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Rafa Marquez, Paul Arriola, and the US Open Cup: Freedom Kicks for 10 August 2017

Yesterday was madness

WELL that was quite an MLS Transfer Deadline Day, wasn’t it? I still haven’t recovered fully from all of the excitement and drama of the past two days, but we’ll try and get to the links.

Paul Arriola completes move from Xolos to D.C. United - Black And Red United: Obviously, the massive news from yesterday was the rumored signing, and then actual signing, of USMNT starter Paul Arriola. We will break down the implications of this both on and off the field as time goes on, but suffice it to say that this is the new stadium’s first statement of intent.

D.C. United signs Hoffenheim midfielder Russell Canouse - Black And Red United
The other big signing from yesterday was a player with experience in the 2.Bundesliga and a start in the proper Bundesliga to play defensive midfield.

D.C. United transfer window free-for-all - Black And Red United
If you want to relive the drama from yesterday, here is your place to go.

Mexico's Rafael Marquez among 22 sanctioned for drug trafficking ties - ESPN FC
Mexico captain Rafa Marquez is among 22 people sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury for alleged ties to drug trafficking. This means that, for now, he cannot access the US banking system at all.

Players from Mexican national team ignore their coach, join MLS - LA Times
There were other transfer deals in MLS yesterday too, including Carlos Vela becoming the first signing for LAFC.

[Report] MNUFC closing in on trade for Ethan Finlay - E Pluribus Loonum
Adrian Heath continues to build teams strangely; in Minnesota, he seems to want to have ALL THE WINGERS.

Krisztian Nemeth Signs with New England Revolution - The Blue Testament
And speaking of wingers and rumored D.C. United targets, Nemeth eventually found his was to New England. I’d much rather have Paul Arriola.

Sporting KC Advance to the US Open Cup Finals - The Blue Testament
And hey, because why not, there was actual soccer yesterday! The Sporks won on penalty kicks to advance to the US Open Cup finals.

And if you’re looking to get into the other semifinal, you are out of luck

Obviously we will all be rooting for FC Cincinnati (for whom my mother just sent me a bunch of swag).

That’s all I’ve got; what’s up with you?