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D.C. ends preseason, Arriola gets surgery & more: Freedom Kicks for 2/24/20

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The news doesn’t stop as First Kick is the end of the week.

Courtesy of D.C. United

Well a lot of stuff happened Friday and such and now we’re less than a week away, good stuff!

VIF-Abu nærmer seg ny klubb: Leies ut til DC United (Nettavisen): So this says that Mohammed Abu (formerly the Columbus Crew SC in 2017 and 2018) has left camp with Valerenga and is on his way to get evaluated for a deal with D.C. United. Abu’s playing time in ‘18 dwindled to the point where he got the Norway move and has been there since, and should he come here, would be the third time that he and current D.C. forward Ola Kamara were teammates. If you forgot about Abu during his time with the Crew (and who could blame you?) this Massive Report writeup of Abu before he joined them in 2017 is nicely written and could serve as a small peek for any plans for him here.

So, what would this mean for D.C.? Well, with Junior Moreno and Felipe Martins, potentially adding another defensive midfielder could mean that Russell Canouse may be spending more time at right back until Oniel Fisher is healthy, or it may be potentially preparing for a move by Canouse to Germany that we heard about a couple months back.

Ola Kamara brace leads D.C. United to 3-1 win over Philadelphia Union (us): Speaking of Kamara, apparently this happened! Brotherly Game with the Union side.

United’s Paul Arriola has torn ACL, is expected to miss MLS season and U.S. matches (WaPo): Expected, but still poop. PSUSA with more.

D.C. United, WJLA 24/7 News announce 2020 local TV deal (us): There you go I guess. Goff’s take.

At D.C. United training camp, three high schoolers blend with a roster of grown men (WaPo): I’ve seen these kids play in Loudoun and they are good, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see them get time this year, jokes about lack of players aside.

How new laws for VAR, handball, goal kicks and more will work in the new season (MLS): Early FYI as I imagine D.C. will be impacted by at least one of these things.

Wayne Rooney marked his 500th appearance in English league football by scoring a Panenka penalty. (BBC): Good for the D.C. United legend.

New York Times Poised to Name Meredith Levien as Next CEO (Bloomberg): Shout out to Jason Levien’s wife!

16 Essential Breweries Around D.C. (Eater): I haven’t been to all of these, but am very much a fan of the Loudoun spots for obvious reasons, plus Crooked Run’s...campus(?) gives you a fried chicken biscuit on one side of the house and a sticky rice inspired Berliner Weisse on the other, and both are pretty good.

Anyway, that’s all I have. Here’s hoping Paul’s surgery goes well today.