Markus Halsti

Philadelphia Union

“A lot of character”: recaps and reaction to Union’s draw in Orlando, US tops Ecuador, more news

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Officiating overshadows resilient Union performance. OC and LVU drop games. Nagbe scores his first US goal in win over Ecuador. More news.

Markus Halsti called up to Finland Team for June Euro Qualifier

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Down one headband, for a small moment.

Lost in the jubliation of D.C. United winning over the Philadelphia Union, word comes from Goff that midfielder Markus Halsti is being recalled by the Finland national team for their home qualifier with Hungary on June 13. Finland is sitting on the outside of Group F advancement, in fourth place of six teams, sitting on four points.

D.C. United

Hyvästi Halsti - D.C. United and Finnish international part ways

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Markus Halsti will always be a "what could have been" for a lot of fans.

Markus Halsti is no longer a D.C. United player. We've speculated about this possibility going back to last winter, and the talk only got louder and more persistent as the defensive midfielder went through the first 12 games of this MLS season without playing a minute.

Finland calls up D.C. United's Markus Halsti

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The Finn will miss United's next two matches

D.C. United will also be without Markus Halsti for Friday's game at Sporting Kansas City and next Wednesday's home game against the Seattle Sounders. He's been called in by Finland and will play two friendlies with the Huuhkajat. Halsti broke the news himself last night:

Duty calls #helsinkibound #huuhkajat #dutycalls #icelandair #sämpa #nationalteam #MLS

— Markus Halsti (@Halstinho) May 25, 2016

The 32-year old Halsti is part of a Finland squad (coached by former New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe) that will play friendlies with two sides preparing for the Euro 2016 tournament.

D.C. United releases Paul Clowes

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To make room for a new striker, United clears a roster and international roster spot

To make room for new signing Alhaji Kamara, D.C. United has confirmed to Black & Red United that they have released Paul Clowes. The team needed to free up both a roster spot and an international roster spot, and with starters Marcelo Sarvas and Nick DeLeon, as well as reserves Jared Jeffrey, Markus Halsti, Rob Vincent, and Julian Buescher all ahead of Clowes in central midfield, this is the move that had to happen.

Marcelo Sarvas and Nick DeLeon combine to form D.C. United's new midfield pair

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Ben Olsen turned to the unlikely pair of Marcelo Sarvas and Nick DeLeon to man the midfield in the first leg of the Champions League against Queretaro

Going into the first game of the season against Queretaro, the biggest questions about D.C. United's roster focused on the center of the midfield.

D.C. United no match for the speedy Montreal Impact in 4-1 preseason loss

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United's second-choice players and trialists were steamrolled by a nearly full-strength Impact.

D.C. United looked like they had more than one eye on Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League match today, losing 4-1 to the Montreal Impact in their final preseason game. A second-choice United lineup was undone by three Impact goals in the first half hour, with Dominic Oduro scoring twice.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 4 days - Can Markus Halsti take the next step?

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Can Markus Halsti own the central midfield this year?

Last year, Markus Halsti was D.C. United's big offseason signing, coming from Malmo and the UEFA Champions League to D.C. Unfortunately, he got hurt during the preseason and, by the team he was healthy, the Davy Arnaud-Perry Kitchen partnership was working too well to disrupt and schedule congestion kept him with the second team.

D.C. United exchanges chances, goals with Jonkopings Sodra in entertaining preseason draw

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Fabian Espindola and Miguel Aguilar scored while Andrew Dykstra saved a PK as United got a tie out of a high-tempo affair.

D.C. United's second preseason game was far more eventful than the first, as the Black-and-Red and Jonkopings Sodra IF played to an entertaining 2-2 draw in Bradenton, FL.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 25 days - Will Jared Jeffrey still wear Black and Red at First Kick?

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We speculate on Jared Jeffrey's future, if there is one, with D.C.

When we looked at D.C. United midfielder Jared Jeffrey last month in our season review series, we thought there may have been a tiny bit of optimism for him, in the sense that Perry Kitchen, who served as the top of the central defensive midfielder depth chart, would be seeking greener pastures in Europe and, combined with Davy Arnaud attempting to recover from an injury, would open up a bit of breathing room for Jeffrey to show off his wares, especially with an uneven 2015 campaign by Markus Halsti.

D.C. United concedes early and falls to IF Elfsborg 1-0 in preseason opener

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An early goal ended up being all the scoring as the Black-and-Red lost to their Swedish opponents

Viktor Claesson scored the game's only goal in the fourth minute as D.C. United lost their preseason opener 1-0 to IF Elfsborg. The Swedish side, who finished in 4th place in last year's Allsvenskan (a.

D.C. United vs. IF Elfsborg MLS preseason streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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D.C. United plays their first game of the MLS preseason today!

D.C. United kicks off their preseason matches today! at 3:30 against IF Elfsborg, who placed fourth in the Allsvensken last season. It has been 81 days since United's last match, and the team is now deep into the process of figuring out who will make the 28 man roster for this season.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Merry New Year!

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News on current, former, and future(?) D.C. United players, Spirit news and Tarantino.

So, are we all hydrated and sick of the gym already? Good. So let's get into it:

D.C. United Top 20 Players in 20 Seasons | D.C. United: We'll get into this more later this week, but D.C. United's fan-voted list of the Top 20 in 20 is complete.

D.C. United Season Review: Jared Jeffrey

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The little-used midfielder goes under the microscope.

When Markus Halsti was signed by D.C. United, adding another veteran presence in the midfield would come at a cost to someone, and that cost fell to Jared Jeffrey. After playing in 10 regular season games in each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Jeffrey appeared in two games in 2015, with one appearance as an 89th minute sub in April, and a May road start against the Portland Timbers where he played 60 minutes.

D.C. United season review: Markus Halsti

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Are the hair and headband enough to sway you, or are you prepared to cut loose the affable Finn?

Let's think back to when we first learned of the Markus Halsti signing. D.C. United is not exactly known for stunning international gets, but Halsti seemed to tick all the right boxes.

He was experienced—he arrived from the Swedish first division's Malmö FF just shy of 31 years old.

Monday Freedom Kicks: The Enemy of My Enemy

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We look at the weekend in the MLS postseason, have some D.C. United news, and appreciate The Freshman and Goodfellas.

Well if you're not going to root for D.C. United, root against the conqueror, right? So...

Columbus Crew SC win 2-0 at MAPFRE against New York Red Bulls - Massive Report: Would have thought that Goalkeeper of the Year Luis Robles could have saved Kei Kamara or Justin Meram's goals, but here we are.

Chris Rolfe cut his hair and nothing is sacred anymore

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The Headband of Brothers is in turmoil.

Remember that time we had a B&RU tailgate and we all got our very own headbands? Remember when D.C. United signed an affable Finn named Markus Halsti who had beautiful blond hair and a headband to boot? Remember when Conor Doyle, in a futile attempt to tame the flop of hair atop his head, donned a headband?

Hamid, Saborio top player ratings for D.C. United in FIFA 16

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It's in the game, right?

Ahead of this year's installment of EA Sports' FIFA release, the websites Fathead and Futwiz are getting their hands on the ratings for the players in the game and putting out the ratings for the teams, both at the club and national levels. As far as D.C. United goes, Bill Hamid and Alvaro Saborio are tied for the highest rating on the club at 73.

D.C. United's Alvaro Saborio and Markus Halsti called up for national team duty

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The veteran duo won't miss any United games while away with Costa Rica and Finland, respectively.

A pair of D.C. United veterans will leave the club after tomorrow's game against the New York Red Bulls for international duty. Alvaro Saborio has been called up by Costa Rica, while Markus Halsti will join the Finnish national team for European Championship qualifying.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: Rubber match for the Atlantic Cup

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D.C. United has one last shot to keep the Atlantic Cup in Washington.

D.C. United takes on the New York Red Bulls for the third time this season, and the Atlantic Cup is on the line. Ben Olsen has the dual benefit of having rested most of his regular starters, but a Tuesday-Sunday game gap means that he could insert any of his backups who played against Montego Bay United FC.

D.C. United versus FC Dallas lineup: Will Ben Olsen make any changes?

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Ben Olsen will have a chance to reposition his starting lineup in July; what changes will he make?

D.C. United's starters are rested, some players are closer to being recovered from various injuries, and they travel to Dallas this Saturday to take on FC Dallas. Throughout the run of games in May and June, Ben Olsen has not had a chance to shuffle his lineup, if that is what he wanted to do; he was forced to basically have two separate squads, one for MLS play and one for the US Open Cup and spot MLS duty.

D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders lineup: Last ride of the rotation

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The split-squad of D.C. United rides for perhaps the final time, in its current incarnation, against the Seattle Sounders.

D.C. United takes on the Seattle Sounders tomorrow night, ending a long stretch of games with minimum rest. It also means that United only has one more consecutive game on the road, so that RFK Stadium can heal from the Foo Fighters concert this weekend.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Whoops Doop!

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Recaps, RFK and San Siro love, call-ups, CCL previews, what else is there?

Sometimes, you take the charity given to you, so send a fruit basket to Zach Pfeffer or something I guess.

Recaps of D.C. United's win over the Philadelphia Union from us, The Washington Post, CSN Washington and MLSsoccer.

Portland Timbers down weakened D.C. United side 1-0

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Ben Olsen's changes couldn't yield a result for the Black-and-Red, who fall 1-0 to the Timbers

Facing a cross country trip back home to Washington, D.C., with three games in nine days, D.C. United manager Ben Olsen took the opportunity to send out a side with several big changes on Wednesday night in their game in Cascadia against the Portland Timbers.

Halstimania: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 22 May 2015

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Move over Farfanfandom, here comes Halstimania.

Today's Friday Freedom Kicks is brought to you by Acme Magic Headbands. When you have long hair, and you'd like to screw around with the dark arts to achieve all your dreams and destroy all your enemies, make your headband an Acme Magic Headband.

Markus Halsti finally makes D.C. United debut

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The Finnish international started and played 80 minutes in United's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union

As D.C. United's marquee offseason signing, Finnish international Markus Halsti looked set to join the club and make an impact from day one. Several years junior to Davy Arnaud, Halsti looked to step into United's midfield and provide an extra option alongside Perry Kitchen, in addition to being capable in all three spots along the back line.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United

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Will the Philadelphia Union pick up their first points since April 16? D.C. United's place in the standings says it may not be likely.

PPL Park, Chester, PA
Sunday, May 17
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Know Thy Enemy: Black And Red United
Starting XI
Conor Casey Forward Chris Rolfe, Jairo Arrieta

Andrew Wenger, Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux

Brian Carroll, Vincent Nogueira

Midfield Miguel Aguilar, Perry Kitchen, Markus Halsti, Michael Farfan
Sheanon Williams, Ethan White, Maurice Edu, Ray Gaddis Defense Taylor Kemp, Kofi Opare, Bobby Boswell, Chris Korb
Brian Sylvestre Goalkeeper Bill Hamid
John McCarthy, Fabinho, Raymond Lee, Jimmy McLaughlin, Antoine Hoppenot, Eric Ayuk, Zach Pfeffer Bench Andrew Dykstra, Sean Franklin, Davy Arnaud, Luis Silva, Chris Pontius, Steve Birnbaum, Conor Doyle
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D.C. United versus Columbus Crew lineup: Healthy players make for difficult decisions

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Ben Olsen will be forced to sit some favorites as everyone gets back to health.

Columbus Crew SC come to RFK Stadium to face off against D.C. United this Saturday, and Unite is quickly getting more and more healthy. With the return to training of Davy Arnaud and Markus Halsti, Ben Olsen will finally have to make some difficult decisions.

United prep for Dynamo visit as NYRB draw blues wear off

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Halsti, DeLeon participate in practice ahead of Saturday's game against Houston

With the performance and late game histrionics against the New York Red Bulls in the rear view mirror, D.C. United hit the newly laid turf practice field on Tuesday, in anticipation of this weekend's visit from their old Eastern Conference sparring partner, the Houston Dynamo.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: Constancy is the name of the game

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D.C. United's lineup will remain consistent early in this MLS season.

With injuries and suspensions yet to be resolved, there is not much drama in D.C. United's current starting lineup. But just think of the options that will be presented to Ben Olsen when he has Luis Silva, Fabian Espindola, and Markus Halsti all available.

