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Mesut Özil transfer rumors heat up, Weston McKennie scores in Champions League, and more: Freedom Kicks for December 9, 2020

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And happy USMNT day

FC Barcelona v Juventus: Group G - UEFA Champions League Photo by Alex Caparros - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Happy Wednesday, everyone. The United States Men’s National Team are back in action tonight in their final match of 2020. They take on El Salvador in a friendly (7:30pm, ESPNews, TUDN, UniMás). Over at Stars & Stripes FC, I previewed what to expect this evening, but now that a Salvadorean player has tested positive for COVID-19, we will need to wait patiently to see if this game actually proceeds. For now, it’s on.

Before that match and the Champions League action, here’s the news from yesterday:

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

The Mesut Ozil rumors have heated back up for D.C. United, and not just about the coffee shop. Could the midfielder come to Audi Field in the offseason? I guess we just have to wait and see.

WATCH: Weston McKennie scores flying volley vs. Barcelona in Champions League - SSFC

Weston McKennie made everyone’s jaw drop with an incredible goal for Juventus today in Champions League against Barcelona. My wonderful son is ballin right now!

PSG v Istanbul Basaksehir abandoned as players walk off amid racism allegations - BBC

A wild scene between Paris St-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir as the 4th official is alleged to have used the Romanian equivalent of the N-word towards Basaksehir assistant Pierre Webo. The players confronted the 4th official and eventually decided not to play. PSG players also walked off in solidarity. The match will be resumed today without the 4th official on the sidelines. Good on the players for banding together to show solidarity with each other and walking off the field. As they’ve said before, they’re not here for our entertainment, and if a racist remark was said, that 4th official needs to be done for life.

Wild updates in the D.C. United coaching search. First, Kristian Dyer said that Chris Armas is out as the frontrunner and Ezra Hendrickson is in:

Then, later on, another assistant was rumored to be the frontrunner in Seattle’s Gonzalo Pineda.

Finally, Pablo Maurer updated us all on what he’s heard from the coaching search:

In short, doesn’t seem like anyone knows anything.

Black Players for Change named MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year - MLS

I’m so incredibly proud of Bill Hamid, Earl Edwards Jr., and all of the Black Players for Change for the work they’ve done in such a short time to bring change to our game. They’re collectively named the MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, and they absolutely earned it. Keep making us proud, and we know your work is just beginning. There will be change.

Finally, Millwall supporters decided to boo players last weekend taking a knee in support of the black lives matter movement, and then they came out with some “sorry, not sorry” statement. Well, Queens Park Rangers players let them have it with their first goal celebration yesterday.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber gives outlook for 2021 in State of the League address - MLS

Finally, Don Garber gave his State of the League address. The biggest takeaway: MLS claims to have lost $1 billion in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and not having fans in most stadiums. 2021 is going to be interesting.

That’s it for now. Stay safe in these streets.