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Hernán Losada, Luciano Acosta, and more: Freedom Kicks for 11 February 2021

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Soccer, go!

MLS: D.C. United at Chicago Fire Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, friends! I’m going to have some arepas today, so, if you can, I say you should treat yourself and get that lunch or dinner that you really want. Sushi? Do it. Indian? Sounds great. A big ol’ hamburger? You deserve it.

Anyways, to the links:

Hernán Losada is in the United States, and so he’ll be ready to go when preseason starts later this month.

Major League Soccer Announces Update to 2021 MLS Season Start

As a surprise to no one, the league has again moved back the start of the 2021 MLS regular season to the middle of April. Dr. Fauci said that he believes it’ll be “open season” for anyone who wants a vaccine to get one by April, and I would bet the league is hoping to minimize the number of fan-less or fan-reduced games.

I have a whole bunch of complicated feelings about this one. A happy Lucho with a new head coach in a new system could be great! A ton of money from Cincinnati for his rights to go and sign a different player (or players) who fit Losada’s system would also be great. Seeing Lucho playing for Cincinnati would suck, and especially if Cincinnati continues to....do the same things they’ve done these past few years.

Drew Skundrich signs with Loudoun United

One of the best midfielders in USL has traded in the West Coast to come to Loudoun United. Oh, and he just happens to be Andi Sullivan’s husband too, so that is hopefully good news for her long-term future with the Washington Spirit.

MLS preparing for massive losses in 2021 season - Garber

My read on this is that MLS is trying to get some sympathetic media for why they “had” to invoke the force majeure clause in the CBA. We see what you’re doing, Mr. Garber.

Anyways, that’s all I’ve got. What’s up?