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D.C. United loses, Ben Olsen thinks & more: Freedom Kicks for 8/27/18

No, really! He did, and it’s good.

Hi. Again, Sunday night games suck, so if there’s a gamer you liked, drop it in please.

Recapping D.C. United’s 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls by us (with more from us here), MLS and WaPo. Once a Metro has that side of things.

The Keys to the Team (Coaches Voice): So Ben Olsen apparently wrote this piece in an English blog about his time going from player to assistant coach to interim coach to actual coach, and as far as Ben Olsen thoughts go it’s definitely worth checking out.

How Wayne Rooney is transforming DC United (MLS): Sam Stejskal talks to Wazza’s m8s in the room about him.

Lalas basks in Rooney trash talk (TMZ): And some other guys talk to Alexi Lalas about Wayne Rooney.

Expected Narratives (ASA): A quick analytic peek at D.C.’s playoff chances, before last night.

23 Thoughts: Crew’s move to Austin is a bad look, and not just in terms of the logo (Yahoo): I’m a fan of an NHL version of this, and Doug McIntyre includes some good stuff, D.C. related and non.

Report: Red Bulls “interested” in DC United academy product Koffi (MLS): Well, D.C. traded the rights to a homegrown for a bunch of stuff early in the year, maybe they do the same late in the year.

Olimpia inaugurará estadio del DC United (La Tribuna): So Goff first talked about DCU playing Audi Field friendlies with Olimpia and El Salvador. One date previously tossed around was October 3, but September 20 appears to be the other in this piece.

Spirit set club record attendance mark... and extend NWSL record scoreless streak (us): This seems about right as far as the Washington Spirit go, losing 1-0 to the Portland Thorns. More on that from WaPo.

But it wasn’t completely depressing:

Potter’s men fall to first defeat after disappointing Liberty Stadium display (Wales Online): Sure, Swansea City losing to Bristol City 1-0 is depressing, but they acquired young American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan from Tottenham Hotspur for the season, so now you have a reason to watch them on ESPN+ or something. With their loss, they drop to 10th in the EFL Championship.

An Oral History of the Best ‘Breaking Bad’ Episode Ever (The Ringer): I find this hard to disagree with.

Anyway, it’s hot and humid again, so hydrate.