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D.C. United preseason and Jason Levien works on stadia: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Spring breakers, stadium rights and more today.

Some of you may be sleeping in because of the holiday. To others of you, good Monday.

Hey, did you hear D.C. United received final approval to build Audi Field at Buzzard Point? On the off chance you didn't get the chance to look at things Friday, there is some leftover stuff from Goff here and here, here (Soccerwire) and here (Clad Global).

As it turns out, Jason Levien was not done with stadium stuff, as Swansea City is in talks to control Liberty Stadium, to include naming rights and expansion. More on that here.

2017 MLS uniform critique: Every team's jerseys for the new season (Planet Futbol): Brian Straus weighs in on the new outfits, including ours.

D.C. United falls 4-2 to the Montreal Impact (us): Hey, there was (preseason) soccer over the weekend!

D.C. United a l'intention de garder Maxim Tissot (Journal de Montreal): Wondering where the only trialist was last Saturday? Getting his visa in order before signing his contract, per Benny.

Diverging Paths For United: What Branding Direction Will D.C. United’s USL Team Take? (Midfield Press): I kind of liked this look at what a DCU2 could bring and where the games should be.

Club parting ways with John Harkes (FC Cincinnati): This dropped late Friday night, hours before the team went to Florida, so now D.C. fans can forget about watching them I guess? On a related note, this post includes some juicy gossip and D.C. United’s Academy Director Ryan Martin, and is worth checking out.

Two decades later, another Harkes aims to leave his mark on D.C. United (Four Four Two): Hey, speaking of all things Harkes...

Miguel Aguilar is at risk with a Trump administration (LAG Confidential): Whatever your stance on the current administration is, this isn’t a good thing that could impact a former Black-and-Red player and nice kid.

Perry Kitchen: I’ll fight my way back in at Hearts (Edinburgh News): I figured Heart of Midlothian was spelling Perry when they sat him two weeks ago against Motherwell, and didn’t know he sat again in the Scottish Cup game with Hibernian. Nevertheless, he started in Hearts’ 1-1 draw with Inverness, and they are in 4th in the SPL right now.

Bologna 0-1 Inter: He did it! He scored! (Serpents of Madonnina): In more partner club stuff, Gabriel Barbosa’s late goal propelled Inter Milan to a late win over Bologna, putting them in 4th, holding the tiebreak over Atalanta.

Watch: David Villa ejected using video replay for slapping DeLaGarza (The Score): David Villa cheap-shotting an opposing defender? Who could have seen THAT coming?

Sounders fan makes good on internet-infamous Celine Dion tattoo bet (MLS): For those of you dreading the inevitable D.C. United ink because the stadium deal is done, know it can be worse.

How Frenchman Andre-Pierre Gignac Conquered Liga MX (Vice): I started watching Liga MX with some regularity a couple of years ago, and have watched Tigres a bit, Rob Schneider’s interest aside. Nevertheless, this is a nice look at their noted import.

Finally, I like the crime film Heat. I also like the comic book film The Dark Knight, but Film School Rejects tie the two together in a way that hadn’t occurred to me before. Check it out: