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Wayne Rooney, Ben Olsen, and Zlatan: Freedom Kicks for 14 November 2019

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MLS: MLS Cup Playoffs-Round One-D.C. United at Toronto FC Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports

Hope you enjoyed our brief Autumn, for now it is cold. We are solidly into the offseason now, with expansion drafts coming soon (from which D.C. United are thankfully exempt). To the links!

Meeting Wayne Rooney: How chatting about ‘Wagatha Christie’ led to FaceTiming Tyson Fury – The Athletic: One last good Wayne Rooney story as his time at Derby County is about to start.

Ben Olsen is likely to return as D.C. United coach - The Washington Post: This isn’t surprising, but at some point a different direction will become necessary. It is hard to do that after a season in which you make the playoffs, especially when there are so many worse teams in the Eastern Conference. I hope that it is Ben Olsen, but at some point the team will need to set its sights higher.

Armchair Analyst: 2019 Season Recaps – Nos. 16 through 9 | D.C. United ranks above the New York Red Bulls as Matt Doyle breaks down the MLS season, but there is also a bunch of disappointment in there (as one would think).

Chelsea’s Sam Kerr signing could start a women’s soccer arms race - I have enjoyed having a lot of the best players in the world in the NWSL; hopefully they can keep their status as one of the best leagues in the world.

Zlatan conquered....making the MLS playoffs?

Armchair Analyst: Zlatan came, Zlatan saw, Zlatan left without conquering | Matt Doyle breaks down Zlatan’s time in the league, which was fun (if you like his personality), but ultimately empty.

Landon Donovan set to become manager, VP with USL club San Diego Loyal - Sports Illustrated: I like having Donovan around American soccer, so why not have him manage the USL team of which he is a co-owner.

Columbus Crew SC acquires Darlington Nagbe in trade with Atlanta United | Columbus Crew SC: That is a lot of money to reunite Nagbe with Caleb Porter.

That’s all I have today; what’s up?