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Recaps of D.C. United and the Spirit from the weekend, some D.C. alum news, and our prices are INSANE....

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Recaps of D.C. United's 1-1 draw with Columbus Crew SC from us (with our first thoughts here), the Washington Post and MLS (with more from them here). Massive Report has your look from the Crewzer end.

Banini brace leads Washington Spirit to 3-2 win over FC Kansas City - Black And Red United: In case you haven't see the game-winner, first, please do so. The Spirit is now tied with Portland Thorns FC on points, and has two games in hand on them.

D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum named to 2016 MLS All-Star team - Black And Red United: Yay Birdbomb!

Local Soccer Stars Ready for Rio | NBC4 Washington: Spirit teammates Ali Krieger and Crystal Dunn discuss their prep.

MRP rolls out next phase of Florida Rock, while Forest City pitches 285 units at The Yards - Washington Business Journal: Of note, some parking to plan for at Buzzard Point.

BAH GAWD! That's Andy Najar's music! - Black And Red United: Former D.C. (now Anderlecht) player Andy Najar shares his rehab with FoB&RU Sebastian Salazar.

D.C. United icon Marco Etcheverry with his plaque as a member of the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame - Black And Red United: As it should be, frankly.

Better together: D.C. United announces Unified Team | WJLA: I always like when the MLS clubs do this. They also beat the Crew's team Saturday night, so good on them.

Swansea City's New American Owners Set To Help Raise Club's Profile In U.S. - SportsBusiness Daily | SportsBusiness Journal | SportsBusiness Daily Global: This has an interview with Swansea City's coach and not with their now official owners in Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan, but you get the idea.

Salt Lake Tribune "reduces RSL coverage" after Gordon Monson press credential revoked - RSL Soapbox: I have no idea why Real Salt Lake would get involved in something so silly (this is the second team in recent memory that has gotten involved in such shenanigans), but here we are.

Timbers Army Tifo: "Sweet Dreams" - Stumptown Footy: This is the shot, but the chaser? Pretty great:

Inter Milan – Italian Football on the Silk Road: An interesting look at the other partner club and how Chinese ownership might help them.

Crazy Eddie: The Rise—and Fall—of the Electronics Store's Insanely Successful Criminal Enterprise | Mental Floss: I remember these ads growing up, and this is a remarkable "Where are they now?" story.

Go forth into the heat, and hydrate.