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

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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 - SI.com
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 | MLSsoccer.com
Turf.

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?