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More on D.C. United-FloSports media deal, Washington Spirit hire Richie Burke, and more: Freedom Kicks for January 9, 2019

Mo’ info on media deal, mo’ questions

Happy Wednesday folks. Yesterday had quite a bit of news, so let’s get the day started:

D.C. United Announce Multiyear Broadcast Partnership with FloSports | D.C. United

It was announced by FloSports on Monday, but D.C. United officially announced the media rights deal yesterday. They also provided a FAQs page that includes more info about pricing, who can access the matches, and other pertinent info. There’s still a lot of questions that remain, however.

Washington Spirit confirm Richie Burke as new head coach | Black & Red United

The Washington Spirit have a new head coach and technical director in Richie Burke, who will have to somehow form a roster that can withstand losing 4 of its best players due to the Women’s World Cup.

Report: USMNT to face Ecuador, Chile in March friendlies | NBC Sports

The United States Men’s National Team are reportedly playing Ecuador and Chile in March, the first time new head coach Gregg Berhalter will have a full roster of players at his disposal.

USMNT January camp: Which 5 players stand to gain this month? | MLS

Our boy Russell Canouse tops this list, and he should. I know we all hope he shines at January Camp.

Egypt named as the hosts of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations | BBC

Egypt beat out South Africa to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, replacing Cameroon due to their slow preparations for the tournament.

Gianluigi Buffon: I suffered with depression, had panic attack at Juventus | ESPNFC

Gianluigi Buffon details how he battled depression and panic attacks while at Juventus. A brave admission and story from one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers ever.

Andres Iniesta: Former Barcelona midfielder apologises for posing with two people in blackface | BBC

Yeah, he damn well should have apologized.

Report: Higuain agrees terms with Chelsea ahead of loan | NBC Sports

Gonzalo Higuain could be headed to Chelsea on loan. Could he still be there when Christian Pulisic arrives in July?

The American Investor Looking to Buy a Scandinavian Club to Develop Young U.S. Players | Sports Illustrated

A novel endeavor by an American investor to try and get more American players to develop in Europe.

Asian Cup 2019: Does Yemen’s Jan Kocian have the toughest job in world football? | BBC

An incredible story about Yemen’s coach and the adversity, to put it mildly, that he and his team has been through to compete at Asian Cup 2019.

That’s all I got, so hit the comments and enjoy the day!