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D.C. United closing in on Chris Armas, MLS playoffs, and more: Freedom Kicks for 12/4/2020

Big news in United’s coaching search, but not necessarily popular news

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It’s Friday, we have major D.C. United coaching search developments, the MLS playoffs continued, and I just finished breakfast so now I feel like I can write. Let’s get to it:

Chris Armas emerges as the front-runner for D.C. United coaching job | Washington Post
Judging from the nearly apocalyptic reaction from D.C. United fans yesterday, this is not a particularly popular development. Why? Well, here’s one reason:

Steve Goff’s reporting in that first link was backed up by MLSsoccer’s Dylan Butler, who went so far as to say the process is virtually done:

We’ll have a lot more on this in the near future, but let me throw out a positive and a negative about Chris Armas:

Positive - The guy’s seen virtually anything MLS is going to throw at him. We’re talking about someone who has scored against United in two different MLS Cups (1996 and 1998). Nothing here is going to be a surprise for him.

Negative - Giving the Red Bulls two different ways to play was a good idea, but ultimately the execution (definitely not all his fault, but also definitely somewhat his fault) left them a mid-table possession side and reduced their effectiveness as a pressing side.

Paul Arriola: US men’s national team now have “different sense of urgency” |
Paul Arriola is happy to be back in USMNT camp, where there’s more competition for spots than at any time in the past few years.

Speaking of United players fighting back from a torn ACL, here’s Felipe Martins putting in the work:

Here’s a clip from the USWNT’s trip to Europe, which starts off with new Washington Spirit defender Kelley O’Hara (who, along with Richie Burke, Tori Huster, and Andi Sullivan, will speak to the media in about three hours, so stay tuned for a story from that tonight or tomorrow):

‘A new U.S. Soccer’? Progress being made in USWNT dispute but plenty of work left to be done |
The dynamic between the USWNT and U.S. Soccer isn’t perfect yet by any means, but it does sound like the sides are closer to an agreement than they’ve been in a long time.

Sporting Kansas City eliminated from MLS Cup Playoffs after loss to Minnesota United | The Blue Testament
Emanuel Reynoso put up three assists for the second straight game (which is completely wild) as Minnesota United, who spent the first 10-15 minutes in deep trouble, ended up putting Sporting Kansas City to bed by halftime. Here’s hoping Adrian Heath spends the next few days screaming the word “UNDERDOG” ahead of the Western Conference final, in which they are definitely underdogs.

Inter Miami CF Announces Roster Decisions Following Inaugural Season |
Inter Miami has basically hit the reset button already, exercising just one player’s option and only name-checking one more as someone they’re in talks with. Mikey Ambrose, Juan Agudelo, Jerome Kiesewetter, Alvas Powell, Luis Robles, AJ DeLaGarza, Federico Higuain, Brek Shea, and Wil Trapp are all either players that had their option turned down, or are out of contract entirely...and that’s not even the whole list.

I’m sure some other things happened, but this is probably enough for now. Enjoy your weekend, stay safe, try to get out for a walk (checks weather forecast) uh...well enjoy your weekend and stay safe, anyway.