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Freedom Kicks for 23 January 2014: Barcelona fraud, waiver drafts, and Ukrainian unrest

In this morning's Freedom Kicks, we have news out of Ukraine, Spain, Canada, and the United States. Start your morning with us!

David Ramos

While D.C. United news has slowed, there is always soccer news around the league and around the world. Here are a few news stories to get your day started, but let us know what you are thinking and talking about today.

Hammerheads, Toronto Unveil Partnership: This leaves only four current USL PRO teams without an MLS affiliate, with the Charleston Battery the obvious gem remaining.

BBC News - Ukraine protests: Crisis talks after day of bloodshed: The political and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine would normally have no bearing on the soccer world directly, but the United States is scheduled to play a friendly there in March.

Giuseppe Gentile and Christiano Francois sign MLS contracts, available via Waiver Draft | MLSsoccer.com: Major League Soccer has now confirmed that Christiano Francois will be available via the waiver draft, and also announced that Giuseppe Gentile will also be available. The results of the waiver draft are expected tomorrow afternoon, with D.C. United rumored to be interested in Francois.

Brad Ring to leave Portland Timbers and sign with Indy Eleven | OregonLive.com: The Portland Timbers offered Ring a contract, but he opted for playing time rather than sitting on the bench.

What is an Intraleague Loan Mechanism in MLS? - Dynamo Theory: MLS started allowing intra-league loans last season, but it wasn't until this week that teams actually used it, with Tony Cascio heading to the Houston Dynamo and the Colorado Rapids receiving an international roster spot.

Barcelona president denies wrongdoing in Neymar transfer – video | Football | SNTV: In essence, Sandro Rosell is accused of lying about how much Barcelona paid for Neymar.

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