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stephen.whiting

  • joined Jun 12, 2012
  • last login Jul 11, 2014
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Contributing editor at Black & Red United. I write about the context within which MLS games are played--schedules, attendance, stadium issues, fan experiences, etc. Writer of weekly "The Last Word" column, and writer of monthly "Setting the Stage" column. Itinerant fan of D.C. United. Lived in DC at the start of MLS, moved away, moved back, and now live in Las Vegas.

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TLW: "Corner kick! THIS IS IT! THIS IS THE ONE!"

DCU beat TFC, responding to the summons of one of our readers. NEAL! and Kitchen were the instruments of this wizardry, while DeLeon and Hamid set the foundation for victory. Now, DCU's flying high in the standings and has a respectable road record.

World Cup Quarters Are Here! GER v FRA, BRA v COL!

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No you haven't died, but yes today is soccer heaven. We've reached the quarterfinals, and all 4 teams in action today could win the tournament if they either keep playing well or if they finally play up to their talent (looking at you, Seleção).

Setting the Stage: DCU Faces a Pivotal Month

Been focused on the World Cup? Well, get caught up on everything you need to know as MLS gears back up for the month of July.

The Last Word: Seattle Beats DCU Playing Ball

D.C. United dominated statistically, but lost on the scoreboard. We're familiar with this approach, but we're not used to it being used against the Black-and-Red this year.

It's a CONCACAF vs. UEFA Doubleheader!

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The world's eyes turn to CONCACAF today, as Mexico and Costa Rica take on former European Champions Holland and Greece respectively. Prepare to meet your new daddy, UEFA!

Andy Najar plays today! And some guy named Messi.

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Today we will see the best player in the world, and our favorite former D.C. United player. Three games total are on tap in a World Cup that is living up to all the hype early in the tournament.

Depth Emerges for D.C. United

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D.C. United's depth was on display in a decisive 4-2 over the Montreal Impact. And that depth will be needed in two week when the team takes on the Seattle Sounders in a matchup of the league's top two teams.

The Last Word: 3 Things to Remember from DCU v CLB

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D.C. United ventured into the strange and wonderful state of Maryland on Saturday to play in a doubleheader along with the defending World Cup champions. Much was hoped for, but little was actually memorable--except for three items.

Setting the Stage for June: DCU, MLS, USOC, & WC14

Join us as we take stock of the MLS season, and look ahead to one of the most glorious month's of soccer any fan could hope for. And, with DC United playing well, the sky is bluer, our jokes are funnier, and we may all just be better looking as well.

The Last Word: DCU Beats SKC Playing Benny-Ball

Benny-ball is working in 2014. It's not always pretty, it leaves us fans wanting more, and it's been mistaken for poor officiating, but the positive results continue to pile up.

The Last Word: DCU Takes 2 Steps Forward, 2 Back

There were positives for D.C. United on Saturday night against the Montreal Impact, but there were also negatives. In the end, United managed to salvage a point, but later in the season they will likely regret the two points which got away.

The Last Word on United v Union: Back to Normalcy

With their win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night, D.C. United surpassed two milestones from last year and reminded us they are back to being a typically competitive MLS side.

The Last Word on DCU @ PDX: 3 Times is a Trend

It was late, it was on the other side of the continent, it was raining, D.C. United went down early, then tied the game, went down again, tied it again, then they entered the last minute and lost focus. And now it's a trend.

Setting the Stage for May: Good News Raining on DC

So, this is what it feels like to have fun looking back at the past month's MLS action and ahead to the upcoming month's. It's good news for D.C. United (with the exception of attendance), so let's dive right in.

The Last Word: All Hail the Black-and-Red!

I come in praise of D.C. United. For praise is what they deserve following their comprehensive 4-1 win on Saturday night. And that sound at game's end wasn't just the crowd cheering, it was also the ghost of 2013 being kicked out of RFK.

The Last Word on #CLBvsDC: A Template for Success

It was close. Oh so close. Until D.C. United gave up a late goal. But, they still left Crew Stadium with a result many fans would have gladly accepted entering the weekend. And they did it using a template we will likely see the rest of the season.

The Last Word: "We're in a results business"

Of all people, Mike Petke provided clarity for D.C. United on Saturday night's result and the early 2014 season to date.

Here's why Ben Olsen will continue to start Davy Arnaud

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Here's why Ben Olsen will continue to start Davy Arnaud: "I know when I leave a spot and try to go put pressure on a ball and try to go forward, I know Perry is going to be there to cover and vice versa," Arnaud said on Saturday evening. "I told Perry, I know he has the tendency to sit a little bit more, but I told him in the right moment to go ahead because I'm comfortable covering for him as well."

DC United's Perry Kitchen continuing progress, aims to be one of MLS' best holding midfielders | MLSsoccer.com

The Last Word: DCU + Winning = Progress

Progress. It's a word we've talked a lot about since the beginning of 2013. Now it seems real, and the results were evident on the scoreboard Saturday night for D.C. United. And the best part is even more progress can still be made.

Setting the Stage for April: MLS and DCU Preview

The opening act of the 2014 MLS season is over, and we tell the story using interactive dataviz charts. We also look toward April to see what's in store for D.C. United and the rest of league.

The Last Word: D.C. United's Defense Must Improve

Following a D.C. United match defying easy explanation, there are a lot of last words to be said. This post is longer than usual, but it won't be complete until you chime in with your last word in the comments section below.

The Last Word: DCU's Still Not There Yet

D.C. United ventured north of the border to slog it out with the retooled Reds. Toronto's Designated Players and tactics seemed to mesh perfectly, while the Black-and-Red proved they're still not there yet.

The Last Word: DCU's Nightmare Opening Match

Other than the fact that meaningful soccer was being played once again at RFK Stadium, absolutely nothing went as planned Saturday night. It was a nightmare opening, and now the franchise finds itself at a pivotal point.

Setting the Stage for March: How'd DCU Get Here!?!

Let's get ready for Saturday by reviewing a whole host of information that helps to put the start of the 2014 season into context. We've also got interactive data charts and a poll. Let's do this!

MLS Jersey Week--Reviewing All the Leaked Kits

Jersey Week isn't until next week, but it's shaping up to be anti-climatic with all but one of the new kits now leaked on the interwebs. Let's take a look at them all, and rate them using our exclusive B&RU 4-star rating scale.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Wins are Good!

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So, that's what a win feels like!?! Let's break it down with Chad Ashton, plus our daily tour de links around the world of soccer.

MLS Jersey Week--Part III (We Got Ours! + More)

This past week saw D.C. United unveil their new primary kits, and some other teams continued to tease theirs. Let's break it down, and see who's next on our jersey reveal schedule.

Freedom Kicks in Honor of the Presidents

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Happy Washington's Birthday/Lincoln's Birthday/Presidents' Day. In honor of the residents-in-chief of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, let's take a tour around the world of soccer.

New MLS Jerseys--Part II (let's build a schedule)

There haven't been any official jersey releases since last week, so we've compiled an in-progress calendar of the upcoming reveal dates (who's next?). Also, a few teams are teasing (or leaking) their new jerseys.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Olympic Fanfare Edition

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Whatever your Monday morning routine (mine may or may not include checking Olympic curling results), here are some of the weekend's top soccer links to help get your week started.

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