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Super Mario Home Alone III: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 31 July 2015

Liverpool ghosts Mario. Vegas says RSL hasn't got a chance at RFK. Carli Lloyd will be at the Soccerplex. CONCACAF realizes it has a referree problem.

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Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.  Because he knew it was Friday Freedom Kicks time.

D.C. United almost had a different name - The Washington Post:  "Some of the worst uniforms in the history of the sport" because someone thought we were a bunch of goober skaters.

D.C. United news and notes - The Washington Post:  The latest report from the RFK infirmary.

D.C. United is doing just fine without an MLS All-Star - The Washington Post:  This is hard to believe: Bill Hamid has only started 16 of 23 games this season.  And we're still number one in the East.

MLS attendance on rise with big-name international players -  Garber is pumped about rising attendance and global tv deals but is careful to remind everyone (especially the players union) that MLS is still losing money.

MLS All-Star Game should be changed to actual game between MLS all-stars | FC Yahoo - Yahoo Sports:  Let's get a string of 10 wins against EPL, Bundesliga, Serie A, and La Liga teams and then think about switching the format.  I watched the MLS All Star game this week for grace comparisons.  How graceful was MLS compared to Tottenham?  Tottenham edged us out a little bit, but not by much.  Let's get our gracefulness index up to par with Europe's before looking inward with an East-West game.

MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Real Salt Lake | MLSGB:  The odds-makers say we're gonna trounce RSL, 3-0.

GAME PREVIEW: WASHINGTON SPIRIT VS. HOUSTON DASH - National Women's Soccer League:  Stands will be bouncing simultaneously at RFK and the Soccerplex.  The Spirit take on the Dash Saturday night.  Looks like it might sell out.  Carli Lloyd will be trying to put it in the net from midfield again.  Ashlyn Harris will be there to catch it.  And the crowd will swoon.

CONCACAF announces review of confederation’s Refereeing Department in wake of Gold Cup controversy |  Good.  MLS will likely benefit from this review.

Mario Balotelli's Liverpool career is OVER - Brendan Rodgers sends clear message to Italian flop - Mirror Online:  Oh, the drama.  Mario Balotelli is like McCaulay Culkin - left alone while the family flies to Finland.  Can MLS be far away?

And your Friday Freedom Kicks treat is Neymar Jr. picking up girls.  If you're a celebrity look-alike, say it in the comments.

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