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Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, MLS transfers, and more: Freedom Kicks for December 28, 2017

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LA finally moved Jose Villarreal, while Sacha Kljestan might be leaving the Red Bulls

Hello! The holiday week has left soccer news in a bit of lull but there’s still some stuff to catch up on. Also the MLS SuperDraft and NWSL draft are both coming up pretty soon in Philly which I was reminded of while sitting in endless traffic just outside of Philly yesterday. Turns out other people are coming back from their travels!

Breaking: Liverpool Sign Virgil van Dijk From Southampton | The Liverpool Offside
Virgil van Dijk's transfer from Southampton to Liverpool is now confirmed. The transfer fee was a hefty 75 million euros.

Man City beat Newcastle 1-0, open 15-point lead atop Premier League | ESPNFC
Manchester City extended their win streak to 18, and they’re running away with the Premier League.

LA Galaxy acquire 2019 MLS SuperDraft third-round selection from Orlando City SC | LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy received peanuts from Orlando City in exchange for the rights to forward Jose Villarreal. This might end up being a really good pick-up.

RBNY transfer rumors: Orlando City “finalizing” deal for Sacha Kljestan | Once A Metro
The Lions might be making an even bigger move to improve their attack. Sacha Kljestan has also been linked with LAFC and Minnesota United, so who knows how this one will play out.

FourFourTwo USA's 50 Best American Men's Players of 2017: 30-21 | FourFourTwo
D.C. United players former (Bill Hamid) and current (Paul Arriola) both made the list.

Chicago Fire's on-loan midfielder Juninho says he is in talks to stay in US | MLSsoccer.com
Juninho was with the Fire on a season-long loan from Club Tijuana, and is now trying to make his stay in the US (though not necessarily with Chicago) a permanent one.

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