Steve Birnbaum

D.C. United

Preseason match report: Philadelphia Union 1-2 D.C. United

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The Union fell 2-1 to D.C. United in the opener of the Suncoast Invitational, but the individual battles for positions were just as important as the result.

Recap: Mattocks, Acosta score as United beat the Union 2-1

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Darren Mattocks scored for the second game in the row, with Luciano Acosta netting a late winner

D.C. United notched their first win of the preseason, defeating the Philadelphia Union 2-1 at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida. Darren Mattocks scored his second goal of the preseason in the first half, and moments after conceding an equalizer, Luciano Acosta won the game for the Black-and-Red in the 89th minute.

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.

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.

10 man D.C. United hold Toronto FC to a 1-1 draw

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Despite Lloyd Sam's first half sending off, United ended their six game losing streak

D.C. United took a shock lead over league leaders Toronto FC in the first half, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw after playing the final 46 minutes with 10 men. Kofi Opare opened the scoring in the 6th minute for United, but Lloyd Sam's sending off before halftime marred that lead.

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.

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

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No rest for the weary as United face another big game against their nearest rivals on short rest

D.C. United broke out of a long winless run and an even longer home scoreless streak on Wednesday, but it won't mean all that much if they can't keep the good times going today against the Philadelphia Union.

D.C. United Statistical Analysis 1.17

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The good, the bad, and the ugly

We're about one third of the way through the season, so it seems like a good time to look at how D.C. United's players are performing. It's no secret that the way the team closed out the 2016 regular season hasn't carried over to 2017. Injuries to players that were vital to 2016's stretch run, such as Patrick Mullins, Steve Birnbaum, Nick DeLeon, and Patrick Nyarko have played a big part, but it's not the only reason for the struggles.

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 embarrassed in 4-0 loss to Philadelphia Union

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Luciano Acosta received a straight red card in the second half

Saturday night was one to forget for D.C. United, as the Black-and-Red were smashed 4-0 by the Philadelphia Union. Luciano Acosta was shown a red card in the second half, as United trailed 1-0 thanks to a first half goal from Haris Medunjanin.

D.C. United gets an improbable win, and DMV soccer recaps abound: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, Christian Gomez (still) has a posse.

Well to be fair, Jason and I called a 3-1 result, so you welcome family.

Recaps of and reactions to D.C. United's 3-1 win over Atlanta United FC by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here, and a nice summation by Matt Doyle here), and WaPo.

D.C. United versus Atlanta United lineup: Luciano Acosta and Patrick Mullins are back

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Injuries still dog United, but they have two key starters back

D.C. United will take on Atlanta United this Sunday without a number of keys players: Steve Birnbaum, Nick DeLeon, Patrick Nyarko, and Sebastien LeToux all look to remain on the sidelines due to various injuries. However, the timely return of Patrick Mullins, Taylor Kemp, and Luciano Acosta will provide some tooth to the attack that finally found some goals last week.

D.C. United vs. Atlanta United FC staff and reader predictions

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It's a battle of the black and red teams!

So, it's still a little bonkers to me that Atlanta has an MLS team, because I grew up there and MLS never seemed like it was really in the cards. And now Atlanta is actually doing pretty well in its first season, while DCU has started 2017 a little bit on the struggle bus.

Ailing D.C. United limping into Atlanta United test

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The Black-and-Red wrap up road swing with first-ever meeting with Atlanta

D.C. United hasn't exactly enjoyed the start of the recent three-game road swing in MLS play. There were a couple of positives in the first half two weeks ago, until poor play after the break undid them against the New York Red Bulls.

Revolution v. D.C. United: Injury Reports

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Daigo Kobayashi is listed as questionable.

The New England Revolution have one name on their most recent injury report as Daigo Kobayashi is listed as questionable with a leg contusion.

On Wednesday, Kobayashi got his first start since August 6, 2016. The Japanese midfielder operated on the right flank before making way for Kei Kamara in the 52nd minute.

MLS Ticker: Birnbaum diagnosed with concussion, Atlanta United stadium, and more

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D.C. United could be without a key player for a while.

United revealed that defender Steve Birnbaum has been diagnosed with a concussion after he was stretchered off in Saturday's game versus the New York Red Bulls.

Update: Tests are negative.

Steve Birnbaum injury mars Red Bull Arena loss

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The center back had to be stretchered off late in 2-0 defeat to RBNY

In Ben Olsen's first foray to Red Bull Arena as head coach, back in 2011, his D.C. United side came away with a surprising 1-0 win. On July 9th that year, Dwayne De Rosario - having recently joined the team in a trade from the Red Bulls - scored the lone goal in United's 1-0 win in Harrison.

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. Columbus Crew GIFs

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We look at some moments of curiosity.

Well, watching D.C. United keep its 2017 goals account closed for the time being with a 2-0 loss against Columbus Crew SC was hardly fun by any means, but in attempting to look deeper there may be some other causes of concern.

First and foremost is Bill Hamid's early game save.

Frustration rising as D.C. United continue scoreless 2017

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270 scoreless minutes means the Black-and-Red have just one point after three games

Referee Ted Unkel might not have won over many fans from D.C. United on Saturday night, but it was the Black-and-Red's own ineptitude in front of goal that has kept United winless to start the 2017 season. The latest set back was a 2-0 defeat at home to Columbus Crew SC, as center back Steve Birnbaum conceded two penalties, one on each side of the half.

Penalty nightmare for D.C. United in 2-0 loss to Columbus Crew

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Steve Birnbaum conceded two penalties as United remain without a goal in 2017

D.C. United's winless, and scoreless streak to start the 2017 season continued on Saturday night, as United lost 2-0 to Columbus Crew SC at RFK Stadium. Gonzalo Higuain and Ola Kamara provided the goals for the Crew, both coming from the penalty spot.

Patrick Mullins finally has stability with new D.C. United contract

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Mullins inked an extension in February after spending 3 years at 3 different clubs

Patrick Mullins had trouble finding a permanent home to start his MLS career. The two-time M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner at the University of Maryland, an award given to the best collegiate player in the country, figured to be a high pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

MLS 2017 starts tonight, CCL delights, and more: Friday Freedom Kicks

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A big change in the NWSL, Mix Diskerud, and a story about selling pants are all included

We've had four CCL games as the appetizer, but tonight the MLS season really gets started. The Portland Timbers host Minnesota United on Fox Sports 1. Finally, I can stop chipping away at my DVR backlog of shows and movies and get back to forgoing all popular culture in favor of soccer, soccer, and more soccer.

Fresh off of USMNT appearances, Steve Birnbaum joins up with D.C. United

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Monday marked the center back's first 2017 practice with United

After spending nearly a month with the US national team for their annual January camp, playing all 90 minutes in friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica, center back Steve Birnbaum was out on the practice field with D.C. United on Monday.

Le Toux to D.C. United, Matheson on the move, & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Rumors of inbound and outbound player movement as preseason starts.

Hi there. Hey, it's Steve Birnbaum's birthday today, so wish him a Happy 26th as players report for preseason.

Ready, set, go: D.C. United to open training camp with familiar look (Washington Post): Good Monday campers!

Monday Freedom Kicks: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

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D.C.'s latest signing, Swans are mad and Zodiac storytelling

Ah, the first Monday in December, where office Christmas parties and vacations start occurring, and MLS Hot Stove heats up!

No? Oh well.

D.C. United re-sign Steve Birnbaum - Black and Red United: We knew this was coming, but Friday night the team updated their release to say that TAM was used in the transaction.

Washington Spirit

2017 Gold Cup, Lukaku to Man United?, and more: Freedom Kicks for 7/7/2017

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Meanwhile, the Spirit gear up for a big game against Orlando tomorrow

With D.C. United's players scattering to the winds - California seems popular, with Steve Birnbaum going home while Lloyd Sam and Julian Buescher are hanging out in LA - there's not much to discuss. And you know what? It's nice for them, and it's nice for us.

Gambling, tax fraud, and Steve Birnbaum: Freedom Kicks for Thursday, April 27

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Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman will undergo ACL surgery this morning

Hello! From ESPN layoffs to tax fraud investigations, there was a lot of soccer news yesterday. Today, Washington Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman will undergo ACL surgery.

