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Filibuster Podcast - Week 29: Dragons, Pontius, and Jakovic

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Despite the destruction it caused to one of our computers, Adam, Jason, and Ben are back in the wake of D.C. United's 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy. They talk about the importance of Chris Pontius to the team's offense, the resurgence of Nick DeLeon, and the problems facing Dejan Jakovic. They then spend some time talking about formations and which of the teams current players fit in these formations going forward (and which ones don't).

MLS First Kick 2013 Countdown: 5 days - For Dejan Jakovic, the key word is "consistency"

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The 2012 season was generally very good one for Dejan Jakovic. D.C. United's Canadian-by-way-of-Serbia center back solidified his starting spot for the Black-and-Red, using his elite speed and underrated tackling ability to help the D.C. defense, particularly down the unbeaten stretch run.

But the real story of Jakovic's 2012 was the elimination of the mistakes - the brain farts - that had plagued his game since he first came to East Capitol Street in 2009.

Dejan Jakovic Signs New Contract With D.C. United - What's It Mean?

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D.C. United went a long way towards further securing the back line today by extending the contract of veteran center back Dejan Jakovic. The 27-year old Canadian enjoyed the best season of his MLS career and also scored his first league goal. Jakovic played a huge role in keeping United's opponents off the board during the stretch run of the season, really coming into his own as one of the top center backs in MLS.

Dejan Jakovic Called Up To Canadian National Team For World Cup Qualifying

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In a press release today, D.C. United announced that central defender Dejan Jakovic has been called in by the Canadian National Team for his service for two upcoming World Cup Qualifying matches. Jakovic will join the team for its matches against Cuba on Oct. 12 and against Honduras on Oct. 16.

The good news is that United doesn't have any matches during this time frame.

Game Thread: Dynamo v DC United, 2012 MLS Match 19

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BROADCAST INFORMATION: Galavision - 8 p.m. La Ranchera 850 (SPN Radio) SportsTalk 790 (ENG Radio)
REFEREE: Jasen Anno. MLS Career: 31 games; FC/gm: 22.8; Y/gm: 2.9; R: 19; pens: 8
INJURY REPORT: HOUSTON DYNAMO -- PROBABLE: MF Calen Carr (L hamstring strain); MF Je-Vaughn Watson (L adductor strain) D.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 0-1 DC

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Zero points never looked so good.

While the Union failed to emerge victorious in the one place that matters most, the scoreboard, they trumped visiting DC United in every other statistical category. In his first match since taking over for Peter Nowak, John Hackworth saw his side complete 90 more passes than their opponents, controlling the match and creating quality chances.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-1 DC United

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 Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

In front of a sellout crowd at PPL Park, Philadelphia Union began John Hackworth's tenure as manager with all the intent, energy and attacking vigor that was previously lacking from their 2012 performances. The result however was no different as the home side's inability to convert chances proved costly, as Chris Pontius' 78th minute strike stole all three points for DC United.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 12

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D.C. United has perched themselves atop the Eastern Conference standings, and as a result, the club is at its highest spot of the season in the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

D.C. is up to No. 2 after finishing off a three-win home stand over the weekend, but the team was not the highest riser of the week.

Revs’ Rally Falls Short in 3-2 Loss to D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Revolution scored two early second-half goals to erase a 2-0 halftime deficit, but D.C. United sub Maicon Santos scored in the 61st minute to give the home side a 3-2 over New England.

It was the second straight game that a second half sub has scored and stolen points away from the Revolution, this time ruining a valiant second half comeback attempt led by goals from Saer Sene and AJ Soares.

MLS Week 10: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

The Houston Dynamo's long wait for a home to call their own is finally over.

All eyes will be on the Dynamo this weekend as they open BBVA Compass Stadium, the league's latest soccer-specific venue, with a match against D.C. United in front of a national audience on NBC Sports Network.

Dynamo v DC United: Previewing the Match with Black and Red United

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It's only been three weeks since the Dynamo and DC United played at RFK Stadium. United won 3-2 and while they've continued to play very well since, things will hopefully be a bit different on Saturday. To preview the match, Martin Shatzer of Black and Red United and I exchanged a simple question: How will this match be different from the last?

MLS Week 9: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Six months after facing off in a feisty, high-profile playoff series, the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls meet again -- but with a bit less star power.

Saturday's clash is the only match this season between the big-market clubs, both of which have experienced some early bumps in the road this year.

Game Thread: Dynamo at DC United, 2012 MLS Match 6

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REFEREE: Juan Guzman. MLS Career: 10 games; FC/gm: 26.6; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 6; pens: 2
INJURY REPORT: D.

Streaks at stake for D.C. United, Sporting Kansas City in mid-week action

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D.C. United aims to end one dubious streak Wednesday night, while Sporting Kansas City looks to keep their impressive one intact.

That is what's on the line in two mid-week MLS matches, as D.C. hosts the Montreal Impact and Sporting Kansas City leaves the confines of Livestrong Sporting Park, heading north to face the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Roster Reset #12

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Hmmm. Thought we would have had the roster wrapped up by now, but United are apparently still auditioning new trialists with the addition of left winger Lewis Neal to the party. Unfortunately, none of the remaining guys getting a look is a left back a position that is probably United's weakest from the standpoint of starters, and one at which they have zero depth[1].

DC United get rained out over the weekend.

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DC United's match with the Columbus Crew was canceled due to rain. It would have been United's last match of the preseason against a Columbus Crew side that finished fourth in the Eastern Conference last year. It rounds up the Carolina Challenge Cup also. With two wins, United win the cup and look good starting out the year against the current Eastern Conference champs, Sporting Kansas City.

DC United 3-1 Charleston Battery

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DC United continue their strong performance at the Carolina Challenge Cup against the Charlseton Battery defeating the Battery 3-1 and winning the "Coffee Pot Cup." The Coffee Pot Cup is won by the team who wins this match each time they play. It's a great example of the MLS-USL rivalry that hardly exists anywhere else.

Roster Reset #11

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Almost across the line. United can add 6 more players before the roster spots fill up, and must add at least two to the salary budget roster by compliance day in order to fulfill the MLS roster regulations. Of course, it's impossible to tell (from the outside) just how much room remains under the cap, but I think it's fairly safe to say that we'll be adding two of the four remaining trialists and not pulling any surprise rabbits from Kasper-Payne's hat.

Quick Thoughts On: United v. Fire

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Apologies if this is a bit scattershot, but the web feed was pretty rough (though much appreciated) and I'm enjoying some Cabernet Franc with my footie tonight...

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Chicago controlled much of the possession and had more and better chances, but Hamdi Salihi did what he's been paid the DP cash to do.

Roster Reset #10

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It's been a while since we reset the roster, mostly because United have been (relatively) quiet on the signing front. The big news, of course, was getting De Rosario's contract sorted out and extended, but there are a few items to address, so let's go ahead and do a pre-Coffee Pot Cup reset, shall we?

DC United sign Albanian Hamdi Salihi as a DP.

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DC United sign Hamdi Salihi as a designated player. Salihi, an Albanian, comes from Rapid Vienna where he scored 53 goals in 90 appearances for the Austrian club. The 28 year old has been wanted all over the world, with great offers coming from Scotland.

Salihi will wear the number 9 after Charlie Davies failed to make a reasonable impression on the United management.

Roster Reset #9

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Still no left back, but the slight defensive midfield depth issue has been addressed with the signing of Brazilian journeyman Marcelo Saragosa. Given that Kitchen will surely miss time for Olympic qualifiers (and the big show in London if we qualify) and isn't exactly a sure thing as he steps into his first year in the role for which he's being groomed, depth was a concern.

Roster Reset #8

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Could this Kiwi have clipped United's Canuck quotient?

Between trips to sunnier climes, United did a little trialist-pruning, releasing journeyman veterans Zayner and Svard along with the Suppie pickup Charles Rodriguez (conveniently just after the last Roster Reset...sigh). Kasper promises more trialists for the Arizona jaunt, but what I really want to see are (a) game time for Salihi against the MLS opposition on offer there and (b) a left back, any left back.

Roster Reset #7

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Does this man have your goals?

So are they done?

United ticked one of the two big "need" boxes by acquiring Albanian international striker Hamdi Salihi as a designated player (wait, I thought Uncle Will wasn't going to splash the cash?). Given his impressive rate of return wherever he's played, he certainly seems to fit the poacher's bill, though he also has decent size.

