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Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew, D.C. United news, and more: Freedom Kicks for 11/30/2017

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A hectic day in the soccer world

Hello! There was a ton of soccer news yesterday so I'll dive right into it.

D.C. United announces 2017 contract decisions, Sean Franklin among cuts - Black And Red United
D.C. United declined to exercise 2018 contract options on five players including Sean Franklin.

D.C. United season review: Chris Odoi-Atsem

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It was a mixed rookie season for United's top 2017 draft pick

Entering last year's MLS SuperDraft, expectations for what D.C. United's plans were ended up being all over the place. Mock drafts had United going for an attacker, a speedy winger, and a center back. Those same mocks all saw Chris Odoi-Atsem going several picks earlier than the Black-and-Red's first opportunity with the #12 spot on the list, but when draft day came around, the Mitchellville, MD native was still available.

Here’s why Ben Olsen is talking about a ‘blank canvas’ for D.C. United in 2018

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It looks like the floor will be clear for a significant rebuild after finishing last in the East

At media availability last week, D.C. United coach Ben Olsen hinted at forthcoming changes to the squad during this offseason. Phrases like "quite a bit" of roster turnover and having "a blank canvas" with which to build the roster were tossed about.

D.C. United season review: Steve Birnbaum

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The captain goes under the microscope.

Steve Birnbaum had a pretty good 2016, with United States caps both in World Cup Qualifying action and during the Copa America Centenario, and had European interest from Israel and Germany which was parlayed into a new contract to keep him in Black-and-Red for a few years.

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.

D.C. United makes it three straight 1-0 wins in victory over New England Revolution

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Luciano Acosta's 5th goal of the season was enough to send United to a third straight shutout win

Despite getting no contribution from emerging star attacker Own Goal, D.C. United posted a third straight 1-0 triumph tonight before 13,539 at RFK Stadium. Luciano Acosta's 71st minute goal did the trick, as the Black-and-Red finished a busy week by taking all nine points available.

Report: Bobby Boswell is set to be traded to Atlanta United

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United's attempts to rebuild at the the transfer deadline are ramping up

According to a report late on Monday night from the Washington Post's Steve Goff, Bobby Boswell, D.C. United's long tenured center back, is headed to the south in a trade with Atlanta United. According to Goff's sources, what United would get in return was undetermined, though it's likely not to be much different than what United got for Lamar Neagle on Monday.

D.C. United hits rock bottom as Minnesota United win in a rout

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On their first-ever trip to Minnesota, the Black-and-Red conceded four goals for the third time in four games

The hits just keep coming for D.C. United, who added another candidate to their potential worst losses of this dreadful 2017 season tonight against Minnesota United. Facing an MNUFC side sitting 21st out of 22 in MLS, and who entered the match on a 351 scoreless streak, the Black-and-Red contrived to fall to an embarrassing 4-0 defeat against the Loons in the first meeting between the two clubs.

USMNT at the Gold Cup, and D.C. United failures: Filibuster

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Good news: the US roster is interesting. Bad news: DCU lost 3 times this past week

After pausing so that we could take in the D.C. United game against FC Dallas, we immediately realized that was a mistake. However, Jason, Ben, and Adam are here to talk you through all of the soccer games in the past week and change, including the matches against the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia community/site player ratings

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Going into the darkness with these scores

Following a disappointing performance the week before, D.C. United coach Ben Olsen lambasted his team's performance and expected better of them heading into the weekend with the Philadelphia Union. The result? Not great, Bob.

So what did you think?

D.C. United vs. Montreal community/site player ratings

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After a surprising win? A disappointing loss, and your ratings.

Nobody (well, almost nobody?) expected D.C. United to come out of Georgia last Sunday with a win, and they got one. They then came home to RFK to kick off the first of 3 home games against the lowly Montreal Impact. Simple task, right?

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS online

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With three straight at home, United appears to be rounding into form at the right time as they host the Impact

A slow start to 2017 has started to change for D.C. United, who went 3-1-1 in April and are coming off of a remarkable win on the road against Atlanta United. With the injury list starting to shorten a bit last week, the Black-and-Red will be looking to ramp things up as they get three straight matches at home against Eastern Conference opponents.

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 scored twice in the first half through Jeffrey and Le Toux

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

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.

Bobby Boswell is back at his normal position - starting for D.C. United

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After being relegated to the bench to start the season, Boswell has played his way back into the lineup

Back before the start of preseason, D.C. United center back Bobby Boswell claimed to be caught off guard. During the team's media day, head coach Ben Olsen had discussed the possibility of using Sean Franklin as a center back.

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City GIFs

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We look at some things from the game.

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.

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 wrap up first leg of preseason with win over J-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.

D.C. United officially signs Sebastien Le Toux

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The veteran Frenchman has a new home

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.

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.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls GIFs

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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?

Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS

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The Black-and-Red will look to start their first winning streak of 2016 tonight, but they'll have to do it missing some starters

After three straight games at home, D.C. United is back on the road this evening, taking on a Chicago Fire side that has struggled thus far under new boss Veljko Paunovic.

D.C. United versus LA Galaxy lineup: All eyes on central midfield

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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 versus Queretaro Concacaf Champions League lineup: First match of the season

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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.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 5 days - Can Sean Franklin remain dependable?

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With 5 days left until DCU season's begins, we break down Sean Franklin's game and whether he can be counted on to hold down the right back position.

As we approach the start of the 2016 season, there has been a lot of questions about the back line that D.C. United will walk out onto the field against Querétaro F.

D.C. United, Philadelphia Union settle for a physical 1-1 draw in preseason action

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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 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 vs. Jönköpings Södra IF MLS preseason streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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United is back with their second preseason game.

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.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 22 days - What's in Chris Korb's future?

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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.

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 announces contract options and departing players

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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.

An entirely too early look at D.C. United's 2016 starting lineup, Mix & the dancing bear edition

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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.

D.C. United Season Review: Sean Franklin

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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.

An entirely too early look at D.C. United's 2016 starting lineup, use that TAM edition

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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 for D.

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D.C. United season review: Kofi Opare

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How important is the starting center back?

At the start of the 2017 season, few people would have figured on Kofi Opare being a regular starter by the end of the year. Ben Olsen had been experimenting with Sean Franklin as Steve Birnbaum's center back partner, and Bobby Boswell was still on the team, so Opare looked to be fourth choice at best.

D.C. United season review: Sean Franklin

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How about position conversions?

Sean Franklin's 2017 season was a departure from the norm. For the first time since 2009 he played in fewer than 20 matches, appearing just 19 times in an injury-shortened season. He also began this season playing center back after having played right back for most of his career.

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Juan Agudelo says he scored on Saturday

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The record book says own goal though.

One of Saturday's biggest mysteries is who scored the New England Revolution's second goal.

The play in question began with Kelyn Rowe floating in a corner that found the head of Antonio Delamea. The defender puts the ball back into the area where Juan Agudelo and Sean Franklin are battling.

Linc to host 2017 Gold Cup knockout game, Union bits, more

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