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D.C. United wins, Champions League(s), and more: Freedom Kicks for 2/22/2018

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The NWSL schedule came out on a busy day in soccer

Hello! Happy Thursday to all. Here's another reminder to join our fantasy leagues: the classic league and a head-to-head league.

NWSL announces complete 2018 schedule – Equalizer Soccer
The NWSL (finally) released its schedule.

Kathy Carter runs for U.S. Soccer president, DC United to play Malmo, and more: Freedom Kicks for December 6, 2017

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The U.S. Soccer presidential race is getting thick.

Happy Wednesday folks. I'm ready for December to get bone-chilling cold. Bring on the feet of snow, I say! Alright, there's Champions League on today, so let's get to the news:

Kathy Carter Joins a Crowded Race for U.S. Soccer President | NY Times

Kathy Carter, the president of Soccer United Marketing, has joined the race for U.

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Report: Carlos Bocanegra pulls name from consideration for USMNT GM job

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Carlos Bocanegra was named as a candidate for the U.S. Men's National Team general manager job on Thursday, but by that evening, he reportedly removed himself from consideration.

According to Goal USA, Bocanegrawill instead serve as a consultant to newly-elected U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro and CEO Dan Flynn as the two look to hire a GM for the USMNT.

SBI Question of the Day: Who would be your pick for USMNT GM?

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With Carlos Cordeiro officially in office as U.S. Soccer president, the focus has turned towards filling yet another major position. It's a newly-created one, and it's a hire that will have a major impact on the U.S. Men's National Team for years to come.

Cordeiro reportedly met with Dan Flynn on Wednesday to begin the process of hiring a U.

Report: Carlos Bocanegra being considered for USMNT GM role

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Another candidate has emerged for the newly-created U.S. Men's National Team general manager role.

According to Goal USA, former USMNT star and current Atlanta United VP Carlos Bocanegra is a candidate for the position. The news comes following a report earlier this week naming Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey as a candidate as well.

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The SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 1 (CCL, USSF presidential election, and more)

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As the new year rolls on into its second month, and American soccer provides a ton to discuss, SBI Soccer is ready to unveil a new listen for the site's followers: The SBI Soccer Podcast, featuring the site's editorial team.

Co-hosts Joe Hojnacki, Ryan Tolmich, and Joe Tansey will take you on a tour of all things American soccer throughout the course of the MLS season and beyond.

Carlos Cordeiro elected president of U.S. Soccer

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It took three round of voting, but current U.S. Soccer vice president Carlos Cordeiro was elected the new president of the United States Soccer Federation at their annual general meeting in Orlando on Tuesday.

He ended up with 68.6% of the third round vote.

After one round of voting, Cordeiro and SUM president Kathy Carter were running neck and neck with over 70% of the vote between them.

U.S. Soccer Election: SBI Staff Picks

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Since the day the U.S. Men's National Team lost to Trinidad & Tobago, there's been one question on everyone's mind: Now what? How does a program and a federation that, by all measures, failed in 2018 move on? What needs to change?

On Saturday, the process of change begins with the election of a new U.

SBI Question of the Day: Who would you vote for in the U.S. Soccer election?

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After months of campaigning and politicking, the U.S. Soccer presidential election is set for this weekend, and there are a number of candidates that have a legitimate chance at winning the upcoming election.

In many ways, the election is divided into two groups. The first is one that represents a sort of status quo, candidates that have been on the business side and are looking to continue to build on U.

Kathy Carter reveals plan for Independent Commission to reform U.S. Soccer

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U.S. Soccer presidential hopeful Kathy Carter laid out her platform at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday.

The main focus of her plan was the formation of an Independent Commission in charge of reforming the federation at every level.

"Based on the overwhelming feedback from the front lines of soccer in the U.

SBI Question of the Day: Who would you vote for in the U.S. Soccer presidential race?

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The new year will bring a new U.S. Soccer president. On Feb. 10, one of eight candidates will replace Sunil Gualti and take charge of U.S. Soccer while ushering in a new era for the federation.

Paul Caligiuri, Kathy Carter, Carlos Cordeiro, Steve Gans, Kyle Martino, Hope Solo, Michael Winograd, and Eric Wynalda are all officially in the running for the upcoming election after completing a background check and receiving a letter of nomination from three organization members.

Hope Solo joins U.S. Soccer presidential race

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The race to become the next president of U.S. Soccer has grown yet again.

Former U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo has thrown her name onto the ever-swelling list of potential successors to Sunil Gulati.

Solo had a distinguished career with the USWNT. She had 202 caps with the senior team between 2000 and 2016.

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Infantino supports election of Cordeiro gollowing USMNT's 'massive failure'

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes newly-elected U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro will help the Americans deal with the "massive failure" of missing out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"Carlos will have this challenge to make sure the U.S. qualify," Infantino told ESPN. "It's more important to bring in a football culture in the whole country from the youth and training of players to the league system that exists.

SBI Question of the Day: Which issue facing U.S. Soccer is most important to you?

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Now that the United States Soccer Federation has a new leader in Carlos Cordeiro, plenty of issues need to be addressed over the next several years.

