Steve Birnbaum

D.C. United

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.

D.C. United re-sign Steve Birnbaum

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The USMNT center back is here to stay

D.C. United announced today that they have re-signed starting center back and 2016 MVP Steve Birnbaum to a multi-year contract, rumored to be four years. As we said earlier this week, retaining Birnbaum was an absolutely part of the team's offseason plans, with Bobby Boswell getting older and Kofi Opare and Jalen Robinson battling for the third spot.

Report: D.C. United, Birnbaum agree on four-year extension

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Despite rumors linking him with a move abroad, Steve Birnbaum is reportedly set to remain with D.C. United.

ESPN reported Wednesday that D.C. Unitedhas agreed to a new four year-deal with the U.S. Men's National Team defender. The 25-year old centerback has proven to be a key component of D.

Report says D.C. United has agreed to a new contract with Steve Birnbaum

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ESPN's Marc Stein says United will retain their USMNT defender for quite a while

Coming into the offseason, most D.C. United fans were concerned with the club's ability to secure a permanent transfer for Luciano Acosta. However, signing a long-term contract with USMNT defender Steve Birnbaum - the subject of repeated European interest in the past few months - was not far behind.

Steve Birnbaum makes United States roster for qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica

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Birnbaum rounds out an excellent year for him with a USMNT call-up for the start of the Hex

Jurgen Klinsmann announced on U.S. Soccer's Facebook page that D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum is on the United States roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. The USMNT will host Mexico on Friday in Columbus, then go on the road to play Costa Rica Tuesday at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.

D.C. United season review: Steve Birnbaum

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We review the year of the young center back who has made the leap to a mainstay on the USMNT.

2016 started out great for D.C. United center back Steve Birnbaum. It began in rainy, cold Southern California wearing the red, white and blue as he was the savior for the United States Men's National Team in their 3-2 January victory against Iceland.

Filibuster podcast episode 207: Not as good as a rocket ship

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D.C. United is flying into the playoffs, just like a rocket ship.

The Filibuster podcast, just like D.C. United, is on a rocket ride of success as we blast into the playoffs! We open with United's 3-1 win over New York City FC, and ponder whether or not the first half was the best 45 minutes of the year for the team.

Some Soccer News for Oct 11, 2016

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It's Day 285 of 2016.

It took Belgium 8.1 seconds from kickoff to score against Gibraltar in UEFA World Cup qualifying. Christian Benteke got the goal. Belgium won 0-6.

USA Mens National Team friendly:
-Tue Oct 11
USA v New Zealand - RFK Stadium, Washington DC - 7:00pm CT on on ESPN + UniMas

Here is the Roster for the Cuba game:
  • G: David Bingham - San Jose Earthquakes, Bill Hamid - DC United, William Yarbrough - Leon
  • D: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Steve Birnbaum - DC United, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Michael Orozco - Tijuana, Tim Parker - Vancouver Whitecaps, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle
  • M: Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Lynden Gooch - Sunderland, Perry Kitchen - Heart Of Midlothian, Sacha Kljestan - New York Red Bulls, Danny Williams - Reading
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Terrence Boyd - RB Leipzig, Julian Green - Bayern Munich, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders


A preview of tonight's game.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Gone in a (WNY) Flash

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Recaps of a gut punch for the Spirit, D.C. United players and the US team, and Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.

If you're like me, you watched the NWSL Final last night, because it had a chance to give Washington D.C. a title and temporarily stop bellyaching. But nope, only more pain.

Seven in, nine out

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We have some changes to the USMNT squad ahead of Tuesday's friendly with New Zealand. The most notable addition? How does Terrence Boyd grab ya?The end result roster? Here ya go...G - David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), William Yarbrough (León)D - Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.

Steve Birnbaum picks up ugly injury on USMNT duty

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D.C. United's star defender took a kick to the head against Cuba today

D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum came on at halftime of today's United States friendly with Cuba for John Brooks and was having a good second half, or at least as much as one could expect against the 139th ranked team in the FIFA rankings.

D.C. United vs. Toronto GIFs

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We look at some moments from Saturday.

D.C. United was going up to Canada to play a Toronto FC side that had been looking not as good as they normally would (thanks to the absence of Sebastian Giovinco), but still among the East leaders. Dressing an A-minus/B-plus side that was definitely leggy from the work they'd put in over the last two and a half weeks, their 2-1 win may have been as impressive as the ones which have given them all this goalscoring over the last two months.

