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Jose Mourinho fired, Richmond Kickers gain new ownership, and more: Freedom Kicks for December 19, 2018

Tuesday didn’t give us a break.

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Happy Wednesday everyone. Tuesday started off just absolutely bonkers, and it didn’t stop the entire day. Let’s jump right into it:

Jose Mourinho: Manchester United sack manager | BBC

Jose Mourinho was fired as we all woke up yesterday morning, leaving Manchester United 19 points behind Liverpool in the table after they lost at Anfield 3-1 Sunday. The Special One is back on the unemployment line.

Rob Ukrop and 22 Holdings LLC purchase the Richmond Kickers | Black & Red United

The Richmond Kickers gain new ownership in the form of former player Rob Ukrop and his company, 22 Holdings LLC.

Zack Steffen wins 2018 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year | Stars & Stripes FC

Zack Steffen won the award for best United States Men’s National Team player in 2018, capping off a year where he also won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and signed a pre-contract with Manchester City.

Kelyn Rowe ends up in Kansas City after three-way trade | Pro Soccer USA

A wild trade has Edgar Castillo end up with the New England Revolution and Kelyn Rowe moving to Sporting Kansas City (with lots of Garber bucks) via the Colorado Rapids, who get Diego Rubio.

D.C. United nears trade for goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr., eyes two homegrown signings | Washington Post

Earl Edwards may be on the verge of moving to D.C. United to serve as backup goalkeeper to Bill Hamid. The team is looking to trade David Ousted. The team is also looking to sign Maryland Terrapins defender Donovan Pines and William & Mary Tribe forward Antonio Bustamante to homegrown contracts.

The Passion of Mike Piazza: How the midlife crisis of a baseball Hall of Famer led to the demise of a 100-year-old Italian soccer club | The Athletic

The tragic story of how Mike Piazza and his wife moved to Italy to take over an Italian club, only to squander it all and declare for bankruptcy in the middle of the night, leaving players and staff and longtime, dedicated fans out in the cold.

Official: Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to LA Galaxy in 2019 | MLS

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is coming back to the LA Galaxy next season as a Designated Player. The team did not mention who of Jonathan Dos Santos, Giovani Dos Santos, or Romain Alessandrini will surrender their DP status.

River Plate loses on penalties to Al Ain at Club World Cup | NBC Sports

River Plate lost in the Club World Cup semifinals yesterday to Al Ain, the winner of the United Arab Emirates domestic league. Al Ain will face the winner of Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers for the title on Saturday. In CONCACAF news, Chivas lost in the 5th place match to Espérance de Tunis of Tunisia.

Plans to Redevelop R.F.K. Stadium Face Headwinds | New York Times

What will happen to the former home of the Black-and-Red? Plans have lawmakers and residents in a tailspin.

Kolkata derby: Inside the East Bengal v Mohun Bagan rivalry | BBC

One of the better rivalries most of the world has never heard of, take a look inside the Kolkata derby.

That’s it for now. Breathe, then hit the comments to discuss it all!