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Monday Freedom Kicks: Stop your moping, Seriously

Recaps, callups and roundtables.

Not for nothing, but 15k and change on a crap weather day with school spring breaks and basketball to compete with? Not horrible. Anyway, here you go:

Recaps of D.C. United's draw with the Colorado Rapids from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here, as well as a Matt Doyle tactical quick hit), the Washington Post and Goal.comBurgundy Wave gives you a look from the Rocky Mountain side.

OFFICIAL: Tim Howard to join Colorado Rapids in July - Stars and Stripes FC: Timmah was around RFK a bit in case you're interested.

Ben Olsen proving a model MLS manager at DC United - ESPN FC: Stick around for Ben Olsen the manager discussing Ben Olsen the plush doll.

Pragmatic in approach, Ben Olsen tries to evolve alongside D.C. United | FourFourTwo: Charlie Boehm gets all introspective with the coaching staff on Ben's evolving as a coach.

Stint with national team has Steve Birnbaum confident upon return to D.C. United - Washington Times: Thomas Floyd with some love for Birdbomb, as does MLS. Speaking of Birdbomb

Steve Birnbaum called-up for USA World Cup Qualifiers - Black And Red United: Right back Steve Birnbaum is gonna be great.

After series of concussions, D.C. United’s Patrick Nyarko changes his ways: Goff with a look at Patrick Nyarko and his medical history.

Why the Rapids dealt Marcelo Sarvas to D.C. United: A look at some machinations on how Marcelo Sarvas came to D.C.

A Thank You To All — TIFFANY WEIMER: Washington Spirit players Tiffany Weimer and Tori Huster express their thanks at the support in the wake of their house fire two weeks ago. BTW, go donate, or donate again if you haven't.

Spirit win 3-0 against UVA in first preseason scrimmage - Black And Red United: BTW, the Spirit started preseason in cracking form over the weekend.

D.C. United Academy player to train with Inter Milan - Black And Red United: Hey, some stuff with the partner club again!

Roma 1-1 Inter Milan: Nothing Changes - The Offside Inter Milan: Speaking of which, Ivan Perisic scored for Inter Milan, but Radja Nainggolan got a late equalizer for Roma to level the match between the two sides, which had some minor verbal chippiness earlier in the week, and kept Inter tied with Fiorentina, but in fifth due to the tiebreaker.

Newcastle United 1-1 Sunderland: Mitrovic Grabs Point For Magpies - Roker Report: In more partner club news, Jermain Defoe scored for Sunderland but the lead didn't last as they shared points with Newcastle in the Tyne Wear derby. Sunderland is in 18th, a point ahead of Newcastle, and two behind Norwich City, who they have a game in hand on.

Finally, here's Filibuster pal Brian Dunseth hosting a panel at South by Southwest on the Supporter's Culture in MLS, if you have an hour to kill: