Freedom Kicks: Will Michael Bolingbroke, formerly of Manchester United, have influence over D.C. United?

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Will a former Manchester United executive play a role in running D.C. United?

A second consecutive day without any World Cup action? How will we survive? Luckily, I've put together some soccer-related news and notes that will hopefully tide you over.

Inter ecco Bolingbroke: il 're della bigletteria', intanto Moratti medita l'addio - Goal.com: This one is in Italian, but it involves Erick Thohir and his primary holding company through which he owns Inter Milan (and perhaps D.C. United too?). As has been rumored for months, Erick Thohir has hired former Manchester United chief operating officer Michael Bolingbroke to be the CEO of International Sports Capital, the holding company primarily owned by Erick Thohir. What makes this of interest to D.C. United fans is the fact that most of the articles have stated that Bolingbroke will also spend some of his time working with D.C. United. It remains to be seen what form that involvement will take.

Bitten by the soccer bug during the World Cup? Here are 13 ways to take your soccer fandom to the next level | MLSsoccer.com: I would assume that most of you do not need this guide, but please share it with your friends who have just gotten into soccer because of the World Cup.

World Cup: Landon Donovan critical of USMNT's approach: "I don't think we were set up to succeed" | MLSsoccer.com: These points may ring true from someone else (and Twitter was a firestorm yesterday of sturm und drang), but coming from Landon it just doesn't sit well with me.

How Tourette’s-afflicted Tim Howard went from international ridicule to World Cup history - The Washington Post: Any Tim Howard content is good content.

BBC Sport - World Cup 2014: USA could bid to host 2026 tournament: I mean, yes, they are physically able to bid for the 2026 World Cup. In all seriousness, I think that after the storm of criticism after the most recent World Cup hosting process, a United States hosted tournament is in the offing.

Officials want New England Revolution to move to RI | wpri.com: Instead of the Dixie Wanderers, they could be the New England Wanderers! In all seriousness, this seems like the same as the "D.C. United to Baltimore" rumors, meant as a negotiating tactic.

And finally, I think we all want to have Alejandro Bedoya as our teammate: he apparently gave the rest of the team bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

As always, this is your place to chat about soccer all day long. Happy third of July!

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