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Freedom Kicks for 12 February 2015: Free Agency, demographics, and cheese

There's a war of words happening in Canada, and it revolves around cheese.

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Is Birnbaum the solution to free agency?
Is Birnbaum the solution to free agency?
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D.C. United is now in Austin, with another preseason game coming tomorrow. It is exactly two weeks until D.C. United goes to Costa Rica for the Concacaf Champions League. It is Freedom Kicks.

After orchestrating DC's defensive turnaround, assistant Enzo Concina hoping to do same with Montreal Impact | A good piece about Concina and what his thoughts were during his time at D.C. United.

Miguel Aguilar takes long, winding road from Mexico to D.C. United - Washington Times: Another piece about Aguilar, his time growing up in Juarez, and the call that he got from Olsen on draft night.

ASN article: MLS Could Retain Single-Entity & Offer Free Agency: A very interesting article proposing one way that MLS could retain single entity and institute free agency. The solution? Model the league after the University of California system.

Into The Future - Howler Magazine: A look at the changing demographics of the United States versus the changing demographics of the USMNT.

Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo, MLSE chief Tim Leiweke in war of words | MLS: "He’s made a lot of money off cheese"

Greer Stadium ideas: Soccer, rodeo, grocery, park: I am fine with Nashville getting a team; they probably should have one in either NASL or USL. But I hope that the Harrisburg City Islanders can find a way to stay in Pennsylvania, and Nashville can get an expansion team.

Figuring out the MLS preseason | US Soccer Players: Trying to figure out ways to make MLS preseason more of "An Event." It also includes a nice shoutout for A Day to Unite.

Jordan Graye signes with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League - Sun Sentinel: Former D.C. United player moves from Bojangles FC the Carolina RailHawks to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Sainey Nyassi, Former Revolution Midfielder, Signs With NASL Side FC Edmonton - The Bent Musket: I think most of us have more fondness for Graye than for Nyassi, but good for him for finding a job.

How Parks and Recreation Suddenly Became the Best Show on Television | Vanity Fair: If you aren't watching the last season of Parks and Rec, please correct this immediately. The sweet and hilarious show is having an amazing final season, so do yourself the favor. One of Tuesday's episodes featured a plethora of D.C. cameos, and the other features a calzone entered in a pie eating contest.