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Monday Freedom Kicks: These Little Town Bleus

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Looking back at the weekend in MLS playoffs, partner club nastiness and hey, guess who's back?

Hi. Sorry for being generally being away the last couple of weeks but like Donald said, I had an excuse:

The chem trails from sleep deprivation have been something, but wouldn't trade it for the world. Wondering if D.C. United can get an Academy claim in for a very observant player with a loud voice on the field, but is a project with a bunch of upside.

So we're down to small markets-ish in the MLS final four. In case you missed (or consciously skipped) yesterday's second legs, check them out hereherehere and here.

Steve Birnbaum makes United States roster for qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica - Black And Red United: Never let me get bored of this, despite my apathy towards Jurgen and the program.

D.C. United assistant reportedly joining Minnesota United - Black And Red United: The Ben Olsen coaching tree bears more fruit!

Playing for T&T a blessing, says DC United player: This article is not about Nick DeLeon, and leads with Seattle Sounders player Joevin Jones. Nevertheless, Trinidad and Tobago appears to have some more Black-and-Red to it.

Wake Forest Player With World Cup Pedigree | WFMYNEWS2.com: Speaking of Academy players, Ian Harkes, son of former DCU player John Harkes, gets another profile as the college soccer season winds down.

The New York City Marathon has Black-and-Red tinges to it. - Black And Red United: I guess you could make jokes about turkey sandwiches and missed sitters, but good on these guys for doing something I probably won't do.

Five things we learned as Swansea City slump further into crisis after abject display against Manchester United - Wales Online: In joint Jason Levien owned team news, Swansea City gave up 3 goals in the first half to Manchester United and did get a second half goal, but not much else in a 3-1 loss. This keeps the Jacks in 19th, ahead of former sorta DCU partner club Sunderland by a goal on differential. Oh, and this also:

Inter 3-0 Crotone: Who needs a goalkeeper? - Serpents of Madonnina: In more partner club news, Inter Milan defeats bottom dwellers Crotone with 3 goals (2 from Mauro Icardi) in the last 10 minutes, pulling them up to ninth. But, considering their past week, with minority owner/majority DCU owner Erick Thohir mourning the death of his father, the team's dismissal of Frank de Boer after just 3 months, and now impending changes which include a new coach and a change in management, they could use the brief good fortune.

Gonzalo Segares and the FFF Coaching License: So former Chicago Fire (and almost DCU) player Gonzalo Segares was dealing with Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez in an ugly situation.

Finally, now that the season is (prematurely) over, and you have some free time. Go see some movies. Here are some foreign films that Martin Scorsese recommends you see, for enjoyment's sake.