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D.C. loses, Martinez out & more: Freedom Kicks for 3/2/20

Soccer underway in earnest now.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at D.C. United Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Hey there! Week one down, week two for MLS coming up, week one for the USL Championship starts. Should be fun...ner!

Recaps of D.C. United’s 2-1 loss to the Colorado Ra she describedpids from us, MLS, Pro Soccer USA and WaPo. Burgundy Wave covers the Rapids side.

Josef Martinez suffers torn ACL against Nashville (DSS): Designated Players in the East are dropping like flies and Week 2 hasn’t started.

Columbus Crew’s treatment of Federico Higuain may not sit well with fans (Dispatch): Interesting read on the other side of this.

Frédéric Brillant poursuit son «rêve américain» (L’Ardennais): Fred talks the U.S., D.C., and other stuff in his native tongue.

Patriot graduate Brandon Williamson signs with Loudoun United FC (Inside NoVa): The D.C. Academy kid chats about not getting drafted, and the path from that to a deal with Loudoun.

MLS: Previewing the Rookie of the Year race (TDS): Speaking of Academy Players, Travis reaches a little!

Garber: MLS expansion not over, but firmly on hold (Sports Business): Don takes a little aim at Houston, Dallas and last week’s D.C. opponent.

Play by Players Episode 3: Dax McCarty (MLSPA): For those who don’t know, Bobby Boswell does a podcast for the MLS Players Association and talks to, well, players. This installment is with Dax McCarty, and covers some current and former D.C. players, and some playful mutual teasing therein. If you haven’t heard it, it’s worth a hour or so of your time.