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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, USWNT, and NWSL links for Wednesday March 9, 2016

Read these links and I'll knock $100 off the TruCoat.

While writing this post, I started to notice a nose hair that was making feel like I'd sneeze at any time. In the process of trying to trim that hair and move on with my life, I managed to give myself a split lip with the beard trimmer.

And with that glamorous anecdote out of the way, let's talk about something that isn't nose hair.

Staying with hair, though, our own Adam Taylor is going to shave his head this Sunday for St. Baldrick's in the fight against childhood cancer. If you have the means, please donate to this worthy cause.

Looks like D.C. United's loss in LA pulled some pretty good TV numbers for an MLS game:

A game at 10pm on a Sunday night outdid all the rest. Why? LA is a big draw, of course, but the main reason is that getting games onto UniMas was a great move for MLS. I know there's some perception that it's small-time, but I think it's actually the opposite. Any smart soccer league in the US is broadcasting games in Spanish.

Heaps hopeful Rowe nearing fitness ahead of Revolution home opener | The Bent Musket
United might be catching a bit of a break if Kelyn Rowe can't go Saturday. The Revs are still plenty deep in their midfield, but Rowe has had some good games against the Black-and-Red in the past.

MLS hot takes! Why you shouldn't rush to judgment after Week 1 | FourFourTwo
I like Steve Davis, and most of this column is good and well argued. However, the section on United seems like it's precisely the sort of hot take that he argues against early on. You shouldn't judge your team based on week 1, but you should write off United, who have 110 points over the past 2 seasons, based on week 1.

There are plenty of questions you can have about United, Ben Olsen, and Dave Kasper. I just don't think this particular argument holds water, particularly in a piece about not rushing to judgment.

A revolutionary trade idea for Atlanta United, Minnesota, and MLS | Dirty South Soccer
This one makes everyone happy, and reduces the number of Uniteds that will be in MLS. What's not to like?

Insider Notes: USA to tune up for Copa America vs. Ecuador, Bolivia |
Grant Wahl says the USMNT will be playing two friendlies in late May against CONMEBOL opponents to prep for the Copa America Centenario. That game against Bolivia is apparently going to be played in Kansas City. United plays an MLS match in the same venue against Sporting KC two days earlier. Might be a popular road trip in these parts.

What we learned from Real Madrid beating AS Roma 2-0 to advance in the Champions League | SB Nation
Real Madrid advanced as expected, but they might not get much further on current form.

3 things we learned from Wolfsburg's narrow win over Gent | SB Nation
KAA Gent's surprise run was finally ended by VfL Wolfsburg, who are likely to be the minnows in the quarterfinal draw.

The Alex Morgan Myth: Deconstructing the USWNT's Best Forward | Stars and Stripes FC
Here's the thesis statement:

Morgan's goal against France is the first time she's scored a goal against a top 20 opponent in a somewhat meaningful game in almost a year...

The thing here is that Alex Morgan is a) really good and b) at least right now is not the best striker in the USWNT pool. Christen Press is far more complete and is a better choice to partner Carli Lloyd (who the entire team is built around because you can't play Lloyd without building your entire team around her). Crystal Dunn was the runaway choice for NWSL MVP and has proven she can score at the international level. Concerns off the field remain a major factor within the USWNT, though, and it means that Jill Ellis has to make choices that are not purely based on soccer.

Hopefully Morgan's goal against France is a step towards her being at her best and making this more of a debate. Right now, she's starting games because of her fame more than anything else.

Elsewhere in the world of woso, this is pretty cool news:

FC Kansas City introduces Domino's as team's title sponsor |
This is even cooler. The NWSL has struggled to get bigger sponsorships, so when one of their teams snags a well-known national company like FCKC just did, the whole league gets a boost.

It’s Fargo’s 20th anniversary, for Pete’s sake | AV Club
Fargo is a masterpiece, and it turned 20 yesterday. Go watch it for the umpteenth time. There's always something new to focus on in even the least of the Coen brothers' films, and this one might be their best. Plus it has Jose Feliciano, so you got no complaints.

Fargo forum: Minnesota, masculinity, Mike Yanagita, and more | The Dissolve
If you want a deeper dive, The Dissolve gave Fargo as their Movie of the Week treatment a little over two years ago. I really miss that site.