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MLS expansion, January transfer window closes, and more: Freedom Kicks for 2/1/17

MLS has some expanding to do!

Happy February folks, and welcome to Black History Month. It’s an important month to me and I feel it’s great for everyone to learn a little something about black history not just in America but the world every day this month. So, kick of the morning by learning about one of the greatest African soccer players ever, Roger Milla. After that, dive into the news:

Expansion Tracker: 12 ownership groups submit MLS expansion applications | MLS

Charlotte, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Diego, and Tampa-St. Petersburg. 4 of those cities/areas will become homes to MLS franchises #25-28. Which ones are your favorites?

Proposed San Diego MLS franchise hopes to coexist with Liga MX’s Tijuana | ESPNFC

With Liga MX’s Tijuana just across the border, San Diego feels it can co-exist with its Mexican neighbors as they attempt to land one of the MLS expansion franchises.

Transfer deadline day: Premier League clubs net January profit | BBC

After all the deals, Premier League teams made a profit in the January window for the first time ever. See what went down on Deadline Day in Europe.

Chicago’s Soldier Field unveiled as location for 2017 MLS All-Star Game | MLS

Mark your calendars: August 2nd will be the MLS All-Star Game in Chicago at Soldier Field. MLS commissioner Don Garber indicated that the opponent would be a “[t]op 5 team in the world.” Real Madrid? FC Barcelona? Bayern Munich? Manchester United? Who do you think will be the team facing off against the best in MLS?

West Ham Gives Money Back For Dimitri Payet Kits | Footy Headlines

West Ham United is offering anyone who purchased Dimitri Payet jerseys this season the opportunity to get a replacement jersey. With Payet leaving rather acrimoniously, and his jersey being the 8th-best seller in the Premier League, there’s quite a few people who will likely take advantage.

D.C. United jersey numbers for 2017 | Black & Red United

We all love jersey numbers, and since you’re trying to figure out which name and number you may want to get on that new D.C. United jersey, here’s a list of the changes for the upcoming season.

La Liga will add video replay in 2018 after Barcelona no-goal controversy | Fox Soccer

After Barcelona was wronged by a no-goal call over the weekend, La Liga announced that they will add video replay next season. This will not be the goal-line technology that we have seen in the Premier League and the World Cup, however.

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