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A new U.S. Soccer presidential candidate emerges, Chapecoense returns to prestige & more: Freedom Kicks for 12/4/17

Also, “Deuce Juice”? Ew.

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Hi. My kid met Santa Saturday, and went as well as one could expect a one-year-old to meet Santa. He only burst into wailing tears twice!

Soccer United Marketing chief Kathy Carter mulling USSF presidency run (ESPN FC): Apparently this may be at the urging of Sunil and Don Garber and if she ran, Sunil would leave? I’m OK with it.

Klinsmann makes Socceroos coaching gig inquiry (Adelaide Now): So Jurgen Klinsmann wants to coach Australia? Well this clearly should happen.

So this happened Saturday:

And if you look closely that’s former D.C. United player Dan Stratford, now coaching the University of Charleston Golden Eagles as they won the Division II National Championship Saturday. And hey, they have a familiar alum:

That feeling when your alma mater wins a national championship!!

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2018 MLS Mock Draft (Draftopia): Expect to see more of these in the coming weeks obviously and if this shakes out like this we should be happy.

Deuce Juice has been renamed #EBFG Juice (Sounder at Heart): I wouldn't drink anything with this name to be fair.

Grizzlies minority owners exercise buy-sell option (The Athletic): So the Memphis Grizzlies have been undergoing a touch of ownership sniping and one of the minority owners is Steve Kaplan, friends of D.C. United owner Jason Levien, who has been pining for a re-entrance back into the NBA somehow. Whether it’s with the Grizzlies, who he had ownership in with Kaplan, remains to be seen. It’s interesting to me at least.

Inter thrash Chievo to move top of Serie A (Serpents of Madonnina): In partner club news, an Ivan Perisic hat-trick helped Inter Milan beat Chievo 5-0. Combined with Napoli’s loss to Juventus, and Inter are on top of Serie A for longer than 24 hours this time. AC Milan dropped some road points to last place Benevento 2-2 with a stoppage-time header from the Benevento keeper (!) for the shared points.

Bony ends goal drought but wait for elusive victory continues for Swans (Wales Online): In more partner club news, Wilfried Bony scored early for Swansea City, but Stoke City leveled, then passed them for a 2-1 win. Swans are last in the Premier League and here’s hoping their closed-door meeting solved some things.

The legend of Horse Guy gallops on (Bent Musket): Remember him at New England Revolution games? Well, he actually plays soccer at a D3 school that lost in extra time Friday, but damned if this story wasn’t fun to read.

St. John Bosco teacher and father of four killed in head-on crash in Brampton (Toronto Star): After Toronto FC’s win over the Columbus Crew Tuesday, Leo Abraham, a schoolteacher and father, never made it home. A Gofundme has been set up to raise funds for his family.

Chapecoense Gets Copa Libertadores Spot (US News): Almost a year to the day following the plane crash that cost the lives of most of their team, Chapecoense, battered but rebuilt, gets into the Copa Libertadores tournament by beating Coritiba in the 95th minute.

And now, your moment of zen: