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EPL Boxing Day a blast, Manneh to Pachuca, and more: Freedom Kicks for December 27, 2017

Boxing Day was full of action across the pond.

Happy Wednesday folks! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, enjoyed Boxing Day and now are celebrating the 2nd day of Kwanzaa (Kujichagulia to you all). Lots to get into, so let’s dive in:

José Mourinho says ‘£300m not enough’ for Manchester United to compete | The Guardian

Manchester United salvaged a 2-2 draw against Burnley, and Jose Mourinho thinks that there’s not enough money in Manchester that will allow them to catch Manchester City. Boxing Day was full of goals, and you can recap all the scores here.

Kekuta Manneh signs with Pachuca | Stars & Stripes FC

In what is a surprising move (at least to me), Kekuta Manneh will leave Columbus Crew for Liga MX side Pachuca, joining United States international Omar Gonzalez.

D.C. United’s training site deal has some interesting things | Black & Red United

Our very own Ryan Keefer breaks down the D.C. United training site deal and also explains that the deal with Loudoun County isn’t reneging the deal they have with the District.

The USSF Presidential Race Is an Indistinct Mush | Stars & Stripes FC

The U.S. Soccer presidential race is just full of several candidates with no concrete plans. This article explains why they need to give some real answers to the hard questions. In another article, the conflict of interest that exists between candidate Kathy Carter, MLS president Don Garber, and outgoing USSF president Sunil Gulati is directly addressed.

Serie A reluctantly tries English model: festive fixtures | NBC Sports

Serie A is taking a page out of the Premier League playbook and scheduling several league and cup matches over the holidays.

Harry Kane sets Prem record for goals in one year, overtakes Messi | ESPNFC

Harry Kane notched a hat trick for Tottenham Hotspur yesterday, allowing him to pass Lionel Messi for most goals in Europe in 2017.

Manuel Burga: Peruvian ex-FIFA official cleared of corruption | BBC

The former Peru Football Federation head was acquitted of corruption charges in the United States. He is the first FIFA official to be cleared in the massive corruption scandal.

Seltzer: MLSers that deserve a call to the US national team’s January camp | MLS

There are no D.C. United players on this list, but I think Russell Canouse should absolutely be on there. I’m excluding Paul Arriola because I think at this point, he’s regular enough that he should be at least called up every single time, but hopefully he’s called up too.

That’s what I got...hit the comments to tell us what news hit your radars!