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Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Nuthin but a hero

We recap the USMNT draw, Klinsmann wants to keep WCQs as is, Real Madrid dropping cash on a new roof, Michael Bradley reviewing his options, and Abby Wambach doubles down. It’s your Wednesday Freedom Kicks.

New Zealand v United States Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Well, good morning folks. I stayed up late after the USMNT match at RFK Stadium last night to write this so I’m probably still sleeping off the last week and a half of travel. But while I catch up on some zzz’s, here’s the news:

USA and New Zealand share the spoils after 1-1 draw at RFK Stadium | U.S. Soccer

The United States had to settle for a 1-1 draw against New Zealand, but we did get to see the return of former D.C. United midfielder (and current Hearts captain) Perry Kitchen. Current D.C. United stars Steve Birnbaum and Bill Hamid did not feature.

Klinsmann doesn’t want CONCACAF World Cup qualifying to change | Pro Soccer Talk

Jurgen Klinsmann wants to keep the current CONCACAF World Cup qualifying structure in place, with fewer games against the minnows of the confederation and more matches against better competition. My opinion? The new system sets us up for more island qualifiers, and I’m definitely okay with that.

The only thing better than San Marino’s rare goal was the reaction of these TV pundits | Fox Soccer

San Marino scores once in about 20 matches, it seems. So, when they scored the equalizer in a match against Norway, the TV pundits in the studio react with remarkable disbelief.

Real Madrid to add €400m retractable roof to revamped Bernabéu stadium | The Guardian

This is going to be incredible: a retractable roof on Estadio Santiago Bernabéu will lead it to become the gold standard of soccer stadiums. Bring it on.

Michael Bradley reacts to Serie A rumors, Toronto future | Pro Soccer Talk

USMNT captain Michael Bradley says he will wait until the season is over to review his options. Go back to Italy? If the situation is right, that sounds like a good idea.

Abby Wambach criticizes dual nationals on the USMNT again | Fox Soccer

Abby Wambach once again goes after the dual nationals that have played for the USMNT. Bringing this back up will probably only lead to more divisiveness between her and MNT players.

Gareth Southgate happy with England draw at Slovenia after inheriting ‘mess’ | ESPNFC

The caretaker manager for England is happy with drawing Slovenia after assuming control of the world’s most famous soap opera.

And there you have it. Enjoy your day, ladies and gents. Be nuthin but a hero today...the comments are open for business, but I’m going to definitely get a late start.