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Preseason recaps? Preseason recaps. And Halsti quotes, Gene Hackman, and elderly Schalke fans.

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For those who missed Friday's 1-1 preseason draw with Orlando City SC, we have got you covered, whether it is recaps from usthe team, or The Mane Land from the opposition perspective. Go forth, consume!

MLS Live 2015 price? Higher. D.C. United on TV in 2015? About the Same as Before. - Black And Red United: Yeah, MLS Live is back with a price bump. Also to remind you, all of D.C. United's games may not be readily available on TV, so start stream-hunting.

Halsti uudella mantereella uudessa haasteessa: Less the latest King Crimson song, more some early thoughts from Markus Halsti on his first couple of days in black and red.

La Liga varies date of the "Classic" | PuraLigacr: So Alajuelense had a game scheduled the day before their CONCACAF Champions League game with D.C. United. The Costa Rican League has moved it up a week, so now they will have games on February 15, 18 and 22 (the last being against Saprissa) before playing D.C.

New Interpretation of Offside in MLS in 2015 - Black And Red United: As a heads up, in case you find yourself grinding teeth on a call this year.

Sunderland 2-0 Burnley: First Half Goals Secure Comfortable Win For Sunderland - Roker Report: In partner club news, Sunderland scored! More than one goal! Jermain Defoe and Connor Wickham find the back of the net giving the Black Cats a win and moving them up to 14th in the Premier League.

Match Report: Sassuolo 3 - 1 Inter; The Crisis Continues - The Offside Inter Milan: In more partner club news, Mauro Icardi scored again, but Inter Milan falls to Sassuolo, dropping them to 13th in the Serie A table. And as the report indicates, the traveling Nerazzuri were not happy with Icardi and Fredy Guarin.

ASN article: Klinsmann Blames Player Fitness For Loss to Chile: Not this crap again. Anyway, when you run two (or in the case of the World Cup, three) practices a day days or weeks before games, this kind of stuff will happen.

Kevin Johnson's quest to bring MLS to Sacramento includes 49ers, Kings - Planet Futbol - SI.com: Sacramento getting harder and harder to ignore when it comes to their aspirations for a franchise.

Studs Up : Please Sir, can they have some more? - The Blue Testament: Interesting reading on player salaries in Sporkslandia that is worth the clicking.

Looking back at the 1979 NASL players strike: Not necessarily a causation/correlation of the prior link, but an additional interesting read nonetheless.

Chivas USA's academy players have murky future - Planet Futbol - SI.com: The Goats may be gone, but the Baby Goats still soldier on.

The Greatest Living American Actor at 85: Gene Hackman Is Retired But Still in Charge ": Screw Welcome to Mooseport, I'll consider The Royal Tenenbaums as Hackman's goodbye to cinema, and a damn fine one at that.

Watch: 'A Clockwork Orange' Gets Recreated in 'Grand Theft Auto V' | FirstShowing.net: I've been hanging onto this for whatever reason, but God bless the nerds that created this thing.

Finally, while ultimately it is an ad for the German arm of Sky Sports, this look at several Schalke 04 supporters in a nursing home will melt your cold dark heart (with bonus cameo from I believe Gerald Asamoah!).