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Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Closing Time

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Hope Solo goes on a rant, the USWNT announce more friendlies, trouble for the USMNT lineup, Mullins grabs honors and it’s Euro transfer deadline day. Wake up...it’s the Freedom Kicks.

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Good morning folks! By the time you see this, I will be in the air on the way to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (via Barbados), where the USMNT will face the Vincy Heat on Friday. But, I couldn’t leave you all without the Wednesday word, so here you go:

Video: Hope Solo launches furious rant after being handed suspension | Pro Soccer Talk

Hope Solo was clearly upset that she was suspended from the USWNT and lets loose in a video recorded by a film company for a documentary. Also, it may be Closing Time on Hope’s soccer career as she has decided she’s done playing for the Seattle Reign for the rest of 2016.

USA adds October friendlies vs. Switzerland in Sandy, Utah and Minneapolis | U.S. Soccer

Meanwhile, the rest of the USWNT charges on, as U.S. Soccer has added friendlies against Switzerland on October 19th in Sandy, Utah and October 23rd in Minneapolis at the new U.S. Bank Stadium.

Transfer deadline primer: Names on the block, need areas for big clubs | Sports Illustrated

The European transfer window closes today, so the transactions will be coming in fast throughout the day as teams in the major European leagues hope to solidify their rosters for the fall.

Barcelona U-12 football stars console crying opponents in touching show of sportsmanship | The Telegraph

This is the epitome of sportsmanship and good on these youngsters to show some respect to their opponent after beating them in the final of the Junior Soccer World Challenge.

DC United’s Patrick Mullins wins MLS Player of the Week after hat trick | MLS

D.C. United’s Patrick Mullins grabs Player of the Week honors for doing the best impersonation of Hat Trick Rick of the season in the 6-2 victory over the Chicago Fire last weekend.

Gyasi Zardes has broken bone in foot, dealing big blow to Galaxy and USMNT | Fox Soccer

Bad news for the LA Galaxy as well as the USMNT as Gyasi Zardes has a broken foot and is out for at least the rest of the MLS regular season. Whether the recovery could creep into November and possible Galaxy playoff matches and/or United States World Cup qualifiers remains to be seen.

Wayne Rooney: England captain to quit internationals after 2018 World Cup | BBC

The England captain announces that 2018 is it for him on the national team, so let’s see if England can make a ru—wait...sorry. I can’t even finish that statement without laughing.

With that, it’s 7:00am, and I’m wheels up to the Caribbean in search of 3 points for the Yanks. Have a great day! The comments are open for business, and now I will check out my favorite airplane movie, the award-winning “Back Of My Eyelids.”