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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and USMNT links for Wednesday February 3, 2016

Goals, tampering, injuries, trades, awkwardness, and scheduling. Pretty much American soccer in a nutshell.

Courtesy of D.C. United

Big meal coming your way, so let's skip the appetizer. Yes I was hungry when I wrote this.

MLS orders Orlando City to cease pursuit of D.C. United’s Italian target | Washington Post
Steve Goff had the big breaking news story of yesterday in all of MLS, and it concerned D.C. United. The short version is that Orlando City is run by the sort of knuckleheads that throw out the instruction manual and then get mad when the thing they assembled doesn't work. Oh, and Antonio Nocerino may still end up in DC. Or we'll get something substantial from Orlando. Either way, probably good. You should probably read the whole story.

MLS protects D.C. United's interest in AC Milan midfielder | Black and Red United
Our own Adam Taylor explains things further, and needles Adrian Heath in the process. I endorse this activity.

MLS Orders Orlando City to Cease Pursuit of Antonio Nocerino | The Mane Land
Here's the understandably more frustrated Orlando side of things. Remember, if you want to comment there, play nice.

D.C. United exchanges chances, goals with Jonkopings Sodra in entertaining preseason draw | Black and Red United
I watched yesterday's game as best I could. 240p video and lens flare be damned! You won't find a better recap because there were like 10 people that saw the game, and I'm the only one that recapped it! First and only is still first.

2016 Preseason | Jönköpings Södra IF |
United put together a video after yesterday's game including brief interviews with Marcelo Sarvas, Lamar Neagle, and Ben Olsen. Some pretty good highlights of Andrew Dykstra's penalty kick save too.

GALLERY | D.C. United v Jönköpings Södra IF |
And here's a photo album from the game. I can't begin to explain how much more clear these are than the grainy IMG video feed from yesterday.

Oavgjort med mersmak mot DC United |
Here's the Sodra version of events.

Spirit Acquires Defender Alyssa Kleiner |
The Washington Spirit may have found themselves a left back in Alyssa Kleiner, but it will cost them right back Katherine Reynolds.

Portland Thorns Trade for Katherine Reynolds | Stumptown Footy
Here's the Portland angle on the same deal.

Ronald Zubar leaves Red Bulls preseason training with knee injury | Empire of Soccer
With Damien Perrinelle out for months and Matt Miazga gone, a long injury layoff for Zubar would border on disastrous for NYRB's high-pressure style. They could be starting the season with Karl Ouimette and either a trialist or a 2nd round pick at center back.

Junior Burgos joins Tampa Bay Rowdies on loan from Atlanta United |
This is a weird one. Basically, the Rowdies, in announcing that they have Burgos on loan, also announced that he has signed for Atlanta United (who already signed a player and loaned him for 2016 to a lower-level club).

Former Silverback Junior Burgos to join Atlanta United in 2017 | Dirty South Soccer
Our friends at DSS and their wonderful logo explain the situation further.

FC Dallas' Toyota Stadium to host decisive leg of US-Colombia Olympic qualifying playoff |
Kind of an odd decision to force ardent USMNT fans to choose one game or the other rather than holding them as a doubleheader, but maybe that's not allowed by FIFA? Or the IOC? Whatever, it's lame. Anyway, if you can't get to Columbus for the senior team's qualifier against Guatemala, maybe book a flight to Texas instead.

Bayern Munich were interested in John Anthony Brooks before Serdar Tasci | Bavarian Football Works
Well this would have been a hell of a thing. And even if it never came to fruition, maybe John Brooks is about to move up a rung in the world soccer ladder this coming summer?

Tacoma Stars go heavy on nostalgia, fun | Sounder at Heart
This piece by friend of the blog Dave Clark really took me back to the days when the DMV had no fully professional soccer teams. The best players were all on indoor teams like the Washington Warthogs or the Baltimore Blast, which became the Baltimore Spirit (coincidentally during the years that I happened to go to nearly every game), before going back to being the Blast. As odd and campy as the indoor game can be at the pro level, it's also a lot of fun. I would probably not be writing about soccer if I hadn't been spending 2 or 3 Saturday nights a month at the Baltimore Arena as a pre-teen.