Watch Lucho and Bill do work, as well as some quiet indicators for United at the back
I like winning, as D.C. United did Saturday over New York City FC. But if you're looking for animated moments of a celebratory nature this may not be the post for you. This isn't to say that we hated the win; we don't, but there were some things to take a closer look at.
The Union aim for their first win in seven months when they travel to RFK Stadium on Saturday. PSP previews the match.
United looked their best in 3-2 win over Philadelphia Union
After doing so well during the second half of 2016, D.C. United decided to stand pat for the most part this offseason. Sebastien Le Toux and Jose Ortiz were the two biggest signings, but both appear to be likely substitutes rather than starters.
There isn't much drama at the end of D.C. United's roster
D.C. United has confirmed to Black and Red United that the team has released all of the trialists from the first part of preseason camp, save for Maxim Tissot. Tissot has impressed so far as a potential backup for Taylor Kemp, and Steve Goff has reported that the team has offered Tissot a contract.
Taylor Kemp, central midfield, and OCSC's issues are all up for discussion
There have been a few big nights or important periods of time for D.C. United, and the returns have been, like much of this 2016 season, iffy at best. That season-opening trip to Queretaro? 70 surprisingly good minutes followed by 20 that left United with little chance of making a statement in CONCACAF.
Raters gonna rate.
D.C. United seems to be alternating between wins and losses with each week these days, having yet to go on a win streak in 2016. When they beat the New York Red Bulls last week, in retrospect, a draw or loss was in the cards (speaking as one who predicted a loss, cough cough).
We include animated internet files to entertain and amaze.
D.C. United ran into a Philadelphia Union squad that was unbeaten in their last four, albeit 3 of those were draws. It certainly didn't make their 1-0 stoppage time loss to the Union any easier to swallow, particularly as we head into the summer months.
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?
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D.C. United needed to get back on track after their loss to New York City FC, and in beating the New York Red Bulls by a 2-0 margin, it may not completely wash away the existing sins of the Black-and-Red, but anytime you beat a rival, it sure does feel nice, doesn't it?
We examine the Black-and-Red's night through the wonders of subjective numbers.
D.C. United came into Sunday night with Chris Rolfe added to the injury report next to Fabian Espindola, though in theory, facing a New York City FC defense that has a few holes in it, the probability for some goals should have been certain.
Taking a numerically subjective look at Saturday's match.
D.C. United went to Illinois to play a Chicago Fire side who had two weeks since their last match with the Chicago Fire and will have 10 more days before their next game, a midweek clash at the Vancouver Whitecaps. They were missing a couple of key offensive pieces to boot.
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D.C. United faced a New England Revolution side Saturday who was in desperate need of a win as well. D.C. played decently and similar to their win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, they scored an early goal and cinched the game over the Revs late in the second half en route to winning 3-0 over Jay Heaps' side.
We attach numbers to how each player did. Chime in with yours.
D.C. United was searching for their first win of 2016 going into their first game Avaya Stadium against the San Jose Earthquakes and now...they're still searching for it after their 1-1 draw Saturday night, with a late goal from the hosts that resulted in shared points on the night.
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A Defender named 'Shooter'? Meet D.C. United's Taylor Kemp | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WJLA: A nice interview with Taylor Kemp from the new broadcast partner.
In which we sort things out from the rubble.
D.C. United was facing an FC Dallas team Saturday that was missing most of its defense yet still retained its offense. In an attempt to jumpstart the productivity of some starters there was some minor juggling, but the resulting 3-0 loss left a lot of salt to go with some sour.
Back for the fourth year in a row, the Richmond Kickers start play this weekend
USL starts play this weekend, and for the fourth year in a row D.C. United will be sending players to the Richmond Kickers. This affiliation has helped players like Travis Worra, Taylor Kemp, Jalen Robinson, Collin Martin, and plenty more get valuable playing time and prepare to challenge for the United first team.
We do the rating thing again.
D.C. United came into their home opener with the Colorado Rapids with a dominant record over the Rapids at RFK both over Major League Soccer's 21 years and in recent memory. So while many would (should?) consider a late stage 1-1 draw a disappointment, there is still the whole matter of new players, newish formation, and all that, so let's see what arbitrary ratings look like?
In which we try to concisely sum up how each Black-and-Red player did Saturday.
D.C. United was on the West Coast Sunday night, so it was only fair that they come back to the East Coast and play on turf on a Saturday afternoon against New England, right? Lots of angst, hand-wringing and general woeing of us came out of the 0-0 draw, but that's one of the fun things in soccer, right?
We put together numbers to names and all that.
D.C. United had come into their third competitive game after being eliminated on a 3-1 aggregate to Liga MX side Queretaro and started off decently but eventually faded against the LA Galaxy, with the 4-1 result surprisingly showing both the last 15 minute collapse of the D.
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.
So close. Steve Birnbaum was robbed 3 times by Volpi, and Taylor Kemp put a dent in the crossbar with that right (!!!) footed shot. Luciano Acosta has the tools to really change some things about the attack. Marcelo Sarvas looked like the 2014 version of himself (albeit a more defensive version) than the player who was nothing special for Colorado last year.
Goals from Yerson Candelo and Edgar Benitez power Queretaro to a 2-0 win, after the Black-and-Red failed to take advantage of their opportunities
D.C. United made it through 70 minutes of scoreless soccer on Tuesday night in Mexico, holding Queretaro and giving themselves a chance to advance in CONCACAF Champions League play for the first time.
With only two days before United take the field against Queretaro, we look at the man wearing #2, left fullback Taylor Kemp.
Nobody is going to call Taylor Kemp the best or even most important piece in D.C. United's attack. He wasn't last year - even acknowledging his six assists - and he's not going to be this year, either.
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.
Two days after Valentine's, D.C. United shows its love for the Richmond Kickers.
The day after the news about Luciano Acosta dropped doesn't mean a let up today. The team has announced that they will renew their affiliation with the Richmond Kickers for two years, providing young D.C. United players with badly needed playing time and providing the Kickers with players that they would not be able to get otherwise.
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 has acquired a fourth round pick as compensation of their discovery claim.
D.C. United has confirmed that they have received a fourth round pick in tomorrow's MLS SuperDraft from the New York Red Bulls and, in a very MLS manner, it was in exchange for D.C. United's discovery claim on Kemar "Taxi" Lawrence.
A position-by-position breakdown of players United might select with the #13 pick on Thursday.
The 2016 MLS SuperDraft is just four days away, and D.C. United should be expected to add a player of some note with the 13th overall pick. Per Ben Olsen himself, the Black-and-Red expect to land "a piece that helps us.
D.C. United has plenty of young players who improved this year.
The Benny Awards continue ever onward, and to day its time to give the Bobby Award, given to the team's most improved player. It's named for once and current D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell, who went from an undrafted rookie to Defender Of The Year in just a two-year stretch.
We look back on a lost season for United's homegrown playmaker.
One of the familiar refrains we've seen in the past few years regarding D.C. United is the idea that Ben Olsen is unwilling to give his youngsters enough playing time. I've never thought that was a completely valid argument. Perry Kitchen was installed as a starter immediately, and United has never wavered over whether Bill Hamid should be the club's first-choice goalkeeper.
Who were the best players statistically for D.C. United this season?
Having already looked at MLS as a whole, let's look more closely at D.C. United. Only players who played for United and were on the roster at the end of the season are included. Players with no stat to show are shaded red in those areas, and the leaders (minimum 750 minutes) in each category are blue.
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.
The season reviews keep coming, this time looking at United's left back.
Taylor Kemp, a spritely 25 years of age, has just finished his third season with D.C. United, as a staple of the back line. He was acquired straight out of the University of Maryland way back in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
In which we start our yearly tradition of handing out awards to D.C. United's players for the past season.
We now begin a tradition started by our esteemed founder, Martin Shatzer: the Benny Awards, which chronicle the best and the worst of D.C. United's season, giving permanent memory to each season in our own little way.
Philadelphia's Keegan Rosenberry one of five players trimmed from Bruce Arena's roster
Keegan Rosenberry won't get a chance to earn his first cap with the United States National Team this weekend after all.
The second-year defender and first-time camp invitee was one of five players released back to their clubs ahead of Sunday's friendly against Serbia in San Diego.
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.
This is the second and final installment of a series imagining what the Union would look like had previous SuperDrafts gone differently. Here's part one.
2013 - Round 2, Pick 7 (26th Overall) Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Devon Sandoval, Forward, New Mexico
Original Pick: Don Anding, Forward, Northeastern
Perhaps more disappointing than any pick the Union had made up to this point was the decision to trade the No.
The Brazilian winger was enigmatic, being the most exciting player on the pitch - when he played.
2016 Summary: Ilsinho gave the Philadelphia Union fans a lot of hope at the beginning of the season. He has an impeccable pedigree, winning a UEFA Cup with Shakhtar Donetsk and representing his native Brazil on their national team, and it was the hope that this would only add to the Philadelphia Union's offensive prowess.
We all know that Ben Olsen loves his players, but are any of them close to making way for another option?
As our own Steven Streff reported, Ben Olsen does not see wholesale changes to the lineup coming anytime soon. The starting lineup against the New England Revolution will almost undoubtedly be the same group as those who took the field against Toronto FC, but hoping that tweaks to strategy and mindset will help this group unlock its potential.
It is awards season around B&RU, and we start off with the award for the team's most underrated player.
We kick of the 2014 edition of the Benny Awards as we always do, with the Richie Award. It is named named defensive midfielder Richie Williams, whose contributions were often overshadowed by names such as Marco Etcheverry, Raul Diaz Arce, and Jaime Moreno, but who was an important part of those early teams.