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Thursday Freedom Kicks: Impact do work, Wambach not gonna do work (in the NWSL, anyway)

MLS, CCL, USWNT, USMNT, UCL—today's links have all your favorite acronyms.

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Hello, friends, I come bearing soccer links on this fine Thursday morning. Let's get to them, shall we?

Montreal Impact vs. Alajuelense | MLS MatchCenter
The Impact won the first leg of their semifinal against Alajuelense 2-0 at home, and I'm still really bummed that DCU aren't in the CCL anymore. (Good on you, though, Montreal.)

Scheduling conflicts with FIFA dates loom for MLS clubs - The Washington Post
Yay, missing players!

Abby Wambach's USWNT, club future; France in line to host 2019 WWC - Planet Futbol -
Wambach announced yesterday that she won't be playing in the NWSL this year, which...okay... (Also, this, for what it's worth.)

Projecting the USMNT roster for friendlies vs. Denmark and Switzerland - Stars and Stripes FC
Would you rather try to predict a Klinsmann USMNT roster or an Ellis USWNT roster?

ASN article: Advice for Gedion Zelalem: Go Play Soccer for Germany
Oh snap, as they say (maybe just as I say).

My Soccer Saga | The Big Roundtable
Guys, the World Cup was so long ago now. :( So, have a lovely long form about Alexander Abnos' experience at it.

Rapids partner with Transamerica for major jersey sponsorship | Colorado Rapids
As far as logos that have to get slapped on the front of jerseys go, these aren't offensively ugly.

Michael Burns and Alexi Lalas: 20 Years Later | New England Revolution
Here for Lalas tbh. And the sweet 90s photos.

NYCFC Historic Home Opener time-lapse | New York City FC
I was in a bar after the Boston St. Patrick's Day parade watching this game, and when I told my friends that NYCFC were playing in a baseball stadium, they both looked at me in confusion. Because it sounds dumb to anybody.

Seattle Sounders value home-field advantage, new turf, "room for growth" in CenturyLink Field deal |

We need to rig the Champions League draw for a Bayern Munich versus Barcelona final -- Fusion
I mean, I would be fine with this.

Philipp Lahm tells ESPN FC he's hungry for more success with Bayern Munich - ESPN FC
Hearts in my eyes for Philipp Lahm, always.

Lionel Messi the maestro breathtaking as Barcelona’s perfect provider | Sid Lowe | Football | The Guardian
I am loath to include anything about Barça and/or Messi, but I guess they're like...relevant to soccer...

One last thing, just in case you didn't see it yesterday. Dortmund fans continuing to kill it:

Your turn. What else is up?