U-18s face PDA in USSDA playoffs quarterfinal. More.

Jamaica defeats Nicaragua, advances to CONCACAF group stage

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The Philadelphia Union's Andre Blake kept a clean sheet as the Reggae Boyz overcame a 3-2 deficit on the aggregate, pulling out a thriller in the waning minutes of regulation against Nicaragua.

Jamaica looked certain to be out of the 2018 World Cup before 2015 was over with, however a last-minute goal by Simon Dawkins put the Reggae Boyz through to the group stage, as they defeated Nicaragua 2-0 (4-3 on the aggregate) in front of a record 18,000-plus in Managua.

Maidana injury, Norwegian Cruz, league and USMNT news, more

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Maidana suffers training ground injury. CBS Philly reports Danny Cruz to go on loan to Norway. More news.

More reaction to that call, Chaco named to SI TOW, league could expand beyond 24 teams, more

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Union news. League confirms advanced talks with Minnesota United for next MLS franchise. Garber says league considering expanding beyond 24 teams. More news.

News & quotes from loss to Crew, more Union news, preseason MLS games recap, more

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Union fall to Crew on 87th minute PK. More Union news. The weekend's preseason match results from around MLS. Much more.

Edu on joining the Union, Cesar unveiled, league news, Adu’s WC hopes, more

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Maurice Edu talks about why he joined the Union. Julio Cesar signing about "an opportunity." Adu hopes to make US World Cup squad. More news.

Union schedule released, 4 are waived, Eddie Johnson rumor, more

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Union release 2014 schedule, waive Anding, Jordan, Kleberson, and Nikolov. Are the Union interested in Eddie Johnson? More news.

Reaction to The Goal, The Win, SoBs win River Cup, East standings roundup, USMNT roster, more

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Reaction to the Kleberson goal. Gaddis' gutsy performance. Sons of Ben win River Cup, 3-1. Eastern Conference standings. USMNT roster for final WC qualifiers released. More news.

Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer: LAG might be after Andre-Pierre Gignac

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The Galaxy might be after the Tigres player.

Seattle

The Washington Brewers Festival was last weekend, and this year's winners are out.

Meet Derek Johnson, Sounders U23 and Tacoma Stars player, and a real estate broker. Somehow the 24-year old balances it all.

MLS

DC United signed former MLS player Deshorn Brown.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Pedro Morales

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Pedro Morales gave Whitecaps fans a star-powered effort on a busy afternoon in Vancouver's 4-3 victory over the Portland Timbers Sunday.

The 29-year-old midfielder converted on two penalty kicks in the first 26 minutes and added two second-half assists in a match that saw both a Whitecaps surge and snuff out the Timbers's near-revival.

Colorado Rapids

What Can Brown Do For Valerenga?

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The Rapids made it official today and transferred Deshorn Brown to Norway's Valerenga. A Norwegian paper says that the transfer fee was $4 million, presumably Norwegian Krone, which would convert to just under $500,000.

Overall this is the move the Rapids should have made. An offer in hand is hard to turn down, though anything lower and the decision would have been questionable.

Brown To Norway?

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It appears that Deshorn Brown is on the cusp of moving to Valerenga in Oslo, a team in Norway's top division. A report three days ago from a Norwegian paper said that their managing director had traveled to Colorado to work on a deal. This morning the Denver Post confirmed he was seen at training on Wednesday along side Paul Bravo, presumably to watch Brown.

Timbers salvage draw with Colorado despite officiating challenges and uneven offensive effort

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The Portland Timbers had hoped to regain fifth place in the Western Conference and help their playoff hopes, but in order to do that, they would need to win in Colorado against the Colorado Rapids - a place that hasn't been very good to them historically. While Diego Valeri staked them to a lead, the Timbers had to rally late behind a Gaston Fernandez goal to secure a 2 all draw on the road.

What I am watching for in Portland Timbers third match versus Colorado Rapids

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The Portland Timbers renew their chase to secure the fifth spot in the Western Conference standings and reserve a spot in the playoffs when they travel to Denver, Colorado to play the Colorado Rapids for the third time this season. While history hasn't been too kind to the Timbers in previous visits, Portland has all of their available weapons healthy and ready to go while Colorado is dealing with various lineup absences that could alter their attack.

Portland Timbers turn tables & tempo on Colorado Rapids, win 2 to 0 behind goals from Urruti & Valeri

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The Portland Timbers had a tough week of distractions after two losses to Seattle, but they remained confident they could right the ship with a good effort. They got their first chance against the Colorado Rapids at home, however, they fell behind in the first half behind a Deshorn Brown goal. The Timbers were able to rebound with second half adjustments and substitutions to tally two goals to earn a 2 to 1 win over the Rapids for their second home win of the season.

Rapids rally to overcome two-goal deficit, draw 10-man Union

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

With a comfortable two-goal lead and just 14 minutes left in regulation, the Philadelphia Union looked able to coast to their second home win of the season. But a 76th minute red card quickly turned the tide as a 10-man Union couldn't hold back the deluge from the Colorado Rapids, who equalized for a 3-3 draw.

FC Dallas break eight-game winless streak with win vs. Rapids

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a rough stretch of games that saw the team earn only two points in eight games, FC Dallas has finally emerged.

FC Dallas picked up an ever-elusive win with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Toyota Stadium, with goals from Andres Escobar, Zach Loyd and Fabian Castillo.

Know Your Enemy: Colorado Rapids

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No shadows from the starlight here.

OTF's Stephen Mangat is softer than a lullaby...

John Denver once sang about seeing fire rain down in theColorado Rocky Mountains, and with the Chicago Fire playing at the Colorado Rapids in a midweeker, I'm sure Fire fans are hoping that Denver's words are prophetic.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago at Colorado Rapids

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Just how much traffic will there be in front of Sean Johnson, especially over the final 15 minutes when the game may be on the line? (photo: chicago-fire.com)

OTF's Jon Denham looks to the captain to step up as he returns to Colorado, while Emily Ainsworth brings the view from mile high.

Deshorn Brown wins MLS Player of the Week

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Colorado Rapids forward Deshorn Brown scored twice in the win over Houston and takes the week 13 MLS Player of the Week award. Read More

Match Day 4: Looking for Road Points

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Over 700 Sporting KC fans are descending on Colorado tonight ahead of tomorrow's game against the Rapids. Sporting KC head into the game looking to pick up their first road points of the season. They dropped one point in their only other road game in stoppage time in Seattle on the opening weekend of the season.

Portland Timbers can’t overcome second half penalty kicks, lose 2 to 0 to Colorado Rapids

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In the first road match in the 2014 regular season for the Portland Timbers, the club was hoping to take some of the advantages created in possession and passing statistics to jump start their offense and take advantage of chances. While the team stuck to their plan for most of the match, they fell behind courtesy of two penalty kick calls against goalkeepers Donovan Ricketts and Andrew Weber that the Rapids converted for a 2 to 0 in Denver, CO.

Colorado Sneaks Out Of NY With A Point

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A solid game with one defensive breakdown and one generous call let to a 1-1 draw in NY on Saturday. It didn't start out that way though, as for the first 15 minutes the Red Bulls had the Rapids back on their heels. After getting their feet under them the Rapids started controlling the game. In the last 30 minutes of the half the Rapids had shots on target from Jose Mari, Nick LaBrocca, Deshorn Brown, and two from Dillon Serna.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Colorado Rapids

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By DAN KARELL

The Colorado Rapids finished the 2013 Major League Soccer season with plenty of positive momentum.

Then, head coach Oscar Pareja left for his old stomping grounds at FC Dallas and the question has become, now what?

Nearly two months since Pareja departed, the Rapids still have not named a head coach, with recently-retired club legend Pablo Mastroeni currently taking the reigns as an interim head coach.

Rapids Fall To Chivas In Las Vegas

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Last night in Vegas Colorado lost its first preseason game 2-1. Both Chivas goals were off penalty kicks, reportedly very soft PKs by those watching the game. The Rapids goal was from Deshorn Brown in the 16th minute, assisted by Dillon Serna and Vicente Sanchez. The starting XI was:

Irwin Edward - Watts - Wynne - Bursch Guzman - LaBrocca Serna - Sanchez - Eloundou Brown
In the 61st minute Colorado swapped all 10 field players:

Irwin Ibikunle - Moor - VDC - Klute Sturgis - Hairston Chavez - Hill - Galindo Torres
Despite the score the Rapids had better chances and looked like the better team.

MLS Preseason Rewind: Chivas USA top Rapids; Lewis scores for Whitecaps; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Chivas USA picked up a 2-1 come-from-behind victory Sunday over conference foes Colorado Rapids behind a pair of penalty conversions from Erick Torres and Adolfo Bautista.

The Rapids opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a goal from Deshorn Brown.

Dillon Powers: 2013 Rookie of the Year

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Two posts tonight, we'll get to the schedule release later this evening. First the good news for our rookies. Dillon Powers was named Rookie of the Year today, beating out teammate Deshorn Brown. Powers and Brown finished first and second in each category (club. media, and player voting) putting them far ahead of 3rd placed DeAndre Yedlin of Seattle (though the difference between Brown and Yedlin in player voting was only 1.

Rapids’ Powers named MLS Rookie of the Year

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By DAN KARELL

When the Colorado Rapids started Dillon Powers in their 2013 season opener, they likely didn't realize that it would be the first of 29 starts this season.

The Notre Dame product kept producing solid performances in the center of midfield, holding down the spot and helping lead the banged-up Rapids to the MLS Playoffs.

2013 MLS Award Finalist Unveiled

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Major League Soccer today announced the finalists for its 2013 awards. The winners for each award will be revealed in the coming weeks.

You can see how I voted here.

2013 Major League Soccer Awards Finalists

(Listed in alphabetical order by last name within each award category)

AT&T Rookie of the Year Finalists

Deshorn Brown (Colorado Rapids)
Dillon Powers (Colorado Rapids)
DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Xbox Individual Fair Play Finalists*

Jalil Anibaba (Chicago Fire)
Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake)
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers)

*Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fouls committed, cards received, games & minutes played, as well as subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.

Tonight's Word Is Dismantled

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Well, I didn't see that coming. Colorado took Seattle to the woodshed in the first half, scoring almost at will, and spotted themselves a 4-0 lead at half en route to a 5-1 win over the league leaders. The game started with my coin flip, won by the Sounders unfortunately, but that actually worked in the Rapids favor.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Deshorn Brown

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By IVES GALARCEP

If he needed a signature game to boost his chances of winning MLS Rookie of the Year, Colorado striker Deshorn Brown delivered it on Saturday.

The Jamaican-born striker notched a pair of goals, including the second-fastest goal in MLS history, to help lead the Rapids in a 5-1 thrashing of the Seattle Sounders.

The Rest

Highlights from Jim Curtin’s Press Conference

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Jim Curtin talked about Derrick Jones' red card, the back four, Deshorn Brown and more in Wednesday's press conference

Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin talked about a wide range of topics, looking back at the 2-0 loss to New York Red Bulls on Sunday and forward to a league match against D.

Re-drafting the Union: Part Two

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This is the second and final installment of a series imagining what the Union would look like had previous SuperDrafts gone differently. Here's part one.

2013 - Round 2, Pick 7 (26th Overall) Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Devon Sandoval, Forward, New Mexico

Original Pick: Don Anding, Forward, Northeastern

Perhaps more disappointing than any pick the Union had made up to this point was the decision to trade the No.