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More on D.C. United’s new signing, ranked logos, and a rumor. Maybe.

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Hi, hope you’re getting everything you want during the holiday season.

José Guillermo Ortiz, un pésimo negocio para Alajuelense (La Nacion): If you have some time and are up for translation, this article on D.C. United’s newest signing is worth your work. So is this article from former Black-and-Redder/current agent Kurt Morsink (which includes a couple more names that MLS teams are scouting) on Costa Rica’s player exits, and this article from Alajuelense’s now former coach saying Ortiz lied to him about staying.

Conozca al tico detrás del éxodo de futbolistas a la MLS (La Nacion): Speaking of Kurt, here’s a bio with him that covers his during and post-playing career and current status.

D.C. United Fan Interview # 2 with Jason Anderson (Part 3 of 4) (Filmi Girl!): I feel like Filmi was going up Everest with our dear leader, so give this a look (and the other parts, for that matter).

Ben Olsen skateboarding in an Elf costume because CHRISTMAS! (us): Just be quiet and go look at this.

Five Americans in MLS who should test themselves in Europe (Four Four Two): Well if I linked to it, it includes at least one D.C. United player doesn’t it?

The best of the best: A look at the top all-time player for every MLS club (MLS): With D.C. United’s choice, Will Parchman goes a little off-board maybe?

Armchair Analyst: Roster build status for all 22 MLS teams ahead of 2017 (MLS): Staying on dot com, Matt Doyle looks at where things are with D.C., and throws in a less than optimal suggestion about someone.

Armchair Analyst: A long look back on the year that was in MLS (MLS): Doyle continues the #content with some DC related praise.

2016 Creamer Awards: Best and Worst New Logos of the Year (Sportslogos.net): See where D.C. United landed amongst all the sporps!

David Villa Tells Us That People With ‘Nasty’ Opinions Of MLS Have Never Watched A Match (Uproxx): El Guaje still keeping his sights sharp in the offseason.

The in-depth history of Ajax and Barcelona’s unique relationship (These Football Times): A pretty good look at the connection between the Dutch and Spanish clubs through the decades.

Universitario de Deportes: Jaguares de México y un equipo de la MLS quieren a Andy Polo (Libero): Remember in July when D.C. United was connected to Andy Polo? Well, Andy Polo to MLS has resurfaced as a rumor. Not to D.C. (yet?), but may be worth an eye.