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Freedom Kicks - D.C. United links for Friday, January 31st

Plenty of soccer news today. LeBron James talks MLS, new jerseys for SJE and we have located Freddy Adu.


It's still cold. Grab some coffee, warm up and start clicking away on links from around the world of soccer.

Back in MLS, Michael Parkhurst’s outlook brightens for club, country | Planet Futbol |

Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl sits down with USMNT and Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst.

Galaxy sign Swedish midfielder Ishizaki | Soccer By Ives

Pending a physical, the LA Galaxy have signed Swedish midfielder Stefan Ishizaki. Ishizaki is 31 and has been playing professionally since 1999.

Seattle Sounders confirm sale of Fredy Montero to Sporting Lisbon | ESPN FC

Looks like it's official. Freddy Montero has been sold to Sporting Lisbon of the Primeira Liga in Portugal. Montero hasn't played with the Sounders since 2012, but still holds their all-time leading scorer title with 47 goals.

Freddy Adu is training with Blackpool | Mail Online

United Abroad update: We have located Freddy Adu. It appears that Adu is overseas and training with second-tier English club, Blackpool.

LeBron On MLS: "Hopefully We Can Make It Really Good" | CBS Miami (VIDEO)

Miami Heat forward and NBA superstar LeBron James has been rumored to be in the group of investors being put together by David Beckham for Miami's potential MLS team. LeBron currently owns a small portion of Liverpool FC and spoke of MLS coming to Miami in an interview with CBS Miami saying,

"I think it could be great (soccer in Miami). We’ll see what happens," James said. "I think Miami is a great place for soccer. There’s so many great athletes that come from South Florida, Florida in general, and you know, the lower coast. Hopefully we can make it really good."

A Look At Income Inequality in MLS | Empire of Soccer

Bill Reese at Empire of Soccer does some number crunching and takes a look at MLS salaries.

San Jose Earthquakes unveil new 2014 jerseys, including throwback red alternate jerseys |

To help celebrate their 40th anniversary, the San Jose Earthquakes introduced new kits for the 2014 season. The away kit features a red jersey, similar to one the Quakes wore in 1974.

As always, use this as your open thread for any soccer-related news throughout the day.