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D.C. United, Atlantic Cup, and more: Freedom Kicks for 28 October 2021

Soccer, go!

MLS: New York Red Bulls at D.C. United Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning! And it is always a good morning when D.C. United beats the New York Red Bulls to get back above the playoff line, send the Red Bulls below the playoff line, and clinch this year’s Atlantic Cup. The job isn’t done, by any stretch, but the team did what they needed to do last night.

To the links:

Determined D.C. United battles to 1-0 Atlantic Cup win over New York Red Bulls

It wasn’t pretty (except when Kevin Paredes was scoring), but D.C. United won 1-0 against the New York Red Bulls to get back above the playoff line. Excellent goalkeeping by Bill Hamid and some timely defensive plays helped see out the win, where United were under siege for long stretches of the game.

Coming home: Andy Najar and his “beautiful adventure” roll on at DC United

Charles Boehm talks to Andy Najar about coming back to D.C. United, his recovery from injuries and the coach that has made it possible, and his future in soccer.

It took 10 seasons for Chivas USA to get to a -132 goal differential, whereas FC Cincinnati have gotten to -100 in just 3. And, with Chivas’ last season ending with a -32 goal differential, FC Cincy has equaled their first 9 seasons in just 3 (although Chivas had 4 playoff seasons in that stretch). I wish the team from where I grew up were better, but they are just a catastrophe.

Good! The number of games per year, between club, national teams, inter-league tournaments, and more keeps going up and to the right, so the rules need to change to try and make sure we’re not just grinding players into dust.

Rose Lavelle is a national treasure.

Okey. This is just wild.

That’s all I have today. What’s up?