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D.C. United’s weekend recapped and the USMNT roster sees changes: Monday Freedom Kicks

The weekend in club and country news summed up, and Mud.

Poopier still! Oh well, such is life.

Recap’s of D.C. United’s 2-0 loss to Columbus Crew SC by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and WaPo. Massive Report has the Crewser point of view.

The top 5 current MLS Homegrowns at every position (Top Drawer Soccer): Hey, good news here for Bill Hamid, Chris Durkin and Ian Harkes fans.

Costa Rica World Cup qualifying roster includes Jose Ortiz (us): D.C. United maintains its Costa Rican international representation later this week.

He’s Got Wings (UMD): Hey, a look under Talon’s beak!

Player scouting at the forefront of Major League Soccer's rapid evolution (ESPN FC): This is a worthwhile read and illuminating for some of the, er, have nots.

U.S. Soccer to close Residency Program (Top Drawer Soccer): End of an era and all, but something that does make a bit of sense.

Injured Bobby Wood dropped from USA roster; Kljestan, Besler added (Stars and Stripes FC): Well this kind of sucks, but we’ll see what Bruce does I guess.

How future MLS stadiums could blur lines between teams, cities (Four Four Two): Interesting read on what MLS 2/3/4.0 stadia could look like.

Torino 2-2 Inter: Two Points Dropped (Serpents of Madonnina): In partner club news, Joe Hart sorta gifted Inter Milan a draw with 2 howlers for Torino, which left Inter in fifth in the Serie A table.

Miserable defeat to Eddie Howe's men re-ignites Premier League relegation fears all over again (Wales Online): In more partner club news, Swansea City lose 2-0 to Bournemouth. Yes, Bournemouth. Swans are 3 points clear from 18th place Hull City and 5 from 19th place Middlesbrough, though Boro has 2 games in hand.

Soccer player thanks both wife and girlfriend in post-game interview, and we can't stop cringing.: God love us all for the comedy fairy blessing us with this.

Finally, if you don’t know the name Jeff Nichols, you should get acquainted. Director and writer of a variety of films (most recently the critically acclaimed Loving), this essay to his talents is worth a looksee.