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D.C. United wraps up preseason, hotels at Audi Field abound & more: Freedom Kicks for 2/26/18

Kind of a quiet weekend all in all.

MLS: D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Hi, guess this whole period of rain through the weekend making ground super spongy and miserable is getting to you too, huh?

Recaps of D.C. United’s 4-2 win over the Las Vegas Lights from us, WaPo, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Vegas Soccer Blog. Got one I missed? Throw it in the comments.

Asad is looking to duplicate his successful debut in MLS with D.C. United (us): Yamil Asad spoke with our Steven Streff while D.C. was in Florida last week, ICYMI.

Three Options to Replace Kljestan in Orlando City’s Season Opener (Mane Land): If you forgot, Sacha Kljestan is out of this week’s opener for the bad guys due to suspension. Add Dom Dwyer’s injury to it, and this serves as your list of possibilities for guys to watch on the other side.

Buzzard Point’s next new hotel will be a Cambria Hotel & Suites (Curbed): I just read this as more places to hang out pre and post-game while the traffic dies down, but that’s just me.

DC United in Leesburg? Residents worry new facility would affect traffic (WTOP): Ah, the joys of faux NIMBYism and city vs. county bureaucracy.

Ellis names 23-player SheBelieves roster (Stars and Stripes FC): Of note, the Washington Spirit’s Mallory Pugh, Andi Sullivan and Taylor Smith are part of the United States’ roster for play that begins this week.

Swans slip back into relegation zone after Amex Stadium hiding (Wales Online): In partner club news, Swansea City got throttled by Brighton and Hove Albion 4-1, and it wasn’t even THAT close. Their 9 game unbeaten streak across all comps snapped, they find themselves back in the drop, tied with Southampton but missing out due to the differential.

Defensive supply: Pair of goals lift Inter (Serpents of Madonnina): In more partner club news, Inter Milan get goals from Milan Skriniar and Andrea Ranocchia to lift them over bottom-dwelling Benevento. Inter are in 4th in Serie A, a point behind Lazio and one ahead of Roma.

Finally, here’s the coolest thing I saw this weekend (tm):