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We give you all the recaps, banners and new brewery news you can handle on this First in the East Monday.

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That was fun, real fun. Personally, I had fun yelling at Jeff Larentowicz to get the [hell] off my field at the end of the game. But first:

Recaps of D.C. United's first-place clinching win over the Chicago Fire from usMLSsoccer.comThe Washington PostGoal.comIvesCSN WashingtonUnitedManiaDistrict Sports PageSoccer Wire and Brian Straus of SI, who drops the " of the most significant reversals of fortune in North American sports history." Our friends at Hot Time In Old Town give the lowdown from Chicago's perspective.

Player's Perspective: Ex-MLSer Bobby Warshaw on the human importance of Landon Donovan | Former Dallas player Bobby Warshaw kicking a bit of wisdom on Lando leaving.

Southampton 8- 0 Sunderland: Black Cats Utterly Humiliated at St Mary’s - Roker Report: In partner club news part 1, the Black Cats get curbstomped, tying a record for the worst loss in team history. D.C. United in crisis in 2013, Sunderland in crisis in 2014.

Postmatch Recap: Inter 2-2 Napoli - The Offside Inter Milan: In partner club news part 2, with one D.C. United Managing Partner (in Jason Levien) in the stands, while another D.C. United Managing Partner (in Erick Thohir) backing Walter Mazzari publicly by saying "I believe in the project, the team and the coach" (Mazzarri was sent off late in the match by the way), Inter gave up a goal late to Jose Callejon before Hernanes snapped a nice header to level things for the shared points. D.C. United in crisis in 2013, Inter in crisis in 2014.

How Homegrown Stars Like Gyasi Zardes Are Transforming MLS: A nice look at the growth at the Homegrown program in MLS, which we as D.C. fans know about, which leads me to...

Sure, Anderlecht drew with Mechelen yesterday, but that did not put a damper on Andy Najar's week after the club named him Player of the Month for September.

How to score a great 60-yard goal - I like long goals, but I like long goals from teams that I am a shareholder in, such as this one in Spain's Segunda B from Real Oviedo and Miguel Linares, capping off a hat trick. On a related note, having 11,000 fans at home in a Second Division game is not uncommon for Los Carbayones.

Saturday was a day for supporters to express themselves, in MLS and beyond. First, the beyond part, where Galatasaray do a Graeme Souness-inspired tifo for the Istanbul Derby.

Next, Toronto FC's fans mock their preseason campaign of Designated Players:

Toronto was playing the Montreal Impact, who had their own Toronto:

Next up, MLS has made it, flying banners disparaging ownership at the Colorado Rapids' game against F.C. Dallas:

One more, this time during the Philadelphia Union game against Sporting Kansas City:

Oh yeah, D.C. plays Montreal, so what's up Felipe Martins? Here's hoping the Joe Bendik treatment below is the least of your problems:


Toronto's Joe Bendik not buying the injury act from Montreal's Felipe. #soccer #mls

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Deschutes Brewery Introduces Its Beer to the Greater Washington DC Area: No movie recommendation this week, but having the Oregon brewery coming to DC next month is superb news. For anyone who has made a trip to Portland for a game, you have probably had a 'Schutes or two, so consider this a public service.

As a TV note: FIOS users in the D.C. area have access to a freeview of Fox Soccer Plus that lasts until Sunday I believe, but definitely includes the Tauro game tomorrow, so passing it along.

Mondays are so much better when you have the bye week in your pocket. What else is up?