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Washington Spirit, Lucho Acosta, and MLS schedule: Freedom Kicks for 19 December 2019

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Soccer, go!

Soccer: Tournament of Nations - Women’s Soccer-Japan at USA Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

This offseason has felt interminable, and the fact that the league moved MLS Cup up a month means that the fans of many teams will go five months between competitive soccer matches. D.C. United, having made the playoffs, will go 4.5 months, and even the MLS Cup winning Seattle Sounders will go 4 months.

The full MLS schedule is tentatively scheduled to be released today, so at least we should know the full scope of D.C. United’s 2020 matches by the end of the day. I need my soccer back!

To the links!

This is a much better outcome than what was rumored earlier in the week. While D.C. United won’t get any compensation for Luciano Acosta going to Mexico, there is no amount of money that would have made me feel good about him being traded to a Western Conference team. I wish Lucho all the best in Mexico!

Washington Spirit sign Japanese national team attacker Kumi Yokoyama - Black And Red United

The Washington Spirit add a Japanese international striker to bolster their attack, and may have used the league’s new allocation money mechanism to do so.

Reports: Columbus Crew prepared to land Lucas Zelarayan with club-record transfer fee | MLSsoccer.com

The Columbus Crew triple their biggest ever transfer fee, luring Zelarayan from Tigres for $7M. I guess they have their Higuain replacement now.

Armchair Analyst: Rating and ranking the US men’s national team player pool – midfielders & forwards | MLSsoccer.com

Matt Doyle has been going through the entire USMNT player pool, and only one D.C. United player makes either of his lists.

The full MLS schedule is tentatively scheduled to be released today, so we should know the full scope of D.C. United’s 2020 matches by the end of the day.

That’s all I have, what’s up?