There's a chill in the morning air, the dust of a U.S. win settling over the city—nay, the CONCACAF region—and it's time for your morning Freedom Kicks.
Start things off right with recaps of last night's USWNT 6-0 win over Haiti from yours truly, Stars and Stripes FC, and Grant Wahl. If you don't want to read a recap, just watch Meghan Klingenberg's goal.
Onto the links!
NCAA soccer in the Washington region: Who’s hot, who’s not - The Washington Post
Catch up on your friendly neighborhood college teams while admiring the deployment of colorful font in the WaPo online.
New York Cosmos agree to terms with Raul, source says - ESPN FC
Raul, who if the internet is to be believed is nearing 100 years old, coming to New York? Sure, why not. Not for NYCFC, either. He's evidently signing for the Cosmos, and is also going to head up their new youth academy. Multitasking!
Like All-Star NBA spouse, USWNT's Lauren Holiday relishes facilitator role | SI.com
I'm not sure moving Holiday farther back on the field is the best use of her considerable talents, but it's not like she's bad at it, either. Anyway, nice profile from Wahl.
Former MLS Reporter: Team Pushed To Get Me Fired
Bring on the ~drama~. There are many things to consider here about MLS, MLSsoccer.com, and MLS soccer media in general. Serious, interesting things worth discussing. But mostly I want to know why we're still subjected to the name MLSsoccer. I ask the tough questions!
"Death Be Not Proud:" Saturday night's The River End tifo incident - Brotherly Game
Banner day for freedom of speech, amirite? (More on this story here, by the way.)
Milivoje Novaković: Rebirth in Japan | Bundesliga Fanatic
Feel like a quick story about a Slovenian? I got you covered. Here's a check-in with Milivoje Novakovic, formerly of FC Köln in the Bundesliga, now plying his trade in Japan for Shimizu S-Pulse (hello, new favorite club name).
Open Thread: Klinsmann, Garber, Washington and Beijing | US Soccer Players
Go on, go deep into the Garber-Klinsmann...discussion.
Deandre Yedlin Goes Sneaker Shopping with Complex. - YouTube
People take sneakers so seriously, guys. How will London influence Yedlin's sneaker aesthetic? Did you know that Yedlin wears a size 8?
I leave you with this Vine of Marseille's Marcelo Bielsa: