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Mallory Pugh introduced at Washington Spirit, Mexico World Cup qualifying roster announced, & more: Freedom Kicks for May 17, 2017

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Pugh, Pugh, Pugh!

Happy Wednesday folks. Soccer news was all over the place yesterday, so let’s get into it:

Mallory Pugh steps into pro soccer, and increased expectations, with Washington Spirit | Washington Post

Mallory Pugh is officially announced as the newest member of the Washington Spirit, and now the expectations for her development as a pro have spiked. She debuts Saturday at the Maryland Soccerplex against Becky Sauerbrunn, Sydney Leroux, Amy Rodriguez and FC Kansas City.

Mexico names preliminary roster for World Cup qualifying vs. USMNT | Fox Soccer

Mexico names its 32-man preliminary roster for upcoming friendlies and World Cup qualifying matches, including the big one against the United States on June 11th at Estadio Azteca. The usual suspects are there, but we will see who gets clipped when they announce the 23-man roster.

Bruce Arena hopes to call in Dom Dwyer this summer | Stars & Stripes FC

Dom Dwyer now has U.S. citizenship, and USMNT coach Bruce Arena is looking forward to bringing him into the squad sometime this summer. Gold Cup maybe?

Lionel Messi needs World Cup win to ‘seal his legacy’ – Jurgen Klinsmann | ESPNFC

Jurgen Klinsmann thinks that Lionel Messi needs to win a World Cup with Argentina to seal his legacy. Does Messi need a win with all the accolades he already has? Or is his legacy basically complete even without hoisting the World Cup trophy?

Sacramento, Nashville bidders buy USL teams to help their MLS expansion chances | Fox Soccer

Bidders for MLS expansion teams in Sacramento and Nashville have purchased the local USL teams (Sacramento Republic and Nashville SC, respectively) to help boost their bid profiles. Will it work?

Prosecutors accuse Falcao of tax crimes in Spain | NBC Sports

The Spanish tax man is going after another professional soccer player. This time, it’s Radamel Falcao who is accused of evading taxes while with Atletico Madrid. Also included: Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao.

I’d be sacked at a big club – Guardiola | BBC

Breaking news: Pep Guardiola doesn’t think Manchester City is a “big club” like Bayern Munich or FC Barcelona. I’m pretty sure his City Football Group owners will strongly disagree with that statement.

Reading: Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li complete takeover | BBC

Fresh off a 2-1 aggregate victory over Fulham to advance to the EFL Championship playoff final at Wembley, two Chinese siblings have completed their takeover of the club. The Premier League, however, has some concerns about the duo.

Alright, Wednesday is off and running. Hit those comments and have a good one!