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Rough weekend for D.C. United & the Washington Spirit, David Villa & Ottawa midfield goals, & more Monday Freedom Kicks

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Oh, and a random sings Simon & Garfunkel

What a dour weekend, plus it was Easter? Ugh.

Recaps of D.C. United’s loss to the New York Red Bulls by us (with more from us here), MLS and Goff. Once a Metro has the winners’ taeks.

Washington Spirit open NWSL season with a 1-0 loss to the North Carolina Courage (us): Hey, Saturday for D.C. Soccer was just peachy.

A tale of Eight Minutes (Serpents of Madonnina): In partner club news, Inter Milan started off good in the Milan derby with AC Milan, but gave up goals late, including one to Cristian Zapata in the 97th(!) minute that made the result a shared one. Inter did not jump over Milan as a result, staying in 7th, two points behind them.

Etienne Capoue goal clinches victory for Hornets and dents Swans' survival hopes (Wales Online): In more partner club news, Swansea City took it on the chin from Watford, and they were particularly distraught over this. Swans stay in 18th in the table, 4 points ahead of Middlesbrough, who have 2 games in hand on them.

Could Christian Pulisic be the USA's Gazza? (Box to Box Football): Does this mean a washed up Pulisic trials for D.C. United in 2031? If so, sign me up!

David Villa’s wonder goal vs. Philadelphia (Hudson River Blue): This thing happened Friday.

Ottawa's Dos Santos dials long distance to stun Kickers (Richmond Times Dispatch): And then this happened Saturday to the Kickers, losers of 3 in a row.

Finally, to celebrate the third and final season of HBO’s The Leftovers (a really, REALLY good show from Lost’s Damon Lindelof), here’s its star singing “Homeward Bound.” Within the show’s mythology it makes sense: