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USMNT introduces Gregg Berhalter as head coach, announces January Camp friendly, and more: Freedom Kicks for December 5, 2018

A big day for U.S. Soccer

Happy Wednesday folks. I write this on a Megabus from NYC back to DC after attending a Q&A event for new United States Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter. His introduction leads today’s news links:

Berhalter reveals his plan for USMNT’s future | NBC Sports
Gregg Berhalter was officially introduced today as USMNT head coach, and he’s ready to get to work. His biggest challenge: bringing fans back who have walked away from the team over recent performances and distaste over U.S. Soccer’s hiring process.

MNT opens 2019 against regional foe Panama on Jan. 27 at State Farm Stadium | U.S. Soccer
The USMNT also announced that they will open up their 2019 slate with a friendly in Glendale, Arizona against Panama. They will also head to San Jose to play Costa Rica on February 2nd.

Washington Spirit re-sign Estefania Banini | Black & Red United
The Washington Spirit’s lady in the middle, Estefania Banini, will be back in red, blue and white next season.

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool manager accepts derby celebration misconduct charge | BBC
After Jurgen Klopp went full pitch invasion after Liverpool’s last minute goal against Everton in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday, he was charged with misconduct. His response: yeah, that was me, my bad.

Former Fifa executive says he was offered large bribe for 2018 World Cup vote | The Guardian
When are they going to stop writing articles about bribes that were offered for the 2022 World Cup and start taking action? I think we’re all pretty tired of the talk.

That’s what I got for now. Enjoy your Wednesday, folks, and hit the comments with the news you found interesting.