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D.C. United wins, the United States women roll & more: Freedom Kicks for 10/8/18

Also, a whole bunch of butts.

Hi. By the time you likely read this, I’ll be in a pumpkin patch letting my kid pick one for carving, or getting lost in a corn maze. Such is the Dad life.

Recaps of D.C. United’s 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire from us (with more from us here), WaPo, and MLS. Hot Time in Old Town looks at the view from the opposition.

Olsen’s evolution undergirds DC United’s Lazarus act (MLS): In which Charlie Boehm talks about Ben Olsen’s tactical flexibility (psst, he was a little more flexible than you’d admit).

D.C. United will get hit by international call-ups, but so will its MLS opponents (WaPo): Goff illustrates that FC Dallas and Toronto FC may actually be missing more valuable pieces to their respective puzzles, and you (well, I) can kinda agree.

DeLeon is close to return to D.C. United after 4 1/2 months of ‘tough road’ (WaPo): ICYMI, Nick DeLeon made his first appearance on the field in awhile, and not a moment too soon given Oniel Fisher’s season-ending injury.

Brandi Or Briana: A Question Of What Might Have Been (WBUR): An interesting look at an iconic moment from the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final.

USA beats Panama 5-0 (Stars and Stripes FC): The United States Women continue to roll in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. Next up is Trinidad & Tobago Wednesday night.

Levien talks new stadium (The Hill): Jason Levien talks D.C. United and Audi Field. Not much here, but I try to grab any interview with these guys that I can.

A Comprehensive Guide to Stock Photo Butts (Medium): Look, if I can’t give you a link to generic butts then what are we doing, honestly?

That’s all from me, hope you got my Columbus Day card.