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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and World Cup soccer links for July 15

Infographics, weekly honors, dubious winning streaks and World Cup look-backs and look-aheads. For freedom.

Putin to world: Deal with it.
Putin to world: Deal with it.
Robert Cianflone

Well, it's Tuesday morning, and I'm late with your Freedom Kicks. For that I apologize. But we're ready to go now, so grab your coffee, be sure your umbrella is in your bag, and dig in.

Key Stats: D.C. United at San Jose Earthquakes | D.C. United
We start, as usual, with D.C. United. The team site has a little infographic on the big stats from Friday night's win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Team of the Week |
Four D.C. United players got some love in MLS' Team of Week 18: Davy Arnaud and Chris Korb made the first XI, while Bill Hamid and Bobby Boswell made the bench.

Exactly how long has it been since Chivas USA won four games in a row? | The Goat Parade
Looking forward to Sunday, when the Black-and-Red will play a streaking Chivas USA. I know - it felt even weirder to type "streakin Chivas USA" than I'm sure it did to read it.

World Cup Expectations Rankings: Brazil's over- and underachievers |
We'll help you come down gently from our collective month-long soccer bender with this piece from Jonathan Wilson, ranking each team's performance versus their expectations. No points for guessing #1.

The World Cup final was the most-watched soccer match in US history|
It wasn't the biggest English-language audience (that'd be US-Portugal from the group stage), but when you add the ABC and Univision numbers together, you get 26.5 million viewers, more than any other soccer telecast in this country, ever. And the biggest market for all this: DC.

Brazil World Cup manager Luiz Felipe Scolari resigns | ESPN FC
The only surprise here is really that he made it to the third-place game after that infamous 7-1 semifinal loss.

Russia says 2018 World Cup will top Brazil | ESPN FC
If you thought Sochi's eighty-bazillion-dollar road to nowhere or the giant white elephant in Manaus was bad, just you wait. Putin wants to make it tough for Qatar to out-do him in any department (except, maybe basic humanity, but that's never been one of Qatar's strong suits, either).

Be sure to use the comments to share any other stories that catch your eye today.