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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS/Euro Links for Monday, March 17, 2014

Recapping the weekend's notable events in MLS and abroad and a potential look forward to the coming week.

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The weekend's highlights in MLS and abroad, and a reminder that while green rivers look pretty, green bagels and more importantly green beer are bullcrap and should be avoided at all costs. With that in mind, the morning's Links:

MLS scores: Goonies never die - Recapping Saturday in MLS, which had some fun games if you missed them. And related, this look at stoppage time goals in MLS compared to Europe is interesting.

The Michael Bradley Project: Can Toronto FC star become best American player of all-time? | Simon Borg with a great read about Michael Bradley's journey to T dot O. If you read only one link today, make it this.

Nelsen Thrilled With Defoe's Opening Act | Toronto FC: Jermain Defoe scored two goals in a matter of minutes in the first half, and TFC held off Seattle to win 2-1. Boy, I pity the guys that have to deal with that this week, HAHAHAHA...oh.

Not all was milk and honey in the TFC game this weekend, right, Clint Dempsey? Up to that point, this was the worst thing in CenturyLink.

Recap: Union 1, Revs 0 - Revs Shutout For Second Straight Game, Goncalves Not Included In Gameday Squad - The Bent Musket: Philadelphia continues to quietly make their case for Most Improved, while the Best Defender of 2013 continues to potentially pout in Beantown.

As an addendum to the previous link, Charlie Boehm quietly drops this:

Dave Kaval's late night Twitter battle with ECS - Sounder At Heart: The San Jose Earthquakes President spars online with Seattle Sounders' supporters over pricing of a high-profile fixture in a football stadium later this year. Stick around for a cameo from another MLS owner, three guesses as to who.

Premier League, Week 30: Tomas Rosicky stuns Spurs - The Premier League action for Sunday, including eccentric boot news.

La Liga, Round 28: Barcelona roll past Osasuna, keep pressure on Real Madrid - Barca cover the spread and Messi becomes the top scorer in club history, including eccentric boot news.

Pablo Mastroeni the latest former MLS player to jump into coaching – how did his predecessors fare? | An interesting, slightly high overview of former MLS players turned MLS coaches. MLS will never make it in World Soccer until they can develop a Steve Bruce of their own.

CONCACAF Champions League: Herculez Gomez calls out LA Galaxy fans, his Club Tijuana coach | Herc loves trolling MLS fanbases when the draw is right and this is the same verse but with a slightly different rhythm.

D.C. United players appearing at other local sports events, part 1:

D.C. United players appearing at other local sports events, part 2:

No, Teddy KGB don't stick it in them, it's Week 2's "Pay Those Men Their Money" installment, and this one features Alan Kelly. He refereed in Europe recently, you know.

Tribute To Shawn Kuykendall By Alecko Eskandarian | TheOriginalWinger: A remembrance of the late DCU player from a teammate and longtime friend.

Andy Najar not only turned 21 yesterday, but scored for Anderlecht in their 4-0 win over KV Oostende (under new Manager Besnik Hasi). Video of the goal (while it's up) is here, and interview footage with him is here.

Finally, a word that if you must go out and imbibe with the amateurs today, hydration is your friend, and don't go joyriding around with a bunch of bubble gummers. And if you have snow around your neck of the woods, don't overdo it.

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