10:19 AM EDT, Fri October 20, 2017
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Bill Hamid, Last Call at RFK, Save The Crew, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/20/2017

Bill Hamid, Last Call at RFK, Save The Crew, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/20/2017

The hits just keep coming We’re only two days from D.C. United’s final game at RFK Stadium, and now it looks like Bill Hamid is about to make his departure from the club official. 2017 has been tough for a lot of serious, real-life reasons, but it’s also been tough for soccer fans around these parts. Saying goodbye on Sunday might be the toughest part of the whole season. Soccer at RFK Stadium: ‘It’s dirty and disgusting and ugly, but it’s ours’ | Washington PostFew people have spent more time at RFK than Steve Goff, and you just knew his article on RFK would be a good one. DC...
16 hours ago
USWNT vs. South Korea 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

USWNT vs. South Korea 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

With only about a year before qualifying starts, competition for spots may begin to heat up The United States women’s national team’s slate of friendlies continues tonight, as they’ll take on South Korea in New Orleans. It’s another game on synthetic turf for the USWNT (which is another stumble from US Soccer) and another game against an opponent that will likely be overmatched. However, with next year containing qualifying tournament for France 2019, each progressive game carries a bit more weight. Key player: Mallory Pugh As a Spirit site, and as folks just in need of someone to...
18 hours ago
Bill Hamid is traveling to Denmark to sign his next contract

Bill Hamid is traveling to Denmark to sign his next contract

The keeper is rumored to be signing with FC Midtjylland Black and Red United has learned that Bill Hamid is headed to Denmark today, where he will sign a contract to play, after deciding not to return to D.C. United. The keeper, who has spent the entirety of his professional career with the Black-and-Red, announced to the Washington Post yesterday that he did not intend to return to United for a 10th professional season. Hamid was not present at practice on Thursday, as the team prepared for their final game ever at RFK Stadium. And according to Steve Goff, Hamid is likely to end up with...
Oct 19, 2017
RFK memories, Bill Hamid’s D.C. United exit, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 19, 2017

RFK memories, Bill Hamid’s D.C. United exit, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 19, 2017

The USWNT face South Korea tonight too! Remembering the sights and sounds of RFK Stadium, a hallowed hall of soccer -MLSsoccer.comJason is interviewed here in an otherwise great piece about RFK. Seriously, it's quite good and you should read it. ‘I want to push myself’: Bill Hamid won’t return to D.C. United - The Washington PostIt looks like Bill Hamid's time in D.C. is coming to a close. Bill Hamid is set to leave D.C. United - Black And Red UnitedD.C. United’s top player has decided ply his trade elsewhere, after nine seasons with the Black-and-Red Mark Sampson: FA sorry over...
Oct 18, 2017
Bill Hamid is set to leave D.C. United

Bill Hamid is set to leave D.C. United

The Washington Post is reporting that United’s longest-tenured player has decided to move on After nearly a decade as a professional with D.C. United, it appears that Bill Hamid’s time with the club is coming to an end. Steve Goff of the Washington Post first tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that Hamid had his sights set on a new destination, followed up by this report. Hamid, who was signed as United’s first-ever homegrown player in 2009, is the team leader in wins for a goalkeeper, saves, and shutouts. When reached for confirmation by Black and Red United, D.C. United declined to...
Oct 18, 2017
Crew to move, Blanc or Big Sam for USMNT coach, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 18, 2017

Crew to move, Blanc or Big Sam for USMNT coach, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 18, 2017

A wild day in soccer news. Happy Wednesday folks. I’m set to head to New Orleans today for the USWNT match tomorrow, but before I do that, let me hit you with the news: Columbus Crew SC reportedly set to move barring new downtown stadium | Massive Report Look, the Michigan native in me wants to laugh. The Texas in me wants to say “Yo, move to Austin, great move for D.C. United.” There’s the implications it has on the expansion bids for Detroit, Cincinnati and San Antonio. But, part of me feels for Columbus Crew SC fans. It’s a terrible thing to have an owner yank your team away...
Oct 17, 2017
A Filibuster farewell to RFK Stadium

A Filibuster farewell to RFK Stadium

With one game left in D.C. United’s first and favorite home, we share some memories D.C. United is done to one last game at RFK Stadium, and we have to give the old rustbucket a proper farewell. Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about our memories of RFK Stadium throughout the years, eulogizing and celebrating the stadium that has held D.C. United through so many ups and downs. We also discuss the opponent for that final game, the New York Red Bulls. Before we get to that, however, we have to discuss the 4-0 loss to the Portland Timbers and the injury to Steve Birnbaum; we especially focus in on...
Oct 17, 2017
Fantasy Focus: At last, the last

Fantasy Focus: At last, the last

It’s all but over The final round is on deck, and after overtaking the leader for most of this season last round, No Name MLS cemented the overall lead by amassing the most points in this round with a score of 131 points. Captain Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $10.8) led the team with a hat trick and an armband-aided 36 points. Meanwhile, Portland’s Diego Valeri ($12.3) scored 18 points on a goal and two assists, while teammate Sebastian Blanco ($9.1) scored 16 points on two goals. The overall lead is now 54 points, which is not insurmountable, but it will take some flawless picking. Positional...
Oct 17, 2017
Columbus Crew to Austin?, Baby Yanks > Grown Up Yanks, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/17/17

