Hey there, you better have gotten out this weekend and enjoyed this damn weird warm weather.
Well, imminent new D.C. United Designated Player Edison Flores appears to be getting acclimated quick:
Updates on stadium upgrades, Olsen’s status and a third DP (Athletic, $): Pablo answers things, and provides Flores contract details!
LA Galaxy are in advanced negotiations with Mexican star Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (LA Times): I know that if a move like this is inevitable, that D.C. should damn well overpay to get Brian Lozano if that’s the case.
MLS Collective Bargaining negotiations: Where things stand (Part I: Free Agency) (Sounder at Heart): Since we’re talking about players coming to MLS and CBA talks potentially hindering those official signings, this is a good jumping off point, and I’d encourage folks to look at the other parts of this series, also on SaH.
Five of the best players remaining for 3rd and 4th rounds | Travis Clark (MLS): We’ll see if D.C. does anything today, but there are a couple of local (and one former Academy) players here.
Speaking of Academy players, this from Friday night:
Some Friday night #DCU news: I’m told United are signing 16yo academy talent Kevin Paredes to an MLS Homegrown deal. Will bring him to preseason with their 1st team. Gifted attacker, reliable scorer dating back to U14 level. Scored for US U16s @ recent Nike Friendlies.
— Charles Boehm (@cboehm) January 11, 2020
I liked watching Paredes play at Loudoun, he’s got a better motor and vision that Griffin Yow, albeit sample size and all. Charlie’s included some clips.
Two melancholy notes, first, Neal Peart died from brain cancer last week (was announced Friday), may as well give you a drum solo:
Last, Patrick McTavish, father of former D.C. player (and current TV analyst) Devon, passed away last week. Our thoughts are with Devon and the McTavish family.