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Freedom Kicks for 13 August 2015: D.C. United offense, FIFA 15 cat faces, US Open Cup

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FIFA 15, D.C. United's offense, and much more. Grab your coffee, SOCCER GO!

Erratic offense not a concern to D.C. United, which continues its winning ways - Washington Times: Thomas Floyd with a profile of D.C. United's current offensive situation, which boils down to: Just win!

Fifa 15 player scans cat's face into the game with terrifying results - Telegraph: Oh goodness, Pablo, what have you done?

A Concacafony of Links: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 23 January 2015

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Friday Freedom Kick yourself into the weekend.

What's up.

Thomas Floyd: D.C. United has hands full in CONCACAF Champions League - Goal.com: Ben Olsen and Chris Rolfe talk about DC's prospects in the Champions League matches ahead. Also, there's a sidebar of commentary about not having Sporting KC or Houston in the Eastern conference anymore.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Super Stupid Doop

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Recaps? We got recaps. Andy Najar loves our Kicks so much he appears again, and Paul Thomas Anderson is the boss of us all.

Sure, D.C. United may not have clinched a playoff spot Saturday but hey, a99.999997% chance of making it has gotta be good I guess. And 53 points secures a bye? Well OK then, see you Friday.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for Tuesday 25 February 2014

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Freedom Kicks are part of a balanced breakfast.

Lots of content yesterday in the world of American soccer - I guess this is what happens when the season is mere days away. Jumping right in:

Nick DeLeon rejuvenated going into 'very big' 2014 | Goal.com - Yesterday, we looked at Nick DeLeon as he will try to rebound from the subpar 2013 that plagued everybody wearing Black-and-Red.

Whitecaps show off defensive depth during winning streak

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — Eight minutes into the Vancouver Whitecaps' 2013 campaign, captain Jay DeMerit went down with a torn Achilles. Ever since, the only constant in their defense has been the lack of continuity.

As the Whitecaps took the RFK Stadium field Saturday against D.

Groin injury sidelines D.C. United’s Pontius vs. Crew

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By THOMAS FLOYD

A rough start to the season for Chris Pontius and the D.C. United attack just went from bad to worse.

Pontius will miss United's trip to face the Columbus Crew on Saturday after suffering a groin strain during training Thursday. While Pontius has only notched a single assist for United (1-5-1), the left winger has gone the full 90 minutes every match and remains a dynamic piece of a D.

World Soccer

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Eric Gomez

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Thomas Floyd from Goal.com

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Soccer Morning (7.17.15) Thomas Floyd interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Thomas Floyd.

Jason kicks off today's show with Thomas Floyd (Goal.com) to discuss a pair of trade across MLS before previewing the United States' Gold Cup Quarterfinal clash with Cuba.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Soccer Morning (7.17.15) Thomas Floyd interview

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Thomas Floyd.

Jason kicks off today's show with Thomas Floyd (Goal.com) to discuss a pair of trade across MLS before previewing the United States' Gold Cup Quarterfinal clash with Cuba.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Thomas Floyd

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Thomas Floyd from Goal.com

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Major League Soccer

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11am ET with Darrell Lovell, Thomas Floyd & Dave Zirin

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Today's Soccer Morning features the latest news and talk about soccer, as well as guests Darrell Lovell, Thomas Floyd & Dave Zirin. Darrell Lovell is the Houston Dynamo beat writer for MLSSoccer.com, Thomas Floyd is the editor of Goal.com USA, and Dave Zirin is the sports editor for The Nation.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11am ET with Darrell Lovell, Thomas Floyd & Dave Zirin

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Today's Soccer Morning features the latest news and talk about soccer, as well as guests Darrell Lovell, Thomas Floyd & Dave Zirin. Darrell Lovell is the Houston Dynamo beat writer for MLSSoccer.com, Thomas Floyd is the editor of Goal.com USA, and Dave Zirin is the sports editor for The Nation.

