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Wednesday Freedom Kicks: (Soccer) politics as usual

Cristiano is Nike for life, Gordon replaces JoMo on the USMNT, Gareth Bale is up for Wales’ best, and we take a look at USMNT v. Mexico through the’s the Freedom Kicks!

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Good morning folks. There was a thing that happened overnight, and that thing was an election. You have other sources for election results, and this site isn’t one of them. And, probably to your excitement, this will continue to be soccer politics as usual, which means NO POLITICS TODAY! We’re just gonna give you some soccer news, and here it is:

Cristiano Ronaldo signs new deal with Nike ‘for life’ | Fox Soccer

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players on the planet. He’s about to get paid like one of the best players on the planet, to the tune of $1 billion for a lifetime contract!

Alan Gordon replaces Jordan Morris on U.S. MNT roster | U.S. Soccer

Jordan Morris is out, Alan Gordon is in for the United States matches against Mexico and Panama.

USMNT vs. Mexico: Looking at the team captains then and now | Fox Soccer

We take a look at Michael Bradley and Rafael Marquez and how they have progressed to be the captains for the USMNT and Mexico, respectively.

Internazionale appoint Stefano Pioli as their ninth coach in six years | The Guardian

In “sister” club news, Inter Milan Internazionale hires Stefano Pioli to replace recently fired coach Frank de Boer. They are in a freefall, and they’re hoping that Pioli will catch them before rock bottom.

Gareth Bale and Joe Allen lead Wales award winners | BBC

Gareth Bale has been on fire lately...and naturally, he is among the finalists for some Wales awards.

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