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Freedom Kicks for 4 April 2014: Pontius, Simms, and Bitcoin

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Grab your coffee and let Thursday's Freedom Kicks wake you up!

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I'm a little sleepy after staying up to watch the USMNT versus Mexico, so I don't have any unifying theme or witticisms this morning. Instead, I have links to interesting soccer related stories for you, so let's get into it!

Chris Pontius' DC United return delayed, recovery time could be another 8-12 weeks | MLSsoccer.com: Another in an unfortunate series of setbacks for the Party Boy.

Retired MLS midfielder Clyde Simms awaiting kidney transplant: More information on the illness and retirement of fan favorite Clyde Simms, and information on how you can get involved and help.

USA 2-2 Mexico - as it happened | Football | theguardian.com: The game for which many of us stayed up so late, with an amazing performance by Michael Bradley. Kyle Beckerman and Chris Wondolowski also played well, while Omar Gonzalez had his typical up and down outing.

KICKERS PARTNER WITH TOURBEAU - Richmond Kickers: In addition to now having wired internet access at City Stadium, instead of running their stream off of a 4G hotspot, the Richmond Kickers will be using a production company to produce the live streams of their home games.

Deal in works to bring pro soccer — and potential 5,000-seat stadium — to Detroit | Crain's Detroit Business: Another team with USL PRO-to-MLS aspirations.

The San Jose Quakes to become the next sports team to accept Bitcoin | SiliconANGLE: I would be far more interested if they accepted dogecoin.

As always, this is your open thread for the day. What's on your mind?