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A Trade, A Tuneup, An Own Goal from Hell: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 22 July 2016

One final tuneup before Rio.

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So many freedom kicks. So little time. Let's get started.

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United | MatchCenter: Here's your preview of tomorrow's D.C. United match versus Toronto. If we win tomorrow, we may be turning the corner on the season. If we lose, the hole we've been digging off and on will get dangerously deeper.

D.C. United deals Fabian Espindola to Whitecaps and adds Patrick Mullins - ESPN FC: ESPN's quick take on the Espindola for Mullins trade.

Ben Olsen's newest formation serving well for D.C. United - Washington Times: The Washington Times always has the sunniest disposition when it comes to D.C. United.

In Patrick Mullins, DC United have acquired an efficient attacking threat - Hudson River Blue: Our sister site in NYC thinks we got a deal with Mullins.

Celebrating a goal is an art form. Here’s how soccer stars do it right - What's your favorite form of goal celebration?

Family Feud: Allen brothers on opposite sides of New York derby | Fun little human interest story.

MLS' future depends on developing players - Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis - ESPN FC: This is the first of my two-part linky-dink on what hotshots in Europe think of MLS.

Q&A: AC Milan GM Gandini talks MLS, Serie A, more - SI: This is the second part.

FC Cincy making bold statement to entire soccer community - F.C. Cincinnati has once again sold out a match, with over 35,000 in attendance for its exhibition against Crystal Palace. And MLS is taking notice.

Soccer goalie throws ball directly into his own net | The Daily Dot: With video. DOH. (It's Minnesota United.)

USWNT approaching Olympic tuneup against Costa Rica – Empire of Soccer: This warmup for the Olympics is tonight at 9 p.m. on ESPN.

Crystal Dunn: Possibly the USWNT's Next Great Goal Scorer - The Sports Bank: A great rundown on our very own Washington Spirit force of nature Crystal Dunn.

Culture of corruption forces Russia from Olympics, will World Cup be next? - Forbes: Well, given that the World Cup is run by FIFA, no.

And your Friday Freedom Kicks is this fascinating little story about mold and the Salem Witch Trials, which I'd never heard before.

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