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Austin FC official, Ian Harkes signs with Dundee United, and more: Freedom Kicks for January 16, 2019

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Happy Wednesday folks. First off, I need everyone to go and chime in here, because we gotta bring my beer back:

Now, the big news of the day:

Austin FC to begin MLS play in 2021 as league’s 27th club | MLS

Austin FC is official, and Anthony Precourt’s new baby will begin play in 2021.

A return journey for the Harkes family name | Dundee United

Ian Harkes officially signs with Dundee United, which happened to be his grandfather’s home club. Best of luck to Ian over in Scotland!

Amanda Duffy named President of NWSL | NWSL

Amanda Duffy is the new president of America’s professional women’s league. Prior to assuming the president title, she was Director of Operations and then Managing Director for the league.

DC United’s Chris Odoi-Atsem opens up on fight with Hodgkin’s lymphoma | MLS

MLS catches up with Chris Odoi-Atsem, who’s almost done with chemo and ready to rejoin the club during the preseason. Hell yeah, Chris. Keep pounding and kicking ass!

Ten coaches embark on U.S. Soccer Pro License Course | Soccer Wire

D.C. United assistant coach Nolan Sheldon, Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke, and Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese are among the 10 coaches working towards U.S. Soccer’s top coaching license.

Tottenham confirm Harry Kane out with ankle injury | NBC Sports

Harry Kane is done until March with ankle ligament damage, and Tottenham Hotspur will have to figure out how to stay in the race without their leader.

Petr Cech: Arsenal keeper to retire at end of season | BBC

Petr Cech was a legend for Chelsea before moving to Arsenal 4 years ago. He will retire from the game at the end of the season, going down as one of the best goalkeepers in EPL history and one of the better ones in world history.

Alex Morgan is Concacaf player of the year | Stars & Stripes FC

Alex Morgan was the runaway player of the year in CONCACAF, while United States Women’s National Team mates Alyssa Naeher, Crystal Dunn, Becky Sauerbrunn and Lindsey Horan made the Best XI for the women.

Henry and Vieira put aside friendship for first meeting as managers | The Guardian

Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira were Arsenal teammates, and now they will roam the sidelines against each other as AS Monaco and OGC Nice play each other today in the Derby de la Côte d’Azur.

Spirit forward Cheyna Matthews kicks off Jamaica WNT training camp | Washington Spirit

Cheyna Matthews of the Washington Spirit has joined the Jamaica WNT training camp, her first call-up for the Reggae Girlz.

That’s all for today. Hit the comments and help me bring back The Tradition!