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Christen Press To Seattle? Maybe ...

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Reign FC just might have one more blockbuster trade in them.

We're only days away from Seattle Reign FC and the rest of the NWSL kicking off the 2018 season, but Seattle might not be done making blockbuster trades.

Looking like Christen Press will end up with Seattle.

Estefania Banini returns to the Washington Spirit

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The Spirit's 2016 leading goalscorer is coming back to the NWSL after playing in Spain

Estefania Banini's long-rumored return to the Washington Spirit is a done deal. As first reported by the Washington Post's Steve Goff, Banini - Washington's top goalscorer in 2016 and the NWSL Player of the Month last July - is coming back to the club after spending a season in Spain with Valencia's women's team:

Insider has learned Argentina's Estefania Banini, @WashSpirit leading scorer last year, returning to NWSL club after 1 season at Valencia

— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) June 19, 2017

Rumors of Banini returning had been in place virtually since her departure, as the Spirit had offered her a deal at the time that she opted to sign with Valencia.

Details of Obafemi Martins' contract with Shanghai Shenhua

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Obafemi Martins is about to get paid. The former Seattle Sounders forward will apparently net $6.6 million for the 2016 season with Shanghai Shenhua, according to a series of tweets from the Washington Post's Steven Goff.

(1/2) Obafemi Martins' move from @SoundersFC to Shanghai Shenua now in FIFA's transfer monitoring system.

Philadelphia Union acquire Chris Pontius

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Pontius's eighth year in MLS will be spent in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Union have acquired Chris Pontius in a trade with D.C. United, the club announced today. DCU will receive targeted allocation money and plain ol' allocation money, the amounts of which are, as always, undisclosed.

Paid Their Dues: Is Freddy Adu coming back to MLS?

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Fans of all 20 teams are all holding their collective breath praying their team is not one of the two.

This is the story - and the player - that won't go away. Per a report by the Washington Post's Steven Goff, not one but two MLS clubs are interested in bringing Freddy Adu in for a look.

D.C. United

D.C. United to sign USL all-time goal scorer Dane Kelly

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Soccer's Crash Davis parable!

Following an initial report from Kristian Dyer, Steven Goff is now saying that D.C. United will sign Jamaica international forward Dane Kelly to a contract. The 27-year-old Kelly has played in the USL exclusively since 2011, with the Charleston Battery, Swope Park Rangers and most recently Reno 1868, where he scored 18 goals in 27 games last year en route to winning the USL Golden Boot.

D.C. United passes on 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft’s first stage

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The Black-and-Red weren't interested in taking anyone at their current asking price

The MLS Re-Entry Draft's stage one came and went for D.C. United, who opted to pass with the second pick. This matches years past, where stage two — where teams can negotiate new deals with players rather than accepting their existing contract options — is far busier.

Bill Hamid is traveling to Denmark to sign his next contract

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The keeper is rumored to be signing with FC Midtjylland

Black and Red United has learned that Bill Hamid is headed to Denmark today, where he will sign a contract to play, after deciding not to return to D.C. United. The keeper, who has spent the entirety of his professional career with the Black-and-Red, announced to the Washington Post yesterday that he did not intend to return to United for a 10th professional season.

D.C. United reportedly signs former Columbus Crew GK Steve Clark

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Per the Washington Post's Steve Goff, United has landed the free agent after a stint in Denmark with AC Horsens

D.C. United had been hinting that the close of the transfer window might not mean the close of business for them, and those hints appear to be reality today. Steve Goff of the Washington Post is reporting that the Black-and-Red have signed American goalkeeper Steve Clark, currently a free agent after spending the 2017 season with AC Horsens of the Danish top flight.

Norrkoping Chairman, Manager, react to Alhaji Kamara to D.C. United reports

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The Kamraterna management weigh in on the news.

Following the news that their striker Alhaji Kamara was in the United States in the hopes of securing a playing contract with D.C. United (and Steven Goff's tweet saying talked have had progress), IFK Norrkoping's Chairman (Peter Hunt) and Manager (Jan Andersson) have reacted to this news in the 'Norrkopings Tidningar' newspapers.

Report: Fabian Espindola to miss 2-4 weeks with hamstring injury

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D.C. United's sole Designated Player may need to sit a bit longer than expected

The Washington Post's Steven Goff is reporting that D.C. United forward Fabian Espindola may miss 2-4 weeks due to a hamstring injury he suffered during the team's 3-0 win over the New England Revolution. Goff goes on to say the team will know more pending results from an MRI tomorrow.

Patrick Nyarko dealing with a concussion, and not for the first time

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The new United winger's concussion history means the club will have to proceed with caution.

In the midst of D.C. United's 4-1 loss to the LA Galaxy Sunday night, Steve Goff reported that midfielder Patrick Nyarko left at halftime due a possible concussion. Goff's update from training today reinforces this:


Report: Revolution Trade Former Leeds United Keeper to DC United?

