Steve Goff

D.C. United

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.

Steve Goff: Bill Hamid looks to be out for a couple weeks

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D.C. United's injury bug continues, with Bill Hamid out for longer than we would like.

Andrew Dykstra was the starter in goal for D.C. United's most recent game, the 1-0 loss against the Seattle Sounders. It is good that he played well, because he will probably be in goal for the rest of July: Steve Goff is reporting that Bill Hamid is going to be out for a couple of weeks with lingering knee and hand injuries.

Michael Farfan may be in Seattle after all

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Is United going to get an unexpected boost tonight?

D.C. United arrived on Wednesday and trained on Thursday for their game Friday with the Seattle Sounders. Steve Goff reported on Thursday that Chris Pontius, Sean Franklin and Michael Farfan did not make the trip. And Goff's presence in Vancouver makes him a lot closer to Seattle than most of us are.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS expansion, USMNT, & NWSL links for Wednesday May 20, 2015

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In which we discuss hugs, a competition that's crazier than the CONCACAF Champions League, and accuse TFC of sabotage.

I don't have anything for this section. Let me have my coffee while you read.

DC United: Model Breakers or Just Lucky? | American Soccer Analysis
Soccer's move towards more advanced analytics becoming a common talking point has seen United confound most "expected goals" models.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and Women's World Cup links for Wednesday April 29, 2015

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Scrambling around for links before sleep takes hold.

Somebody almost forgot to post Freedom Kicks, but surprise! I actually have some links for you good people.

D.C. United news and notes | Soccer Insider
Similar to our piece yesterday afternoon, Steve Goff has some news here on the status of various players returning from injury.

Freedom Kicks for 26 February 2015: Soccer stadia, rivalries, alums

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Another snowy edition of Freedom Kicks to kick off your United day!

It is another snow day for everyone down here in RVA, and it looks like many of you have at least a delay up in DC. So use it well, and really dive into your Freedom Kicks today. And Happy United Day!

D.C. United to begin 2015 campaign with Champions League match in Costa Rica - The Washington Post: Steve Goff gives us the lowdown on what is going on with D.

D.C. United Transfer News and Rumors: Sean St Ledger Trialing

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Another center back on trial, this one with national team experience.

Steve Goff first mentioned (and D.C. United later confirmed via their website) that defender Sean St Ledger has been added to the roster as a trialist. The bulk of the center back's experience came with Preston North End from 2006-2011, where he amassed almost 200 games played, and most recently was on the roster of Ipswich Town in England's Football League Championship, but did not appear.

Rod Dyachenko to go on trial with D.C. United

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It is not April Fools or Dia de los Inocentes: according to Steve Goff, Rod Dyachenko is on trial.

In hilarious news today, Steve Goff told us of a new trialist that will be coming to D.C. United.

Blast from past: Rod Dyachenko (#DCU 2006-08) will go on trial with D.C. United.

Bryan Namoff's suit against D.C. United will not go to trial

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D.C. United will not be going through a jury trial this February.

Bryan Namoff's suit against D.C. United, Tom Soehn, and others will not go trial, as Steve Goff reported today. The trial was set to begin on February 23, but the pre-trial conference scheduled for this week has been cancelled and the status of the case has been set to closed.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, CONCACAF Champions League, and MLS links for Wednesday January 6th, 2015

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Some D.C. United news - including tidbits on LD Alajuelense, United's CCL quarterfinal opponent - as well as a metric ton of MLS news. Plus: Panenka!

Yesterday was eventful. Let's get right into it:

3 D.C. United players to U.S. national team camp | Soccer Insider
Per Steve Goff, three key D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, USMNT, and CONCACAF links for Wednesday December 24th, 2014

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A local institution shuts its doors, Cubo Torres is headed to Houston, Gedion Zelalem didn't actually do anything, and we may have learned how CONCACAF qualifying is going to work.


Soccer bar Summers nearing final whistle | Soccer Insider
Let's start off with Steve Goff's story on the unfortunate end for Summers, the Arlington soccer bar that plenty of us visited before streaming video and the proliferation of soccer channels changed the lives of American soccer fans.

Freedom Kicks for 16 October 2014: USWNT, USMNT, Juergen Klinsmann, Don Garber

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It was an exciting day in the realm of US national teams.

Not much D.C. United news out there today, so we jump into everything else this morning. Here we go!

Steve Goff has what little D.C. United news there is, including Davy Arnaud, attendance, and TV coverage.

USA vs. Trinidad and Tobago: Final score 1-0, USWNT not at their best - SBNation.

Ben Olsen and D.C. United about to sign contract extension

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After a big turnaround from 2013, D.C. United is close to rewarding Ben Olsen with a contract extension.

As reported by Steve Goff, D.C. United is close to rewarding Ben Olsen with a contract extension. Olsen is in the final year of his current contract, and the team obviously wanted to see how he performed this year before making any decisions on whether or not he met their expectations.

Filibuster podcast episode 95: D.C. United's ruthless win over Sporting Kansas City, upcoming vs. LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls

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On tap tonight: Michter's rye, Hardywood Virginia Blackberry, Green Hat Gin Rickey

United at last, the Filibuster crew is back to talk about another packed week of soccer. We talk about D.C. United's stunning win over Sporting Kansas City, including asking if anyone expected that win, good teams having bad games, which of the three goals was the best, Luis Silva and Eddie Johnson, and the performance of Steve Birnbaum this year.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, CONCACAF Champions League, and USWNT links for Wednesday August 19th, 2014

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Waterhouse, worms, Estrada, Kemp, hockey, Swedes, CCL results, plus a frustrating thing and a sad thing! You know, a typically odd mix of links for your perusal.

You'll have plenty of opportunities to read what I think about things throughout today, so I'll shut up and make with the links:


D.C. United acquires David Estrada from Seattle Sounders in exchange for a 2017 third round pick

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D.C. United improved their depth today, acquiring their second player from the Seattle Sounders this year.

D.C. United announced today that they have acquired midfield/forward David Estrada from the Seattle Sounders in exchange for a third round pick in 2017. According to Steve Goff, the deal has been in the works for a number of weeks and is unrelated to the current rash of injuries.

D.C. United versus Real Salt Lake lineups: Struggling through missing players

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With both teams battling injuries, who will start for D.C. United against Real Salt Lake?

Despite some D.C. United players being in action tonight (more on that later), the next game that D.C. United plays as a full team will be this Saturday, when they travel to Utah to take on Real Salt Lake.

D.C. United versus New England Revolution lineup: Battle for the top of the Eastern Conference

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In what feels like too quick of a change, we must turn our focus to D.C. United's weekend game against the New England Revolution.

And like that, we put the win against the Houston Dynamo behind us and turn our eyes to the New England Revolution. We keep saying that Ben Olsen needs to rotate his squad at some point, but I don't know if he has any inclination to do so right now.

POLL: How should D.C. United replace Luis Silva?

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Luis Silva's injury against the Chicago Fire has left United with a big question to answer ahead of Saturday's game against the New England Revolution. How do you want to see Ben Olsen cope with the loss of his only experienced midfield playmaker?

The injury that forces Luis Silva to leave late in the first half on Saturday afternoon looked like one that was going to put him out for a bit of time.

DC United Finds a New Sponsor

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The biggest business story of the day comes from the Nation's Capitol, where DC United announced a jersey sponsorship deal with government contractor Leidos. Per Steve Goff, the deal is reported at 3-5 years and for a figure close to the fee formerly paid by VW which was just shy of $3 million. Per Mr.

Government contractor Leidos rumored to be D.C. United's new jersey sponsor

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Steve Goff is reporting that government contractor Leidos, formerly SAIC, is close to becoming D.C. United's new jersey sponsor.

Well, that didn't take long. Steve Goff of the Washington Post is reporting that D.C. United is close to coming to an agreement with Leidos, a government contractor, to become the new jersey sponsor.

Friday Freedom Kicks: Post-SuperDraft D.C. United links for 17 January 2014

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A day after a head-scratching trade, Dave Kasper returned to form yesterday. Today's link dump focuses on the SuperDraft, but there's a little drunk* Ben Olsen tossed in, too.

* Ben Olsen was not actually drunk.

D.C. United got their guy yesterday, even after trading down a spot and netting some allocation money.

Freedom Kicks for 9 January 2014: D.C. United signs Nana Attakora, UEFA switching to a summer schedule

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Nana Attakora signs, Fabian Espindola and D.C. United are talking, and Michael Bradley is coming back to this continent. It is your morning Freedom Kicks!

Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy some soccer news from around the world.

D.C. United roster update & analysis: Steve Goff of the Washington Post goes through D.

D.C. United reportedly among 3 clubs actively pursuing trade for Eddie Johnson

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The USMNT striker won't be in Seattle next season, and the Black-and-Red are reportedly among the final clubs still in the running to land the GAM.

On Saturday, the Washington Post's Steve Goff confirmed what many of us have suspected for weeks: D.C. United are actively pursuing a trade for the Seattle Sounders' Eddie Johnson.

Volkswagen ends their D.C. United jersey sponsorship; team in talks with potential 2014 sponsors

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Volkswagen has decided to end their sponsorship of D.C. United's jerseys, but will maintain a more limited association with the team.

Steve Goff broke the news today that Volkswagen will not be renewing their sponsorship deal for D.C. United's jerseys. The team and the car manufacturer signed an initial 5-year, $14 million dollar deal in 2008; that deal was renewed after the 2012 season, but Volkswagen declined their option for 2014.

Friday Afternoon Distraction: What shirt sponsor would you want to see if Volkswagen and D.C. United split?

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This really doesn't fit into our You be the GM series, but it is nevertheless a critical negotiation that D.C. United's front office will have to navigate carefully and successfully to ensure a good foundation for future success. Steve Goff is reporting that he's receiving "mixed signals" about the likelihood of Volkswagen returning as the jersey sponsor for the club next year and beyond.

The Last Word: DCU vs TFC at RFK

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On the field, D.C. United played to a 1-1 draw against Toronto FC on Saturday night at RFK stadium. The game had some high points and some low points for the home team, but perhaps the most important event of the evening occurred after the match as the team had an extended team meeting to air the grievances (to use Steve Goff's Seinfeld-inspired metaphor).

Collin Martin to become D.C. United's sixth Homegrown Player

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At the end of a hectic day yesterday, which saw the sale of Alain Rochat and the trade for Luis Silva, D.C. United added on more move. It was first rumored on Twitter, and now Steve Goff is reporting that former D.C. United Academy member and current Wake Forest University freshman Collin Martin will be signing a Homegrown Player contract with United.

Goff: D.C. United is releasing Marcos Sanchez

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The Marcos Sanchez era appears to be officially over. Which is to say, Christian Castillo v.2.0 (Panama Ed.), will never escape beta. The Post's Steve Goff is reporting this morning that Sanchez has been released by D.C. United. As you can see in Goff's tweet, Sanchez simply won't return to the team after his time with Panama's national team is finished after next week.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for April 11, 2013

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As I have to point out occasionally, we put out at least half of the D.C. United-related content on the internet. The only bit of United stuff out there yesterday was Steve Goff passing along the news that Dwayne De Rosario is likely to play this weekend, which we expected to be a thing. Because of that, today's edition Freedom Kicks is about other random things.

The Last Word On D.C. United's Loss To Sporting Kansas City

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Yes, the schedule has been tough. But D.C. United has now lost three of its first five matches of the 2013 season, scoring only two goals in the process. That's good enough to be better than the Chicago Fire, but no one else. Let's get to it.

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Ben Olsen (via We talk about earning the right to play soccer.

D.C. United & Comcast Sports Net begrudgingly together again

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Well, D.C. United fans, get ready for more Dave Johnson and John Harkes in your future. The Post's Steve Goff is reporting this morning that the club and Comcast Sports Net have reached a three-year agreement to show at least (almost) half of United's games. As Goff teased in his Facebook feed, this is not ideal.

Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United: Goff reporting that Dwayne De Rosario likely to be suspended "at least" for the Houston game

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This is not how D.C. United wanted to kick off the season. Facing a big rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Final, at the scene where a controversial no-call undoubtedly changed the course of the match and allowed the Houston Dynamo to come from behind to build a lead in the first leg, Ben Olsen's side were hoping for every advantage heading into First Kick this weekend.

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Freedom Kicks for 16 July 2015: Gold Cup, Freddy Adu, US Soccer

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As D.C. United gets ready to play, midweek soccer continues unabated.

The Gold Cup has reached ludicrous speed, Freddy Adu is back, and Mr. Flynn came to Washington. Let's go!

Why U.S. World Cup coach Jill Ellis should get a new contract - The Washington Post: Jill Ellis contract expires in two weeks, and Steve Goff thinks she should got a brand new one, and not the options in her current one.

Is Gideon Zelalem Jurgen Klinsmann's biggest coup yet? And other questions for Travis Clark

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We asked Top Drawer Soccer's crack writer Travis Clark about the latest young, dual-national starlet who might be destined to don the stars & stripes.

Last week, the Washington Post's intrepid Steve Goff once again scooped the soccer world. As reported on his Soccer Insider blog, Arsenal midfielder Gideon Zelalem and his father were back in the DC region last week to finalize their US citizenship and get their passports, a necessary step if Gideon is to suit up for the United States in future competitions.

Major League Soccer

Eddie Johnson's contract voided by Major League Soccer

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MLS has taken over the handling of the Eddie Johnson situation.

The saga of Eddie Johnson continues towards its inevitable, but sad conclusion for D.C. United. Steve Goff, the man with the inside scoop, is reporting that Major League Soccer has terminated Eddie Johnson's contract with the League, and that the battle is now between the League, the Players Union, lawyers, medical personnel, and agents; United has not been involved in this situation in months.

MLS Adds New Rule For “Mass Confrontation”

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A nice article by Steve Goff this morning tells us that the league is adding some new rules to help crack down onplayers or coaches disrupting a match. Theleague's board of governors has approved a rule that would penalize teams and coaches when three or more individuals confront a referee or opponent.

The Rest

The MLS Players Union will never have more leverage to get free agency

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A strike might not be in the best interests of the MLS Players Union, and may even cause them to lose leverage.

Despite the fact that MLS and its owners had called free agency a complete non-starter, the rumors that are flying out of the MLS CBA talks seem to indicate that progress has been made a some sort of free agency, and that the owners have already moved from their first offer to second and further offers.

Trivia and More

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Yesterday we offered a guest post from Jamie Clary about his travels to 17 straight MLS Cup Finals. We posted the story on Twitter and received some interesting responses from folks believing that Jamie and his friend should be celebrated for their commitment to the league its championship. Their story also led to some Twitter exchanges asking for other fans who have managed the same feat to identify themselves.

D.C. United continues player personnel purge, cuts Dwayne De Rosario

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Steve Goff is reporting that Dwayne De Rosario, 2011 MLS MVP and a key part of the 2012 team that almost made the MLS Cup Final, will not be returning to the team in 2014. This news comes on the same day in which we found out that Marcelo Saragosa, Lionard Pajoy, and Carlos Ruiz will also not be returning to the team.