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Recaps of D.C. United, the Spirit, a DCU alum gets honored and deaths of the actual sort.

Well that was no fun, and I didn't even do Mother's Day, so double boo!

Recaps of D.C. United's 2-0 loss to New York City FC from us (with more from us here), the Washington Post, MLS and Hudson River Blue. See one you liked that isn't here? Drop it in. Also, yell at them to step their gamer game up.

Report: D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum being targeted by Maccabi Haifa | MLSsoccer.com: SOMEONE continues to be popular in the rumors section of the soccers.

Q&A: Federico Bravo discusses NYCFC and Luciano Acosta: If you want to know what one Boca Juniors loanee thinks of the other? This is a nice, brief read.

Norrkoping Chairman, Manager, react to Alhaji Kamara to D.C. United reports - Black And Red United: As this gets closer (and it appears to be), some thoughts from Sweden.

Spirit throw away their chances, settle for scoreless draw against Thorns - Black And Red United: The Spirit disappoint against the Thorns, but they still retain their spot atop the NWSL table.

Santino Quaranta to be inducted to Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame - Black And Red United: This is nice to see. Hooray Tino!

Mitchell & Ness launches Spotify playlists curated by MLS players | MLSsoccer.com: M & N puts together good clothes, I'll leave it to you to judge the musical choices of Nick DeLeon.

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea: Comeback Cats Get Vital Win - Roker Report: In partner club news, Sunderland keep sticking around, and this win over Chelsea put them out of the bottom three, one point ahead of Newcastle (who played to a scoreless draw with Aston Villa), and four over Norwich City. They have a game in hand on Newcastle to boot, and hold the goal differential tiebreaker over both. Are they safe?

Inter 2-1 Empoli: Fourth place secured - The Offside Inter Milan: In more partner club news, Inter Milan bookended a goal from Empoli's Manuel Pucciarelli with ones of their own from Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic to win, secure fourth place and a spot in next year's Europa League tournament.

427: Ten years without Jen, twenty-six with | MZS | Roger Ebert: Matt Zoller Seitz, along with being a damn good film critic, has been a widower for some time now, and this emotional read goes into his journey since losing his wife.

I don't mean to end links a little melancholic, but such is life.