Nick DeLeon

D.C. United

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS online

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The Black-and-Red are looking to finish 22 seasons at RFK Stadium with one last win

It's not the RFK finale D.C. United would have wanted, but today's game against the New York Red Bulls is still important. It's not going to impact the standings in any truly meaningful way. It's not going to factor into MLS's Decision Day.

How will D.C. United manage a month without Ian Harkes?

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Ben Olsen has a tricky problem to solve in central midfield now that Harkes is out

Lost in all the hullabaloo of D.C. United and their various big-name transfer targets (it's weird to even type that without scare quotes) is the fact that their best offseason addition, Ian Harkes, is out for up to a month due to an ankle injury.

USMNT vs. Jamaica Gold Cup preview, plus D.C. United disasters

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We have a lot of feelings to get through

It is a long Filibuster today, and it is a sadness sandwich with some USMNT in the middle. Jason, Adam, and Ben start by talking about D.C. United's epic failures last week, and first wonder if the Houston Dynamo loss was actually worse than the Seattle Sounders loss.

Major Link Soccer: Soccer world the latest to fall victim to fake news

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Also: Zlatan still hasn't made his big announcement, and should fans have more of an actual say in a team's operations?


After a circuitous journey back to MLS, former Colorado Rapid Deshorn Brown is taking full advantage of the Gold Cup break to get fully acquainted with his new club D.

Back in the fold, where will Nick DeLeon play?

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United have plenty of options at both right back and wide midfielder

It's been quite a while since anyone has spotted Nick DeLeon, given that he's been out injured since April 15. The former first round draft pick has having a fine start to the 2017 season, becoming first choice at right back, even as D.

Back in the fold, where will Nick DeLeon play?

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United have plenty of options at both right back and wide midfielder

It's been quite a while since anyone has spotted Nick DeLeon, given that he's been out injured since April 15. The former first round draft pick has having a fine start to the 2017 season, becoming first choice at right back, even as D.

D.C. United Statistical Analysis 1.17

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The good, the bad, and the ugly

We're about one third of the way through the season, so it seems like a good time to look at how D.C. United's players are performing. It's no secret that the way the team closed out the 2016 regular season hasn't carried over to 2017. Injuries to players that were vital to 2016's stretch run, such as Patrick Mullins, Steve Birnbaum, Nick DeLeon, and Patrick Nyarko have played a big part, but it's not the only reason for the struggles.

Nick DeLeon sidelined for 6 weeks after hernia surgery

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DeLeon could miss at least the next eight league games

D.C. United announced Friday afternoon that versatile defender Nick DeLeon, who has missed the past three games, will miss another six weeks after having surgery to fix a bilateral sports hernia. The recovery from surgery will sideline DeLeon until at least the end of June.

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.

Ailing D.C. United limping into Atlanta United test

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The Black-and-Red wrap up road swing with first-ever meeting with Atlanta

D.C. United hasn't exactly enjoyed the start of the recent three-game road swing in MLS play. There were a couple of positives in the first half two weeks ago, until poor play after the break undid them against the New York Red Bulls.

D.C. United settle for 2-2 draw against New England Revolution

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United gave up goals to start each half, but first half goals from Jared Jeffrey & Sebastien Le Toux gave them a road point

D.C. United couldn't have asked for a worse start in either half against the New England Revolution on Saturday evening. United conceded in the 5th and 48th minutes, but thanks to first half goals from Jared Jeffrey and Sebastien Le Toux, the Black-and-Red got out of Gillette Stadium with a point in an eventful 2-2 draw with the Revolution.

New England Revolution projected starting 11 to face D.C. United

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In this week's Opposition 11, we look over a Revs side that features a diamond midfield and a potent attack

Most of the talk surrounding D.C. United this week has surrounded injuries. The Black-and-Red will face the New England Revolution without Steve Birnbaum and Patrick Nyarko, and most likely Nick DeLeon as well.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution lineup: Injuries force Olsen’s hand

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Can United find its winning ways?

Every season it seems like D.C. United is dealing with a slew of early season injuries, and this year is no different. Steve Birnbaum and Patrick Nyarko are almost definitely out, with Nick DeLeon a question mark and Patrick Mullins unlikely to go the full 90 minutes.

