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Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Rules? There are no rules.

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Birnbaum is not Rookie of the Year, Bradley Wright-Phillips doesn't know the rules, and there's more on SuperClub Bayern Munich. Also, dinosaurs.

It's Tuesday, it's Thanksgiving week, and it's time for Freedom Kicks. You don't need more of an introduction than that, do you?

Oh, but wait—Bowser is presenting her new stadium plan at today's Government Operations committee meeting.

Shipp loses out on Rookie of the Year award

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Harry Shipp finished second among voters for the MLS Rookie of the Year award. The honor this season went to FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele. Both players finished with seven goals and Shipp had the edge in assists (6-3) and starts (26-18) but the perception that he hit the "rookie wall" late in the season after a hot start apparently hurt him.

Major League Soccer

A Converts Journey to MLS: A Review of Dallas ‘Til I Cry

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While it most certainly was not the first, Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch set the tone for the soccer fan autobiography. Launching him to fame (and gaining Arsenal two fans in my household), the famous books details the passion and heartbreak of being an Arsenal fan. Since its publication in 1992, it has launched many imitators as other authors have turned their own soccer experiences into compelling (or not so compelling) novels.

MLS sets order for Chivas USA dispersal draft

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Major League Soccer announces the order for the 2014 dispersal draft of the former members of Chivas USA. Read More

MLS Quarterfinals Leg 2: Review Of Highlights And Lowlights

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GOOD:

Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy/Forward) – Landon Donovan completely dominated the Salt Lake defense in Carson to push his Galaxy into the MLS CUP Semifinals. His three goals and one assist turned the game on its head and buried Real, ending their hunt for the league championship.

Seattle advances after scoreless draw with FC Dallas

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The Seattle Sounders advanced to the Western Conference finals on the away goals rule after drawing 1-1 on aggregate with FC Dallas. Read More

FC Dallas’ Season Ended By Seattle Sounders; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders on Monday night was just what the doctor ordered after a weekend of relative blowouts in the other three MLS Playoff Conference Semifinals. If 0-0 draws can be considered classics, the Dallas and Sounders clash surely must qualify with its frantic pace, controversial calls (or non-calls depending on who you ask), and almost-goals.

2014 End of Season awards

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Each year since 2007, I have been able to cast my vote in Major League Soccer's end of season awards as a media participant. I figure today is a good day to share with you all who I voted for and some of the reasons why.

In the voting process, you get to place two names on the form, the winner and a runner-up.

MLS Quarterfinals Leg 1: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

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The first legs of the MLS Cup Quarterfinals are in the books and we finally got to see what teams really have to offer with their seasons on the line. Some stepped up while others crumbled. As is usually the case, the difference between a win and a loss is one or two moments of brilliance from a single player.

New York Red Bulls win, Dallas and Seattle draw

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The New York Red Bulls shutout DC United in the East and Dallas and Seattle drew in the West in the MLS playoffs. Read More

Seattle Sounders Wins MLS Cup in ‘Football Manager’ Simulation

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The makers of theFootball Manager computer game, fromSports Interactive and Sega Europe, have run the 2014 MLS Playoffs through its game to simulate who will be crowned 2014 MLS Cup champions.

According to the data, the 2014 MLS Cup champions will be Seattle Sounders, led by Clint Dempsey.

Freedom Kicks for 30 October 2014: MLS playoffs and USMNT

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We have a bunch of links for you this morning, so here we go!

So much soccer, so little time!

D.C. United leans on MLS Cup veterans as playoffs begin - Washington Times: Thomas Floyd gives you a playoff preview as D.C. United waits to learn its opponent for Sunday's game.

FC Dallas vs.

FC Dallas wins Western Conference Knockout Round

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FC Dallas advanced to the Western Conference semifinals and a series with the Seattle Sounders after beating Vancouver. Read More

Figuring out the MLS Knockout Round

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MLS added the Knockout Round to the playoffs in 2012, too recently to draw many conclusions from 4th vs 5th in East and West. Read More

Homegrown – MLS Western Conference Playoff Preview

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On this special edition of Homegrown, Jay breaks down the MLS Western Conference playoff picture. Other ways to listen: Download the Podcast Here!(Right click, save as) If you like this podcast please subscribe, rate, review, share, and comment. Let us know what you think!

Preview Of The MLS Knockout Round Matches

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Major League Soccer wrapped up its regular season with one final weekend that saw teams eliminated from playoff contention and other teams cement their spot in the postseason.

Before the league's best get to play their first game in the postseason, the MLS Knockout Round must be held to finalize the field.

Thoughts and notes in the final two weeks

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I've been terribly busy when it comes to updating this space anymore. The day job, the managing Big D Soccer and well...life all have gotten in the way of this place. What can I say, it happens.

So much has happened in the last couple of weeks in Major League Soccer.Between the end of the season, the playoffs ahead, the millions of drafts that MLS will go through, the CBA and of course the SuperDraft, the next few months appear to be a wild roller coaster ahead of us here.

Oscar Pareja

Seattle Sounders FC 0 – 0 FC Dallas | Fotos

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Archivado en: 2014, Fútbol MLS, Fotos 2014, Resultados, Seattle Sounders FC Tagged: 0-0, Brad EVANS, CenturyLink Field, Chad MARSHALL, Chris SEITZ, Clint DEMPSEY, ECS, Fabián CASTILLO, FC Dallas, Gonzalo PINEDA, [...]

