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Morning Commute: D.C. United Turning Things Around

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Stuck in D.C. traffic? Here's your daily morning roundup.           

It's World Cup Friday, so it's only fitting to talk about soccer. In this case, though, let's talk about local soccer.

It probably slipped under the radar, but D.C. United is actually playing quite well right now. After a brutal beginning to the season, the Black and Red are 4-0-1 in their last five games after last night's 3-2 win over the Seattle Sounders. Sure, two of those wins game in non-league matches, but those two were against A.C. Milan and Real Salt Lake, the latter of which is one of the best teams in MLS. Last night, it was a random hat trick from Chris Pontius, who hadn't scored a goal all season, that carried them. 

I honestly don't know soccer well enough to tell you why United is playing better. These guys know that angle better. I can tell you, though, that while United has a niche following, they also have a 17-year old phenom to go along with their recent play. When we think about all the local teams on the upswing nowadays, don't forget about United.

Today's must-reads around the SB Nation network.

  • Bullets Forever has a very complete recap of Ted Leonsis' press conference yesterday, with quotes from Flip Saunders and Ernie Grunfeld included.
  • This article on Japers Rink occupies the top spot in today's Starting Lineup, but it's worth linking again.
  • Federal Baseball had a chance to interview filmmaker Ken Burns after he threw out the first pitch at Stephen Strasburg's debut.
  • Last night's United-Sounders game in one picture, via Black and Red United.
  • Hogs Haven reacts to Matt Mosley's article criticizing the Redskins' offensive line.
  • Casual Hoya provides a complete roundup of all the conference expansion news.
On tap for today: First of all, check out Alex's feature on former Capitals great Peter Bondra. Sean's got something coming through the pipeline a bit later. Happy Friday!