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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and Women's World Cup links for Wednesday April 29, 2015

Scrambling around for links before sleep takes hold.

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Somebody almost forgot to post Freedom Kicks, but surprise! I actually have some links for you good people.

D.C. United news and notes | Soccer Insider
Similar to our piece yesterday afternoon, Steve Goff has some news here on the status of various players returning from injury. There's also a note about why Miguel Aguilar wasn't in the squad in Vancouver - his residency status has still not entirely been cleared up - and confirmation of a trial for Hernan Hinostroza. We may have been the first place that reported on that rumor in English. Don't worry, we've been congratulating ourselves endlessly for doing so.

The "no fun" Vancouver Whitecaps | Vancouver Sun
An intriguing, counter-intuitive opinion on last Saturday's foe.

Tuesday's Practice Pitch Updates: Ethan Finlay is Player of the Week, D.C. United is Good, Crew SC Have offense | Massive Report
Looking ahead to Saturday, here's a report from the Crew's training session yesterday morning.

Toronto rebounds, L.A. visits New York and goals aplenty on Saturday | ESPNFC
Jason Davis is very complimentary of D.C. United in his weekly round-up piece, and named both Chris Rolfe and Bobby Boswell to his Team of the Week.

Is Philadelphia the worst team in MLS? |
I mean, yeah, probably. United faces Philly twice this month, and regardless of short rest being a factor on both occasions we should absolutely demand 6 points from those games.

Op ed: Union fans are becoming their own worst enemies | The Brotherly Game
So yeah, things are getting kind of ugly in Philly. Eugene Rupinski wrote a piece that applies to every fanbase in MLS, though. Even when things are going well, fans will disagree but should do so in a mature and reasonable manner rather than holding grudges and bickering.

Memories of past cup runs fuel Montreal Impact's quest for history | Planet Futbol
Over at Sports Illustrated, Brian Straus put together a great piece on the Montreal Impact's history - both as a club and with individuals on the team - with unlikely cup runs. CCL final is tonight!

Matheson has broken foot, still on Canada’s roster | The Equalizer
Good news: One of the most exciting players for the Washington Spirit is on Canada's World Cup roster. Bad news: Diana Matheson's recovery from tearing her ACL last year has been hampered by a broken foot, and her spot on that roster is down to a race against the clock.