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Ongoing Crew drama, MLS playoffs, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/31/17

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Happy Halloween! I am dressed as Dennis Nedry from Jurassic Park at work today. Hold on to your butts for today’s Freedom Kicks!

D.C. United 2017 season review | B&RU

Make sure you give this a read if you haven’t yet.

Judge asks district attorney to investigate MLS over potential Crew move to Austin | Goal

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Kasich says team has failed to create a 'spark'; Precourt's rep scuttles talk of one Austin park | Columbus Business First

My main takeaway from this article is that Precourt just looks like a jerk who’s here to move your team.

MLS and U.S. Soccer need synergy, and changing the schedule is the key | Stars and Stripes FC

Ah, the age old question of whether to switch MLS to the European schedule. I gotta say, as much as I hate blistering hot games in the summer, I might hate freezing cold games more (and you’ll get some even if you take a winter break like some leagues do).

A Spotlight-Averse Striker Can’t Seem to Stay Out of It | The New York Times

Little profile of Bradley Wright-Phillips for you.

Maryland Terrapins are in their worst slump since 1993 | The Washington Post

Womp womp.

2017 MLS Goalkeeping in Review | American Soccer Analysis

Some discussion of Bill Hamid in here, unsurprisingly.

Stalemate in Vancouver a question of strategy, not playoff format | MLS

But we must keep debating the playoff format! It’s not the MLS playoffs otherwise.

That’s all from me, folks! Enjoy Halloween, but pace yourselves on eating all the candy.