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Friday Freedom Kicks: Kicked around like it’s FIFA

Messi wants Argentina glory, FIFA wants transfer transparency, Mexico’s lineup is loaded, Harvard cancels its season amid scandal, and Ali Krieger speaks out. That and more in today’s Freedom Kicks.

FIFA Council Meeting - Part II
Gianni Infantino has a plan to revamp him!
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Happy Friday folks. It’s 7:00am and we are one week away from the big one, USA vs. Mexico. While you’re starting the countdown, here’s the news to get you through the last day of the week:

Messi desperate for Argentina success – Bauza | FourFourTwo

With Argentina now sitting in 6th place in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying thanks to Bolivia’s cheating, coach Edgardo Bauza states that FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi is desperate to win a trophy for his home nation to add to his many club awards. First, they should probably focus on getting back above the qualification line.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino plans clean up of transfer system | The Guardian

The transfer system is broken and needs more transparency, according to FIFA president Gianni Infantino. Spoiler alert, Mr. Infantino: there’s a great deal of things at FIFA that are broken and need more transparency.

Harvard Cancels Men’s Soccer Season After Finding Sexually Explicit ‘Reports’ Continued Through 2016 | The Harvard Crimson

The soccer news that has dominated the headlines the past few days, Harvard’s men’s soccer team is now over after a review discovered more “scouting reports” of women on campus and evidence the practice continued through this year. Harvard is forfeiting the remainder of its games and is ineligible for postseason play, with more sanctions possible.

Ali Krieger speaks out about trade to Orlando Pride | Black and Red United

USWNT star Ali Krieger is leaving the Washington Spirit, traded to the Orlando Pride on Wednesday. Yesterday, she spoke out on the move, thanking her teammates and Spirit fans. No one is sadder about this move than I am, so I’m gonna need multiple hugs all weekend...Ali, please don’t go!

Wizards And Caps Owner: I Suck Because D.C. Won’t Pay My Bills For Me | Deadspin

Ted Leonsis, who just yesterday quipped about how he thought about buying D.C. United a decade ago but didn’t and wished he had, now is complaining that because he pays the mortgage at the Verizon Center instead of taxpayers, his Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals and Washington Mystics are at a disadvantage. Poor Uncle Ted, someone get him a bucket to hold all those tears.

Mexico unveils loaded team for USMNT, Panama qualifiers | Pro Soccer Talk

Mexico is calling in the A+ team for its upcoming qualifiers against the United States and Panama. The USMNT is expected to announce its roster sometime this weekend, so let’s hope our A+ team is ready to go as well.

Fenerbache beat Manchester United and every single one of the goals was spectacular | Fox Soccer

Stop what you’re doing right now and watch every one of these goals. All of them. They’re fantastic. Oh yeah, and Manchester United lost again, leaving them with serious work to do to advance out of the Europa League group stage.

Javier Morales bids farewell to Real Salt Lake after 10 years | ESPNFC

The Real Salt Lake legend says goodbye to the club he called home for 10 years. It’s unclear whether retirement or another MLS team is up next for Javier Morales.

There, that should get your weekend started. The comments section is open for business, so kick your thoughts around like it’s FIFA. Have a good one, my friends.