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World Cup Bumps: D.C. United, Washington Spirit & Sundry Soccer Links for 24 July 2015

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D.C. United's Alvaro Saborio arrives with something to prove - Washington Times:  There is "hope that Saborio is the missing link necessary for a prolonged post-season run."

D.C. United and Wells Fargo announce sponsorship agreement | D.C. United:  For every save our GK makes, Wells Fargo will donate a Benjamin to United Soccer Club.

'Fascinated by MLS,' Andrea Pirlo set to start NYCFC chapter -  And MLS is fascinated by you, Signore Pirlo.

The complete beginner's guide to the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game |  This short guide includes a little history of the All-Star Game formats.

Didier Drogba to decide on MLS deal "in next 48 hours" | ProSoccerTalk:  Drogba to Chicago?  I bet he does it.  I'm telling you, we're reaching critical mass for MLS to be the place to land for those whose stars aren't fading quite yet, maybe just flickering a little bit.

SPIRIT SET TO FACE LEAGUE LEADING RED STARS — Washington Spirit:  As of yesterday afternoon, there were only 500 reserved seats left.  This will be the first game with Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris back in their Spirit kits.  Also, Christen Press will be there for the Red Stars, currently atop the league.  The Soccerplex is the place to be Saturday night.  And that Crystal Dunn -

Women's soccer enjoying its World Cup bump -  NWSL is setting some attendance records now.  But not yet breaking the all-time for professional women's soccer.  Were you among the 34,000 at RFK to watch Mia Hamm take on the CyberRays?

CONCACAF reviewing Panama-Mexico incidents -  Among the incidents following the Giegerification of the Panama-Mexico match is the tweeted pic below, showing Panamanian players holding a banner:  CONCACAF THIEVES.

USA wrestle with fallout after Gold Cup failure | FOX Sports:  The loss to Jamaica is the biggest jolt yet to Klinsmann's hold on the USMNT coaching slot.  Fans have complained before (the crowd is fickle), but there's a different flavor to this failed run and the somber post mortems.

Case of former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong shows Russia trying to hide racism problem - Telegraph:  In Soviet Russia, victims of racists, not racists, are booted from stadia.

And your Friday Freedom Kicks treat today is dedicated to the entire nation of Panama:  an angry yoga session with a hilarious PSA at the end, followed by some Ministry.

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