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Freedom Kicks: USA, Women's World Cup, D.C. United, and US Open Cup links for Thursday, July 2, 2015

Soccer? Go!

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Who says that the summer is the slow season for soccer? There is madness all around!

Michael Bradley named as USA captain for the CONCACAF Gold Cup | FOX Sports: The passing of the torch has finally come, with Bradley taking over so Dempsey can focus on his "playing duties." AKA not ripping up notebooks?

The Gold Cup is in 6 days and Mexico are a dumpster fire - Right after the 2015 World Cup ends, we go immediately into the Gold Cup. #cantstopwontstop

England knocked out of the World Cup on gut-wrenching 90th minute own goal - Speaking of the World Cup, the USA will face Japan in a rematch of 2011, and someone please stop pointing the camera at Laura Bassett.

Here's Where We Stand: MNUFC and MLS - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Northern Pitch: With MLS' deadline for Minnesota United having a stadium deal in place come and gone, no one knows anything about what's going to happen. Hey, remember when MLS made teams have a stadium deal in place before doing the grand announcement?

LA Galaxy to Unveil Steven Gerrard at Halftime on Saturday - LAG Confidential: Hilarious that Steven Gerrard is getting at the same time Frank Lampard does.

2015 US Open Cup Round 5 review: Red Bulls sweep New York, Dwyer shines as MLS reigns supreme | - Full Coverage of US Open Cup Soccer: Despite United's ignominious exit, the Open Cup continues on and all of the wrong teams are winning.

Transfer Watch: Mexican star Giovani Dos Santos reportedly in talks to join MLS | For info on the new rules that MLS is coming up with midseason to allow the Galaxy a fourth DP-level player, read this article by our friends at RSL Soapbox.

Transfer Watch: Orlando City reportedly in pursuit of Mexican star Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez | Hope you took out some collarbone insurance on that one, OCSC.

That's all I have. What's up?