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Steve Clark to D.C. United?, Jelle van Damme is going back to Belgium, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/17/2017

Forbes claims D.C. United’s value has increased this past year

Hello! I’m back from Tajikistan [ed. note: this is not a joke, Caitlin just set us up as the #1 American soccer site in Tajikistan] and returning to Freedom Kicks duty. Decent amount of news yesterday so let’s get started!

D.C. United is signing another goalkeeper. Here’s why | The Washington Post
First off, D.C. United is reportedly signing goalkeeper Steve Clark, showing that Bill Hamid's return or Travis Worra's future with the club aren't sure things. More on this here.

Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Teams | Forbes
Ready, set, rip it apart!

Report: Jelle Van Damme transfer to Antwerp “99% complete” | LAG Confidential
Looks like Jelle Van Damme is heading back to Belgium.

Juventus agree deal to sign PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi for £18.2m | Football | The Guardian
PSG continued its eventful summer with the news that Blaise Matiuidi is going to Juventus for 18.2 million euros.

Mallory Pugh: Spirit star is next face of USA women’s soccer | Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated did a short video profile of Spirit and USWNT forward Mallory Pugh.

Glenside native Maddy Evans' retirement from playing soccer an example of ugly truth about NWSL salaries | Philly Inquirer and Daily News
Recently-retired NWSL player Maddy Evans addressed the low salaries that factored into her early retirement from the league.