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Friday Freedom Kicks: Fred, Ian, Levi and Jonah

News and notes ahead of TFC-DCU, where one former DC player resurfaces in MLS and a current one celebrates a milestone.

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Player movement, news, notes, and hoping the birthday of Sean Franklin is an enjoyable. These are your morning links:

New York City FC reveal subway token-inspired badge with heavy NYC influence | Self-explanatory, but worth clicking through to check out if you haven't. Where does it place on aesthetically pleasing badges in our cozy single entity?

Union sign Brazilian midfielder Fred | Philadelphia Union: Brazilian midfielder Fred passes through the allocation process, spurs an offer from another team and signs with Philadelphia. Since I'm apparently back in 2010, I wanted to let you know the end of Lost is totally cool you guys.

ESPN Play-by-Play Commentators for 2014 FIFA World Cup " ESPN MediaZone: Ian Darke and those other peers who will fill out the roster for the World Cup. Derek Rae, yes!

USA to start U-21 national team program - Stars and Stripes FC: Jurgen's Klinsmann's quote about Clint Dempsey's treatment in MLS notwithstanding, that there will be a U-21 camp and team is worth some praise.

Davis: MLS sets itself apart with zero tolerace on diving by Jason Davis - ESPN FC: Jason Davis shares his thoughts on MLS and the dark art of embellishment.

Portland Timbers and city renegotiate stadium deal, costs because artificial turf fails after just three seasons | So, I guess good turf really is an oxymoron (full disclosure, I typed it as turd before correcting it).

Welcome to hell – a day with the Reading Ultras | Supporters Not Customers: A fascinating look at a Football League Championship game between Reading and Yeovil Town, right in the middle of the madness.

Vntg USA 94 Denim Soccer Jersey Long Sleeve Dooley Adidas | eBay: Not just a denim shirt from the 1994 US team, but a long sleeve shirt? Savor this moment, it does not come around too often.

Video: All The Hilarious Deleted Jonah Scenes From 'Veep' Season 2: Veep is the brainchild of Armando Iannucci, creator of the excellent In the Loop. Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and including Gary Hale (from Arrested Development), it comedically chronicles the Vice President. Timothy Simons plays Jonah, the hilarious liaison from the West Wing who pops in on the office. Here are almost three minutes of deleted scenes, including an intentional mispronouncing of a staffer's name. If you hate curse words you should skip it, but it and the show are worth your time.

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