On the surface, an overhaul of the U.S. Men's National Team is a hot button issue since they won't be at the World Cup this summer and do not have a full-time head coach, technical director, or general manager.

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Lagerwey 'flattered' by reported links to USMNT GM position

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There's still a lot to be done before U.S. Soccer names a U.S. Men's National Team general manager, but, after emerging as a candidate on Tuesday, Garth Lagerwey hinted that he could be interested in the opportunity was to arise.

Sports Illustrated reported on Tuesday that Lagerwey is an early candidate for the GM position set to be created under newly-elected president Carlos Cordeiro, who is expected to meet with USSF CEO Dan Flynn this week to begin assessing candidates.

Report: Garth Lagerwey a candidate for USMNT GM as search begins

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The search for the U.S. Men's National Team's newly-created general manager position is set to begin, and reports indicate that there's at least one early candidate.

According to Sports Illustrated, Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey has emerged as an early candidate for the position set to be created under newly-elected president Carlos Cordeiro.

D.C. United gets Oniel Fisher from Sounders, Lori Lindsey talks U.S. Soccer, and more: Freedom Kicks for 2/8/2018

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MLS rumors? At this time of year? Well, yeah, of course!

Hello everyone! I'm not sure if it's a thing to say ‘Happy Olympics' but the Olympics are starting, so that's cool. Here's what we've got today in soccer news.

Lori Lindsey, One-on-One: What she wants from the next U.S. Soccer president and the need for multiple development pathways - FourFourTwo
Former Washington Spirit player Lori Lindsey (who is currently involved with the Spirit's Development Academy) talks about the U.

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USMNT announces matches with France, Ireland, Paraguay

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The U.S. Men's National Team's 2018 schedule just became a bit more clear.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that the USMNT will take on Paraguay, France and Ireland ahead of this summer's World Cup. The U.S. will face Paraguay on March 27 in Cary, North Carolina before visiting Ireland and France on June 2 and 9, respectively.

Carlos Cordeiro begins U.S. Soccer presidency that will be defined by several big challenges

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The weeks and months of critiquing and campaigning are over and Carlos Cordeiro is the president of U.S. Soccer. The longtime executive and former federation vice president is now in charge, succeeding Sunil Gulati in the midst of one of the most turbulent times in American soccer history.

The race and election are over.

Cameron: U.S. Soccer 'got too comfortable'

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U.S. Men's National Team defender Geoff Cameron has a lot to say about the state of American soccer.

Cameron took to The Players' Tribune to express his desire for change in U.S. Soccer on Friday, the eve of a very contentious election for the federation's next president. In his piece, he calls out their complacency and backwards system as the reasons why the USMNT failed to make the upcoming World Cup in Russia and why this presidential election is so important for the future of the game.

DeAndre Yedlin: "Players are slipping through"

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Count DeAndre Yedlin among those who believe that talent in the United States is slipping through the cracks. Or in his words, the net.

Yedlin told NBC's Pro Soccer Talk in an interview on Wednesday that he thinks there are players across the country that the U.S. Men's National Team is not discovering.

Sunil Gulati critical of USSF presidential election's tone

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Sunil Gulati is not happy about the tone of the current USSF presidential election.

Speaking at the 2018 Youth Soccer Awards Gala in Philadelphia, Gulati expressed frustration with the way some of the candidates that are looking to replace him have campaigned. Gulati did not mention anyone by name specifically during his approximate 17-minute speech, but was critical of several of the promises that are being made.

Richie Williams refutes Jonathan Gonzalez residency recruitment report

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There are two sides to every story. Richie Williams' residency recruitment of Jonathan Gonzalez is no different.

Williams went on Sirius XM on Tuesday to refute ESPN's story that he had given Gonzalez and his family an ultimatum when trying to get the player to join the U.S. Soccer residency program a few years ago.

Report: U.S. Soccer never visited Jonathan Gonzalez at home

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Just when you thought the U.S. Soccer-Jonathan Gonzalez saga could not get any worse, a big bomb drops that paints an ugly picture for the American federation.

ESPN analyst Herculez Gomez said on Monday via the Max & Herc podcast that Thomas Rongen, U.S. Soccer's lone full-time scout, did not go and visit Gonzalez's home prior to the teenager's decision to switch allegiances from the U.

Future remains the focus as USMNT get set to kickstart 'unique' January camp

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January Camp has always been a time to lay a foundation for the future. The annual "Camp Cupcake" has always lacked star power and, in some ways, overarching meaning. It's a yearly gathering of players pushing for a chance to maybe make their way into the USMNT pool one way or another.

This year's camp is a bit different because of the disaster that came just a few months before it.

Joe Corona joins Club America on loan

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For a second time, U.S. midfielder Joe Corona will be under Miguel Herrera's guidance.

Corona, 27, joined Mexican giant Club America on Wednesday via Liga MX's offseason draft which saw a total of 38 deals completed.

The Los Angeles-born midfielder will joinLasAguilason a one-year loan from Club Tijuana, the border club Corona has been with since his professional debut in 2010.

Christian Pulisic left out of Champions League clash due to muscle injury

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Christian Pulisic will miss a second straight game for Borrusia Dortmund due to the same "muscle injury" that kept the American out of action against Dortmund's match against Stuttgart in league play days prior.

The German side, who have not announced how long Pulisic will be out of action for, take on Tottenham in a vital must-win Champions League match.

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Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/7/18

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Hump Day links.

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Sporting Kansas City announces the signing of Felipe Gutierrez
Sporting Kansas City announced that they have signed Felipe Gutierrez as a Designated Player. Gutierrez is a native of Quintero, Chile and has played for his country 35 times.

NASL calls for U.S. Soccer to hand over records related to potential violation

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The legal battle between the NASL and U.S. Soccer continues.

According to ESPN, the NASL has sent a demand letter calling for U.S. Soccer to turn over all records relating to what the league sees as a potential violation ofthe New York Not-for-Profit Law(N-PCL). The letter called for U.S.

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U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati will not run for re-election

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Sunil Gulati has been the head of U.S. Soccer since 2006, and is currently in his fourth term as president. After 12 years of service and a missed World Cup, Gulati has decided not to run for re-election and will step down at the end of his term, according to ESPN on Monday.

"I spent a lot of time thinking about it, and talking about it with many people in many different positions many of whom told me I should run," Gulati said on Monday.

SUM president Kathy Carter considering running for U.S. Soccer presidency

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Another candidate could join the field for the upcoming U.S. Soccer presidential election.

Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter told ESPN that she is considering running for the presidency of U.S. Soccer. According to ESPN, Carter is in "the final stages" of finalizing her bid with her chances of running at "95 percent.

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U.S. Soccer elects a new Boss, Landon Donovan returns (again) & more: Freedom Kicks for 2/12/18

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Oh yeah, and #AnnounceAsad.

Hi. The weather kind of sucked so I was keeping the boy busy and missed whatever business Saturday was about. But if you did as well:

Cordeiro elected U.S. Soccer president (SSFC): Apparently, some contention and a late swerve were involved or something? We'll see how he does I guess.

Report: NWSL delegates to vote for Kathy Carter in U.S. Soccer election

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Kathy Carter already has the support of MLS, and reports say she'll have the support of the NWSL as well in Saturday's U.S. Soccer election.

According to Sports Illustrated, the NWSL'sthree voting delegates (4.8 percent of the total vote) will go to Carter. The news comes as a further boost to Carter's campaign as the longtime executive is also expected to have the support of the nine MLSvoting delegates on the Professional Council.

Howard Webb named PRO General Manager

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One of the game's most recognizable officials is set to expand his role with the Professional RefereeOrganization.

PRO, the organization that oversees officiating in the U.S., announced on Thursday that Howard Webb has been named as the new General Manager. The longtime English official has been with PRO as aVideo Review Operations Manager and will replace the outgoing Peter Walton.

Washington Spirit make moves, USL gets D-2 approval, and more: Freedom Kicks for January 17, 2018

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Happy Wednesday folks! A lot of stuff dropped yesterday, including the Washington Spirit just making move after move after move. Let's get into all of it:

Washington Spirit trade Crystal Dunn's NWSL rights to North Carolina Courage for Taylor Smith, Ashley Hatch | Black & Red United

Bombshell trades involving the Washington Spirit yesterday, as they sent Crystal Dunn's NWSL rights to the North Carolina Courage for United States internationals Taylor Smith and Ashley Hatch.

Report: USWNT to honor Hope Solo at upcoming Denmark friendly

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It may be a bit awkward, but the U.S. Women's National Team is set to honor Hope Solo at an upcoming friendly.

Sports Illustrated reported Thursday that U.S. Soccer will honor the longtime USWNT goalkeeperfor her 200 senior appearances when the U.S. takes on Denmark on January 21. Solo currently has 202 caps, and has not yet announced her retirement from international soccer.

Concussion – What is to be done?

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Concussion is a tragedy waiting to happen in professional soccer. This year U. S. Soccer should have extra time to focus on the problem.

Keaton Parks renews contract with Benfica

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Keaton Parks has extended his contract with Portuguese giant Benfica an additional year, keeping the Texas-born midfielder in Lisbon until 2022.

Parks, 20, first put pen to paper with the Aguias back in July, but has flourished with Benfica B since, earning him a senior-team debut.

Keaton Parks renova até 2022!

USL set to bring team to Chicago in 2020

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Chicago is set to be the latest American city with two professional men's soccer teams.

Starting in 2020, the Windy City's north side will be home to a new United Soccer League expansion club, the league announced on Tuesday.

The to-be second division outfit was purchased by Sterling Bay, a developing company based out of Chicago, and will play in a proposed 20,000-seat stadium that will be constructed alongside the Chicago River in the city's Lincoln Park and Bucktown neighborhoods.

Scurry, Machnik elected into National Soccer Hall of Fame

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Former U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Briana Scurry and long time player, coach, referee, and broadcaster Dr. Joe Machnik are the newest members of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

The pair will be inducted in a ceremony in Orlando on Feb. 10.

Scurry was the goalkeeper for the USWNT when they won the 1999 Women's World Cup in a penalty shootout over China.