Nick DeLeon

D.C. United

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.

Filibuster podcast episode 141: Other crabcakes are garbage

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We talk with Brian Dunseth about Real Salt Lake, and about D.C. United and the Gold Cup as well.

JasonAdam, Jason, and Ben are back with an extra-long edition of Filibuster! We start off by talk about D.C. United's comeback victory over the Philadelphia Union. We talk about how impressive the comeback was, how they managed it, and the key play of Nick Deleon, Perry Kitchen, and Alvaro Saborio.

D.C. United overcome early two goal deficit in 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union

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The Black-and-Red were down two within four minutes, but clawed back to win with goals from Saborio, DeLeon, and Espindola

In search of ending a two game losing streak in league play, D.C. United could not have gotten off to a worse start on Sunday against the Philadelphia Union, falling behind to two early goals before storming back to win 3-2.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution lineup: Back to injury problems

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D.C. United is back to dealing with injuries as the face the New England Revolution.

After losing last Sunday to the Philadelphia Union, D.C. United looks to rebound this Saturday when they take on the New England Revolution. The Revolution have a midweek match against Sporting Kansas City, and so Jay Heaps will have to make some hard choices for each of these two games.

D.C. United versus Houston Dynamo lineup: Owen Coyle's first visit to RFK Stadium

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D.C. United welcomes Owen Coyle to town for his first visit in charge of the Houston Dynamo; who will his charges face?

After a disappointing draw against the New York Red Bulls, D.C. United will face the Houston Dynamo at home this weekend. A traditional thorn in the side of United, the Dynamo had some offseason upheaval: losing Dom Kinnear and bringing in former Premier League manager Owen Coyle is the biggest part.

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.

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

Terrible start, Fantastic finish as D.C. United top Philadelphia at RFK

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Alvaro Saborio marked his debut with United with the opening goal of a stunning 3-2 come-from-behind win at sticky RFK Stadium in front of a season-high 19,125 fans. The victory pushed The Black-and-Red's lead in the Eastern Conference to seven points over second place Columbus. Photo: Martin Fernandez

U.S. Open Cup: Late goals push United past Pittsburgh in extra time

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Nick DeLeon (pictured) scores the insurance goal to lead D.C. United to a 3-1 extra time win over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the 4th Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Perry Kitchen

United overcomes first half deficit to defeat Orlando City 2-1: Match Gallery

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DC United came from behind to defeat visiting Kaká and Orlando City 2-1 to extend their unbeaten streak to 8. The win propelled United to the lead in the Supporter's shield race. Photos: Martin Fernandez.

United extends unbeaten streak to seven with draw against visiting Sporting KC – Match Gallery

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DC United extended their unbeaten streak to seven after a 1-1 tie with visiting Sporting KC. Photos: 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.

Persistence pays off for Pontius, United, in late win

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Having missed several chances earlier in the game, Chris Pontius made most of the a stoppage time opportunity, heading home to ensure all three points for United

For most of the 90 minutes last night during the clash between D.C. United and the LA Galaxy, United players, coaches, and fans had a frustrated edge.