Formations & Tactics

In-depth analysis of D.C. United's on-field form
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DCU Advancement To-Do List

Overcoming a 2-0 deficit is a big challenge, but United can do it if they check off everything on this list.

DCU Advancement To-Do List

Overcoming a 2-0 deficit is a big challenge, but United can do it if they check off everything on this list.

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Scouting Report: Montreal Impact

It's important for United to note the distinction between an opponent being in last place and that opponent being the worst team out there. Montreal is the former, but they can't be called the latter.

Scouting Report: Montreal Impact

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It's important for United to note the distinction between an opponent being in last place and that opponent being the worst team out there. Montreal is the former, but they can't be called the latter.

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Scouting Report: Sporting Kansas City

KC looks tired and vulnerable, but United should expect them to give everything to stop a long streak of poor form.

Scouting Report: Sporting Kansas City

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KC looks tired and vulnerable, but United should expect them to give everything to stop a long streak of poor form.

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Scouting Report: Philadelphia Union

Philly has changed a lot since we last saw them back in May, and are a more formidable outfit these days.

Scouting Report: Philadelphia Union

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Philly has changed a lot since we last saw them back in May, and are a more formidable outfit these days.

Scouting Report: Chicago Fire

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The Chicago Fire have been definitively mediocre all season, but they're tough to beat at home and will come into this game needing to win to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

Scouting Report: NY Red Bulls

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MLS's original rivalry is back for the second time in less than two weeks, but the Red Bulls may look quite different tonight than they did in losing 2-0 at RFK Stadium.

Scouting Report: Vancouver Whitecaps

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Playing on the Pacific coast on turf is never an easy assignment, but there are good reasons to believe that D.C. United can go to BC Place and get a result of some sort against a Vancouver...

Scouting Report: LA Galaxy

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For D.C. United to get another huge road result, they're going to have to dictate how the game is played as well as take advantage of some LA Galaxy weaknesses that Bruce Arena's side has hidden...

Scouting Report: Sporting Kansas City

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In some ways, it's the same old KC. However, an enforced rotation has made Sporting's lineup hard to predict, and fixture congestion isn't helping their cause. For D.C. United a win at Sporting...

Scouting Report: Waterhouse FC

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United is back in the CCL after 5 years away, & they'll open their slate in Group 4 against Jamaica's Waterhouse FC. The Kingston-based side shocked most observers by winning 2-1 at Tauro FC on...

Scouting Report: Colorado Rapids

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DCU faces a Colorado Rapids side that has played several formations, given starts to most of their roster, and has given those players many different roles. However, the same flaws keep popping up,...

Scouting Report: Real Salt Lake

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Both D.C. United and Real Salt Lake will have key attacking players going against stand-in players due to key defensive suspensions. The team that can hide their temporary weakness the best will...

Scouting Report: Houston Dynamo

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The Dynamo have made some big new additions, which should let them play a more optimal. Still, there are major vulnerabilities in central defense for D.C. United to attack, and this is a great...

Scouting Report: Toronto FC

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DC United hosts a TFC side that will be missing 3/4 of their normal back four & is also coming off of a 2-1 home loss to a team that was playing down a man. It's not a must-win, but it's definitely...

Scouting Report: Chivas USA

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Last year, this was a pairing everyone knew would produce an awful game, but these are actually two good teams right now. United needs to get the details right to shut down Cubo Torres and Chivas USA.

Scouting Report: San Jose Earthquakes

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San Jose is at the foot of the Western Conference, but the Bay Area has never been a happy hunting ground for D.C. United. That said, fans are well within reason to demand a third straight road win...

Scouting Report: Toronto FC

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Last year, this fixture was a garbage game. In 2014? It's a match between two Eastern Conference contenders. Toronto FC's counterattacking style is going to be tricky to overcome, but United might...

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