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Three's Company: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 23 October 2015

DC superlatives, a Nazi doll, and another MLS team called United.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

This is the last Friday Freedom Kicks of the 2015 Regular Season.

Handing out awards for D.C. United's 2015 season - Washington Post Express:  Among other award winners, Kofi Opare comes away with "most pleasant surprise."

MLS Preview and Prediction: Columbus Crew vs DC United | MLSGB:  A win or draw by DC United on Sunday versus Columbus puts the Black and Red directly in the HOV-3 lane to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Bruce Arena unhappy with MLS schedule proposes tweaks - ESPN FC:  LA Galaxy wants something.  Alert.  LA Galaxy wants something.  Drop everything at MLS HQ.  Repeat.  LA Galaxy wants something.

ExtraTime Radio: Get ready for the inevitable drama of #DecisionDay, plus MLS-themed Halloween costumes |  An exciting ExtraTime podcast lays out how this weekend will determine everyone's fate.  If you can't listen at work, you can read the Week 34 preview at

It's nearly official: MLS coming to St. Paul | Star Tribune:  At 1 p.m. CDT today, it looks like we're gonna welcome Minnesota United to the DC and Atlanta family of Uniteds.  Here's our collective theme song.

90 Minutes in Heaven: My First MLS Soccer Game | The Minaret Online:  This takes place in Orlando, but it's a heartwarming from-the-stands narrative nonetheless.

I tried to help a soccer player and he repaid me with humiliation -  And here's another narrative about the beautiful game, from the perspective on the field.

Soccer goalie born with no legs is a rock star on the field -  Utterly amazing.

Soccer Star Bastian Schweinsteiger May Sue Over Nazi Doll With His Name and Face - The Daily Beast:  A Chinese factory apparently (I would say, pretty much definitely) used Man United's Schweinsteiger as a model for its Nazi officer figurine.

Hillsborough Inquests: Victim Tony Bland 'should have been treated differently' - BBC News:  If you haven't seen the 30 for 30 installment on the Hillsborough disaster, it's available on Netflix streaming and here.  Watch it.  It will make you angry.

Germany's Explanation for their World Cup Bribery Scandal Makes No Sense - Gawker:  If you believe Germany, then FIFA's financial operations are something akin to a Nigerian Prince email scam where the whole story is actually true and you really do only need to send $10,000 via Western Union to a dude in Paris for a deposed Nigerian Prince to finally get access to his $10,000,000 fortune which he splits with you 50/50, because modalities.

And your Friday Freedom Kicks treat is What if the new Star Wars sucks, too?

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