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Monday Freedom Kicks: Holiday AND Wedding Bells

Looking at a new signing and a Black-and-Red player gets hitched.

MLS: Montreal Impact at D.C. United Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Look at that, holiday week things going on. Hopefully you and yours enjoy it.

All signs pointing towards D.C. United acquiring Jose Guillermo Ortiz (B&RU): We’ll have more on this when it’s official, but this would seem to be a good move.

Kaheem saves DC (Fox 5): D.C. United, the Washington Nationals and Washington Capitals do some holiday good.

Projecting the USA's January camp roster (Goal): Ives thinks Steve Birnbaum looks nice here, along with another D.C. player who we all know and love.

D.C. Athletes Dress Up to Raise Money for Domestic Violence (106.7 WFAN): Bill Hamid and Marcelo Sarvas are among the local DC sports guys who got gussied up for a good cause.

D.C. United Defender Too Blessed to Be Stressed (National Catholic Register): Taylor Kemp opens up on his year, his faith and his then-pending nuptials.

Federal Statute Barring Non-disparagement Clauses Is Enacted: D.C. United was in the process of having their Season Ticket Holders sign an agreement that basically said (as I understand it) to not tweet vines or videos about the game, while at the game. And this statute apparently affects that agreement for the better of said STHs I guess?

San Francisco Deltas announce first player signings (SF Gate): Former DCU defender Nana Attakora resurfaces.

Sassuolo 0-1 Inter Milan: Points are points (Serpents of Madonnina): In partner club news, Antonio Candreva’s rebound was the only tally for Inter in this match, bringing them up to 7th in the Serie A table.

Swansea City look resigned to their fate (Wales Online): In more sorta partner club news, Alvaro Negredo scored two for Middlesbrough in a 3-0 win over Swansea City. Swans are still in 19th, with advantage in differential over Hull City, as pitchforks continue to gather under Bob Bradley.

Juan Sebastián Verón se entrenó con el plantel de Estudiantes con el sueño de volver a jugar a los 41 años (La Nacion): One-time DCU player target (and Argentina national teamer) Juan Sebastian Veron is trying to give it another go. And he’s Estudiantes’ Chairman, so who’s going to tell him no?

Oh, did I say Taylor Kemp was getting married? Well, here’s the proof. Spotted in this pic are DCU teammate Patrick Mullins and Real Salt Lake player John Stertzer, to name two. Congrats Shooter!