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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, and MLS links for Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

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The USMNT was knocked out of the World Cup yesterday, so I drank a hefty amount of bourbon and then wrote today's Freedom Kicks.

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Belgium knocked the US out of the World Cup yesterday, despite the USMNT's late, desperate push creating some real opportunities to push the game into penalty kicks, where one has to assume Tim Howard would have saved all Belgian shots and probably also converted the winning shot for the US, and then also flown the plane from Salvador back to Sao Paulo, and also while doing so concoct a remedy for hangovers.

Anyway, it is a reasonable but still sad ending to the tournament, and I drank a lot as a result, so this might not be the best Freedom Kicks ever.

Training Notes: July 1, 2014 | DCUnited.com
TJ Scholl walks us through yesterday's training session. Despite the heat, D.C. United did some sprinting drills, some passing work, different passing work, what sounds not too far removed from croquet with soccer balls, and then played a 30 minute 11v11 game.

D.C. United and Cristian Fernandez mutually agree on termination of contract | DCUnited.com
We already covered this on the site, but here's the official release from United on Christian's departure. My guess: Our ham wasn't as good as Spanish ham.

Sounders vs. D.C. United Tactics: 4-2-2-1-1 | Sounder at Heart
ScottWinter from Sounder at Heart takes a look at United from the opposition perspective. There are some nice gifs here worth a look.

World Cup: USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard sets World Cup record with 16 saves vs. Belgium | MLSsoccer.com
This, more than anything, sums up how the game went yesterday. Tim Howard probably felt more than a little like goalies in hockey feel when their team is outgunned.

World Cup: USMNT go out with a roar, but "game states" paint the picture | MLSsoccer.com
Matthew Doyle points out some stuff that I agree strongly with, like a) not bringing a second target forward really limited our options and b) the USMNT is not better off bunkering. We have a year to learn these lessons before the next Gold Cup.

A long day for USMNT fans | WashingtonPost.com
Clinton Yates was on hand for the watch party at Freedom Plaza with a lot of people who were hot and sweaty.

He's here: Orlando City unveil Brazilian star Kaka as club's first Designated Player signing | MLSsoccer.com
Back to MLS, where Orlando City did what they've been rumored to have planned for like 70 years now in signing Kaka. The Brazilian attacking midfielder will play on loan with Sao Paulo until Orlando starts their first MLS preseason, which is actually a pretty important move for him considering his unremarkable play in the past few years.

Community Moving to Yahoo for Sixth Season | Vulture
I really liked Community, and needed good news, so here is some good news. I'm starting to learn that the Internet will always show up and save the day, at least sort of. Pop pop!

New July Releases on Netflix Streaming | Paste Magazine
There are some good movies on Netflix if you need to distract yourself from the sadness. We're talking "City of God," "12 Angry Men," and "XXX: State of the Union." Wait, one of those doesn't belong.

Anyway, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" will be available on the 14th, so that's cool.

That's pretty much the best I can do given the circumstances. If you used booze to move past World Cup misery, remember to hydrate all day. This is your open thread for the day, and you probably have relevant links that I missed.