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Editor at Black and Red United, SB Nation's DC United blog. Soccer addict. DC United supporter from the moment MLS announced there would be a team in DC. USA supporter from the moment I was informed that we had such a team. I might have kicked you while playing indoor soccer, and I do not apologize for doing so.

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Scouting Report: Columbus Crew

United has come a long way since losing to Columbus in the season opener, but is it far enough to make up for the gulf between the two sides that night? We're looking at what makes Columbus so good, and just what United can do about it.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Swearing's my release

Intricate games, resurgent goalkeepers, the first leg of the CCL final, odd youth tournaments, slaps on the wrist, and beards. I promise, this involves D.C. United. It's also B&RU's open thread for the day.

Scouting Report: New York Red Bulls

Two teams that have yet to truly impress face off in the first Atlantic Cup match of 2014. The New York Red Bulls have been something of a jumbled mess so far, but they've still got enough star power to be a very dangerous team.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: A girl named blahblahblah

United is hootin', hollerin', and dominatin' the USL. The Washington Spirit is practicin'. Beckham is profitin'. MLS is expandin'. All that plus my guarantee that the g-dropping nonsense will stop now.

Scouting Report: New England Revolution

As of last week, New England were arguably worse than United in 2014. However, a fluky, last-minute win in San Jose has probably boosted spirits, & their defense looks about as solid as it was last year. Can United find a way to win?

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: 361 forever!

D.C. United updates, USMNT updates, UEFA Champions League results, a new beer, and laffs. This is B&RU's open thread for the day.

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

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?

Scouting Report: Chicago Fire

DC United will be under intense pressure to get a win over a Chicago Fire team that is still sorting itself out after changing their coach, their formation, & an influx of players who have a different approach.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Look in your heart!

Today in hot Freedom Kicking action: United, TFC, a takedown of the Revs, odd injuries, major trophies being won with two months left in the season, shoes, and the Coen brothers.

Scouting Report: Toronto FC

Toronto FC has plenty of things (rejuvenated fan base, top-notch new signings, even the weather) in their favor for tomorrow's match. However, none of that means that D.C. United should assume defeat against a team that still has plenty of flaws.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Expletive

Wednesday's Freedom Kicks involve United, kids who want to play for United, voters, recruiting, friendlies, disappointment, and predictable results. This is B&RU's open thread for the day.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Hey you guys!!!

D.C. United is trying to improve, parking costs, multiple Champions Leagues, Iditarod, and the chance to see a sensational movie for free. I know it's beautiful out - or at least, it will be for a while - but for freedom's sake read these links.

2014 EC Preview: Toronto FC

B&RU's Eastern Conference preview ends with a look at what has been for years the conference's running joke: Toronto FC. However, now they have guys like Michael Bradley and Jermaine Defoe. TFC in the playoffs? If not now, then when?

Scouting Report: Columbus Crew

There are no must-win games in week one, but starting the season with three points against the Columbus Crew would be huge for D.C. United. Can United take advantage of a team transitioning to a completely new style of play?

2014 EC Preview: Sporting Kansas City

In the penultimate B&RU preview of the East, we take a look at the defending champs. Sporting Kansas City didn't add any big names, but in keeping the band together & content they probably had a good offseason anyway. Can they improve on their 2013?

2014 EC Preview: Philadelphia Union

Our look around the East moves on to the Philadelphia Union, who made some big moves after escaping salary cap purgatory. Their expensive midfield additions addressed an obvious problem, but did it come at the cost of their previously solid defense?

2014 EC Preview: New York Red Bulls

B&RU's Eastern Conference previews continue with a look at the Red Bulls, who are coming off their first trophy-winning season ever. However, after an offseason that saw them lose several starters, Mike Petke's attempts to repeat will be difficult.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Soccer soon!

A nearly 100% United-centric Freedom Kicks, with the major exception being the replacement referees who will trigger Ragnarok through their mishandling of MLS games.

2014 EC Preview: New England Revolution

Continuing with B&RU's look at the East, we're examining the prospects of the New England Revolution. Jay Heaps did very well with a young team last season, but has some major issues to overcome if he wants them to repeat or improve on 2013.

2014 EC Preview: Montreal Impact

Next up in B&RU's look at the rest of the East: The Montreal Impact. Despite making the playoffs, Montreal ended up making a coaching change rather than upgrade their roster. Will it be good enough for them to improve on 2013's inconsistent showing?

2014 EC Preview: Houston Dynamo

Houston is up next in B&RU's look around the East. Dominic Kinnear has assembled the same sort of roster as in past years, but the strengths and weaknesses have shifted to different points on the field. Could this be a down year for the Dynamo?

2014 EC Preview: Columbus Crew

In the second installment of B&RU's look around the Eastern Conference, we take a look at the Columbus Crew. There's a new coach, a new mindset, and a remade back four. Is it enough to improve upon last season's disappointment?

2014 EC Preview: Chicago Fire

We start B&RU's look around the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Fire because of the alphabet. Frank Yallop has changed the formation and made several moves, but the Men in Red still look very dependent on Mike Magee.

DCU vs. Battery: Carolina Challenge Cup Gamethread

The Coffee Pot Cup is on the line as D.C. United faces the Charleston Battery in the Carolina Challenge Cup at 7:30pm tonight.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: DCU, UEFA CL, Bill Murray

More news from United's preseason camp, plenty of UEFA Champions League talk, and for some reason a look at what's going on in Ohio. I must be losing my coastal elitist mind.

DC United 2-0 Houston: No seriously, we won a game

It wasn't perfect by any means, but DC United - playing a new 4132 formation - held the Houston Dynamo to few chances and capitalized twice at the other end to defeat the Texans 2-0 in the opening match of the Carolina Challenge Cup.

Ghanaian DM Reuben Ayarna on trial with DCU

We were told United would bring in trialists, and Ayarna - who played college soccer in the US before heading to the Swedish league - is among them.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Zlatan gonna Zlatan

The favorites win in the UEFA Champions League, Florida lets us down again, Brazil weighs the merits of a striker built like most fans rather than like a pro athlete, Spanish tear gas, acceptable DMV weather, and more.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Enjoy Yourself!

Yesterday's Freedom Kicks were focused. Today's will hurtle erratically from subject to subject: USMNT, a brewing referee strike, racists, El Chelis, Rick James, and more!

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