Travis Worra

D.C. United

Steve Clark to D.C. United?, Jelle van Damme is going back to Belgium, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/17/2017

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Forbes claims D.C. United's value has increased this past year

Hello! I'm back from Tajikistan [ed. note: this is not a joke, Caitlin just set us up as the #1 American soccer site in Tajikistan] and returning to Freedom Kicks duty. Decent amount of news yesterday so let's get started!

D.C. United signs Hoffenheim midfielder Russell Canouse

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The United States under-20 will immediately compete for playing time at defensive midfield

D.C. United's preposterously busy transfer window continued this evening, as the club confirmed that they had signed Hoffenheim midfielder Russell Canouse. The 22 year old - a former high school teammate of Travis Worra - has signed a multi-year deal after spending over six full years with Hoffenheim of the German Bundesliga.

Blerim Dzemaili stars as D.C. United falls 2-0 to the Montreal Impact

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The Swiss Designated Player produced a goal and an assist for the highlight reel as United were frustrated in Quebec

Despite taking 19 shots and posting a season-high 83% passing accuracy, D.C. United were defeated 2-0 by the Montreal Impact tonight at Stade Saputo. Swiss Designated Player Blerim Dzemaili, in a man of the match performance, produced a goal of the year candidate in the 21st minute to put his side ahead, and then produced a glorious pass to set up Chris Duvall for a second two minutes later.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact staff and reader predictions

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Win, lose, draw? No, seriously, we don't know.

Ah, yes, a clash of the bottom feeders. Tomorrow, D.C. United (second-to-last in the Eastern Conference) take on the Montreal Impact (last in the Eastern Conference), in what will probably not be a particularly beautiful game but through which we will all suffer anyway.

D.C. United survive Christos FC scare, move on in US Open Cup

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Christos took a first half lead but D.C. came back to win.

D.C. United had an early scare against Christos FC in the US Open Cup, but the Black-and-Red eventually did enough to get past the amateur side to move on to the Round of 16. Mamadou Kansaye gave Christos the first half lead with a wonderful free kick, but his effort was canceled out by Julian Buescher in the first half.

D.C. United vs. Montreal community/site player ratings

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After a surprising win? A disappointing loss, and your ratings.

Nobody (well, almost nobody?) expected D.C. United to come out of Georgia last Sunday with a win, and they got one. They then came home to RFK to kick off the first of 3 home games against the lowly Montreal Impact. Simple task, right?

Bill Hamid out for six weeks with knee surgery

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For the second preseason in a row, Bill Hamid will not participate

As first reported by Steve Goff, D.C. United and US Men's national team goalkeeper Bill Hamid had surgery on his right knee on Monday. We can further confirm that Hamid had arthroscopic surgery on the knee, which he aggravated during preparations for the national team camp.

D.C. United’s 2017 depth chart: Goalkeepers and defenders

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The first of a two-part series looking at United's whole roster heading into the MLS SuperDraft

Now that 2017 is underway, it's time to take stock on what we have, what can improve, and what we need. For D.C. United, that means looking over the whole roster and putting together a depth chart.

Sporting Select Dykstra in Re-Entry Draft

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Sporting KC made a single move in Thursday's second stage of the re-entry draft, selecting goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra formerly of DC United. Sporting KC will now has the rights to make a bona fide offer to Dykstra over the next seven days.

Dykstra is a eight year MLS veteran having played with the Chicago Fire and DC United in career along with stints on loan to the Charleston Battery and Richmond Kickers.

D.C. United season review: Travis Worra

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The man who rose most on the depth chart gets a look.

Signed as an undrafted free agent at the beginning of 2015, Travis Worra appeared on the bench of D.C. United's 2015 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal campaign, backing up Andrew Dykstra as Bill Hamid was out because of offseason surgery.

D.C. United fall to Fort Lauderdale Strikers in penalties in US Open Cup

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After a scoreless 120 minutes, the NASL side prevailed 4-3 in penalty kicks

D.C. United crashed out of the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, as the NASL won 4-3 on penalties. 120 minutes of scoreless soccer between the two sides meant penalties, where United lost when Luciano Acosta had his effort saved, and Jared Jeffrey hit the bar.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union Player Ratings

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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).

