Friday Freedom Kicks: Post-SuperDraft D.C. United links for 17 January 2014

Your first task as a professional soccer player: pose awkwardly. - Stephanie Greene-USA TODAY Sport

A day after a head-scratching trade, Dave Kasper returned to form yesterday. Today's link dump focuses on the SuperDraft, but there's a little drunk* Ben Olsen tossed in, too. * Ben Olsen was not actually drunk.

D.C. United got their guy yesterday, even after trading down a spot and netting some allocation money. Then they even surprised us again when they traded into the second round to take a Real Madrid academy product. So, a day after pulling one of the more infuriating trades in recent memory, Dave Kasper and Ben Olsen had a good day on Wednesday. So let's get some takes on it.

Goff's story on D.C. United's SuperDraft | The Washington Post
Seems reasonable to start things off with Steve Goff's take on the day. Great quotes and background from the dean of American soccer reporters, as always.

Take a bow, D.C. United | ProSoccerTalk
Steve Davis names the Black-and-Red the big winners from the first day of the SuperDraft for netting their target and pulling some allocation money out of nothing to boot.

How did everybody do in the SuperDraft? | MLSsoccer.com
Matt Doyle also rates D.C.'s draft, but thinks somebody else did better. (Hint: They did really badly last year, were involved in two high profile trades with United in as many days this week, and they play really stupid music every time they score a goal at home.)

Our friends in New England reflect on their new Beltway-influenced players | The Bent Musket
After taking Steve Neumann from Georgetown and Patrick Mullins from Maryland in the first round, Jay Heaps side might be even more fun to watch next year than they were this year. That is both surprising and more surprising, for all the reasons you might think.

Garber downplays league interference in Maurice Edu deal | Goal.com
Something something Calvinball something something.

The Pinnacle of Drunk-Sounding Interviews | Open Wide For Some Soccer
The guys at OWFSS have a series of "happy hour interviews" going (really, they're just slowed down sound bites, but the effect is wonderful), and this one had me in stitches. Ben Olsen would be a hilarious drunk, I think it's safe to say.

Be sure to share your thoughts on these stories post your favorite links today down in the comments. Have at it.

And, in case you needed reminding about what happened through yesterday's two rounds of SuperMadness, here's the complete list:

First Round

Team Pick Blog
1. Philadelphia Union Andre Blake, GK Brotherly Game
2. D.C. United Steve Birnbaum, D Black and Red United
3. Vancouver Whitecaps Christian Dean, D 86 Forever
4. New England Revolution Steve Neumann, M/F The Bent Musket
5. Montreal Impact Eric Miller, D Mount Royal Soccer
6. FC Dallas Tesho Akindele, M/F Big D Soccer
7. Whitecaps Andre Lewis, M 86 Forever
8. Seattle Sounders Damion Lowe, D Sounder at Heart
9. San Jose Earthquakes J.J. Koval, M Quake, Rattle and Goal
10. Toronto FC Nick Hagglund, D Waking the Red
11. New England Revolution Patrick Mullins, M/F The Bent MusketBurgundy Wave
12. Colorado Rapids Marlon Hairston, M Burgundy Wave
13. Chicago Fire Marco Franco, D Hot Time In Old Town
14. Crew Ben Sweat, D Massive Report
15. Union Pedro Ribeiro, M Brotherly Game
16. Houston Dynamo A.J. Cochran, D Dynamo Theory
17. Portland Timbers Schillo Tshuma, M/F Stumptown Footy
18. Real Salt Lake Ryan Neil, D RSL Soapbox
19. Rapids Grant Van de Casteele, D Burgundy Wave

Second Round

Team Blog
20. Chivas USA Thomas McNamara, M The Goat Parade
21. Seattle Sounders Jimmy Ockford, D Sounder at Heart
22. New York Red Bulls Chris Duvall, D Once a Metro
23. LA Galaxy Kyle Venter, D LAG Confidential
24. Toronto FC Daniel Lovitz, M Waking the Red
25. Union Kevin Cope, D Brotherly Game
26. Timbers Taylor Peay, D Stumptown Footy
27. Union Robbie Derschang, D Brotherly Game
28. Earthquakes Joe Sofia, D Quake, Rattle and Goal
29. United Victor Munoz, M Black and Red United
30. Whitecaps Mamadou Diouf, F 86 Forever
31. Revolution Alec Sundly, M The Bent Musket
32. Dynamo Mark Sherrod, F Dynamo Theory
33. Rapids Jared Watts, M Burgundy Wave
34. Red Bulls Eric Stevenson, M Once a Metro
35. Rapids John Berner, GK Burgundy Wave
36. Timbers Aaron Long, M Stumptown Footy
37. Impact George Malki, M Mount Royal Soccer
38. Sporting Kansas City Adnan Gabeljic, F The Daily Wiz

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