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D.C. United roster moves, Wayne Rooney contract, and more! Freedom Kicks for 29 November 2018

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D.C. United makes first roster moves of the 2018-2019 offseason - Black And Red United: D.C. United has made their first moves towards 2019, and most of the contract decisions found in here are not too surprising, though may be more cap-conscious than in previous years.

Stejskal: DC United aim to keep Yamil Asad, navigate cap considerations | MLSsoccer.com: The big one that looked weird on first glance was United declining Yamil Asad’s option, after he had been so important to the team this year. Apparently, Dave Kasper wants to try and spread Asad’s transfer fee, which counts in a player’s charge against the salary cap, over multiple years instead of paying it all up front, so that they can have more salary cap flexibility towards building the team this season.

Darren Mattocks will not return to D.C. United next season | Washington Post: Steve Goff has his take on the roster decisions, along with the quote from Dave Kasper that the team will look to sign “a few” homegrown players this offseason to help build out Loudoun United.

Wayne Rooney’s contract reveals big performance incentives, significant investment by D.C. United – The Athletic: Pablo Mauer over at The Athletic breaks down the litany of bonuses found in Wayne Rooney’s contract, to a degree that I’ve never seen detailed with regards to an MLS player. Also nestled in there is the world of sponsorships opportunities that were previously closed to United that Rooney has opened.

Stejskal: LA Galaxy close to hiring Dennis te Kloese to lead soccer staff | MLSsoccer.com: Dennis te Kloese is an unfortunately competent hire for the Galaxy, but also in this article is the fact that Dom Kinnear, formerly of the Houston Dynamo and the San Jose Earthquakes, has emerged as a leading candidate to get the permanent head coaching position. Please Galaxy, go right ahead!

Bad news if you want to see Rose Lavelle or Mallory Pugh play next year.

That’s all I’ve got; what’s up?