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.
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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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.
As we broke over the weekeend, D.C. United have officially announced tonight that they hve signed free agent attacker Sebastien Le Toux to a one year contract. Le Toux is the second free agent signed by United this offseason, with Sean Franklin deciding to return to the team.
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.
We look back at moments of intrigue. Or entertainment at least.
Moods were rightfully sour after D.C. United lost to New York City FC last week, and on a clear and rain-free night at RFK, beating their rivals in the New York Red Bulls 2-0 was a pleasant, even encouraging sign. So let's go looking at GIFs, shall we?
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.
D.C. United kicks off their season with a trip to Mexico to take on Queretaro
And just like that, the season is here. On Tuesday evening, D.C. United takes on Queretaro in the first league of their Concacaf Champions League knockout round tilt. Ben Olsen has had a month of preseason to figure out both who will make the final roster for the team, as well as who will be his starters for this key game.
The Black-and-Red's CCL dress rehearsal ended with some mixed results today in Florida.
Despite playing close to a full-strength lineup for 80 minutes, D.C. United could only manage a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union in today's preseason match. Sebastien Le Toux - who usually finds the net for the Union against DCU - cleaned up a rebound in the 7th minute to give Philadelphia the lead, but Fabian Espindola scored his third goal of the preseason early in the second half by converting a spot kick won by Patrick Nyarko.
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.
We try to figure out what the minimally shin-guarded defender will have in front of him when he returns.
The last time D.C. United defender Chris Korb saw action on an MLS field, he and New York City FC's Angelino were battling for a ball when Korb torn his ACL, ending his season. Korb is slowly returning and recovering from injury (he has been out at a couple of team events in the offseason), but at last check it remains to be seen whether the injury he suffered in August will either make him miss the start of the 2016 season or not.
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 has announced the first round of roster moves, including who on the current roster will be back in 2016.
D.C. United waited until the very last moment to release their list of re-signed and departing players, with the league deadline set at tonight. Until will still have a chance to negotiate with these players up until the eve of the re-entry draft, stage one, which will take place this Friday.
Turning a hat enthusiast and a United killer into Good Guys.
We've all had a full week to recover from Thanksgiving - and if you haven't eaten them already, it's probably time to throw out whatever leftovers remain in your fridge. We have yet to run out of ideas we wouldn't mind Ben Olsen and Dave Kasper stealing for D.
Our next review is about United's veteran right back.
There were a couple of blips on the radar for D.C. United fans regarding Sean Franklin, perhaps first and foremost his durability. In 2015, he played less than 25 games in an MLS season for the first time since surgery to repair a torn hamstring shelved him for most of 2009 when he was a member of the LA Galaxy.
If they can't bring in big-name DPs, United might as well trade that TAM to bring in the speed and creativity they so desperately need.
With Thanksgiving behind us, we turn our attention ahead to Christmas and beyond. Of course, we've been doing that for a little while now here at B&RU, and we continue on that course today with the fourth entry in our series of unreasonably early lineup predictions forD.
Happy Thanksgiving!Welcome to the third entry in our series of not-at-all very much too early looks at D.C. United's potential starting lineup for the 2016 season. To see previous entries, be sure to check our StoryStream.
This is pretty easy, so much so that the first five names are unchanged from 2015:
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.
Hope you have lots of time to read, because a lot of stuff happened.
There were a lot of moves within MLS yesterday. Expect more today, since the transfer window closes tomorrow. Let's get to it:
D.C. United needs to improve defense, but are personnel changes in store? | Soccer Insider Some pretty good injury news here from Steve Goff, including Bill Hamid apparently getting close to a return as well as potential one-game loans to build fitness for guys like Sean Franklin, Michael Farfan, and Chris Pontius.
It's the biggest game of the week in MLS, and the biggest test for D.C. United thus far in 2015.
Games in May don't come much bigger than this. D.C. United and the New England Revolution have emerged as the Eastern Conference's top teams, and they face off tonight at Gillette Stadium. Both clubs are coming off of results they found hard to stomach, so it seems safe to expect two teams that are desperate to get back on track.
In which we talk about D.C. United's convincing win over Columbus Crew SC, Bill Hamid's new contract, and look ahead to Sporting Kansas City.
Another Tuesday means another great episode from your friends at Filibuster! Ben, Adam, and Jason talk about D.C. United's 2-0 win over Columbus Crew SC and ask whether or not this is the way that Bennyball is supposed to work?
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.
Missing several regulars, United took a deserved lead via Chris Pontius, but let up a soft goal in the second half to draw with the expansion Lions.
D.C. United opened the 2015 preseason tonight with 1-1 draw against MLS newcomers Orlando City SC. Chris Pontius gave the Black-and-Red an early lead with a superb diving header, but the Lions would equalize via new signing Carlos Rivas midway through the second half.
This Nelly Award is as stacked a field as there has ever been for a Benny Award.
D.C. United had a massive overhaul last season, and so there are plenty of contenders for the Nelly Award, given to the best newcomer on the team. It is, of course, named after Ryan Nelsen, former D.C. United captain, MLS Cup winner, and former coach of Toronto FC.
Up next in our season review series is Ghanaian World Cup veteran Samuel Inkoom.
Back in early September, when Samuel Inkoom was signed by D.C. United, there was a mix of excitement and curiosity. Inkoom, at 25, arrived having played in two different World Cups for Ghana and had multiple starts in the UEFA Champions League as well as the Europa League.
Worra, United's third string keeper, was forced into action against Vancouver after Andrew Dykstra went down injured in the second half
With keeper Bill Hamid on the mend and out of action last Saturday for D.C. United's clash against the Vancouver Whitecaps, United's third string keeper, Travis Worra made his way to Canada to back up Andrew Dykstra in goal.
The 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year spent his first six seasons with the LA Galaxy
Following the disastrous 2013 MLS campaign, D.C. United were in desperate need of help all over the field. Known for drafting well, United don't have quite the same penchant for finding capable starters in MLS from foreign leagues.