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Shots, blackouts, and FanCams: Freedom Kicks for 16 May 2019

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Soccer, go!

MLS: D.C. United at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday soccer is always weird soccer, and last night’s game in Toronto was no different. What was different, however, was this team’s response to Toronto having somewhere close to 130% of the possession in the game. Outside of a handful of plays, I never had the sense of dread in my gut that a goal was definitely coming (though it helped that Jozy Altidore wasn’t on the field). This team has a solid defense and gameplan, and it is nice to be able to rely on that in a game where you switch up a bunch of players.

To the links!

D.C. United hunkers down to hold off Toronto FC in scoreless draw - Black And Red United: We give you a full recap as well, instead of just a paragraph of my feelings.

Recap: Toronto FC break MLS record for most shots without a goal in draw with D.C. United - Waking The Red: It was the most shots ever faced by an MLS keeper without the other team scoring a goal.

Facing 35 shots and that tallying up to only 2.5 expected goals drives home the point that the defense played well and Toronto weren’t creating many dangerous chances.

Everyone in the Audi Field stands is being photographed, whether they know it or not – The Athletic: The FanCam was mentioned last year, and everyone went and found themselves in it. However, D.C. United is still using it through the rest of this season, even if no one is talking about it anymore.

Strong Bonds | William & Mary Alumni Magazine: The St. James, which has become D.C. United’s primary training facility this year, was started by two William & Mary alums with dreams of expanding the concept across the country.

Armchair Analyst: Predicting Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT Gold Cup roster | MLSsoccer.com: There are a couple of D.C. United names on this list, though one that most fans would expect is conspicuously absent.

There were a bunch of wild US Open Cup games last night, but only one of them had the power go out in the stadium during extra time.

2019 Meet the Underdogs: First year Florida Soccer Soldiers winning with “respect, pride and commitment” | TheCup.us - Full Coverage of US Open Cup Soccer: The amateur underdog of this year has made it to the third round.

That’s all I’ve got, what’s up?