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Segura out 6-8 weeks, MLS changes Discretionary TAM rule, and more: Freedom Kicks for May 16, 2018

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A blow to the midfield core for the Black-and-Red.

Happy Wednesday folks. There was quite a bit of news yesterday, so let’s jump right into it:

D.C. United’s Ulises Segura like to miss 6-8 weeks with knee injury | Washington Post

Bad news in the midfield as D.C. United will be missing Ulises Segura for 6-8 weeks after he went down with a knee injury in training.

Source: MLS tweaking trade rule to Discretionary TAM signings | Metro

MLS appears to be changing the rule regarding players signed via Discretionary TAM. Teams will now be able to trade those players for compensation.

Aston Villa survive late Stewart Downing scare to reach Wembley final | The Guardian

Aston Villa survives against Middlesbrough and will face Fulham in soccer’s most expensive game, the Championship playoff final.

Germany World Cup squad omits Mario Gotze as Joachim Low signs new contract | ESPNFC

2014 World Cup hero Mario Gotze was left off the Germany roster for next month’s World Cup...wow.

Lionel Messi: Neymar joining Real Madrid would be ‘huge blow’ to Barcelona | ESPNFC

Lionel Messi says that if Neymar joins Real Madrid this summer, it would be a “huge blow” to FC Barcelona. Welp, I for one hope it happens.

U.S. players in the 2017-18 Premier League | NBC Sports

Only 3 players played more than one league match in the EPL this season: Geoff Cameron, DeAndre Yedlin, and Danny Williams. Take a look at all the United States internationals who played in England fared this season.

Jack Wilshere and Joe Hart in the cold after losing key to England door | The Guardian

England released its provisional World Cup roster and Jack Wilshere and Joe Hart are not on it.

Precourt releases Austin stadium renderings in preparation for Crew SC relocation | Pro Soccer USA

PSV has released a stadium site plan for the possible move of Columbus Crew SC to Austin. They’re hoping to move the team after the 2018 season.

MLS clubs competing head-to-head for academy talent far from home | MLS

An interesting look at the lengths MLS teams are going to in order to find the next great young talent in America.

Sporting Lisbon ‘condemn aggression’ after reports players were attacked | BBC

Shame on the “fans” who broke into a Sporting Clube de Portugal training session and attacked players, leaving Bas Dost injured ahead of the team’s preparations for the Portuguese Cup final this weekend against Aves.

And that’s what I got for today...hit the comments and have a great one!