After an explosion of DC United stories over the past 48 hours (see Loudoun stadium disaster and United's second half comeback to dowse the Fire), we're scant on DCU links for today's Friday Freedom Kicks. But we're not scant on links, if you know what I mean.
D.C. United vs. Toronto FC | MLS MatchCenter: Here's the MLS preview of tomorrow's match versus the Reds.
Chants threaten to mar Orlando City's expansion season in MLS | FC Yahoo - Yahoo Sports: OCSC supporters' chants include the word "retarded" or sometimes include the word "retarded," though they claim they are saying "disregarded." All of this ugliness is on display inside the Citrus Bowl even while Kaka is a Special Olympics ambassador.
Sporting KC forward Krisztian Nemeth named MLS player of the month for May | The Kansas City Star: SKC's Nemeth edges out TFC's Giovinco for May Player of the Month.
Women's World Cup: Klingenberg's journey from Olympic snub to indispensable defender | Sporting News: A feature article on the USWNT's smallest player.
Kelley O'Hara's Speedy World Cup Training Plan - ESPN: Kelley O'Hara has long been my favorite USWNT player. Here's how she trains. I may try some of this. (Oh, who am I kidding?)
At Women's World Cup, the chance for defeat can draw viewers | wiscnews.com: If you can lose, they will watch.
Canada Soccer president Montagliani grilled over FIFA scandal | Vancouver Sun: So Valcke skipped coming to Vancouver to help with this press conference (surprise), leaving Canada's version of Sunil Gulati to handle the press by himself. He got irritated very quickly when reporters started doing their jobs.
FIFA: Why the USA? | The Progressive: Dave Zirin explains why the USA had the ability, the necessity, and the cajones to do what it did in Zurich. He surmises that, if the US was hosting in 2022, we probably wouldn't have moved the way we did.
FIFA: Why African Soccer Officials See Probe As 'Imperialist' - TIME: The leader of Russia is denouncing us. African leaders are calling us imperialist. The FIFA scandal is a retread of the Cold War in the 1970s.
FIFA, Blatter and Africa: a special relationship - The Conversation: Here is a fascinating piece on the relationship between Blatter and Africa.
Fifa scandal live: Brazil 2014 'under investigation' by FBI - Telegraph: The Telegraph UK has a nice live-blog going on the FIFA scandal.
Soccer-Asia central to picking next FIFA chief - Yahoo Sports: Here are some insights on potential Asian candidates for FIFA president.
Fifa made payment to FAI after Thierry Henry handball, claims John Delaney | The Guardian: More dirt is coming out. The end of this article, when Sepp meets Delaney's partner, is just shocking.
FBI to probe 'missing' payment from Australia's failed $46m World Cup Bid - Herald Sun: How do you not account for what happened to $46,000,000? How?
Premier League closes door on sponsorship from 2016-17 - ESPN FC: No Barclay's, no nothin'.