Freedom Kicks for 27 February 2014: TV Rights, Freddy Adu, and Matias Laba

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

In today's Freedom Kicks, we talk about ESPN and Fox's joint bid, Freddy Adu, Matias Laba, and so much more.

The morning after a stop-start viewing of the Carolina Challenge Cup and the Coffee Pot Cup (all in one game!), let's see what is going on in the rest of the soccer world.

ESPN, Fox Still Negotiating Joint Bid For MLS, U.S. Soccer Despite Delay - SportsBusiness Daily | SportsBusiness Journal | SportsBusiness Daily Global: Despite rumors of this deal exploding in January, ESPN, Fox, and MLS are still negotiating over the league's next television deal.

No contract offer for Freddy Adu - Blackpool Gazette: Freddy Adu will not be playing for Blackpool, but will be allowed to continue to train with the team for a while to keep his fitness up.

Vancouver Whitecaps pounce on Toronto FC's offer to land Matias Laba in trade | MLSsoccer.com: Instead of being able to loan Matias Laba within MLS, Toronto FC was forced to trade him to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for "future considerations." Is that MLS-speak for "we will consider sending you a bit of allocation money in the future?"

Long-time executive Nelson Rodríguez appointed president of Chivas USA (and why that’s good news for fans in Carson) | ProSoccerTalk: Nelson Rodriguez, formerly of "announcing MLS Disciplinary Committee decisions" fame, we will be the new president of league-owned Chivas USA.

Fans vote to resurrect Roughnecks name for new Tulsa pro soccer team - Tulsa World: Soccer: In picking a name that is much better than "Oil City FC," the Tulsa Roughnecks of USL PRO honor the original NASL team of the same name.

UCL Rewind: Real Madrid buries Schalke; Chelsea, Galatasary Play to Draw: BREAKING: Christiano Ronaldo is good.

What are you all talking about in the world of soccer today? Let us know in the comments!

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