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Olivier Giroud to Chelsea, D.C. United at the Plex, and more: Freedom Kicks for 2/1/2018

Random scatterings from the soccer world

Hello folks! I just entered a contest with less than two hours to spare before the deadline so the soccer news of today feels a little more relaxing compared to that tension. Still, there is some interesting stuff today, especially that YouTubeTV and LAFC partnership. Also, just realized that it’s February so happy February I guess.

D.C. United gets MLS approval to play its home opener at Maryland SoccerPlex - The Washington Post
After some back and forth about the Plex’s facilities, it looks like D.C. United will ultimately play its March 17 game in Boyds, MD.

Chelsea get their target man in Olivier Giroud -
Olivier Giroud will join Chelsea, with an £18 million transfer fee going to Arsenal.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester United: Early goals and defensive effort silence Red Devils - Cartilage Free Captain
Tottenham scored 11 seconds into its match against Manchester United yesterday.

YouTube TV becomes official video partner for LA’s new Major League Soccer team - The Verge
YouTube TV is partnering with LAFC, which means exclusive access to locally televised LAFC games for subscribers. YouTubeTV will also be a jersey sponsor.

Seattle Reign trade Merritt Mathias to North Carolina Courage - Sounder At Heart
The versatile Merritt Mathias will start the NWSL season in North Carolina after a trade between North Carolina and Seattle that sent the Reign the Courage's natural first round pick in next year's college draft.

Seattle Reign sign Danish defender Theresa Nielsen - Sounder At Heart
In other Seattle news the team signed Denmark national team defender Theresa Nielsen, who earned a silver in the Euros last summer.

That’s all I’ve got. Let me know in the comments what you’re reading.