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Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic, and the USMNT: Freedom Kicks for 26 May 2016

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Soccer, go!

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Watching the USMNT is always an experience, but the last 20 minutes finally brought a little joy back to the proceedings. Let's get into the links, shall we?

USA vs. Ecuador, 2016 Friendly: Final score 1-0, Darlington Nagbe's first international goal wins it late - Stars and Stripes FC: After a bad first half, Jurgen finally brought on the players who should have started (Bobby Wood, Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic) and the team looked better and scored a goal. Steve Birnbaum also had a pretty good night, and contributed a key pass in the buildup to the goal.

Speaking of Pulisic:

DC United's Birnbaum earns "big, big chance" with US on Copa America stage | MLSsoccer.com: From before the game, but another good profile on Birnbaum.

Two-Footed. Single-Minded. - Eight by Eight: An in-depth profile on Fabian Johnson (make sure to click on the picture to read the article).

Houston Dynamo Part Ways with Owen Coyle - Dynamo Theory: In the first MLS coach fired this year stakes, the winner is: Owen Coyle! Coyle was a strange signing for an MLS team to begin with, and it sounds like his family is having a rough time too.

Hyvästi Halsti - D.C. United and Finnish international part ways - Black And Red United: Markus Halsti is officially no longer a D.C. United player, with others having passed him on the depth chart. He seems like a great guy, sucks that it didn't work out here.

Orlando City SC vs. Philadelphia Union | MatchCenter: There was an MLS match last night as well, with the Union and the Lions splitting the points at 2-2. With the draw United is still only 6 points out of first place in the East

That's all I've got; what's up?