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D.C. United wins, France gets another trophy & more: Freedom Kicks for 7/16/18

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A lot of things happened, and there is a lot of reading material here.

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Hi. That was fun. Did you have fun? I had fun. There is a lot today so dig in.

Do you want the on-field stuff? We got you, with recaps D.C. United’s 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps from us (with more here), MLS (with more here, here and here) and WaPo (with more here and here). On the true North side, The Province covers BC.

Want Wayne Rooney links? You’re in luck too: SB Nation, Washington Times, Guardian, Sky Sports, ESPN and Goal talk about his night, while the Daily Mail covers his new sort of anonymous life.

Want chaos? Got that too, City Paper and WTOP cover the protests outside the stadium, Wazza’s game program bio was curious and got some chuckles from the British press, while DCU Communications Manager Lindsay Simpson had a piece of the stadium fall on her (she’s doing OK as far as we know, and get well to her) which The Big Lead, USA Today and SI all covered.

That was Saturday. Sunday was the World Cup Final, as France topped Croatia 4-2 for their second championship. WaPo, SI, SB Nation and ESPN FC have more.

DC United’s Audi Field anchoring transformation along DC waterfront (MLS): Charlie Boehm (whose article in the links above you must read) covers the impact on the area.

Pressure Is On D.C. United To Step Up Its Game With New Home, Star Forward (WAMU): The Managing Editor of this jerk website talks about what Rooney and the team in its new home means.

Akridge just cited Festivus in its eminent domain battle with D.C. (WBJ): In the subsequent legal battle that came from the land that comprised Audi Field, this funny note.

Golf, baseball and a dog party (WaPo): Thomas Floyd takes us into the world of Steve Birnbaum.

How to bend the ball like soccer’s biggest stars (WaPo): Zoltan Stieber shows off his set piece skills.

Nocerino signs with Benevento (ProSoccer USA): Remember Antonio Nocerino, who D.C. United almost signed but Orlando City paid a quarter million in money to avoid a tampering charge to get the rights to, only to underwhelm in two years? Well he’s off to Serie B.

Real Salt Lake and Minnesota United played a game Saturday where the Loons won 3-2. I have no idea what happened and still don’t, but the reactions from both coaches were fantastic. First, Adrian Heath, whose team won the game:

Next, Mike Petke:

OK, if your ears aren’t bleeding links now, have a good Monday.