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D.C. United, Inter Milan, Swansea City: Freedom Kicks for 18 April 2016

Happy Tax Day!

Good morning friends! I hope everyone who attended had a great time; I know I did and I always loving meeting more of you all. Let's get into the links from around the weekend, shall we?

Early Sebastian Giovinco goals dooms D.C. United against Toronto FC - Black And Red United: Steven Streff has our coverage of Saturday's 1-0 loss to Toronto FC.

Spirit beat Boston Breakers 1-0 in season opener - Black And Red United: On the women's side, however, the Washington Spirit kicked off their season with a 1-0 victory which was actually more comprehensive than the score leads you to believe. If you have a chance, head out to the SoccerPlex some time this season and see them play.

Emerald City Supporters stages silent march to protest MLS supporter policy - Sounder At Heart: Seattle's Emerald City Supporters walked in support of the District Ultras before this weekend's game.

Roberto Mancini: No regrets over Inter Milan season - ESPN FC: In some partner club news, Roberto Mancini starts to post-mortem Inter's season. At the bottom, however, are some quotes from Erick Thohir addressing the rumors of him selling Inter Milan and the similar rumors about D.C. United.

Norwich City 0-3 Sunderland: Black Cats Hammer Norwich in Basement Battle. - Roker Report: In more partner club news, Sunderland is struggling to stay up in the Premier League, and beating up on a fellow relegation candidate can only help their cause. Sunderland remain one point behind Norwich, but with a game in hand.

Newcastle United 3 Swansea City 0: Smiles in the directors' box beforehand - but not at full time: Finally, in maybe about to be partner club news, Swansea loses to relegation candidate Newcastle with Jason Levien in attendance.

Christian Pulisic youngest non-German to score in Bundesliga - ESPN FC: Christian Pulisic becomes the youngest non-German, and fourth youngest overall, player to score a goal in the Bundesliga. An American starting for Dortmund is pretty awesome.

Women's pro soccer sees reason for optimism, 15 years on | Football | The Guardian: Finally, and nice piece from the Washington Spirit games about the NWSL in its fourth season, a feat no women's league in the United States has ever achieved.

That's all I've got. What's up on this Monday morning?