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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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Everyone else likes the 433. Why not D.C. United?

With the Black-and-Red set to start playing preseason games this week, we asked the B&RU editors what formations they'd like to see the team look at. The second part of the series will look at the very fashionable 433.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Brandt Can't Watch

D.C. United plays actual soccer that you get to see tonight! Meanwhile, there are more soccer blogs you should read, the Miami Beckhams take a big step, and we look back on things that were gone before their time.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Waxing Nostalgic

A former DC United stalwart retires, old shoes, and 90s sketch comedy. All that and more as we kick things in the name of freedom.

Scouting Report: Stefano Rijssel

Black and Red United's ChestRockwell -- one of those nerds who watches more CONCACAF Champions League than is healthy -- gives us the lowdown on one of the Sounders' newest players.

DCU still has SuperDrafting to do

D.C. United has two more SuperDraft picks, and they'll make them today at 2pm. Grabbing the next Joao Plata would be a triumph, but merely getting the next Joe Willis would also be a good day at the office.

Jeff Parke, D.C. United, And You: What to expect

D.C. United threw everyone for a loop by trading Ethan White to the Philadelphia for a very different kind of center back in Jeff Parke. A look at what Parke brings to the table and how the Black-and-Red will have to adapt their style of play.

Bradley to TFC should equal Laba to DCU

Toronto FC is about to spend more on Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley than the GDP of most countries, but to do so they're going to have to part with Matias Laba, a young midfielder who would be an outstanding addition for DC United.

MLS Mock Draft: United pick Patrick Mullins No. 1

Lacking goals in a big way, Black and Red United nabs college soccer's top scorer and a local product.

Should DCU Use Allocation Rank On Marco Pappa?

The ex-Chicago Fire midfielder has been released by Dutch top flight side SC Heerenveen, and he's allegedly interested in a return to MLS. The Black-and-Red could use the #1 allocation spot to sign the Guatemalan, but is that the best idea?

Re-Entry Draft: DCU Stage Two Shopping List

Tomorrow's second stage was where most teams were expected to make their big splash. Instead, last week's party got out of hand and now the deepest RED pool ever is looking shallow. Still, there are some nice options for the Black-and-Red's rebuild.

Re-Entry Draft: DCU Stage One Shopping List

MLS's offseason is already underway, but the first big event is the Re-Entry Draft on Thursday afternoon. With the first pick, D.C. United has some legitimately interesting options to strengthen a roster that badly needs the help.

DCU Trade Targets: Much-Needed Attacking Help

United's offense made us all horribly depressed in 2013. Allocation money can't score goals, so here's a list of proven MLS attackers we can bring in without rolling the dice on the international market.

DCU Trade Targets: More Defenders!

D.C. United was often horrendous defensively in 2013. We've already looked at some defenders that could help, but it wouldn't hurt to have a very long list given how badly the Black-and-Red need reinforcements.

Should DCU trade for Eddie Johnson? Well...

The Seattle Sounders are trying to trade USMNT attacker Eddie Johnson. United has the means to make a deal and needs a proven striker, but given how vital landing the right striker is for the Black-and-Red, can the club afford to roll the dice on EJ?

EC Semifinal 2nd Leg Scouting Report

NYRB suddenly looks vulnerable despite hosting the second leg against the Dynamo, while Sporting KC hosts the Revolution needing to do what they've failed to do in each of the past two years: Win a home playoff game with their season on the line.

Playoff Envy: Seattle, Houston advance

D.C. United fans don't have their team in the MLS Cup playoffs, but we're still soccer fans so we should watch. In the first round of this year's playoffs, we saw the home sides win, the referees miss some big calls, and lots of guys get red carded.

Scouting Report: Houston Dynamo

Does United have any chance against an angry, desperate Dynamo side? Probably not, but we're looking into it anyway.

Why DCU Almost Can't Help But Improve In 2014

As part of our You Be The GM series, it's time to take a look at the unprecedented list of benefits coming United's way for being so horrible in 2013.

Scouting Report: Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Kansas City has been very unkind to D.C. United over the past few years, even if the games almost always end in a narrow defeat on the scoreboard. Can the Black-and-Red finally push back rather than spend the whole game on the back foot?

Scouting Report: Philadelphia Union

For some reason, they keep making United play games. Tonight, it's Philly, who are scrambling to cover for suspensions at positions where they lack depth. Maybe just once, DCU can actually play spoiler rather than just talking about doing so.

Thorrington & Jakovic Done For 2013

Our two most injury-prone players are injured, throwing a wrench in Ben Olsen's plans to experiment with his team in these final games.

Scouting Report: Chicago Fire

No matter how much we want to re-live Tuesday, D.C. United is obliged to host the Chicago Fire, a team desperately pursuing the last playoff spot in the East. Here's how United can play spoiler.

USOC Final Scouting Report: Real Salt Lake

United is being given no chance to win the Open Cup at Real Salt Lake, and for good reason. However, RSL's past and some DCU success against narrow, possession-oriented teams could provide a sliver of hope for a team that needs it badly.

TFC 4 DCU 1 Recap: Rey, Reds Rout United

United sent a reserve team to play TFC's best-available eleven, and the Reds took full advantage. Alvaro Rey had a part in all four goals as United's second half performance arguably deserved worse than the 4-1 scoreline indicates.

Scouting Report: Toronto FC

DC United has been awful in 2013, a fact brutally underlined by our failures against the other bottom-dwellers in MLS. Is there any way for United, with one eye on the USOC final, to finally win a game over a team that's basically just as bad as us?

Revs 2-1 DCU: Blown lead, bad ref, worse United

In a game that was an altogether poor advertisement for MLS, United was unable to muster up much of anything against a Revs side that played down to their opposition. Just to cap it off, the ref was somehow even worse than the soccer on display.

Scouting Report: New England Revolution

D.C. United has had little success against anyone in 2013, but the Black-and-Red have played the Revs evenly in three games this season. A look into how United can play spoiler in a rare, rather favorable match-up against the New England Revolution.

Scouting Report: LA Galaxy

The two-time MLS Cup champions visit a historically bad United side needing three points to keep up in the Supporters Shield race. Anything less than DCU's best will result in yet another loss tomorrow night.

Scouting Report: Chivas USA

Both of these teams suck, but this game still counts just as much as beating an MLS Cup contender would. A look at how United can make this game about Chivas USA's flaws rather than our own.

Scouting Report: Those Guys We Hate

The Red Bulls are very predictable in terms of their tactics, but are completely erratic in terms of their form and interest level. How can United make sure the inept version of NYRB shows up?

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