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Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy Final Score: Dynamo fall hard at home against Galaxy

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The LA Galaxy dominated the Houston Dynamo as they cruised to a 4-1 victory Friday night.

After giving up a last minute equalizer in their last game the Houston Dynamo were looking for three points on Friday night against the LA Galaxy. Outside of the first minute of the game the Dynamo spent the rest of the match on their heels as the Galaxy dominated the men in orange four goals to one.

Sounders at Houston Dynamo, recap: Seattle steals road point

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Chad Marshall punishes Joe Willis in the 94th minute to level the game 1-1.

A frantic final few minutes gave Chad Marshall the opportunity the Seattle Sounders needed. Rather than suffer through another loss late goal earned Seattle a 1-1 draw. Houston Dynamo lead early due to a Giles Barnes goal in the 35th minute.

Houston Dynamo Player Ratings vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps

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The Dynamo offense took the night off in a game that was decided by a questionable penalty kick against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Quick Thoughts:

1) Was it a penalty kick? I'm not so sure, but never give an opponent a chance to dive against you by creating even minimal contact on a ball they will never get.

Houston Dynamo vs Vancouver Whitecaps Final Score: Penalty the difference maker as Dynamo fall on the road

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Dynamo are downed by Whitecaps thanks to a bad penalty call.

After a strong start to the 2016 season the Houston Dynamo headed to Vancouver looking to get their first road win of the season. Instead they would find themselves losing two games in a row after a difference making penalty call.

Houston Dynamo vs New York Red Bulls Final Score 3-4: Dynamo fall on the road to Red Bulls

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Dynamo fall after see-saw scoring battle against the New York Red Bulls.

The match up between the Houston Dynamo and the New York Red Bulls was a back and forth scoring battle that would eventually see the Red Bulls claim their first win of the season and the Dynamo their first loss of the season.

Houston Dynamo Player Ratings vs. FC Dallas

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The Dynamo offense took off in a match that was over before the 30 minute mark as the Dynamo claimed 5 goals and earned the shutout against rivals FC Dallas.

Quick Thoughts:

1) This was a big win for a lot of reasons, but helped set the tone about the level of potential this club has. The win took new meaning against a physical Dallas side and helped get us 1 step closer to regaining El Capitán.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Be right back, buying a Vikingur Olafsvik jersey

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Some history, some America, some FIFA, and an update on #OurFriendClyde.

It may be the offseason and almost Christmas (or just Thursday, however you roll), but apparently soccer still does some things. So I'm here to tell you about some of those things, even though I'm nearing some sort of Christmas cookie-induced coma.

David Villa

Fantasy Focus: Parsing Wenger

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Well this was unexpected.

The leader for round 2 was Liver Plate, who scored 88 points. Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $11.8), who wore the armband and scored 26 points with a goal and an assist. David Villa (NYC, $11.1) scored two goals and 15 points, while Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $10.4) scored 14 points on a goal and an assist.

What a Monday, league news, US Soccer’s new youth development initiative, more

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A roundup of Monday's trade and protected lists news from the Union and around the league. US Soccer announces new development initiative. More.

D.C. United

Andrew Dykstra re-signs with D.C. United

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Beer nerds of the DMV soccertariat rejoice!

Good news, D.C. United fans: homebrewers will continue to be represented on los Capitalinos' 2016 roster. The club announced today that they have re-signed reserve goalkeeper and Belgian beer aficionado Andrew Dykstra. Terms of the deal (as always) were not announced.

D.C. United signs Travis Worra, an undrafted goalkeeper out of the University of New Hampshire

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United is back to a full compliment of goalkeepers after signing Worra, a Pennsylvania native who had been on trial after going undrafted.

D.C. United has given several trialists a shot to replace Joe Willis as the third goalkeeper on the roster, and Travis Worra has won the battle. Worra, a University of New Hampshire product who went undrafted in January, has officially signed with United.

D.C. United Season Review: Joe Willis

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On the last of the player season reviews, we discuss the recently traded goalkeeper Joe Willis.

Entering the preseason, it was widely assumed that Joe Willis was set as the #2 goalkeeper for D.C. United behind Bill Hamid. The preseason training camp, where Joe Willis even practiced as the #1 for a period when Hamid was on international duty, seemed on its face to solidify that fact.

D.C. United season review: Andrew Dykstra

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We continue our season review with backup goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra.

During the preseason, most fans figured that goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra was set for another season down I-95 with the Richmond Kickers in USL-Pro, where D.C. United had sent him on loan the previous two seasons. Last season, as the Kickers' first-choice keeper, he made 14 appearances for the USL-Pro regular season champions, winning the USL-Pro Goalkeeper of the Year award in the process.

D.C. United loses Andrew Dykstra for the season due to a torn achilles tendon

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D.C. United's friendly against Fulham was more costly than expected, as backup goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra will miss the rest of the 2014 season with a torn achilles tendon. United has recalled Joe Willis from his season-long loan with the Richmond Kickers as a result.