Profile-ific: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 16 September 2016

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Profiles of Vincent, Igboananike, and Birnbaum are just some of the highlights of today's Friday Freedom Kicks.

Today is National Guacamole Day.

Check out what D.C. United's new stadium will look like | FOX Sports: There will be parklets. You will adore them. You will want parklets in your backyard and at your place of work.

D.C. United stages “Escape From New York” in 2-2 draw with NY Red Bulls

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An amazing late show gives United the Atlantic Cup

D.C. United looked down and out, as the New York Red Bulls held a deserved 2-0 lead late in the game. Luis Robles had barely been tested, and it looked for all the world like the Black-and-Red were in danger of falling further behind in the playoff race.

Report: Maccabi Tel Aviv increases offer for USMNT defender Birnbaum

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Numerous U.S. players have made their way overseas over recent years, and Steve Birnbaum's name is again being linked with a move abroad.

The D.C United centerback is reportedly being targeted again by Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv, who previously contacted the MLS side over acquiring Birnbaum in the spring.

Maccabi Tel Aviv to reportedly offer D.C. United around $570,000 for Steve Birnbaum

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The attempt to get Birnbaum out of Black-and-Red hands continues.

Two weeks after word that Israel club Maccabi Tel Aviv was in advanced negotiations to sign D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum, the rumors continue. Via Greg Seltzer, the Israeli Premier League runners-up are prepared to offer D.

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.

Kofi Opare

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.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 3-0 DC

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Video and transcript of Jim curtin's postgame press conference. Remarks from Andre Blake, Chris Pontius, CJ Sapong, and Keegan Rosenberry. More.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Ranking the USMNT roster by position

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Two vets hold down top spots at goalkeeper and forward, while a pair of youngsters lead defenders and midfielders.

The United States Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named a 26-man roster ahead of the upcoming Hex World Cup Qualifiers against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, Nov.

Steve Birnbaum status unclear for New Zealand friendly

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The centerback has no concussion symptoms after taking a cleat to the head against Cuba

Steve Birnbaum returned to the nation's capital this weekend, sporting a slight alteration to his manicured hair cut, after Friday's friendly in the Caribbean against Cuba. In the dying moments against Cuba, the D.

The Rest

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.

MLS Ticker: Birnbaum, Minnesota United, Schweinsteiger and more

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A U.S. Men's National Team defender is set to receive an improved offer from his club, while Minnesota United may be closing in on a head coaching hire.

D.C. United is reportedly preparing a contract extension offer for Steve Birnbaum, whose current deal expires after the 2017 season.

Monday Freedom Kicks: These Little Town Bleus

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Looking back at the weekend in MLS playoffs, partner club nastiness and hey, guess who's back?

Hi. Sorry for being generally being away the last couple of weeks but like Donald said, I had an excuse:

It's been a crazy couple of days pic.

Steve Birnbaum on USMNT roster for October friendlies

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Birdbomb among 23 players called in to face Cuba and New Zealand

Earlier today U.S. Soccer announced the list of 23 players that will comprised the United States team for friendlies in the upcoming international break. The U.S. plays Cuba in Havana Friday afternoon at 4pm Eastern before coming to RFK to host New Zealand on Tuesday, October 11.

Have a look at D.C. United’s player ratings in FIFA 17

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From Bill Hamid to Collin Martin, we look at the home team's ratings in the game

EA Sports releases FIFA 17 on Tuesday, September 27th, and the FIFA Ultimate Team player database is now available, showing ratings for every player in the game. It should come as no surprise that players like Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa, and Andrea Pirlo are the highest rated MLS players, but how do DCU's players rate?

Landon Donovan, MLS Expansion Draft, and Alejandro Bedoya: Freedom Kicks for 8 September 2016

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Soccer go!

So in addition to all of the Megan Rapinoe/Washington Spirit news yesterday, other things have been happening in soccer as well. Let's have an early afternoon Thursday Freedom Kicks!

MLS source: ‘There will be an Expansion Draft.' - Brotherly Game: Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh. I hate expansion drafts.

Postgame quotes: DC United 2-2 Philadelphia Union

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Postgame comments from Jim Curtin, Chris Pontius, Charlie Davies, Andre Blake.

Thursday Freedom Kicks: Some days I take the bus home, just to touch home

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We got Lionel Messi versus Steve Birnbaum, a Argentina-Chile final, a USA-Colombia 3rd place match, a completed Euro 2016 group stage, the end of international Zlatan and Iceland and the Irish continue to give us the warm feels in today's Freedom Kicks.

Happy Thursday, ladies and gentlemen.