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NWSL draft roundup, MLS draft anticipation & DCU USL in sight now, really! Freedom Kicks for 1/19/17

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It’s a bit breezy in here!

2011 MLS SuperDraft Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images

Hi. I’m filling in for Jason, who is already in Philadelphia along with Caitlin. They were working their individual and collective tails off yesterday covering the NWSL draft and the Washington Spirit picks. And picks. And picks. Steven Streff will be joining them today to cover D.C. United and the MLS stuff, so do keep up with their travels, if you please. I’m doing this a little sleep-deprived, for reasons you may pick up on in the links.

Spirit select Stanford midfielder Andi Sullivan with the top pick (us): Hardly a surprise, this, though he declared for the draft a touch late for comfort. More from Goff and ESPNFC. The Spirit took Canada (and Duke) defender Rebecca Quinn with the #3 overall pick. Those are two of the seven(!) picks the Spirit had Thursday, so feel free to acquaint yourselves with the others in our Spirit section.

Loudoun County approves D.C. United training facility and USL stadium (us): DCU2 aka the Loudoun Data Centers, coming in 2019!

2018 Mock SuperDraft v2.0 (MLS): Matt Doyle says it’s Francis Atuahene from Michigan. I say...at least it’ll be over quick.

Why many talented international players won’t be drafted by MLS teams (Goal): Ben Olsen trolling y’all about international player spots here.

Moreno: “Estoy muy contento y con ganas de unirme al DC United” (Ovacion Deportes): You’ll need some translate on this if you’re not native or fluent, but generally Junior Moreno is saying the right things at this point.

Kaplan and Levien increase shareholding as Leigh Dineen sells final stake (Wales Online): In Swansea City news...huh.

PRO promotes Howard Webb to General Manager (PRO): Looking forward to his contorted defense of Mark Geiger running by an onfield corpse.

Now here’s that news reporter blooper reel you wanted: