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D.C. United ends FloSports deal, Moses Nyeman signs, USWNT wins, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/4/2019

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Good DCU news, Mal Pugh scored, and it’s Friday. What’s not to like?

It’s Friday, bet there’s no big news coming, right? Just another morning. Nothing to see here...but I guess we can have a look around the internet.

D.C. United severs ties with broadcast partner FloSports | Washington Post
I lied! There is huge news! The big D.C. United story today is arguably the biggest story of the entire season: the much-maligned broadcast deal with FloSports is over. No word on what finally caused the end of the deal, but given that FloSports never really lived up to any of their promises to fans before or during the season, I doubt the fanbase is going to be too concerned about the details.

United confirmed the news, and said that Sunday’s game will be streamed for free on the team website:

And, just in case you haven’t already:

D.C. United sign Moses Nyeman to homegrown contract | Black and Red United
I’m hyped about this move from D.C. United. Nyeman is the kind of player that MLS teams in years past would consider “too small,” and thus totally ignore his close control, vision, and the fact that he has an adult’s feel for tempo at just 15 years old.

At Loudoun, Ryan Martin has made a point of giving Nyeman regular minutes in the heart of the midfield despite the fact that USL Championship central midfields tend to be full of physically robust types. That bodes well both for his development, and for the direction of this club in terms of style of play. You don’t just stumble into a long-term culture of possession soccer without growing players who can thrive playing that style.

Moving on, let’s all make sure to help out with Russell Canouse’s food drive on Sunday:

The details on this: Bring non-perishable food items to Gate A between 2-4pm on Sunday. All donations will go to the Capital Area Food Bank. Even one can of something helps, or you can go all out like Canouse and fill many bags up.

These 10 Metrobus routes could see service changes | Curbed
One of the changes in here includes extending the 74 bus to Buzzard Point, which is probably relevant to a lot of you fine folks.

Ali Krieger’s century celebration has been a long time in the making | The Athletic
“The team always comes first.” is a Maximum Ali Krieger quote. Last night, the USWNT saluted her for getting to 100 caps.

USA takes South Korea 2-0 on set piece work | Stars and Stripes FC
It wasn’t a thriller, but the USWNT made mostly easy work out of South Korea last night. The Washington Spirit were represented well: Mal Pugh scored the second goal, while Rose Lavelle played 66 minutes before making way for Andi Sullivan, who picked up her 12th cap. Before the game, Krieger was honored for her 100th cap.

The two sides will meet again on Sunday.

Jill Ellis content as she closes USWNT career marked by unprecedented success, challenges | Pro Soccer USA
That game will be the finale for Jill Ellis, who is profiled here. Lavelle makes a cameo, and naturally she enters the story because of a dog.

What MLS players are trying to get in CBA negotiations | SB Nation
If you’re wondering how MLS’s players are going to approach this offseason’s CBA negotiations, they explain some of their major points of emphasis here.

Game 34: It all comes down to this | Burgundy Wave
Remember the distant past, when United last played the Colorado Rapids? They were awful at the time, but they’ve won 5 of their last 6 games, and are somehow still alive in the West’s playoff race. If they beat LAFC while the San Jose Earthquakes (at Portland) and FC Dallas (home vs. Sporting KC) both lose, a team that started this season 0W-2D-9L will get into the playoffs.

San Jose Earthquakes comment on Almeyda report: No contact with Monterrey, no release clause | MLSsoccer.com
Speaking of the Quakes, on the eve of a do-or-die regular season finale against Portland (San Jose is eliminated with a loss, while Portland could also be eliminated if they lose), a wild rumor from Mexico has Monterrey — historically one of the most well-run and wealthiest clubs in Concacaf — ready to pay a buy-out clause in Matias Almeyda’s contract ASAP.

The problem? San Jose says there’s no such clause...or at least, no such clause specifying Monterrey. According to Taylor Twellman, San Jose would be obliged to let Almeyda go if certain clubs met the price point:

No idea how this is gonna go, but it’ll probably be nuts.

Retiring MLS legend DaMarcus Beasley helping inner-city talents follow in his path | MLSsoccer.com
I can’t think of anyone that would have done a better job with this piece on DaMarcus Beasley’s efforts to help our development system and his impending retirement than Charles Boehm.

How the NWSL and American soccer are trying to fight the sport’s concussion problem | Yahoo Sports
US Soccer considered using the NWSL to test out temporary concussion substitutions, and apparently at least some team owners like the idea, but things never got further than sending a letter to FIFA and IFAB. If we’re all waiting for those organizations to give a green light, we’re going to be waiting for a long time.

Alright, that’s it. Enjoy your weekend, canned goods and a W on Sunday.