Luciano Acosta

D.C. United

Recap: DCU fall 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City

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An early goal doomed United, who were held scoreless for the first time this season

An early goal from Felipe Gutierrez was the only tally that Sporting Kansas City needed on Saturday night, defeating D.C. United 1-0 at Children's Mercy Park. Gutierrez's goal in the 3rd minute, which might eventually be changed to an own goal credited to Frederic Brillant, was the result of catching United flatfooted out of the gate, something that has not been an issue so far this year.

The MLS report: Matchday 3

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It was a colorful weekend in MLS with a shade of sky blue and some reds sprinkled in. PSP's MLS recap is here.

MLS week 3: DC at the SoccerPlex

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The MLS week 3 roundup starts in an odd location for an MLS regular season game. With DC United's new stadium under construction, they drew 2-2 with Houston in front of 5,128 at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Houston took a two-goal lead with Alberth Elis scoring in the 30th and assisting on Mauro Manotas's goal a minute later.

Recap: Arriola stars as D.C. United beats Las Vegas Lights FC 4-2

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United's USMNT winger produced 3 assists as the Black-and-Red took advantage of a wild second half

D.C. United found themselves in a tale of two halves in tonight's preseason finale against Las Vegas Lights FC. A fairly tight first half saw few chances and just one goal, from Yamil Asad, but the second half was another story.

Recap: D.C. United sees off Jacksonville Armada to cap preseason spell in Florida

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Patrick Mullins and Luciano Acosta scored as the Black-and-Red finished up their business in the Sunshine State on a positive note

D.C. United wrapped up the second of two preseason spells in Florida with a 2-1 win over Jacksonville Armada FC tonight. Patrick Mullins opened the scoring in the 11th minute via service from Paul Arriola, while Luciano Acosta doubled United's lead on the hour mark.

Gifted goal hands DC United 2-1 win over the Union in Suncoast Invitational opener

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Luciano Acosta made it 2-1 seconds after Cory Burke's equalizer

A missed penalty kick and a terrible giveaway on the back line were the difference between a 2-1 win and a 2-1 loss for the Philadelphia Union in their first game of the Suncoast Invitational Tournament on Saturday.

CJ Sapong had his penalty kick saved in the 30th minute after he drew a foul in the box from Ulises Segura.

Preseason match report: Philadelphia Union 1-2 D.C. United

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The Union fell 2-1 to D.C. United in the opener of the Suncoast Invitational, but the individual battles for positions were just as important as the result.

Recap: Mattocks, Acosta score as United beat the Union 2-1

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Darren Mattocks scored for the second game in the row, with Luciano Acosta netting a late winner

D.C. United notched their first win of the preseason, defeating the Philadelphia Union 2-1 at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida. Darren Mattocks scored his second goal of the preseason in the first half, and moments after conceding an equalizer, Luciano Acosta won the game for the Black-and-Red in the 89th minute.

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union lineup: The debut of Yamil Asad

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United's newest attacker should make his debut on Saturday

D.C. United takes on the Philadelphia Union this Saturday in their second preseason game, the first with the addition of attacker Yamil Asad. It will also give us the first insight into Ben Olsen's plans on how to fit Asad, Zoltan Stieber, Paul Arriola, and Luciano Acosta into an attacking trio, and that is before he decides how to structure his defensive midfield with Russell Canouse, Junior Moreno, Ulises Segura, Ian Harkes, and Chris Durkin.

An unattractive answer: the truth about Ilsinho

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Nick Fishman continues PSP's offseason series, "The search for a No. 10," with a microscopic look at a divisive player. With no new signing in sight, is Ilsinho the right answer to the Union's biggest question?

England hires Phil Neville, D.C. United home opener change?, and more: Freedom Kicks for January 24, 2018

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Come for the soccer news, stay for the pictures of camels

Good morning! This week has felt like ten weeks with the amount of news and various stuff happening. Here's what was up yesterday. Also a photo of a bactrian camel at the end because they're cool.

MLS might force D.C. United to find another place to play its home opener | Washington Post
There aren't many other options left in the region for D.

Landon Donovan returns (again), D.C. United changes formation (again)? & more: Freedom Kicks for 1/15/18

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A bevy of things dot today's links.

Hi. Have you been watching combine games over the weekend and nerding out for the draft? No? Well OK

With training camp looming, goal-starved D.C. United hasn't landed a scorer (WaPo): I get that people are going to be/are upset by this, but it doesn't mean I relate to it.

Veron, Red Bulls top D.C. United in final match at RFK Stadium

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Gonzalo Veron continues to play hero for the New York Red Bulls heading towards the postseason.

