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Wednesday Freedom Kicks: D.C. United spared in MLS Expansion Draft

Atlanta and Minnesota spare D.C. United in the MLS Expansion Draft, Cristiano Ronaldo thinks he should have more Ballons d’Or than Lionel Messi, MLS silly season begins, Dortmund tells Liverpool to lay off Christian Pulisic and Oscar weighing a move to China...Freedom Kicks be kickin!

Real Madrid CF v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Happy Wednesday folks. Yesterday, MLS’s silly season kicked into high gear with the MLS Expansion Draft, which saw Atlanta United and Minnesota United draft 5 players each. Thankfully for D.C. United (and us fans), none of their players were among the 10 selected by the two expansion franchises. Now, the free agency period is open, with 37 players available, including the Black-and-Red’s very own Sean Franklin. Okay, here’s the news:

Cristiano Ronaldo: If Lionel Messi and I played together, I’d have more Ballons d’Or | Fox Soccer

Can you imagine Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the same team, the carnage other teams would face? CR7 definitely can, and he thinks in that scenario, he’d have more Ballons d’Or than Messi. I think FC Barcelona should transfer Messi to Real Madrid so that we can test this theory.

Clint Dempsey has no chill, sends NSFW message to the Portland Timbers | Fox Soccer

The Seattle Sounders MLS Cup victory parade was yesterday, and at the rally, USMNT legend Clint Dempsey had something to say to the Portland Timbers that had local Seattle news struggling to hire a censor man.

LA Galaxy trade for Jermaine Jones as they rebuild their midfield | Fox Soccer

The LA Galaxy make the big splash of the day on the trade market, landing the MLS rights to United States midfielder Jermaine Jones from the Colorado Rapids. It completed a busy day for the Galaxy, who also named Curt Onalfo as their coach to succeed Bruce Arena.

Yaya Toure: Man City player accepts drink-driving charge | BBC

Yaya Toure didn’t think that the soda he was drinking at a party contained alcohol, but he accepted responsibility for a drunk driving incident last month that will see the Manchester City star without a license for the next 18 months.

Dortmund warn Liverpool over deal for USMNT star Pulisic | NBC Sports

Borussia Dortmund has made it real clear to Liverpool: don’t even think about coming after USMNT prodigy Christian Pulisic in the January transfer window. The 18-year-old is having a successful season in front of the Yellow Wall and Dortmund doesn’t plan on letting him go this season.

Chelsea’s Oscar considering £60m Shanghai SIPG move | ESPNFC

Meanwhile, Oscar is rumored to be on the move to China in a £60 million transfer deal with Shanghai SIPG. The Chinese Super League teams will undoubted be throwing some money around in January, and it will be interesting to see which stars they pluck from the grasp of Europe.

There it is, y’all. Have a good day and don’t forget to breathe as MLS’s silly season kicks into high gear.