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Champions League, Washington Spirit, and more: Freedom Kicks for December 7, 2017

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Mock drafts, doping bans, and plenty of goals for English clubs

Good morning! I was kinda hoping for actual snow this week but this is D.C. so it’s just a chance of disappointment mixed with still kinda sucky weather. On that cheery note, soccer!

Briana Scurry named Washington Spirit assistant coach | Black And Red United
Former USWNT goalkeeper Briana Scurry will be the Spirit's assistant coach next season.

Fernando Llorente off the mark for Tottenham in stroll against Apoel | The Guardian
Tottenham beat APOEL Nicosia 3-0 at Wembley on Wednesday in Champions League action.

Liverpool vs. Spartak Moscow, Champions League 2017: Final score 7-0, Reds overwhelm Spartak | SBNation.com
Philippe Coutinho notched a hat trick as Liverpool won in a rout.

Fifa’s desperate dependence on Russia exposed in flimsy response to IOC ban | The Guardian
The IOC's decision to ban Russia from the Winter Olympics puts FIFA in an increasingly awkward position.

Mock MLS Expansion Draft 2017: Five players for LAFC | Angels on Parade
Angels on Parade did a mock expansion draft, and some surprisingly good players were available.

After the shock: The inside story of how Laura Harvey became Utah Royals head coach | FourFourTwo
Laura Harvey discusses her offseason departure from the Seattle Reign and then her hiring by Utah Royals FC.

MLS Cup preview and closing the door on 2017 D.C. United: Filibuster | Black And Red United
And another episode of Filibuster!

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