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Andy Najar, Patrick Nyarko, and Didier Drogba: Freedom Kicks for 7 January 2016

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Soccer, Go!

Soccer links are getting to your right before the bell, so let's just get right into it.

Andy Najar makes happy child with leukemia in the United States - Diario Diez: Andy Najar still doing some good work in the DMV.

One Last Assist: A Farewell to Patrick Nyarko - Hot Time In Old Town: Our sister site says farewell to Patrick Nyarko.

The NFL wants this field for the Super Bowl, but a youth league is fighting back | US news | The Guardian: NFL is just going come in a rip up a city-owned youth field that 6,000 kids use.

Spanking, dehydration and ignorance of concussions: New details about Peter Nowak's Union tenure: Jonathan Tannenwald's write-up of all of his information about Peter Nowak. It is pretty awful.

Jesse Gonzalez has change of heart, turns down U.S. camp invite for Mexico opportunity - Goal.com: He must have realized that he would just be behind Bill Hamid for years and decided to try Mexico instead.

Armchair Analyst: Possible Generation adidas signees dominate 2016 SuperDraft Mock Draft 1.0 | MLSsoccer.com: MLS takes a stab and projects that D.C. United will pick a UVA defensive midfielder.

We briefly thought that Didier Drogba had retired to take a job with Chelsea yesterday, but then he Tweeted this: