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Jonathan Gonzalez chooses Mexico, USMNT January roster, & more: Freedom Kicks for 1/9/18


Hello hello hello! I am here with your Tuesday Freedom Kicks! And there’s quite a bit to get through this morning, so let’s dive right in.

D.C. United signs goalkeeper David Ousted | B&RU
ICYMI yesterday.

D.C. United expects homegrown prospect Eryk Williamson to sign overseas | Washington Post
Well this isn’t ideal.

USMNT January Camp roster announced | Stars and Stripes FC
Shout outs to Paul Arriola, Russell Canouse, and Ian Harkes (plus Bill Hamid!).

Armchair Analyst: January USMNT camp roster & Gonzalez situation reaction | MLS
Matt Doyle discusses the roster before moving into a discussion of the news that really dominated yesterday, about Jonathan Gonzalez choosing to play for Mexico over the U.S.

Jonathan Gonzalez’s Mexico switch could haunt the USMNT for years | Yahoo! Sports
I need that worried face emoji.

A long-term loss: How U.S. Soccer’s blunders led to Jonathan Gonzalez choosing Mexico | FourFourTwo
You can read a million more words on this topic, I’m sure, so I’ll leave us here on this front. But discuss away in the comments! Is this a failure for U.S. Soccer? Will it indeed haunt us? Do you actually not even care?

USMNT’s temporary coaching staff undergoing changes | The Washington Post
Anyway, here’s something else about the USMNT!

SUM’s Role in U.S. Soccer a Contentious Part of Athlete Council’s Election Survey | Sports Illustrated
And obviously you can’t forget about the USSF election! We need controversy everywhere, people!

NASL’s Fall-Spring calendar announcement hiding the league’s struggles | Stars and Stripes FC
Ruh roh.

Herdman replaces Zambrano as Canadian men’s soccer team coach | Sportsnet
Uh, wut?

All right, folks, that’s all from me! I think that should be quite enough for you all to get on with, but go nuts in the comments with anything else too.