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Washington Spirit in Qatar, MLS SuperDraft, and more: Freedom Kicks for 17 December 2020

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Soccer, go!

SOCCER: JAN 11 MLS SuperDraft Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Good morning, friends. Winter temperatures have finally arrived, even if we got either a dusting or, down here in Richmond, nothing but rain. I’m fine with that, because I’m not a snow person, but I’m sorry for you if you wanted it.

To the links!

The Spirit Squadron is out with a good statement balancing the needs of the team with the fact that they could be used as props to help the State of Qatar get some goodwill.

MLS Expansion Club Austin FC have Top Pick in Three-round MLS SuperDraft 2021 presented by adidas on Jan. 21 | MLSsoccer.com

D.C. United currently have the 4th, 31st, and 58th picks in the three round draft, which, for once, are all of their natural picks. United has made a bunch of homegrown signings this year and last, so it will be interesting to see what their strategy is.

IFAB approves trials with additional concussion substitutes - FIFA.com

Ways to get players with head injuries off the field faster, and to disincentive the players or coaches from keeping that person on longer, are definitely good.

I don’t know, I don’t think I’d trade a 22-year old with 6 international caps, even from $800K-$1M in GAM, and especially not to a conference rival.

ASN article: Torres reflects on storied career in Mexico, dual national recruiting, to Switchbacks future

Includes some talk about his trial with D.C. United, which, despite what everyone said at the time, was definitely a trial.

It will be interesting to see if MLS wants two clubs in North Carolina. I’ve always been more pro-RTD than Charlotte from MLS2NC, but alas.

I mean, there’s no reason to put D.C. United any higher than that.

I assume that they’re Filibuster listeners.

That’s all I have. What’s up?