The first few days of a new year are all about looking forward. Today we can officially leave any soccer-related notion of 2013 behind (except for the Open Cup, of course), and set our sights firmly on the new season. To help us with that, today's edition of Freedom Kicks has a couple of prediction threads that we can all roundly debunk by the end of the year. As always, use this thread to talk about any and all soccer topics that may come up throughout the day.
World Cup winner, EPL race, MLS shakeups and more: 14 predictions for 2014 | Planet Futbol - SI.com: Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl gives his predictions for the new year, which include predictions for the World Cup, social media, Sepp Blatter, and more.
Best of 2013: What are the biggest MLS storylines of 2014? | MLSsoccer.com: Major League Soccer's official website gives their take on the new year as well.
American Exports: Stoke City's Brek Shea goes on loan to Barnsley in English Championship | MLSsoccer.com: Everyone's favorite unicorn actually gets some playing time, unlike his teammate Maurice Edu. Hey Mo, want to come back to MLS?
Wednesday takeaways: Arsenal looking resilient; Liverpool struggling from open play - SBNation.com: If you missed all of the Premier League action from New Year's Day, here's a good recap to get you started.
Source: Oscar Pareja Is Tied Up Until 2015, And It's NOT Money That Would Take Him To Dallas - Burgundy Wave: FC Dallas seems to be trying their hardest to pry Oscar Pareja away from the Colorado Rapids, which would return him to the team with which he spent 13 years.