Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for 28 February 2014

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

In today's Freedom Kicks, we learn which players are spending the weekend in Richmond, wonder which Texas city wants an MLS team more, and a reminder to due your part for the Buzzard Point project.

Today's links are not only for those traveling from various points to Charleston to see D.C. United take on the Seattle Sounders for the 2014 Carolina Challenge Cup, but those of you rooting from the home base. So without further ado...

Unite DC | A Stadium For All: DC residents, local businesses and labor unions who support the stadium plan launch a new website designed to debunk the myths and inform the Mayor and Councilmembers of their desire to see a stadium realized. I have sent my messages and encourage you to all do the same.

D.C. United loans Martin, Willis, and Francois to Richmond Kickers for a preseason game - Black And Red United: Two of those being sent to Richmond were of little surprise, the third slightly less so.

By any name, Cristian Fernandez should be an asset to D.C. United defense - Washington Times: Thomas Floyd gets some time with the newest starting left back (and Josh Gros devotee).

Jurgen Klinsmann names 24-man roster for USA vs. Ukraine friendly - Stars and Stripes FC: The roster for next week's US-Ukraine game is revealed, and we all read the tea leaves in our own way.

Groundskeeper Willie Leak has been tending to RFK stadium for 50 years - The Washington Post: Steve Goff with a really nice read about the man who has seen a lot of things come and go through the home of our beloved team. Simpsons jokes aside it is worth the time in reading.

Europa League scores: Tottenham pull off a miracle; Napoli, Sevilla progress - The day in Europa League action for the slightly less successful teams in England, Spain and Italy.

Nicolas Anelka fined, suspended five matches over quenelle gesture - Nicolas Anelka did a naughty thing and is seeing the error of his ways. I would also hope Anelka has to watch West Brom football as an additional punishment.

A Pro Team, and a Soccer-Specific Stadium? Major League Soccer in Austin? People are saying it could happen - The Austin Chronicle: Austin makes its case to host one of the prospective MLS teams, which I guess would make it the second team from Austin if that were the case.

NASL's San Antonio Scorpions fans launch online petition to push toward MLS expansion | Not to be outdone, San Antonio is lobbying for one also, with a notable endorsement.

NASL Clubs To Compete For 'The Championship' - NASL: The NASL restructures their playoffs for the coming season. Somehow the Cosmos already have a playoff berth?!?!?

Luke Shaw reacts emotionally to England call-up for Denmark friendly | Mail Online: Not to get maudlin, but Southampton's Luke Shaw and his reaction to his call-up for England are a superb reminder of what it means to many.

Finally, D.C. United Season Ticket Holders will be encouraged to see the sights of their packages prepped and ready to go for delivery over the coming days. This is your place for soccer events and discussion as they occur for the day. See some of you down in Chucktown.

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