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Another one for the "it could only happen in MLS" list of roster transactions.

It appears that for the second straight year the New England Revolution have traded the rights to a discovery signing to another club.

Fresh face here at RFK: GK Charlie Horton, 21, joins D.

D.C. United acquires Colorado Rapids midfielder Marcelo Sarvas

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The veteran Brazilian central midfielder may signal several other developments.

In a trade previously reported over the weekend, D.C. United has bolstered its midfield by trading targeted allocation money and a conditional 2018 draft pick for Marcelo Sarvas of the Colorado Rapids. Before the deal, a source told B&RU that the Rapids has agreed to carry a significant part of his salary - his base pay was $360,000 in 2015 - on their books as part of the deal.

D.C. United interested in Georgios Samaras

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Another international name comes up on the radar.

Steve Goff introduced an intriguing name that D.C. United may be considering:

D.C. United also has keen interest in Greek intl attacker Georgios Samaras (Man City, Celtic, West Brom). Turns 31 in Feb, 6 feet 4

— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 30, 2016

Samaras turns 31 next month, and the 6 foot 4 Greece international has had tours with Scotland side Celtic and England's Manchester City, and most recently played at West Bromwich Albion.

D.C. United targets, Sepp Blatter, and Ashley Cole: Freedom Kicks for 31 December 2015

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The last Freedom Kicks of the year is still packed with your FDA approved amount of soccer news.

Welcome to the last day of 2015! I hope it has been a good year for you and yours, and here is to 2016 being even better. Onto the last Freedom Kicks of the year!

Getting word D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and women's soccer links for Wednesday December 30, 2015

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Good and bad news for the Black-and-Red, plus some odds and ends from around MLS and some changes in the world of woso.

Let's just jump into some D.C. United news, shall we?

Getting word FC Copenhagen & German 2nd-tier club in running for outgoing D.

Freedom Kicks - D.C. United, Champions League and MLS links for Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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It's a Wednesday, and I'm on vacation. But I love you, so here are some links to get you over the hump.

Could somebody remind me why I would volunteer to stand in on Freedom Kicks while on vacation with my toddler in the far away land of red hots and deep dish? While I await your answers, onto the links.

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.

The Last Word on D.C. United 1-1 Houston Dynamo: Starting From Scratch, To a Degree

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In which we exercise a bit of caution to the return of the shiny new Designated Player.

The last time D.C. United lost at home we were in the throes of a World Cup. And this season, the whole concept of Fortress RFK was reinforced, but after dropped points last week against the New York Red Bulls, the Black and Red cannot help but feel that another opportunity was wasted.

Dave Kasper to Sign Contract Extension With D.C. United

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The Black and Red General Manager is going to stick around and have his fingers in a few more things.

Less than one month after rumors that Dave Kasper would be given a contract extension, Steven Goff reports that said extension is now official, running through the 2017 season, which would be the anticipated first one in D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and CONCACAF Champions League links for Wednesday February 25, 2015

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One more day to get through before soccer returns!

First up, let's cover where we'll be able to watch D.C. United's game tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow. Soccer is back!

TV for D.C. United at Alajuelense Thursday: Fox Sports 2, Univision Deportes, http://t.

D.C. United transfer news and rumors: Futty Danso and Richard McCallum cut from camp while Travis Worra joins on trial

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The Black-and-Red will move on without signing the Portland Timbers veteran Danso or the occasional Jamaican national team GK McCallum, while adding University of New Hampshire product Worra.

The inevitable chopping and changing within D.C. United's preseason camp has started a bit earlier than normal.

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.

The last word on D.C. United vs LA Galaxy: keep calm and carry on

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The loss to the LA Galaxy was bad, but D.C. United won't know what it really means until they see how this Sunday's match against the New York Red Bulls turns out. Until then, keep calm and carry on.

Soccer was invented by the English, so they've been experiencing disappointing losses longer than anyone.

The Last Word on D.C. United vs Colorado Rapids: Good or great?

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Uh oh. Ben Olsen is about to have a tough decision about which of his talented attacking players won't make it on the field. How he answers this question may well decide whether D.C. United is merely good or great the rest of the season.

Sunday night's 4-2 win over the Colorado Rapids was one of D.

Jordan Morris

Some Soccer News for Jan 21, 2016

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It's Day 21 of 2016.

Benny Feilhaber of Sporting Kansas City has not taken kindly to being left off the USA roster lately, and gives coach Jurgen Klinsmann an earful. By Paul Kennedy of Soccer America.


The coach responded to Feilhaber publicly. By Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC.

Darlington Nagbe Called Up for USMNT January Camp

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After getting his first two caps with the United States Men's National Team in 2015, Darlington Nagbe will have the opportunity to continue his career at the international level later this month after being called up to the US's January Camp for matches against Iceland on 1/31 and Canada on 2/5.

