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D.C. United, Washington Spirit roster moves, USMNT roster announced, and more: Freedom Kicks for 12/1/2020

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Lots of local soccer news, plus some completely unhinged “soccer” from the year 2000, which is now the distant past

DC United v FC Cincinnati Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

It’s December 1, and it’s cold. This intro was going to be more about that topic, but who wants to start their day off with a complaint? So instead I’ll say that I went out for a walk last night and could see Mars, so that’s cool.

Soccer!

D.C. United announces end-of-year roster decisions | Black and Red United
The offseason is well and truly in motion now, with D.C. United letting some players go, keeping others on the squad, and entering contract talks with the rest. I’m not sure these were all what I’d do (declining Oniel Fisher’s option in particular seems like a choice we’ll be talking about sometime next year). It also seems like very unfortunate timing for United, who had to meet MLS’s deadline on this front before completing their coaching search.

D.C. United exercises options on four regulars, cuts ties with three players | Washington Post
Here’s more on the moves from Steve Goff, including a note about the coaching search that might not be particularly popular.

USMNT roster for El Salvador friendly includes D.C. United’s Paul Arriola, Bill Hamid | Black and Red United
On the other hand, these call-ups for Paul Arriola and Bill Hamid? Probably pretty popular around here.

Spirit Re-Sign Co-Captain Tori Huster to a Multi-Year Deal | WashingtonSpirit.com
Speaking of popular around here, and fitting the theme of the day, the Washington Spirit inked Tori Huster to a new contract. Being a multi-year deal, it sets Huster (the only player to be with the team since its first season in 2013) up to stay in Spirit colors to play her ninth and tenth seasons with the club.

‘It was soccer on cocaine’: The brief, wild life of Socker Slam | The Athletic
I don’t even know where to begin with this completely wild artifact from what is now, as much as I hate to admit it, the turn of the century. Pablo Maurer outdid himself capturing what is one of the strangest chapters in American soccer history (which I don’t have to tell you is a high bar to clear).

Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United Western Conference Semifinal moved to Thursday on Fox | MLSsoccer.com
It’s rare to hear about a game being moved and feeling like things are fine these days, but SKC and the Loons will play a day later to get a bigger broadcast platform, and apparently not due to any Covid-19 concerns.

Five things we’d like to see against FC Dallas | Sounder at Heart
Big D After Dark Playoff Preview | Big D Soccer
The other half of the Western Conference semis are tonight, with the Seattle Sounders hosting FC Dallas. Here are your previews from both sides.

Metro Proposes Cutting Weekend Trains, Closing 19 Stations And Slashing Bus Service | DCist
This is very bad news!

Those are the links I set aside last night, and no one is interrupting me to tell me something else, so I’ll stop now. Happy Tuesday!