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Mesut Ozil, transfer rumors, and fruit pizza: Freedom Kicks for 10 December 2020

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Soccer, go!

Soccer: International Champions Cup-Arsenal at Fiorentina Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Hello friends! I made a very good smoked whole chicken last night, so I’m feeling pretty good about it today. 1.5 hours over coals and apple wood, and the hint for crispier when cooking on a grill? A little bit of baking powder sprinkled on before you cook.

Anyways, to the links!

D.C. United, Mesut Ozil, and you: How to sort out whether a transfer rumor is serious or not

A good case in media analysis as we get into MLS’s silly season.

Arriola’s goal against El Salvador was very nice, but even nicer to my eyes is when he got tackled to the ground and then just popped right back up. It’s good to see him, and I’ll be excited to see him back on the field again in 2021.

BE THE CHANGE: USMNT SHARES IMPORTANT SOCIAL JUSTICE MESSAGE BEFORE MATCH AGAINST EL SALVADOR

The US men’s team has not stopped their advocacy, which is great to see.

Someone please find out what fruit pizza is, I am dying to know.

Despite what some Twitter personalities had said, Chris Armas is still in the hunt for the D.C. United coaching job, as is Gonzalo Pineda. Pineda looks great to my eye, so hopefully they can start talking to him immediately after MLS Cup.

This would be an extremely D.C. United move to pick up Matt Besler, but he will come with a hefty price tag and he has free agency, so there will be suitors from across the league.

Diego Fagundez painfully parts with Revolution after contract impasse

Wait, the Revs lowballing a fan favorite, forcing him to leave? Yup, that sounds exactly like the Revs.

No surprises here, with more than a quarter of the greatest 25 players having a connection to D.C. United.

I’m very happy for Collin Martin.

That’s all I have, what’s up?