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 Earthquakes, Sporting 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.
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