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Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arena's USMNT, and more: Freedom Kicks for Thursday, March 23

FYI: no one refers to their daughter as their girlfriend

Good morning! Bastian Schweinsteiger is still making headline and I still double-check his name every time I type it. Other than that, there's a variety of news circling around today.

Chicago Fire taking a huge risk by signing Bastian Schweinsteiger |
Kevin McCauley examined whether Chicago Fire made the right decision by signing Schweinsteiger. Of the bajillion "Was Schweinsteiger a good idea" pieces, this is my favorite.

Landon Donovan is all in on San Diego's MLS expansion bid |
And it can't be an actual day if there isn't some variation of MLS expansion news or what-is-Landon-Donovan-up-to-these-days news.

The rise of Antoine Griezmann: Too short to reach the top | Into the Calderon
Antoine Griezmann is one of those players I like more than he deserves. Here's a piece summarizing his career.

How will Arena US team differ from the squad Klinsmann left behind | ESPN FC
The USMNT play tomorrow (though it feels like Saturday since it's so late) so here's a Bruce Arena-centered preview of the game and training camp.

D.C. United’s Maxim Tissot starts in Canada’s friendly with Scotland | Black And Red United
D.C. United defender Maxim Tissot received his 14th cap yesterday, and helped Canada score their goal in a 1-1 tie.

MLS starting XI card ratings | Brotherly Game
A fun evaluation of the various starting XI Twitter cards across the league. United got a D, which I think is unfair.

Soccer Player Who Thanked Both Wife And Girlfriend After Game Digs Hole Deeper | Deadpsin
Over the weekend, Mohammed Anas won Man of the Match in a South African league match. His fortunes turned when he thanked his wife and his girlfriend in his post-game interview. Things somehow got worse when he tried to tell BBC that he calls his daughter "girlfriend" and therefore was thanking his daughter. Sure buddy.

Anyways, that's all I've got. Comments are open, have fun.