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Monday Freedom Kicks: One Cup Down, One To Go

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We look back at the Atlantic Cup-clinching win, look at the other partners and brand extenders over the weekend, and pine for Phil Hartman.

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Well, holiday weekend, packed RFK, three points over a rival, could not ask any more, so let's look at as much of it as possible, shall we?

Recaps from the D.C. United 2-0 win over the Red Bulls from usMLSsoccer.comGoal.comSoccer WireCSN WashingtonSoccerly and The Washington Post. D.C. United is now four points away from the vaunted 50 level, which would essentially clinch a playoff spot, possibly against the Red Bulls in RFK North. Ooohhh...

RICHMOND 1, ORANGE COUNTY 1 - Richmond Kickers: Down a level, the Kickers got a goal from Jason Yeisley early but it was not enough to hold off OCFC, sharing the points after a late red card from Conor Shanosky sealed the result. The Kickers are now in third, two points behind Sacramento Republic FC, and could find themselves in fourth if they lose to LA Galaxy II tonight in California.

Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Sunderland: Austin’s Opener Enough For Rangers - Roker Report: D.C. United partner Sunderland gave up a goal to Charlie Austin for QPR but could not level the match in the second half. But they're above Manchester United in the table right now, which is all that matters really.

F.C. Internazionale Milano - Official Website: In other franchise news within the Thohir family, Inter Milan survived a penalty kick from Torino to open up their Serie A campaign with a scoreless draw.

2004 MLS Cup Reunion: Looking Back | D.C. United: A reminder of the pre-game celebration and reunion of the 2004 squad that won the MLS Cup. Heart you boys.

Toronto FC part ways with head coach Ryan Nelsen, hire ex-US international Greg Vanney | As it turned out, one of the boys could have had half a chance to show up yesterday after throwing his General Manager under the bus, but Waking The Red has some info that the fun is about to start.

Central Winger: How to measure a player's influence through touches - or lack thereof | Devin Pleuler looks at Centrality in analytics, and the value of a player when he does not have the ball. Among the most valuable players on the field when they do not have the ball is a certain Grown Ass Man. Do with this what you will.

Seattle Reign vs. FC Kansas City: Final score 1-2, KC win NWSL title - Amy Rodriguez scored a pair to lead Kansas City over the Seattle Reign on the road for their first NWSL title. Kudos to you, ladies.

Real Salt Lake: GM Garth Lagerwey's contract situation tabled until after season | The Salt Lake Tribune: "Great teams help other people mature. However, all that said, we will kill for Garth (Lagerwey) to stay here and I don’t think money will ever be the issue. It would be opportunity, as it was, I believe, with Jason." From RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen. Yo Jason Levien, to borrow a scene from the movie "Hoffa," give this man whatever he needs.

Kuykenstrong D.C. College Cup the perfect tribute for Shawn Kuykendall — Soccer Wire: A look at the local college tournament renamed for a fine individual and former D.C. United player.

The Glue ": Ahead of the biography about hit due to hit shelves and tablets next week, Bryan Curtis of Grantland looks back at the some of the highlights in the career of Phil Hartman. Do click through and check out the links in the article, won't you?

If you're off today, throw some meat over flame, things work out better that way.