Columbus Crew to Austin?, Baby Yanks > Grown Up Yanks, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/17/17

But to be clear, USWNT > all. It seems so long ago that was I looking upon Tuesday Freedom Kicks with a naive sense of excitement about the USMNT and their road to Russia. Was that really just a week ago? Man, sorry to bring it up again, but I’m still not quite over it. Unfortunately today’s Freedom Kicks isn’t totally devoid of World Cup woes articles, but I’ve got some other things for you guys too. Let’s start with something happy: The U-17 USMNT is not terrible! Under-17s Crush Paraguay, on to World Cup Quarters | American Soccer NowSo all may not be totally lost. (crashes...
Oct 16, 2017
USA U-17s coast into World Cup Quarterfinals with 5-0 win over Paraguay

USA U-17s coast into World Cup Quarterfinals with 5-0 win over Paraguay

Tim Weah scored a hat trick to pace the comprehensive victory The USA U-17 team erased all memories of their recent loss to Colombia, and moved on at the World Cup with a 5-0 win over Paraguay in the Round of 16. Tim Weah, son of all-time great George Weah, led the line for the US, scoring a hat trick, including one of the goals of the tournament with his second goal. Andrew Carleton and Josh Sargent also scored, as the US turned a 1-0 halftime lead into a 5-0 rout, with four goals in 24 minutes. Chris Durkin once again started for the US, and once again, played all 90 minutes. However, he...
Oct 16, 2017
PRO’s officiating will get someone hurt if it hasn’t happened already

PRO’s officiating will get someone hurt if it hasn’t happened already

Something has to change In the midst of D.C. United’s loss to the Portland Timbers, a play occurred that led to the 4th and final goal that we wanted to vent about, specifically Jeremy Ebobisse’s challenge on Steve Birnbaum: So, let’s put aside the nature of whether or not Ebobisse’s challenge was dirty (I don’t think it was). Let’s go to Mark Geiger, two-time MLS referee of the year, and some wider coverage of Geiger both at and after the challenge on Birnbaum, starting at the right edge of the screen: That’s about 20-25 yards that Geiger covers, 3-4 seconds after Birnbaum...
Oct 16, 2017
Portland really is Soccer City USA, more USMNT fallout and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/16/17

Portland really is Soccer City USA, more USMNT fallout and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/16/17

Super serial links today, OK? Hi, I’m getting new floors today, and spent most of the weekend moving stuff accordingly. I also tweaked links to avoid moving more stuff. Bring on the muscle relaxers! It was a good weekend for Portland, let’s be honest. Saturday, the Portland Thorns beat the North Carolina Courage 1-0 in the NWSL Final (us, Stumptown Footy and Four Four Two), then Sunday the Portland Timbers beat D.C. United 4-0 (us, Stumptown Footy and MLS). The Timbers Army did some good tifo as per the norm, but here’s the taste in our mouths: Good job on that player safety...
Oct 15, 2017
Second rate D.C. United lose 4-0 to the Portland Timbers

Second rate D.C. United lose 4-0 to the Portland Timbers

Steve Birnbaum’s late injury was cause for concern after a poor game from United Sunday was another night to forget for D.C. United, as they fell 4-0 on the road to the Portland Timbers, who ran away in the second half with three goals. There have been plenty of bad nights for the Black-and-Red this season, but the loss was made all the more worse when Steve Birnbaum appeared to be knocked unconscious in the lead-up to the fourth goal and had to be taken off, leaving United with just 10 players to finish the game. Diego Valeri converted from the penalty spot just before halftime, undoing...
Oct 15, 2017
Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS online

Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS online

The Black-and-Red are in for a major test against free-scoring PTFC D.C. United is, strangely for this point in the season, heading west today to face the Portland Timbers. It’s the last cross-country road trip for the Black-and-Red in this tough 2017 season, and indeed the last one any MLS club will go on in the regular season. Next week’s Decision Day comes with one inter-conference pairing, but the teams involved won’t have to leave the Central timezone. Portland is planning themselves a big party. While there are complicated scenarios that would see them clinch a playoff spot with...
Oct 14, 2017
Portland Thorns battle their way past North Carolina Courage to take 2017 NWSL Championship

Portland Thorns battle their way past North Carolina Courage to take 2017 NWSL Championship

It wasn’t pretty, but the Thorns won via Lindsey Horan’s second half goal The Portland Thorns won their second-ever NWSL Championship today in Orlando, defeating the North Carolina Courage 1-0. Lindsay Horan’s 50th minute goal was the deciding factor in a game short on chances and high on physical play. The two top defensive teams in the league largely canceled each other out, with the Thorns ultimately capitalizing on the only moment either team let their guard down. Neither team produced a surprise in terms of their lineups or formations. Instead, the surprise was that the game...