Alex Muyl and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored early in the second half as United's RBA nightmares continued
D.C. United were undone early in the second half against the New York Red Bulls, conceding two goals as United's rivals took the first leg of the 2017 edition of the Atlantic Cup. Alex Muyl scored his first goal of the season just moments into the second half, and Bradley Wright-Phillips made it two in the 62nd minute.
Due to suspension and injury, United is short on potential defensive midfielders. Let's look at the remaining possibilities.
Defensive midfield has been a bit of a problem for D.C. United in 2017. It was widely considered a potential weak point coming into the year, and after two underwhelming games, it appeared that Marcelo Sarvas might be rotated out for Rob Vincent.
It was a pretty eventful day in women's soccer, and arguably a lucky day for D.C. United
Good morning! The U.S. women's national team faces Russia at 8:30pm tonight in Frisco, Texas. Also, the USWNT and U.S. Soccer just finalized collective bargaining agreement negotiations.
U.S. Women's Soccer Team and U.
The midfielder should consider himself lucky it's not more.
First reported by Steven Goff and later made official by MLS, D.C. United midfielder Marcelo Sarvas was suspended one game for this tackle on midfielder Derrick Jones in last week's win over the Philadelphia Union:
This is so dirty from Marcelo Sarvas.
We look at some moments of curiosity.
Well, watching D.C. United keep its 2017 goals account closed for the time being with a 2-0 loss against Columbus Crew SC was hardly fun by any means, but in attempting to look deeper there may be some other causes of concern.
First and foremost is Bill Hamid's early game save.
We look at some things from the game.
When you see a scoreless draw between two teams on the first weekend of regular season such as the one D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City engaged in Saturday, it would be a problematic thing for someone to try and look at GIFs from a contest such as that.
Goals from Marcelo, Acosta, and Le Toux pace a 3-2 win over Swedish opposition
D.C. United wrapped up the first portion of their preseason with a 3-2 win over Swedish top flight side Jönköpings Södra IF on Wednesday afternoon at the IMG Academy. Fielding different lineups each half, United raced out to a 2-0 halftime lead, with goals from Marcelo Sarvas and Luciano Acosta.
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.
Marcelo was an understated but vital piece of the puzzle in 2016
D.C. United was in need of some sort of two-way midfield help after Perry Kitchen said that he would not re-sign for the Black-and-Red at the end of 2015 (and eventually went to Scotland side Heart of Midlothian FC). They were unsuccessful in their quest to sign Antonio Nocerino from AC Milan after Orlando City tampered with D.
Lloyd Sam opened the scoring in the second half, before Lamar Neagle and Alvaro Saborio confirmed win late
D.C. United won the back to back games for the first time this season, beating Columbus Crew SC 3-0 on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. Four days after a season altering win over Orlando City, United finally broke through in the second half, as Lloyd Sam scored the eventual game winner in the 71st minute.
Y'all, it's a long week already. We're getting straight to the soccer.
D.C. United's Marcelo Sarvas sidelined several weeks with knee injury | The Washington Post
Buried in this article, Nicky D talks about the very important issue of his hair (or lack thereof).
Diego Valeri: Portland Thorns superfan | FourFourTwo
This is a lovely story.
Some surprises, good, bad or otherwise.
The MLS Player's Union released the list of player salaries as of May 15. Notable names over MLS include salaries for Tim Howard ($2,100,000 base compensation) and Jermaine Jones ($600,000) of the Colorado Rapids, recently acquired New England Revolution forward Kei Kamara ($1,000,000) and once almost-D.
Through injuries and suspensions, D.C. United must roll out a lineup that could be its near-term future
When D.C. United takes on New York City FC on Sunday, the formation and most of the lineup will not be in doubt. Injuries, suspensions, and the good play of certain people can basically write Ben Olsen's lineup card for him.
We pick out various moments of interest.
D.C. United found themselves missing their Designated Player (Fabian Espindola) and possibly their most consistent player (Marcelo Sarvas) headed into their game with the Chicago Fire, made doubly harder with a late illness absence from Nick DeLeon. The resulting lineup shuffling and playing 90 minutes in horrible weather made a 1-1 result feel like a disappointment and a mild larceny simultaneously.
