Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and soccer links for 1 April 2014 - Primary Day in the District

For no real reason, here's a picture of Canadian Mounties holding an American flag. - Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Start your Primary Election Day off with the best crop of actual news links you're likely to find today. Nope. No April Fools nonsense here.

Happy April, boys and girls! It's going to be nice out there, so if you live in the District be sure to hop over to your local polling place to take part in this great democratic experiment we've been running for the last almost 240 years. Here are your morning links.

Billion-Dollar Soccer Stadium/Light Rail Line Coming to Austin | The Austin Chronicle
They give the game away pretty early - the story opens "From an embargoed press release, dated April 1" - but if you aren't paying attention it can take a little while to recognize the prank here. Some of that was that this was released last week in Austin's alt weekly paper instead of on April 1. Anyway, this is here to remind you to think critically about anything you read today (or any day, really, but especially today).

Orlando City Council approves plan for 18,000-seat soccer stadium for Orlando City SC | MLSsoccer.com
In real news, we learned more about the proposed Orlando City SC stadium down in Kaka's future home.

DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco will not play for USA vs. Mexico | Stars and Stripes FC
Here's the latest roster update ahead of tomorrow's friendly in Phoenix. Basically, the fullback situation is not ideal.

Bocanegra focused on Chivas USA with national team career behind him | Goal.com
The now former USMNT captain sat down with Ives Galarcep to talk about watching the World Cup as something other than a player, an experience he's likely to have for the first time in a long time this summer.

England fans balk at World Cup shirt price | ProSoccerTalk
In which an American writer tut tuts Brits complaining about having to pay 90 quid (roughly $150) for the authentic shirt their team will wear in Brazil this year.

Washington City Paper's 2014 Democratic Primary Endorsements | City Desk
The District's alt weekly - which actually provides the best day-to-day local political reporting for my money - gets you ready for today's big primary election, which is about more than just the mayor - though you wouldn't know it if all you read was the Post.

Consider this your open thread for the day. Share the best April Fools pranks you've seen along with whatever else grabs your attention today.

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