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Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Bittersweet symphony

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We have Brazil's heartbreak in women's Olympic soccer, a former FIFA president passes away, the race for MLS MVP, and we got the men's Olympic semifinals. Wake up...it's your Freedom Kicks for Wednesday!

Brazil's women go down in heartbreaking fashion via penalties to Sweden.
Brazil's women go down in heartbreaking fashion via penalties to Sweden.
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What up world. It's Wednesday, so I hope you got your pink on, because I want you to be able to sit with us. Last night we had CONCACAF Champions League action, with Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls both heading to Central America and escaping with draws. Today, it's the semifinals of men's soccer in the Olympics, with host Brazil facing off against upstart Honduras while Nigeria hopes to get past Germany to the gold medal match. Surely, the Brazilian people will be on edge as they hope their men can deliver their first-ever gold medal in soccer. Ready? Okay, here's the news...

U.S. men's national team to play New Zealand at RFK Stadium | Washington Post
Finally, we have some news. The United States will host New Zealand in a friendly October 11th at RFK. It's not Ghana, who once again could not make a trip to DC work out, but the USMNT instead will face the Kiwis looking to get some experience before hopefully heading to the Hex in World Cup qualifying.

Olympic roundup: Swedish women oust Brazil, will meet Germany in gold medal match | Pro Soccer Talk
The Brazilian women go down to Sweden in penalties, breaking the hearts of the entire country. Sweden will meet Germany, 2-0 victors over Germany, in the gold medal match. Brazil and Canada will fight it out for bronze.

Joao Havelange: Former FIFA president and IOC member dies aged 100 | BBC
The former FIFA head passed away yesterday. He was a longtime IOC member and also FIFA president from 1974-1998, when he was succeeded by Sepp Blatter.

Duke's Jeremy Ebobisse signs with MLS | Washington Post
The U-20 forward withdraws from Duke and will be available in the 2017 MLS Superdraft in January. Until then, the Bethesda native will train with D.C. United or the Richmond Kickers. A Kickers loan to get some playing time is also an option..

Big names in big markets: Why MLS MVP is a two-horse race | FourFourTwo
The MVP race is down to Sebastian Giovinco and David Villa, according to Steve Davis of FourFourTwo. What say you all?

Swedish match abandoned after masked intruder attacks Ostersund goalkeeper | The Guardian
Scary scene as a top-flight match between Ostersund and Jonkoping Sodra was abandoned after a masked 17-year-old ran onto the field and attacked the Ostersund keeper. The intruder also stated he had left a bomb in a bag in the stadium, but thankfully that was proven false.

Minnesota United FC set to make announcements with MLS on Friday | ESPNFC
The Loons will make a set of announcements Friday, including where they will play next season and possibly their official name. Will they keep being "United" or is there another name in the cards?

Alright, it's 7:00am, I know your coffee is on, and it's going to be a long day. For Brazil, hopefully it's not another bittersweet symphony for their men's Olympic team. In any case, the comments section is now open...let's go to work.