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Freedom Kicks: Gold Cup Geigershow, USMNT, and D.C. United links for 23 July 2015

Well, that was truly a bizarre night of soccer.

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I can't be sure if anything happened yesterday that wasn't the Gold Cup. If so, let me know in the comments. Let's go!

USMNT vs. Jamaica, 2015 Gold Cup: Final score 1-2, Americans suffer shock exit - Stars and Stripes FC: The USA did not get CONCACAF'd, they just didn't play well enough over the balance of the game to actually win.

3 things we learned from Jamaica's 2-1 upset win over the USMNT - This is the first time since 2003 that the USA is not in the Gold Cup final, and the first time since 1969 that they have lost to a Caribbean team in the United States.

8 thoughts on the USMNT's loss to Jamaica and Gold Cup failure - More thoughts on the game, including a wild wondering if Ben Olsen could be a candidate to replace Jurgen should he be fired (hint? no).

Armchair Analyst: Jurgen Klinsmann & USMNT flame out vs. Jamaica in Gold Cup loss | The last word on this game goes to the always great Matthew Doyle, who breaks down where it all went wrong.

Night of absurdity at CONCACAF Gold Cup - The Washington Post: And the USA game was not even close to the most ridiculous thing that happened last night. After playing for 2/3rds of the game with 10 men, Panama looks to be reaching the final until Mark Geiger calls an absurd penalty. From there, the game got ugly, with fans pelting the field with objects and play stopping for almost 20 minutes. #geigershow

The Univision goal call for that penalty that sent the game to extra time is great, giving the goal to Geiger himself:

Howard Outlines USA Plans | Everton Football Club: Oh, this was the day that Tim Howard decided to announce that he wants to come back to the USMNT.

Alvaro Saborio mixes it up in first workout with D.C. United - The Washington Post: Saborio is already practicing with D.C. United, and I bet that he gets the start this Sunday.

Sao Paulo Reportedly Rejects Orlando City's Proposal For Paulo Henrique Ganso - The Mane Land: This has been a bizarre story: OCSC loaned Kaka to Sao Paulo before the MLS season so he could stay match fit, in exchange for two friendlies from which they would keep most of the money, plus other cash. The friendlies never happened, Sao Paulo never paid them anything (because they're broke), so now OCSC wants one of their best players and they'll call it even. Sao Paulo has declined that offer, so it is all going to court.

Recovery | The Players' Tribune: To end on a nicer note, a good essay by Stu Holden about where he is right now.

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