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Greatest Soccer Weekend Ever Is Upon Us - DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 3 July 2015

This is a crazy soccer weekend. DCU-Seattle, Spirit-FCKC, England-Germany, USMNT-Guatemala, USWNT-Japan. You can't step out of your front door without getting smacked upside the head with a soccer ball this weekend (likely it's that one Doyle kicked in Pittsburgh, but still).

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It's Fourth of July Weekend.  It's Friday Freedom Kicks.  And it just might be the greatest weekend of soccer for American soccer fans in the history of weekends involving soccer.

How can you even stand it?  Look at yourselves.  Like a bunch of wild animals out there.  It's embarrassing.

D.C. United visits depleted Seattle Sounders - The Washington Post:  Mr. Goff's preview of tonight's game.

DC United Scouting Report- Go up the gut and win a set piece - Sounder At Heart:  The Sounders' fansite is worried about Fabi on the counter.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs DC United | MLSGB:  1-2, DC wins.

MLS 'Core Player' designation explained (and how L.A. can add dos Santos) | FC Yahoo - Yahoo Sports:  Get educated on what a core player is.

Armchair Analyst: Who should MLS teams be shopping for at the 2015 Gold Cup? |  Say, how would you like to move to Ohio?  You wouldn't mind living in the nicest house in town, buying your wife a lot of fine clothes, a couple of business trips to New York a year, maybe once in a while Europe?  You wouldn't mind that, would you, Jorge?  (Mr. Potter is an MLS scout.)

Report: Abou Diaby heading to MLS, FC Dallas after Arsenal release | ProSoccerTalk:  An Arsenal man heads to Texas.

Second half of MLS season brings a new kind of excitement to the league - Orlando Sentinel:  It's true that we're going to soon have Pirlo, Lampard, and Gerrard to kick around, which is pretty exciting.

Live Feed - FC Kansas City - FC Kansas City:  This is where you can watch the Spirit, high on the NWSL table, take on Kansas City tonight at 8 pm EDT.

Freddy Adu Scored The Saddest Free Kick You'll Ever See - Deadspin:  Oy.

VIDEO: Freddy Adu scores free kick for a reserve team in Finland | ProSoccerTalk:  Because one link on this wasn't enough.

The savior & the saved: Charles Renken's journey from phenom to forgotten and beyond | THE WORD | MLSsoccer:  Another cautionary tale about a rising soccer star.

The real reason the U.S. has such an amazing women’s soccer team - The Washington Post:  Thank Title IX when we take down Japan on Sunday.

The U.S. Women May Be The Greatest World Cup Dynasty | FiveThirtyEight:  We're bigger than Brazil or West Germany.

Don't compare this U.S. women's national team to 1999 championship squad - USA Today:  Still, we might wanna party like it's 1999.

USA vs. Guatemala preview: USMNT’s final tune-up before 2015 Gold Cup | ProSoccerTalk:  Can we repeat our 6-0 thrashing of Guatemala from two years ago?

A definitive history of England’s 8 most painful soccer losses | For The Win:  All on video for your viewing pleasure.

"Trash Talk" with Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux & Kelley O'Hara - Garbage Time:  SNL should have the USWNT on as hosts.  Seriously.

And your Friday Freedom Kicks treat this Fourth of July weekend is this facepalming video of Americans not knowing what they are celebrating.

Commentariat, forward!