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MLS transparency, USMNT camp, and scrambling to post: Freedom Kicks for Thursday, 1/19/2017

More GAM/TAM opinions, and more signings as MLS & NWSL both head towards the 2017 season

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I don’t really have much to say to start this post off. Happy Thursday!

Trade transparency opens door for new era of evaluation, valuation |
More MLS GMs react with mild optimism to this bold new era where the league lets the world in on one small bit of information when it comes to trades.

Newest Homegrown Sounders relishing chance to join forces in Seattle yet again | Sounder at Heart
The furious series of moves following the draft has started to taper off, with Seattle’s addition of two homegrown players (forward Seyi Adekoya and midfielder Henry Wingo) making up most of yesterday’s crop of new additions.

Jermaine Jones officially signs with LA Galaxy | LAG Confidential
This was also in the news, though it had been in the works for a while. The Galaxy got Jones for a TAM-level deal, not the millions he said he would hold out for (remember his saber-rattling about not being afraid to go to Mexico or Germany?). In any case, between that and the rumored signing of Portuguese midfielder Joao Pedro, it looks like Curt Onalfo is on his way to moving Sebastian Lletget back to the wing.

You know, where he was less effective.

It’s gonna be fun watching LA struggle this year. How do you incorporate Jones, who needs to be unburdened with positional responsibility, into the same team with Giovani Dos Santos (who needs to have that same freedom to roam)? Why would you move a player who was one of MLS’s best as a linking #8?

Tim Howard speaks out against Jurgen Klinsmann | USA Today
This is a pretty misleading headline. Howard’s real problem appears to be with dual nationals and players not caring enough. Which is a pretty discouraging position for a supposed leader of a team full of dual nationals to take, especially when the Klinsmann era had many, many, many more problems than people not “fighting for the shirt.”

I wish this story featured Howard actually speaking out against Klinsmann, and not his teammates.

Nike embarrasses US Soccer with bad merch again | Stars and Stripes FC
Staying with things that are irritating about the national team, Nike wants you to buy some pretty ugly t-shirts. If you want US gear, you should probably just hit Amazon and try to put together a Rock Flag and Eagle look.

Sky Blue FC signs Daphne Corboz | Once a Metro
There had been rumors that former Georgetown midfielder (and one of the many soccer-playing Corboz siblings) Daphne Corboz might sign with the Spirit, but Sky Blue FC had drafted her in 2015, and that’s where she’s going to play this year. Maybe Washington can try to land her sister Rachel, who did this just a few weeks ago for the Hoyas:

That wraps it up for me. In honor of today’s weather, which has come from our future spring to briefly brighten a dreary winter, here’s a song that came to mind: