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Alex Morgan on women’s soccer, Dax McCarty to Chicago, and more: Freedom Kicks for 1/17/17

Also inside: Andy Najar!

Hello hello hello! Hope everyone enjoyed a long weekend, if they got one, or at least had a not terrible Monday yesterday. Let’s talk soccer!

Armchair Analyst: Unpacking Dax McCarty's trade from RBNY to Chicago |

This trade caught me totally by surprise. I’m curious to hear y’all’s take on it.

D.C. United, the Najar Paradox and how the club is getting better | Top Drawer Soccer

I honestly had to do a double take to make sure this article was recent, because I’m not used to seeing D.C. United and Andy Najar in the same headline these days.

Ellis starts 2017 with blank slate for all USWNT players | Stars and Stripes FC

Friendly reminder that the USWNT are coming to RFK Stadium in March for the SheBelieves Cup!

The real hot stove: Why MLS' SuperDraft is about much more than just picks | FourFourTwo

In case you’re not done hearing about the SuperDraft yet, here’s an article about the SuperDraft.

Fabian Johnson on Bruce Arena: "We Had a Nice Talk" | American Soccer Now

“It does not matter how we are going to play, if we are going to play pretty. I think it is just that we need to win. It doesn't matter how.” That’s the USMNT I know and love!

Alex Morgan: ‘If Fifa start respecting the women’s game more, others will follow’ | The Guardian

Also in this interview with Alex Morgan is some stuff about the CBA and whether the USWNT could strike if they can’t reach a deal.

Schalke’s American seeds beginning to sprout | Stars and Stripes FC

There’s not, like, a ton of eye-opening info in this interview, but nonetheless worth a quick read.

And that’s all from me! Head to the comments to share your thoughts, but before you do, here’s a West Wing/Lin-Manuel Miranda video: