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D.C. United wants players to move up, a Bundesliga team hopes you’ll ink up & more: Freedom Kicks for 2/5/18

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Also we shout out local beers.

Hi. My kid has been sick since Saturday night or so, his first stomach bug in about 400 or so days of life. Needless to say, caring for someone who isn’t completely sure of what’s going on isn’t fun, but I’m here for your briefing purposes. Oh, who won last night’s game, the Union or the Revolution? Ha, don’t be silly, the Revs don’t win games with a Championship on the line (he says, typing this at 5:29 Sunday night).

Ousted wants to be the No. 1 goalkeeper (MLS): David Ousted has goals with D.C. United, and I don’t doubt he’ll make them, to be honest.

D.C. United will keep adding to roster as preseason continues (Pro Soccer USA): We’ve talked about this before from a myriad of angles so this shouldn’t be a surprise from a numbers perspective at least. Nevertheless, FYI.

DC optimistic Acosta will take step forward in third year in MLS (MLS): Luciano Acosta has high hopes, as do most of us.

DC United wins in 2018 because of Audi Field (US Soccer Players): Well, yeah, according to Jason Davis.

D.C. United coming to Loudoun County (WDVM): Some Loudoun residents are surprised and would like to push back on the team HQ/USL offer. But the piece shakes this out quickly. Also, ‘Red and Black,’ woof.

Five games, five consecutive draws for Inter (Serpents of Madonnina): In partner club news, the headline says it all for Inter Milan, this time to Crotone. Inter remain in 4th, a point ahead of Roma and one behind Lazio in Serie A.

Fernandez header secures precious draw for Swans (Wales Online): In more partner club news, Federico Fernandez helped level Swansea City against Leicester City despite losing Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony for the year to separate injuries. Swans are in 17th, having tiebreakers over Huddersfield Town and Stoke City to stay in the Premier League...if the season ended today.

The world loses Marc-Vivien Foé (SSFC): Our own Donald Wine continues his very good Black History Month series, this time on a personal topic to him.

HBC offer fans a chance to have season ticket tattooed on arm (Bundesliga): There is paperless ticket carrying, and there is this, courtesy of Hertha Berlin. Pfft, as a guy with DCU’s old logo on my leg, this isn’t a big deal.

Freshly Tapped: Talking Backwards (Brightest Young Things): Ocelot Brewing is out in Loudoun like 2 miles from my house, and they deliver some of the best IPAs (and for my money, dark and/or barrel-aged brews) in the area. Their triple IPA release Talking Backwards is exceptional and on the heels of their 2018 release which is out in cans (their first such release for purchase), their 2017 version is given some column space. Adrien is good people and the beer if worth coming out to the sticks for (the USL team will be 15 minutes away) and the column is a good read.

Anyway, back to purchase and/or dispense Pedialyte, have fun today.