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Freedom Kicks for 8 January 2015: An onslaught of MLS news

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The sheer tonnage of news that came out yesterday was incredible, but we're here to help you sort through it.

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Starting at midnight, yesterday featured such an onslaught of MLS heretofore unmatched in a single day. When finding these links, I almost forgot that Steven Gerrard's signing had been officially announced. I'm sure I've forgotten something here, and let's keep the talk going in the comments.

In D.C. United news, the team may be closing in on a new central midfielder and two of the team's assistant coaches have departed.

Several have already expressed interest in buying Hawks | www.myajc.com: Jason Levien, one of D.C. United's co-owners, is rumored to be interested in buying a part of the Atlanta Hawks.

Confirmed: Mike Petke fired by New York Red Bulls - Once A Metro: What was rumored last night is now confirmed, as is the fact that Jesse Marsch is going to be the new coach of the Red Bulls.

Sources: Red Bulls closing in on move for Sacha Kljestan - Goal.com: In a day in which everyone was rumored to come back (or come to) MLS, it looks like Sacha may be coming back to the league.

Toronto FC in Talks with Jozy Altidore - Waking The Red: In much bigger transfer news, at least for the national team, Jozy is rumored to be in talks with TFC, Portland Timbers, and the Red Bulls.

Report: Mix Diskerud close to signing with New York City? - Hudson River Blue: Just sign somewhere, Mix.

LA Galaxy confirm signing of Steven Gerrard - SBNation.com: Oh, just that guy.

MLS confident new CBA will be done in time for March 6 season start - ESPN FC: Some good information about the state of CBA talks.

Major League Soccer unveils 2015 schedule, with Decision Day finale and expanded playoff format | MLSsoccer.com: We already have the dates for the playoffs, so start planning now!

MLS Franchise in Miami Announcement Coming Soon According to Multiple Sources | Southern Legion: Wait, what? How could there possible be this much news in one day.

What we learned from the Carlos Salcedo saga - RSL Soapbox: MLS contract battles, especially with players wanting to go to Mexico, are starting to get contentious.

DeAndre Yedlin photographed in Tottenham training, will wear the no. 12 shirt - Cartilage Free Captain: If you want to follow the continuing stories of Americans abroad.

That's all I have; what about you?