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D.C. United preseason, Lloyd Sam, NWSL TV deal, & more: Freedom Kicks for February 2, 2017

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Good morning! The main thing driving my day is a massive NWSL television deal that’s getting announced today. I’m also looking forward to the Super Bowl but here are some soccer related links.

D.C. United demolishes the US U-17 MNT in first preseason friendly - Black And Red United
There wasn't a stream for D.C. United's first 2017 preseason game but we did our best to recap.

MLS conference call sheds (some) light on Sacramento MLS bid situation - Indomitable City Soccer
Republic FC "Surprised" by MLS Bid Claims - Indomitable City Soccer
Just when you thought MLS expansion couldn't get weirder, people start talking about an ownership coup?

Done at Last: Timbers Sign Sebastián Blanco - Stumptown Footy
Portland Timbers officially added winger Sebastian Blanco who is two-footed and can play pretty much anywhere in the midfield. He also cost the Timbers a $4 million dollar transfer fee and will be paid over a million dollars a year.

Lloyd Sam in talks with D.C. United for contract extension – Metro
Reportedly, Lloyd Sam is talking with United about a contract extension and pay raise.

Manchester United waste chances vs Hull while Prem leaders slip up - ESPN FC
And a quick EPL report about a Man United 0-0 draw.

NWSL TV deal, Dydasco re-signs with Spirit, and more: WoSo Week in Review - Black And Red United
Look for big NWSL television news at 10am but before that, catch up on the latest women's soccer news.