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D.C. United, MLS Cup Playoffs, and offseason changes: Freedom Kicks for 27 October 2016

Happy United Day!

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The playoffs are here, and we had plenty of coverage yesterday and plenty more coming for you today. Let's get into the rest of the news surrounding MLS, shall we?

Entering MLS playoffs, D.C. United in belief: It’s all coming together - The Washington Post: Steve Goff with his playoff preview, with United hopefully peaking at just the right time.

Toronto FC Cruise to First Ever Playoff Victory Over Philadelphia Union - Waking The Red: In the early game last night, Toronto FC were in control for basically the entire game. In USMNT news, Jozy Altidore played well, Alejandro Bedoya played poorly despite the goal, and Michael Bradley played.

LA Galaxy dominate Real Salt Lake, advance in 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs - LAG Confidential: I fell asleep soon after the Galaxy scored their third goal, and this seemed to be the right choice.

Dynamo will not retain Wade Barrett as full-time coach - Houston Chronicle: To be fair, his team remained bad even after they fired Owen Coyle, so this is not too big of a surprise. We will see if they, like D.C. United in 2010, have to actually come back to the coach that they said they weren't going to hire.

MLS Records Banner Year In 2016, Cements Position Among Top U.S. Pro Sports Leagues: The business of MLS is strong and getting stronger, which is good news; it wasn't that long ago that MLS itself was on precarious footing, and one only has to look to the lower leagues in the US to see that potential is still there.

Speaking of the lower leagues, another team might leave NASL for USL, if USL gets their D2 sanctioning (which is a symbolic sanctioning only, so I don't know why so many are hung up on it)

That's all I've got; what's up?