Tax fraud investigations are a bit too common with West Ham board - Brace The Hammer
West Ham owners Karren Brady and David Sullivan are getting investigated for tax fraud but there's a good chance this ends in nothing.

Toronto FC

A neverending onslaught of Christos, Toronto, Atlanta, and Philly: Filibuster

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This is the busiest time of the entire season

Adam is off celebrating the birth of his second child, so you're stuck with Jason and Ben for this episode. There has been so much soccer in these past six days that the US Open Cup match against Christos FC feels like years ago, and not just a week.

Filibuster podcast episode 215: Seasons and why they influence my drink

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The MLS season is almost over

The Filibuster crew is back to talk about all things soccer. Jason, Adam, and Ben kick off the show talking about the MLS Cup Final this weekend, and we break down how Toronto FC got here after talking Seattle last week. We discuss each team's defense, which will be facing imposing offenses, and we talk about who will be the difference maker for each team.

Bruce Arena

USA vs. Jamaica live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The USMNT's winter camp wraps up tonight against CONCACAF opposition

The US men's national team concludes their January (and, I suppose, February) camp tonight in Tennessee, facing Jamaica. It's probably no mistake that the USMNT is lining up a CONCACAF foe, what with crucial World Cup qualifiers looming on the horizon.

USMNT, Serbia both lack inspiration in 0-0 draw

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Bruce Arena's second tenure as US head coach starts with a scrappy draw

Despite owning over 61% of possession and connecting a healthy share of their passes, the United States could not break down Serbia, with the two sides settling for a 0-0 draw in San Diego today. The USMNT, with Bruce Arena back at the helm for the first time since 2006, had their moments but ultimately struggled in the final third.

USA vs. Serbia live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The USMNT's second Bruce Arena era starts today

Bruce Arena's return to the USMNT started a couple of weeks ago, with a 30-man roster called in for the traditional January camp. That group has been cut down to 23 for two friendlies (today against Serbia, and Friday against Jamaica). With the United States sitting in an extremely perilous spot in World Cup qualifying, getting this almost entirely domestic-based squad up and running is vital; many of these players will be called in for the crucial qualifiers against Honduras and Panama in late March.

Bill Hamid, Steve Birnbaum, and Taylor Kemp called into USMNT camp

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Bruce Arena wants to see what three of United's best players can do

Bruce Arena announced the roster for the US Men's national team's January camp, commonly known as Camp Cupcake. As expected, there are two D.C. United players on this roster: goalkeeper Bill Hamid and center back Steve Birnbaum.

The Rest

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.

PRO’s officiating will get someone hurt if it hasn’t happened already

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Something has to change

In the midst of D.C. United's loss to the Portland Timbers, a play occurred that led to the 4th and final goal that we wanted to vent about, specifically Jeremy Ebobisse's challenge on Steve Birnbaum:

So, let's put aside the nature of whether or not Ebobisse's challenge was dirty (I don't think it was).

D.C. United’s collapse against New York Red Bulls, and previewing the New England Revolution: Filibuster podcast

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Unfortunately, we have to talk about Saturday

Despite the poor performances around all of the DMV's soccer teams, the Filibuster podcast is ready to go the full 90. Adam, Jason, and Ben have to talk about D.C. United's 2-0 defeat at the hands of the New York Red Bulls. We discuss the injury to Steve Birnbaum, the goals by Bradley Wright-Phillips and Alex Muyl, and then go from back to front dissecting the poor play: the defense, midfield, and attack all get a turn.

Player ratings for USA vs. Serbia international friendly

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At the back end of an unusually upbeat January camp, the first game of Bruce Arena's spell in charge of the US national team ended in a 0-0 draw against Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The US plays again – their last match before a crucial March World Cup qualifier against Honduras – on Friday in Chattanooga against Jamaica.

Some Soccer News for Dec 2, 2016

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It's Day 337 of 2016.

MLS Cup Final:
-Sat Dec 10
Toronto FC v Seattle Sounders FC - 7:00pm CT on FOX
  • Sadly I will not be there this year. I'm bummed. I love going to this game.


DC United has signed centerback Steve Birnbaum to a new contract.