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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arbitrary sure, but hey, let's look back with them too, huh?
The folks at MLSsoccer.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Two weeks before United's 2015 season begins, we're looking at how DeLeon gives United much needed balance despite being a wide midfielder.
Balance is a vital component for any successful soccer team. Playing two poachers up front starves an attack of options in the build-up, for example. A midfield featuring too many traditional playmakers will struggle to win the ball back and will often appear to have too many cooks in the kitchen.
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.
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
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
Chris Pontius' 93rd-minute header was the difference in D.C. United's dramatic 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy tonight at frigid RFK Stadium. The win over the Galaxy was United's first in ten league matches against their West coast rivals and first since a 4-1 win at RFK in June of 2008. Both teams were [.
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'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.
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.