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Monday Freedom Kicks: Calm Before the Storm

Monday's Kicks recap the Conference Finals, the Milan Derby, and Terry Gilliam's Birthday::

I don't include many non-D.C. United pictures, but when I do...
I don't include many non-D.C. United pictures, but when I do...
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Prepping your meal for Thanksgiving right? Well, cranberry sauce rules, stuffing should be prepared, not hydrated, and green beans with almonds are bullcrap. Got it? Got it.

D.C. United Season Review: Forward/Mad Genius Fabian Espindola - Black And Red United: ICYMI, our season reviews await no weekend, so please to look at the most recent installment.

3 things we learned from the New England Revolution's 2-1 win over New York Red Bulls - I mean, aside from Jermaine Jones being pretty boss and all, and Bradley Wright-Phillips not knowing the yellow card accumulation rule apparently.

3 things we learned from LA Galaxy's 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders - Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins have 1 assist in 10 combined playoff games, making Deuce the new Steve Ralston.

Leicester City 0-0 Sunderland: Spoils Are Shared At The King Power Stadium - Roker Report: In partner club news...another scoreless draw for the Black Cats, woohoo! Sunderland holds firm at 14th in the table.

3 things we learned from AC Milan and Inter Milan's 1-1 derby draw - Inter overcame a nasty goal by Jeremy Menez to gain a draw and hold firm at 9th in Serie A. Meanwhile...

Thohir to secure new investment with ‘Inter bond’ | Forza Italian Football: Apparently Erick Thohir is distracted by stadium news with attempts to get new money into Inter?

Barcelona vs. Sevilla: Final score 5-1, Blaugrana crush Sevilla as Messi sets another record - Aside from Sevilla getting curbstomped, there's a new La Liga all-time scoring leader in town.

Landon Donovan Is Retiring From Soccer With No Regrets - Hey, did you hear he's retiring? Well, this is actually a nice look at his mindset.

2015 MLS Draft: Big Board v. 1.0 | College Soccer: A preliminary look at candidates to be the new (or next) Taylor Kemp for D.C. United.

Houston Dynamo riding "wave of the future" by embracing sports science, data analytics | Hopefully as D.C. United can get some money into the club is a new look at investments of personnel.

The Wizards are using the jumbotron to play video games - I mean, this wouldn't be a soccer blog if you knew what they were playing, and team selection aside, well done Wiz.

This Documentary On Kamala Is Fascinating, Heartbreaking: There was a story I recall in Frank Zappa's autobiography about Count Basie having to damn near beg for a pittance in a concert advance. This has the same kind of sadness and exasperation, and at seven minutes is very much worth your time.

Listen: Rian Johnson & Terry Gilliam Talk Social Media, ‘Star Wars,’ Piracy, and More In 50-Minute Conversation: One guy is responsible for one of the better movies on science fiction and/or time travel in recent memory, the other directed Brazil. An excellent two-part conversation between two nice creative presences in film.

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