Freedom Kicks for 19 February 2015: Chris Rolfe, Concacaf Champions League

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Freedom Kicks are completely bundled up, but ready to trudge out into this brave new world.

Are you frozen? I'm frozen. Let's huddle together and burn these Freedom Kicks for warmth.

10 minutes with DC United's Chris Rolfe: Playing with one arm, eating clean and gunning for trophies in 2015 | MLSsoccer.

Bill Hamid wins MLS Goalkeeper of the Year

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Our green machine becomes just the third goalkeeper under 25 to win the award.

The day after Ben Olsen was voted MLS Coach of the Year, D.C. United's Bill Hamid has picked up the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, edging out Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando. Hamid was also named to the MLS Best XI yesterday.

Steve Birnbaum third in MLS Rookie of the Year voting, with Tesho Akindele first and Harry Shipp second

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Though he was the most consistent of the three finalists, Steve Birnbaum ends up third in Rookie of the Year voting.

MLS today announced the winners of Rookie of the Year and the Fair Play award, and D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum came in third in the former as the Philadelphia Union won the latter.

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.

MLS Week 25: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

As much as I-95 bragging rights matter to the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union, this weekend's clash is about much more than mid-Atlantic superiority.

With the Red Bulls one point out of the top spot andthe Union just two back of first-place Sporting Kansas City, Red Bull Arena on Saturday will play host to a critical match for the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

MLS Week 24: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

After a nearly seven-year hiatus, Clint Dempsey on Saturday will take the pitch for an MLS match once more.

The captain of the U.S. Men's National Team is poised to make his debut for the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at Toronto FC, a week after Dempsey's stunning return to his MLS roots was made official.

MLS Week 23: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

There is always pride aplenty on the line when Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids get together for a Rocky Mountain Cup clash. But this weekend's meeting isn't just about bragging rights — it is about first place in the Western Conference.

With a home victory over their rivals, the Rapids can draw even with RSL for the top position in the congested conference.

Revolution’s Alston returns to field for first time since leukemia diagnosis

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — For 10 minutes Saturday, Kevin Alston buried a life-threatening battle in the back of his mind and focused on the task at hand. "Don't mess up," he told himself. Protect the lead. Seize three points.

It wasn't until the final whistle blew that he finally processed the moment.

MLS Week 22: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

A surprising Montreal Impact side may have cruised to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a hot start to 2013, but over the past month, Sporting Kansas City have reminded MLS why they've claimed the East's No.

MLS Week 21: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

When it comes to establishing an identity in MLS, few organizations have done it better in recent years than Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City.

RSL, of course, is known for the club's possession-driven 4-4-2 approach, using a technically proficient diamond midfield so control games.

MLS Week 20: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

In the congested Western Conference, where just six points separate the top seed from exiting the playoff field, every match carries major implications.

That much is known by the Portland Timbers and Los Angeles Galaxy, who sit in a tie for third place going into their meeting Saturday at Jeld-Wen Field.

D.C. United notes: Club emphasizes youth movement; Rochat on way out; and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — D.C. United have been busy on the personnel front lately, to say the least. As the club debuted the trio of Luis Silva, Jared Jeffrey and Collin Martin at training Wednesday, coach Ben Olsen didn't hesitate to explain the emerging philosophy.

MLS Week 19: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

There's no rest for the weary in MLS. Not this week, at least.

After a packed mid-week schedule to celebrate Independence Day, MLS is back this weekend with a full slate of matches. Among the fixtures: A Cascadia Cup clash as the Vancouver Whitecaps look for their first MLS win in the three-team rivalry series when the Seattle Sounders come to town.

MLS Week 19: A Midweek Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

After some early fireworks this past weekend during a goal-filled slate, MLS is primed and ready to celebrate Independence Day with a packed midweek schedule.

Of the eight matches set for Wednesday and Thursday, six feature interconference tilts as teams seek to rack up points against unfamiliar opposition.

MLS Week 17: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

To say Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders have gotten to know each other lately would be an understatement.

In November, the Western Conference powers met in the postseason for the second straight year, with Seattle coming out on top this time. They then met twice in the preseason Desert Diamond Cup.

Toronto FC savor long-awaited victory

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — Ryan Nelsen can't help but play the "What if?" game. How could he not? Point after point dropped because of lapses in concentration. Poor decisions. Bad luck.

With nine goals conceded in the final 15 minutes of matches this season, it's not hard to understand why Toronto FC went three months without a win.

MLS Week 15: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

It may be a light MLS schedule this weekend with World Cup qualifying taking center stage, but a pair of marquee matchups still offer plenty of intrigue.

At Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake will resume their Western Conference feud with the Los Angeles Galaxy, who will look to grab a result with Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane still on international duty.

D.C. United Notes: Shanosky makes MLS debut; Nyassi facing old team; and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — Since signing with D.C. United as a homegrown player in August 2010, Conor Shanosky has quietly bided his time. While loan stints got him lower-level minutes with Harrisburg, Fort Lauderdale and Richmond, he kept on waiting for his MLS debut.

Changes in personnel, formation no hurdle to Timbers’ road success

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — There have been changes in personnel. Tweaks to the formation. Adjustments in philosophy. But away from home, there is one constant for the Portland Timbers: results.

As the Timbers continue to rack up points on the road, coach Caleb Porter feels his side is sending a message to the rest of MLS that Portland is no "one-trick pony.

MLS Week 13: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

While the calendar may say it's Memorial Day weekend, the pair of high-profile playoff rematches on the docket will be giving MLS fans a tantalizing taste of November soccer.

After having their 36-game home unbeaten run ended by Sporting Kansas City earlier this month, the Houston Dynamo will look to return the favor with a road result of their own at Sporting Park in a key clash for the crowded Eastern Conference.

D.C. United notes: Players react to NYCFC; DeLeon showcases versatility; and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — As Chris Pontius wrapped up training at RFK Stadium on Tuesday, he got wind of the news that his D.C. United side will be gaining a new Eastern Conference rival come 2015.

Then he found out New York City FC will be owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees.

Opara doesn’t miss a beat stepping into Sporting KC back line

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — As far as Ike Opara is concerned, he should have had a brace Sunday at RFK Stadium. One goal at the least. But with one tally wrongly called offside and another ruled an own goal, the Sporting Kansas City defender found his name absent from the score sheet.

MLS Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

For all the success Sporting Kansas City have had over the past two years, the Houston Dynamo have been the one riddle the club can't solve.

After being ousted come playoff time by Houston two seasons in a row, Kansas City will travel to BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday and attempt to get a result against a Dynamo side that, in addition to riding a 36-game home unbeaten streak, just wrapped a 2-0 road trip.

MLS Week 11: A Mid-Week Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

For the crowded top of the Eastern Conference table, which features a four-way tie for first, a packed slate of midweek games should provide some of clarity to the muddled race.

All four first-place teams are in action Wednesday night, with two of them — the New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact — going head to head.

MLS Week 10: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

While some rivalries are cultivated by geographic factors, others are grown out of head-to-head clashes when the games matter most. After facing each other in the past two MLS Cups, it's safe to say no love has been lost between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo.

MLS Week 9: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

When it has come to sustained success over the past half decade, no MLS teams have done it better than the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.

Sure, some recognizable faces have come and gone. But both teams have maintained their accomplished cores and smartly managed the players around them while bolstering their trophy cases.

United States Men's National Team

USMNT still searching for right attacking formula heading into Germany friendly

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — In overseeing the U.S. Men's National Team, coach Jurgen Klinsmann has auditioned a slew of attacking philosophies. Certain games have seen him attempt to instill a possession-oriented style. Others required the defend-and-counter approach. Sometimes a direct method was called upon.

Friendly carries added significance for USMNT’s German-Americans

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. national team trained Friday, side-by-side flags — one American, one German — overlooked the session, painted onto the sloping turf surrounding American University's campus field.

For a quartet of U.