For the large majority of D.

Richmond Kickers versus New England Revolution - US Open Cup 2014 streaming, lineup projection, prediction and gamethread

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We have you covered for tonight's US Open Cup match between the Richmond Kickers and the New England Revolution.

While most of D.C. United bowed out of the US Open Cup in disappointing fashio last night, there are still two players who have games yet to play. Tonight, Joe Willis, Christiano Francois, and the rest of the Richmond Kickers welcome the New England Revolution to Virginia.

Richmond Kickers versus New England Revolution preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ New England blog The Bent Musket

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Not all of D.C. United's players are out of the US Open Cup: Joe Willis, Christiano Francois, and the Richmond Kickers take on New England tonight.

The US Open Cup excitement doesn't end with D.C. United's loss to the Rochester Rhinos. Joe Willis, Christiano Francois, and the rest of the Richmond Kickers take on the New England Revolution tonight.

Richmond Kickers versus Rochester Rhinos: Streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers take on the Rochester Rhinos in a Friday night spectacular.

The Richmond Kickers beat up on the Dayton Dutch Lions last weekend, winning 5-1; however, the one Dayton goal came off of a bad mistake by Joe Willis, coming off his line but not making it to the ball. Hopefully now that he is back in Richmond, Willis can develop some consistency and get back to the player he has been in the past.

D.C. United vs. FC Dallas staff and reader predictions

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With the Black-and-Red on a four-match unbeaten streak, claiming 8 of the last 12 available points, the highest-scoring team in the league comes to visit RFK. How will los Capitalinos fare against league-leading FC Dallas? See our picks and share your own here.

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Get to know the Richmond Kickers, D.C. United's USL PRO affiliate

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D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers are back together once again, so we go to give you some information on our friends to the south.

Just as we did last year, we decided to give you an introduction to the Richmond Kickers, D.C. United's USL PRO affiliate. Joe Willis, Jalen Robinson, Christiano Francois, and Michael Seaton have all been sent on long-term loan to the Kickers, but they can be recalled at any time and other players can be sent down at any time.

D.C. United loans Joe Willis, Alex Caskey, Steve Birnbaum, Christiano François, and Michael Seaton to Richmond for last preseason game

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D.C. United loans Willis, Caskey, Birnbaum, François, and Seaton to Richmond for their last preseason game.

The Richmond Kickers and D.C. United announced today that Joe Willis, Alex Caskey, Steve Birnbaum, Christiano Francois, and Michael Seaton will all be loaned to the Kickers for their final preseason game, which is this Saturday against the University of Virginia.

Which D.C. United players are bound for Richmond?

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A couple of players have been loaned to the Richmond Kickers so far, but who is going to end up there for the long haul?

While there is no D.C. United game this weekend, there will be D.C. United players in action. While no announcement has been made yet, it is highly likely that a number of players will be loaned to the Richmond Kickers either for their weekend intersquad match and for their preseason game a week from today against the College of William & Mary.

D.C. United loans Martin, Willis, and Francois to Richmond Kickers for a preseason game

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Three prime candidates for loans to Richmond, Collin Martin, Joe Willis, and Christiano Francois, have been sent to the River City for a preseason game.

D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers announced today that Joe Willis, Collin Martin, and Christiano Francois have been loaned to the Kickers for their preseason match against the University of Maryland.

Joya nets winner in Fire’s preseason victory vs. D.C. United

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By DAN ITEL

Benji Joya is making himself right at home with the Chicago Fire.

The U.S. youth international netted the game winner in the Fire's 1-0 win Wednesday over D.C. United. In the 75th minute, Joya, acquired last week in a weighted lottery on a one-year loan from Liga MX side Santos Laguna, took a pass from Victor Pineda on the left flank and fired off a curling, right-footed shot past the reach of United goalkeeper Joe Willis.

31 Days to D.C. United - Joe Willis and competition at goalkeeper

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With the opening kick of the 2014 MLS season less than five weeks off, we look at the depth D.C. United have at goalkeeper.

The countdown to D.C. United vs. the Columbus Crew on March 8 is well and truly on now. With 31 days to go until the opener, we look at #31 on United's roster, back up goalkeeper Joe Willis, who received an overwhelming 95% "cake" vote in our Cake or Death series last fall.

D.C. United select Zach Barnes and Travis Golden in the MLS SuperDraft

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With its picks in the MLS Supplemental Draft third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected Zach Barnes and Travis Golden.

While D.C. United is often said to have a penchant for good drafts, the third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft (formerly known as the first two rounds of the MLS Supplemental Draft) are not likely to produce players that stick on MLS teams.

Cake or Death? D.C. United's perfect backup goalkeeper, Joe Willis

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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: backup goalkeeper Joe Willis is on tap.

D.C. United are incredibly fortunate in one on-field department: goalkeeper.

