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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for April 19, 2013

Daily D.C. United links, today on Carlos Ruiz, Dejan Jakovic, oversimplified goals and the Rooney Rule in English football.

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Happy Friday, everyone. Sorry there were no Freedom Kicks yesterday, the internet at my house is the worst. Today's edition of Freedom Kicks features a story with a headline about Carlos Ruiz receiving a 'top honor', so you can just start getting angry right now.

Stuck in rut, DC United's Ben Olsen sets simple goal: "Right now, our focus is winning" | Major League Soccer

Yes, because you are the coach of a professional soccer team.

Feature: Dejan Jakovic | D.C. United

The most interesting part of this interview has to do with Jenga.

Thursday kickaround | Washington Post

With political digs! Goff compares the Red Bulls to Republicans.

Carlos Ruiz receives top honors | CSN Washington

"Maybe we shouldn't cheat?" -Carlos Ruiz, hero.

Wigan's late season magic could be running out | SB Nation

Aston Villa fans sure hope so.

The Week Ahead: Fantasy EPL Player Picks for Week 34 | Never Manage Alone

For those into that sort of thing.

David James believes ‘Rooney Rule' enforces positive discrimination, cites need for higher quality in black managers | Pro Soccer Talk

The 'Rooney Rule' might put the cart before the horse, but if it leads to potential black coaches thinking that it's worthwhile to obtain their 'A' license, it'll work.