#RivalryWeek: Union score late to defeat DCU

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Richie Marquez's late goal propelled the Union past rivals (I said it!) D.C. United.

The Philadelphia Union's Heineken Rivalry Week (oh yea) clash with D.C. United was a total snoozer, but Richie Marquez scored late to save his side from a fourth-consecutive draw. The win sees the Union rise to first place in the Eastern Conference, a position with which they are quite familiar at this point.

D.C. United 2016 salaries released

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Some surprises, good, bad or otherwise.

The MLS Player's Union released the list of player salaries as of May 15. Notable names over MLS include salaries for Tim Howard ($2,100,000 base compensation) and Jermaine Jones ($600,000) of the Colorado Rapids, recently acquired New England Revolution forward Kei Kamara ($1,000,000) and once almost-D.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Allayed on the Anacostia

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Recaps of D.C. United, the last weekend of European club soccer, a Swansea update and Matthew McConaughey grunts.

Hi. I'm at a work meeting today, so some of these things may have been covered already. If not? Hooray!

Recaps of D.C. United's 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls from us (and more from us here), MLS (and more from them here) and the Washington Post.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls Player Ratings

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We play America's favorite rating game.

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?

D.C. United find right mentality in win over New York Red Bulls

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Struggling with inconsistency through the first 10 games of the season, the Black-and-Red got everything right in their 2-0 win over their Atlantic Cup rivals

Finishing out a stretch of five in six games at home, D.C. United went into Friday's game against the New York Red Bulls needing all three points in hopes of right their season.

Travis Worra, Blas Perez, and Philadelphia Union: Freedom Kicks for 12 May 2016

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Soccer, go!

With D.C. United playing the New York Red Bulls tomorrow, there are plenty of stories about the team swirling out there. Let's dive in, shall we?

D.C. United closing in on full fitness ahead of New York Red Bulls clash - Black And Red United: Bill Hamid and Fabian Espindola are training at full speed, and Alhaji Kamara is getting worked in quickly.

D.C. United closing in on full fitness ahead of New York Red Bulls clash

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Bill Hamid has returned to practice ahead of Friday's battle with the Black-and-Red's oldest rival

It has been a long four months since D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid went under the knife to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. United have had an uneven start to the season, picking up just 10 points through their first 10 games, as Travis Worra has filled in as keeper with the additional loss of Andrew Dykstra to back surgery.

D.C. United vs. New York City FC player ratings

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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.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire player ratings

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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.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution Player Ratings

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We rate players, you can too.

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.

Luciano Acosta makes his mark in 3-0 win against the New England Revolution

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Relegated to the bench of starting the first couple of games this season, the little Argentine scored his first MLS goal to ensure all three points

As the clock wore away for D.C. United against the New England Revolution, it looked like Lamar Neagle's first half penalty kick would be the only tally the Black-and-Red would need for their second win on the season.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC player ratings

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A look at how individual Black-and-Red players did in this weekend's loss to TFC

In a game that saw them rack up evidence that they were "dominating" when they really weren't, D.C. United fell behind after 59 seconds and never recovered en route to a 1-0 home loss to Toronto FC. Despite controlling most of the possession and generating plenty of chances - well, first half chances, anyway - United found TFC's defense either too organized or too acrobatic to equalize.

D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Player Ratings

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We rate player performances so you don't have to. But you can if you want.

D.C. United came into Saturday's game with the Vancouver Whitecaps on a rough week: a member of the District Ultras had been banned for setting off a smoke device, and hours before kickoff it was learned one of its owners is part of a group that will be buying Premier League side Swansea City.

The Last Word on D.C. United's draw with the San Jose Earthquakes: Let's talk about Lucho

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Fans thought they were getting a much-needed central playmaker. So why, with the Black-and-Red struggling to score, is Luciano Acosta only getting in as a sub?

Early Sunday morning, D.C. United trudged off the slippery, untrustworthy surface at Avaya Stadium with what were surely mixed emotions.

D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes Player Ratings

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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.

D.C. United 0-3 FC Dallas: Player Ratings

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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.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Everything is horrible and it's the worst year yet

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Does that cover it?

Confiscate the holidays, as well as the shoelaces and belts, reservation on the latter, if you're into the kinda thing.

Recaps of D.C. United's 3-0 loss to FC Dallas by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here), Washington Post and Goal.com.

Major League Soccer

Sounders are first team in MLS history to win a game after trailing 3-0

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They're also first team in MLS history to erase two three-goal deficits in a single season.

Through 50 minutes, the Seattle Sounders couldn't do anything right. Facing the worst team in the league at home, they were trailing 3-0 and had only managed to take four shots, none of which were on frame.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/16/16

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Happy Monday everyone. It's Rivalry Week as the Union face DC United this Friday, but before that we have some links to get to.

Philadelphia Union News

Armchair Analyst: Union's Keegan Rosenberry is already a defensive monster
MLS ran an article stating what we already, which is Keegan Rosenberry will be rock in the back line for years to come.

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Fantasy Focus: Morales and Values

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More double game weeks, more big scores

With a score of 141 points, #Gio'd led the double game week. Diego Valeri (POR, $10.6) led the team with an armband-aided 32 points on the strength of a goal. Backing him up was Pedro Morales (VAN, $11.1), who scored a goal and added two assists for 21 points, followed up by Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.

Fantasy Focus: A Spanish Villa in New York

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The DGW comes good.

Our overall leader also led the round, as !BL4CKnRED-2014Champ took advantage of the double game weeks to score 129 points. David Villa (NYC, $11.4) wore the armband and scored 42 points on two goals. Lee Nguyen (NE, $11.2) tallied two assists and 17 points, while Diego Valeri (POR, $10.

Fantasy Focus: Weekend Boateng Trip

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A big double game week beckons

The league was led this week by Otten's Army, with a score of 92 points. Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.2) was the captain and led the team with 28 points, scoring two goals. Four players scored 9 points -- Cyle Larin (ORL, $9.2), Lamar Neagle, (DCU, $7.7), Chris Pontius, (PHI, $7.

Fantasy Focus: It's the most Wondoful time of the year

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Is it just me or was the bunch of two-game players kind of a letdown?

Just one team scored more than 100 points, and that was ddoub92, with 101 points. Chris Wondolowski (SJ, $10.9) set the pace with an armband-aided 36 points on two goals. Trailing him was Fabian Castillo (DAL, $10.8), who scored a goal and an assist for 13 points, while David Bingham (SJ, $6.

The Rest

Richmond Kickers battle Charlotte Independence to a 0-0 draw

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Two goals called back kept Richmond from securing three vital points

The Richmond Kickers saw their prospects for a home playoff game dwindle Wednesday as they drew 0-0 against Charlotte Independence at City Stadium. With both teams seeking the top four spot required to host a playoff game, the game was chippy but also low on mistakes.

Union in Colorado, All-Star Ballot time, West Chester at National Amateur Championship, US hosts Bolivia

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Union news ahead of Saturday's game against the Rapids. West Chester going for National Amateur title. US hosts Bolivia on Saturday. More news.

Bill Hamid resumes training, could start by end of May

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Well this is nice to see.

Via our own Steven Streff, a welcome update on D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid from Ben Olsen:

Olsen confirms that Hamid is back to training completely. Practiced yesterday and today. #DCU

— Steven Streff (@streffsoccer) May 11, 2016

Of course, this is encouraging news for Hamid, who underwent surgery to fix a lateral meniscus tear in the offseason.

Fantasy Focus: Tell your girl like Doritos that's Nacho cheese

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After a little slump, he's back with a vengeance

As we prepare for another double game week, Amish Rakefighters led this round with a score of 92 points. Captain Didier Drogba (MTL, $11.8) led the team with 32 points, aided by a goal and two assists, while his teammate, Ignacio Piatti ($10.

How close are D.C. United players to being replaced?

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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.