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Galaxy shrug off MLS rulebook, W-League Grand Final, and more: Freedom Kicks for 2/15/2019

Plus you’ll actually be able to watch D.C. United tomorrow!

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Good morning! We get to see an actual D.C. United game tomorrow, rather than just hearing about it. I don’t know about you, but I think the former beats the latter.

Suncoast Invitational kicks off Saturday |
United faces the Tampa Bay Rowdies as part of a doubleheader tomorrow in St. Pete. All signs point to the Rowdies streaming the game on Youtube or something like that, but we currently don’t have word on the specifics.

So basically, keep panicking until you hear otherwise!

Each MLS team’s best 2019 22 Under 22 candidate |
Chris Durkin gets a mention here as D.C. United’s top candidate for the annual “best young player” list.

Former Sporting KC homegrown Kevin Ellis to sign with Kansas City Comets indoor team | Kansas City Star
Kevin Ellis has found a landing spot after his departure from the Black-and-Red, moving over to indoor soccer with the Comets.

Set-piece Specialist: Cosmos sign El Salvadoran international Junior Burgos | Front Row Soccer
The Tampa Bay Rowdies, tomorrow’s opponent, have added veteran NASL midfielder Junior Burgos.

044: Aubrey Bledsoe of Sydney FC | The 6 yd Box
This goalkeeping-focused podcast brought on the Washington Spirit’s Aubrey Bledsoe to talk about her career.

Report: Washington Spirit nearing deals for Chloe Logarzo, Amy Harrison | Black and Red United
Bledsoe might have also had something to do with the Spirit signing Chloe Logarzo and Amy Harrison, which went official last night.

Westfield W-League 2019 Grand Final predictions: Duggan forecasts five-goal thriller |
You can see Bledsoe and the Spirit’s two newcomers late tomorrow night, as Sydney FC faces the Perth Glory in the W-League’s championship (or, to use the more fun Australian term, the Grand Final). Fire up ESPN+ at 12:30am and you’ll be able to find it.

Don Garber signs new five-year deal to remain MLS commissioner | ESPNFC
I’m sure this will be very popular with everyone.

It sure looks like the Galaxy are trying to play 2019 with a de facto fourth designated player, or DFDP | The Athletic
I thought we knew all this going back to November, but Paul Tenorio got people talking by bringing up the fact that the LA Galaxy’s response to having a rule-breaking roster is just ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Catching up with Wynalda in Las Vegas: ‘It’s amazing how many things I don’t care about now that I’m not on TV’ | The Athletic
The best pairing of team and coach, from a pure spectacle perspective, is once again in Las Vegas. Last year it was El Chelis, and this year it’s Eric Wynalda leading Las Vegas Lights FC.

That’s it for my stockpile of links. Enjoy today’s warm weather before we’re plunged back into winter again just in time for the weekend!