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Andy Najar in MLS Team of the Week, Josh Sargent to Norwich, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/10/2021

Everyone’s talking about Andy

Caitlin Buckley / Black and Red United

Good morning! Yesterday was a mercifully slow news day, which feels strange and confusing after the barrage of D.C. United, Washington Spirit, Loudoun United, USWNT, and USMNT games that happened over the last month or so. Did you know there’s an outside? It’s weird.

So let’s get it going with good news:

Andy Najar scored a goal, and if you score a goal your chances of making Team of the Week tend to be very high. But also, it’s great to see him getting recognized, because he’s been outstanding all year.

Four things on D.C. United taking care of business against CF Montreal | Black and Red United
Our thoughts on United’s win on Sunday night involve Najar, along with Ola Kamara, a tactical breakdown from Hernán Losada, and some thoughts on Joseph Mora as well.

Pepi Hype Train takes off, Atlanta stop their skid & more from Week 18 |
Matt Doyle’s segment on United focused on how DCU is one of the only high-press teams that still have gas in the tank (brief aside, it’s because Losada has frequently mixed in a mid-block to save the team’s legs, and lately United has been effective playing both ways) and the rarified air Kamara is in right now in terms of scoring.

Neville: Miami will challenge for playoffs with 3 DPs playing like this |

Josh Sargent officially transferring to Norwich City | Stars and Stripes FC
Staying with a top flight club is good, but is a team looking at a likely relegation struggle all year the right place for a smaller forward like Sargent? We’ll see.

That’s about it. Like I said, we got a brief slowdown in terms of the news cycle yesterday, and I’m in need of breakfast, so it’s time to wrap this one up. Enjoy your Tuesday!