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Freedom Kicks for 31 July 2014: EJ, Rolfe, Miami Beckhams

We have news about stadiums, incentives, and transfers.

Michael Steele

We will talk about last night's win in other fora, but there is other soccer news around the world. Let's jump into it.

Do players need incentive laden contracts for continued success? Brian Ching thinks EJ does - Dynamo Theory: The article looks a little different in light of Eddie Johnson's goal last night, but the point remains an interesting one.

D.C. United rave about "classy" play of Chris Rolfe after win over Toronto: "We're lucky to have him" | The only link about last night's game in this post (the rest will be in The Last Word), but everyone can agree that we are lucky to have Chris Rolfe.

And for the truly nerdy out there, the Office of the City Administrator has released a few studies related to the D.C. United stadium plan. If you want, you can read the draft environmental mitigation study or the Buzzard Point Urban Design Framework Summary.

Soccer at Yankee Stadium doesn't look so hot - A soccer game played in NYCFC's temporary stadium did not look good on TV at all.

MLS won't go to Miami without downtown stadium, commissioner says - But even though NYCFC doesn't have a stadium plan either, other than their temporary spot, the Miami Beckham's will not be allowed into MLS until they have their stadium plan lined up. Not that I feel bad for Golden Balls.

MLB on Fox Sports 1 was beaten by exhibition soccer on ESPN2 Saturday | Awful Announcing: I don't know what to think of this, since soccer will be on both channels next year. Mostly I remain scared for soccer being on Fox at all.

Montreal Impact relieve Nick De Santis of sporting director duties, stand by Frank Klopas through 2015 | Nick De Santis will still be an administrator at the club, but have nothing to do with choosing players. That's gotta hurt.

Sacha Kljestan reportedly set for LA Galaxy move - Stars and Stripes FC: Well, I guess this is why the LA Galaxy wanted United's allocation spot. It looks like he would come on loan for half a season, and then somehow become a new DP under a yet-to-be-negotiated CBA deal.

Jermaine Jones close to joining Chicago Fire, Alexi Lalas says - And the big prize of returning USMNT players seems to be going to the Windy City.

That's all I have for you this morning. What do you want to talk about?