Chicago plays D.C. to scoreless draw in preseason opener

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By THOMAS FLOYD

After D.C. United and the Chicago Fire had their fair share of defensive struggles throughout the 2011 MLS campaign, the two teams both had a notable silver lining to take away from their friendly Sunday: no goals allowed.

Roster Reset #6

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The boxes are being ticked, slowly but surely. With the addition of central defender Emiliano Dudar, the depth acquisition project seems all but complete. Still, the two biggest needs, left back and finisher the ones we've been pointing to all offseason, remain frustratingly unfilled. Stefan Jerome, recently arrived on trial, would be a nice project up top (can't believe he's only 19 my memories of him as a U 17 seem distant), but isn't the finished product.

MLS Notes: D.C. adds defender, Wright trains with FC Dallas and more

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D.C. United's preseason personnel surge continued on Wednesday with the acquisition of Argentine centerback Emiliano Dudar from BSC Young Boys in Switzerland.

The 6-foot-4, 30-year-old Dudar is a player with experience on a number of levels and is a one-time Swiss league Defender of the Year (2009-2010).

Roster Reset #5

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Not a striker.

The fight is on for roster spots as half of last Reset's trialists are gone and new faces arrive for the Florida camp. I'm still not seeing the potential for significant improvement in the weakest areas (finisher, left back), but at least we're no longer stuck in stasis-land and the depth issues look like being addressed.

Roster Reset #4

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Missile Swap: Out with the Clydewinder, in with the Cruz?

Don't look now, but the glacial pace of United's roster assembly is starting to pick up. Hot on the heels of the Maicon Santos acquisition comes the signing of former Dynamo right mid Danny Cruz1, leaving the current roster + trialists looking like this.

Roster Reset #3

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Praying for goals.

Movement at last! Maicon Santos makes it 15 for Salary Budget players, and United drops a 14-trialist bomb as pre-season camp gets underway. Of course, the majority of the trialists are guys with limited to no MLS experience, but such was always going to be the major source to roster depth1.

DC United 2012 Roster Reset #2

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Nick DeLeon, courtesy dcunited.com

Hey, look, finally an addition to the roster! United picked up versatile attacker (is he a winger, a forward, an attacking midfielder?...Hmm, I'm sensing a pattern here) Nick DeLeon1 in the SuperDraft. I don't watch much collegiate ball, so I'm not going to pass any judgement on the pick.

DC United 2012 Roster Reset #1

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Based on the current roster list on United's web site and the little scraps of information we have to go on, I thought I'd begin the Roster Reset in advance of the SuperDraft and the absolute rafts of new signings the United brain trust are just waiting to announce (hello, sarcasm, you insufferable trollop).

Dwayne De Rosario

U.S. Open Cup: Cal FC, Michigan Bucks aim to shock again and more

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Cal FC has become the story of U.S. club soccer in recent weeks, and the amateur side's biggest test yet is on tap for Tuesday night.Â

The fifth-tier side takes on the three-time defending U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders in a fourth-round match that will be nationally televised on Fox Soccer Channel.

U.S. MNT vs. Canada: In-Game Blog

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Welcome to tonight's In-Game Blog for the match between the U.S. Men's National Team and Canada. We'll have all the information on this international friendly for the USA, including lineups, pre-game facts and in-game notes from Toronto.

Lineup
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.

Revolution vs. DC United: Live Game Thread, Home

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The New England Revolution are about to kick off against DC United at Gillette Stadium in the beautiful spring weather. As usual, this live blog will be run jointly with the guys from New England Soccer Today. Lineups to follow, and by the way: let the Pepe Moreno era begin!

Lineups

Revolution: Matt Reis; Kevin Alston, Stephen McCarthy, A.

The Rest

De Rosario, Jakovic, and Porter called up to Canada

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It was announced today by DC United that captain Dwayne De Rosario, defender Dejan Jakovic, and midfielder Kyle Porter have been called up by the Canadian national team for their upcoming friendly in Spain.

The three of them (De Ro, Jakovic, and Porter) will leave the team after DCU's next match against their hated rivals, the New York Red Bulls.