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D.C. soccer teams still lose, a (paid) Audi Field stadium tour & more: Freedom Kicks for 5/14/18

And...all the Wayne Rooney you can handle.

MLS: D.C. United at Real Salt Lake Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Hi, hope the mother you know by blood or marriage had a good day yesterday.

Recaps of D.C. United’s 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake by us, WaPo, MLS and RSL Soapbox. Happy 200th win to Nick Rimando by the way. Drop a gamer you like in here if you’d like.

Spirit come close, but can’t quite hold off North Carolina (us): The Washington Spirit looked good against the North Carolina Courage, but it wasn’t good enough in a 1-0 loss. The Spirit are eighth in the nine-team NWSL at present.

Ed.: Here are a bunch of links about Wayne Rooney and D.C. United. I’ve put them together in one place for you to pore over or skip. Some are good, some are not. I will let you know when they are done.

So Wayne Rooney said goodbye to teammates and some staff at Everton Saturday, despite the Everton board holding meetings on the topic of trying to keep him there. Meanwhile at home, Andrew Wiebe talks himself into this acquisition, while the Sports Bog took themselves away from a false sports narrative for a second and discussed Rooney’s #social impact were he to come to the area. If the Rooneys (yes, both of them, as Wayne’s wife would go with him to America) are looking for area primers, their UK paper the Mirror has them covered, as does former D.C. United player LEWIS NEAL, who endorses Fogo de Chao, as does local pub the Washington Informer. Steve Davis worries about the outlay while Jason Davis says D.C. should be more interested in splashing the pot.

Ed.: The Rooney links are done. You can go back to your life of normalcy now.

Mr. Clutch (Four Four Two): I rather enjoyed this appreciation of Dwayne De Rosario.

Offsite tour: Audi Field (National Building Museum): Since apparently the team only provides looks to print press at this time, if you have $35 burning a hole in your pocket you can tour the digs in a couple of weeks.

The NWSL Hasn’t Had A Commissioner For Over A Year, And It’s Getting Left Behind (Deadspin): Normally these folks should be mocked but this is a decent piece.

In partner club news, Swansea City got officially relegated from the Premier League Sunday. Current D.C. owner Jason Levien (and probably future DCU owner Steve Kaplan) released a statement on the events and the future, while The Guardian’s postmortem on their outlook should be a peruse for us here.

Finally, if you’re unfamiliar with the 2003 case of Brian Wells, a kidnapping, a bank robbery and a bomb, the Duplass brothers are here with a Netflix series worth checking out: