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Darlington Nagbe to Atlanta United, Alberth Elis staying with Houston Dynamo and more: Freedom Kicks for 12/14/2017

A ton of MLS news, plus the USSF presidential race rages on

Hello! I’m really hoping today will be less cold than yesterday, that wind was pretty awful. Fortunately there was a decent amount of soccer news!

Official: Portland Timbers Trade Darlington Nagbe to Atlanta United; The End of an Era | Stumptown Footy
OFFICIAL: Atlanta United acquire Darlington Nagbe from Portland Timbers | Dirty South Soccer
Darlington Nagbe is headed to Atlanta in exchange for over a million dollars in allocation money. Portland is also receiving an additional international slot for one year, and injured defender Gbenga Arokoyo is also going to Atlanta as part of the trade.

Houston Dynamo complete full transfer for Alberth Elis | Dynamo Theory
Alberth Elis will officially join the Houston Dynamo as a Designated Player after they met the buy-out clause in the loan deal that brought him to MLS from C.F. Monterrey.

Eight Candidates Approved for U.S. Soccer Presidential Race | The New York Times
Eight of the nine known candidates received the required number of nominations. We just don’t know which candidate is the odd one out.

Rumor: LAFC “likely” to land Sacha Kljestan | Angels on Parade
Southern California native Sacha Kljestan is rumored to be headed to LA.

Man City racks up record 15th straight league win | The Washington Post
Man City earned its 15th straight win and is unbeaten in 17 games. Liverpool played to a scoreless draw at Anfield against West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham finished the day in fourth place.

A banner year in 2017 leaves Sargent excited for the future | American Soccer Now
American Soccer Now did an interesting interview with Josh Sargent.

LAFC decline to select players in 2017 Waiver Draft | Angels on Parade
Kip Colvey (by the Colorado Rapids) and Clement Diop (by the Montreal Impact) were the only two players picked up in the MLS Waiver Draft.

That’s all I’ve got. Let me know in the comments what you’re reading.