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Andrew Dykstra is the USL Pro First Team All-League Goalkeeper

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USL Pro announced its all-league teams today, with the Richmond Kickers leading the way with four selections on the first team. Andrew Dykstra anchors the first team as its goalkeeper, which is no surprise after his performance this year, which included the lowest goals against average in the league.

Richmond Kickers vs. Charlotte Eagles: USL Pro semifinal streaming, lineups, predictions, and GameThread

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The Richmond Kickers are back in action tonight, taking on the Charlotte Eagles in the USL Pro semifinals. The first regular season game between the two was a high scoring affair in which Conor Shanosky had to score on a stoppage time header to tie the game up at 3 goals apiece. The other game was a much tighter affair, with Joseph Ngwenya scoring the game's only goal, so any result is possible between these two teams.

Richmond Kickers 1-0 Dayton Dutch Lions: Kickers through to the semifinals

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The Richmond Kickers won a low scoring affair against the Dayton Dutch Lions 1-0 on Saturday evening, propelling themselves into the USL Pro semifinals. Neither team created many chances, but the Kickers converted the only opportunity presented to them and then rode their league leading defense to close out the match.

The Richmond Kickers are the USL Pro regular season champions

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The Richmond Kickers cruised on the strength of two Matthew Delicate goals and some spectacular goalkeeping from Andrew Dykstra to beat Orlando City SC and clinch the Commissioner's Cup, the USL Pro regular season championship. While both teams have one game remaining, the Kickers now own the first tiebreaker over Orlando City, which is head to head.

Richmond Kickers vs. Phoenix FC Wolves: Streaming, lineups, prediction, and GameThread

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Playing three games in six days is never easy, and doubly so when the games take place 3000 miles from your home stadium. But that is what the Richmond Kickers will do, playing the Phoenix FC Wolves tonight, the Los Angeles Blues on Sunday, and the Vancouver Whitecaps Reserves on Tuesday. They will have to do so without their leading goalscorer, Joseph Ngwenya, who is injured and did not make the trip.

Richmond Kickers win against Orlando City, tie VSI Tampa Bay to secure 4 points in two days

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The Richmond Kickers played two games this weekend, Saturday against Orlando City SC and Sunday against VSI Tampa Bay. Between the two games the Kickers earned four points, although not necessarily in the way most people expected: they beat league-leading Orlando City 2-0 and tied VSI Tampa Bay 0-0.

Richmond Kickers 1-1 Wilmington Hammerheads: Kickers offense sputters to a tie

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The Richmond Kickers earned a point in a 1-1 draw against the Wilmington Hammerheads, but it is a point that feels like a loss. While the teams played evenly the first 65 minutes, the Kickers turned up the pressure in the second half. A pair of goals kept each side even, but some questionable reffing and a lack of finesse on the final touches kept Richmond from the full three points.

Kickers settle for draw against LA Blues

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RICHMOND, VA – The Richmond Kickers extended their unbeaten streak, battling the Los Angeles Blues to a 1-1 draw Saturday night.In a tale-of-two halves, the Kickers held a first half advantage on an early Joseph Ngwenya tally until Blues midfielder Juan Perez buried an 88th minute equalizer to steal a point at City Stadium.

Hat Trick earns Ngwenya Player of the Week honor

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TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week Eight of the season on Tuesday, with the Richmond Kickers' Joseph Ngwenya earning Player of the Week honors after recording a hat trick in the Kickers' 4-1 victory against Antigua Barracuda FC on Saturday night. The victory allowed the Kickers to remain undefeated this season, while giving Ngwenya five goals.

Video:: Joseph Ngwenya nets Hat-Trick for Kickers

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Check out video highlights of Joseph Ngwenya scoring his first hat-trick for the Kickers in the 4:1 win over Antigua Barracuda FC on May 11, 2013.

Richmond Kickers 4-1 Antigua Barracuda: Ngwenya hat trick leads the Kickers

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The Richmond Kickers scored four goals, with three coming from former D.C. United man Joseph Ngwenya, to power past the worst team in USL Pro, Antigua Barracuda. Antigua came into City Stadium without a win so far and they are playing all of their games on the road this year.

The first three goals of this match all came from Joseph Ngwenya, and all of them were from the top of the 6 yard box.

Richmond Kickers defeat defending Champs Charleston Battery

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RICHMOND, VA – The Richmond Kickers captured three points at City Stadium Saturday night with a 4-1 win over the defending USL PRO Champions Charleston Battery.Zimbabwean International Joseph Ngwenya opened scoring and D.C. United forward Casey Townsend registered a pair of goals for the Kickers while Battery defender John Wilson's tally prevented the shutout in front of 2,497 fans.

Kickers 4:1 Battery: Richmond with a decisive victory over the defending champs

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In stark contrast to what happened in the District tonight, the Richmond Kickers were able to string long spells of good possession together and combine it with strong counterattacking play to beat the defending USL Pro champion Charleston Battery 4-1 on a beautiful night in Richmond, Virginia. The Battery’s attack was frenetic, playing at high speeds but not often to control the obvious offensive talent that they have.

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Former D.C. United striker Ngwenya scores in Kickers 4-1 win over Rhinos

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RICHMOND, VA – The Richmond Kickers earned three points Saturday night with a dramatic 4-1 win over the Rochester Rhinos. A crowd of 2,270 saw a pair of red card ejections in between a barrage of goals as Rochester was forced to play two-men down after earning an early lead on a Matt Luzunaris tally.

Union vs DC United quick reference

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All-time record: 2–1–1
At PPL Park/The Linc: 2–0–0
At RFK Stadium: 0–1–1
Goals for: 8
Goals against: 8

Did you know...

The Union's first ever win was against DC United.

MLS Notes: Keel agrees to new deal, D.C. adds Santos and more

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On the verge of losing one of its top defenders, the New York Red Bulls have locked up another for the foreseeable future.

The Red Bulls signed centerback Stephen Keel to a new contract, the club announced on Wednesday.

MLS Notes: Crew cut Mendoza; Jakovic, Ream secure training stints and more

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Andres Mendoza may have scored 13 goals in his first full season in MLS, but that didn't stop him from being let go by the Columbus Crew.

At times the subject of controversy due to his behavior, Mendoza was among the players whose options were declined by Columbus on Tuesday.

2011 Expansion Draft List: DC United

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DC United has a very young roster that Ben Olsen will try to save. (Getty Images)

Moving on today in the expansion draft lists, I really wanted to get to this one yesterday but ran out of time.

DC United just missed out on the playoffs this season. Injuries and poor form down the stretch really hurt them when it mattered most.

Timbers Tid Bits: Philadelphia Union Edition

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Wow! What a match last night! Those last 20 or so minutes were filled with so many highs and lows I'm not even really sure I knew what I was feeling during that time. Absolutely crazy. I will say that D.C. United probably shouldn't play Ngwenya ever again. Ouch...

Anyway, with a draw the Timbers are still hanging in there.

Timbers live, D.C. eliminated after wild tie

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WASHINGTON -- After a late flurry of action both ways, two things are clear: The Portland Timbers' postseason chances are still alive, and D.C. United's season is over.

Despite late heroics from MVP candidate Dwayne De Rosario and a number of chances in the waning minutes, D.

De Rosario hat trick paces United to 4-1 trouncing of RSL

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WASHINGTON - In 65 minutes Saturday, D.C. United forward Dwayne De Rosario once again showed why he is one of the most prolific attacking talents MLS has ever seen. At 33 years old and playing for his third club this season, he could very well be better than ever.

Rosales, Fernandez fuel Sounders romp

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SEATTLE, WA - Seattle answered any questions about whether last week's disappointing loss to Real Salt Lake would be more than a hiccup with a resounding 3-0 win over D.C. United Saturday.

In a clash of the old guard and the new rife with both playoff and Supporters' Shield implications, Seattle (14-6-9) unleashed their characteristic attacking, aesthetically-pleasing soccer in keeping the pressure on league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy.

MLS East Notes: Pontius excels up top, Ream feeling confident and more

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When D.C. United captain Josh Wolff reaggravated a hamstring injury in the first half of a friendly against Everton on Saturday, coach Ben Olsen looked to a bench that had no natural forwards on it and opted for a throwback, inserting winger Chris Pontius up top.

Revs Get Big Win Beating DC United 1-0

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The New England Revolution ended a nine-game winless streak as goalkeeper Matt Reis stymied D.C. United with a string a super saves.

It was the Revs' (4-9-7, 19 pts.) first win since a 1-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps on May 14, while it was their first triumph away from home in 2011 after going 0-6-3 in nine previous road games.

United, Dallas again play to 0-0 draw

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FC Dallas and D.C. United may be separated by 12 points in the standings, but if their two meetings this year are any indication, the teams are as even as can be.

Two months after battling to a scoreless draw at RFK Stadium, Dallas (10-5-5)Â and United (5-5-8)Â played to another 0-0 tie in Frisco, Texas on Saturday.

In Reserve: Seattle stays perfect, Nazarit's hat trick leads Chicago and more

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The Seattle Sounders are putting together a string of solid results in more than just the MLS regular season.

The Sounders' reserve team remained undefeated after a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy reserves on Tuesday.

Lamar Neagle was largely responsible for improving Seattle to 7-0-0, as he assisted on Nate Jaqua's opener before scoring off a penalty kick at the 30-minute mark.

In Reserve: D.C. comes back on New England, trialist paces San Jose and more

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Joseph Ngwenya and Academy player Collin Martin scored in the final 21 minutes to seal D.C. United's two-goal comeback in the club's 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution in MLS Reserve League play on Tuesday.

Kenny Mansally scored twice for the Revs (0-2-1), doing so from the penalty spot and off a free kick, the latter of which put New England ahead, 2-0, in the 65th minute.

Catching Up

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Apologies for the long silence. The dust is beginning to settle1, so I'm just going to try to get back into the routine swing of things by making a few observations...

  1. Okay, okay. I hear your digital consensus: Pontius has been playing quite well of late. Still, every so often, I'm tempted to throw something at the screen when his ambitions outstrip his talent.

Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United Preview Questions

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Just a couple more games until the Portland Timbers tie the record for the longest unbeaten streak at home in a new MLS stadium. This was a record that was first established back in 1996 when the Los Angeles Galaxy opened up the season (and league) with an astonishing 7-0-0 run. The Timbers are currently at 5-0-0 and will hopefully add one more to that tally after tomorrow's game against D.

Ajax Defeats DC United 2–1 in First Euro Friendly of 2011

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The summer friendly season kicked off today when DC United hosted Eredivisie champs Ajax at RFK stadium. Ajax, a week after their impressive 3-1 win over FC Twente, trotted out five starters from last week's match and played a total of ten starters from a week ago. Â DC was without the services of Charlies Davies and Josh Wolff, but still trotted out a first team lineup that included defender Perry Kitchen in the midfield and one-time midfielder Brandon Barklage as a center back.

Anita earns Ajax late win over DC United

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WASHINGTON, DC – Vurnon Anita's 87th minute goal earned Dutch champions Ajax a late 2-1 win over D.C. United in a friendly match at RFK Stadium on Sunday evening. Anita's goal broke a 1-1 tie after Miralem Sulejmani and D.C. forward Blake Brettschneider traded goals in the first friendly pitting an MLS club against an [.

D.C. United falls to Ajax on late goal

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WASHINGTON --Vurnon Anita's goal in the 87th minute broke a 1-1 tie and gave Dutch champion Ajax a 2-1 victory over D.C. United in an international club friendly in front of 10,728 at RFK Stadium Sunday evening.

Anita took on rookie defender Ethan White, cut back to his left foot and tucked his low shot from inside the area inside the far post


Moor goal nets a point

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As the Colorado Rapids see the revolving door at forward continue with injuries, the team keeps finding a way to pull a point.

On Saturday in Washington, D.C., Drew Moor found the net off a set piece in the 23rd minute off a free kick from Jamie Smith. Moor's strike appeared it would be enough in the first half as the Rapids controlled play and D.

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The Summer of Soccer: Cape Cod Amateur Soccer League

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I spent a good part of my middle school and all of my high school years on Cape Cod. During that time, you forget everything that people tell you about that particular community. You don't notice the ideal scenery or the tranquility. You ignore the smell of the beach and the breeze that keeps temperatures moderate years round.

The Summer of Soccer: Cape Cod Amateur Soccer League

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I spent a good part of my middle school and all of my high school years on Cape Cod. During that time, you forget everything that people tell you about that particular community. You don't notice the ideal scenery or the tranquility. You ignore the smell of the beach and the breeze that keeps temperatures moderate years round.

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How have the other MLS teams done in the off-season? Part 1: East Coast

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The off-season has been busy for the teams in Major League Soccer with players moving in and players moving out. This is the first part of a three-part look at the league's transactions. Today I'll be taking a look at the teams on the East Coast and how they stack up for the upcoming season.

Besides a simple 'IN' and 'OUT' look for players, I'll be using the terms 'Minutes XI Returning' and 'Minutes Gameday 18 Returning'.

Re-Entry Draft Stage 2: Unexciting And Expensive

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There was a time when I liked a couple players in the MLS Re-Entry Draft for the Seattle Sounders to pick up in Stage Two and talk into less money. First Bobby Boswell renegotiated with the Houston Dynamo and then Bobby Convey went to Sporting Kansas City at a cut rate (rumors say 200K$). Now the list of available players is absent of the really appealing names.

The Rest

Lower Division Clubs Make Marquee Signings

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A number of clubs in NASL and USL-Pro have announced big player acquisitions early in the off-season. All of these players have previously played at a different U.S. club. Indy Eleven, the most impressive of the three expansion clubs in ... Continue reading →

A Look at the Re-Entry Draft List

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MLS released the list of players that are available for the Re-Entry Draft next week. Up until Friday team's can still negotiate with their players and potentially reach a deal that would see the player stay with their current club. So fans of Luke Sassano (sorry I'm not sure Shavar Thomas has many fans in KC at this point) don't have to get worried quite yet that the midfielder will not be back.

DC United and Colorado Rapids Left Asking Questions After 1–1 Result

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That was the word of the night for both teams that took the pitch at RFK Stadium on Saturday night. Â It began with Charlie Davies, who with Bob Bradley as one of the almost 13,000 in attendance had a chance to show that he was well on his way back to being USMNT fit.