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D.C. United re-signs players, Spirit interviews, and more: Freedom Kicks for 5 March 2020

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Soccer, go!

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

Spring is here with a vengeance. and I hope we don’t have to repeat the cold or the results of last Saturday this weekend. I don’t have any fun stories or anything to open this week’s Freedom Kicks, so let’s get straight to the soccer:

Steven Birnbaum has been part of the bedrock of this team for years now, and at this rate he may be a D.C. United lifer. I would feel pretty good about that.

Good to see that Canouse will get a big raise, stick around DC for awhile, and that the team will hopefully get a nice payday should they sell him in the next few years.

Jordan DiBiasi on her first USWNT call-up — Just Women’s Sports

The Washington Spirit’s Jordan DiBiasi talks about her first time with the US women’s national team.

Major League Soccer examining ways to shorten lengthy offseason | Pro Soccer USA

Please yes. This offseason felt like a thousand years long.

This is a wild story out of Mexico, where a woman is accusing Luciano Acosta of arranging an assault to try and destroy her phone and intimidate her, all so that they can keep their alleged affair quiet. With it all so up in the air, we will let you know if there are any updates.

Speaking of wild stories, Ronaldinho has been arrested for having a fake passport, andit has come out that he only has $6.59 in the bank.

Memphis 901 FC part-owner and sporting director Tim Howard is now part-owner, sporting-director, and player Tim Howard.

That’s all I have today. What’s up?