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Formations & Tactics

In-depth analysis of D.C. United's on-field form

4 things D.C. United must to do beat FC Dallas

Starting positively, slowing the Dallas transition down, and overloading specific areas are all important for the Black-and-Red.

Opposition 11: Likely FC Dallas starters vs. DCU

International call-ups have left FCD very short-handed, but their vaunted attack is largely untouched.

D.C. United vs. FC Dallas lineup: Attacking options abound

As the international break comes, Ben Olsen must find his attacking parnterships

5 keys to victory for D.C. United vs. Colorado

A proactive approach is required for the Black-and-Red to get their first win of 2016.

DCU vs. Colorado lineup: Building a rhythm

As the home opener approaches, D.C. United looks to build a rhythm

Opposition 11: Likely Rapids lineup to face DCU

An injury, a suspension, and Pablo Mastroeni make the Rapids a bit difficult to predict when it comes to their starting 11.

5 keys to victory for D.C. United @ New England

Transition and pressure are important concepts for the Black-and-Red against the Revs.

Opposition 11: Likely Revs starters to face DCU

The Black-and-Red will once again face an old, familiar enemy on the road.

4 keys to victory for D.C. United tonight @ LA

The Black-and-Red can spring an upset tonight, but they're going to have to check off every item on this list to do it.

Opposition 11: LA's likely starters vs. D.C United

The Galaxy brought in some big names this offseason, but they're still going to do things the way they've done them for years.

Keys to Victory: What DCU must do vs. Queretaro

The circumstances favor Queretaro, but United could still get a good result today if they keep their heads and avoid mistakes.

DCU 2016 Preseason Minutes Tracker v2.0

Nerd out with us as we obsess over who is playing where on the field as the Black-and-Red prepare for the season.

18 days to DCU: Let's talk about Chris Rolfe

Will United's best field player dictate United's tactics this year?

DCU 2016 Preseason Minutes Tracker v1.0

Our annual feature tracking who plays where and how long is back. Please contain your excitement.

Should Ben Olsen be back with DCU for 2016?

Our season review turns to the man in charge on the sideline.

Jason's artisanal & entirely premature 2016 DCU XI

If United can't bring top players in from outside of MLS, they should look to the Pacific northwest for reinforcements.

Steven's way too soon DCU 2016 starting XI

Could Ben Olsen have ten returning starters for next year?

MLS Cup Final: Crew vs. Timbers Preview + TV info

MLS fans should get a show today as two attack-minded teams duke it out for the right to lift the cup.

Donald's ridiculously untimely DCU 2016 lineup

Turning a hat enthusiast and a United killer into Good Guys.

Blasian's super-early DCU 2016 starting XI

If they can't bring in big-name DPs, United might as well trade that TAM to bring in the speed and creativity they so desperately need.

Ryan's unripe 2016 DCU starting XI

In which we turn our eyes across the pond.

Ben's totally premature DCU 2016 starting XI

Can United finally break the Central American hex and use a European connection to land a player?

Adam's unreasonably early 2016 DCU starting XI

A lot of old faces, and two new ones with a lot of familiarity with MLS

Keys to Victory: DCU's to-do list today vs. NYRB

United has to change their approach to turn the tables on NYRB and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Opposition 11: Likely NYRB starters vs. United

NYRB, other than one injury-enforced change, will almost certainly start the same team that won the first leg.

Keys to Victory: D.C. United's to-do list vs. NYRB

United needs to be engaged and active all over the field to beat NYRB for the first time in 2015.

Opposition 11: Likely NYRB starters vs. United

United will host an extremely consistent Red Bulls side tomorrow at RFK Stadium.

Keys to Victory: 5 things DCU must do to beat NE

United has done fairly well against the Revs in recent times, and these steps have all been a part of that.

Opposition 11: Likely New England starters vs. DCU

The Revs have to sort through several options up front and on the flanks to pick their lineup for tonight's game against United.

Keys to Victory: How DCU can beat the Crew today

United will have to approach things a little differently than normal today against a unique Crew team.

Opposition 11: Likely Crew starters to face DCU

Gregg Berhalter has a lot to deal with tomorrow as two missing stars have weakened his team for United's visit.

Keys to Victory: How DCU can beat Chicago tomorrow

An overall theme of controlling the tempo and footprint of the game would serve United well tomorrow.

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