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Monday Freedom Kicks: Wet and Wild

Recaps, DP examinations, and scary news from Mexico.

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Hi. So in case I've been late on emails or whatever, I said this during Friday night's game:

So naturally, I've been a little busy since then.

Recaps of D.C. United's win over Sporting Kansas City from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and the Washington PostThe Blue Testament covers things from the Sporks side.

Is D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum headed towards starting role with U.S. Soccer? | CSN Mid-Atlantic: Possibly? Viva Birdbomb, of course.

Alhaji Kamara finally set for DC United debut after long wait on sidelines | The man of the hour reflects o his last few months...

Alhaji Kamara's D.C. United goal made MLS records | And apparently set a record.

Halstihörnan - Markus Halsti lämnar DC United - Malmö FF - Allsvenskan | Markus Halsti spoke with one of our own commenters about his release and Finland's look ahead to matches with Belgium and Italy.

Riverhounds' Vincent rejoins team on loan from D.C. United | TribLIVE: We know Rob Vincent is rejoining his old USL friends, the question remains for how long.

DC United's Lamar Neagle tackles his biggest challenges off the field | Perhaps most importantly, congrats to Lamar and Natalie on their pending arrival.

Designated Report: DC United – FiftyFive.One: A look at past Designated Player signings, with no foreboding about future ones, no sir. Related: looks like he's a fan of Brankenstock.

A guide to MLS podcasts | Speaking of fans, hey thanks MLS!

Teams I like To Improve - LOWE DOWN STATS: Looking sort of analytically on a possible DCU statistical turnaround.

Athletic Department announces new boys’ soccer program head | The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle: An old Academy coach finds a new job.

Mexican forward Alan Pulido kidnapped while in his hometown, his brother confirms - FMF State Of Mind: Some scary and still developing news about the Mexico international over the weekend, who has since been rescued early this morning.

WATCH: If Juanfran begging for forgiveness does not make you sad you are not a human being - Into the Calderon: ICYMI, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid played to penalty kicks in the Champions League Final, and Juanfran's miss seems to haunt him right now.

Kick turn | The Economist: This says young boys in the U.S. find soccer more popular than any other sport except one, in a segment I call, "Reports that occur annually."

Should you hear a knock on the door and it's me, do let me in, K?