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Ben Olsen’s offseason thoughts, Davy Arnaud’s spare time & more: Freedom Kicks for 11/13/17

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And a bit of a shock.

2004 MLS Cup
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Hi. My one-year-old came into the weekend with two teeth, and left it with 4, with 2 well on their way. Toddler teething and their compensation for it isn’t fun, so in between that and the break, things are light today, so have a heart.

With roster changes coming, D.C. United has ‘blank canvas’ (WaPo): So Ben Olsen talked at media availability Friday. MLS has more. A little later this week we’ll attempt to illustrate why Ben is right and just how much he has to play with.

Hope Solo: Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2013 (Stars and Stripes FC): I’d comment as to whether Blatter could be so low, but I don’t think we’re near enough there yet.

Arnaud’s closer to the Cup (Port Arthur News): So the Houston Dynamo have Joe Willis, but they also have Davy Arnaud on Wilmer Cabrera’s coaching staff, and he got to do something on the break he hadn’t done since he was a kid. Please, PLEASE Houston, do this.

Making my documentary Dementia, Football and Me (BBC): Newcastle and England legend Alan Shearer is going through some health issues that potentially are permanent and unalterable, and he’s looking for answers.

Finally, I liked the Anne Hathaway film Colossal a lot. It tells the story of a party girl who unknowingly takes on the form of a Godzilla-type monster who invades South Korea. The film Pottersville is similar, in that Michael Shannon is mistaken for Bigfoot and well, here’s the trailer: