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D.C. United wins, Loudoun United has a jersey & more: Freedom Kicks for 3/4/19

Jam packed with a LOT of stuff today.

Hi, let’s get into it:

Recaps of D.C. United’s 2-0 win over Atlanta United from us (with more from us here), WaPo, MLS (with more from them here), Flo FC and Pro Soccer USA. Dirty South Soccer has the view from the other side.

Guzan feels Bill Hamid’s comments showed a lack of respect (MLS): So in the wake of some old Bill Hamid comments, Brad Guzan wanted to rebut. After that second goal.

“D.C. United is in my blood.” (DC Sports Bog): WaPo talks to local boy, ESPN personality and friend of Filibuster Sebi Salazar.

Moreno: “I’m happy in this team” (Gabriel Hidalgo): Junior Moreno talks about his club career in America.

D.C. United officially signs Quincy Amarikwa (us): Long-rumored signing finally happens. Goff with more.

Report: D.C. United interested in Bolton defender Mark Beevers (us): This would seem to be an off the radar name, but I can’t shake the knowledge that D.C.’s Technical Director has been checking out games in and around the Manchester suburbs, so who knows.

Odoi-Atsem is looking to make comeback (The Undefeated): Chris Odoi-Atsem opens up a little more on Hodgkin’s, his life and soccer.

Rooney, D.C. United provide once in a lifetime opportunity (WUSA): Good on Wayne Rooney and D.C. for this.

Alexandria, DC Water Taxi Service Returns In March (Patch): Of note if you’d prefer a water route to games this summer.

D.C. United Forging a Distinct Identity (On Tap): This is actually a not bad piece from a surprising outlet?

Six returning players sign with Spirit (us): The Washington Spirit are slowly getting a roster together, with more to come presumably.

Averbuch hits pause on her playing career due to illness (Sounder at Heart): Former Spirit (and current Seattle Reign) player Yael Averbuch’s battle with ulcerative colitis shelved most of her 2018 season and is impacting her 2019 one. A speedy recovery to Yael.

Major League Soccer Experiments With Streaming Partners as It Eyes Next TV Rights Deals (Ad Week): In the week of Flo and D.C. United, looking at the over OTT subscriptions out there.

El salvadoreño que manda jugadores a D.C. United (AS): If you have time and are bilingual, a look at the head of Total Futbol Club, an affiliate club to D.C.

How New York City Soccer Fans Are Fighting Fascism In The Stands (Huffington Post): New York City FC continues to furt around with this.

Loudoun adds Sinclair, 2 more internationals coming in (us): Friday night Loudoun United added a 20-year-old forward from Saprissa, and have more reinforcements coming. They also quietly traded away two international spots to the Philadelphia Union’s Bethlehem Steel FC for cash, so their overseas acquisitions appear to be set.

Speaking of Loudoun, here are their jerseys:

Finally, we’d be remiss here if we didn’t wish Nick Rimando well in his 20th and last season as a pro: