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Freedom Kicks for 28 August 2014: Women's World Cup, Las Vegas stadium, Jermaine Jones

Pour yourself some coffee, settle in, and let the Freedom wash over you.

Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

I believe that we all had a collective bout of mass hysteria last night, because that game (and especially that penalty kick) certainly couldn't have happened. Let us move on to this morning's link roundup from around the league.

DC United in 2014 | US Soccer Players: Jason Davis, of Soccer Morning fame, takes a look back at D.C. United's offseason and all of the MLS acquisition methods that had at their disposal to get them to where they are today.

Jermaine Jones: USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann encouraged MLS move | While Juergen was vocal in the past about wanting Americans to ply their trade overseas, Jones is not going to get any better staying in Europe, so might as well get paid.

Graham Parker imagines process behind Jermaine Jones' move to New England - ESPN FC: Graham Parker imagines that MLS player acquisition is done in dark rooms out of Game of Thrones.

The MLS Allocation Order* Is Dead - Dynamo Theory: With all the ridiculousness that has come from the allocation order this year, I will make the argument that D.C. United has gotten more value out of trading it twice than by selecting anyone, especially since they couldn't have afforded most of them. Thoughts?

Equalizer Soccer – Australian players oppose turf at 2015 Women’s World Cup as FIFPro VP backs players: Hopefully a critical mass is building against having the 2015 Women's World Cup on turf, because that is just insane.

The top 5 greatest apologies for being racist in soccer - A little levity after last night.

Las Vegas reaches agreement on possible $410 million MLS stadium | For The Win: They don't have a team of any sort yet, but Las Vegas is going ahead and laying the groundwork. If Qatar keeps the World Cup, this could be the USMNT's home stadium for that entire cycle to get them ready.

Concussion Lawsuit Seeks to Force Rule Changes in Soccer - Concussions are obviously a massive problem, and this article proposes temporary substitutions to allow players to be checked out for concussions properly. In another article, I have suggested adding a fourth sub for injured players, but a player subbed in that manner would have to miss the first half of the next game or the whole next game (so as to prevent abuse of the system). What solutions/thoughts do you all have?

As always, this is your place for all day soccer talk. Leggo.