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MLS, USMNT, NWSL, Bundesliga, & more: Freedom Kicks for 6/20/17

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Plus: a special appearance by a very special animal.

Happy Tuesday! I've got a full slate for you all today, so let's get to it.

DC United's Star Muslim Goalie Balances Faith with Soccer | VOA

Brief profile on our man Bill Hamid.

World Cup status more secure, U.S. soccer shifts attention toward Gold Cup | The Washington Post

Some of Goff's thoughts on what Bruce Arena's Gold Cup roster may look like.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Trending Upwards?

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Recaps of wins, bugs at Inter Milan, and Samuel L. Jackson cursing.

Two of three won, one goal (an early brainfart) in three games. Saturday was fun for a myriad of reasons. More of that against the Chicago Fire, please and thank you.

Recaps of D.C. United's 3-0 win over the New England Revolution by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) the Washington Post and Goal.

Bill Hamid reportedly to train with English Premier League club

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It's another MLS player "training" stint.

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid is on his way to England for training, according to this report from the Washington Post's Steve Goff. Hamid is reportedly going to be training with English Premier League club Norwich City.

In addition to having one of the least intimidating mascots in the history of sports (They're the Canaries.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Bird-Bombed

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Looking back at the weekend in Colorado, partner club recaps, and about Dunn time for a Spirit player.

Putting this together from the middle seat of a nonstop from DEN-IAD. Pray there are no casualties.

Recaps of D.C. United and their draw with the Colorado Rapids from us, MLS (with more here), Washington Post and CSN Mid-Atlantic.

Washington Spirit

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.

Washington Spirit reportedly shopping Diana Matheson

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Per Steve Goff, yet another Spirit veteran could be out the door

The Washington Spirit's offseason sea change will apparently continue, as The Washington Post's Steve Goff is reporting that the club is on the brink of trading attacking midfielder Diana Matheson. A Spirit original and two-time bronze medal winner with Canada, Matheson is Washington's all-time leading scorer, with 23 goals in her four seasons with the club (to go with 11 assists).

Monday Freedom Kicks: D.C. Soccer, Kings of the World

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Recaps, pride in the D.C. club circuit, and wondering where Hannibal goes next

SO MUCH D.C. SOCCER SUCCESSING!

Recaps of D.C. United's scoreless draw with Toronto FC from us, MLS, The Washington Post and CSN Washington. Waking The Red looks at things from the Moneyball Leaf Sports and Entertainment side of things.

D.C. United

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: Frozen in Carbonite

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We look at the weekend for D.C. United, the Washington Spirit, Orlando sports teams, and Len Bias.

Hi there. Have Chile stopped scoring against Mexico yet? I kid. I also included this picture from Saturday's D.C. United game.

Recaps of D.C. United's scoreless draw with the Houston Dynamo from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and the Washington Post.

Replay This: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 3 June 2016

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Soccer, man.

Friday Freedom Kicks is on.

Post-match quotes: Sounders 2, D.C. United 0 | The Seattle Times: For more colorful post-game quotes, see the laments of the Commentariat in yesterday's Steven Streff piece.

Bundesliga, MLS among competitions to test video replays - Yahoo Sports: I'm afraid that this is going to suck.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Rivalry? Weak.

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Recaps, more Star Wars nights, and Fargo season 3 stuff.

Well it was fun seeing folks on Friday. Adam was particularly enjoying himself, hopefully he managed to get to where he needed to get to over the weekend.

Recap's of D.C. United's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union from us, MLS (with more from them here) and the Washington Post.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Waterlogged

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Recaps of D.C. United, the Spirit, player transfer rumors and Prince guitar solos.

Every time D.C. United play in Bridgeview against the Chicago Fire, it's always a blah experience. I mean, save for a nice goal or a Open Cup win, the weather (rainy and/or windy) is usually horrible. Shame on you Fire, shame indeed.

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.

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.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Stop your moping, Seriously

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Recaps, callups and roundtables.

Not for nothing, but 15k and change on a crap weather day with school spring breaks and basketball to compete with? Not horrible. Anyway, here you go:

Recaps of D.C. United's draw with the Colorado Rapids from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here, as well as a Matt Doyle tactical quick hit), the Washington Post and Goal.

D.C. United goalkeepers, trialists, and FIFA corruption: Freedom Kicks for 17 March 2016

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Soccer, go!

