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The Smokeless Pall over RFK: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 8 April 2016

Talon will have to be extra awesome from now on.

I think it was Emma Goldman who once said: "If I can't set off smoke bombs, I don't wanna be a part of your revolution."

I am paraphrasing, of course. The exact wording was "If I can't set off smoke bombs after being encouraged to do so via MLS promotional materials without being kicked out for a year as an initial punishment despite many, many years of supporting you, I don't wanna be a part of your revolution." I believe that was it. Nuance.

Open Letter to D.C. United - Paul Kent - Reddit: District Ultras member pens an open letter to D.C. United about its ridiculously excessive one-year ban on a longtime fan who had a good intention and a smoke bomb. "You know why my heart's broken for Steve? Because in an attempt to make things better, things became worse than ever."

D.C. United's Supporters' Future is Smokey - CF97 Sirens: Chicago Fire blogger highlights the smoke bomb marketing of MLS.

And here's the MLS-wide ban imposed on the guy who set off a smoke bomb that couldn't be appropriated for MLS's marketing purposes:

D.C. United's goalkeeping problem leads to opportunity for veteran Tally Hall - Washington Times: Tally Hall is trying to get back in form.

DC United attacker Luciano Acosta needs time to acclimate, Sarvas says | Acosta is trying to acclimate.

DC United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps MLS Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/9/16 - Sports Chat Place: This guy predicts a smokeless draw tomorrow. Fun.

Preview | United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps | D.C. United: Your official D.C. United preview for tomorrow.

Weber: Professional Referee Organization defends rash of MLS red cards | Vancouver Sun: PRO says it's just enforcing the law "as written."

Amid complex times, U.S. Soccer faces a perception problem | I'll say.

And your Friday Freedom Kicks treat is Yes, '90s Blockbuster Training Videos Really Were This Cringeworthy. Settle into your office chair and watch this thing.

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