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Frigid Friday Freedom Kicks: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 20 February 2015

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Farfan is pumped for a trip to Costa Rica. Scabs need not apply for any secret MLS replacement list. Wales shows its (Washington) Spirit.

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It's so cold I could slice open the belly of a tauntaun and just sleep there forever.

D.C. United Preseason Report: Dallas Day 2 | D.C. United:  Michael Farfan gets interviewed, and Davy Arnaud smokes an unnamed DCU defender.

D.C. United to launch youth academy residency program in Maryland - The Washington Post:  Here is Goff's report on DC United's new venture with the Calverton School.

D.C. United Under-23 team to compete in Premier Development League in 2015 | D.C. United:  DCU's U-23 schedule for 2015 is here, kicking off on May 17.

Wales Women's Senior Squad Announced - Football Association of Wales:  Washington Spirit's Natasha Harding has been named a forward for the Wales Women's National Team.

Bondy: MLS season in danger if players decide to strike - NY Daily News:  If there's a strike, MLS says the clubs won't hire scabs.  Good.

MLS CBA Part 3: How the players can (mostly) win - Massive Report:  This article argues that the union should look at the 2015 CBA as an investment on the way to getting what they want.

Will The Rise Of The Premier League in the U.S. Hurt MLS Soccer? - Forbes:  A rundown of the competition between EPL and MLS for US fans.

Report: Hope Solo will be reinstated to USWNT | Soccer By Ives:  Looks like Hope Solo is back!

Balotelli showed 'disrespect' during penalty, says Steven Gerrard - ESPN FC:  Mario Balotelli scores a goal, by wrestling the ball from his captain who was about to take a penalty kick.

LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane eyeing age 40 as he kicks on from banner 2014: "I want to play as long as I can" | MLSsoccer.com:  I was hoping for surprising secrets to the longevity of his fitness, like what you read in those stories about the 115-year-old woman who eats two fried eggs and smokes a cigar everyday.  Only I'd like this one to involve beer.  Lots of beer.  Alas, no dice.

European soccer racism pollutes the game's image in the US too | Football | The Guardian:  "Sure, you'd confront drunks in our American stadiums, but not organized groups of drunks."

The Neutral Chronicles: The historical baggage that comes with choosing a team - The Goat Parade:  When you pick a favorite European club, do you also pick its entire history?

Condemnation is easy; the way forward less so - We Ain't Got No History:  More on the Chelsea racism incident.

And your Friday Freedom Kicks treat is this dude trying to sneak a dozen bottles of beer into a Turkish soccer match.