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D.C. United opens the season and U.S. Soccer hates political expression: Monday FKs

Week 1 kicks off, plus a bunch more.

Well that was poop, plus I think I got a cold from it. Es la vida I guess.

Recaps of D.C. United’s scoreless draw with Sporting Kansas City by us (with more from us here), WaPo and MLS (with more from them here). The Blue Testament has you covered if you like Sporks.

2017 Top 50 MLS Prospects: 1-10 (Top Drawer Soccer): Which D.C. United homegrown player was # 3 on this list? Well in case my clue didn't help, subscribe and get behind the paywall to find out.

USWNT concedes late goal, loses to England 1-0 (us): Well, the United States Women come to town this week, and I hope things are better than this?

US Soccer’s new policy requires players to stand during national anthem (Stars and Stripes FC): In the wake of Pinoekneelgate, prolly not.

Freddy Adu and the Children of the Beautiful Game (The New Yorker): An interesting read on the influence of the wunderkind of yesteryear.

Llorente scores late goal to win 3-2 thriller (Wales Online): In partner club news, Fernando Llorente’s goal helped Swansea City beat Burnley, which combined with losses by Middlesborough and Hull City, moves them 5 and 6 points (respectively) clear of the bottom 3 at the moment.

Cagliari 1-5 Inter: That went well (Serpents of Madonnina): In other partner club news, Ivan Perisic had two goals, part of an Inter Milan rout that saw them 6th at the end of the day in Serie A, one of 4 clubs separated by 3 points, and in positions 4-7 on the table.

Finally, I’m a fan of Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” and I think it’s growing into one of the better war movies of the last few years. This look at a fleeting moment and its overarching message is worth 5:54 of your time.