The Red Bulls played a less than first choice squad, and it took a long time for the visitors to get going in the match. D.C. United looked good for sending off their home of 22 years in style before the Red Bulls came charging back to win 2-1.

D.C. United makes it three straight 1-0 wins in victory over New England Revolution

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Luciano Acosta's 5th goal of the season was enough to send United to a third straight shutout win

Despite getting no contribution from emerging star attacker Own Goal, D.C. United posted a third straight 1-0 triumph tonight before 13,539 at RFK Stadium. Luciano Acosta's 71st minute goal did the trick, as the Black-and-Red finished a busy week by taking all nine points available.

D.C. United versus Colorado Rapids lineup: How many of the new guys will start?

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The new players will get a chance to show their stuff

D.C. United are traveling to Colorado this weekend to take on the Rapids, and this even though it is a road game this could be a great chance to get a win: a similarly bad team that just fired its coach and hasn't made the same kind of midseason moves that United has.

MLS: Ref Rescinds Red Card After Honest Philadelphia Player Defends Opponent’s Challenge (Video)

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In a rather uncommon show of honesty, a red card was rescinded during DC United's MLS clash with Philadelphia Union after opposition players defended the actions of the sent off player.

The heart-warming incident happened in the second-half of the game, when DC United's Luciano Acosta was given a straight red after a tangle withHaris Medunjanin on the sideline.

Haris Medunjanin is the best

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The Philadelphia Union midfielder does us all proud by doing the right thing.

In tonight's match against D.C. United, Philadelphia Union midfielder Haris Medunjanin was pushed down from behind by Luciano Acosta. In one of the weirdest sequences (even for an MLS match), Acosta was shown a straight red card by referee Sorin Stoica - and then was allowed to play on.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. Union

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The Union need a win. D.C. comes to town fresh off a slump-busting midweek win over Atlanta. Can the Union take the season series at home on Saturday?

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire staff and reader predictions

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It's not looking great.

All right, the less said about last weekend's game, the better. Was it the first D.C. United game I've ever left early? Maybe. Should we dwell? Definitely not.

Instead, let's focus on tomorrow's game, which will totally not be a horrific loss! Lol jk, it's going to suck.

D.C. United embarrassed in 4-0 loss to Philadelphia Union

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Luciano Acosta received a straight red card in the second half

Saturday night was one to forget for D.C. United, as the Black-and-Red were smashed 4-0 by the Philadelphia Union. Luciano Acosta was shown a red card in the second half, as United trailed 1-0 thanks to a first half goal from Haris Medunjanin.

D.C. United versus Atlanta United lineup: Luciano Acosta and Patrick Mullins are back

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Injuries still dog United, but they have two key starters back

D.C. United will take on Atlanta United this Sunday without a number of keys players: Steve Birnbaum, Nick DeLeon, Patrick Nyarko, and Sebastien LeToux all look to remain on the sidelines due to various injuries. However, the timely return of Patrick Mullins, Taylor Kemp, and Luciano Acosta will provide some tooth to the attack that finally found some goals last week.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls staff and reader predictions

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Everything is legal in New Jersey.

Ah yes, it's time for a D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls game. To start off the Atlantic Cup this year, the Black-and-Red hit the road up to Jersey, where truly anything can happen between these two teams.

This week, we're predicting not total disaster, which is kind of nice.

DC United turn tables on New York City FC

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Washington (AFP) – Luciano Acosta scored his second goal of the Major League Soccer season as DC United avenged their worst defeat since 2015 with a 2-1 victory over New York City FC on Saturday.

Lloyd Sam added his first goal of the 2017 campaign for DC United, who were thumped 4-0 by City last month at Yankee Stadium.

Player ratings: D.C. United 2-1 Union

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The winless streak continues, as the Union turn in a poor performance. For the most part, they played as individuals. Let's evaluate them as such.

D.C. United finally score, win 2-1 over Philadelphia Union

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United did just enough to hold on in the second half after Ortiz and Acosta scored in the first half

D.C. United scored their first goal of their season, and made it count, in a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. Jose Ortiz, making his first start of the Black-and-Red in place of the injured Patrick Mullins, finally got United on the board for the season in the 18th minute with a deflected strike.

Match report: D.C. United 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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DC United scored their first two goals of the season, and CJ Sapong's third tally of the year wasn't enough to haul the Union back as Philly lost their second straight match in RFK Stadium on Saturday. Updated.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at D.C. United

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The Union aim for their first win in seven months when they travel to RFK Stadium on Saturday. PSP previews the match.

Penalty nightmare for D.C. United in 2-0 loss to Columbus Crew

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Steve Birnbaum conceded two penalties as United remain without a goal in 2017

D.C. United's winless, and scoreless streak to start the 2017 season continued on Saturday night, as United lost 2-0 to Columbus Crew SC at RFK Stadium. Gonzalo Higuain and Ola Kamara provided the goals for the Crew, both coming from the penalty spot.

Luciano Acosta returns to training for D.C. United

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Despite making progress, Lucho is still questionable to face Columbus

It's been a long two games for D.C. United without their playmaker, Luciano Acosta, but there may be reason for hope in the nation's capital. After picking up an ankle injury in the final preseason game against the Philadelphia Union, Acosta had not practiced for United, who have managed just one point and zero goals scored to start the season.

D.C. United listless in NYCFC defeat

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United were again largely toothless without Luciano Acosta

It was not much of a surprise an hour before kickoff on Sunday, with D.C. United visiting New York City FC, that Luciano Acosta was once again missing from the gameday squad. Head coach Ben Olsen had said throughout the week the playmaker was day-to-day with an ankle injury, and as of Tuesday Acosta had not returned to the practice field.

D.C. United versus NYCFC lineup: Waiting for Acosta

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Without the diminutive playmaker, United will stick with its opening lineup

D.C. United takes its first and only road trip to New York City this Sunday, going to Yankee Stadium to face off against New York City FC. The Pigeons have a couple of names that you definitely know: Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, and Ethan White, plus a number of lesser known players that they're trying to work into a coherent whole.

Union fall to DCU in preseason finale

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An early flurry of goals lifted D.C. United over the Union as both teams closed out their preseason.

After a disastrous first 25 minutes, the Philadelphia Union rallied to make their loss to D.C. United look a bit more respectable.

DCU stormed the Union defense early on, finding goals through Patrick Nyarko, Jared Jeffrey, and Patrick Mullins in a span of just 10 minutes.

D.C. United, Montreal Impact trade MLS things

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The Black-and-Red are renting out an international roster spot for 2017

D.C. United announced today that they've traded an international roster spot for the 2017 season to the Montreal Impact. In exchange, they've acquired $75,000 in general allocation money (GAM). The move leaves United with five international roster spots, four of which are occupied by Julian Buescher, Luciano Acosta, Alhaji Kamara, and Jose Ortiz.

D.C. United re-signs Patrick Mullins to a multi-year contract

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The target man is here to stay

Black & Red United can confirm that D.C. United have re-signed forward Patrick Mullins to a multi-year contract extension. Mullins made $126K in guaranteed compensation last year, and looks poised for a well-deserved raise. As per MLS policy, exact terms were not disclosed.

How to watch D.C. United versus Jönköpings Södra

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D.C. United's first streaming preseason game is today

After playing their first two preseason games behind closed doors, the world will get its first glimpse at the 2017 version of D.C. United as the team takes on Sweden's Jönköpings Södra IF. After this game, United will return to DC and that is traditionally when the first round of cuts to the trialists comes, so they especially will be looking to make an impression on Ben Olsen and his crew.

Ian Harkes, Chris Durkin lead academy revolution in D.C. United’s midfield

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Two homegrown signings are pushing for playing time during United's preseason

The two youngest players under contract with D.C. United happen to be linked together in a couple of ways. United's most recent homegrown signings Chris Durkin and Ian Harkes are roommates on this preseason trip, and there are hopes that both players are regulars in United's engine room for years to come.

MLS Draft 2017 preview and how to watch

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For D.C. United and 21 other teams, today's the first big day of 2017

Normally, the MLS SuperDraft is a big day for D.C. United, who have established themselves as one of the league's best teams when it comes to draft day. They currently start three players they picked up in past drafts, and they'd start four if Perry Kitchen had been re-signed.

D.C. United season review: Ben Olsen

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After a slow start, United's head coach made a major mid-season shift in style

After watching his D.C. United side end the season with a playoff defeat - for the second year running, no less - against the New York Red Bulls, their arch-rival, Ben Olsen asked the key question of last year's offseason: "Are we peaked out?

Report says D.C. United has agreed to a new contract with Steve Birnbaum

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ESPN's Marc Stein says United will retain their USMNT defender for quite a while

Coming into the offseason, most D.C. United fans were concerned with the club's ability to secure a permanent transfer for Luciano Acosta. However, signing a long-term contract with USMNT defender Steve Birnbaum - the subject of repeated European interest in the past few months - was not far behind.

The Rest

Around The Forest: USL to use Pro/Rel?

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Also: Matt Doyle looks at the Timbers roster, Cubo Torres off to Pumas in LigaMX, Luciano Acosta gets green card and more!

Portland

Armchair Analyst: Roster build status for Portland Timbers | MLSsoccer.com
The Offseason So Far: The two most shocking moves thus far have come from the Rose City.