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Monday Freedom Kicks: MLS playoffs shaping up, Chuck Blazer's out there doing his thing

Relive MLS playoff action from this weekend, learn a lot about Chris Rolfe's arm, and dive deep into the Chuck Blazer story.

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Still bummed after the loss? Yeah, me too. In case you want to relive it, though, have some recaps of D.C. United's 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls from usMLSGoff, and Ives. Plus: thoughts on the game in the Armchair Analyst's corner, on Planet Fútbol, and at, and finally, reactions from Olsen and the players.

In other MLS playoff news, the New England Revolution kept on their hot streak this weekend with a 4-2 away win over the Columbus Crew, so someone's in worse shape than us. Meanwhile in the Western Conference, the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake tied 0-0, so you'll want to catch the second leg of that one. And to cap the weekend, FC Dallas and the Seattle Sounders played to a 1-1 draw.

Anyway, how 'bout some more links?

Postmatch Recap & Analysis: Parma 2-0 Inter - The Offside Inter Milan
Our friends in Italy didn't do so hot against Parma, who despite their place at the bottom of Serie A managed a home win.

Report: Steven Gerrard could move to New York Cosmos | ProSoccerTalk
In case you care/think this is a real possibility.

Footballer banned for 50 years after kicking ball in referee’s face | Football | The Guardian
Don't mess with the Swiss fourth division, apparently.

In Defense of Athletes: A response to Buzz Bissinger's New York Times piece | The Athlete Story
Clint Irwin gets his blog on.

Unmarked Episode 9 - Part 1: Chris Rolfe on the rebound | D.C. United
A returned Chris Rolfe would sure be a great thing to have against the Red Bulls on Saturday. Here's him talking about his arm.

Players' anti-turf lawsuit for Women's World Cup not a clear-cut win |
Raise your hand if you think there will be anything but turf in Canada next year.

Soccer Rat! The inside story of how Chuck Blazer, ex-U.S. soccer executive and FIFA bigwig, became a confidential informant for the FBI - NY Daily News
Of course I was getting to this, although most of the talk on my Twitter feed was more about Blazer's apartment for his cats and less about...anything else.

Moguls vying for Major League Soccer team also look at stadium sites | Star Tribune
"Moguls vying." It's MLS Expansion Hunger Games out there.

Gordon Hartman: Japanese group serious about joining San Antonio's Major League Soccer push - San Antonio Business Journal
So, open question—where do you want MLS to expand next? I wanted a team in Atlanta, where I grew up, so I don't really have a personal stake in expansion anymore. Curious to know others' opinions.

2015 Florida Cup Bringing Bundesliga to the USA in January | Bundesliga Fanatic
The Germans are coming!

All right, one last thing and then I'll throw it over to you guys to fill in what I missed.

I'm taking over the soccer world, one hashtag at a time.