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Washington Spirit add Rose Lavelle, Cyle Larin to Besiktas, and more: Freedom Kicks for January 31, 2018

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The Spirit are officially loaded.

Happy Wednesday folks, and we’re already at the end of January. Yesterday, the block was super hot with all the soccer news coming in, so let’s get right to it:

Washington Spirit add USWNT midfielder Rose Lavelle in NWSL Dispersal Draft | Black & Red United
Holy bombshell, Batman! The Washington Spirit are set up to bully the entire schoolyard this season as they make a quick move to acquire United States Women’s National Team midfielder Rose Lavelle in the NWSL Dispersal Draft. Lavelle joins fellow USWNT teammates Mallory Pugh, Taylor Smith, and Andi Sullivan in what is now a loaded lineup.

Official: Cyle Larin-to-Besiktas Saga is Over | The Mane Land
Orlando City finally sells Cyle Larin to Besiktas, but doesn’t let the deal finalize without unleashing some shots at the outgoing Canadian international.

D.C. United invites former U.S. U-20 defender to training camp | Washington Post
D.C. United welcomes John Requejo Jr., a former U.S. U-20 and U-17 defender, into camp as a trialist. He comes to camp from Mexico’s Club Tijuana and Dorados and hopes to win a spot on the team.

Steve Cherundolo joins VfB Stuttgart as assistant coach | Stars & Stripes FC
The Mayor of Hannover has left to become an assistant coach at Stuttgart, in a surprising move for the former USMNT legendary defender. He had spent his entire career as a player and coach at Hannover 96.

Erik Palmer-Brown Joining KV Kortrijk on Loan | Stars & Stripes FC
Manchester City will be loaning Erik Palmer-Brown to KV Kortrijk in Belgium so the young defender can gain some experience.

Hope Solo: Former USA goalkeeper files complaint against US Soccer Federation | BBC
Hope Solo, in an odd move, has filed a complaint against the US Soccer Federation, accusing it of neglecting the women’s game. She filed the complaint with the United States Olympic Committee, which could create a conflict of interest should she shock the field and win the election for U.S. Soccer president next week.

MLS and Liga MX in talks about annual match between champions | Washington Post
It’s possible that MLS and Liga MX could create an annual clash of champions of the league. Could Toronto FC play the winner of the Clausura tournament? More matches against Liga MX, I say.

Bitcoin: Turkish amateur club claim cryptocurrency transfer first | BBC
The cryptocurrency transfer window has officially opened for the first time, as a local team from Turkey used bitcoin to sign a player. The selling team better hope Bitcoin doesn’t skyrocket back up and leave them regretting that move.

Well, that’s just a taste of yesterday’s action. Hit the comments and let us know which news stories hit your radar!