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D.C. United signs Junior Moreno, Sacha Kljestan traded to Orlando, and more: Freedom Kicks for January 3, 2018

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It was a day of acquisitions in MLS.

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Happy Wednesday folks, the first Wednesday in 2018! There were a couple main transactions in MLS that lead the news, so let’s jump right in:

United acquire Venezuelan National Team midfielder Júnior Moreno | D.C. United
D.C. United signed midfielder Júnior Moreno yesterday, acquiring him from Venezuela side Zulia FC. The 24-year-old has appeared recently on the Venezuelan national team and looks to add to the midfield core with the Black-and-Red. Black and Red United was on the case yesterday before the signing became official.

Sacha Kljestan joins Orlando City in trade from Red Bulls - sources | ESPNFC
Sacha Kljestan is on the move, traded from the New York Red Bulls along with $150,000 in targeted allocation money (TAM) to Orlando City, who sent Carlos Rivas and Tommy Redding in exchange.

Predicting the USMNT January Camp roster | Stars & Stripes FC
Who could possibly make the United States January Camp roster? I make some predictions. Spoiler alert: Russell Canouse and Paul Arriola are on my list.

Gordon Wild will leave Maryland early to pursue pro soccer career | Washington Post
Gordon Wild, a junior forward from the University of Maryland Terrapins, announced he will leave college and turn pro. He is expected to sign with MLS and enter the MLS Superdraft over possible opportunities in the 2.Bundesliga in his native Germany. Also mentioned in this article is the nugget that fellow Terp and U.S. U-20 star Eryk Williamson is deciding between signing with D.C. United as a Homegrown Player or heading to a club in Scandinavia.

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City boss says festive schedule ‘will kill players’ | BBC
Pep Guardiola is not a fan of the many matches the Premier League schedules during the holiday season. It hasn’t affected Manchester City in the table, as they have a 15-point lead over the rest of the field. Still, they are suffering injuries to key players because of a schedule that has seen the Cityzens play 10 matches in a month.

David Luiz and Michy Batshuayi can leave Chelsea in January if they wish, says Antonio Conte | The Telegraph
David Luiz and Michy Batshuayi have fallen out of favor with Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, and if they want to leave Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window, Conte will allow it.

Rodriguez: Young South American stars could transform MLS on world stage | MLS
MLS has seen an influx of young talent from South American countries. Could they be the key that helps propel the league to new heights?

That’s it for today, everyone. Hit the comments and let us know what news you saw yesterday that deserves mention!