Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and US Soccer links for Tuesday 25 March 2014

Stadiums to the left of me. Migrant worker abuses to the right of me. Bill Hamid in front of me. The rarely relevant Charge of the Light Brigade aren't the only ones making questionable decisions.

Today's totally not-at-all forced theme in the land of Freedom and Kicks is quality decision-making, like deciding that it's not actually going to snow on March 25. That's a quality decision that I hope to stick to and enforce today. (Spoiler: I will not be successful.) So go out into the world and make good choices. Here are your morning links.

Candidates on the stadium land swap deal | Greater Greater Washington
Early voting has started for the April 1 primary election in the District. Be sure you know where the candidates stand on the issues - one of which is obviously the D.C. United stadium on Buzzard Point - before you head to the polls.

David Beckham's vision for waterfront stadium | FOX Sports
While we're on the subject of new buildings, who wants to see shiny renderings of a waterfront stadium... in Miami? Right this way, if you please.

Qatar's World Cup Expected To Take More Lives Than 9/11 | Deadspin
There's now more reason to revoke Qatar's grant of the 2022 World Cup than there is to keep it. This is turning into a bigger disgrace than even I expected, and I expected a pretty mighty disgrace.

Planet Fútbol MLS Best XI: Week 3 | SI.com
Bill Hamid gets some recognition for his strong performance against Toronto FC, but two Reds players also make the grade - Gilberto (on his debut) and, of course, Michael Bradley, who gets the nod as Liviu Bird's player of the week.

Revs' scoring troubles almost unique | MLSsoccer.com
There's one team that's got an even worse goalscoring record than United this year: the New England Revolution, who have played one more game and scored the same number of goals: zero. So we have this week's game against the Chicago Fire to try and avoid joining the Revs' illustrious company in going oh-for-goals through three games.

Columbus Crew part ways with President Mark McCullers | Massive Report
Sharing only to note that front office changes can in fact be made mid-season.

And finally...
It's not obviously "decision-related," but this headline, found by the intrepid Pablo Maurer, simultaneously means everything and nothing. There must be a story that can be told that will tie it all together - the chicken and 50 friends, the 80s, the weight gain. Your first job today is to find that common thread, even if only in the reaches of your imagination, and let us know what it is in the comments.

Welcome to your open thread for today. Talk about anything soccer-related, or not, that grabs your attention on this spring winter Smarch Tuesday.

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