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Monday Freedom Kicks: Preparing for CONCACAF Champions League

We look back at Friday's scrimmage, the curious decision of MLS to regain control of online merchandise sales, and wonder what the weather's like in Costa Rica.

Saprissa players scoring all kinds of goals this weekend. Hope it continues.
Saprissa players scoring all kinds of goals this weekend. Hope it continues.
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A couple of weeks ago, our own Ben Bromley callously and haphazardly shirked his responsibilities with the Freedom Kicks, saying that they were on beach time. Speaking of time, by the time most of you see this, I will be airborne, off to Costa Rica to catch the CONCACAF game (speaking of which, Alajuelense lost to Saprissa 2-0 yesterday, and have now dropped their last two and are winless in three).

But I did my duties, because I care about you guys. With that out of the way...

Recap's of D.C. United's Friday night loss to FC Dallas by usthe team and GoffBig D Soccer has the Hoops' perspective.

Soccer Jobs, MLS, Careers in Soccer | Your MLS Linkedin bit is here, seeing if anyone wants to become the new Molly Bruh. Big cash, lots of prizes. But seriously, if you're up for it and such. Speaking of Linkedin...

Director, Digital Strategy & Content - D.C. United (Washington, DC) job - MLS - Washington, DC | Looks like the team wants to build up the digital side which, approved.

Major League Soccer Reclaiming Online Merchandise Sales From Franchises - Black And Red United: No more online ordering directly from the team store? Come on man.

Work Stoppage Imminent? 1-on-1 interview with the MLSPU’s John Thorrington | Green and Shale: Former D.C. United player and current Union assistant John Thorrington shares the insight he may have on talks.

USNSTPA: MLS has to change | US Soccer Players: And a pretty good laying to waste of what MLS has to do to avoid this thing.

Colorado Rapids search for new jersey sponsor as Ciao logo disappears - The Denver Post: Two things here, one, now you know why the Colorado Rapids don't have a sponsor anymore, and two, holy cow, look at the terms of that sponsorship.

Supporters Groups From Across North America Hold 7th Annual Independent Supporters Conference | Independent Supporters Council: New York City FC Supporters Groups excluded since they're team created. We kid, but here is what the ISC has come up with this year.

Listen to the Greatest Moments in Football Commentary History | Eight by Eight: Some pretty good broadcast calls here through the decades if you ask me.

Spirit's Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and Crystal Dunn to USWNT for Algarve Cup - Black And Red United: More players at Washington soccer clubs seeing National Team time? Yes please.

Sunderland 0-0 West Bromwich Albion: Better Performance But Still No Win - Roker Report: In partner club news, the Black Cats nearly took the points but an Adam Johnson goal was ruled offside, and thus (yet) another goalless draw, this time with West Brom, dropping them to 16th in the Premier League.

Here’s how Parks And Recreation got that big guest star—you know the one · Newswire · The A.V. Club: ICYMI, NBC's Parks and Recreation is going about their last season doing whatever they want while checking off the requisite boxes for their characters, and last week threw in a guest star appearance out of nowhere, yet oddly not. And they talk about said casting. If anyone screams "Spoiler Alert!" from the link or writeup, please to click the arrow in your browser that points left.

How Dogfish Head strives for quality through science: In honor of our drinking podcast, a look inside one of the more passionate advocates of craft brewing, and a stone's throw away in a couple hours (and change) drive.

And with that, you guys drop out and be illiterate. I'm going to (Costa Rica) and be tan.