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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Friday Freedom Kicks: USMNT wins, D.C. United indicators Robertha, and extra

Let’s see, what do we now have as we speak…D.C. United signed a brand new ahead, it’s additionally a preseason gameday, the Washington Spirit obtained a statue and did no less than one podcast…oh, the USMNT performed too? Alright, I believe we now have sufficient uncooked materials for Freedom Kicks with out me telling a narrative a few horrible consuming sport or another dumb factor I did. To the hyperlinks!

D.C. United indicators ahead Nigel Robertha from Levski Sofia | Black and Crimson United
It was on, it was off, after which Robertha scored seven instances in 5 video games, so it was again on once more, and now it’s completed. How are we feeling about this one, people?

Subsequent up, fan service that I can get behind:

It’s early days, clearly, and we haven’t even watched his model of United play but, however I believe Hernán Losada would possibly share my “ship the GK up on stoppage time corners whereas shedding in league matches” aggression.

I haven’t had an opportunity to hearken to the newest Zee Soccer Podcast (it’s actually subsequent within the queue, so by the point you learn this I in all probability could have mowed by way of it), however I’m into the matters they talked about right here.

Armchair Analyst: Every MLS staff’s breakout participant candidate — and when to look at them | MLSsoccer.com
I like Matt Doyle’s selection right here, and by my very own record-keeping and primarily based on all aggressive video games, he’s proper in regards to the positional concern. Canouse has 27 video games as some sort of central holding midfielder, however he has a mixed 29 video games performed as a defender (14) or injured/suspended (15). There are 3 sub appearances in there that might shift issues, however we’re going primarily based on beginning lineups right here.

Ugh, this could be a brand new spreadsheet now.

So yeah, play Canouse as a DM, let’s do that factor.

At the moment’s sport between the Uniteds D.C. and Loudoun looks like it’ll be actually cool, however there gained’t be a stream. Whether or not it’s the staff making a selection or if it’s MLS requiring an unrealistic broadcast normal for preseason video games (this has occurred in previous Florida preseason journeys), it sucks! We’re in an MLS dialogue void outdoors of nerd websites like ours, and mysterious preseason video games don’t assist.

Anyway! On to one thing that for my part doesn’t suck, I put out the newest episode of Plex Climate, this time with Aubrey Bledsoe:

This was fairly enjoyable, as we bought into how she’s approaching this season with a brand new tactical plan and with a change by way of teaching, but additionally baking — I actually purchased cinnamon rolls tonight due to this podcast — and the problems with the inequality within the NCAA basketball event.

Staying with the Spirit, the Japanese Embassy and Smithsonian held a ceremony yesterday involving Kumi Yokoyama and Saori Takarada:

This cherry blossom statue will likely be at Segra Area this season, as the embassy gave it to the membership as a present. I like it, and this can be a reminder to the native golf equipment to do cherry blossom kits.

FIFA, D.C. organizers meet nearly to debate space’s 2026 World Cup bid and FedEx Area | Washington Publish
I might love if the boys’s World Cup involves our a part of the world…but it surely ought to be at RFK. I can’t be talked down from this place, RFK endlessly!

TFC veteran Nick DeLeon throws down hammer at COVID-19 | Toronto Solar
I didn’t get pleasure from this interview!

Sounders unveil ‘The Jimi Hendrix Package’ | Sounder at Coronary heart
I like the thought of a Jimi Hendrix equipment rather a lot. I’m unsure I like purple with orange trim and gold accents. However the Sounders typically go for gaudy relatively than plain, and I believe most MLS groups would do higher with that method, so I can’t complain an excessive amount of the instances it goes awry (and solely type of awry, this isn’t the Crew’s horrific 2016 away).

‘They’re like tech shares’: Why MLS staff valuations have gotten so excessive | The Athletic
I personally really feel that individuals are making large bets on the 2026 males’s World Cup being a catalyst that I simply don’t assume is sensible, however my cash recommendation for everybody is: Don’t take my cash recommendation!

Sergiño Dest, Brenden Aaronson, Sebastian Lletget shine brilliant in 4-1 USMNT victory | Stars and Stripes FC
Dest’s first purpose was a banger, and after an in any other case sort of blah first half, the USMNT put it collectively to thump Jamaica.

Abby Erceg and Denise O’Sullivan re-sign with Braveness | NCCourage.com
After shedding three world-class gamers up their backbone (Crystal Dunn is in Portland now, whereas Sam Mewis and Abby Dahlkemper are taking part in for one of many two NWSL-caliber groups in England, a.okay.a. Man Metropolis), the Braveness has moved to lock down some essential central gamers for the subsequent few years.

The hidden treasures of the U.S. Soccer Corridor of Fame archives | The Athletic
The issues Pablo Maurer and Matt Pentz present in bins on this piece are astounding. A homicide thriller by Pele? A Shrimp King? Sure, and sure.

Jessica Walter Dies: Emmy-Successful ‘Arrested Improvement’, ‘Archer’ Actress Was 80 | Deadline
Sadly we now have to finish on some dangerous information, as Jessica Walter handed away on Wednesday. Few folks in Hollywood may match her file of turning each line studying into one thing particular.

It is a very lengthy Freedom Kicks, so I’m completed. Be effectively buddies!

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