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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, Champions League and other soccer links for Tuesday 29 April 2014

Racism loses, fire burns, and somebody says something about Buzzard Point.

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Thoughts of all of us at B&RU are with those in the South cleaning up after the tornado outbreak. I've been there, and it's a sucky thing to go through, to put it incredibly mildly. Hope everybody is safe and sound out there.

Here are your morning distractions:

MLS Week 8 in review: RSL still a work in progress as D.C. and Seattle soar |
Ryan Rosenblatt looks at the big stories after the week that was in MLS, and - get this - there's something positive about D.C. United from a neutral source. It's a brave new world, folks.

On Eddie Johnson's World Cup ambitions | Planet Futbol -
The GAM has yet to score for United, but man, that cross for Espindola on Saturday. Liviu Bird takes a broader view on EJ and the striker's hopes to make the USMNT for Brazil this summer.

Three United players in Week 8 Team of the Week -
Fabian Espindola and Bobby Boswell are no-brainers, but Sean Franklin also got the nod for his offensive production (even if he did struggle with Fabian Castillo at the other end). Win a game 4-1, and you're going to get the benefit of the doubt on these nods.

D.C. United COO Tom Hunt sits down with PressBox DC | Monumental Network
Tom Hunt goes back to his former digs at Monumental to talk about the Buzzard Point stadium project and what he's learned about the Black-and-Red since joining the club recently.

Gold Cup could be on the move outside the US |
CONCACAF president Not Jack Warner Jeffrey Webb says the regional tournament has been in the US for purely financial reasons, which should surprise absolutely nobody. What's weird is him following that admission with a statement that it could move elsewhere. A soccer confederation *not* grabbing the money is definitely a "Man bites dog" story.

The Istanbul Derby |
Go read this right now. It's for your own good. No, I'm serious - just go. I'll be here when you get back.

The Internet reacts to Dani Alves owning a racist jerk | Soccer Insider
Yesterday, we told you about Dani Alves having a banana thrown at him by a racist scumbag (whose season tickets have been revoked and who has been banned from Villareal's stadium forevermore). Now Goff brings us the reactions of the masses on social media. Let's just say that the banana may have been reclaimed for the forces of good after last weekend. (But seriously, don't be racist, and don't throw things at people, food or otherwise. It isn't nice, k?)

Police at soccer game set flare-wielding fan on fire |
And finally, RFK long-timers will tell you horror stories about how bad the security people at RFK used to be at not being dickwads, but at least they never resorted to pepper spray or SETTING PEOPLE ON FIRE.

I know I said "finally" in that last entry, but with a Very Big Match happening in Munich this afternoon in the UEFA Champions League, be sure to check out the coverage of today's semifinal second leg between Bayern and Real Madrid from our sister blogs Bavarian Football Works (managed by DCU fan Phillip Quinn) and Managing Madrid.