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Friday Freedom Kicks - D.C. United links for January 3, 2014

Camilo staying in MLS, Pictures with Ethan White, DCU close to selling Jakovic, Bob Bradley gets a new gig and more!

Patrick Smith

Not sure how much snow everyone else got, but we got a quite a bit over on the Eastern Shore. So if you're snowed in, grab a cup of coffee and take in some morning links from around the world of soccer.

Tim Leiweke discusses BMO Field expansion at Winter Classic - Waking The Red

Talks of expanding Toronto FC's BMO Field have heated up with Tim Leiweke leading the charge. There is even talk of BMO hosting the NHL's Winter Classic in 2017.

Whitecaps deny report of Camilo leaving for Liga MX | Soccer By Ives

ESPN Deportes reported that Camilo Sanvezzo was leaving the Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS for Mexico's Liga MX. The Whitecaps have denied the report saying, "There is no truth to the rumor."

MLS inks 4 to Generation adidas contracts, signs seniors Mullins and Neumann | Planet Futbol -

The first members of the MLS draft class signed on Thursday. Andre Blake, Schillo Tshuma, Eric Miller and Marlon Hairston all agreed to Generation Adidas contracts while seniors Patrick Mullins (UMD F) and Steve Neumann (GU F) signed to continue their careers in the states as well. Look for more on this later this morning.

Pablo Maurer takes Ethan White to an abandoned hospital... Wait, what? | DCist

Some of you may have seen or read this, but DCist's Pablo Mauer and Ethan White explored an abandoned hospital. In the article, White reflects on the past season as well saying,

"It was just a group of cool, tight-knit guys. We never turned on each other. I think because we felt like some balls didn't bounce our way, maybe that made things easier. There were games where we were getting 20 shots and just not finishing. I just don't think we were that bad."

Check out feed for more pictures too.

The Designated Player: The Not Top 10 of MLS 2013 - The Triangle Blog | Grantland

Bill Simmons' Grantland doesn't always cover MLS, but when they do it's usually pretty good. Check out a good read from Graham Parker on the season that was 2013.

D.C. United close to selling Jakovic | Soccer Insider

D.C. United inches closer and closer to selling Dejan Jakovic to a club in Japan. Washington Post's Soccer Insider Steven Goff writes,

"Sources close to the situation, requesting anonymity because the deal is not official, confirmed a report that Jakovic is expecting to leave United after five seasons to join Shimizu S-Pulse in the J-League."

Bob Bradley set to take over head coaching post at Norwegian first-division club Stabæk |

After turning down the Vancouver Whitecaps job, Bob Bradley will become the first American to ever coach in the Norwegian first-division and the second to manage a top-flight club in Europe (after now Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter). He accepted a job with Stabæk, and his first game with the club is on January 24th.

That's all for news and links this morning. Feel free to use the comments section as your open thread for all MLS, soccer, and DCU related topics. Have a good weekend.