New York Red Bulls take first leg of Atlantic Cup with 2-0 win over D.C. United

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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.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew Community/Site Player Ratings

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We go through the pain a little bit here.

D.C. United came back home to Estadio RFK to face a Columbus Crew SC team who was reeling in their own right. The Crew rolled out a new formation, frustrated the Black-and-Red players and faithful en route to a 2-0 win which left D.C. winless and goalless.

D.C. United vs. NYCFC Community/Site Player Ratings

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We unpack the unpleasantness.

D.C. United was hoping to get some sort of result in a place (Yankee Stadium) they hadn't against a team (New York City FC) opening up a stadium for another team the previous week. But the 4-0 loss showed several different things of concern for fans, perhaps things beyond what could be dismissed as a one-off rout.

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City lineup: Soccer is back!

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After a long offseason, D.C. United are finally back in action

The regular season is finally back, and D.C. United takes on Sporting Kansas City this Saturday. Ben Olsen has been remarkably consistent in his first choice starters throughout the preseason, with the main wrinkle being Sean Franklin at center back and the corresponding move of Nick DeLeon to right back.

D.C. United’s Sean Franklin, Nick DeLeon look to start 2017 at new positions

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Ben Olsen looks likely to start the season with Franklin in the middle and DeLeon at right back

Barring any last minute set backs, the team that will trot out onto the field at RFK Stadium for D.C. United will include eleven familiar faces. That's not too shocking, United, after an early exit from the playoffs in 2016, decided to keep the core of the team together in the offseason.

D.C. United 2017 Preseason Minutes Tracker v1.0

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There is fierce competition for starting spots

We are halfway through D.C. United's preseason, and the games start back up again this weekend. United has played three preseason games so far, and has done so against the US U-17 team, the Philadelphia Union, and Jönköpings Södra.

If you'd like the direct link to view the minutes tracker, click here.

D.C. United vs. NYCFC MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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A win in their final regular season home game gives United a spot in the playoffs

D.C. United won three straight heading into the international break, changing the tone of their entire season in a one-week span. The Black-and-Red are on a three-game winning streak, and if they make it four in a row today, they'll be assured of a spot in the MLS playoffs.

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

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Following three straight draws, the Union hope to get back on track with a home win against D.C. United. Here's everything you need to know about the game.

Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
Friday, May 20, 2016
7:00 PM ET
UniMas - Ramses Sandoval and Keith Costigan
Online Streaming: MLS LIVE
TBG Game Preview
Know Thy Enemy: Black And Red United
Starting XI

Patrick Nyarko's second half equalizer earns D.C. United a point against the Chicago Fire

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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.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for Wednesday April 6, 2016

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Something you probably think is important happened 20 years ago today.

Following a conversation last night, my oldest friend sent me a link to this, a Nicolas Cage pillowcase. Imagine, after a long day, resting your head next to this man's face.

Really imagine it.


Why isn't Luciano Acosta starting for D.

D.C. United 1-1 Colorado Rapids: The GIFs

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Some minor moments of marvel.

So people liked all the shots in the first D.C. United game against the LA Galaxy, then when they didn't shoot as much last week against the New England Revolution, the cries of a return to Bennyball could be heard far and wide. They scored one more goal than last week, and shot more than twice as much in their 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids, so goodness knows what the narrative will be like this week.

The Last Word on D.C. United's loss to the LA Galaxy: A bad game, or a bad team?

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Can the Black-and-Red solve the problems they had in California?

Sunday's game was a bit of an odd one for D.C. United. They were the better team in the first half and played well in two or three chunks of the second half on the road against the LA Galaxy, a team that has had little trouble with United when playing host for about a decade now.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: One post. Many links.

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In our traditional colors of black and red.

Heyo, it's a D.C. United game day again! And this time it's at home! Man, I could get used to this.

Before I see you fools tonight at RFK, let's catch up on some other soccer things.

D.C. United acquires rights to (and signs) U.S. U-23 goalkeeper Charlie Horton - Black And Red United
ICYMI: Some future competition for Andrew Dykstra?

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 14 days - What is Nick DeLeon's role this season?

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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.

MLS says D.C. United-RSL game is Best of 2015

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Arbitrary sure, but hey, let's look back with them too, huh?

The folks at have deemed the August goal-battle between D.C. United and Real Salt Lake to be the best game of 2015, as voted on by their editorial staff. The game served as the high water mark for the Black and Red, as the 90 minute, six-goal affair accounted for almost 15% of their goals for the season, and was the last markings of consistent success for the team, as they scored five goals in their next eight league games, going 2-5-1.

D.C. United season review: Collin Martin

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We look back on a lost season for United's homegrown playmaker.

One of the familiar refrains we've seen in the past few years regarding D.C. United is the idea that Ben Olsen is unwilling to give his youngsters enough playing time. I've never thought that was a completely valid argument. Perry Kitchen was installed as a starter immediately, and United has never wavered over whether Bill Hamid should be the club's first-choice goalkeeper.

D.C. United season review: Michael Farfan

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2015 didn't go exactly as planned for Farfan due to injuries and perhaps due to his fit within the team.

Back when D.C. United acquired Michael Farfan, it seemed like a perfectly sensible move. Farfan could play on either flank or in the middle, had MLS experience, was still young-ish, and wouldn't cost a lot of money.

D.C. United season review: Nick DeLeon

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The Black-and-Red's most dependable player is up next in our season review series.

When it comes to D.C. United, there may be no more dependable player than Nick DeLeon. Bill Hamid has fought with the occasional injury, and the entire back four is prone to the occasional stinker. Fabian Espindola played barely half of the available minutes this season due to injury and suspension.

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?

Nick DeLeon inks a new deal with D.C. United

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The former first round SuperDraft pick continues his stay in D.C. with a contract extension

D.C. United announced on Thursday that Nick DeLeon, the team's first round draft pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, had re-signed with the club, keeping the midfielder in the nation's capital. DeLeon finished out the 2015 season with 29 league appearances, 25 of which were starts, chipping in two goals and five assists.

Filibuster podcast episode 143: Everyone is cats

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We talk to Rafael Noboa y Rivera to preview D.C. United's first visit to Yankee Stadium.

A Tuesday Filibuster for your listening pleasure! Adam, Jason, and Ben talk about D.C. United's historic 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact, and we have to start with Bill Hamid. We then ask whether or not we were happy with this game, despite the win, ask if anything changed when Conor Doyle came on the field for Nick DeLeon, and discuss what should be the forward pairing against New York City FC given what happened against Montreal.

B&RU Player of the month for June: Nick DeLeon

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July wasn't a good month for D.C. United, but DeLeon narrowly won a splintered electorate's favor with consistency on both sides of the ball.

On one hand, July was a month D.C. United needed. MLS and US Soccer's combined scheduling acumen handed United - already MLS's leader in terms of games played - a preposterous 15 games to play over the course of May and June.

D.C. United 6-4 Real Salt Lake: The Game in GIFs

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Some moments that mattered in animated, consumable hors d'oeuvres.

The 6-4 win that D.C. United had over Real Salt Lake was crazy. It was drunk. It has been hydrating and drinking pickle juice since Saturday night, it got that drunk. Nevertheless, we are going to avoid showing two of the goals in question, in part because they're on the site already.

Match Reports

United scraps their way to 0-0 draw in New England

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Ben Olsen (pictured) stands relieved as his D.C. United traveled to New England and gained a well-fought point in a 0-0 draw.

United’s 5-goal second half key their 6-4 win over Real Salt Lake

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Chris Rolfe led the way with two goals for the Black and Red as United (12-7-5, 41 points) further cemented their lead atop the Eastern Conference with their mind-boggling seventh come-from-behind win on the season. Photo: Martin Fernandez

The Rest

Nick DeLeon's father says son "wants to come and play" for Trinidad & Tobago

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United's longest-tenured midfielder may soon turn out for the Soca Warriors.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association posted an interview with Leroy DeLeon, father of current D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon, where he says that Nick "...wants to come and play..." for the Trinidad and Tobago national side, as the United States apparently does not have DeLeon in its plans.

The Richie Award, for D.C. United's most underrated player of the year

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It is awards season around B&RU, and we start off with the award for the team's most underrated player.

We kick of the 2014 edition of the Benny Awards as we always do, with the Richie Award. It is named named defensive midfielder Richie Williams, whose contributions were often overshadowed by names such as Marco Etcheverry, Raul Diaz Arce, and Jaime Moreno, but who was an important part of those early teams.