Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for Tuesday 18 March 2014

Michael Regan

Start your day off with Freedom. The third link today is about... corruption. Okay, corruption and freedom, then.

It's Tuesday in the Nation's Capital, and that's all I've got to say about that.

Pontius on slow road in comeback | Washington Post
Steve Goff comes in with the news that we all expected and feared. I just don't want to talk about it right now. I just... I can't. Next link.

Inter holding midfielder Estaban Cambiasso on his way? | MLSsoccer.com
The 33-year-old Argentine was heavily pursued by River Plate, but the Buenos Aires club's president has now said that Cambiasso is on his way to the U.S. Given the back-and-forth of personnel between RFK and the San Siro, could the World Cup veteran end up with D.C. United?

Noted scoundrel Jack Warner accused of taking 2022 World Cup bribe | SBNation.com
Jack Warner, the former president of CONCACAF, was reportedly shocked - shocked! - to hear of bribery in FIFA. Meanwhile, add "blatantly and openly bribed officials" to the list of good reasons not to honor the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Why the away goals rule is stupid in the MLS Cup playoffs (part 1) | SI.com
In which Brian Straus (who originally proposed the Right Answer to the MLS playoff quandry) kills Major League Soccer's decision to go Euro and count away goals as the first tie-breaker in the playoffs.

Why the away goals rule is stupid in the MLS Cup playoffs (part 2) | SBNation.com
In which Jeremiah Oshan agrees with Straus and takes the extra step of proposing a scudetto of sorts to honor the holders of the increasingly devalued Supporters' Shield.

Gaston Fernandez provides options in Portland | FOX Sports
Kyle McCarthy on how the entirely-too-early frontrunner in the league's Newcomer of the Year race fits into Caleb Porter's system of interchanging attackers. (Spoiler: "really, really well" is the answer.)

This is your open thread for the day, so chime in with whatever has your attention this morning. And remember: for a relaxing time, make it Freedom Kicks time. (We still have work to do on that slogan.)

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