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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and U.S. men's national team links for 13 May 2014

Yesterday was the Day of Big Announcements in the world of American soccer. Today is the day after that day. That's the kind of wisdom you can only get from Freedom Kicks.

These photos are awkward enough without somebody forgetting that MLS is an adidas league and giving them a Nike ball.
These photos are awkward enough without somebody forgetting that MLS is an adidas league and giving them a Nike ball.
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We'll get to the post-actually major announcement(s) stuff in a second, but let's start today's Freedom Kicks with something a bit more D.C. United focused.

Two DCU players and hat trick hat trick on MLS Team of the Week -
Bill Hamid gets the nod thanks to his spectacular saves in the shutout performance against the Union this weekend (even if his play on corner kicks was a bit more ulcer-inducing), and Bobby Boswell gets some recognition for his 12 clearances.

Vote now for MLS Save of the Week: Week 10 |
Speaking of Bill Hamid's theatrics, his massive double-save last weekend is up for Save of the Week. So go vote, why don't you?

Meanwhile, Jeff Parke gets the love from the league site |
Ten teams are represented in this particular team of the week, which is entirely appropriate in the parity-fueled world of MLS.

Armchair Analyst: Tthoughts from Week 10 |
Matt Doyle's weekly wrapup column is a must-read, and he spends a chunk of it talking (well, letting Charlie Boehm talk) about D.C. United's tactical evolution this year. Basically, Fabian Espindola and Chris Rolfe are what make United work in the final third.

Fox's MLS blog is excited about something... | FOX Sports
It may have something to do with the fact that they are about to become a whole lot more relevant to their parent organization. It may also have something to do with this post from yesterday.

Lots more on the TV deal from Jonathan Tannenwald
He's been all over this from Day 1, so go check out his take on the 8-year, $720 million deal with ESPN, Fox and Univision.

Don Garber on potential MLS schedule shift to FIFA calendar: It’s ‘almost impossible’ | Planet Futbol -
This. This. This. This. This. This. This. This. This.

Poll: Johnson’s omission from U.S. camp | Soccer Insider
I can't say I agree with the majority in agreeing with Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to leave Eddie Johnson off the 30-man provisional World Cup roster yesterday. I still think he'd be more useful to the USMNT than any of John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin or Julian Green, all of whom figure to be important to the 2018 effort but are luxuries in this cycle.

And finally, a reminder to always listen to the 'Little Voice in Your Stomach' |
I mean, it works for Richard Sherman (who is surprisingly funny saying "Little Voice in My Stomach??" Hey, anybody else want beef jerky?

This is your open thread for the day. Treat the comment section like your personal soccer sounding board