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Freedom Kicks for 8 January 2014: Troubles for NASL, Winter World Cup, and more!

Our Freedom Kicks are a little late today, but they are still jam-packed with news about NASL, a possible Winter World Cup, and Carey Talley talking about the economics of MLS.

Harold Cunningham

Your regular Freedom Kicks are a little belated today, so instead of enjoying them with your morning coffee, read them over your lunch! Today's edition includes troubling times for the North American Soccer League, a possible Winter World Cup, and Carey Talley talking money.

Former German national teamer, Aston Villa star announces he’s gay | ProSoccerTalk: I am glad that Thomas Hitzlsperger feels comfortable enough to come out now, and I hope that his courage in doing so, along with the courage of many others, will continue to create a welcoming atmosphere in soccer culture.

The Business of Playing Soccer: Interview with Carey Talley | Footiebusiness: Carey Talley wishes that he had been taught more about financial planning and managing money for after his time in soccer, especially given the salaries that most MLS players are making.

FIFA confirm that the World Cup in Qatar will be moved - World Cup News | FOX Sports on MSN: The farce that we have all assumed to be true looking to be coming closer to reality.

New digital device? Add an MLS LIVE subscription for 20% off regular price | The key element here being that, while many teams will not be blacked out on MLS Live while the matches are being played, those of us who live in the CSN Washington broadcast area will not be that lucky.

NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks eliminate head coaching post, hand duties to Eric Wynalda | I mean, I thought that this was a joke when they first announced it.

Walter Restrepo Traded to San Antonio Scorpions - 90 Minutes Strong: In the NASL, apparently you can trade a player for a stay at a hotel room.

VIRGINIA CAVALRY FC TO BEGIN PLAY IN 2015 – Virginia Cavalry FC || NASL Virginia: The Virginia Cavalry were supposed to start play in 2014, and have now been pushed back to 2015. There is also a rumor that the proposed NASL team for Oklahoma City, which was announced at around the same time as the USL team, has also been pushed back to 2015.

Cornfield blasts Cosmos after Denissen signing - San Antonio Express-News: The final link in our NASL roundup, in which the management of the San Antonio Scorpians blasts the New York Cosmos for spending far more money than the rest of the league. Sound familiar? In total, all of this paints a somewhat grim portrait of the status of the NASL right now, especially compared with the rapid expansion of USL Pro with teams that actually have names, start dates, and places to play.

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