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Chris Durkin, Bundesliga, and transfers: Freedom Kicks for 9 April 2020

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Good rainy morning friends! Spring is typically my favorite season, and even though we can’t enjoy it to its fullest, it is still beautiful down here in Richmond. If you haven’t been enjoying them yet, there are a bunch of DJs on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitch doing some great sets almost every night, so get your living room dance party on as we all try and get through these strange times together.

To the links:

D.C. United in talks about Chris Durkin’s permanent move to Belgian club - The Washington Post

In on-the-field news, D.C. United is looking to seal the deal to move midfielder Chris Durkin to Belgium. D.C. United would now take in 100% of the transfer fee if and when they sell Durkin, with none of it going to the league office, and $1M of that can be used as general allocation money.

D.C. United furloughs ‘handful’ of employees amid pandemic - The Washington Post

According to the article, the team is furloughing around 6 people, who will keep their health insurance and become eligible for unemployment; they also intend to bring them back when everything settles. Regardless, this still all sucks.

Photo Gallery | 1996 MLS Cup | D.C. United

If you want to relive the 1996 MLS Cup in glorious detail, here are 150 pictures from the team’s archive.

Bundesliga to restart in May - Bavarian Football Works

The Bundesliga is the first major league to detail their plans for restarting, as they look to go with no fans in the stands. To me, it still seems early to do this, but the European leagues rely much more heavily on TV and not as much on gate revenue, so that is why they’re making this decision.

Speaking of the Bundesliga, it looks like MLS relative financial conservatism may put them in a decent position when the transfer markets start to loosen up again. The buckwild spending we have seen in the past few years may be a thing of the past, and other factors than money may start to drive player movement.

Washington Spirit and DC SCORES Announce Long-term Multifaceted Partnership - Washington Spirit

The Washington Spirit join D.C. United has official community partners of DC Scores.

That’s all I have. I hope you’re doing well.