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Monday Freedom Kicks: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

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D.C.’s latest signing, Swans are mad and Zodiac storytelling

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Ah, the first Monday in December, where office Christmas parties and vacations start occurring, and MLS Hot Stove heats up!

No? Oh well.

D.C. United re-sign Steve Birnbaum - Black and Red United: We knew this was coming, but Friday night the team updated their release to say that TAM was used in the transaction. Huh.

DC United Stadium Key to Bid for 2022 Gay Games - 106.7 the Fan: It’s encouraging that large scale events are already considering Buzzard Point as its centerpiece, before the Zoning Commission approves it anyway.

Is Development Academy ready to admit new clubs in the DC area? - Soccerwire.com: Charlie Boehm with the news of interest to D.C. Youth players and where to ply their trade in the future.

Here are the D.C. United players we protected for SB Nation’s mock MLS Expansion Draft - Black and Red United: This is coming soon, and with Amos Magee in Minnesota I’d prepare for someone to get claimed, somewhere.

Swansea City facing identity crisis after White Hart Lane horror show - Wales Online: Swansea City got predictably thumped at Tottenham Saturday 5-0 which, combined with Sunderland, put them back at the bottom of the Premier League table, and grumblings of firing Bob Bradley already (combined with folks asking for the resignation of the Chairman, makes for a potentially ugly winter.

Finally, it’s no secret I’m a fan of Dan Harmon shows like Community and Rick & Morty. His concept for storytelling looks a lot like the Zodiac symbol but makes a lot more sense than Robert McKee’s stuff. And if you want to know what that concept is, this is a primer: