Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for Friday 21 February 2014

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

On today's breakfast platter: Goat!

Happy Friday, y'all! Enjoy the warm weather this weekend, because "Polar Vortex 3: Another F***ing Polar F***ing Vortex Are You F***ing Kidding Me??" will be hitting a city near you next week. But we're not focusing on that. We're focusing on Freedom Kicks.

Full coverage of Chivas USA sale to Major League Soccer | The Goat Parade
The Goat Parade is going wall-to-wall on their coverage of the league buying Chivas USA from Jorge Vergara. Find all their excellent stuff right here.

MLS commissioner confirms Kroenke won’t buy Chivas USA | ProSoccerTalk
Thank Jaime for that. If we had moved from one sub-branded team (Chivas USA) to another (LA Gunners), I would have lost some faith in the decision to buy out Vergara.

Clyde Simms: The Quiet Career of a Storied Veteran | The Bent Musket
When I moved to the District in 2006 and got into United in 2007, Clyde Simms was my first favorite player to wear Black-and-Red. He was so steady, and he could unleash that Clydewinder missile like nobody's business. Anyway, now that he's been forced into retirement at age 31, by health issues, SB Nation's New England Revolution site looks back at Clyde's career.

Orlando City players face long battle to earn MLS places | FOX Sports Inside MLS
If Austin Da Luz, Yordany Alvarez and Corey Hertzog want to make their way back to MLS when the Purple Lions are promoted to the top flight next year, they're going to have to work for it. And work. And work.

Don Garber: Atlanta, Minneapolis in mix for expansion | ESPN FC
Speaking of expansion... who thinks the league is actually going to stop at 24 teams? Who honestly thinks that? 27 or bust, y'all!

Season Ticket Prices around MLS | Big D Soccer
This is part 1 in a series I'm going to be keeping an eye on.

And, just because, here's the high point of Jimmy Fallon's short tenure on the Tonight Show (so far).

This is your open thread for the day. Do with it what you will.

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