Welcome back to Freedom Kicks, our attempt to acknowledge that there is more to the internet than what we write here at Black and Red United. Now, there isn't always enough D.C. United-related content to fill this space, so we're branching out to bring you whatever catches our eye. Feel free to treat these posts as open threads for each day. Good? Let's get to it.
Curt Onalfo the leading candidate for Chivas USA head coach | The Goat Parade
Don't do it, Chivas! I know you're a raging dumpster fire of an organization, but you've made such good progress this offseason with trades for Mauro Rosales and Andrew Jean-Baptiste. Don't throw it all away by hiring the man who orchestrated The Year That Must Not Be Named (ver. 1)!! ... Actually, screw it. Just hire him. For the lulz. We all need more lulz - especially if they distract from United.
Life without Kreis: RSL's first player and the club he defined | RSL Soapbox
Absolutely go check out this longform piece from our buddy Matt Montgomery. Really good stuff, and gorgeous to look at. (The article, that is, not Kreis. Though fair play if you happen to have the hots for the new head coach of the worst-named team in MLS. Yes, NYCFC is worse than Real Salt Lake. Jason Kreis sure can pick them. I digress.)
Where could Bob Bradley end up? | ProSoccerTalk
Keeping it on the coaching carousel for one more round. Former D.C. United assistant and one-time cheater Bob Bradley (That's what I remember him for, anyway) is looking for work after his contract with the Egyptian national team expired. Steve Davis looks around and wonders if there are any spots in England where he could land.
Rejoice! Roy Miller remains a Red Bull! | MLSsoccer.com
When the Metros absolutely need somebody to do a James Riley impression, he'll be there. When there is a vital, potentially season-saving free kick opportunity to spurn, he'll be there. He is the fly in the ointment, the Achilles heel in Red Bull Arena. And he is forever Metro.
MLS Media Availability Price Sheet | OWFSS
With MLS' Twitter account openly musing about charging press for access, our friends at Open Wide for Some Soccer did some digging and found something much more nefarious...
UEFA Champions League draw 2013 | SBNation.com
Then there's this, which is a pretty big deal. A couple of England's big boys were drawn against super-tough competition in the UCL. It's not really MLS-related, but here you go if you're into that sort of thing.
Finally, we'll keep our eyes peeled for the full report to drop, but DCist's intrepid reporter Pablo Maurer has been shaking the trees and ferreting out sources and whatever else intrepid reporters do to get quotes about impending stadium construction projects. Here are some tweets he sent out yesterday:
Just had a good chat w/@JimGrahamWard1 re: #DCU Stadium negotiations. Raised some excellent concerns. Piece to come later this week. #MLS— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) December 16, 2013
Graham wasn't the first council member I spoke with; safe to say concerns exist across the board re: stadium negotiations. #DCU #MLS— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) December 16, 2013
Hearing pretty definitively now that the Council should have a #DCU stadium proposal for review before Christmas. Pretty good news. #MLS— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) December 16, 2013
That comes from sources within multiple parties involved in stadium/land swap negotiations. #DCU #MLS— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) December 16, 2013
Re: my previous news, let's just all take a moment and realize that, you know, this is DC. I'm still in wait-and-see mode.— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) December 16, 2013
Of course, there were a lot of tweets flying around last night about another D.C. United story - we'll say the subject rhymes with Schmeddie Tronson - and we'll be running full posts on that when something is finalized. To tide you over till then, here's some of Goff's cooking.
- DC Brau's collaboration beer with D.C. United, The Tradition, will be available in cans for 2014
- Cake or Death? The results of our review of D.C. United's roster and coaches
- D.C. United did not pay a transfer fee for Conor Doyle, according to British papers
- D.C. United reportedly among 3 clubs actively pursuing trade for Eddie Johnson
- Will Enzo Concina join D.C. United as an assistant coach?