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USMNT impresses, the Spirit and Kickers depress & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

Also, go see Baby Driver.

Howdy. Whatever did you do over the break?

Recaps of the United States’ 3-0 win over Nicaragua and advancing out of Group B in the CONCACAF Gold Cup by us, Stars and Stripes FC and WaPo.

Wasteful Spirit fall 2-1 to the Dash (us): While the Houston Dash were missing Carli Lloyd, they were able to hang on for a win over the Washington Spirit, who remain in the NWSL basement.

Kickers Fall to Harrisburg (us): It wouldn't be a dour weekend without a Kickers shutout loss, and that’s just what we got. Chris Odoi-Atsem and Chris Durkin played for the Kickers, who combined with TFC2’s win moved into the bottom of the USL Eastern Conference.

Deshorn Brown finally gets acquainted with D.C. United (us): Steven Streff put together a nice little read on the latest player acquisition, and...

Back in the fold, where will Nick DeLeon play? (us): did a similarly nice read on a returning player.

Sounders again look to “next man up” mentality against DC United (Sounder at Heart): Our Cascadia friends talked to the players and coaches about their next opponent at one of their three fully open training sessions for the week.

Supporters Week: Is MLS a friend or foe of supporters culture? (Eighty-Six Forever): More from different Cascadia friends, this time about a similarly pertinent topic.

U.S. U17 MNT defender picks ACC program (TDS): D.C. United Academy/Bradenton residency alum/former Chris Durkin roommate Chandler Vaughn commits to college in a surprising location.

Union, Swansea finish even in friendly (Brotherly Game): In partner club news, Swansea City kicked off their American tour up the road by taking photos with a blogger and playing an entertaining draw with the Philadelphia Union. They play D.C. United’s USL affiliate the Richmond Kickers in RVA on Wednesday.

What Game of Thrones Character is your MLS team? (The Blue Testament): Look, anytime you can link MLS to topical pop culture content, you gotta do it.

Does Anyone Still Have Time To Wait For Shows To Get Good? (Uproxx): TV critic Alan Sepinwall discusses television shows, pacing and the modern age. I agree with Alan that some shows are growers and not showers(sp?) until later in life, along with the ones he lists, recent shows like Community, The Leftovers and 30 Rock didn’t hit their stride out of the gate and they received critical or popular praise later on. Watch what you like, recommend them to others, and hit Netflix semiannually. TV shows have improved dramatically in quality over the last few years you will find something you like.

Finally, here’s the first 6 minutes of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver. If you haven’t seen it, and this doesn’t convince you to, I don’t want to be your friend anymore.