FC Dallas Friday Flipside – Oct 24, 2014

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Here are a few FC Dallas quick hits for Friday, Oct. 24, 2014:

ULLOA JOINS THE POLAR BEAR CLUB

The emergence of young holding midfielder Victor Ulloa has been one of the best and most inspiring stories to come from this year's FCD team. And Ulloa admitted after training yesterday that he has done one thing to tweak his off-field routine this year.

Briefs: Playoff Experience not trivial for FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja

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COMMERCE CITY, CO - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Oscar Pareja leads FC Dallas against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on October 18, 2014 in Commerce City, Colorado. FC Dallas defeated the Rapids 1-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

FRISCO —Oscar Pareja knows a great deal about every member of his roster.

FC Dallas Friday Flurry – 10/17/14

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Here are your FC Dallas quick hits for Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

ONE ISN'T THE LONELIEST NUMBER AFTER ALL

FCD leads MLS in one-goal games this season, having played 18 of them. Dallas is 9-9-0 in such contests. Seattle, who has played 16 and is 10-6-0, is second in the league in one-goal games.

FC Dallas Thursday Toss-around – Oct. 16, 2014

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Here are a few quick hits for Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

THE TWO UTES, I MEAN YOUTHS

Oscar Pareja has earned considerable praise and rightfully so for being willing to give younger players a shot with FC Dallas in 2014.

And thanks to FCD PR whiz Jason Minnick, here are some more great numbers attesting to just how much youth has been served this year:

-FCD has 11 players 22 or younger, 14 under 23 and 16 who are 24 or younger.

Player News and Rumors

Portland Timbers win in final weekend but fail to advance to 2014 playoffs

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The Portland Timbers were hoping against the odds that they could sneak their way into the MLS postseason, but they would need a win versus FC Dallas and a Vancouver draw or loss to Colorado later in the day. While the Timbers did their part in getting a win in Texas behind Darlington Nagbe's first goal of the 2014 regular season, but Vancouver beat Colorado to earn the fifth spot and end the Timbers' season.

What I am watching for in Portland Timbers third match versus FC Dallas

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After an emotional week that saw the Portland Timbers bounced from the CONCACAF Champions League, the team turns their attention to their final regular season match in 2014 in Dallas. There is still a chance for the playoffs, but they will be facing an FC Dallas team that has something to play for as well in addition to needing help from Vancouver in their match hosting Colorado.

The Rest

Sporting Set New Attendance Record

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For the fourth straight year, Sporting KC has set a new record attendance for the club. This year, Sporting KC broke the 20,000 per game average for the first time in club history, averaging 20,003 per game in the 2014 season. Sporting sold out all 17 league home games increasing their record to 53 in MLS play (league and playoffs).

Defensa Infinita | Sounders empata sin goles con FC Dallas pero pasa a Final de Conferencia

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Seattle Sounders FC* 0 (1) 0 (1) FC Dallas Con el beneficio del gol de visitante que la MLS apenas implemenó este año los Sounders de Seattle superaron [...]

Dynamic midfielder Mauro Diaz ready to return for FC Dallas

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FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz (right) (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

STEVE HUNT / Special Contributor

FRISCO Earlier this year, Mauro Diaz was kind of a big deal. The 23-year-old Argentine attacking midfielder was a big reason why FC Dallas got off to a 5-0-3 start. In March, Diaz was named MLS Player of the Month after contributing two goals and one assist in four games.

Cookouts have helped playoff-bound FC Dallas build needed chemistry

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FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo (center) visits with academy coach Victor Medina (blue shorts) and head coach Oscar Pareja (left) during a cookout for players coaches and staff recently. (Tom Fox / Staff Photo)

By MEGAN RYAN / Staff Writer

FRISCO — Bustling crowds and the smell of grilling food are familiar on Toyota Stadium's concourse during FC Dallas games.

FC Dallas Tuesday Twigs

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Here are some FC Dallas quick hits for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014:

A FEW FACTOIDS FROM FCD'S LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

Most Dallas fans would rather forget FCD's last appearance in the playoffs ever happened, a 2-0 blanking at the hands of the New York Red Bulls in the 2011 wild card round and rightfully so.

FC Dallas Sunday Sensibilities (10/19/14)

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Here are a few FCD quick hits for Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014:

BLAS REELS IN A FISH

Blas Perez's penalty kick goal in the second half of Saturday's 1-0 win at the Colorado Rapids gives the Panamanian striker 31 for his FCD tenure, which ties him with Carlos "El Pescadito" Ruiz for fourth-most in franchise history.

Blas Perez scores to lead FC Dallas past Colorado, 1-0

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Blas Perez scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season to help FC Dallas beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Saturday.

Dallas (16-11-6) moved past Real Salt Lake into third place in the Western Conference with its first road victory since Aug. 16 at San Jose. Real Salt Lake tied Portland 0-0 on Friday night.

FC Dallas playoff clinching dates

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As promised, here is the list of clinching dates for the history of the Dallas Burn/FC Dallas:

PLAYOFF CLINCHING DATES IN FRANCHISE HISTORY

Season Date Deciding Goal
1996 Aug.

FC Dallas Wednesday Wonderland – 10/15/14

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Here are a few FC Dallas quick hits for Wednesday:

CASSAR KEEPS HIS WORD

Former FCD goalkeeper and keepers coach Jeff Cassar, who is in his first year as the head coach for Real Salt Lake, truly is a man of his word. Of course, this is far from news to anyone who knew him from his time here in Dallas.