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USWNT CBA, Marcelo Sarvas suspension and more: Thursday Freedom Kicks

It was a pretty eventful day in women's soccer, and arguably a lucky day for D.C. United

Good morning! The U.S. women's national team faces Russia at 8:30pm tonight in Frisco, Texas. Also, the USWNT and U.S. Soccer just finalized collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

U.S. Women's Soccer Team and U.S. Soccer Ratify New Labor Agreement | New York Times
The New York Times' Andrew Das has done great and thorough reporting on the negotiations and the new deal. Here is his piece on the CBA.

USWNT CBA a victory for all American women’s soccer players, not just the best ones -
The CBA also helps the NWSL and future generations, as explained in this piece by Kevin McCauley.

Marcelo Sarvas suspended for one game - Black and Red United
D.C. United midfielder Marcelo Sarvas stomped on Derrick Jones last weekend, but he'll only face a one-game suspension. That's a lucky break for United.

Washington Spirit sign rookies Arielle Ship and Cameron Castleberry | Black and Red United
In better local soccer news, the Spirit now have a full roster.

The Red Stars Chicago Kit is Here | Chicago Red Stars
The Chicago Red Stars released a new city flag-inspired kit yesterday, and the promotional photos are amazing.

St. Louis votes against funding to build stadium for MLS franchise - ESPN FC
Big (and bad) news for a potential St. Louis-based MLS team.

USA vs Russia: what to watch for - Stars and Stripes FC
We'll publish a how to watch for this game but here's more info on the game.

‘We’ve been changing in public toilets’: Republic of Ireland women threaten to strike - The Guardian
The Irish women's national team is speaking out against their FA and threatening to strike.

That's all I've got. Let me know in the comments what you're reading and listening to!