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Gelmin Rivas to D.C. United, continued fallout at Real Salt Lake, and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/1/2020

We’ve got some movement on the player front, & NWSL broadcast details too

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Good morning, here’s some soccer things!

D.C. United acquires striker Gelmin Rivas | Black and Red United
The fanbase reaction to D.C. United signing a forward seems to be irritation that Gelmin Rivas is not a well-known player. I get it, and his resume doesn’t scream Golden Boot, but MLS is a weird league. Sometimes a guy arrives with no expectations and finds the league perfect for them. For me, Rivas means we will have fewer games with non-forwards trying to get the job done up front, and that needed to be taken care of.

Maybe he’s BWP or Luciano Emilio; maybe he’s Danny Allsopp.

D.C. United signs Venezuelan striker Gelmin Rivas | The Washington Post
Steve Goff has more details, including length of Rivas’s contract and the fact that he had already begun quarantining before the announcement in the hopes of being cleared to train ASAP.

Meanwhile, it’s one guy in, one guy out:

It’s not ideal to see academy players heading abroad, but that’s life sometimes. Hopefully it works out.

United may have other reinforcements on the way, and this time it’s someone we know:

Rodney Wallace is still only 32, and has spent most of his non-United career playing for contenders around the league (and in the Brazilian top flight). If offseason hip surgery hasn’t slowed him down, he could be helpful at a few spots for the Black-and-Red.

Washington Spirit join DC2026 Partnership Group led by Events DC |
The Washington Spirit are formally a partner for the bid to bring the 2026 World Cup to the District.

Employees describe toxic RSL culture: ‘rotten from the top down’ | RSL Soapbox
The folks at RSL Soapbox have continued doing excellent reporting work when it comes to the internal culture soon-to-be former owner Dell Loy Hansen has fostered. That includes some extremely gross examples of sexism and misogyny, as well as wage theft that would violate Utah law.

Will Weston McKennie succeed at Juventus? Plus Real Salt Lake and youngsters thriving in MLS |
The latest episode of Extratime Radio includes Brian Dunseth giving more inside info on what went down at RSL, and where the club goes from here. Also I guess this Weston McKennie at Juventus thing is a big deal, idk.

2020 fall series to stream globally on Twitch |
Remember the details of the NWSL’s fall series broadcast schedule leaving seven games unaccounted for? Well, now they’re accounted for: they’ll stream on Twitch in the US, just like they do for international audiences.

Rachel Daly signs new three-year contract | Dynamo Theory
The Houston Dash re-signed a bunch of players, but there were brief murmurs that something was up with them and captain/forward/club-defining player Rachel Daly. This news puts those rumors to rest.

I’m not exactly sure what’s going on here, but it’s got talented weirdos doing weird videos about sports, and a font that brings me great nostalgia, so I’m into it.

This post was exactly 500 words until I typed this sentence and ruined it. Happy Tuesday!