D.C. United vs. LD Alajuelense lineup: Veterans take the field Thursday nights

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D.C. United takes the field in their first competitive match of 2015.

D.C. United is already in Costa Rica, and they take on LD Alajuelense tomorrow night in the first leg of the quaterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League. Ben Olsen has not been coy about what his starting lineup will be, featuring the mostly same starters all throughout the MLS preseason, and all in buildup to this game.

Chris Rolfe and Bill Hamid star as D.C. United downs FC Dallas to win the ATX Pro Challenge - Recap + Highlights

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A wonderful goal from Rolfe brightened an otherwise drab match as United won itself their first-ever trophy featuring an armadillo that is also a cowboy.

No one would go so far as to call it an eye-catching performance, but D.C. United won the ATX Pro Challenge final by defeating FC Dallas 1-0 today in Austin, TX.

Filibuster podcast episode 118: D.C. United preseason, new jersey, MLS collective bargaining

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On tap tonight: White Russian, Black Dog, Bulleit

Despite some technical difficulties that eventually cost us Jason, the Filibuster crew is dedicated to its craft. We start off by talking about D.C. United's preseason losses and whether or not we should be worried by them. We then talk about the positioning of Chris Pontius and whether he is going to feature more as a forward or as a winger, how Markus Halsti has looked so far, and players such as Bill Hamid and Luis Silva returning from injuries.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, and MLS links for Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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Plenty of MLS news from yesterday, plus United, a CCL video, and another NYCFC snafu.

Per The Weather Channel, in the next five days we'll see a 19 degree dropoff followed immediately by a 21 degree jump followed by a potential 34 degree plunge. Lousy Smarch weather.

Versatile new signing Markus Halsti fitting right in with DC United: "He's been exactly what we wanted" | MLSsoccer.

D.C. United wastes first half chances, falling 1-0 to Malmö FF in preseason play - Recap + Highlights

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Despite creating the better of the chances, the Black-and-Red finished the Florida leg of training camp without a win.

Despite putting together their best half of the preseason, D.C. United fell 1-0 to Swedish champions Malmö FF. On a windy day at the IMG Academy's mini-stadium, United were the better side for much of the first half before conceding a goal moments before the halftime whistle to Jo Inge Berget.

D.C. United finishes with ten men, but hangs on to tie Jönköpings Södra IF 0-0 - Recap + Highlights

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In a game that was apparently short on chances, United created a couple of looks before halftime and then hung on to a scoreless draw while playing 11v10 for the last 18 minutes.

D.C. United's preseason preparations continued today with a 0-0 draw against Swedish clubJönköpings Södra IF on the training fields of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Welcome Back Chris

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Preseason recaps? Preseason recaps. And Halsti quotes, Gene Hackman, and elderly Schalke fans.

For those who missed Friday's 1-1 preseason draw with Orlando City SC, we have got you covered, whether it is recaps from us, the team, or The Mane Land from the opposition perspective. Go forth, consume!

Bill Hamid

Monday Freedom Kicks: Undefeated Armadillo Champions

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We look back at the ATX Pro Challenge, ahead (slightly) to Alajuelense, and back even further to Jaws.

Just going to take a moment and mention that we have as many stuffed armadillos as trophies as the New York Red Bulls have trophies. That is all.

Recaps of D.C. United's win over F.

Audio: Ben Olsen at Media Day

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The Black and Red gaffer is on wax for your earholes.

We are going to try some things here at B&RU, and with the help of (and thanks to) Steven Streff, we have audio of D.C. United coachBen Olsen speaking with the press today. You may have read some of the quotes today or even seen video of Olsen on newscasts (yeah yeah, I know, I know), but here is some context.

The Rest

United adding depth ahead of SuperDraft

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In the span of 48 hours D.C. United have acquired Finnish International midfielder Markus Halsti and Costa Rican International striker Jairo Arrieta to help bolster the squad ahead of their 2015 campaign. Halsti, a 30-year old free transfer from Swedish front runner's Malmo FC, will most likely slip into central midfield alongside Perry Kitchen.