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Your D.C. United recaps, supporters-funded trips, and visual effects.

Hi. Well, Queretaro was fun. I hope to have a little more on that this week. In the meantime...

The Last Word on D.C. United's first leg loss to Queretaro: First impressions count: Jason breaks down last week's game, and provides some perspective in it all.

[D.C. Untied 2.5] Interlude: Calm before the storm and Nando's Peri-Peri Takeover: Another look at D.C.'s week, on and off the field.

Falto control y profundidad: Queretaro gave up a 90th minute goal to Morelia that gave them a 1-1 result on Saturday, putting them in a three-way tie for 12th with Jaguares and Atlas. They then promptly left to come to D.C., and arrived yesterday.

Tim Howard set to join Colorado Rapids from Everton - ESPN FC: So the Colorado Rapids, who currently have 23 of 28 roster spots filled, are paying somewhere around $750,000 in a transfer fee to Everton for United States goalkeeper Tim Howard, who will make around $2 million per season. Stay strong for the Burgundy Wave peeps.

Portland Timbers fans help fund trip for Columbus Crew fan that flipped off cameras after MLS Cup: The Oregonian: File this under 'Portland is a good road stop,' even if all the Timbers Army Twitter handles all have a gold star in them.

Pros and Cons of the 2016 FC Dallas TV deal: Not related to D.C., but FC Dallas recently cinching up their TV deal was an interesting read as to the intricacies of TV deals.

It’s not just the money: quality of signings suggest China could become a major power in club football: There's certainly more of this to play out, but an intriguing look at how China's rise in talent acquisition might not be a fluke this time.

West Ham United 1-0 Sunderland: Antonio Punishes Van Aanholt Mistake - Roker Report: In partner club news, Sunderland allowed a first half goal to Antonio that was the only goal of the game as West Ham wins 1-0, keeping the Black Cats in 19th, a point from Newcastle, who were off this week.

Juventus top Inter Milan in Derby d'Italia: In more partner club news, Inter Milan saw goals at the beginning and end of the second half from Juventus to lose 2-0. With AC Milan beating Torino, Inter find themselves hanging onto fifth place by a point.

Oh, and Happy Birthday to Perry Kitchen, who turns 6 today. Going to guess he's hoping for a strong exchange rate in Scandinavia for his birthday.

Hey, here's a montage of all the Oscar winners in the Best Visual Effects category: