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LAFC stadium sponsors, Yedlin to Newcastle, Champions League changes, USMNT predictions, and of course it's a DCU Day! Wake up...your Freedom Kicks are here!

D.C. United look to keep the unbeaten streak going on the road.
D.C. United look to keep the unbeaten streak going on the road.
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Bonjour, mes amis. It's a D.C. United matchday so of course this entire day is just to get you ready for the away match against the Montreal Impact (7:30pm, Newschannel 8). There's also a full slate of Major League Soccer matches, along with one match in CONCACAF Champions League between FC Dallas and Real Esteli of Nicaragua. Finally, there's UEFA Champions League as well, with several teams seeking to secure their spot in the group stages. With that, here's the news:


Banc of California snags naming rights for L.A. Football Club soccer stadium | Los Angeles Times
In a stunning $100 million deal over 15 years, Los Angeles Football Club now has a stadium sponsor in Banc of California, a small bank with only 40 branches. Still, the dollars they threw at the team is a major splash for the expansion franchise.

DeAndre Yedlin looks set for Newcastle transfer | Fox Soccer
DeAndre Yedlin appears to be moving up the road from Sunderland to Newcastle in a £5 million move. While some would prefer Yedlin remain in the Premier League, many of our USMNT players have done well on EFL Championship sides. Let's see if Yedlin can help the Toon make it back up to the top flight.

Changes to Champions League format, payouts up for discussion on Thursday | Pro Soccer Talk
The UEFA Champions League group stage draw won't be the only thing on the confederation's mind during Thursday's big meetings. They will also discuss a change in format that will guarantee the top leagues - England, Spain, Germany and Italy - four spots in the group stage each in future Champions Leagues. That would mean more money in the big teams' coffers.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gets to grips with England geography | BBC
Jurgen Klopp is trying to learn where everything is in the country he now coaches. Here's a video where he discusses how he's learning the geography of the United Kingdom.

Projecting the USMNT's roster for World Cup qualifiers in September | Stars and Stripes FC
World Cup qualifiers are fast approaching and our friends at Stars and Stripes FC discuss who they think will make the USMNT roster in September. Spoiler alert: they believe the Black-and-Red will be represented by Bill Hamid and Steve Birnbaum on the 23-man roster.

How can Major League Soccer become one of the best leagues by 2020? | ESPNFC
Always a topic of debate, ESPNFC asks how MLS can become one of the world's top leagues in the next 4 years. What do you think? Are we far off or are we closer than many think to being one of the top 10?

Griezmann: I deserve Best Player in Europe award | FourFourTwo
Antoine Griezmann has had a great 2016, and he feels that because of that he should be in the running to receive some silverware when UEFA meets to give out its player of the year awards.

Ok, that should be enough to keep you motivated until the end of the day. It's 7:00am. Grab that coffee and that favorite DCU jersey or polo to take to the office and hit that comment section. Take the day and paint it black while watching our boys take 3 points and all of the crêpes from L'Impact!