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Moses Nyeman and Donovan Pines training abroad: Freedom Kicks for 5 December 2019

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Soccer, go!

MLS: New England Revolution at D.C. United Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, and I can’t believe that it is already December. This MLS offseason has felt less frenetic so far, probably because the season ended a month earlier than normal this year. In year’s past, MLS Cup would be this coming weekend, which is just a bonkers thing to think about.

To the links!

D.C. United’s 15-year-old homegrown player will be getting some good offseason training, working with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team. In Germany, the most promising players are typically on the U-19 team and then make the jump directly to the first team, so this is huge for Nyeman and his development.

In more offseason training news, Donovan Pines will get a chance to work with Swansea City for a couple of weeks, before coming back to United and challenging for a starting spot here.

And even coaches are getting exposed to different ideas, with Zach Thornton also over in Wales.

Loudoun Co. to pay another $10M to finish United soccer complex | WTOP

This is....not good. Citing “rising costs of development,” D.C. United asked for and received an additional $10M from Loudoun County towards public restrooms, parking, locker rooms, and construction of the training facility. Some of those things will be used by Loudoun residents once completed, but that doesn’t mean that the public should be on the hook for the overages.

Orlando City Hires Oscar Pareja as Head Coach - The Mane Land

Oscar Pareja is back in MLS, and unfortunately he came to the Eastern Conference. I am not looking forward to Orlando being potentially competent.

FC Tulsa Unveils New Name, Crest and Colors to Usher in New Era of Pro Soccer in Tulsa

Somewhere out in the ether there must be a market research report that shows the benefit of all of these teams in the US going with boring “City FC” names. Otherwise, it would be just so anodyne for all these teams to just blandly do it.

That’s all I’ve got, what’s up?