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D.C. United gets lucky, Rose Lavelle celebrates & more: Freedom Kicks for 7/15/19

And pouring one out for Rip Torn and (kind of) Andy Najar.

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Hi friends, there was only one soccer this weekend, and it was disappointing? What is this, 2017?

Recaps of D.C. United’s 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution from us (with more from us here), WaPo, Flo and MLS. The Bent Musket has the other side of things.

Bruce Arena: DC United have lost touch with tradition at Audi Field (MLS): Bruce can get into character sometimes but this is on point. Pablo has more ($).

Andy Najar sufre grave lesión que lo alejará todo el año de las canchas (Diario): Andy was going to play in the Gold Cup for Honduras, got hurt in a pre-tournament friendly with Paraguay and the worst case scenario occurred: torn ACL, out for six months, his second such injury in three years. Heal fast and strong kid.

Top 5 MLS MVP candidates midway through 2019 season (MLS): Solid choices (including a D.C. player), but let’s face it, it’s Carlos Vela’s award to lose.

Rose’s Recognitions: Join us Thursday and Friday in Cincy (FC Cincinnati): Washington Spirit (and Ohio’s own) Rose Lavelle will be feted by her hometown, and will be around at halftime of Cincy’s game with D.C.

All For One: Turning The Page (TFC): Toronto FC took a look at Nick DeLeon’s return to Audi Field that for a nine-minute short is pretty good and worth checking out.

Rip Torn: Intense, Disturbing, and Very, Very Funny (Criterion): Like a lot of people, I became an admirer of Rip during the Larry Sanders Show and just before that in “Defending Your Life,” and the dude’s lived a life, that’s for damn sure. If you haven’t seen any of the Artie supercuts, here is part 1, and is very sweary in case you’re listening at work.