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USMNT draws with Panama in World Cup Qualifiers, Lionel Messi suspended and more: Wednesday Freedom Kicks

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Also, more unfortunate news for a former D.C. player.

Hi. As Donald is travelling back from being away support last night, I’m helping out in a pinch.

Panama vs. USA, 2018 World Cup qualifiers (Stars and Stripes FC): It wasn’t a pretty match, and Bruce Arena had to make due with a patchwork backline, and I don’t think Jurgen Klinsmann would have walked away with 4 points in the last two games, so it wasn’t a bad result.

Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago 2017: Final score 1-0, El Tri in control of World Cup qualifying (SB Nation): Somewhat nearby, Mexico still doing Mexico things.

Lionel Messi suspended 4 games for insulting official (SB Nation): This was a surprise, and Argentina further got darker when it lost to Bolivia in qualifiers yesterday.

Oh hey, young players missing time for their national team gets better:

This is being reported as a thigh strain and Andy will miss at least two weeks, and he’s having a year to forget.

D.C. United Broadens Reach of Shoulder Programming by Simulcasting It to Facebook Live (SportsVideo.org): Brand elevation!

The baby’s crying and I gotta go, but here’s a thing about thematic works and Paul Thomas Anderson (the good one):