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D.C. United adds Bill Hamid and Vytas, MLS deadline day, 2018 US Open Cup: Freedom Kicks for 8/9/2018

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Hamid’s return is just one of a bunch of things to talk about from yesterday

Wow, yesterday was busy! Now that the deadline day chaos is done and breathing can happen again (ish I’m watching the Spirit), here’s a roundup of what happened.

Report: Bill Hamid joining D.C. United on loan | Black and Red United
In yesterday’s best news: Bill Hamid is coming back!

2018 MLS Deadline Day: D.C. United acquires Vytas from Portland Timbers | Black and Red United
Vytas is coming to D.C. United in exchange for 50k in TAM. Fortunately Vytas doesn’t require an international roster spot.

Washington Spirit suffer another shutout loss, this time at Utah Royals FC | Black and Red United
If you went to bed before the Washington Spirit got going against Utah Royals FC...well, you didn’t miss much. The Spirit have 1 goal in their last 900 minutes of soccer.

Utah Royals FC win second consecutive game, remain in playoff chase | RSL Soapbox
Here’s the Utah perspective on what was a pretty one-sided game.

Let’s go back to the flurry of MLS transfer window moves:

Brad Smith’s addition is all about increasing competition | Sounder At Heart
Brad Smith should help Seattle out on its left flank.

Official: Jorge Villafaña to return to Timbers | Stumptown Footy
Former USMNT left back Jorge Villafaña is coming back to Portland, which is probably why that Vytas trade happened.

French international right-back Bacary Sagna joins the Impact | ImpactMontreal.com
Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna is joining the Montreal Impact.

Colorado Rapids trade Michael Azira to Montreal Impact | The Denver Post
In other Impact news, Micheal Azira is going to Montreal in exchange for a fourth round draft pick for 2020.

Impact acquires forward Quincy Amarikwa from the San Jose Earthquakes | ImpactMontreal.com
Montreal had a busy day yesterday.

LA Galaxy II has mutually parted ways with midfielder Julian Büscher | LAGalaxy.com
Former D.C. United midfielder Julian Büscher is leaving LA Galaxy II.

Official: LAFC sign forward Josh Perez | Angels on Parade
LAFC signed 20-year-old Josh Perez who was once a member of Chivas USA’s academy and is the nephew of Hugo Perez.

Official: Sporting KC signs Fontas | The Blue Testament
Sporting KC used TAM to sign Andreu Fortas through 2020.

Toronto FC add Argentine forward Lucas Janson on loan | Waking the Red
Forward Lucas Janson will join Toronto FC on loan from Argentine club Tigre.

On top of all this, we had both semifinals in the US Open Cup last night:

Union rout Fire, return to Open Cup final | The Brotherly Game
There Are Storms We Cannot Weather: Philadelphia Union 3, Chicago Fire 0, USOC Game Recap | Hot Time in Old Town
In the early game, the Philadelphia Union needed an hour to break through, but once they did they steamrolled the Chicago Fire, who entered the match on a six-game losing streak in MLS play.

Heartbreak: Houston Dynamo 3 (7), LAFC 3 (6) | Angels on Parade
US Open Cup Semifinals, Houston Dynamo vs Los Angeles FC: Dynamo win to advance to finals | Dynamo Theory
Despite a late comeback from 3-1 down that included a stoppage time equalizer from Diego Rossi (who had a hat trick), LAFC fell to the Houston Dynamo in an eight-round PK tiebreaker.

And now, back to transfers!

OFFICIAL: Real Madrid sign Thibaut Courtois | Managing Madrid
Thibaut Courtois is returning to Madrid, this time to Real Madrid.

Official: Chelsea sign Kepa Arrizabalaga for world record €80m fee | We Ain’t Got No History
And then Chelsea broke the record for goalkeeper transfer fee to sign their new number one.

Santos Laguna’s coaching staff resigns | FMF State Of Mind
Finally, the entire coaching staff of the defending Liga MX champions has resigned due to player/coach differences and a breach of the club’s ethics code.

Take your Hamid-themed shouts of jubilation to the comments!