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Steve Birnbaum with the USMNT, Bobby Boswell gabs & Lenhart invades Japan? Freedom Kicks for 1/30/17

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Radio interviews and strangers in strange lands abound.

Hey there, you’re looking nice. Did you change your hair?

USMNT, Serbia both lack inspiration in 0-0 draw (us): D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum goes 90 for the United States, not much to take from this one honestly.

Ryan Martin, DC United Academy Director, Discusses Culture, Tactics, and the Future of DC United (MLS Multiplex): Martin was the focus of this multipart piece on what he wants to do (parts 2 and 3 are here), AND he did a radio interview with Prost Amerika.

Speaking of Prost, they also did a radio hit with Bobby Boswell.

Armchair Analyst: 22 teams, 22 starting lineups – for now (MLS): Matt Doyle puts together an...interesting back line?

Harkes inducted into New Jersey Youth Hall of Fame (Empire of Soccer): Looking forward to Ian’s induction into the Virginia one in a couple of decades.

MLS' concussion protocol still a work in progress (Four Four Two): Looking at the last big hit in the playoffs and seeing where things are now.

Olympic hero Stephanie Labbé honoured at Alberta Soccer Awards (Canada Soccer): Hey, we’ll take any bit of good news the Washington Spirit get these days. Good on Steph.

Inter 3-0 Pescara: Cruising to Victory (Serpents of Madonnina): Inter Milan make the unbeaten streak 9 with the win. Goals from Joao Mario, Eder and Danilo D’Ambrosio pushed them up to 4th over Lazio, behind Napoli.

Rui Costa: The Man Rebuilding Chapecoense (Vice): A look at making the squad whole again after the tragedy.

Former San Jose Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart signs with fourth-tier Japanese team FC Imabari (Center Line Soccer): Um, what? Well, yes, in fact. Putting aside the fact there apparently are at least 4 tiers in Japanese soccer, here’s his press conference, including his attempt to speak Japanese:

Now if you don’t mind, I’ll be watching Lost in Translation while tending to my kid today.