The camp kicks off on Sunday and will be composed mostly of players from MLS with a few notable exceptions such as Stanford's Jordan Morris, the subject of an ongoing signing saga up in Seattle, and the currently unattached Jermaine Jones.

Eddie Johnson

Report: Eddie Johnson Likely Retiring

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The Designated Player Will Presumably Be Hanging Them Up, and the Team May Be Compensated as a Result

Several days after celebrating his 31st birthday, Steven Goff brings updated word on D.C. United Designated Player Eddie Johnson, saying that his career is likely over, and the team is to use his words, 'anticipating salary cap relief' because of issues surrounding his enlarged heart.

Eddie Johnson hospitalized for dehydration before 2nd leg

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There may have been a reason Eddie Johnson didn't start last Saturday's 2nd leg against New York: a late-week trip to the hospital for dehydration and other issues.

When Eddie Johnson came on as a substitute for Davy Arnaud in the 60th minute of last Saturday's second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals for D.

The Rest

Friday Freedom Kicks: DCU vs. ATL, Washington Spirit preseason, and more

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Just keep reminding yourself that winter is almost over

References to "lousy Smarch weather" are old hat for the internet, and for me particularly, but man...this Smarch weather is actually lousy. I've been fooled by the seemingly annual late February burst of warmth, having been to a Spirit training session in shorts, and am deeply unhappy with this betrayal from Mother Nature.

Some Soccer News for Jul 25, 2017

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It's Day 206 of 2017.

Minnesota United has announced that their new stadium in the St Paul Midway will be called Allianz Field.


#SportingKC has agreed to trade Dom Dwyer to Orlando City SC in exchange for $1.6 million in allocation money, $700K of which is incentives.

Decent, but not spectacular crowd awaits USA for Seattle Copa America quarterfinal

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It will top 2013's World Cup Qualifier against Panama.

Starting with a baseline of about 20,000 tickets sold (the number for Peru vs Haiti) the sales for the United States vs. Ecuador Copa America quarterfinal are up to 42,000. It's a good crowd, one that passes the 2013 World Cup Qualifier against Panama (40,847), but it also suggests there are about 25,000 or so unsold seats at CenturyLink Field.

Some Soccer News for Mar 1, 2016

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It's Day 61 of 2016.

CONCACAF Champions League - Quarterfinals 2nd Leg: (all games on FS2)
-Tue Mar 1
DC United v Querataro (0-2)
Santos Laguna v LA Galaxy (0-0)
-Wed Mar 2
America v Seattle Sounders (2-2)
Real Salt Lake v Tigres UANL (0-2)
-Match preview of DC v Que.

Je-Vaughn Watson wants out of Dallas

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The FC Dallas and Jamaica right back wants to come to Philadelphia to be close to his daughter, however it doesn't look like that scenario will play out.

Steven Goff of the Washington Post reported earlier via Twitter that 32-year-old Je-Vaughn Watson of FC Dallas was looking to come to Philadelphia to be closer to his daughter.

Report: Contract talks between D.C. United and Perry Kitchen have broken down

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Per Steve Goff of the Washington Post, United's final offer was turned down, and United's midfield stalwart is all but gone.

Steve Goff of the Washington Post is reporting that D.C. United's attempts to sign Perry Kitchen to a new contract may have finally ended. Kitchen, who is currently out of contract, appears to be looking at options in Denmark and Germany after allegedly turning down a salary that was nearly met the Designated Player threshold:

No resolution in D.

USMNT 'likely' playing Copa America opener in Seattle

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Having Copa America Centenario matches in Seattle was always somewhat expected, as CenturyLink Field was long considered one of the front-runners to be one of the tournament's 10 host cities. Which teams would play here, though, has always been far less clear.

Now, it appears the United States will be one of them.

Goff: Darius Madison kicked off UVa roster

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Union Academy alumnus likely won't play his senior year.

Philadelphia native Darius Madison has been booted from the University of Virginia's men's soccer team. According to Steven Goff of the Washington Post, a violation of team rules will preclude the senior from playing in his final season with the Hoos.

CBA negotiations going down to the wire

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Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union met today, and there were varied reports about where the two sides stand as the season draws closer.

Anyone who has followed recent labor disputes in professional sports will tell you that information about the negotiation process can go from good to bad to worse in the course of a few hours.

Zac MacMath heading to Colorado?

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Tweets from Steven Goff and Kevin Kinkead indicate Zac MacMath could be headed to the Colorado Rapids.

The goalkeeper situation with the Philadelphia Union could be getting a bit clearer in the very near future, according to Steven Goff and Kevin Kinkead.

Getting word goalkeeper-heavy @PhilaUnion preparing to trade @ZacMacMath (95 league starts past 3 years) to @ColoradoRapids

— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 5, 2015

RE: the Goff report, I've heard it may be a loan to Colorado.