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. – 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 – temporarily, at least – 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.
Almost from the moment Fabian Castillo debuted for FC Dallas two seasons ago, it wasn't hard to see what the Colombian youngster's calling card was, his blistering pace. Castillo's ability to blow by defenders on the flanks and send balls into the box was the primary reason he was signed by FCD in the first place.
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NBC Sports Network soccer analyst Kyle Martino talks about NYCFC, Chivas USA and more. In the second segment, Columbus Crew forward Dominic Oduro joins the show to talk about pizza, his speed, and his national team hopes.
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D.C. United's abysmal start to the 2013 season hit a new low at Crew Stadium tonight, where the Black-and-Red gave up three avoidable goals in the first half en route to a 3-0 defeat. Dominic Oduro, Josh Williams, and Federico Higuain - from the penalty spot - got on the scoresheet for the Crew in a game that was delayed for 50 minutes before kickoff due to a scoreboard fire.
The Columbus Crew took advantage of more defensive mistakes from D.C. United and rolled to a 3-0 win tonight at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Dominic Oduro, Josh Williams and Federico Higuain all scored for the Crew in the first half to put United out of the match early. Despite a 50-minute delay to the [.
The match was as cold as the pitch beneath the 22 players running on it. That was until a four-minute second half stretch when both Marco Di Vaio and Dominic Oduro scored spectacular goals for their clubs.
The result was that the Montreal Impact drew with the Columbus Crew 1-1 on Sunday afternoon at Stade Saputo, with the match being played 24 hours after it's originally scheduled time due to snowfall in Montreal.
The Columbus Crew scored three times in the second half to defeat Chivas USA 3-0 at the Home Depot Center on Saturday. The two teams were fairly evenly matched until the final few minutes when the Crew took advantage of [...]
The Columbus Crew missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and will look to rebound this coming season behind several new faces.
Federico Higuain was the signing of the 2012 season after arriving from Argentine club Colon in midseason. In only 13 appearances, Higuain managed to create the third most chances per 90 minutes of play in the league.
With the summer transfer window quickly approaching MLS clubs are looking outside of the league for reinforcements. The Fire have been in the market for an upgrade at the striker position for what seems like an eternity with last year's mid-season designated player addition Sherjill MacDonald falling out of favor and Dominic Oduro being shipped out to Columbus.
The big talk this off-season across MLS was the number of teams looking for head coaches three of them being in the Eastern Conference. Surprisingly not all of the teams who axed their coaches were bottom feeders and not all teams held onto their top players.
Here's how it breaks down-
The Chicago Fire made it into the first round of the playoffs only to be knocked out by the Dynamo.
2012 MLS Record: 17 W-11 L-6 D, GD: +5 (4th in East, lost to Houston Dynamo in Eastern Conference knockout round)
Key Additions: M Joel Lindpere (trade), M Jeff Larentowicz (trade), M Brendan King (signed), M Dilly Duka (trade), M Yazid Atouba (SuperDraft), F Maicon Santos (Re-Entry Draft), F Quincy Amarikwa (trade)
Key Losses: GK Jay Nolly (option declined), M Pavel Pardo (retired), M Alvaro Fernández (loan), F Federico Puppo (loan), F Dominic Oduro (traded), F Guillermo Franco (option declined, later retired)
Projected Starting XI - 4-4-2: GK Sean Johnson, LB Gonzalo Segares, CB Arne Friedrich, CB Austin Berry, RB Logan Pause, LM Dilly Duka, CM Jeff Larentowicz, CM Joel Lindpere RM Patrick Nyarko FWD Chris Rolfe FWD Sherjill MacDonald
Optimistic Predictions: The Men in Red turn out to be as good as they played last August and September during their hottest streak of the season.
The Chicago Fire were routinely criticized this off-season for not doing enough to boost their attacking options. The club selected former DC United striker Maicon Santos in the Re-Entry Draft this past December, but it was clear they could use more help.
When Toronto FC striker Quincy Amarikwa joined the Fire during the club's training out west, he managed to impress both the coaches and fans a bit.
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?
There are always players who fans and media for that matter hate to see leave a club they follow or cover and three such individuals who are now playing for other members of Major League Soccer had big goals for their sides on Saturday and here's a quick look at this trio of FCD expats and what they did.
The only other time FC Dallas has hosted Chivas USA in Frisco on the Fourth of July came in 2007 under then head coach Steve Morrow. Dominic Oduro and Ramon Nunez hit the back of the canvas for FCD in a 2-0 win over the Red-and-White.
Nunez's goal, one where he went upper 90 from beyond the top of the arc, came in the 41st minute of what was then a scoreless affair.
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.
Now the Dominic Oduro trade doesn't look so bad. The Fire have traded the rights to Robbie Rogers, acquired in the Dilly Duka for Oduro deal to the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for Chicago native Mike Magee. The 28 year old forward/midfielder has scored 6 times for the Galaxy this year equaling the Fire's output for the entire season and will be a welcome addition to a struggling offense.
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.
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.
This afternoon, the Fire's President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon acknowledged that talks are ongoing with Robbie Rogers and the Los Angeles Galaxy pertaining to the player's future in MLS. While the Fire would prefer to negotiate a deal with Rogers to play in Chicago the club will continue to listen to offers which would facilitate a move to Los Angeles now that the Galaxy has officially expressed interest in pursuing a trade.
Hey there. So yeah, you know how I said I would get out a fantasy update weekly? You can thank life for being life, and being unpredictable and simply unexplainable. Either way, though, going forward you can expect weekly updates.
Through the end of round 4, we now have only four teams with an undefeated record.