Tuesday Freedom Kicks: World Cup soccer links for July 1

Kevin C. Cox

The rest of the world disappears for one day, and we know is the game.

Today, until 4:00, we go through the motions. We head into the office and make our filings. We talk about yesterday's Supreme Court decisions and make plans for Independence Day Weekend. But our hearts aren't in it. Until 4:00, we're distracted. And then, the distraction will become everything. The United States will take the field against Belgium, and that will be all there is. The real world can wait until it's settled in Salvador.

Here are your "going through the motions" morning links.

Kaka signs with MLS club Orlando City | SBNation.com
Starting with MLS: There's still been no official announcement, but it's done, with OCSC teasing of the signing getting a little bit silly.

Landon Donovan wanted the USMNT to miss him, but they don't | SBNation.com
Jeremiah Oshan looks at Landon Donovan's admission that he wished something less than the best for the United States side during their send-off series.

Kyle Beckerman is turning into a national sensation | MLSsoccer.com
Yes, this is actually a thing. I know multiple people who have developed some level of crush on/admiration for "that white dude with the dreadlocks." If it brings more eyeballs to his engagement photos, then it might be worth it all.

And now what you really want...

SB Nation previews USA-Belgium
Guess what, peeps: we're underdogs today. Embrace it. Love it. Upset Belgium.

Kljestan on Belgium | SI.com
Brian Straus sits down with our American spy in Brussels. Are you even watching?

Jurgen Klinsmann cautious on Jozy Altidore return vs. Belgium | ESPN FC
Will he play, Klinsi? Just tell us, will he play??

Take to the comments to share any other thoughts or stories to distract us from how slowly time is moving toward 4:00.

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