The former Fire midfielder headed home from a short corner in the 1-1 draw with the Fire in the wind and rain
D.C. United couldn't quite manage to string together a second win in a row, but without Fabian Espindola, Marcelo Sarvas, and Nick DeLeon, United earned a point on the road in less than ideal conditions in a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.
The Black-and-Red will look to start their first winning streak of 2016 tonight, but they'll have to do it missing some starters
After three straight games at home, D.C. United is back on the road this evening, taking on a Chicago Fire side that has struggled thus far under new boss Veljko Paunovic.
We look at some moments of varying note.
D.C. United was missing their coach due to a suspension and faced a New England Revolution side that was also inconsistent and underachieving. But the Black-and-Red persevered en route to a 3-0 win that will hopefully buoy some confidence, but in the meantime, let's look at some things that occurred during the game that caught our eye.
Lamar Neagle struck from the penalty spot in the first half, before Luciano Acosta opened his MLS account in stunning fashion
D.C. United made the most of their third straight game at home, defeating the New England Revolution 3-0 at RFK Stadium on Saturday. Lamar Neagle opened the scoring in the first half from the penalty spot, before Luciano Acosta and Alvaro Saborio sealed the deal late in substitute appearances.
Two goals from Fabian Espindola, two goals from Alvaro Saborio, two assists from Luciano Acota.
D.C. United's stuttering start to the 2016 season came to a screeching halt on Saturday afternoon, as the Black-and-Red stormed past the Vancouver Whitecaps in a 4-0 win. Goals on either side of the half from Fabian Espindola had United in a good position to win their first game of the season, before Luciano Acosta assisted twice for Alvaro Saborio late in the game.
Facing a short-handed VWFC, it's high time the Black-and-Red got themselves into the win column
For the third week running, D.C. United will face an opponent missing important starters. The Vancouver Whitecaps will arrive at RFK Stadium without Pedro Morales and Matias Laba, two players who have the potential to make MLS's Best 11.
Improving a leaky defense and being smarter all over the field are among the items United needs to check off today.
This might not be the best time for D.C. United to have to play the San Jose Earthquakes on the road, but the calendar has no sympathy for United's messy situation. It's the 20th anniversary - give or take a few days - of MLS's first game, played between these two sides on San Jose's home turf.
Ben Olsen will try to right the ship after stumbling out of the gate so far
Winless so far this season, D.C. United has a tough task on the West Coast this weekend: travel to San Jose and try and wring any possible points from the Earthquakes. They will have to do so without their best player so far this season, Marcelo Sarvas, and without their best player overall, Bill Hamid.
We look back at the match with animated internet files.
Saturday afternoon's 3-0 loss to FC Dallas was not pretty, but for D.C. United seeing them in the disrepair as they were was, in a humorous topical phrase, not great Bob. But more specifically, Bobby Boswell, as we're about to illustrate.
The damage was already done before Fabian Espindola had a penalty saved in the second half, and Marcelo Sarvas saw red for an errant elbow
The 2016 season went from bad to worse on Saturday afternoon for D.C. United, as the Black-and-Red were second best for 90 minutes in a 3-0 defeat to FC Dallas.
D.C. United opens their MLS season with all eyes on the central midfield
After two games in the Concacaf Champions league, D.C. United comes back to Major League Soccer to open the regular season. They do so by taking on their old rivals out in Carson, California: the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy have gotten a lot older and a lot stranger this season, and their performance in the CCL was even worse than United's.
So close. Steve Birnbaum was robbed 3 times by Volpi, and Taylor Kemp put a dent in the crossbar with that right (!!!) footed shot. Luciano Acosta has the tools to really change some things about the attack. Marcelo Sarvas looked like the 2014 version of himself (albeit a more defensive version) than the player who was nothing special for Colorado last year.
This day, as in all days, we should strive to do what we love as well as Christen Press does what she loves. You'll see what I mean below. But first, the links!
DC United's Marcelo Sarvas says new club reminds him of LA's MLS Cup-winning teams | MLSsoccer.com: There is a little difference between the two, but I can see about what Marcelo is talking.
United's rebuilt midfield may mean that DeLeon is facing a serious challenge for a starting job.
D.C. United's midfield has undergone a major overhaul this offseason. Perry Kitchen's departure required - maybe still requires? - at least one move to be made, and Davy Arnaud unfortunately appears to be on the brink of retirement.
United is back with their second preseason game.
D.C. United has their second game of the preseason this afternoon as they take on Jönköpings Södra IF of Sweden's Allsvensken. This is J-Sodra's first time back in the Allsvensken since the 1960s, and so just staying up will be their primary concern.
Photo by Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports
While the winter transfer window for some leagues ended in Europe, there were a few MLS clubs involved in the action on a busy Monday.
D.C. United acquired 34-year-old midfielder Marcelo Sarvas from the Colorado Rapids, sending Targeted Allocation Money and a 2018 conditional draft pick to the Western Conference club.
Also just gonna drop a #Birdbomb here for good measure.
Hello, it is the second day of February. I don't have any witty opening, so let's just get to it, shall we?
D.C. United acquires Colorado Rapids midfielder Marcelo Sarvas - Black And Red United
ICYMI yesterday, this happened.
The veteran Brazilian central midfielder may signal several other developments.
In a trade previously reported over the weekend, D.C. United has bolstered its midfield by trading targeted allocation money and a conditional 2018 draft pick for Marcelo Sarvas of the Colorado Rapids. Before the deal, a source told B&RU that the Rapids has agreed to carry a significant part of his salary - his base pay was $360,000 in 2015 - on their books as part of the deal.
While a former New York City FC player made his first team debut in England on Saturday, the club also announced that it would be cutting loose an MLS veteran.
Angelino made his first team debut today for Manchester City in the club's 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup fourth round. The 19-year old made 14 appearances for NYCFC last season, and recorded four assists.
United may be about to take a risk on a talented but aging central midfielder.
The Washington Post's Steve Goff is reporting that D.C. United is on the verge of trading some form of allocation money to the Colorado Rapids for Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas. United's needs in central midfield have been well-known throughout the offseason, as Perry Kitchen has opted to pursue a deal in Europe while Davy Arnaud considers retirement due to concussions.
From Bill Hamid to Collin Martin, we look at the home team's ratings in the game
EA Sports releases FIFA 17 on Tuesday, September 27th, and the FIFA Ultimate Team player database is now available, showing ratings for every player in the game. It should come as no surprise that players like Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa, and Andrea Pirlo are the highest rated MLS players, but how do DCU's players rate?
Q13 Fox has coverage starting at 5 PM Pacific. It is also on Spanish radio (1360) with English audio on SoundersFC.com.
Avoid the disaster that is Seattle traffic and watch a 5 PM game between the Seattle Sounders and D.C. United. Even though the Sounders have a poor 4-7-1 record the game will be better than rush hour traffic.
We quickly review the Chicago Fire match before breaking down the most ridiculous team in MLS
It is a Tuesday, which means a downpour of Filibuster drowning your ears and making everyone drive 15 mph under the speed limit. We start by talking about another rainy day, D.C. United's 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.
Quick! You have a lot to catch up on.
Buckle up, folks, because I actually got a lot to share this morning. Wouldn't you know it, soccer is busy right now!
In fact, it's busy enough that I'm organizing today's Kicks into categories. Here we go!
Armchair Analyst: Atlanta get an expansion lesson & more in Week 1 | MLS
Key takeaway: Maybe no more penalties for Marcelo Sarvas.
Union begins Florida phase of training. New CBO Tim McDermott speaks to the press. Nantes loans Aristeguieta to Red Star FC. New Union first kit to be unveiled on Thursday. More.
Stevben Goff is reporting and I've heard the same from other sources that Marcelo Sarvas has been traded to DC United for allocation money. Expect an announcement today or tomorrow it sounds like.
This leaves Powers, Cronin, and Powers to power (no pun intended) the center of the midfield.