Another strong effort finally pays off with the first win of the year
It feels good to get off the donut. I have been bullish on this team for the entire year so far, and I saw nothing in the 1-0 win Saturday night at Century Link Field against the Montreal Impact to change my mind. I did see a team that has plenty of room for improvement, but I also saw a team that imposed its will until it got the result it deserved.
United's second-choice players and trialists were steamrolled by a nearly full-strength Impact.
D.C. United looked like they had more than one eye on Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League match today, losing 4-1 to the Montreal Impact in their final preseason game. A second-choice United lineup was undone by three Impact goals in the first half hour, with Dominic Oduro scoring twice.
Sporting KC tomorrow night at Sporting Park starts a very busy stretch of their season. Tomorrow will be the first of three games in seven days for Sporting KC. Two of those games will be at home, starting tomorrow against the Montreal Impact. They'll welcome the Houston Dynamo to KC on Tuesday before a trip on Friday to Salt Lake.
With the Portland Timbers facing a tough stretch - three consecutive matches away from home followed by a midweek home date and finished with another road match to finish May - it was important for the team to fix their offensive issues. Starting Diego Valeri for the first time in 2015, the Timbers fought through a sluggish first half to tally two goals to then hold on against a wild Montreal rally to secure a hard fought 2 to 1 win.
Beware, MLS forwards: Maurice Edu can make you look ridiculous at a moment's notice - just ask Dominic Oduro. In the twenty-second minute of last night's Philadelphia Union match against Toronto FC, Edu (playing center back in place of the injured Carlos Valdes) got a pass with Oduro - one of the fastest forwards in the league - quickly closing down on him.
Not the parade Leiweke had in mind Happy Labour Day you wacky labourers. On the day where we appreciate the value of the working man and woman in society/weep giant tears that summer is over, we also take a closer look at local employer/dream killer - Toronto FC. Many of you would surely like to land a job working for your beloved club but before you shine up your resume, take a look at these less-than upwardly mobile BMO Field careers.
On tap tonight: Ardent Craft Ales Honey Ginger, Brewer's Art Ozzy, and a Sazerac
The Filibuster crew is back in your earholes to talk all things D.C. United. We start off with both of the matches as a whole, and have to start with Edvin Jurisevic and all of his missed calls in the Houston Dynamo game.
We'reback in the MLS saddle after the respite for the World Cup, and even if our boots are barely in the stirrupsand we're teetering on the brink of falling off our trusty steed, it's high time to turn our attention back to stateside concerns.
Orlando City SC and New York City FC fans will find out who is on their clubs squad on Wednesday when the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft takes place. Some of the big names available are Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC), Rais Mbolhi (Philadelphia Union) and Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls).
Hold the anchovies. Every week is MLS Rivalry Week in Toronto FC's front office! Hot off the heels of #inhumanely dealing Issey Nakajima-Farran to The Cheesemakers, The Reds sent another winger in Alvaro Rey to Columbus today. Coming in return from the Ohio Riviera is Ghanaian midfielder and speed merchant Dominic Oduro.
In the third match of the long homestand, the Portland Timbers are hoping to secure a full three points against the Columbus Crew. They altered their offense with the midweek acquisition of Fenando Adi and seem to be working on the defensive issues, while the Crew are dealing with at least two regular defenders being gone for national duty and another being injured.
In which we check up with Pat Murphy from Massive Report to preview the Crew once again.
In D.C. United's first bid for revenge this season, they take on the Columbus Crew in Columbus. To preview the game, we went back to our friend Pat Murphy from Massive Report for his take on the Crew so far this season.
On tap tonight: Gin and Red Bull, Stella Artois, Resurrection Ale
D.C. United are on a two game winning streak, and your favorite podcast is back to talk about that and more. We start with a review of the game against the New York Red Bulls, talking about the Jeff Parke and Bobby Boswell bunkering in after the goal, Andrew Dykstra and his experience in Richmond helping him this season, Eddie Johnson's scoring woes and if they matter, and how Chris Rolfe has looked so far.
We polled the staff here at B&RU about what we'll see on the field tomorrow when United open their season against Columbus.
It's new feature time, sports fans! This year, we're going to poll our staff before each D.C. United game for predictions and share them in a post. You're encouraged to share your predictions for the game in the comments.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€“ The New England Revolution grabbed a crucial three points with a back-and-forth 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew to keep their playoff hopes alive heading into the final game of the season. A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney and Diego Fagundez all scored in the win to send a season high crowd of 26,458 at Gillette Stadium home happy as the Revolution â€“ temporarily, at least â€“ moved into a playoff spot.
In a game that was a must-win for FC Dallas, it was the visiting Columbus Crew that was the better side, scoring three times in the first half and adding an insurance tally in the 86th minute as the Crew handed FCD a 4-2 defeat before 11,422 fans at Toyota Stadium.
Back in the days when men were men, this fine site had a phenomenal weekly feature in which the city of the Fire's upcoming opponent was very fairly slandered. In the spirit of those "Trash Talk Fridays", let's kickoff this post with some choicethoughts about Columbus from a site about "the best places to live, work, or retire.
Scoring 72 points this week vaulted Galacticos FC to the top of the round's leaderboard. Federico Higuain (CLB, $9.8M) wore the armband and notched a goal and an assist to get to 20 points. Columbus teammate Dominic Oduro ($7.0M) also notched a goal and an assist for 11 points, and Mike Magee (CHI, $10.
It is a TFC financial puzzle still unsolved, at least from this fan's point of view. You would think that the economic future of the team, the spending of millions on star players, would depend on reaping income from extra games in both the Canadian qualifying and then the CONCACAF Champions League. Last night Toronto was in position to qualify, leading Montreal by a goal on aggregate late in the game when they slipped up and allowed Dominic Oduro to score against them.
With 79 points, Olsen's Army led the round. Sean Franklin (LA, $5.5M) played two games and contributed two clean sheets as captain to score 26 points. Backing him up was Matt Hedges (DAL, $5.4) with a clean sheet, a goal, and 14 points, as well as Dominic Oduro (CLB, $7.0M) with a goal, an assist, and 11 points.
Left back is a position that appears to be in somewhat of a state of flux right now for FC Dallas. Zach Loyd started there in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Columbus with Jair Benitez unavailable due to an injury but Michel has also seen time there this season.
This writer asked FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman a few questions about his current left back situation earlier in the week and here's what he had to say:
Did you think Loyd showed some rust in the loss to the Crew?
Dominic Oduro is one of those former FC Dallas players who we all have wished nothing but the best since he was traded to New York during the 2008 season. Of course, the Ghanian-born striker who was drafted by Colin Clarke in 2006 has since also played for the Dynamo and Fire before landing with the Crew earlier this season.