Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for Tuesday 11 February 2014

Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

Today it's all American soccer, all the time.

Good morning, DMV. Here are your Tuesday morning Freedom Kicks.

Bill Hamid has no offseason | MLSsoccer.com
Pablo Maurer catches up with United's first-choice 'keeper, who really hasn't stopped moving since the end of last season.

Piecing DCU's attacking puzzle pieces together | FOX Sports
Kyle McCarthy looks at United's various attacking pieces - newcomers Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola along with holdovers Chris Pontius, Luis Silva, Nick DeLeon, Conor Doyle and more - and asks whether and how they'll improve on the Black-and-Red's dismal attack in 2013.

Houston Dynamo go big on season ticket holder perks | Dynamo Theory
The Dynamo are launching a "Forever Orange Membership Club" for their season ticket holders. The basic perks include a ticket to their annual midsummer friendly against a Big European Side (a portion of the proceeds of which go to a designated charity) and a subscription to MLS Live (!!). After that, their custom rewards program is the most interesting part, as members will earn points they can use to "buy" various exclusive merch and perks.

Portland will no longer play at ALLCAPS Field | MLSsoccer.com
JELD-WEN Field is no more! In a "major announcement" yesterday - I guess United aren't the only MLS club to overuse that term - it was revealed that Providence Health & Services will have their name on the stadium in downtown Portland for the next fifteen years. The Timbers Army will now be calling Providence Park home.

Atlanta's not ready for this jelly | SBNation.com
Jeremiah Oshan writes that while Atlanta may want MLS, the league should see through Arthur Blank's big money and look elsewhere for expansion.

Cosmos looking toward USOC | Twice a Cosmo
For the first time in their history, the New York Cosmos will enter the U.S. Open Cup next year, and if quotes from their head coach Gio Savarese are any indication, they'll try to make some real noise in the oldest knockout tournament in the country.

Injuries strike USMNT hopefuls | ESPN FC
In which Doug McIntyre coins the term "Klinsi Jinx."

Game of Thrones Season 4 is almost here!
Okay, it's still a couple months away, but here's a 15-minute featurette that teases the big happenings of "the most exciting, action-packed season EVARRRRRR" (paraphrase) and also a little dance number starring Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

This is your open thread for the day, boys and girls. Have fun.

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