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USA jersey released, Barcelona gets blasted, and more: Freedom Kicks for February 15, 2017

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All red everything for the USMNT & USWNT!

Happy Wednesday folks. Hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day (or Singles Awareness Day). Today is just Wednesday, but there are Champions League matches for you to watch! Okay, here’s the news:

U.S. Soccer unveils new red 2017 U.S. National Team kit | U.S. Soccer

In the midnight news dump, the United States releases the 2017 3rd jersey. I like them. I’m gonna happily grab one...but why release this at midnight? BTW, we will see the USWNT debut this jersey during the SheBelieves Cup, while the men will unveil the jersey in their March 24th World Cup qualifier against Honduras in San Jose.

UCL: PSG embarrasses Barcelona 4-0 in first leg | NBC Sports

Yo, Barcelona got absolutely bodied by Paris Saint-Germain. After a 4-0 loss in Paris, Lionel Messi and crew need a miracle at the Camp Nou to avoid crashing out of the UEFA Champions League.

Gold Cup quarterfinal, semifinal venues named; Honduras to head Group A | CONCACAF

The CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout stage venues have been announced. The quarterfinals will be in Philadelphia and Phoenix, with the semifinal matches in Pasadena and Arlington, Texas. The final, previously announced, will be at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on July 26th.

Clint Dempsey is fully cleared to play again after heart problem | Fox Soccer

Hell yeah, excellent news: Deuce is back. Clint Dempsey is cleared to resume play again after his heart problem that was discovered last fall. The Seattle Sounders will surely welcome this news and hope that he will be back playing at a high level soon. Fans of the USMNT will also hope that he’s back with the national team soon as well.

CTE found in former soccer players, study shows | CNN

CTE is not a football problem. It’s a sports problem. The latest sport to find that CTE is affecting its former players is soccer. Hopefully, this is something that FIFA and the various governing bodies will address quickly and seriously.

Sources: U.S. Soccer’s Carli Lloyd to join Manchester City | ESPNW

Captain Carli Lloyd is on the move, signing a short term deal with Manchester City to play on their women’s team.

Christian Pulisic’s defending is one reason Borussia Dortmund love the young American | Fox Soccer

Christian Pulisic is on top of the world, and part of the reason he is adored at Borussia Dortmund is his ability to defend. Him continuing to develop as a two-way player will only help his stock rise and will benefit the USMNT as well.

Well, that’s it. Enjoy the day, folks...hit those comments!