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Podcast: S3 Episode 16 – Can you believe it?

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Wow! What a week it has been, we’ll be discussing all the latest things that have been going on with DCU, but also England too. Be ready with us and if you have any questions, ask them live on the show!

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Membership – http://bit.ly/DCUKmember
Merchandise – https://dcuk-merch.creator-spring.com/
Theme Song – Mike Stringer – Shake The Rattle – https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/jltVgYTQvn
Outro – FormantX – Uncharted Planet – https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/UnGISl1cBY/
Build up song – Tigerblood Jewel – Minitaur – https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/LWfZ4K5naK/
Build Up Song – FormantX – Destiny Rising – https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/BGlHlMSuB7

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Podcast: S3 Ep15 – It’s Coming Home

After the huge England result in the week, do I need to say anything more than, IT’S COMING HOME!

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Merchandise – https://dcuk-merch.creator-spring.com/
Theme Song – Mike Stringer – Shake The Rattle – https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/jltVgYTQvn
Outro – FormantX – Uncharted Planet – https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/UnGISl1cBY/
Build Up Song – Tigerblood Jewel – Minitaur – https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/LWfZ4K5naK/

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DCU Jersey revealed at NYC Show

Last night saw the #FORWARD25 event in NYC in which all the new jerseys were revealed. Each team had someone who represented their side walk out with the shirt on and of course, for DC United we had our legend, the great Jaime Moreno.

You may have seen the leak from last week, and the jersey was true to that, but here is Ola Kamara donning that shirt.

Image taken by Paul-Michael Ochoa for MLS

As mentioned, Jaime Moreno was at the event and the folks at MLS were there capturing everything and they had an interview with him post event. Here is what was said.

Video courtesy of MLS

Do you like the shirt? I know some of you are not overly happy, what would you have? Drop some comments on social.

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Match Report: CLB 0-1 DCU

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Match Report

After the dismal performance against NYCFC, DC needed to turn it around, and the short amount of time between the games meant that the team didn’t have to needlessly focus too much on the past, and were able to focus on the future. I said after the last match that things needed changing up, and the fact that we lacked pace going forward, Ben Olsen was obviously listening. The teamsheet that was sent out was a 4-2-3-1 with Birnbaum slotting in at left back, but it appeared that we were playing a 3-4-2-1. Reason for the apparent Birnbaum at left back or the 3 CB’s was that Donovan Pines returned to the starting lineup. And boy did he have a match. He was solid, towering above the Crew and sweeping up a lot of balls that managed to work their way through.

1st half wise we were the better side, we had lots of play going forward and looked like we could score multiple goals. Referee was laying down the law early doors though, giving Birnbaum a yellow card for a challenge after 3 minutes had gone. Play was mostly in the final 3rd of Columbus’ half, with great one twos between Arriola, Acosta, Rooney and Rodriguez. They seem to be gelling well together and I would love to see the same going forward into further matches.

The moment of the game came in the 25th minute when Josh Williams brought down Arriola on the edge of the 18 yard box. A foul which he was booked for. Well, I’ll show what happened next.

Wayne Rooney doing what he does best, putting the ball in the back of the net. Some very clever thinking from Wazza on this, I see a lot of players who would have gone for the over the wall attempt and miss, he puts around the wall, ball bounces right by the keeper which makes it difficult and gets it in with plenty of pace too.

After that Columbus decided to go on the offensive and getting Hamid to pull out some amazing saves. They took another 3 attempts at goal, with Hamid needed to make 2 saves.

2nd half however was a different story, a bit one-sided really. Columbus were a huge threat and had identified that our left side was our weaker area. What they didn’t account for was the towering CB’s who dealt with 21 crosses, and only lost 3. That’s a hell of a lot in the 2nd half and just shows how much pressure we were under. Great defensive qualities and we could do with that each and every game. Columbus again made Hamid work too with 2 shots on target and him coming to deal with the crosses. What worked brilliantly for DC towards the end of the game was bringing on Amarikwa. In those final few minutes he controlled possession and used up valuable time doing so. Even Arriola had the last say in the game with Zack Steffen making a save from his effort, you could tell it was a tired attempt though as it trickled towards him.

After that the referee blew the final whistle. The referee himself had some really good points, one in particular for identifying that Hector Jimenez diving in the penalty box and giving him a yellow card for doing so. I’ve seen countless times a ref has not given a penalty for the same thing and not done anything about it. This needs to be more consistent, and not just for fouls in the box but wherever on the pitch.

Man of the Match

For me it has to go to Donovan Pines, he was the official MotM, and I totally agree. For someone who has made his 2nd start in MLS, he looked incredibly comfortable, I’d love to see him start more games and be an integral part of the backline for years to come. He could become a very good player, not just for DC, but for the USMNT.

Do you agree with my thoughts, or have anything to comment, drop that below or send me a tweet. I look forward to debating it with you!

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Match Review: DCU vs ATL

On a wet and chilly evening at Audi Field, MLS Cup champions came to town after the 1st round win in the Champions League. The lineup was as predicted in my match preview with debuts being handed to Jara and Rodriguez. Expecting to be fresher than DC United, it was anything but for the title holders. DCU came out all guns blazing with their new style of play and identity, high pressing, solid defence and a lot of movement up top. Rooney & Arriola showing early doors what this style of play can do by combining well down the right. And then Jara getting involved too by having a chance but Guzan with a well-timed save. 32mins in and Arriola had the best chance of the game so far but ended up putting far wide.
With half-time fast approaching, I tweeted a poll asking if a goal would arrive by half time, 80% said no. Arriola had something to say about that as he tucked in an effort with the last kick of the 45. Well deserved from DCU.
With the 2nd half underway, it was more of the same, whatever Ben Olsen said worked it’s wonders, while you could tell it was the 1st game of the season as tired legs were beginning to show, DC were putting the effort in. Rodriguez with an effort after getting through on goal, but again Guzan with the save. Things turned worse for the former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough keeper as he was what he must feel like, a mile away from saving Acosta’s effort that was straight down the middle of the goal. Yes there was some curl in it, but any keeper would rightly save that one. Things started to ease off, Atlanta were shooting from long range, Hamid making a good couple of saves, but nothing else of note happened. Game finished 2-0 to DCU, and they continue their good record against ATL.

Match Ratings
Hamid – 7 Only needed a couple of occasions, but did what was required
Jara – 7 Solid 1st half, didn’t see much of him in the 2nd
Birnbaum – 8 Kept the ATL attack at bay throughout the evening
Brillant – 8 Same as Birnbaum, just solid at the back
Mora – 7 Good going forward, solid at the back
Moreno – 7 Good passing, got himself about
Canouse – 7 Got forward on occasion, needs to improve finishing
Arriola – 9 Constant threat going forward, creating chances and getting on the scoresheet too
Acosta – 8 Movement off the ball was very good, passing spot on and bagged himself a goal too
Rodriguez – 7 Good debut, great movement up top, good tackling and had a couple of opportunities
Rooney – 7 Didn’t stop, ended up dropping back a bit in the 2nd half so had less chances, the one he did have, he put way over the bar.

Segura – 6 Not much chance of making any headway
Durkin – N/A not enough time on the pitch

Score Prediction – 3-1. I got the goal difference right, and I’d take the actual result of 2-0 over the 3-1, it means that we kept a clean sheet and that means more than the 3 goals to me.