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Monday Freedom Kicks: Getting to Work

In which we look back at whatever that whole friendly was about and such.

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It is not too often that the local soccer team is playing an exhibition in front of an announced crowd of more than 50,000 who are there to primarily see a country singer and the unveiling of a scoreboard at a football stadium, but here we are. So you'll excuse us if today's Kicks are a little lighter than usual. With that in mind, off we go:

Recaps of the 3-0 loss by D.C. United to Fulham FC from usthe team and CSN Washington.

Ex-Nederland star Arnaud hopes to lead D.C. United to MLS finals - Beaumont Enterprise: Davy Arnaud speaks to the his hometown paper and there is also an interview with Arnaud's high school coach who recalls Arnaud the player.

The Sporting player who was shot in the head and lived to tell the story | The Kansas City Star: A good article on one of the latest arrivals to Sporting Kansas City.

How not to screw up CONCACAF Champions League: a guide for MLS | OTF Soccer: Just going to leave this here a couple of weeks ahead of D.C.'s first match, without judgment or prejudice.

An insider's look at creating soccer art and atmosphere - Hot Time In Old Town: We are suckers for DIY tifo articles and this is the latest to catch our eye.

Why you need Liga MX in your life - Aside from scouting the future Tri players of the next qualifying cycle, it is pretty damn fun to watch, plus it gave us Miguel Herrera.

Stu Tudor, firefighter hit by lightning at Crew game, breathing without help | The Columbus Dispatch: An update on the Columbus Crew fan who was hit by lightning last month.

Speakeasy " Made Man: Speakeasy in a non-alcohol sense is a video talk show hosted by Paul F. Tompkins were he periodically interviews subjects. A recent one is Dan Harmon, an admitted self-destruct personality and creator of the show "Community," but one who possesses a nice intellect which is on display here. It is a half hour but worth the time for Community/Rick and Morty fans.

'Galaxy Quest': The Oral History - MTV: I had no idea that the 1999 film had gotten such a massive following since its release but it is well worth checking out if you have not, and this is a solid recollection of it.

Hope things are going well for you, we should have business pick up shortly.