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Revolution = Buffalo Bills of MLS? DC United, MLS Cup, & Sundry Soccer Links for 5 December 2014

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Donovan's curtain call, MLS Cup predictions, and an Irish woman may win FIFA's goal of the year thanks to someone filming it.

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Not much by way of DC United news that isn't already reported right here on B&RU, so we'll kick off Friday Freedom Kicks with Landon Donovan.

Landon Donovan wants to end career as MLS champio- USA Today:  This weekend may be the last time we see Landon Donovan score a goal in a professional setting.

Why is the MLS Cup final on at the same time as NFL games? - Goal.com:  If it's on opposite a Redskins game, I think it'll do just fine.

MLS Cup Preview: Revolution Visit L.A. Galaxy In Search Of First Championship | NESN.com:  If LA prevails on Sunday, it'll be their 5th MLS Cup win and New England's 5th MLS Cup loss.

ASN Roundtable: Who Will Prevail in 2015 MLS Cup? - American Soccer News:  First team to score two goals wins the Cup?

After MLS Cup battle, complex tug-of-war begins off field with CBA talks - Planet Futbol - SI.com:  The average pay of an MLS player is half that of a La Liga player's average play.  We rank 22nd in the world when it comes to compensation.

MLS Chief Sees Need to Improve | Valley News:  Garber talks down the state of the league ahead of bargaining with the players' union.

Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins captures 2014 AT&T Goal of the Year for Week 11 chip | MLSsoccer.com:  Remember this highlight?  It's a pretty awesome goal, you have to admit.

New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles takes home 2014 MLS Save of the Year award | MLSsoccer.com:  We've seen Hamid do this several times a year, but kudos to Robles anyway.

Meet the woman who could be awarded FIFA's Goal of the Year | Public Radio International:  One day, while playing for Irish women's team Peamount United, her team manager happened to be filming the game and caught this goal on tape.  It is now short-listed alongside World Cup 2014 goals by Van Persie of Holland and Rodriguez of Colombia.  Amazing.

U.Va. women's soccer team set to meet Texas A&M in College Cup semis - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Wahoowa.

Argentine soccer player dies after rival team’s fans attack him after the game - The Washington Post:  Ugh.

Russian Soccer Leagues Banned From Adding Crimean Teams - Bloomberg: It will be interesting to see how this plays out.  Will Putin abide by this?

And you're Friday Freedom Kicks non-soccer treat is a short film of what life would be like after earth, utilizing actual scientific ideas and Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" monologue.

Engage in the usual shenanigans below.