Freedom Kicks - D.C. United links for Thursday 6 February 2014

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It's the morning after the Black-and-Red's first preseason game of the year. Let's see what the internet's got for us today.

Say what you want about the quality of the stream last night, but when a match is as foggy as last night's preseason encounter between D.C. United and Toronto FC was, it makes for some epic photos. Like the one of TFC 'keeper Joe Bendik on this post. Anyway, here are today's Freedom Kicks, part of a balanced breakfast.

Team site match recap | dcunited.com
We start, as we should, with actual D.C. United content. And today it's from the team itself, as Molly Bruh recaps last night's match.

And, because none of us were able to see it on the stream (at least, I wasn't), here's Bright Dike's tally. Kene Eze did all the hard work, burning rookie Steve Birnbaum on the outside to make the endline and cross low to Dike, who found himself completely unmarked while Conor Shanosky made sure the near post wasn't a threat to score.

Toronto FC 1-0 DC United (so they tell us) | Waking The Red
Our fellow SBNers up in Ontario have their reaction to the evening's festivities. If you missed it, be sure to check out our own recap - complete with a new Preseason Minutes Tracker feature.

Florida's soccer scene has enjoyed quite the renaissance | SBNation.com
You may have heard that David Beckham and Don Garber made official yesterday what everybody has known for months: Goldenballs has exercised his option to purchase an MLS team, and it will be in Miami. With Orlando City SC coming into the league next year, Miami to follow (at a date TBD) and a few minor league teams in the Sunshine State, Florida Man is going to have a whole new way to get himself into trouble before too long.

There are also reports that Erick Thohir may be considering selling his stake in D.C. United to help cover the existing debts of Inter - we'll have more on that later this morning once we've digested some of the reports.

It's Thursday, and this is your open thread for the day.

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