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Saying goodbye to the Old Gray Lady and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/23/17

MLS: New York Red Bulls at D.C. United Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Hi. Mood:

Anyway, the last regular occupant of RFK in D.C. United lost 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls. Read recaps from us (along with bonus legends recap!), WaPo (with a Steinberg cameo), MLS, Goal, Sporting News and NBC Washington.

Events DC Sets its Sights on the Future for the Iconic RFK Stadium and the Surrounding 190-Acre Campus (Markets Insider): Guessing a minimall and residential spot are the things, or some such thing. WaPo looks back in pictures as well as what will be left after the Old Lady is generally eventless, and Jason’s ode is a must-tread.

RFK Stadium's Last Call a Final Farewell to American Soccer's Common Thread (SI): Loyal boy Brian Straus talks about RFK and its place in U.S. Soccer.

So since there was a lot going on, I figured these may have gone under the radar, as they’re good things we did:

With Bill Hamid departing, Steve Clark is ready to take over in goal for D.C. United: I think if you read between the lines a little, you get a sense that Steve Clark is more welcomed to D.C. than you’d expect. MLS has a bit with Hamid as does Goal, which has a nugget buried in there.

“Maybe we went in overconfident” in loss to Trinidad and Tobago: Paul Arriola opens up about missing Russia.

Durkin is the glue that holds the U-17 USYNT together (Stars and Stripes FC): Chris Durkin is impressing, along with many others on the Baby Yanks squad. Pity it couldn’t last longer.

Carroll announces retirement (Brotherly Game): Brian Carroll hung them up yesterday too and I don’t know if I want to see a world where a Carroll isn’t playing in MLS.

‘You can only have so many chances’ (WaPo): Goff sits down with Freddy Adu for a bit. MLS has more with him here.

In Kabul, first evening soccer match in nearly four decades defies Taliban attacks (WaPo): Someting I wasn't aware of and well worth the time.

Inter 0-0 Napoli (Serpents of Madonnina): In partner club news, Inter Milan was the first team in Serie A to deprive Napoli of 3 with a scoreless draw, and remain 2 behind Napoli on the season (both teams have yet to lose this season).

Paul Clement's side beaten at home by managerless Foxes (Wales Online): In more partner club news, Swansea City gave up two goals to Leicester City within the first hour and while Alfie Lawson got one back, Swans dropped another result at home, and are in 15th.

OK, it’s late as I write, talk to you later.