Freedom Kicks for 13 March 2014: PK decision, Phoenix FC folds (maybe), and CCL

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

In today's Freedom Kicks, we have PRO explaining the PK call against Perry Kitchen, Phoenix FC maybe folding, and Concacaf Champions League results.

Good morning once again, and welcome to your morning Freedom Kicks. In today's edition, we have news about the penalty kick call in the D.C. United game versus Columbus Crew, a third USL PRO team folding this offseason, and MLS action in the Concacaf Champions League.

Play of the Week: DC vs. CLB: The Professional Referee Organization explains why Perry Kitchen did commit a foul in the box and deserved a penalty. And, to be fair, they did say before the season that they would be cracking down in pulling in the box. On the other hand, come on.

John Hackworth says outside offers, league rules may prevent Philadelphia Union from signing Fred | MLSsoccer.com: Fred apparently would have to go through a waiver draft and couldn't be signed directly to Philadelphia; he also has an offer from Minnesota United FC of the NASL.

To the fans and followers of Phoenix FC: After rumors abounded that they were going to have a new owner, this post would make it seem like that deal has fallen through. If Phoenix FC truly has folded, and that is what this looks like, it will mean that three USL PRO teams have folded this offseason, with the other two being VSI Tampa Bay and Antigua Barracuda. Everyone would now get an impromptu bye week, since the schedule had already been announced. UPDATE: Rumors have a new ownership announcement coming sometime today, which makes this post even stranger. We will keep you updated.

Orlando City SC announces Oviedo's Tommy Redding as first-ever homegrown signing - Orlando Sentinel: On the other side of USL PRO, Orlando City has signed a homegrown player to their MLS squad a year before they will play.

If you missed it over the past two days, the San Jose EarthquakesSporting Kansas City, and LA Galaxy all got points in their home CCL games against Mexican opponents, with SKC and LAG each earning the full three points. The real test, of course, comes when they have to travel to Mexico for the return leg.

FTC Launches Civil Probe Into Herbalife Ltd. : The Two-Way : NPR: Not only is the LA Galaxy's jersey sponsor under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, but their stocks were briefly suspended from the New York Stock Exchange.

Major League Soccer Steps Up Efforts To Protect Gay Players: Always good to see MLS leading in equality efforts.

A former MLS player lost his battle with cancer today, but he won so much more | For The Win: If you didn't see this yesterday, prepare to cry. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Shawn Kuykendall.

As always, this is your place to talk about any all soccer news of the day. What's on your mind?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Black And Red United

You must be a member of Black And Red United to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black And Red United. You should read them.

Join Black And Red United

You must be a member of Black And Red United to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black And Red United. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker