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TFC wins, D.C. United deals & more: Freedom Kicks for 12/11/17

Also, I’d pay a premium for a Paul Thomas Anderson Star Wars movie.

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MLS: MLS CUP-Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Well it was great to see Army beat Navy to claim their first Commander in Chief trophy in more than two decades in what was the only thing going on on sports Saturday.

Recaps of Toronto FC’s 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders to claim their 1st MLS Cup from SB Nation proper, Waking the Red, Sounder at Heart, WaPo, ESPN (with more here, here, here, here and here), Four Four Two (with more here), Goal, Sports Illustrated and MLS (with more here, here, here, here and here). Whew.

D.C. United acquires Frederic Brillant from New York City FC (us): Gotta love those 4-hour transfer windows. Next up:

D.C. United acquires Darren Mattocks from Portland Timbers (us): So with these 2 moves, it put the senior roster at 12. Stumptown Footy has more. No, wait!

Steve Clark, D.C. United agree to one-year contract (us): 13! But wait:

D.C. United’s protected player list for the 2017 MLS expansion draft (us): Goddamn, Sunday was a little busy. Full list is here if you’re so inclined, and the free agent list is here. Both of these activities are Tuesday.

Büscher: “Ich bin glücklich über meinen Weg“ (Westline): Former D.C. United player Julian Buescher discusses his training stint in Germany at the moment with some small tidbits tossed in to boot.

Calverton Cougar Spotlight (Calverton School): So this is a profile on a residency kid named William Burns, and in it include a couple of nuggets on how this out of the DMV area kid got there.

Jimmy V Week: Sebastian Salazar's story (ESPN): Our B&RU friend shares his story.

Inter hold off Juve (Serpents of Madonnina): In partner club news, Inter Milan and Juventus played to an (I thought) entertaining 0-0 draw Saturday, which kept them at the top of the Serie A table as Napoli and Fiorentina went to a scoreless draw.

Bony winner sparks Liberty Stadium eruption (Wales Online): In other partner club news, Wilfried Bony scored for the second straight game, this time in the 81st minute, as Swansea City beat West Bromwich 1-0 and out of the bottom of the Premier League. They are in 19th, a point behind West Brom and West Ham United.

Here’s What Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Star Wars’ movie would be like (Fandango): Screw you guys, I’m seeing Phantom Thread and nobody’s going to stop me.

Anyway, this week will be busy, so plan accordingly.