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D.C. soccer teams still lose, Andy Najar on the move (maybe) & more: Freedom Kicks for 7/23/18

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Hi. I was at a party Saturday where a buddy of mine was grilling and smoking meat in the rain, complete with hat, water shirt and swim trunks. He is my hero.

Recaps of D.C. United’s 3-1 loss to Atlanta United from us, MLS, ProSoccer USA. Dirty South Soccer has the other side of the matter.

D.C. United Reaches Agreement With Protesting Supporter Groups (WCP): Pablo covers the Friday night news. WTOP and the Washington Times have more.

Spirit do everything but score in 1-0 loss to Houston (us): The Washington Spirit’s game Saturday night with the Houston Dash was postponed to Sunday morning, and it probably wouldn’t have changed the result regrettably, as they were shut out for the 7th time in 8 games.

Medios de Bélgica dan por hecho fichaje de Najar (Diez): So this says (roughly) that former D.C. United homegrown player Andy Najar will be going to Besiktas in Turkey, citing a Belgian report (possibly this one?). Andy has been dealing with injury off and on the last two seasons and Anderlecht has been grooming someone else for the job. With a contract that doesn’t expire for two more years they are looking to sell, and D.C. is sitting on a sell-on fee for Najar, and while he hasn’t done the medicals in Turkey (despite Honduran press saying he has but also saying he’s not going anywhere for the $2.5 million that’s agreed upon), it’s worth keeping an eye on.

7 cool design facts to know about Audi Field (Curbed): I mean, I think we knew these but just in case not, etc.

Solar Installation To Help Save Audi Field $125,000 Annually (Energy Manager Today): And AF has some more work to do as we all know, this would appear to be some of it.

Six to be enshrined into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame (Hokie Sports): A couple of months back, former D.C. (and Chicago Fire) player Chris Rolfe was inducted into the Dayton University Hall of Fame. Later this year, former D.C. and Fire player Patrick Nyarko gets the same treatment from his alma mater. Congrats Patrick!

‘Midnight Run’ at 30: In Praise of the ‘Casablanca’ of Buddy Comedies (Rolling Stone): Noted TV critic Alan Sepinwall is a big fan of the Robert De Niro-Charles Grodin comedy, but for its time it proved to be a revelation: De Niro could do comedy (which he then ran into the ground in the decades since), Grodin was a good comic foil as the Beethoven movies showed, and it was a general formula that was prevalent in the ‘80s that was done to pitch perfect tone. Go see it if you haven’t.

Also, stay dry and such.