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USWNT CBA, USMNT dual national talk, DCU Academy, and more: Freedom Kicks for 20 January 2017

Six stories to get you through Inauguration Day

I won't bother with a Happy Friday! greeting or mention the miserable weather today. Bright side of today: I will fill up my tourist bingo card quite quickly. If you're experiencing the misery of DC during the inauguration, I'm with you. Here are a few links to get you through the day.

Jermaine Jones calls Tim Howard's dual-national comments 'dangerous' | FOX Sports
Washed-out U.S. national team player makes remarks about dual nationals. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Now we're in the stage where players respond to said remarks. Right now, it's Jermaine Jones responding to Tim Howard.

Heather O'Reilly's soccer journey comes full circle with move to Arsenal | ESPNW
Former USWNT midfielder Heather O'Reilly is joining Arsenal's women's side. ESPN's Graham Hays has a nice feature on O'Reilly and her decision to leave the NWSL.

New D.C. United Academy director optimistic amid changing DA landscape | Soccer Wire
Newly named DCU Academy director Ryan Martin spoke to Soccerwire about his plans for the academy.

NWSL: As strike looms, can players align to save the fifth season?| Excelle Sports
The NWSL is about to enter its fifth season but there's a growing chance that USWNT players might strike and disrupt preseason training camp. Either party must give 60 days' notice of a work stoppage or lock-out which means that the SheBelieves Cup, a four-team tournament in early March (with one USWNT game at RFK), will happen as scheduled.

And to close out, here's two reminders of politics.

MLS teams that visited the Barack Obama White House |

USMNT's Omar Gonzalez 'worried' about Donald Trump's presidency | FOX Sports

Jason put a song in yesterday so here is my song suggestion for today.