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Crew to MLS Cup Final, Utah Royals to move & more: Freedom Kicks for 12/7/20

Various odds and ends in early December.

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MLS: New England Revolution at Columbus Crew SC Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Hey there, well based on this suggestion I was happy to plug in, feel free to continue whatever it is you wish to continue.

Crew advance to the 2020 MLS Cup after 1-0 win against the Revolution (Massive Report): Good for Columbus. The Bent Musket has the other side.

USWNT star Kelley O’Hara is ready to call D.C. home, on and off the field (WaPo): The Washington Spirit’s latest acquisition has a chat.

Jessie Scarpa, Taking the Road Less Traveled, Has Begun to take a Foothold in Washington’s Young Core (NWSL): A look at another less heralded member of the Spirit.

Sources: Utah Royals will relocate to Kansas City (Equalizer Soccer, $): This sucks for the Utah soccer fans. More on this from The Athletic ($) and RSL Soapbox.

Report: Gabriel Heinze “one step away” from becoming Atlanta United manager (DSS): Not sure why I put this here! Oh yeah, Yamil Asad’s old manager at Velez (who didn’t play him) may be coming to MLS.

MLS making contingency plans for final, could use neutral site - sources (ESPN): Well we’ll see how this goes.

FIFA adds match dates to CONCACAF calendar (SSFC): Looking ahead to the “Octagon” of qualifiers.

Speaking of CONCACAF, in Liga MX play last night, Pumas needed to overcome a 4 goal deficit to Cruz Azul to advance to the finals to play Leon. After scoring three goals in the first half, things stayed calm in the second half...until they didn’t:

Rubio Rubin’s Experience of a Lifetime: Playing for Diego Maradona (SI): Brian Straus’ writeup here is predictably good.

Dundee United: Leaked team photo shows alleged Covid-19 rules breach days before outbreak (Courier): Ian Harkes’ current team going through things a bit at the moment (he doesn’t have the ‘Rona but they underperformed over the weekend, dropping a 2-0 game to Livingstone and remaining 6th in the Scottish Premier League).

Anyway, I’m having new windows put in my house, so I guess I’ve got to tend to those guys since the doorbell is ringing.