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Recaps of D.C. United's loss, the Washington Spirit's win, and DCU players former and (maybe, but probably not) future.

Hi. I listened to Danny Trejo on two different podcasts while driving Saturday, and have an urge for prison ink now.

Recap's of D.C. United's 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union by us (with more from us hereMLS (with more from them here) and the Washington PostBrotherly Game has things on the River End.

Maccabi Tel Aviv increase bid for U.S.' Steve Birnbaum - sources - ESPN FC: Nothing we didn't already know mostly, other than Birnbaum's been looking for a new deal for a while now.

Andrew Dykstra did a phone-in show recently, and talked about his injury, the team and other happenings.

What new dimension can Lloyd Sam bring to DC United's attack? | MLSsoccer.com: An interesting and quite good read on the new guy.

Jeffrey Makes Most of Second Chance | WJLA: Broadcast partner profiles the redemption song. And check out the piece on Jared Jeffrey by our own, Steven Streff, if you haven't.

Washington Spirit close home stand with 2-0 win over Chicago - Black And Red United: Not all was dreary on the D.C. soccer front, as the Spirit shut out the Chicago Red Stars, padding their lead over them to five. The Spirit remain in third, a point behind the WNY Flash and three behind Portland Thorns FC, with games in hand on both. More on the game from the Washington Post.

USWNT players criticize WNY Flash field conditions - Stars and Stripes FC: Good grief, what is this?

Gabriel Guerrero, a prueba en el DC United de la MLS | Agencia Diana Blanca: All this says is a goalkeeper from Elche's youth system is on a trial tomorrow. So, FYI and stuff.

Christian Fernández, nuevo jugador del Real Oviedo | Real Oviedo: I'm filing this under worlds colliding, because, well, I'm a DC fan, and a Oviedo shareholder. So I guess he reports to me now?

The time is now for MLS teams to raid Argentina’s talented cupboard | The 91st Minute | Soccer Blog | Videos | Pop-Culture: The article says this is already happening, but that it should happen more, which I agree.

Turmoil for Fort Lauderdale Strikers' Players and Staff: Checks Bounce, Players Leave – FiftyFive.One: Um, not a look look there, NASL.

Finally, it's not completely horrible. You could be Orlando City and/or Antonio Nocerino: