Happy USMNT game day, folks. 12 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, and look for the gamethread here soon. But before the USMNT get their freedom kicks on, here are some freedom kicks of your own:
What to watch for: USMNT vs. Switzerland - Stars and Stripes FC
Can we just, like, I don't know...win?
ASN article: Bradley on U.S. Captaincy: "It's a Tremendous Honor"
Still think he should've been chosen captain over Dempsey.
Equalizer Soccer – Flash, Reign swap Wambach, Leroux in blockbuster
Wasn't expecting this yesterday, but there it was.
Pay-to-Play Damages USWNT Diversity - The Bent Musket
Some really good research done here, and a topic that deserves attention. Don't skip this one.
Take a mindboggling tour of Steven Gerrard's reported Malibu-mansion-to-be | Fusion
You know, I don't think I'd mind being a millionaire. (Also, on the closet: "Um … D.C. United could live in here. Bill Hamid would Instagram the hell out of this closet.") (Also also, here's a very important poll about whether Gerrard or Lampard wins the cribs battle.)
Company Town Zürich - Howler Magazine
And this one, a really lovely read.
Missing UC Berkeley student killed running across LA freeway - Inside Bay Area
Such awful, awful news. Thoughts with his family.
What else ya got?