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Hope Solo running for USSF president, 2017 MLS Cup previews, and more: Freedom Kicks for 12/8/2017

Sounders vs. TFC, Tigres vs. Monterrey, and Williamson Watch™ continues

If you enjoy hot cocoa (or hot chocolate, but not if you’re the kind of person who thinks this is an Extremely Important Distinction), add some Frangelico for a hot Nutella sort of thing. It’s a good idea, I would never steer you wrong.

(thinks back to all the drinking things I’ve recounted here and elsewhere that were, in fact, bad ideas)

OK, OK. But this is a good idea.

Why I’m Running for President of U.S. Soccer | Hope Solo’s Facebook page
This was released sometime after 10:30pm last night, and it is 100% real. Grant Wahl is reporting that Solo has already acquired the necessary nominations to actually run. Good news: Solo’s post has an actual platform, instantly making it among the few such announcements that isn’t laughable. Bad news: Solo might not get through the background check due to an assault charge that is still in the appeals process, along with her previous conflicts with Soccer House.

And yet, in a field of candidates selling silver bullets and whatever this is, I feel like she’s in the top half.

Hope Solo is running for US Soccer president | Stars and Stripes FC
Here’s more on the strengths and weaknesses of Solo’s candidacy.

Let’s move on to MLS Cup, which kicks off at 4:00pm tomorrow:

Jozy Altidore on track for MLS Cup final despite missing training | Waking the Red
Toronto FC’s only real lineup mysteries are whether Jozy Altidore will be fit to start after rolling his ankle in the Eastern Conference final, and whether it’ll be Marky Delgado or Jonathan Osorio in central midfield with Michael Bradley and Victor Vazquez.

Osvaldo Alonso ruled out of MLS Cup final | Sounder at Heart
On the other side, the Seattle Sounders will be without the player that has defined their time in MLS. However, Seattle has been really good without Alonso in the starting lineup, owing to the presence of Gustav Svensson and the consistently strong play of Cristian Roldan in the engine room. With Roman Torres back from suspension, look for Svensson to play as the 6, Roldan the 8, and Nicolas Lodeiro to move back into a more attacking role on the right wing.

Back for the very first time | Waking the Red
TFC’s run to MLS Cup has indeed been a lot different than last year. Better team, less drama, but the same opponent.

Victor Rodriguez may be the key to a Sounders MLS Cup win | Sounder at Heart
Victor Rodriguez has been a real spark for Seattle since arriving, yet somehow doesn’t get talked about all that much.

With Heart Scare Behind Him, Appreciative Clint Dempsey Relishes Active MLS Cup Role | Sports Illustrated
Clint Dempsey should be in the lineup tomorrow, and coming back from a heart problem appears to have changed his approach to the game.

Williamson named Third Team All-American |
We should all be used to Eryk Williamson Watch™ by now. The D.C. United academy product, who should be a major target for the Black-and-Red, is getting nationwide plaudits.

State Representative asks Ohio Attorney General to sue to keep the Crew in Columbus | Massive Report
The state of Ohio is ready to go to court to keep the Columbus Crew from moving out of town, and the state Attorney General seems to think it’s a valid plan when/if team owner and cartoon villain Anthony Precourt crosses the line from “exploring” a move to actually starting the process of doing so.

MLS rumours connect Whitecaps to veteran striker Kamara yet again | The Province
Not for the first time, Kei Kamara is linked with a move to the Vancouver Whitecaps. Given how direct they are, it makes some degree of sense, though their recent addition of Anthony Blondell (who topped the Venezuelan league’s scoring chart last season) reduces the need somewhat.

Monterrey and Tigres draw 1-1 in Liga MX Final First Leg | FMF State of Mind
In a heavy downpour, the first leg of the Liga MX final finished level and included a panenka and two red cards. The second leg is Sunday.

Before I finish up, here’s a strong hint that the USMNT will play France right before the latter heads to the World Cup:

That’s all I’ve got. Booze in warm, milk-based drinks usually means falling asleep quickly, and my hourglass is running out of sand. Enjoy MLS Cup tomorrow! And also the snow, because that’s coming!