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International Champions Cup schedule released, Bradley and USMNT ready for World Cup qualifying & more: Freedom Kicks for March 22, 2017

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The biggest teams in the world will face each other this summer in the United States.

Happy Wednesday folks. We are on the international break and the slate of international matches begins today with Germany vs. England and Scotland vs. Canada. We are also t-minus two days until the United States faces off against Honduras in San Jose. Okay, let’s get to the news:

ICC 2017 schedule features Man United vs. Man City, Real Madrid, Barcelona | ESPNFC

The 2017 International Champions Cup schedule was released in full, with some huge matchups: Manchester United faces Manchester City in the first Manchester derby outside of England, and Real Madrid will play FC Barcelona in only the second-ever Clasico to take place outside of Spain. Man U will also have matches against Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Bradley says U.S. team ready to reboot World Cup qualifying vs. Honduras | ESPNFC

USMNT captain Michael Bradley is ready for the team’s matchup against Honduras, and he thinks the team is ready to get back on track in World Cup qualifying and get 3 points in San Jose and another 3 on the road in Panama.

Chicago Fire signing Bastian Schweinsteiger is the backwards step MLS doesn’t need | Fox Soccer

The Chicago Fire lit the world on fire by announcing the acquisition of Bastian Schweinsteiger, but is it a good move for the team or the league?

Atlanta United finalize permanent transfer of Josef Martinez from Torino | Dirty South Soccer

In other transfer news, Atlanta United didn’t wait long to finalize the permanent transfer of Josef Martinez from Torino. He’s hotter than fish grease right now, so this seems like a great move.

Stu Holden recreated the famous Landon Donovan water fountain photo | Stars & Stripes FC

Stu Holden got jokes! Landon Donovan, your move!

Europe lacks countries who could host 48-team World Cup – UEFA president | ESPNFC

The UEFA president thinks Europe has very few countries who are capable of hosting a 48-team World Cup. You know what this means? They’ll just alter the rules so Europe can somehow host the 2030 World Cup.

Wayne Rooney expected to leave Manchester United for boyhood club Everton this summer | The Independent

Wayne Rooney seems set on leaving Man U for Everton this summer. He’s reportedly even on board for accepting a lower fee (and Man U waiving the transfer fee) to make the switch happen.

Kick It Out: Guides on tackling homophobia issued to football stewards | BBC

With homophobic incidents on the rise at soccer matches in England, booklets are being passed out to event staff that seeks to help them identify and snuff out anti-LGBTQ chants or incidents in the future.

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