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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: 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?

DCU Scouting Report: Toronto FC

This season sucks, and one of the lowest points was Toronto FC's first visit to RFK. Here's how we don't endure that kind of humiliation again.

DCU @ Montreal - TV info & live thread

The Black-and-Red have a chance to play spoiler today, as Ben Olsen's injury-ravaged side will take on the slumping Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo.

Scouting Report: Montreal Impact

D.C. United just played the Montreal Impact a couple of weeks ago, but the kids from Quebec have changed a lot and find themselves under increasing pressure over a once-certain playoff spot. A look into how United can get the better of a slumping - b

DCU Signs Left Back Dennis Iapichino

In an attempt to address a problematic position, D.C. United has signed Swiss left back Dennis Iapichino, who was released by the Montreal Impact last week.

Scouting Report: Philadelphia Union

Get ready for another United-Union match to be more of a fight than a game of soccer. The Union are only a mid-level MLS opponent, but this is a huge mental test for United given recent events for both sides.

USOC Scouting Report: Chicago Fire

Bad news: Our history against the Fire with elimination on the line is horrific. Good news: The new-look DC United of late probably doesn't know anything about that. We're looking into how United can chart a new course against the Fire.

DCU Scouting Report: Montreal Impact

Are the Impact the kind of counter-attacking team that has torn United to shreds this season? Yes. Are they also the sort of patient team that United has had modest success against while playing narrow? Yes again.

About A Goal: Imbongo Equalizes Against Sloppy DCU

DC United held a halftime lead against the Revs, but let the visitors back into the match in a sequence that reveals a lot about how one player can ruin a team's shape as well as a lesson on how not to mark a larger, stronger forward.

Scouting Report: New England Revolution

Every team has that one opponent that inexplicably gets the better of them. For the 2013 New England Revolution, that team may well be DCU. A look at how Ben Olsen's side could extend a modest run of form against the Revs.

Scouting Report: Chicago Fire

The Chicago Fire are usually the bearers of bad news for DCU, but this might be the perfect time to play them. On the other hand, they do still have MVP candidate Mike Magee.

DC United Trades McDonald To RSL

In a move that could end up benefiting all involved, D.C. United has traded center back Brandon McDonald to Real Salt Lake for a 2014 3rd round draft pick and a conditional 2015 pick.

United vs. Chivas Guadalajara Gamethread

Tonight's summer friendly against Chivas Guadalajara is not totally pointless. The new guys could impress. Alam might play. We might actually score a g...hey, where are you going? Guys? Guys? Come back!

Scouting Report: Colorado Rapids

Colorado has won two straight against Eastern Conference high-flyers after a string of poor results, but this may be the only fixture in which channeling the spirit of Danny Allsopp is a good thing for United.

Scouting Report: Seattle Sounders

Seattle loves to use their speed up top to get in behind defenses, (a different challenge than D.C. United has seen lately). On the other hand, without Osvaldo Alonso they might have some midfield difficulties. I'm saying there's a chance.

Scouting Report: Vancouver Whitecaps

Vancouver is 4-1-1 in their last 6, yet still have the vibe of a moderately troubled team. How can D.C. United deal with what is a rather unique opponent in terms of style? Read up on the Whitecaps.

USOC Quarterfinals: DCU Is The New Cinderella

You already know that the Black-and-Red are in the US Open Cup semifinals, but who else is along for the ride?

Bill Hamid Makes The USMNT Gold Cup Roster

D.C. United's starting goalkeeper Bill Hamid will be with the United States national team for this summer's Gold Cup.

USOC Scouting Report: New England Revolution

DC United got a 0-0 draw against the New England Revolution, but that shutout is an aberration for the Revs. In the 2 games before that and the 2 since, New England has 17 total goals. Can United once again shut down the high-powered Revolution?

Scouting Report: San Jose Earthquakes

Good news: The Quakes have fallen almost as far as DCU from 2012 to 2013. Bad news: Their style of play is still one that can expose what United struggles with the most: Simple defending.

USMNT Scouting Report: Honduras

Honduras is shorthanded & throwing angry players off the team. The US is playing their best soccer in ages. Sounds like a mismatch, but los Catrachos are no pushover. A look at how the US can get the better of a Honduran side in a state of disarray.

Scouting Report: Toronto FC

Wait, a team D.C. United has a shot at beating? Believe it or not, this is a thing that exists, and it goes by the name "Toronto FC." A look into how DC can finally - finally! - get back in the win column in MLS play.

USOC Round-Up: Fourth Round Results

We know D.C. United is in the final eight of the US Open Cup following last night's 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union, but who else went through? Black and Red United has you covered.

USOC Scouting Report: Philadelphia Union

In what amounts to the most important game for DCU in 2013, we face the Philadelphia Union (our annual USOC nemesis). If United wants to win what will inevitably be a battle, countering well and denying service to Jack McInerney are among the keys.

Scouting Report: New England Revolution

The Revs used to suck like we do, but in the last 6 weeks they've transformed themselves into one of the hottest teams in MLS. Is there any way for D.C. United to beat a team at the height of their powers?

USMNT Scouting Report: Jamaica

Since Jamaica won 2-1 last September, they and the USMNT have been on opposite trajectories in World Cup qualifying. Looking into what to expect out of Jamaica and how to get the better of a team that has just one goal in the Hexagonal.

DCU Acquires Rochat From Vancouver

D.C. United has sent a 2015 2nd Round SuperDraft pick and a conditional 2016 pick to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for Swiss-Canadian left back Alain Rochat.

Scouting Report: Chicago Fire

Bad news: Chicago is making moves to get better, which means DCU will face guys like Mike Magee instead of, say, Wells Thompson. Good news: The Fire is still just as bad as we are on offense, so we actually have a chance here.

DCU vs Richmond lineup: Go All In For The Open Cup

DC United needs to go full bore in the US Open Cup given that the MLS season has devolved into historically bad territory. How can Ben Olsen balance the importance of this game against the 3-games-in-8-days schedule the Black-and-Red are facing?

Tottenham CB William Ekong on trial with DCU

We can't defend, so finding new defenders is probably a good idea. As such, D.C. United has brought Dutch under-19 national team center back William Ekong, currently with Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League, to the District for a trial.

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