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Friday Freedom Kicks: Closing out 2016 with USWNT news and a look around the soccer world

Your final FKs of 2016

Happy Friday! This is the final links post of the year and given this year, it's worth a celebration. Also, DC won't be hit by the storm that's dumping over a foot of snow in New England, another thing worth celebration.

U.S. Women’s National Team Fires Its Union’s Leader- New York Times
The end of 2016 also means the scheduled end of the U.S. women's national team collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer. On Wednesday, the players' union announced that they dismissed their lawyer, Rich Nichols. The C.B.A. cannot be cancelled without 60 days' notice, which neither side has given.

Hope Solo says Sunil Gulati and USSF are "putting pressure" on USWNT over CBA - Stars and Stripes FC
This was announced shortly after Hope Solo published an outspoken blog post on Dick's Sporting Goods' website. In it, she accuses USSF President Sunil Gulati of scaring players into acquiescing to what US Soccer wants.

Southampton hit their ceiling. What do they do now? -
Conor Dowley looks at Southampton's run this season and at the club's future path.

Ronaldo rejected 300 million euro move to China with 100m salary - Jorge Mendes - ESPN FC
Reportedly, Cristiano Ronaldo turned down an offer to play in China.

Philadelphia Union re-sign Charlie Davies - Brotherly Game
The former D.C. United forward will stay with the Philadelphia Union.

Keisuke Honda could be on his way to MLS so what teams could want him? - FOX Sports
Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda is trying to move to MLS, according to his agent. FOX Sports looks at his possible destinations.

D.C. United Fan Interview #2 with Jason Anderson (Part 4 of 4)
In the final installment of Filmigirl's interview with Black and Red United managing editor Jason Anderson, Jason talks about more recent D.C. United seasons and how a toddler thinks he lives at RFK.

NWSL: The ten best moments from the 2016 season - Excelle Sports
And to close out 2016, a look at the best NWSL moments of the year.