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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and USMNT links for Wednesday February 4th, 2015

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We look at a little United news, hear from Bruce Arena, continue to be befuddled by various Klinsmann-ings, and talk about booze. Standard Wednesday Freedom Kicks.

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Well, today's Freedom Kicks are late, so let's skip the intro:

D.C. United finishes with ten men, but hangs on to tie Jönköpings Södra IF 0-0 - Recap + Highlights | Black and Red United
In case you missed our write-up of yesterday's D.C. United preseason game. And of course, by "our write-up" I of course mean "Jason responds to the team's tweets about a game he couldn't actually see."

Rowdies bolster roster with addition of midfielder Marcelo Saragosa | RowdiesSoccer.com
Marcelo Saragosa has signed with Tampa Bay in the NASL, where he'll join ex-DCU head coach Thomas Rongen.

A few good minutes with Bruce Arena | Soccer Insider
Steve Goff got to talk to The Bruce, and Arena did not disappoint.

Does MLS need promotion-relegation? Part one: The debate that never ends | Soccer Gods
Steve Davis is doing a three-part series on American soccer's dirtiest term. RIP his twitter mentions.

Does Jurgen Klinsmann have a training problem? | Top Drawer Soccer
It's to Will Parchman's credit that this doesn't just say "YES" in 86 point font. If Klinsmann wants to blame the players for not being fit enough, he should take note that previous USMNT bosses always had astoundingly fit teams. Did our player pool instantly stop looking after themselves when he took charge? Next thing you know, Klinsmann will say that this country doesn't produce any good goalkeepers.

USMNT's Jermaine Jones confesses to discomfort in new 3-5-2 role: "That system, for me it's not easy" | MLSsoccer.com
We know Jermaine. We know.

National Soccer Hall of Fame Goalkeeper Frank Borghi Passes Away at Age 89 | USSoccer.com
Sad news here: Frank Borghi - the goalkeeper in the famous US win over England in the 1950 World Cup - has passed away.

FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein says U.S. Soccer nominated him for FIFA presidency | MLSsoccer.com
A bit of advice, both for al-Hussein, US Soccer, and the other five nations that nominated him:

"Come at the king, you best not miss."

Copa Libertadores 2015 preview: Come watch the best young players in the world. And violence! | SB Nation
You should try to watch some Copa Libertadores if you can. The quality is excellent, and the drama goes to 11.

Five Excellent Reasons You Don’t Need Pappy Van Winkle | Eater
Tip of the hat to Kevin McCauley - who wrote quite a bit of the Copa Lib piece above - for retweeting this. Any listener to Filibuster knows that we think highly of Evan Williams Single Barrel.