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USMNT vs. Portugal, Denmark stomps Ireland, and more: Freedom Kicks for November 15, 2017

The kids were alright in Leiria

Happy Wednesday everyone. A heck of a day yesterday for soccer, so let’s start with some of the recaps and get right to it:

USA 1-1 Portugal recap: A good day for the youngsters | Stars & Stripes FC
Weston McKennie scores in his debut and looked mighty impressive, but Ethan Horvath has a howler and the United States escapes with a 1-1 draw in Portugal. Bill Hamid played the 2nd half for the USMNT and did quite well, if you ask me.

Republic of Ireland’s World Cup dream shattered by Eriksen and Denmark | The Guardian
Ireland looked good early and scored a goal to give themselves some hope about making the World Cup, but Denmark rattled off 5 straight—led by Christian Eriksen’s hat trick—to return to the World Cup for the first time since 2010.

Weston McKennie Looks to Make a Mark | American Soccer Now
Get to know the 19-year-old American, his time at Schalke 04, and his aspirations for working his way onto the USMNT.

U.S. exploring games with Italy, others who will miss World Cup | ESPNFC
A #HeBelieves Cup featuring the USMNT, Italy, Ghana, Chile, the Netherlands, Ivory Coast, and others? Yep, sign me up. This is something we’ve suggested in the past as well.

Atlanta United to Field USL Team in 2018 |
Atlanta United joins the list of MLS teams having their own USL team by forming a new one to debut next year.

Why missing the World Cup could accelerate young USMNT players’ moves to Europe | FourFourTwo
Could the USMNT not qualifying for Russia 2018 mean more young players making the leap to Europe?

Fox Sports Bribed Officials, Says Prosecution Witness In FIFA Trial | Buzzfeed
A prosecutorial witness today claimed that Fox Sports and other major media conglomerates bribed FIFA to get the rights to the World Cup. We will see how this plays out.

Dortmund to keep Christian Pulisic beyond next summer - Michael Zorc | ESPNFC
Borussia Dortmund says they play to keep USMNT young phenom Christian Pulisic beyond the end of the year. Honestly, it would probably be good for Pulisic to remain in Dortmund...that is, unless he wants to go to Real Madrid. If that happens, I’ll be the happiest man on earth.

That’s it for now...hit the comments and let us know what stories hit your radar!