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The Daily Dirt: MLS free agency begins

Free agents can sign with new clubs for the first time.

Adopting the practice used by every other major sports league in America, Major League Soccer has opened its free agency marketplace for the first time. The class includes 26 players, highlighted by Mike Magee and Ricardo Clark. Players who were either out of contract or didn't have their option picked up following the 2015 season and are at least 28 years old and have a minimum of eight years of service in MLS are eligible for free agency.

In addition to the 26 free agents, 60 players are eligible for MLS's Re-Entry Draft. Out-of-contract players who are at least 23 and have a minimum of three years of MLS experience or are at least 25 with a minimum of four years of league experience are eligible for Re-Entry.

Louis van Gaal is talking himself out of the Manchester United job [The Busby Babe]

Manchester United's attack has fallen flat, and the team doesn't show signs of being a title contender anytime soon. Adding to the pressure on Van Gaal, manager for hire Carlo Ancelotti apparently wants the job.

CONCACAF to lead by committee in wake of indictments [SI]

Since the organization's two most recent presidents have been arrested on corruption charges, a committee approach is probably the best idea for a little while. CONCACAF's next presidential election will take place in May 2016.

What's happening in The A?

Major League Baseball's winter meetings are underway, and there's plenty of buzz surrounding the Braves. It seems all but certain starting pitcher Shelby Miller is on his way out.