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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.

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.

D.C. United

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.

Chivas de Guadalajara score a stoppage time equalizer and DCU draw 1-1

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Let's be up front about the fact that anything that comes out of a friendly needs to be taken with a grain of salt. That said, D.C. United may not have been the better team over the course of the game, but they weren't blatantly out-played, led for about 17 minutes, and a draw is not an entirely unfair outcome.

The Last Word on D.C. United vs. Colorado: Willis!

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The first and last word on D.C. United's 0-0 draw with the Colorado Rapids on Sunday night was and is "Willis", as in Joe Willis. In the midst of one of those joyless MLS games that seem to happen all too frequently when the Capital Club is not playing well, United's backup goalkeeper was clearly its best player on the field, and, along with Rapids' winger DeShorn Brown, one of the two players who stood out from the match.

D.C. United draws Colorado Rapids on road, thanks to goalkeeper Joe Willis

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So here's the thing when you're a really, really bad team: Results that might be encouraging, grind-out-a-bad-night sort of draws on a team pushing for playoff position have to be viewed as either manna from heaven or else symptomatic of the team's futility and thus, simply not good enough. Depending on which part of last night's D.

Former Newcastle United Striker Punishes DC United

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It was a close call in Seattle all the way until the second to last play of the game. Obafemi Martins was able to put two goals past Joe Willis to cement another Sounders win. The Black and Red fought ferociously throughout the whole match but were unable to score. This lost puts DC United at 2 wins, 3 ties, and 13 loses for the season, and still in last place in the Eastern Conference.

Seattle Sounders 2-0 D.C. United - Everything went as expected.

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No referee to pin this one on; referee Allen Chapman actually had a pretty decent game. No, this loss is all on D.C. United being outplayed by a better opponent. Tonight, that opponent was the Seattle Sounders, who managed two remarkably similar goals through Obafemi Martins, one in each half. In the 19th minute, Seattle gained control of a D.

Revs Get Knocked Out Of Open Cup

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Despite fielding a strong side, the New England Revolution were knocked out of the US Open Cup by D.C United last night, losing 3-1 on te night.

New England almost got off to a perfect start when in the 15th minute Diego Fagundez, came inches from putting the Revolution in front after 15 minutes.

Match report: D.C. United 3-1 Philadelphia Union

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Dwayne De Rosario scored a hat trick to lead D.C. United on to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals and knock the Union out of the tournament.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Chicago Fire

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For D.C. United, the US Open Cup was supposed to be a respite. Instead, the 0-0 draw against the Richmond Kickers that ended with the Black-and-Red moving on via penalty kicks was a reminder of many of the things we've been doing wrong all year. The defense more or less held up against Richmond's attacks - not that there were many of them, and Joe Willis was forced into a couple tricky saves - but the offense was as dull and slow as ever.

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, [.

United vs Colorado: United earn tough road point in 0-0 draw in Mile High City

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Once again D.C. United offered very little offensively in the final third of the field but desperate defending and solid goalkeeping from Joe Willis earned the Black-and-Red a solid road point in their 0-0 draw last night against the home side Colorado Rapids. United was shut out for the 8th time in 9 road matches [.

United vs Seattle: Depleted United fall to Sounders 2-0

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Obafemi Martins scored both goals tonight as the Seattle Sounders took care of business in their 2-0 win over D.C. United at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington. Once again United were powerless on offense getting shut out for the 11th time in 18th matches this season and the 7th time in 8 road matches.

U.S. Open Cup: United roll to semi-finals with 3-1 win over New England

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D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario hasn't had the best of seasons so far in 2013, at least in Major League Soccer. Get him in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament and we're talking something completely different. De Rosario scored the game-winning goal in United's 3-1 win this evening over the visiting New England [.

United vs Chicago: Winless streak reaches 11 in dour 2-0 loss to Fire

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Ben Olsen promised changes to his lineup due toineffective play from some of the players whom he counted on this season. Usual central defensepartners Brandon McDonald and Dejan Jakovic were left on the bench in favor of Daniel Woolard and Conor Shanosky who was making his MLS debut. Well, it really doesn't seem to matter [.

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

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 [.