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D.C. soccer teams..don’t lose? Designated Players inbound & more: Freedom Kicks for 8/7/17

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And the Academy is doing some things.

That MLS fax machine doing some heavy lifting, but before we get to that:

Recaps of D.C. United’s 1-1 draw with Toronto FC from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and WaPo. Waking the Red brings you the TDot look.

Ship leads Spirit to comeback win (us): Arielle Ship scored a golazo as the Washington Spirit got out of the cellar and exploded with 4 goals over Sky Blue FC. The Spirit move into 8th in the NWSL standings.

Richmond Kickers earn a point in Pittsburgh (us): Hey, the Kickers scored! But they also drew 1-1, on the road with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

D.C. United signs Bruno Miranda from Universidad de Chile (us): Signing one, finally official. Signing two is imminent, perhaps as soon as today. Signing three? (as of 11:08pm Sunday night). Stick around. Goff has more. Sorta related:

How We Analyze Transfer Rumours (Royal Blue Mersey): The folks at Everton’s SB Nation blog show the world a peek at how the sausage is made, as it were. Believe it or not, ours is pretty similar and if we see something silly, we try to say it as much. Also, contrary to belief we won’t write up EVERYTHING, and there have been some doozies that would have dropped a jaw or two if we did just that in the last week. Anyway...

Gulfport teen dreams of playing professional soccer. Now D.C. United is giving him a shot. (Sun Herald): A Mississippi kid apparently is coming to D.C. to play in the Academy. The Academy did something similar with a Pittsburgh Riverhounds prospect, so perhaps they are branching out more? This is encouraging nonetheless.

Will they come? Matrix Soccer Academy builds fields in the corn (Delmarva Now): Speaking of branching out, may D.C. be looking at a partnership on the Eastern Shore?

Breaking down the greatest warm-up of all time (Box to Box): You know that YouTube clip of Diego Maradona warming up in untied shoes before Napoli’s Champions League game with Bayern Munich? Well, here’s the analysis you were hoping for. If you haven’t seen it before, see it, and if you have, well, see it again.