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We welcome the almost official Designated Player. look at news within D.C. United and Inter Milan, and speculate on Fargo, as one does.

Hi. I'm your replacement Jason today. He's busy, out doing things for Maryland. Which likely means losing an important sporting event despite providing the public some tasty seafood or something. That's what happens there, right? Oh yeah, Luciano Acosta is slated to come to town and get his medical and all that fun stuff, so, keep that in mind today.

D.C. United trades Conor Doyle to Colorado Rapids - Black And Red United: In case you haven't seen this news, our own Leanne is clutching her newly customized Doyle jersey and starting a vigil. I hope you join her should you feel inclined.

D.C. United in trade talks over Antonio Nocerino - Black And Red United: I honestly had resigned myself to knowing once Orlando City interjected themselves in the Antonio Nocerino talks that this was not going to happen, so the only thing left to root for is how much they take it on the chin for their transgressions, and any accompanying OCSC saltiness.

D.C. United’s Olsen adjusts preseason approach: Ben Olsen discusses the team this year versus last, and says maybe things were ratcheted up too fast last year?

USMNT January Camp wrap: Winners, looking forward | SI.com | SI.com: More good news for Steve Birnbaum.

Carlos Ruiz has suspension reduced, eligible to play vs. USMNT - Stars and Stripes FC: I'm not going to lie, I hope Guatemala elects Carlos Ruiz president of their Federation, and he scores a goal in the first leg of Qualifiers next month against the United States.

Inter, Moratti in uscita: Thohir cerca un socio: So, apparently D.C. United managing partner Erick Thohir is coming to Milan Friday to meet some of the Inter Milan peeps, and on his agenda is looking to sell some of his shares because nobody's picking up minority ownership?

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Bolingbroke to face questions over Inter’s lack of sponsorship | English News | Calciomercato.com: And also, the guy he hired from Manchester United to be Inter's CEO isn't doing much in the way of revenue. So honestly, I don't know what to think of what's up over there.

Angry soccer fans rained tennis balls on the field mid-game to protest ticket prices - SBNation.com: What I do know, is that this protest is golden.

How France is helping mold MLS academies, coaches | SI.com | SI.com: A really good read and I know that D.C. United's U18 coach has been/is coaching through this course now and can attest to how intense it is. Definitely worth the time to read.

Finding the line between ending and epilogue in Fargo season two · Polite Fight · The A.V. Club: Finally, I can tell you that I love Fargo, and was proven wrong after initial skepticism about it. You should watch it too, but you should binge it, then come back to this little part the A.V. Club talks about. OK? OK.

In the meantime, when in doubt...bang.