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Crew to move, Blanc or Big Sam for USMNT coach, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 18, 2017

A wild day in soccer news.

Happy Wednesday folks. I’m set to head to New Orleans today for the USWNT match tomorrow, but before I do that, let me hit you with the news:

Columbus Crew SC reportedly set to move barring new downtown stadium | Massive Report

Look, the Michigan native in me wants to laugh. The Texas in me wants to say “Yo, move to Austin, great move for D.C. United.” There’s the implications it has on the expansion bids for Detroit, Cincinnati and San Antonio. But, part of me feels for Columbus Crew SC fans. It’s a terrible thing to have an owner yank your team away and send it somewhere else.

REPORT: Laurent Blanc being considered for open USMNT manager job | Stars & Stripes FC

Can I quote Dr. Evil on this one: HOW ‘BOUT NOOOOO?! And let me get a “Hell Naw” for the rumors that Sam Allardyce is interested as well.

Italy to play Sweden, Rep of Ireland to meet Denmark in World Cup playoff | ESPNFC

In the UEFA World Cup playoffs, it’s Italy versus Sweden, Ireland versus Denmark, Northern Ireland against Switzerland, and Croatia battling Greece to fill the final four UEFA World Cup spots.

PRO’s officiating will get someone hurt if it hasn’t happened already | Black & Red United

Our very own Ryan Keefer breaks down how PRO’s officiating could really affect someone’s career by not stopping for obvious head injuries.

What players should be called up for the USMNT November friendlies? | Stars & Stripes FC

Who should be called in for the United States friendly against Portugal next month? I break down my preferred roster.

U-17 World Cup wrap: England advances to meet USA | NBC Sports

The United States U-17s will take on the England U-17s, after England defeated Japan today via penalties in the U-17 World Cup.

That’s it for today, folks. Hit the comments and let us know the news of the day!