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Filibuster - The Black and Red United Podcast

A fan-driven look at all things D.C. United and the official podcast of Black & Red United, SB Nation's community dedicated to Washington, DC's Major League Soccer team. Each week, writers from the site break down the Black-and-Red's previous games, check in with coaches and players and preview upcoming matches with experts on the teams United will be playing.

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Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Pigheaded with gigantic vehicles

D.C. United is now firmly in the offseason, so Filibuster starts to pull back and look at the season as a whole. Jason, Ben, and Adam take a look at the years and the D.C. United careers of Wayne Rooney and Luciano Acosta, as neither one will be back in the District next year. Also not back next year will be Jalen Robinson, and so we spend some time talking about him and what his leaving means as well. Finally, we discuss the big job ahead Dave Kasper and Ben Olsen have to rebuild this team for 2020. Give it a listen! 0:00 Intro 9:45 Beginning of the offseason Thank you for listening to Filibuster! You can find everything that we write on Black and Red United, and if you like what we do you can support us monthly on Patreon or tip us any time on Pinecast. “Intro” is always the first chapter, so if you want to get straight to the soccer, check the time codes.

1hr 2mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Partially obscured by syrup

D.C. United is undefeated and Filibuster is here to talk about it! Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about how fun this game was, the performance of the new players to the team, the fact that the attack should have scored even more goals, and levies some praise on the defense and the defensive midfield. In the second segment we welcome on Alexis Guerreros and Christian Polanco of The Cooligans to the show to talk New York City FC. We talk about the departures of Patrick Vieira and David Villa, if their new coach is any good, what they expect from the team this year, and what is happening with the neo-Nazis that attend their games. Give it a listen!

1hr 6mins

5 Mar 2019

Rank #2

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Transcontinental video chat

On this episode of Filibuster, Jason, Adam, and Ben welcome back Kristin Knowles from Vocal Minority and Mark Kastner from Sounder At Heart to preview MLS Cup. We ask them to vie for our temporary affection as neutrals who have no rooting interest in Sunday’s game. Who will be the most persuasive? Give it a listen to find out! 0:00 Intro 6:53 MLS Cup Thank you for listening to Filibuster! You can find everything that we write on Black and Red United, and if you like what we do you can support us monthly on Patreon or tip us any time on Pinecast. “Intro” is always the first chapter, so if you want to get straight to the soccer, check the time codes.

44mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Bacon horror stories

We initially intended to release this as one episode, but decided to give you two medium length episodes instead of one giant episode; the transitions make it sound like you'll bet getting the second segment right away, you'll just be getting it on Thursday. In this episode, Jason, Adam, and Ben break down all of the D.C. United news and rumors. We talk about Edison Flores, Erik Sorga, the MLS SuperDraft and what D.C. United's picks might mean, green cards for D.C. United players, and the Gaston Silva rumor. Give it a listen! 0:00 Intro 14:08 D.C. United news Thank you for listening to Filibuster! You can find everything that we write on Black and Red United, and if you like what we do you can support us monthly on Patreon or tip us any time on Pinecast. “Intro” is always the first chapter, so if you want to get straight to the soccer, check the time codes.

48mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Indigestion and nightmares

D.C. United’s season is over but Filibuster presses ever onwards! Jason, Adam, and Ben are here to talk about United’s season-ending loss to Toronto FC and to work through our first feelings about the season as a whole. They are, as you might expect, pretty down with the state of the team as it is. Give it a listen! 0:00 Intro 6:24 D.C. United’s season Thank you for listening to Filibuster! You can find everything that we write on Black and Red United, and if you like what we do you can support us monthly on Patreon or tip us any time on Pinecast. “Intro” is always the first chapter, so if you want to get straight to the soccer, check the time codes.

48mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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The steel tray

So much has happened in the past three days, but Filibuster is here to try and take you through it all. Jason, Adam, and Ben open the show by talking about the 5-1 shellacking that D.C. United took at the hands of the Philadelphia Union, and all of the implications that it brings. In the second segment, we break down a wild Tuesday that features approximately 400,000 trades and signings by Dave Kasper, including the resolution of Wayne Rooney’s fate. Give it a listen! 00:37.000 Intro 08:06.562 D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union 44:01.237 D.C. United transfer madness Support Filibuster - The Black and Red United Podcast by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/filibuster-the-black-and-red-united-podcast

1hr 32mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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Red Cream Soda

Adam isn’t here, but the Filibuster podcast proceeds ever onwards! Jason and Ben are here and half to start the podcast talking about FloSports conking out yet again during again, and the guys talk about the issues that have had with the service so far. They also talk about how they disagree with the team’s view of how this game went, before talking about the fullbacks, Luciano Acosta, and the strange game that Dave Gantar had. In the second segment, we invite on Ruben Tisch to talk all things Chicago Fire. Give it a listen! 00:37.000 Intro 09:54.612 D.C. United versus New England Revolution 45:34.309 D.C. United versus Chicago Fire Thank you for listening to Filibuster! You can find everything that we write on Black and Red United and if you like what we do you can support us on Patreon.

1hr 17mins

28 May 2019

Rank #7

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Seltzer hipster

Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about D.C. United's disappointing draws before opening up the Twitterbox to your questions! 00:37.000 Intro 09:28.041 D.C. United's disappointing draws 50:04.566 Twitterbox Thank you for listening to Filibuster! You can find everything that we write on Black and Red United and if you like what we do you can support us on Patreon.

1hr 26mins

5 Jun 2019

Rank #8

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Beer per unit

Welp, that wasn’t the way that we thought any of this was going to go down. Jason, Adam, and Ben are here to talk about D.C. United’s loss to the Columbus Crew, sending them home for the rest of the 2018 MLS season. We talk about this team writ large, talk about the amazing atmosphere in Audi Field, and talk about what the Crew attempted to do to frustrate United. We talk about the role that Paul Arriola played in this game, before ending by talking some about Allen Chapman. In the second segment, we start to lay out D.C. United’s offseason checklist and what that means for the team. We talk roster, front office, and that team up in Loudoun County, before answering some of your questions from the Twitterbox. Give it a listen!

1hr 29mins

6 Nov 2018

Rank #9

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It looked like a boat

D.C. United has made a huge trade, and Filibuster is here to cover it! Jason, Adam, and Ben break down the Julian Gressel trade and what it means for D.C. United’s 2020 season. We also discuss Paul Arriola, the preseason schedule, and the addition of safe standing to Audi Field. In the second segment, we bring on Miki Turner of Sounder at Heart and The Athletic to give us an update on everything related to the MLS CBA negotiations. Give it a listen! 0:00 Intro 11:43 Julian Gressel and other D.C. United news 45:39 MLS CBA with Miki Turner Thank you for listening to Filibuster! You can find everything that we write on Black and Red United, and if you like what we do you can support us monthly on Patreon or tip us any time on Pinecast. “Intro” is always the first chapter, so if you want to get straight to the soccer, check the time codes.

1hr 13mins

22 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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I want to bring him a card

The preseason has kicked off and Filibuster is here to talk about it! Jason, Adam, and Ben discuss the signing of Leonardo Jara and the state of the right back position, the waiving of David Ousted and his move to Chicago, and the state of the depth chart behind Wayne Rooney. We also discuss who from this team might go to the USL, and also discuss the hiring of Richie Williams to the position of Loudoun United head coach. In the second segment, we discuss the first USMNT game under Gregg Berhalter. Give it a listen!

59mins

29 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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Pondering the rhombus

The preseason is here and Filibuster is pumped for the 2019 season! Jason, Adam, and Ben start with all of the official and rumored player moves, including Antonio Bustamante, Donovan Pines, Leonardo Jara, David Ousted, Kofi Opare, and Yamil Asad. We also work in some talk about Loudoun United and who might end up there this season. In the second segment, we walk through D.C. United’s depth chart and see where they still need to do some work. Give it a listen!

1hr 23mins

23 Jan 2019

Rank #12

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You don't build a city on flames!

After taking a week off, Filibuster is back and more rejuvenated than ever. Adam, Jason, and Ben open by talking about the Chicago Fire’s new logo, before getting into the meat of D.C. United’s offseason, including roster moves and their trip to the US Virgin Islands. We then go through another round of players on our 2019 season review. Give it a listen! 0:00 Intro 11:15 D.C. United offseason 41:15 Cake or death Thank you for listening to Filibuster! You can find everything that we write on Black and Red United, and if you like what we do you can support us monthly on Patreon or tip us any time on Pinecast. “Intro” is always the first chapter, so if you want to get straight to the soccer, check the time codes.

1hr 12mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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Extremely ancient men

MLS may be taking an All Star break, but Filibuster is not. Jason and Ben are here with a show that takes a step back and tries to break down the malaise that D.C. United has been in over the past few months through the lens of the Chicago Fire game. We invite our friend Alicia Rodriguez on to give us an expert outsider’s view on the team, and try to figure out what has happened. Give it a listen! 00:36.720 Intro 13:01.185 D.C. United's malaise with Alicia Rodriguez 30:14.506 More D.C. United malaise

49mins

1 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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The ghost of Houdini

D.C. United keeps winning and Filibuster will be here to talk about it. Jason, Adam, and Ben break down D.C. United’s win over Orlando City SC, and we start out looking at the set piece goals that defined United’s win. We then take a look at the performance of Armando Villarreal, before looking at what went wrong for D.C. United in the defensive phase of the game as well as hoping that Joseph Mora gets well soon. In the segment segment we welcome back our old friend Alicia Rodriguez to preview D.C. United’s upcoming match against Los Angeles FC. We talk about their stadium as well as the docuseries about the team, before getting to Carlos Vela and his huge impact on the team. We ask Alicia who LAFC’s rival really is, check in with the injury to Lee Nguyen, before talking about LAFC’s NWSL ambitions. Give it a listen! 00:37.000 Intro 07:30.878 D.C. United versus Orlando City SC 42:57.017 D.C. United vs. LAFC

1hr 16mins

2 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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I am generally just sitting down

D.C. United get their first win of the season in a buckwild game against Inter Miami, and Filibuster is here to puzzle through it with you. Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about the 5 minutes of chaos in the second half, the horrible opening 20 minutes, and the injuries and substitutes that occured along the way. We also get happy about Oniel Fisher before talking about the first effects of COVID-19 on the soccer world. 0:00 Intro 9:35 D.C. United versus Inter Miami Thank you for listening to Filibuster! You can find everything that we write on Black and Red United, and if you like what we do you can support us monthly on Patreon or tip us any time on Pinecast. “Intro” is always the first chapter, so if you want to get straight to the soccer, check the time codes.

53mins

10 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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Beans heck beans

Wayne Rooney has a hattrick and Ben is back, so basically Ben can never be sick again. Filibuster is back and Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about D.C. United resounding win over Real Salt Lake, including the glory of that hattrick. We also heap some praise on Junior Moreno and Russell Canouse, talk about the pressing system that Ben Olsen had his team employ in this game, and mention Dave Gantar a little bit. In the second segment, we crack open the Twitterbox and answer your questions. Give it a listen! 0:37 Intro 13:21 D.C. United versus Real Salt Lake 51:27 Twitterbox

1hr 26mins

19 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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Avalanche of news

In the first of two episodes this week, Jason, Adam, and Ben try and break down the avalanche of player news that has happened in the past couple of days. Give it a listen! 0:00 Intro 12:30 D.C. United news Thank you for listening to Filibuster! You can find everything that we write on Black and Red United, and if you like what we do you can support us monthly on Patreon or tip us any time on Pinecast. “Intro” is always the first chapter, so if you want to get straight to the soccer, check the time codes.

49mins

7 Jan 2020

Rank #18

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Soccer, what a concept

Even though there are no games about which to talk, Filibuster is going to try and keep podcasting for as long as possible. It may get weird (it will get weird), but we’ll try and include as much soccer content as we can on each episode. What will that exactly mean? Who knows, but if you have suggestions for things you want to hear us talk about, let us know! In this episode, Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about the continued fallout from COVID-19 on the soccer world, as well as answer some of your questions in the Twitterbox. Stay safe out there, friends. Thank you for listening to Filibuster! You can find everything that we write on Black and Red United, and if you like what we do you can support us monthly on Patreon or tip us any time on Pinecast. “Intro” is always the first chapter, so if you want to get straight to the soccer, check the time codes.

38mins

17 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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Very boring Albert Einstein

D.C. United pulled out the three points they desperately needed on Sunday, and Filibuster is here to talk about it and about their upcoming game against FC Dallas. Adam, Jason, and Ben ask whether or not United were the better team on the balance before getting into Wayne Rooney’s first goal of the game, the one that was called back. We talk about right back and what it means to have Paul Arriola in that role, as well as center back and the best fits for the way the team is currently playing. We end by praising Junior Moreno, both for drawing the penalty and for his play overall recently. In the second segment we dive into their upcoming game against Western Conference leading FC Dallas. We talk about how they’ve been playing and Max Urruti’s role in that. We break down their back line, their midfield, and try and figure out what Oscar Pareja wants to do with this team and how D.C. United can beat them. Give it a listen!

1hr 4mins

11 Oct 2018

Rank #20