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D.C. United trades for Julian Gressel, Chicharito signs for LA Galaxy, and more: Freedom Kicks for January 22, 2020

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What a blockbuster day!

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Holy crap, yesterday was a wild day. Let’s get right to it:

Official: D.C. United lands Julian Gressel in huge trade with Atlanta United - Black & Red United

D.C. United grabs Julian Gressel from Atlanta United for a combination of GAM, TAM, FAM, WAM, and BLAM that could total $1.1 million if incentives are met. Helluva haul for a great young player that has the potential to lead the league in assists.

In landing midfielder, D.C. United makes a trade and a statement: ‘We are going to go for it’ - Washington Post

This move from the Black-and-Red to get Gressel, in addition to landing Ola Kamara and Yamil Asad last year and Edison Flores during the offseason, is telling fans that the team is trying to go for it all. Settling for 5th place and a 1st round playoff exit is not the expectation this year.

What DC United gained in the Julian Gressel trade... and what Atlanta sent away - MLS

In Gressel, D.C. United is gaining a guy that has 20 goals and 36 assists. Charles Boehm breaks down all the numbers.

Julian Gressel is getting paid and that’s what matters most - Dirty South Soccer

Atlanta fans are losing a fan favorite, but the team didn’t want to give him his chicken, as Marshawn Lynch would say, and D.C. was.

Carlos Bocanegra explains why Atlanta United traded Julian Gressel - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Carlos Bocanegra tries to sell this move to Atlanta fans. So far, it’s not working.

LA Galaxy sign Mexico superstar Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez from Sevilla - MLS

The secondary news of the day is that the LA Galaxy have finally inked Chicharito to a contract, signing him away from Sevilla. Let’s see how this helps the Galaxy in the Western Conference.

DC United’s Edison Flores explains why move to MLS can help him take a “big step” in 2020 - MLS

Edison Flores is looking to make a leap in 2020. DCU fans will like that, because if he’s successful, it means the team will also be really, really good.

USWNT stars Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris to be featured in Budweiser Super Bowl commercial - ProSoccerUSA

United States Women’s National Team power couple Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris will be in Budweiser’s new Super Bowl commercial. There’s video of them seeing it for the first time.

Franco Jara joins FC Dallas from Pachuca as Designated Player on pre-contract - MLS

FC Dallas will have Franco Jara join them as a Designated Player when the summer transfer window opens in July. He will stay at Pachuca until then.

Egyptian club registers 74-year-old player - BBC

A 3rd division team in Egypt has signed a 74-year-old, making him the oldest known professional soccer player in the world.

That’s it for now. Hit the comments and discuss, but don’t blink. You never know when other moves are coming!