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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, Champions League, and NWSL links for Wednesday March 16, 2016

We are all trapped in the coil now.

If you're reading this, you either opted to lock yourself down or you survived the hellish fate that was commuting on a day where this was going on:

Let's move forward in this new world and better our past mistakes. Maybe we should start by doing maintenance work on our public transit systems during boom times rather than just assuming it will take care of itself for 30+ years.

D.C. United goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra's back injury requires surgery | Black and Red United
For those of you who went to bed early to rest up for the life-and-death battle on our region's roads this morning, here was some news that broke last night. Dykstra is going to be out for...well, we don't know how long. Could be short-term, could be for a while.

D.C. United news and notes | Soccer Insider
There was a lot of news from training yesterday. Patrick Nyarko cleared the concussion protocol, Fabian Espindola is a new father (congrats Fabi!), Andrew Dykstra's troublesome back is still, uh, troubling him, and Ben Olsen took the rare step of publicly criticizing a player (in this case, Markus Halsti).

Gillette Stadium, turf the elephants in the room for MLS' lofty ambitions | FourFourTwo
Last week I disagreed with part of something Steve Davis wrote. This week, I have no such quibbles. Davis goes in hard on MLS's many turf surfaces, and I can't say I disagree.

MLS assignments: Week 3 |
Chris Penso will call United's game against Colorado this weekend.

Yes, there’s a slight chance of some snowflakes on spring’s first official day Sunday | Capital Weather Gang
Hope he brings warm clothes.

What went wrong for LA Galaxy? | Wyscout
Between mentioning this weekend's opponent Colorado and a brief discussion of week 1's game, this is relevant for United fans. It's also just a good read for any MLS fan.

Drew Brees has a dream he'd like to sell you | ESPN the Magazine
It's not great when MLS has a sponsor that is basically summed up in this video:

Also, if you watch the video embedded in the article, gird your loins for "the MLS" to hit your ears.

3 things we learned from Manchester City's goalless draw against Dynamo Kiev | SB Nation
In all likelihood, this is Man City's final step forward in the Champions League.

Washington Spirit release 2016 preseason roster | Black and Red United
This is the first piece from our newest writer, Caitlin Buckley. She's going to cover the Spirit and the USWNT, and we're super excited to have her aboard. Say hello, and keep an eye out for more woso coverage around these parts.

Hit or Miss: NWSL looking at Sky Blue FC - Washington Spirit rivalry? | Once a Metro
Maybe Jim Gabarra's move from Sky Blue to the Spirit will help get this one going?

Want to write about US Soccer? | Stars and Stripes FC
If you have USW/M/YNT opinions and a desire to write, hit our friends at Stars and Stripes up.

68 reasons why the 2016 NCAA Tournament is going to be fantastic | SB Nation
A big sports thing started last night. You may have heard about it.

Depending on when you read this, I either a) am ready to fight you to the death to get through this traffic a bit faster or b) will work with you in building a new and better society now that Ragnarok, localized entirely in our region's roads, has passed.