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Help a friend in need and Be the Match: Freedom Kicks for 13 October 2016

Soccer, go!

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Having a tiny baby is not conducive to getting Freedom Kicks out at 7:30, so we're just gonna stumble in here just before 10. Grab some caffeine, and let's get to it!

Member of D.C. United family battling leukemia needs your help | D.C. United: Many of you know Big Rob Gillespie, and many of you know that he is in need of a bone marrow transplant. Go to Be The Match to find a way to get on the registry; all it requires is a cheek swab.

Opta Spotlight: Patrick Mullins paying huge dividends for DC United | In soccer news, the mothership's website takes a good look at how important Patrick Mullins has been for D.C. United.

St. Louis FC introduces Preki as its new coach | Soccer | We found Preki! He is.....going back to USL to coach the new team in St. Louis (the badly named St. Louis FC).

American Soccer’s Next Cincinnati is… Omaha?: Speaking of the lower divisions of US Soccer, Peter Wilt, formerly of the Chicago Fire and Indy Eleven, takes a very detailed look at US markets and tries to see which would be ripe for professional soccer.

Who Should Replace Floro? A List: Our friends north of the border need a new national team coach. Can I suggest a German who has already coached two different national teams?

Darlington Nagbe reportedly declined U.S. National Team call-up to spend time with family | I hope nothing is wrong with Nagbe's family and that this is more a dig at Klinsmann for not playing him.

Former Sounders coach Sigi Schmid to join ESPN as studio analyst | The Seattle Times: Sigi is taking some time off to get paid and talk about soccer on TV, all while waiting for someone to throw a big pile of cash at him (because you know someone will).