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Italy to miss World Cup, USMNT vs. Portugal, and more: Freedom Kicks for 11/14/17

Plus: Christian Pulisic has thoughts on things.

Hello hello hello! It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for Tuesday Freedom Kicks!

It’s also a USMNT game day, something for which your excitement level may vary. But, you know, if you’re interested, the USMNT play Portugal today.

Here we go!

Italy Misses World Cup for First Time Since 1958 | Sports Illustrated

Looks like that Rejects World Cup we should have next summer is gonna be pretty sweet.

1,834 Days — Christian Pulisic | The Players Tribune

You probably saw this making the rounds yesterday, but if you haven’t read it yet, definitely do. Pulisic discusses missing the World Cup, U.S. youth development, and American soccer culture, among other things.

USA vs. Portugal, 2017 friendly: What to watch for | Stars and Stripes FC

Donald previews today’s game. He’s predicting a Portugal win—anybody think the USMNT do something not terrible? Do share.

Armchair Analyst: Lineup prediction & what I want to see from US @ Portugal | MLS

Well, it wouldn’t be a USMNT game day if I didn’t have at least two previews in Freedom Kicks.

For first time in years, U.S. starting goalkeeper job completely up for grabs | ESPNFC

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What should Carli Lloyd’s role be? Three thoughts from the USWNT’s win over Canada | Goal

Now taking bets on how long Carli Lloyd continues to be nominated for FIFA Women’s Player of the Year.

Jessie Fleming eyeing Europe over NWSL | The Equalizer

The young Canadian is sticking with UCLA right now, but she’s another talented player considering Europe instead of the NWSL.

‘Chelís’ Lands As Las Vegas’ First Head Coach | USL

Please make sure you click to enjoy the photo that accompanies this article. Much lights, such neon.

That’s all I got, folks! Go forth and have great days, and the comments are all yours.