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Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Sky might fall

United States suffers its worst loss since 1957, D.C. United offers more renderings of its new stadium, Messi sticks up for his teammates, and Mexico advocates for its chant. It’s the Freedom Kicks.

Brazil v Argentina - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images

Morning folks. This is the worst. If you’re like me, you’re still banging your head over the USMNT loss last night and wondering what’s next. Well, grab your breakfast, because here comes the news to cure your ills or light your fires...

USA suffers 4-0 World Cup qualifying defeat away to Costa Rica | U.S. Soccer

Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Double ugh. Triple ugh. Quadruple ugh. SMH. Ugh. The United States are in a serious hole after their 4-0 loss to Costa Rica.

ICYMI: Latest D.C. United stadium renderings show new entrance, landscaped park, retail spaces | Black and Red United

Yoooo, this is starting to take shape. When’s the groundbreaking, D.C. United? I want all of this to start being built right now.

Socceroos left with more questions than answer after spirited Thai performance | The Guardian

Australia draws with Thailand and they’re left wondering how and why.

Lionel Messi leads Argentina boycott of press after Lavezzi accusations | ESPNFC

Lionel Messi isn’t having it, as he leads the rest of Argentina in a boycott of the press after they disrespect Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Manchester City: Pep Guardiola’s sex rules for a good night sleep | BBC

Manchester City players better get it in before midnight, because after that, Pep Guardiola will be plenty upset at them.

Mexico to continue appealing against FIFA’s fines for controversial chant | ESPNFC

This really grinds my gears. There’s zero reason why #TheChant should ever be a topic of advocacy, but Mexico just doesn’t get it. Hey FIFA, how about having them play behind closed doors until they fall on the correct side of this?

Atlanta United release kit ahead of inaugural 2017 MLS season | Fox Soccer

Atlanta United unveiled their home kit last night, which is basically a NY/NJ Metrostars kit with D.C. United colors.

Update: Messi hasn’t ruled out Barcelona contract talks | Pro Soccer Talk

Messi is ready to hear contract extension offers from FC Barcelona after initially turning them down. Barca better be ready to shell out the dollars, pounds, euros, yen and pesos.

Steven Gerrard leaves the LA Galaxy, ending disappointing 17-month stay | Fox Soccer

Bye, Felicia. We hardly knew ye.

And that’s the news. Please, someone make today better than yesterday. The sky might fall today, so post some puppies or some cookies or something. The comments are open for business...make them happy.