Formations & Tactics

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Scouting Report: Columbus Crew

United has come a long way since losing to Columbus in the season opener, but is it far enough to make up for the gulf between the two sides that night? We're looking at what makes Columbus so good, and just what United can do about it.

Scouting Report: Columbus Crew

United has come a long way since losing to Columbus in the season opener, but is it far enough to make up for the gulf between the two sides that night? We're looking at what makes Columbus so good, and just what United can do about it.

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DCU vs. Metros tactical review: Thank you, CBs!

In a game controlled by the visitors for long stretches, United GK Andrew Dykstra was tested few times, thanks in large part to his center backs.

DCU vs. Metros tactical review: Thank you, CBs!

In a game controlled by the visitors for long stretches, United GK Andrew Dykstra was tested few times, thanks in large part to his center backs.

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Scouting Report: New York Red Bulls

Two teams that have yet to truly impress face off in the first Atlantic Cup match of 2014. The New York Red Bulls have been something of a jumbled mess so far, but they've still got enough star power to be a very dangerous team.

Scouting Report: New York Red Bulls

Two teams that have yet to truly impress face off in the first Atlantic Cup match of 2014. The New York Red Bulls have been something of a jumbled mess so far, but they've still got enough star power to be a very dangerous team.

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Scouting Report: New England Revolution

As of last week, New England were arguably worse than United in 2014. However, a fluky, last-minute win in San Jose has probably boosted spirits, & their defense looks about as solid as it was last year. Can United find a way to win?

Scouting Report: New England Revolution

As of last week, New England were arguably worse than United in 2014. However, a fluky, last-minute win in San Jose has probably boosted spirits, & their defense looks about as solid as it was last year. Can United find a way to win?

POLL: How should D.C. United replace Luis Silva?

Luis Silva's injury against the Chicago Fire has left United with a big question to answer ahead of Saturday's game against the New England Revolution. How do you want to see Ben Olsen cope with the loss of his only experienced midfield playmaker?

D.C United Vs. Chicago Fire: Tactical Review

United improve, but not enough to earn more then a draw against the Fire. The tactical review explores why.

Scouting Report: Chicago Fire

DC United will be under intense pressure to get a win over a Chicago Fire team that is still sorting itself out after changing their coach, their formation, & an influx of players who have a different approach.

A look at the tactics in DCU's loss to TFC

In which I humbly promise to do my best not to overuse the term "cutting edge," of which the Black-and-Red have none.

Scouting Report: Toronto FC

Toronto FC has plenty of things (rejuvenated fan base, top-notch new signings, even the weather) in their favor for tomorrow's match. However, none of that means that D.C. United should assume defeat against a team that still has plenty of flaws.

Where it all went wrong against the Crew

The easy answer is "everywhere," but where did things really break down for D.C. United in their season-opening loss to the Crew?

2014 EC Preview: Toronto FC

B&RU's Eastern Conference preview ends with a look at what has been for years the conference's running joke: Toronto FC. However, now they have guys like Michael Bradley and Jermaine Defoe. TFC in the playoffs? If not now, then when?

Scouting Report: Columbus Crew

There are no must-win games in week one, but starting the season with three points against the Columbus Crew would be huge for D.C. United. Can United take advantage of a team transitioning to a completely new style of play?

2014 EC Preview: Sporting Kansas City

In the penultimate B&RU preview of the East, we take a look at the defending champs. Sporting Kansas City didn't add any big names, but in keeping the band together & content they probably had a good offseason anyway. Can they improve on their 2013?

2014 EC Preview: Philadelphia Union

Our look around the East moves on to the Philadelphia Union, who made some big moves after escaping salary cap purgatory. Their expensive midfield additions addressed an obvious problem, but did it come at the cost of their previously solid defense?

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2014 EC Preview: New York Red Bulls

B&RU's Eastern Conference previews continue with a look at the Red Bulls, who are coming off their first trophy-winning season ever. However, after an offseason that saw them lose several starters, Mike Petke's attempts to repeat will be difficult.

2014 EC Preview: New England Revolution

Continuing with B&RU's look at the East, we're examining the prospects of the New England Revolution. Jay Heaps did very well with a young team last season, but has some major issues to overcome if he wants them to repeat or improve on 2013.

2014 EC Preview: Montreal Impact

Next up in B&RU's look at the rest of the East: The Montreal Impact. Despite making the playoffs, Montreal ended up making a coaching change rather than upgrade their roster. Will it be good enough for them to improve on 2013's inconsistent showing?

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