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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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The last word on DCU vs Colorado: good or great?

Uh oh. Ben Olsen is about to have a tough decision about which of his talented attacking players won't make it on the field. How he answers this question may well decide whether D.C. United is...

A Photo Tour of Rio Tinto Stadium for DCU vs. RSL

The game wasn't a good one for D.C. United, but our visit to Sandy, Utah, was enjoyable nonetheless. Join us for a photo tour of Rio Tinto.

The last word on DCU vs RSL: Let's not panic yet

D.C. United visited Utah on Saturday and were summarily handed a bad loss by Real Salt Lake. A 2-game losing streak does not a crisis make, but next weekend's game against Colorado is now a...

Setting the stage for August: Now DCU gets busy

July is gone, and it was a month to remember for D.C. United. August, on the other hand, poses the biggest challenge the team has seen in years.

TLW: In praise of DCU's 3-game winning streak

Win three games in a row in MLS and you make a statement. Play well before and after such a streak and you create separation on your rivals. That's what's happening now for D.C. United.

The Last Word: The Golden Age of Bill Hamid


We are witnessing a level of play by Bill Hamid right now which we will fondly look back on in years ahead. This is his golden age, and we should be enjoying every terrific moment of it.

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...

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


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...

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!


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.


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


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...

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


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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


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 |

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...

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 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...

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...

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!

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