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Hi there. So I didn’t really have much to cover today, then as Kornheiser would say, the news fairy dropped a little dust into our lives yesterday.

Wayne Rooney arrested at Dulles Airport in December (us): Oh. Oh boy. And the mugshot is from the Loudoun Detention Center, a stone’s throw from the site of Loudoun United’s stadium and D.C. United’s training site? Well then. More on it from Goff, The Athletic ($), ESPN, CNN, BBC, The Daily Beast and you can sort of see how this is going by now, right?

D.C. United extends Coach Ben Olsen through 2021 (WaPo): Goff with a Friday night dump, the second half of it for DC folks, the first being...

Is FloSports D.C. United’s new broadcast partner? (us): this potentially less than ideal thing.

Josh Wolff will be Berhalter’s top assistant with USMNT - sources (Yahoo!): An important Ben Olsen coaching tree update. Since we're here, the Columbus Crew were additionally busy on Friday.

Dundee United target new faces ahead of Partick Thistle clash (Evening Telegraph): Ian Harkes may have found a landing spot in Scotland’s second division. Of note, the coach for Dundee (Robbie Neilson) was the same one that grabbed Perry Kitchen out of contract for Hearts a couple of years back, so he’s used to poaching young Americans like...some sort of person that likes young American players.

Martin finding success on the soccer field (Calvert Recorder): An interesting profile on an Academy goalkeeping prospect.

And with that, may all your news stay soccer-related today.