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Big Sam and England split, Dempsey done for the year, Martino heads to Atlanta, Bob Bradley speaks with Swansea, and Qatar setting up tent cities for the World Cup. Happy United Day...it's your Wednesday Freedom Kicks!

Slovakia v England: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
Big Sam no longer in charge of England’s national team
Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Happy United Day folks! Today sees many teams in MLS involved in league action or CONCACAF Champions League play. However, the main event is D.C. United taking on Columbus Crew SC tonight (7:30pm, Newschannel 8). There’s also UEFA Champions League matches today, but before all that, here’s the news:

Sam Allardyce: England manager leaves after one match in charge | BBC

After a newspaper investigation caught Big Sam offering advice on how to circumvent transfer rules on players in England, he and the England FA decide to end his contract by mutual consent. Jurgen Klinsmann back on the short list?

Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino named first-ever head coach of Atlanta United FC | MLS

This is a massive hire for an expansion franchise to pull the former Argentina national team manager to become its first head coach in team history. Atlanta United is looking to make a splash and this will certainly make waves across the league.

Heart issues end Clint Dempsey’s season | Sounder at Heartf

Clint Dempsey’s season is done as doctors will try to fix the irregular heartbeat that has kept him out of the last four Seattle Sounders matches as well as the last two World Cup qualifiers for the United States. Get well soon, Deuce, and we hope to see you back on the field in 2017.

ICYMI: Filibuster podcast episode 202: We can’t hide our insults | Black and Red United

It’s United Day, so to get you ready for the match tonight, check out that new Filibuster podcast. ChestRockwell and Adam M Taylor clown BRUBromley for choosing his grill over his podcast and they preview tonight’s match against Columbus Crew SC.

Bob Bradley meets with Swansea chairman as Swans consider manager change | Fox Soccer

Is Bob Bradley off to Swansea? The former USMNT manager met with the Swans’ chairman about possibly taking over for Francesco Guidolin. Go Bob Go!

FIFA: Man City’s Yaya Toure criticises scrapping anti-racism taskforce | BBC

Yaya Toure openly disses FIFA for disbanding the anti-racism taskforce, making him the billionth person to do so. FIFA, however, thinks that racism in football is no longer an issue so this will fall on deaf ears.

The NASL Might Be Disintegrating | Stars and Stripes FC

Our friends at Stars and Stripes FC dive into the mess that is the NASL and why we could be seeing its end.

Moving positions helped Jake Rozhansky have the “best feeling” in Terps men’s soccer’s win | The Diamondback

Jake Rozhansky, who played with the D.C. United U-23 team this summer along with fellow Terp Eryk Williamson, credits his move to center midfield for his success in Maryland’s win last Friday against Michigan State.

Qatar to Set up Desert Tent Camp to House World Cup Fans | ABC News

If Qatar thinks for one second that they’re gonna have me out here living in a tent in the middle of the red hot desert for the World Cup, they are SORELY mistaken.

And there you have it. The comments section is now open for business. And remember, Black and Red be the colors we bleed. See you tonight at RFK...Vamos D.C.