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Monday Freedom Kicks: Birnbaum, Hamid, Kitchen With Resolutions

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We celebrate the possible (well, likely recognition) of several D.C. United players to the U.S. National Team Camp, wonder why can't Arsene Wenger can't zip a jacket up and mourn for Merseyside.

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This picture was during the 2012 game when D.C. United beat the Red Bulls in Harrison. Nick DeLeon's pic is pretty great, this may be just as good.
This picture was during the 2012 game when D.C. United beat the Red Bulls in Harrison. Nick DeLeon's pic is pretty great, this may be just as good.
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While New Year's is nice and fancy, the first Monday is possibly when everyone is starting resolutions. I'm doing Whole 30 which removes grains and added sugar from the diet (or something), so if I'm gnawing on the corner of the B&RU couch, you know why.

Bill Hamid, Perry Kitchen and Steve Birnbaum to US Camp in January? - Black And Red United: ICMYI, if Goff is right, some of the boys may have an early start to the year. Click through for the transfer teaser!

Storylines to Watch in 2015 for D.C. United - Black And Red United: ICMYI part deux, some of the things to watch for said year.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber spoke to SI.com about the details surrounding Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard coming to play in the U.S. - Planet Futbol - SI.com: Compare what Garber said Saturday in Wahl's piece to say, what he was saying at the State of the League event a month ago. Fascinating.

Steven Gerrard leaving Liverpool for the LA Galaxy - SBNation.com: Oh yeah, sorry Merseyside. As a Liverpool fan, I haz a minor sad. But the question may be...

Where does Steven Gerrard fit into this LA Galaxy team? - LAG Confidential...what does Bruce Arena do with him? Steven Gerrard at 35 is a different animal than say, David Beckham at 32 or Robbie Keane at 31. We'll see.

Plus-minus stats in MLS — American Soccer Analysis: An interesting analytical look at Major League Soccer players similar to what the NBA may currently be employing.

MLS Bicycle Jerseys?: For those of you more inclined to using two wheels as your preferred mode of transport, some decent looking swag for you?

MLS Draft taking shape, but will be without top underclassmen - Goal.com: Here's the thing: if people want to dread that this year's Generation Adidas class will be barren, I would hope they realize it makes no sense to come out of school now with the CBA still uncertain, yes?

Justin Bieber is an Everton fan - SBNation.com: Oh, this may be the larger 'sorry Merseyside.' Has Roberto Martinez started him yet?

Manchester City 3-2 Sunderland: City Win Five Goal Thriller - Roker Report: In partner club news, the Black Cats lose a thriller on New Year's Day to the top o' the charts Citizens, remaining firmly in 14th. On the flip side, they did beat Leeds in FA Cup action yesterday, so that's nice.

Podolski completes medical exam, will train with Inter today - The Offside Inter Milan: In more partner club news, Inter Milan sign Lukas Podolski on loan from Arsenal, and will presumably appear in the match against Juventus tomorrow.

Arsene Wenger lost another battle to his coat zipper - SBNation.com: This is becoming a worrysome trend for Wenger, but at least I think we have our trilogy of jacket fails now. Also, maybe the faulty zipper can be loaned to NYCFC for a DP deal.

Beckham announced new locations in Miami to build the stadium | El Nuevo Herald - Linkis.com: Now that we have some legislative word on where our house is, let's mock some others, shall we?

Anzhi Machachkala midfielder shot dead in his car - Telegraph: With the Ruble in already dire straits, news of a player getting murdered furthers the tragedy of the Russian League at the moment.

NBA - Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver makes bid to purchase Scottish giant Rangers FC - Marc Stein - ESPN FC: Rangers are slowly but surely getting their prestige back from liquidation, and now another owner of an American team wants to buy some soccer team?

Panenka's penalty secrets - UEFA.com: Once you see it, you'll know what it is, and the guy who did it first recounts it.

Life Itself: In lieu of the death of ESPN's Stuart Scott, CNN's airing of the biographic documentary surrounding the life and death of critic Roger Ebert reminds us that one should enjoy life as best as possible, and these two did it among the best of them despite their circumstances.

What about you, have you started smoking again?