Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, World Cup, and US Open Cup links for Wednesday June 25, 2014

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday was nuts. Luis Suarez bit a guy again, Greece somehow advanced out of their group despite looking like one of the worst teams in the tournament, and approximately 150,000 people were red carded in a US Open Cup game.

The soccer will not stop. There is more soccer today. There was soccer yesterday. There will always be more soccer. Before there was anything, there was soccer.

Here are some soccer links:

As hearing approaches, United stadium backers practice their pitch |
Allan Lew has apparently gone into full campaign mode and picked up some endorsements from local business groups in favor of the stadium deal. Also worth noting: the article refers to United without adding the phrase "soccer team" anywhere nearby.

Weekly Rundown: June 23, 2014 |
It's another "Have a beer on us" promotion night at RFK this weekend, which means getting a ticket and a beer for less than you can normally get a ticket. Plus, United Drives is collecting used soccer equipment, and Target is doing...something. Things will be inflated, and there's a machine you can tweet at? I don't know. I go to RFK to watch soccer.

USA and Portugal played an amazing match in the jungle and everyone left unhappy |
Ryan Rosenblatt is still in Brazil and still going to USMNT games. I am still very jealous. At least he's earning his place with really good pieces like this one.

Luis Suarez appears to bite Italy's Giorgio Chiellini |
Pretty much the big soccer news on this planet yesterday. Luis Suarez, in the space of two games, has shown us his best and worst sides. We should no longer be shocked seeing him veer from amazing player to villain, but here we are.

Greece vs. Ivory Coast, 2014 World Cup: Greeks through on 93rd minute winner |
This doesn't make any damn sense.

John Feinstein says Americans will stop watching the World Cup when the U.S. loses | DC Sports Bog
Dan Steinberg points out that John Feinstein's opinions on soccer's progress and the interest Americans have in watching games are based on inaccuracies and the failure of the NASL.

American Exports: Bob Bradley invites familiar face for Stabaek trial: Freddy Adu |
I'd say this is Freddy's last chance, but somehow I think this never-ending saga will continue for another 10 years. Also, if you're about to advocate for United signing Adu, remember: The 2011 Gold Cup was 3 years ago. It is not indicative of the Adu of today, who last we saw him was not good enough to get time for the Philadelphia Union.

US Open Cup: Former Columbus Crew GK William Hesmer to serve as backup for Carolina RailHawks |
It's the kind of thing you normally associate with hockey: Due to injuries in goal, the Carolina Railhawks signed former Columbus Crew GK Will Hesmer - who retired this past winter - to a one-game contract so they had a back-up on their bench for last night's Open Cup match with the Galaxy.

Four red cards and both coaches dismissed as cup run ends for the Rapids |
You're reading that headline correctly. This game ended 10 versus 8, with ex-United defender Marc Burch sent off for the Rapids and three Atlanta Silverbacks players ejected (two from the same incident that saw Burch walk, and a third minutes later for abusive language). Pablo Mastroeni and Eric Wynalda were also ejected. Oh, and there was a lightning delay. Man I'm salty we're out of the Open Cup.

There are probably many more links to post, but there is soccer to be watched. This is your open thread, so comment on the soccer you're surely watching.

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