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Monday Freedom Kicks: Land of Silence and Darkness

We look back at last night and unrelated to same, wholeheartedly recommend Werner Herzog, or Paul F. Tompkins' interpretation of same.

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Your truly spent most of the weekend in Charlotte meeting up with some friends and watching Liverpool playing AC Milan. The radar may not be completely in tuned, but we'll make due with what we have.

Thoughts on last night's loss to the Houston Dynamo from us, along with WaPoMLS and UnitedMania. The fine folks over at Dynamo Theory have Houston's take on things.

All-Star: Maurice Edu, Bobby Boswell and Sean Franklin replace Sounders, Galaxy trio on MLS roster | Bobby Boswell and Sean Franklin replace Omar Gonzalez and Chad Marshall in this week's All-Star game. Kudos to you both from the B&RU folks.

Steve Birnbaum has come off the bench to start seven straight games for D.C. United - The Washington Post: The central defense partner of Boswell at the moment talks about his role with the squad, published before last night of course.

CCL 2014-15: Group 4 Preview – DC United, Tauro FC & Waterhouse FC | OTF Soccer: A primer of sorts for you on your upcoming CONCACAF Champions League matches, and a word of praise to Michael Seaton.

Down a level in Richmond, Matthew Delicate keeps scoring goals as the current leader in the Golden Boot race led Richmond to a 3-1 win as Shay Spitz played a role in all three goals. The Kickers are firmly in second in the USL PRO standings, four points behind Orlando City though playing two more matches.

Orlando City's Tommy Redding one of many reaping rewards of MLS homegrown player system - Orlando Sentinel: Speaking of Orlando City, Paul Tenorio uses the signing of the soon to be MLS franchise's first homegrown player as to the program's success in the League.

Sacramento Kings owner interested in buying Republic, MLS expansion - Continuing the USL PRO vein, an interesting investor may boost the stock of the current USL team's aspirations.

Portland Timbers teammates for life: With Mick Hoban by his side, Jimmy Conway doesn't walk alone in battle:  against dementia | An excellent read on the bond between two longtime teammates from the Timbers' early days.

Herzog: The Collection [Limited Edition] | Shout!Factory: Finally, Many of famed German director Werner Herzog's films dropped on Blu-ray for the first time last week, including "Aguirre, The Wrath Of God," "The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser" and "Fitzcarraldo." Herzog's vast filmography is filled with many gems, and Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre being among mandatory viewing. Get yourself some.