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D.C. United comes back, news on transfer targets? & more: Freedom Kicks for 8/10/20

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And Charlie Kaufman’s new one.

MLS: D.C. United at Montreal Impact Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Hey there. My son (who is 3) likes construction equipment, and likes dinosaurs. When he learned there is a show on Netflix about construction trucks that are also dinosaurs? Well, that was the peanut butter and chocolate to his little mind. So that was my weekend!

D.C. United learns first phase of remaining 2020 MLS regular season schedule (us): OK, let’s do this then I guess. WaPo with more.

Arsenal offer to pay off Mesut Ozil’s £18m contract to free up funds for new recruits (Mirror): The first part sort of happened with Wayne Rooney and Everton, so let’s just call this the Wazza stratagem and celebrate or whatever when he’s announced in three weeks.

Club statement (Swansea City): So Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan, who own D.C. United, added Jake Silverstein to the club Board of Directors (along with a financial investment from same). Jake has a ownership share in the Houston Dash and the Houston Dynamo, so how will owners of two different MLS teams join up for a England Championship Team and their aspirations? Who knows! And speaking of Swansea:

Swansea City table bid for Southend United striker Charlie Kelman (Echo): Charlie is a USMNT eligible forward (youth career with FC Dallas), and supposedly if Swans get him, he could get loaned here. As of last night, Southend sounds like they want to keep him.

NYCFC could play MLS games at team training grounds (Hudson River Blue): Given the lack of people and the reticence to not playing New York City FC games in New Jersey...I guess?

Speaking of getting ready to play:

Guillermo Barros Schelotto es el ‘principal candidato’ a dirigir a Ecuador y esta semana respondería a la FEF, según ESPN (El Universo): Well this would be...bad? for the LA Galaxy if it happens? Or not, I dunno.

Disney Raising Price For ESPN+ To $5.99 Per Month (SBD): Given they have a pant load of European Leagues, and are adding Bundesliga, not a surprise.

Finally this new film from Charlie Kaufman (Anomalisa, Synecdoche New York) is, well, here’s the trailer: