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Copa America SHOCKER! DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 26 June 2015

A big stadium story, a look at young Altidore, and Copa America is tarnished forever.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

I'm kind of sick of the Comcast Sportsnet theme song for DC United games.  Let's get them to start using the DC United song by Bad Brains.  Who's with me?

And now your Friday Freedom Kicks.

MLS Soccer: D.C. United vs. Toronto FC Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/27/15 - Sports Chat Place:  As of Friday Freedom Kicks press time, this site hasn't yet reported a line on the DCU vs. TFC match.  That's because it's waiting on B&RU's Staff and Reader Predictions later today.  Those are like the Bureau of Labor Statistics' employment numbers for the stock market.

Washington, D.C. sinks money into a D.C. United stadium, following its investment in Washington Nationals stadium. Are they worth it? - Washington City Paper:  Big article in the City Paper on the new stadium and the economics thereof.

MLS Insider: The road to stardom for Toronto FC's Jozy Altidore |  Meet Jozy's folks and check out some footage of the man as a boy in a Florida youth league.  That was in 1998.  I don't even want to think about what I was doing with my life in 1998.

Sebastian Giovinco Versus Kaka: The Great MLS Debate - MLS Multiplex:  Giovinco, begrudgingly.  But Kaka is definitely a class act.

Dealing with Dempsey: MLS commish Garber weighs in on discipline decisions | FOX Sports:  Garber: (v) To get immediately defensive.  Ex:  When I asked her where she was last night, my girlfriend garbered about working late.

Brad Guzan on MLS: The league has grown by leaps and bounds | CSN Chicago:  I know a club that might want him, and it rhymes with Giladelphia.

Eales: Atlanta United FC name is ‘authentic’ |  It's actually not authentic.  But keep saying that to yourself if it makes you feel better.

MLS Heineken Rivalry Week: Five of the greatest villains in MLS rivalry history |  Jaime Moreno is no "villian."  He's the protagonist.  He's the embodiment of the subject.  Nay, he's the omniscient narrator of Being Itself unfolding as History.

U.S. must tweak approach to win the title -  I want to trust Jill Ellis so badly.  I want to believe that Ellis simply works in mysterious ways.

Women's World Cup: With attention comes criticism for U.S. - San Jose Mercury News:  Mo' money, mo' problems.

USA's defense can offset offense -Detroit Free Press:  The first rule of The Streak is that you do not talk about The Streak.  And I guess I just broke that rule.  Let's never speak of it again.

England not ready to go home warns Laura Bassett before Canada crunch - Mirror Online:  I'm going to go ahead and root for Canada in this game.  The World Cup is always way better while the host remains alive.  Hmm.  I guess that makes us all a bunch of blood sucking parasites.  So be it.  Go Canada!

Why Germany or France will be eliminated from the World Cup too early - ESPN:  Let's change that "or" to an "and."

Backheel Breakfast: Chile's Copa America campaign hurt by finger-in-the-butt suspension -  This incident reminds me of so many things.  For starters, this.  And this.  And this.  None of which is really safe for work but is okay for late night cable.  Welcome to the viral video free association inside my brain.

And your Friday Freedom Kicks treat is the most terrifying video I've ever seen.  I mean it.  My gawd.  Make sure your sound is on.

Commentariat, forward!