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Freedom Kicks - D.C. United links for Friday 7 February 2014

LEWIS NEAL, Klinsmann talks WC roster, Orlando City fires shots via Twitter and more!

Ned Dishman

No preseason action for DC United today. Pass the time with links from around the world of soccer.

Lewis Neal hopes to continue to leave mark on D.C. United | Washington Times

"In the midst of its worst campaign ever, a stunning goal by Neal in the U.S. Open Cup gave the proud club a moment of celebration in an otherwise horrendous year."

Washington Times contributor John Haydon did a feature on LEWIS NEAL!

LA Galaxy secure four-time MLS Cup winner Bruce Arena to multiyear contract extension |

Specific terms of the deal were not revealed, but LA Galaxy announced that they will retain coach Bruce Arena, signing the veteran coach to an extension.

American Exports: Fabian Johnson set to leave Hoffenheim at season's end |

Bundesliga club Hoffenheim confirmed on Thursday that Fabian Johnson will be leaving the team at the end of the season.

World Cup: Jurgen Klinsmann says door not shut on Oguchi Onyewu, Brek Shea, Tim Ream & others |

USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann wouldn't rule out the possibility of Oguchi Onyewu and others' chances of joining the team for the World Cup.

"Absolutely! The door is still open until May," Klinsmann said. "It’s about what happens over the next couple of months. We coaches are going to do our homework as well. We are going to put the puzzle together of hopefully 23 players that are totally committed, that are not only giving everything they have, but that also mix well together."

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil video game | Soccer By Ives

EA Sports announced that they will release a video game for the World Cup. The game is due for release in the U.S. on April 15th and will be available only on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles. Sorry guys that already bough the next gen console.

Breaking down the MLS winter schedule proposal |

Fellow DC guy Thomas Floyd takes a look at the MLS winter schedule "proposal," which apparently remains a "long-term possibility." Pros: not playing through the biggest international tournaments; aligning the league with the international transfer window; no more snowed-out playoff games. Cons: literally everything else.

Orlando City SC | Twitter

SHOTS FIRED! Seems like a rivalry between Orlando City SC and David Beckham's Miami squad is inevitable.

A personal note: I would like to take this time to inform everyone that this will be my final post for Black & Red United as I will be moving on to pursue other opportunities. I have really enjoyed my time here and I have learned so much. I would like to personally thank Adam Taylor for bringing me on last April and giving me my own monthly post, United Abroad. I would also like to thank the other writers and editors, as well as all of the readers for everything. Thank you for your support, help and patience.

I'll stop in on the game threads every now and then, and I will continue to support the best D.C. United blog on the Web.


- Mitch

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