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Monday Freedom Kicks: Gone in a (WNY) Flash

Recaps of a gut punch for the Spirit, D.C. United players and the US team, and Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.

If you're like me, you watched the NWSL Final last night, because it had a chance to give Washington D.C. a title and temporarily stop bellyaching. But nope, only more pain. Boo, indeed.

Recaps of the Washington Spirit's last-minute tie (and eventual loss) to the Western NY Flash by us (with more on site from Caitlin here), SB Nation properGoff and FourFourTwo.

Steve Birnbaum picks up ugly injury on USMNT duty - Black And Red United: This looked bad when it first happened Friday with Steve Birnbaum, though thankfully and apparently, no concussion was suffered.

Bill Hamid joins USA for New Zealand friendly - Black And Red United: Then on Saturday, D.C. United and the United States national team were in the news again for a good reason. Is Tuesday's game with New Zealand actually worth watching now?

Perry Kitchen aims to break into USMNT mix after claiming armband at Hearts | Oh yeah, former DCU guy and current Heart of Midlothian F.C. midfielder and captain Perry Kitchen's back in town.

Bob Bradley takes shot at Jurgen Klinsmann in first Swansea City press conference - Stars and Stripes FC: In sorta partner club news, Swansea City coach Bob Bradley, in his first meeting with the Welsh/British media, was full of all sorts of candor, and this was one nugget of many.

CONCACAF to overhaul 'archaic' World Cup qualifying format: File under 'believe it when you see it,' but it's certainly encouraging if true.

Murió Gonzalo Peralta, ex jugador del Ascenso | TyC Sports: Sad news from Argentina, as Gonzalo Peralta, who played with DCU in 2008, lost a battle with cancer and passed on Friday at the age of 36. DEP El Rasta.

Finally, don't you hate spilling things and falling down? Well this mix of those things, set to The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" is pretty good and surprisingly melancholic:

Now go out and hug a Spirit fan today, goodness knows they need it.