Do I have a pithy anecdote for you? No. Do I wish I did? Sure. Do I usually? No. Happy St. Patrick's Day, and let's just get to the links:

D.C. United loses another goalkeeper: Andrew Dykstra to have back surgery - The Washington Post: After we brought you the fact that Dykstra was having surgery, Steve Goff drops the number: 10-12 weeks out, with the possibility of the team making another move.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Know Travis Worra, Know Clean Sheets

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Recapping and profiling in D.C. United, a Perry Kitchen update and help out some Washington Spirit players.

I did most of this at 6:30am Sunday Morning in Delaware, so expect it to be without complaint and free of tax. Delaware!

Recaps of D.C. United's scoreless draw with the New England Revolution from us (with more from us here), the Washington Post (with more from Goff here), MLS (with more from them here) and UnitedMania.

D.C. United reportedly planning tampering charges against Orlando City

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More details of the strange case of the pursuit of Antonio Nocerino are coming out.

The saga of D.C. United's pursuit of Antonio Nocerino keeps moving forward, and keeps getting stranger by the day. As reported by the Washington Post's Steve Goff, D.C. United reported plans to file official tampering charges against Orlando City SC for interrupting their pursuit of AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino.

Report: D.C. United is nearing a trade for Colorado Rapids midfielder Marcelo Sarvas

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United may be about to take a risk on a talented but aging central midfielder.

The Washington Post's Steve Goff is reporting that D.C. United is on the verge of trading some form of allocation money to the Colorado Rapids for Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas. United's needs in central midfield have been well-known throughout the offseason, as Perry Kitchen has opted to pursue a deal in Europe while Davy Arnaud considers retirement due to concussions.

Super Mario Home Alone III: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 31 July 2015

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Liverpool ghosts Mario. Vegas says RSL hasn't got a chance at RFK. Carli Lloyd will be at the Soccerplex. CONCACAF realizes it has a referree problem.

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. Because he knew it was Friday Freedom Kicks time.

Freedom Kicks for 9 July 2015: USMNT, Concacaf, FIFA, and more links and news

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While D.C. United might be on vacation, we at B&RU are not!

With D.C. United in their midsummer hibernation, we still strive to give you all the news you need. Here we go!

Why USMNT vs. Peru at RFK stadium is a can't-miss game - The Washington Post: Want to see the USMNT without having to go to Landover?

Monday Freedom Kicks: Whoops Doop!

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Recaps, RFK and San Siro love, call-ups, CCL previews, what else is there?

Sometimes, you take the charity given to you, so send a fruit basket to Zach Pfeffer or something I guess.

Recaps of D.C. United's win over the Philadelphia Union from us, The Washington Post, CSN Washington and MLSsoccer.

Freedom Kicks for 14 May 2015: Brad Freidel, Copa America, CCL

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We've got all the soccer news that's fit to print!

Still glowing about D.C. United's win last night, but here is the rest of the soccer news that you need to know. Soccer, go!

D.C. United beat Orlando City SC last night by a score of 2-1. There are match reports from us, MLS, the Washington Post, and the Orlando Sentinel.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: DCU-OCSC Gameday (Heart You Bruce)

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A look ahead to tonight, a look back at Year One, and still love you Bruce.

A rare weekday game day appearance from yours truly. Sound the alarm!

D.C. United vs. Orlando City preview - The Washington Post: Goff gives you some info on tonight, but also mentions the team will be passing on Oumar Ballo.

Monday Freedom Kicks: 3 Points Warm the Soul

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All the gamers you can handle, the best teams in CONCACAF, the return of an old friend and NewsRadio remembrances. Pour some Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor and peruse.

Still trying to get coffee and brandy in and the cold out. It's March 30 for Etcheverry's Sake! Oh well.

Recaps of D.C. United 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 0 by us (with more from Chris Pontius here and from Kofi Opare here), along with more from MLS Soccer, CSN Washington, The Washington Post, District Sports Page and Pontius nets dramatic late game-winner in 1-0 victory over the Galaxy | UnitedMania.

Monday Freedom Kicks: So, 33-1 or Something?

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We give you the recaps we have, wonder if a record was broken, look at the Orange, and Jimmy Kimmel.

Well, hopefully those that went up are the same that came back, safe and sound, from the Dirty Jerz. Everyone's got some work to do, starting now.

Recaps of the game from us, MLSsoccer.

