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MLS Expansion Draft, some Barcelona news, and more: Freedom Kicks for 12/11/18

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Plus: An intriguing trademark battle.

Hello hello! I think I have a soccer rivalry with my parents now? They live in Atlanta and I’ve never known them both to watch a soccer game without me, but they were texting me during the MLS Cup final. At least I bet they’ll take me to a game next time I’m in the ATL...

Let’s talk some more soccer!

MLS Expansion draft: date, time, D.C. United’s protected list, and how to watch | B&RU

*clutches Nick DeLeon and Zoltan Stieber*

Stejskal: Explaining the notable names available in the MLS Expansion Draft | MLS

NICKY IS NOTABLE TO ME

Julie Foudy wants to hold US Soccer “to the fire” on the USWNT GM hiring process | Stars and Stripes FC

Julie Foudy makes good points.

Anticipating USMNT Tactics with Berhalter | Stars and Stripes FC

Looking at Berhalter’s tactics in MLS with the Columbus Crew and what we might expect from him with the USMNT.

Viewpoints, Arguments in the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Federation Trademark Battle | Sports Illustrated

Trademark law, y’all. This is kind of fascinating. I demand Law & Order: USSF.

Barcelona back out of proposed La Liga match against Girona in Miami | ESPN

I guess this isn’t really funny...but I find it sorta funny.

Hurdles remain for FC Barcelona’s NWSL effort | SportsBusiness Journal

This is behind a paywall, unfortunately, but apparently this boils down to “wear our jerseys or else!!”

That’s all from me, friends. Stay warm out there.