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Nick DeLeon goes, Wayne Rooney’s MLS takes & more: Freedom Kicks for 12/17/18

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Also, a really nice and emotional story you should read.

MLS: Toronto FC at D.C. United Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Hi. This weather sucked over the weekend and links are light, making things doubly sucky. Boo indeed.

D.C. United loses Nick DeLeon to Toronto FC in 2018 MLS Re-Entry Draft (us): Hanging out on outlier island and saying while his 2012 playoff goal still gets me, it’s good he left. Waking the Red has the TFC side of it, and Goff has a couple of quotes from the longest serving continuous tenured Black-and-Red player.

Rooney says MLS football is ‘like basketball’ (One Football): I choose to overlook the sensationalist contextless Wayne Rooney quote and focus on the one where D.C. is “...waiting on a few more new players coming in so hopefully that will happen soon.”

Loudoun United 2018 USL season opener announced (us): Now to build a team! And get a coach!

2019 MLS Mock SuperDraft 1.0 (USL League Two): D.C. United is set to pick 14th at the moment.

My Dad’s Friendship With Charles Barkley (WBUR): I first read this article in Charles Barkley’s voice and had more laughs than I probably should, but it’s a really great story you’ll need to read about one of the NBA’s greatest players and his friendship with a cat litter scientist from Iowa.

Anyway, it’s supposed to be nice out today, or as much as it can be in mid-December. Go out and have fun.