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Friday Freedom Kicks: DCU, MLS, and Sundry Soccer Links for 19 September 2014

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Pontius, EJ, The Korb, Magic Headband - in that order - reboarding the ship, just in time for the climax in this 2014 movie.

Matt Cardy

Arrrrgh, maties.  Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

So batten down ye hatches.  Shiver me timbers.  'Tis time for your Friday freedom kicks, ya scallywags!

Reinforcements on the way for DC United in form of Eddie Johnson, Chris Korb | MLSsoccer.com:  Release the Korb!  Maybe in time for Tauro, anyway.  Sounds like we might have EJ back this weekend.

D.C. United news and notes - The Washington Post:  Warning.  This Goff blog contains graphic images of Chris Rolfe's broken arm in some sort of bionic man get-up.  The Magic Headband returns mid-October.

Chris Pontius healthy just in time for D.C. United stretch run - Washington Times:  Nice profile on CP13 2014.  I've liked the way he has looked in the last two games.

Samuel Inkoom: The Newest Signing To DC United - Samuel Inkoom wants you to know something:  "I came to win matches."  Proceed.

Chicago Fire vs. DC United | MLS Match Preview | MLSsoccer.com:  The last time DCU won at Toyota Park against the Fire?  2009.  Holy polish sausages.

Let’s talk about that new MLS logo | Dallas Morning News:  There was a whole lot of talk about the new MLS logo around the internets yesterday, including the suggestion that it's not too late to turn away.

USA dominates Mexico in last tuneup before Women’s Championship - Planet Futbol - SI.com:  USWNT is ready for the qualifiers.  We beat Mexico 4-0 last night.

USMNT climbs one place to No. 17 in latest FIFA rankings | Soccer By Ives:  Defeating the Czechs the other day has placed us one spot ahead of England n the world rankings.

ESPN reports MLS torn on possible Chivas USA hiatus, Sacramento Republic FC tried to buy club - The Goat Parade:  The existential drama for Chivas continues.

If nothing else, Sacramento is making it tough for MLS to say no:  This USL Pro team is consistently selling out its matches.  That's impressive.

Brazilian soccer player celebrates goal by falling in massive hole | For The Win:  Let's cover this giant hole in the ground beside the soccer field with a big tarp = dumb idea.

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