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More on D.C. United's loss to Alajuelense Thursday, Fox and provider fights, single entity in the crosshairs, and showing Led Zeppelin and Aliens for young boys.

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I returned over the weekend from Costa Rica, where it was 87 when I left and 18 when I returned. Surprisingly, I have not reconsidered and turned back around to warmer temperatures. Off to the links!

The Last Word on LD Alajuelense vs. D.C. United Leg 1: A Rude Awakening - Black And Red United: One last time, the ugliness of the 5-2 loss to Alajuelense. More on Costa Rica later today, stay tuned.

From MLS to USMNT, DC United's Steve Birnbaum flaunts conventional wisdom with rapid rise | MLSsoccer.com: Pablo with a look at the rise of the Birdbomb, aka Steve Birnbaum.

DC United prepares for the CONCACAF Champions League | US Soccer Players: A few days late, but I managed to chip in my lunkheaded thoughts to USSP on the tournament and season, because I am incredibly vain and selfish.

D.C. United Academy adds residency option | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer: Travis Clark provides additional detail around the residency program, which appears to be hugely encouraging.

MLS remains under glass ceiling in Concacaf Champions League | Football | The Guardian: A excellent look at MLS and CONCACAF.

Fox Sports 1, AT&T In Dispute Over Fees For Nascar, Golf, Soccer | Variety: Aside from their streaming Non-FS Go option still not being available on Verizon, apparently U-Verse customers may face a shutting out. WTG Fox. Speaking of which...

FIFA gave Fox the 2026 World Cup to avoid a lawsuit: This doesn't help either.

Real Salt Lake owner fined Dell Loy Hansen for calling MLS free agency 'waste of time' - ESPN FC: Aside from "here comes the strike," this was pretty much optical, yes?

MLS can't afford to have these kind of strikers - LA Times: A look at the dollars and speculating on the Union strike fund, if it comes to it.

Soccernomics Agency: Consultancy, Research, Ideas " MLS and American sports capitalism: Stefan Szymanski weighs in on Major League Soccer and single entity.

Ref Fotis Bazakos is used to hearing it from players, coaches and fans | MLS | S: Similar to Corey Rockwell, Fotis Bazakos shares his thoughts on an official and chimes in on where the officials stand on all this.

The 10 Best Football Documentaries You Can Watch Online Right Now | Eight by Eight: In the event that there is a stoppage, here some good ways to pass the time.

Inter Milan face sanctions for violating FFP regulations - The Offside Inter Milan: In partner club news, GUH (potentially), staying with Inter Milan...

Internazionale lose ground in loss to high-flying Fiorentina - ESPN FC: Mohamed Salah scores the only goal for Fiorentina in defeating Inter, keeping them in ninth, ahead of Palermo on differential.

Manchester United 2-0 Sunderland: Rooney Double Seals Win For United - Roker Report: In more partner club news, Wes Brown gets a red card and leads to a penalty kick that Wayne Rooney scores on (his first of two on the day) as Manchester United defeat Sunderland, keeping them in 16th in the Premier League.

Scale of racism in Cup host Russia a threat, report says: Not that we didn't know this, but in case not, another example in 'Hooray FIFA!'

Going to the game? Pack earplugs and lose the vuvuzela, WHO says - The Globe and Mail: Not that it should be a surprise, but add 'health risk' to the damage vuvuzelas cause (what will FC Dallas fans do?)

"To See My Daughter Smile": Three Months After Horrific Crash, Ken Gemmell Looks Toward the Future | NBC4 Washington: D.C. United supporter Ken Gemmell talks to local news about the plane crash which claimed the lives of his wife and two of three kids. More can be found here. Go tell someone you know you love them.

These elementary school percussionists goddamn own these Led Zeppelin songs · Great Job, Internet! · The A.V. Club: Turn this up to lighten the mood and throw your fist up. You need it.

Notes on watching "Aliens" for the first time again, with a bunch of kids | MZS | Roger Ebert: Matt Zoller Seitz (no relation to Chris of FC Dallas lore that I know of) provided a movie recommendation and suddenly I feel like being old is kind of cool, especially when it hands kids their lunch.