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2018 NWSL draft, Jonathan Gonzalez, and more: Freedom Kicks for 1/18/2018

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The NWSL Draft kicks off in a few hours!

Caitlin Buckley

Good morning! I’m heading up to Philly this morning for the NWSL Draft. Jason and I will be at the convention and will cover what is sure to be a busy day for the Spirit.

The Washington Spirit fan’s guide to the 2018 NWSL draft - Black And Red United
I wrote about the NWSL draft and what the Spirit could get out of it.

MLS Draft 2018: Wisconsin attacker Chris Mueller to D.C. United in SB Nation mock draft - Black And Red United
In the SB Nation mock MLS Draft, we chose Wisconsin forward/midfielder Chris Mueller.

How U.S. Soccer ignores talented Hispanic players like Jonathan Gonzalez - SBNation.com
This is a really, really, well-done piece from Kevin McCauley that looks deeper than Jonathan Gonzalez and explores the failure of U.S. Soccer to find Hispanic talent and to make dual national players want to play for the U.S.

Cristian Roldan can relate to Jonathan Gonzalez’s tough choice - Sounder At Heart
On a related note, Sounders midfielder Christian Roldan talked about his decision to play for the U.S.

Theo Walcott signs for Everton for £25 million - SBNation.com
Theo Walcott is leaving Arsenal for Everton after nearly 12 years with the Gunners.

NWSL Draft: Seattle Reign FC roster needs - Sounder At Heart
Here is a preview of the Reign's draft which will likely be pretty quiet until the last round.

Boston Breakers 2018 NWSL draft preview - The Bent Musket
And a preview of Boston's day which is a bit closer to the Spirit's.

That’s all I’ve got. Let me know in the comments what you’re reading.