Cake or Death? Turning our attention to homegrown #1 Bill Hamid

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Bill Hamid is undeniably D.C. United's number one goalkeeper. The home-grown product has started almost every league game for which he's been eligible over the last few seasons, making way for Joe Willis when hurt, suspended or gone with the USMNT. In that time, we've seen him improve from an incredibly athletic but raw 'keeper into one with better decision-making abilities and one who has learned to better channel his emotions.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC lineup: How young can this team go?

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D.C. Unitec plays Toronto FC this weekend in a game in which everyone knows that United will be playing backups and young players. However, there are still choices for Ben Olsen to make: whether or not he choses his veteran backups, like Carlos Ruiz, or whether he goes all in with the youth movement and gives the kids a chance.

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.

The Last Word On A Match That Doesn't Matter: D.C. United's Loss To The Philadelphia Union

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In recent wins over the Montreal Impact in MLS action and the Chicago Fire in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, D.C. United used every weapon at its disposal. United used its current best 11 in both matches, with somewhat surprisingly successful results.

With the exception of Bill Hamid returning in place of Joe Willis, each change that United made to its lineup on Saturday night against the Philadelphia Union was intentionally designed to get a younger less experienced player more time on the field.

D.C. United 1-4 Chicago Fire: Another day, another debacle

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After two draws in the past two games, there was the closest thing to hope that D.C. United has had this season coming into the game against the Chicago Fire. That hope was quickly dashed as the team gave up two goals in the first 13 minutes and never really stood a chance against one of the most average MLS teams in the league this year.

Match Reports

United cap perfect Champions League group play with 1-0 win in Panama

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D.C. United capped off a perfect group stage in the CONCACAF Champions League stage with their 4th win in four matches, this time a narrow 1-0 win over Tauro FC in Panama City, Panama tonight. As a result, United is now booked for a top seed in the upcoming knockout stages of the tournament which [..

United concedes late equalizer in 1-1 draw with host Charleston Battery

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D.C. United gave up a corner kick goal on the last touch of the match to settle for a 1-1 draw with the home standing Charleston Battery tonight at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina United will need to win outright on Saturday afternoon against the Seattle Sounders to take home the Carolina Challenge Cup [.

U.S. Open Cup Semifinal – United vs Chicago: United on their way to another Cup final with 2-0 win over Fire

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D.C. United has endured a nightmare season. Can't score goals much less create many chances and defensive blunders have reared their ugly head on more than one occasion. Yet the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has been an oasis for the side as United stunned the Chicago Fire 2-0 tonight at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, [.

Richmond Kickers

Richmond Kickers versus Charleston Battery: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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Two traditional rivals face off in Richmond.

The Richmond Kickers welcome their old rival, the Charleston Battery, to town this evening as the middle game of a three week homestand. The Battery are surprisingly bad this season, sitting in a four-way tie for last place. But don't let their record fool you; Kickers-Battery games are always contentious, and this one should be no different.

Richmond Kickers versus Arizona United SC: Streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers welcome Arizona United SC to town on their first-ever road trip.

The Richmond Kickers take on the artists formerly known as Phoenix FC tonight at 7:00 PM at City Stadium. Your intrepid Richmond correspondent will be making his triumphant return to the press box, so watch the game on YouTube (or come to the stadium) and hang out with me!

Joe Willis, Jalen Robinson, Christiano Francois, and Michael Seaton sent on long-term loan to the Richmond Kickers

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D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers announced their loanees, sending Joe Willis, Jalen Robinson, Michael Seaton, and Christiano Francois to RVA.

The Richmond Kickers and D.C. United today announced the players that United will loan down to the River City, sending Joe Willis, Jalen Robinson, Christiano Francois, and Michael Seaton on long-term loan.

The Rest

Houston Dynamo Player Ratings vs. the Seattle Sounders

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The Dynamo saw their lead created by a Giles Barnes wonder-goal erased by a stoppage time Chad Marshall goal.

Quick Thoughts:

1) The difference between the first half and the second half had to represent a shift in tactics. The Dynamo sat back to defend a 1-0 lead the entire second half and a lapse by the defense caused by a mounting Seattle attack led to the team dropping 2 needed points at home.

United busy during four-hour trade window ahead of Expansion Draft

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D.C. United made three trades in MLS' four-hour trade window this morning ahead of Wednesday afternoon's MLS Expansion Draft. While not as significant as the number or quality of trades made last offseason to bolster United's roster (don't worry folks, there are still three months to make moves before the season starts in late February [.

Fantasy Focus: Donovan gets his Goats

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With a total of 92 points, My Ferrari Soares soared to the top of the round's leaderboard. Landon Donovan (LA, $10.3M) wore the armband and scored 34 points with 2 goals and an assist. His Galaxy teammates Gyasi Zardes ($5.6M) and Robbie Keane ($11.2M) scored 14 and 11 points respectively -- Zardes with a goal and an assist, and Keane with 2 goals.