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.
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.
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.
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