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Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Miami Viced

MLS Miami gets delayed, Klose retires, World Cup qualifying drama in CONMEBOL, FIFA doesn’t care about the UK’s poppies, and MLS season award finalists are announced. Wake up...your Freedom Kicks are ready for consumption.

David Beckham, Commissioner Don Garber and Mayor Carlos Gimenez Press Conference
Shocker! Miami MLS is delayed even further.
Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images

Hola, mi gente. It’s 7:00am and today marks another wonderful slate of UEFA Champions League matches. So, while you’re zombie walking into work and grabbing that nectar of the gods to wake your body up, get the brain rolling with the news:

Miroslav Klose confirms retirement and joins Germany coaching staff | The Guardian

Miroslav Klose, the most prolific scorer in World Cup history, has retired from soccer and joined the Germany coaching staff. If you see our own leanneelston today, Klose’s biggest fan, give her a hug.

David Beckham’s Miami MLS team now likely looking at a 2019 start date | Fox Soccer

Just over 1000 days since the February 5, 2014 announcement and still no closer to a start date for David Beckham’s Miami franchise. All signs point to a 2019 start date for the team at this point, provided they can get a stadium deal passed first.

MLS announces 2016 end of year awards finalists | Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer announced their finalists for their annual awards. D.C. United did not place any players or coaches among the finalists for an award, but former United player Chris Pontius is up for Comeback Player of the Year.

FIFA ‘rejects England & Scotland request to wear poppies on armbands’ | BBC

England and Scotland face off on November 11th, which is Armistice Day in the United Kingdom. However, FIFA has denied the teams’ request to wear armbands featuring the poppy, the symbol of Armistice Day for the U.K. They cite a longstanding rule that prohibits commercial, political or religious messages on jerseys, but come on man. I hope they can figure out a way to pay tribute for the match.

Bolivia forfeit two World Cup qualifiers for fielding ineligible player | ESPNFC

Bolivia’s 0-0 draw against Chile and 2-0 win against Peru were forfeited yesterday, the result of fielding an ineligible player for both games. The real loser in this is Argentina, who saw Chile leapfrog them to take 5th place in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, leaving them out of even a playoff spot for the World Cup.

London mayor Sadiq Khan orders inquiry into West Ham stadium costs | The Guardian

The mayor of London is not happy, ordering an investigation into the rising costs associated with converting West Ham’s new stadium from the Olympic stadium used in 2012 into their new home for soccer.

Silvio Gazzaniga: Sculptor who designed World Cup trophy dies aged 95 | BBC

The sculptor who designed the most recognizable trophy in the entire world has passed away at the age of 95. Silvio Gazziniga, who designed the current World Cup trophy in 1970, also designed the UEFA Cup (which preceded the Europa League) as well as the UEFA Super Cup.

Alright, that should do it for now. The lights in the comments section are now on, and the shop is open for business. Jan Hammer your way through the day and make it a great one!