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Monday Freedom Kicks: Rodney (C)Wallace Til I Die

Looks back at the MLS Cup and the playoffs, the United States Women's stand, and Adele in Movies.

Well that was fun, wasn't it? Fastest goal in MLS Cup history, keeper shambolic-ness, a bunch of stuff, and a former D.C. United and Maryland Terp with the Cup-winner at that. Go check out Stumptown Footy for the MLS Champion Portland Timbers' side of things, and Massive Report for the postmortems from the Columbus Crew SC side.

MLS playoff format is an outlier in world soccer — and that’s a good thing (The Washington Post): Look at Goff being all MLSSnob on us.

The 10 most memorable MLS Cup moments | Football | The Guardian: Michael Lewis, attendee of all 20 Cups, shares his thoughts on the best ones, with number 1 being a familiar one.

MLS’s quest to become destination viewing will define its new television era (The Big Lead): A nice look at how MLS on TV was this year and what lies ahead of it.

DC United's Perry Kitchen takes part in race competition against fellow MLS stars, wins Lamborghini - Story | WTTG: Hey, local press coverage of D.C. United in the offseason? Look at Perry Kitchen in his leased Lambo.

Adidas Nativo 2016 MLS Ball Leaked - Footy Headlines: In case you want to see what next year's match ball looks like, here you go.

Megan Rapinoe tears ACL in Hawaii - Stars and Stripes FC: Not knowing where Megan Rapinoe was training when this ACL tear occurred, I'll safely presume it's turf, which is why...

USWNT Victory Tour game in Hawaii cancelled over field conditions - Stars and Stripes FC:...the United States Women skipped their match at Trinidad and Tobago. I lived in Hawaii for a few years and participated in the Great Aloha Run a few times, which ends on the floor of Aloha Stadium, where yesterday's game was to happen. I remember that turf (astroturf at the time) basically being painted concrete, and while the turf has been replaced a couple times through the years, the problems likely remain.

But hey, Hawaii, right?

Watch John Brooks score for Hertha Berlin - Stars and Stripes FC: In 'United States Men scoring in Bundesliga games,' part one witness John Brooks for Hertha Berlin.

Fabian Johnson sticks the knife in Bayern Munich - Stars and Stripes FC: In part two of this series, midfielder and U.S. player Fabian Johnson scores the final for Borussia Monchengladbach to seal a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich (sorry Phil).

Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland: Missed Chances Prove Costly For Cats - Roker Report: In partner club news, playing without Jermain Defoe and Seb Larsson, Sunderland lost to Arsenal, which, combined with Bournemouth's shock win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Newcastle's win over Liverpool dropped the Black Cats back into the relegation zone, 19th out of 20.

Inter Milan's Adem Ljajic: I want Roma to regret me - ESPN FC: In more partner club news, Adem Ljajic scored the only goal for Inter Milan but it was enough to beat Genoa 1-0. Inter stays in first, a point ahead of Fiorentina and two ahead of Napoli.

BBC Sport - Fifa: FBI probing Sepp Blatter role in $100m bribery scandal: This week in FIFA corruption.

Doug Logan, former MLS commish, transitions to building homes for the homeless – Metro: Some nice updates on Mr. Logan.

Finally, here's Adele's "Hello" set to movie dialogue, in case you wanted that song into your head even more today:

One last thing, as it's the 74th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, is go buy a drink for a vet today, or take a moment to remember those who aren't here.