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News on current, former, and future(?) D.C. United players, Spirit news and Tarantino.

So, are we all hydrated and sick of the gym already? Good. So let's get into it:

D.C. United Top 20 Players in 20 Seasons | D.C. United: We'll get into this more later this week, but D.C. United's fan-voted list of the Top 20 in 20 is complete.

Markus Halsti (and the Finnish Nats) flub lines in front of the camera: Markus Halsti gets goofy with his Finland teammates in a blooper reel? This man is adorable.

The SBI 2016 MLS Mock Draft (Version 1.0) | Soccer By Ives: Another mock draft and guessing who D.C. United will pick next week.

U20 MNT heads to Miami for 2016 camp | College Soccer: In terms of D.C. United representation, current Maryland Terp Eryk Williamson is on the list, but current U-18 Academy players Jonathan Bell (defender) and midfielder Lucas Mendes make the Winter Camp. For other local peeps, James Marcinkowski (goalkeeper) represents Georgetown, Williamson's teammates Diego Silva (defender) and forward Sebastian Elney join him, and D.C. United U-23 alum Jeremy Ebobisse (Duke) are among the group of 36.

Now, for a brief segment on D.C. United's alumni:

Strikers Ink Quartet of Experienced NASL Players | Fort Lauderdale Strikers: Maicon Santos and Nana Attakora join the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Fresno Fuego bring in Sean Lanigan as new head coach | Fresno Bee: Former D.C. United Academy coach Sean Lanigan shows up on the West Coast.

And here is Luis Silva training with Tigres ahead of a presumed signing:

Spirit Signs Forward Katie Stengel — Washington Spirit: Katie Stengel joins the Spirit from Bayern Munich, and, complementing Crystal Dunn should hopefully provide a pant load of offense.

The Great Defender: Ali Krieger: Speaking of the Spirit, a lengthy profile of Ali Krieger for your eyeholes.

Jermain Defoe Key to Sunderland’s Survival Hopes - Roker Report: Jermain Defoe scored two goals Saturday (and Patrick Van Aanholt added another) in a Sunderland win over Aston Villa to get them to two points behind Newcastle, but a look to the former Toronto FC man's form is what may or may not keep them from being relegated.

QUENTIN TARANTINO AND PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON TALK SAVING CELLULOID, ‘THE HATEFUL EIGHT’, FAVORITE FILMS, AND MORE | One. Perfect. Shot. | Honoring Cinema's Past - Frame by Frame: I mean, QT & PTA discussing a bunch of stuff? Count me in. OBTW, Hateful Eight? OK, but not great.

The best of SB Nation's soccer blogs from 2015 - SBNation.com: Not to toot our own horn, but toot. In all seriousness, we're proud of what we and other SBN blogs do on a daily basis, and look forward to more cool stuff in 2016.

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