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Freedom Kicks for 30 October 2014: MLS playoffs and USMNT

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We have a bunch of links for you this morning, so here we go!

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So much soccer, so little time!

D.C. United leans on MLS Cup veterans as playoffs begin - Washington Times: Thomas Floyd gives you a playoff preview as D.C. United waits to learn its opponent for Sunday's game.

FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | MLS MatchCenter: The Western Conference play-in game is finished, with FC Dallas moving forward after a dubious penalty call by Mark Geiger.

Real Madrid legend Raul signs with New York Cosmos source tells ESPN FC - ESPN FC: #thatssocosmo?

Steve Zakuani, just 26, retires from professional soccer - SBNation.com: Just never the same after the Brian Mullan tackle, and a sad day.

Agent: Alejandro Bedoya could leave Nantes in January - Goal.com: Hopefully Alejandro Bedoya works out a move more easily than some other USMNT players have recently.

Dwayne De Rosario - October 28, 2014 | Toronto FC: DeRo wants to be back next year, which is good because the league needs to give him a proper sendoff.

USMNT's DeAndre Yedlin goes global: 'I know that I can perform' | Football | The Guardian: Good profile on Yedlin, but it is more cool to see The Guardian running interviews with US players.

Sports teams celebrate National Cat Day on Twitter - SBNation.com: MLS's cat game is strong.

Captain America quietly says goodbye | Rangers Report: Another player who needed a better sendoff, both from MLS and the USMNT.

Toronto FC, USMNT midfielder Michael Bradley undergoes successful foot surgery | MLSsoccer.com: Heal quickly, MB90!

The North American Soccer Experiment: Soccer? Maps? Infographics? Check, check, check!

O’Connell’s Lauren, Lily Harkes continue a strong soccer family tradition - The Washington Post: And finally, a fun profile on the next generation of Harkes.

Whew. I'm exhausted. What do you have?