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D.C. United wins, NWSL TV deal, and MLS expansion: Freedom Kicks for 25 April 2019

Soccer, go!

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MLS: D.C. United at Columbus Crew SC Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Waking up after a win is always better than waking up after other results, and I was particularly impressed by D.C. United’s back line. To the links!

Wayne Rooney free kick guides D.C. United to 1-0 victory over Columbus Crew - Black And Red United: Wayne Rooney helps D.C. United get their first win in Columbus in over a decade, which is just a buckwild streak that I am glad is over.

Wayne Rooney taking over as MLS’s new free-kick king | More praise for Wayne Rooney, who has just been deadly from free kicks (as was to be expected).

Armchair Analyst: Around the league on a busy Wednesday night | Matt Doyle heaps some praise on D.C. United’s back line, which just headed away any ball that came towards them.

Boehm: Youth, depth and doing the business on a Wednesday night | Charles Boehm concentrates on D.C. United’s two homegrown starters, Donovan Pines and Chris Durkin.

Where is NWSL’s TV deal? - All For XI: NWSL and A+E Networks ended their broadcast deal this offseason, and we’ve been waiting for a replacement ever since.

MLS club execs: Fixing major markets more important than expansion – The Athletic: I hope they are, because this more important for the long-term health of the league than bringing in more expansion teams (though the fees associated will paper over that for a good long while)

Kaku Suspended an Additional Two Games | New York Red Bulls: What a farce.

That’s all I’ve got. What’s up?