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Uh, Ouch? DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 27 February 2015

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The pre-season is squarely upon us all.

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Preseason.  You can't live with it, and you can't kill it.

D.C. United smashed by Alajuelense, 5-2, in CONCACAF Champions League - The Washington Post:  "Smashed."  Heebie Jeebies.

Comcast SportsNet, D.C. United announce record TV schedule | Comcast SportsNet Washington:  Thank you, Comcast SportsNet.  Good job.

Why a long and bitter MLS strike is unlikely; By Simon Evans | World Soccer Talk:  Simon Evans thinks the MLS proletariat doesn't have a leg to stand on.

MLS strike could benefit Toronto FC greatly - Waking The Red:  Holy crap.  Toronto's first 7 games are all road games.

Mexican Federation backs San Antonio bid for MLS - San Antonio Express-News:  There's not much to this story, other than a whole lot of irony.  (Alamo and stuff.)

Champions League: Where does Montreal Impact's draw at Pachuca rank in MLS history? | MLSsoccer.com:  Let's go, Impact?

Is Earthquakes' new stadium best soccer venue in America? - San Jose Mercury News:  Here's what it's like to have a new stadium.  "The Earthquakes are close to reaching their limit of selling 12,000 season tickets for the eight-month campaign that begins March 7. Single-game tickets cost from $20 to $143, in comparison to the 49ers' prices of $85 to $200 per game. Also, season-ticket holders were not required to spend thousands of dollars on so-called personal seat licenses like 49ers fans."

Racist Dutch Soccer Fans Throw Inflatable Banana At Black Player - Deadspin:  When fans do racist things, all I hear is this lonely chant:  "I am a moron."

MLS success in Champions League would be great but not a game-changer - World Soccertalk:  "We sometimes talk about a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup "establishing legitimacy." Honestly, I'm not sure that that means. I do know that we'd all have to squint really hard to see how "establishing legitimacy" would truly push MLS forward. In fact, if we started listing elements that might truly move the needle for Major League Soccer, "prosperity in CONCACAF Champions League" would fall way, way down the list."

For DC.  Keep your chin up.  And say:  Nobody bothers me.