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D.C. United, Concacaf Champions League, and MLS expansion: Freedom Kicks for 18 February 2016

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Soccer: go!

The days keep ticking away and D.C. United keeps marching towards real, meaningful soccer. Here are your links for today:

D.C. United, Philadelphia Union settle for a physical 1-1 draw in preseason action - Black And Red United:  D.C. United had most of the starting XI that will face Queretaro next week on the field; they mixed runs of impressive play with runs in which they still looked like a team in preseason.

A Word From Rob Vincent " Official Site of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds: New signing Rob Vincent penned a farewell letter to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, thanking them for his time there.

Minnesota poised to join MLS in 2017, with name change | SI.com: It looks like there will only be two United's in MLS, and Minnesota won't be one of them. I think Atlanta has the worse name and color scheme, but apparently since they joined first they got dibs.

Local business leaders form Major League Soccer exploration group : News: St. Louis is the white whale of MLS expansion, but lower division teams have not fared well there.

DC United CONCACAF Champions League Preview | MLSsoccer.com: MLSs.com previews D.C. United as they get ready for the Concacaf Champions League, though Alvaro Saborio will not be starting come Tuesday.

CONCACAF Champions League Preview: Queretaro | MLSsoccer.com: Similarly, the league site profiles United's opponent, Queretaro.

DETROIT CITY FC RAISES $741,250 THROUGH COMMUNITY INVESTMENT CAMPAIGN: Detroit City FC is one of the only community owned soccer teams in the US, and they just raised enough money to renovate their stadium.

And congrats to Lucas Mendes, D.C. United Academy player who is going places:

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