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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, CONCACAF Champions League and other links for Wednesday April 22, 2015

Praise for Sweden, DCU news, and more

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May or may not have spent last night tweeting music videos by Swedes. I had a good reason.

D.C. United news and notes | Soccer Insider
Steve Goff talked to Andrew Dykstra about the mindset of a goalkeeper. There are also some tidbits about United's USL loanees.

Newcastle United Preseason 2015: Why Newcastle Should Come to the Northeast | Coming Home Newcastle
This would be nice for Newcastle fans, but probably not so great for United. If this suggestion became reality, let's try not to play the friendly in Jacksonville (or worse, Fedex Field).

Tony Taylor out for the season | Hudson River Blue
Anyone who saw NYCFC's game Sunday saw this injury, and likely wishes they hadn't. Taylor will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL as well as LCL damage.

Is This the Resurrection of Darren Mattocks? | Eighty Six Forever
Mattocks never bagged the 60 goals or whatever it was he promised to score, but he may be quietly learning how to be an effective and trusted pro despite not being a sure starter up in BC.

Montreal Impact look to topple Mexican giants Club America in CCL Final | Mount Royal Soccer
The first leg of the CCL final is tonight, and I wish the Impact well. Of course, I'm also still super, super bitter that it's not United.

USMNT vs Mexico: The grudge match(es?) ahead |
Charles Boehm notes that the USMNT's win over Mexico is just a taste of what's to come this summer.

Chef Kristen Kish to Host Travel Channel Show Based on NYT's '36 Hours' | Eater
Kyle Martino is the other host of this show, which I assume will mean he misses some NBC Premier League broadcasts. Still, it sounds like it could be good.

Bayern Munich vs. FC Porto 2015: Final score 6-1, Bavarians thrash Dragons to make semifinals | SB Nation
Bayern-Porto first half was basically a slasher flick.

3 things we learned from Barcelona's comfortable 2-0 win over PSG | SB Nation
Speaking of inevitable...

Capitals vs. Islanders Recap: Backstrom's OT Winner Ties the Series at Two | Japers' Rink