Martin Shatzer

  • joined Dec 18, 2009
  • last login Jul 02, 2014
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I have been attending D.C. United matches since 1996, and blogging about them since 2007.

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Raphael Augusto Earns Mixed Reviews In MLS Debut


Our 21-year old Brazilian midfielder earned his first MLS minutes on the largest stage imaginable. He did some nice things, but showed some weaknesses as well.

Injuries Too Much For United To Overcome at BBVA


D.C. United has been dealing with adversity throughout this playoff run. But with Pontius, Saragosa, and McDonald all going down, can United continue to survive?

GameThread (1of2): D.C. United Vs. Houston Dynamo


We're just two matches away from the 2012 MLS Cup. Can D.C. United get there? They're the highest seed remaining, but somehow still not the favorite.

These Are The Games In Which Legends Are Born


The list of D.C. United legends is a long one. Today we welcome two new young players to that list.



In a wild end to a wild series, United came out on top. But only after a Bill Hamid red card, a penalty kick infraction with an ensuing save from Joe Willis, and a magical assist from Robbie...

Let's Try This Again: DCU vs. NYRB GameThread


The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat on the bus all that cold, cold wet day.

DCU vs. NYRB Match Postponed, United Screwed Again


Since no one could have predicted that a snowstorm would hit New York, MLS elected to postpone tonight's MLS playoff match.

2nd Leg GameThread: D.C. United Vs. NYRB


The 2012 season will end tonight for either D.C. United or the New York Red Bulls.

Please Write D.C. United Off Again. Please!


Many observers aren't giving D.C. United a chance to win on Wednesday night. But this team has been written off before...

Andy Najar's Red Card Was Totally Unnecessary


Rather than debating whether or not Andy Najar actually intended to hit the referee with the ball, let's instead make sure that we realize that the whole thing was totally unnecessary.

United Can't Overcome Mistakes In Playoff Draw


A missed penalty kick by Chris Pontius, a weak swat by Bill Hamid, and a red card from Andy Najar. If not for these things, United would be leading the series heading into New York. But the series...

Playoff GameThread: D.C. United vs. Red Bull NY


We're here to discuss United's first playoff match in five years with you. And we have a proposal for how to give United its 2nd place advantage back.

Predicting Olsen's Strategy For A 2-Game Series


Since D.C. United hasn't reached the playoffs in five years, its difficult to predict how Ben Olsen will pick his lineups from Saturday and Wednesday.

Vote For United's October 2012 Player Of The Month


United went 2-0-1 in October, with five goals being scored by five different players. So who is the player of the month?

B&RU's 2012 MLS Cup Predictions


If there's one thing that the Black And Red United writers can agree on, it's the idea that homerism is not something that needs to be hidden.

MLS Playoff Schedule For D.C. United


D.C. United faces a familiar opponent in its first trip to the playoffs since 2007. The hated Red Bulls will host the opening leg of this playoff series, with the second round coming at RFK Stadium.

Our Votes For The 2012 MLS Awards


After finishing second in the Eastern Conference, D.C. United has several players with a good chance of wining MLS Awards. Here's our ballot.

D.C. United Ties Chicago Fire, Secures 2nd Seed


It wasn't a win, but a tie was all that D.C. United needed against the Chicago Fire, thanks to some incredible stops by Bill Hamid, and the always maddening play of Lionard Pajoy and Branko Boskovic.

GameThread: D.C. United Vs. Chicago Fire


Both teams are already in the playoffs, and depending on some other results, it might actually benefit both teams to play for a draw. But does anyone really think they will?

Going Behind Enemy Lines Of The Chicago Fire


Before the MLS Playoffs begin, we still have one match, and it's an important one. Can D.C. United hold off the Chicago Fire for second place in the East?

Which Team Would You Prefer To Face D.C. United?


Do we want the MLS Playoffs feature a rematch of this Saturday's game between D.C. United and the Chicago Fire? Or would we prefer a matchup against the Houston Dynamo or New York Red Bulls?

Playoff Scenarios For D.C. United


All five teams in the Eastern Conference may have already clinched their spots in the playoffs, but the seeding has not yet been decided. D.C. United could finish anywhere between first and fourth.


D.C. United Brings Back The Blackout

With all the talk of D.C. United missing the playoffs each of the previous four seasons, its sometimes too easy to forget that this team actually a long playoff history before that point.

D.C. United Beats Columbus Crew, Clinches Playoffs


Even before the game-winning goal was scored by Lewis Neal, this was the best match that D.C. United has played in two months. Or at least certainly the most memorable.

Share Your Reaction To Lewis Neal's Clinching Goal


Whether you were at RFK Stadium or not, we'd love to hear how you reacted to the gamewinning stoppage time goal that put D.C. United back in the playoffs. Please share your story!

GameThread: D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew


Its the most important game in at least three years for D.C. United. A tie clinches a playoff spot. A win clinches a home playoff game.

United Clinches 4th Place With A Win Tonight


Its been well-reported that a tie against the Crew would clinch a playoff spot for D.C. United. But there's more to it than that. Plenty is riding on tonight's game.

The Crew Have A Weakness That United Can Exploit


The Columbus Crew have a weakness that D.C. United might be able to exploit. And all it would take is a shift in formation. But does Ben Olsen have the cajones to do it?

How The CONCACAF Hexagonal Will Affect D.C. United


Which members of D.C. United might miss some time next season during the Hexagonal? How much should we fear a repeat of this year’s injury to an important player while playing for his national team?

Why Do We Hate Lionard Pajoy?


We all loved Danny Cruz's tenacity and personality, but we shouldn't hold that against Lionard Pajoy. So why do we hate him so much?

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