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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.

An entirely too early look at D.C. United's 2016 starting lineup, Irish Messi edition

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In which we turn our eyes across the pond.

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:

GK: Bill Hamid.

Hamid, Saborio top player ratings for D.C. United in FIFA 16

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It's in the game, right?

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.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and USWNT links for Wednesday August 5, 2015

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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.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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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.

Filibuster podcast episode 129: D.C. United's win over Columbus Crew SC, Sporting Kansas City preview

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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?

D.C. United 2-2 New York Red Bulls: In GIFs

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We pick random moments, animate them, and celebrate or bemoan them.

Putting a final nail into Saturday night's draw between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls, we put together some moments from the game that you'll like, not like, or enjoy regardless.

We start with the first goal, where Perry Kitchen loses Dax McCarty en route to a sweet header.

About A Goal: Counterattacks are D.C. United's friend

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D.C. United put together two quick, beautiful counterattacks within minutes of each other to defeat the Montreal Impact.

Successful counterattacks are among the most exciting moments in soccer. On Saturday against Montreal, D.C. United produced two picture perfect counterattacks to lead the team to victory.

Chris Rolfe and Bill Hamid star as D.C. United downs FC Dallas to win the ATX Pro Challenge - Recap + Highlights

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A wonderful goal from Rolfe brightened an otherwise drab match as United won itself their first-ever trophy featuring an armadillo that is also a cowboy.

No one would go so far as to call it an eye-catching performance, but D.C. United won the ATX Pro Challenge final by defeating FC Dallas 1-0 today in Austin, TX.

D.C. United wastes first half chances, falling 1-0 to Malmö FF in preseason play - Recap + Highlights

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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.

Countdown to Soccer: 22 Days - Let's talk about the fullback situation at D.C. United

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Fullback play is arguably the defining tactical aspect of the current phase of soccer history. So how does DCU stack up at the position heading into 2015?

Conveniently, just a couple days after he emerged as the most likely contender to succeed Lewis Neal as The Standard, we've reached 22 days, the number of one Mr.

Pontius scores as D.C. United ties Orlando City SC 1-1 in 2015's first preseason match - Recap + Highlights

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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.

D.C. United and Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft: Three players the Black-and-Red could be interested in

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There's no use pretending that United is likely to select someone today, but there are a handful of players that would make sense for the 2015 roster.

Let's be blunt: This year's Re-Entry Draft is not nearly as important for D.C. United as it was at this time last year, where it was the beginning of the Black-and-Red's roster rebuild.

The Nelly Award: Choose D.C. United's best newcomer

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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.

D.C. United Season Review: Taylor Kemp

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In this latest edition of Black & Red United's Season Review, we discuss 2nd-year defender Taylor Kemp.

Taylor Kemp started out as one of those players that was a tweener between being with the Richmond Kickers full time and consistently being a part of D.C. United's 18-man roster on matchdays.

D.C. United Season Review: Midfielder/Defender Samuel Inkoom

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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.


Travis Worra talks about first MLS appearance in win over Vancouver Whitecaps

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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.

Sean Franklin welcomes former team back to town as LA Galaxy hit RFK

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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.

The Rest

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

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News? Yes.

United extends unbeaten run to six after 2-0 victory over Columbus

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Fabian Espindola returned to RFK Stadium to lead D.C. United to a 2-0 win over Columbus. Photo Martin Fernandez.