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Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Got you all in check

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The U.S. Open Cup quarters, Orlando hires Kreis, Klinsmann is still in the hunt for the England job and Ronaldinho drops 5 in futsal...here are your Freedom Kicks.

Jason Kreis has been named as Adrian Heath's replacement in Orlando.
Jason Kreis has been named as Adrian Heath's replacement in Orlando.
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Wednesday. Hopefully everyone remained dry last night after we got rocked by some severe storms, but don't worry...it's not raining right now! Gotta see the bright side of things even when it's early. Tonight, we have the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals and we'll see if lone NASL side Fort Lauderdale Strikers can keep on trucking. Alright, time for the news:

Orlando City hires ex-NYCFC boss Jason Kreis as new coach | ESPNFC
He's been waiting in the wings, but now Orlando City has their next head coach in Jason Kreis. We will see how Kreis can turn around Orlando's fortunes the rest of the season.

England manager candidates: pros and cons of the four contenders | The Guardian
While the English FA spoke today with Hull City's Steve Bruce about the England job, Jurgen Klinsmann is still somehow listed as a contender for the position. His odds are slipping to odds-on favorite "Big" Sam Allardyce, but Klinsmann still being in the mix will keep fans of the United States talking.

Cristiano Ronaldo issues update on recovery from knee injury | Pro Soccer Talk
Cristiano Ronaldo assured fans of both Real Madrid and Portugal that he will be back stronger than ever from his knee injury that forced him out of the Euro 2016 final. He's expected to miss all of the preseason plus the first three weeks of the La Liga season, as well as Portugal's first World Cup qualifier.


FA Cup: Guernsey FC to host competition's first ever match on Channel Islands | BBC
History will be made next month in the FA Cup, as Guernsey will host its first ever Cup match on the island in the middle of the English Channel. Go nuts, Guernsey FC...and good luck!

U.S.'s Besler, Diskerud, Yedlin cooling down while young players impress | ESPNFC
ESPN FC discusses some U.S. national team players who are getting hot, while some bigger names--Matt Besler, Mix Diskerud and DeAndre Yedlin--are rated to be cooling off.

Ronaldinho destroys futsal league with absurd five-goal performance | Fox Soccer
Ronaldinho is back, and this time you can find him in a futsal league in India just wrecking shop. His most recent appearance: 5 goals to help lead his team to victory.

Angel Maria Villar: Spanish football chief will run for UEFA presidency | BBC
Spain's top football executive has thrown his hat into the race for the UEFA presidency. It will be interesting to see if the long-time Spanish boss can be the guy to succeed Michel Platini.

Arsenal fan donates a kidney to save Tottenham fan's life | Fox Soccer
A story that humanity needs right now: an Arsenal fan helps his Spurs-supporting friend in need by donating his kidney and saving his life. Soccer love is the best kind of love. Humanity could use a lot more of it.

Alright, let's open up those comments for you. It's 7:30am, so go out and get your day in check...woo hah! Enjoy, everyone!