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D.C. United injury news, NWSL expansion draft, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/27/2020

The Black-and-Red got some bad news heading into a huge game Wednesday night

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MLS: New England Revolution at D.C. United Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning! I think I’m gonna go cook some eggs after I write this, so since I’m hungry I’m gonna try to hustle.

Let’s start with some bad news:

Alright, these two tweets aren’t all bad news, but D.C. United losing Chris Odoi-Atsem to a concussion when he’s in the best form of his entire career? That’s tough to take.

Hopefully Frederic Brillant is fit enough to return from his illness tomorrow night, because it’s probably another must-win if this long-shot playoff chase is going to remain a thing. And since we’re here, pretty cool for Kairou Amoustapha to get the call-up.

Speaking of getting attention...

Russell Canouse made MLS team of the week for Saturday’s all-around showing at center back. Not bad for someone playing center back in a back four for the first time since he was in the youth national team program.

Moving on to the ex-United side of things, Antonio Bustamante’s breakthrough with the Bolivian national team has helped him earn a transfer:

The one-time United homegrown product just signed with Nautico in Brazil’s Serie B. They got promoted last season and are currently in 16th place, just above the relegation zone. Best of luck to him...except against America Mineiro, the official Good Team In Brazil for Tuesday and Friday Freedom Kicks.

Atlanta United put on pause after player produces confirmed positive COVID-19 test result | Dirty South Soccer
Unquestionably bad news, and a point of concern for the Black-and-Red. The unnamed player initially tested positive on Sunday, and then that was confirmed on Monday. With United having just played Atlanta on Saturday, it is possible (if totally unknown at this point) that the player in question was on the field Saturday and able to spread Covid-19. Not that previous testing has been a joke, but United has a really worrisome week of tests ahead of them.

Anatomy of a Goal: Dynamo own goal gifts the Crew a draw | Massive Report
This is photo-heavy, but that kind of tells the story, because it took a lot of stills to show the patience the Crew have at times in the attack. United is going to have to be sharp in their defensive shape during these spells if they’re gonna avoid the fate of the Houston Dynamo.

Anyway, you know what time it is:

Our blogging software is acting up, and I want you to know that this was a pain in the ass to embed in this post. One more graveyard smash before this bit ends!

SBJ Unpacks: MLS Discussing April 2021 Start | Sports Business Journal
MLS is apparently considering pushing back their start time, with both the pandemic and the Concacaf Champions League factoring into the thought process. Don’t be surprised if starting in April ends up being too early to be feasible, because we’re not gonna be out of the woods come April.

NWSL expansion draft rules: How allocation money will impact Racing Louisville | The Athletic
Yesterday’s huge NWSL trade — Yuki Nagasato, Savannah McCaskill, the #5 overall pick in the next draft, and an international spot for two years to Racing Louisville, all so the Chicago Red Stars get an explicitly-stated exemption from Louisville picking their players in the upcoming expansion draft — is a wild one. Meg Linehan also got some clarity on how the expansion draft will work, what will and won’t be selectable, and how Louisville can expand their allocation money stockpile by almost 40% by not picking USWNT players.

NWSL likely to add homegrown player rule within next year | Sounder at Heart
We appear to be pretty close to the day where NWSL teams that operate academies would be able to sign players under a homegrown rule similar to MLS’s. It’s unclear whether the Washington Spirit’s youth set-up (which changed just over a year ago to a less centralized model) would qualify, or how the mechanics of any of it would work, but we’re getting close to a pretty important step for the entire league.

And on that note, it’s time for eggs.