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D.C. United making moves, Re-Entry Draft results, USWNT news, and more: Freedom Kicks for 12/22/2017

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Yesterday was wild.

So, how about yesterday? D.C. United made two moves in about 55 minutes, the USWNT made a major announcement, and the world keeps happening about about 3 times the speed it did in 2014. You folks remember 2014? When life didn’t feel like we were all blasting across the alkali flats in a jet-powered, monkey-navigated...well, I won’t just go on like that. Let’s talk about all the stuff that happened.

D.C. United selects Gonzalo Veron in 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft | Black and Red United
If you’re one of those people who is actually hustling to get work done before your workplace turns into a ghost town next week, you might have missed a chaotic afternoon for United. First up, they picked up NYRB’s supersub forward in the Re-Entry Draft. No guarantee that he actually signs, but Gonzalo Veron might actually be better with United than he was with the Red Bulls given his play on the counter.

D.C. United officially signs Saprissa midfielder Ulises Segura | Black and Red United
Minutes after that post went up, this one was being written. We’ve known for a few days that Segura was on his way, but there were new details (the $50,000 in GAM sent to NYCFC to make the deal happen, and Dave Kasper saying they’re looking at the versatile 24 year old as a #8 first).

LA Galaxy pursuing former Hearts captain, U.S. international Kitchen - sources | ESPNFC
The news kept coming in, as this story broke in the evening. The Galaxy desperately need an actual defensive midfielder rather than yet another box-to-box guy (sounds like United at this time last year). United maintains his MLS rights, so if LA wants to sign him they’re going to have to make a deal. Don’t expect United to recoup the entire outlay made to sign Paul Arriola, but do keep an eye on this one. That is, unless the Galaxy bungle it, which they tend to do these days.

SheBelieves 2018 details announced | Stars and Stripes FC
Last year’s SheBelieves Cup did not go well, but the USWNT is getting back onto the horse for another early March tournament played on the coast that you would tend to avoid in early March if given a choice.

Speaking of the USWNT, here’s a short video of Becky Sauerbrunn and Samantha Mewis watching a game from the 2016 SheBelieves Cup. It’s both fun and educational:

RUMOR UPDATE: Edgar Castillo one step closer to joining the Rapids | Burgundy Wave
Back to MLS. Most of the Colorado Rapids moves so far have just been Anthony Hudson building his New Zealand team in a new place (they just signed another one yesterday), but former USMNT left back Edgar Castillo doesn’t fit the template.

MLS invites initial group of 60 players to 2018 Combine | MLSsoccer.com
There are 8 players from DMV colleges on this list of 60, and 3 players who hail from Maryland (I’d say DMV, but there are no Virginians or DC natives on the list).

LA Galaxy pick Servando Carrasco in Re-Entry Draft | LAG Confidential
Veron wasn’t the only player taken in the RED. Servando Carrasco went first, as Sigi Schmid isn’t just going to settle for pursuing PK23 for his midfield.

LAFC select midfielder Calum Mallace in Re-Entry Draft | Angels on Parade
The new kids on the block also made a move, adding a midfielder in his prime.

A brief overview of recent Fire transfer rumors | Hot Time in Old Town
A broad range of news here, including Iker Casillas and a potential homegrown signing from the NCAA ranks. And, of course, Alan Gordon, who is going to be a “last 10 minutes only” sub in MLS into his 60s at this rate.

FC Dallas signs defender Anton Nedyalkov | Big D Soccer
This one’s kind of out of the blue, but Dallas needed to make some additions in the back after falling to pieces last season.

Long Live City Paper | Washington City Paper
The Washington City Paper is not only going to stay afloat, but now they have local ownership in the form of Mark Ein (remember him?). This is great news.

As you head into your weekend, remember that Jeopardy! has spent as much time recognizing a great comedy like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as those charlatans at the Emmys. Yes, I’m skipping the positive closing note above and going out with a re-e-e-e-ach to take a swipe at the Emmys. I stand by my choice.