Uh, Ouch? DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 27 February 2015

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The pre-season is squarely upon us all.

Preseason. You can't live with it, and you can't kill it.

D.C. United smashed by Alajuelense, 5-2, in CONCACAF Champions League - The Washington Post: "Smashed." Heebie Jeebies.

Comcast SportsNet, D.C. United announce record TV schedule | Comcast SportsNet Washington: Thank you, Comcast SportsNet.

Frigid Friday Freedom Kicks: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 20 February 2015

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Farfan is pumped for a trip to Costa Rica. Scabs need not apply for any secret MLS replacement list. Wales shows its (Washington) Spirit.

It's so cold I could slice open the belly of atauntaun and just sleep there forever.

D.C. United Preseason Report: Dallas Day 2 | D.C. United: Michael Farfan gets interviewed, and Davy Arnaud smokes an unnamed DCU defender.

Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union and MLS News and notes 1-18-16:l

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Happy Monday Union fans! Check out today's latest news below.

Top three picks of MLS draft feature two Georgetown Hoyas | The Washington Post:
The Philadelphia Union selected Josh Yaro second overall and fellow Hoyas defender Keegan Rosenberry third. It's always nice to have a familiar face when you embark on a new adventure and that's exactly what these two will have.

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.

Report: Union acquire Chris Pontius from DC United

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According to Ives Galarcep, the Union have traded for midfielder Chris Pontius in exchange for allocation money

The Philadelphia Union have acquired midfielder Chris Pontius from D.C. United in exchange for allocation money according to reports from Ives Galarcep of Goal.com. The 28-year-old had been with DCU since 2009, but his playing time has decreased from his 2012 All-Star and MLS Best-XI winning campaign.

The Rest

Report: Boston attorney Gans considering challenging Gulati for U.S. Soccer presidency

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Photo by Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports

For the past three elections, Sunil Gulati has run opposed for the role of U.S. Soccer president, but it appears he may finally face a challenger in the next election.

Speaking to the Washington Post,Steven Gans, a Boston attorney who has worked in soccer in a variety of different roles, says he is considering running in the next election.

Spirit owner Bill Lynch's statement on Rapinoe's comments

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Megan Rapinoe called Spirit owner Bill Lynch homophobic. Lynch insists that the Spirit organization is "absolutely inclusive"

Washington Spirit owner Bill Lynch forcefully responded to Megan Rapinoe calling him "homophobic" after Wednesday night's game in an interview withthe Washington Post'sSteven Goff.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: I am not throwing away my shot

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Oh you know, just some Hamilton. What, you were expecting soccer?

Is it just me, or did not a lot happen yesterday? Or did a lot happen but I missed all of it because I spent too much time talking about Hamilton? I'm sure you'll let me know in the comments.

Two Washington Spirit soccer players escape massive house fire | The Washington Post
If you can, please consider contributing to the GoFundMe campaign.

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.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Rodney (C)Wallace Til I Die

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Looks back at the MLS Cup and the playoffs, the United States Women's stand, and Adele in Movies.

Well that was fun, wasn't it? Fastest goal in MLS Cup history, keeper shambolic-ness, a bunch of stuff, and a former D.C. United and Maryland Terp with the Cup-winner at that. Go check out Stumptown Footy for the MLS Champion Portland Timbers' side of things, and Massive Report for the postmortems from the Columbus Crew SC side.

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.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Agents of (Supporter's) S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Recaps, goalie headers, and Ben's Chili Bowl at Buzzard Point. That last part is hopeful.

Quick shout to the 17,200 that braved that heat at RFK yesterday. You looked and sounded the part. Don't be strangers, K?

Recaps of D.C. United's come from behind win over the New England Revolution from us, MLS, The Washington Post and CSN Washington.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Crew Cut

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Recaps, head injuries, TCHUB for awhile and David Letterman with a Tom Hanks guest appearance.

I don't know why Major League Soccer wants to suddenly not list the team with games in hand as first in the Supporters' Shield but oh well. Also, congrats to Kathryn Nesbitt on working her first game with PRO.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Purple People Beaters

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We give you recaps, a high level look at the US team, updating the Cavalry, and Bob and David.

Top of the Conference and having a laugh, right? Right.

Recaps of D.C. United 1, Orlando City SC 0 from us, MLS, The Washington Post, CSN Washington, UnitedMania and District Sports Page.