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Gedion Zelalem, tailgates, NWSL and more: Freedom Kicks for 5/25/2017

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Ben Olsen, Jaime Moreno, and Briana Scurry are up for the USSF Hall of Fame

Hello folks! I made really, really, good grilled cheese on Wednesday night and I'm still super pumped about it. The other day I made cupcakes but forgot to add baking powder so grilled cheese is definitely an accomplishment. Moving on, here is some soccer news to start your morning.

Come to the Black and Red United tailgate on June 3! | Black And Red United
Make sure to come to B&RU’s June 3 tailgate ahead of DC United’s game against LA Galaxy. They might have a better Twitter account but they can’t beat our tailgate!

Gedion Zelalem, Arsenal’s U.S. prospect, to undergo knee surgery, miss 6+ months - The Washington Post
DC-area midfielder Gedion Zelalem will undergo ACL surgery.

Jaime Moreno, Ben Olsen highlight US Soccer Hall of Fame nominees | Black And Red United
Ben Olsen, Jaime Moreno, and Briana Scurry are some of this year's USSF Hallf of Fame nominees.

African-American Museum’s Sports Gallery Wins a Following: Athletes | The New York Times
This isn't soccer focused but the African American History and Culture Museum in DC has a great sports exhibit (it's all-around fantastic) and the New York Times recently wrote about it. Former USWNT goalkeeper Briana Scurry's gloves and jersey are on display as part of the section on how Title XI impacted African-Americans.

Billy Heavner life in limbo in Major League Soccer as a pool goalkeeper | ESPN FC
Bill Heavner is a "pool goalkeeper" who goes to teams when they need emergency goalkeeping cover. This features explains his role and what life is like when you live in goalkeeper limbo.

Quiet, but effective: These 5 are the secret stars of the NWSL | FourFourTwo USA
Richard Farley has a good piece looking at his five underrated stars of the NWSL. Included is former Washington Spirit midfielder Angela Salem.

Show NWSL Play Matters, Call up Haley Kopmeyer - Sounder At Heart
Two things are true: Seattle Reign goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer deserves a USWNT call-up and the pool of USWNT goalkeeping call-ups should expand as well.

Can Mallory Pugh be the star that propels women's pro soccer to the big time in USA | The Denver Post
In more women’s soccer news, here is a feature on Mal Pugh.

While The World Watched | ESPN The Magazine & ESPN FC
This is a few years old but there are articles you can’t forget and this is one of them. It focuses on Argentina’s military dictatorship and Argentina’s 1978 World Cup win and the legacy and trauma the World Cup and Dirty War left. Take the graphic content warning seriously.

Sorry to end it on that note but let me know in the comments what you’re reading and listening to.