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MLS Generation Adidas class, Arsenal wins, and more: Freedom Kicks for 12/29/2017

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Plus, let’s check in on two guys who barely played for D.C. United

It’s the final Freedom Kicks of 2017, and what a year it has been! D.C. United had a...season. The Washington Spirit...uh, well that didn’t go well either. The US men’s national...OK, uh, the women’s national team was merely a frustrating disappointment?

Let’s skip the next two days and be done with this hell-year, and start a 2018 B&RU revenge tour.

The numbers behind D.C. United's proposed Loudoun soccer complex | Washington Business Journal
Ryan Keefer has been all over this for us (and has more in the works in the coming weeks), but there are some new details in here.

Samuel Inkoom joins Sudanese side Al Merreikh | GhanaWeb.com
Add Sudan to the long list of countries Inkoom has played in. Ghana, Switzerland, Ukraine, France, Greece, right here with United, Portugal, Turkey, Bulgaria, and now Sudan.

ISL 2017: Jamshedpur FC vs. Chennaiyin FC – Lineups, Preview and Prediction | RealSport101.com
Yesterday the world gave us two different blasts from United past. Raphael Augusto, who in an alternate reality is warmly remembered for drawing a red card on Houston Dynamo defender Andre Hainault and helping United to the 2012 MLS Cup final (where, let’s just go ahead and assume they’d have won because it’s a pleasant thing to imagine), is in our reality in his third year of playing in India.

Meet the 2018 Generation Adidas class and top MLS draft prospects | Goal.com
Ives Galarcep is reporting that Maryland striker Gordon Wild is among the six players with a GA deal on the table. However, for United’s purposes, winger Francis Atuahene might be the most interesting name on the list due to most of the GA prospects being internationals. I’d add Joao Moutinho to the list if United can acquire enough international roster spots to make room for him, but that seems unlikely at the current moment.

I’ll flesh it out in a future article for the site, but as of now, I would suggest that United trade down in the draft.

José A. Salvatierra renovó con Alajuelense | YashinQuesada.com
That brief rumor of brief FC Dallas signee Jose Salvatierra pursuing a return to MLS (last year, he failed a preseason physical and his Dallas contract was dissolved) is over for now, as he’s opted to extend his deal with Alajuelense to ensure playing time before the World Cup.

Longtime readers know I’ve strongly recommended Salvatierra for MLS, though that physical significantly cooled that. The article mentions a clause that might make it easy for him to leave after Russia 2018, and at 28 years old a summer move is probably the last shot he’s ever going to have on these shores.

Sounders questionably linked to Croatian left winger | Sounder at Heart
€6 million for a goalscoring winger sounds like Seattle, but it does not sound like Ante Erceg, the winger in question (he’s valued at a much lower number).

Report: Deportivo de La Coruna goalkeeper mulling MLS offers | MLSsoccer.com
Poland international Przemyslaw Tyton has allegedly been given permission to sort between clubs in MLS or Poland. Certainly he’d fit as competition for Steve Clark (at worst), but unless United’s solution for their international roster spot situation is an unprecedented wave of green cards, the Black-and-Red are not in for Tyton.

Premier League Match Review: Arsenal 3 - 2 Crystal Palace | The Short Fuse
I watched the wrong part of this game. Missed all of the goals, but did see the traditional “Arsene Wenger struggles with zipping up a coat” shot that made the early moments of the broadcast.

Ipswich Town 5 Bolton Wanderers 3 | The Blizzard
The author of this piece on a game from the 2000 English Championship promotion playoff is the same age as me, and really captured the experience of being a teenage fan in that era.

Caps vs. Bruins Recap: Ovechkin Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Lifts Washington in Shootout 4-3 | Japers’ Rink
The Caps came into this game on a three-game losing streak, a two-game goalless streak, and were facing a Boston team on a five-game winning streak. The Bruins went up 2-0, only for the Caps to come back and win in overtime. It was fun.

Mark your calendar: Here are D.C.’s can’t-miss happenings in 2018 | Washington Post
There is some cool stuff in here (the Hirshhorn’s renovated lobby) along with some disappointments (apparently the only movies to anticipate are the Star Wars and superhero movies that, at long last, will drown us). Also mentioned: Audi Field.

That’s it for me. If you’re going out on New Year’s Eve and need a ride home, use Sober Ride or Metro (whch closes at 2am, which is earlier than last year) if you’ve been drinking. And if you are drinking, I recommend you try some brandy.