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Mal Pugh called in for USWNT duty, D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, & more: Freedom Kicks for 5/26/2017

The Perry Kitchen transfer saga is only just beginning, and NASL owners acting like jerks

It’s 1am, and all I have on my mind is a subject I’ve talked about here a lot: breakfast sandwiches. I am looking at making a bacon, egg, and cheese (Muenster, specifically) on an English muffin, with sriracha and diced avocado. It’s going to be great. I kind of want to just stay up and make it now.

Jill Ellis names 21-player roster for Europe friendlies | Stars and Stripes FC
The Washington Spirit’s Mallory Pugh (it’s still weird to type that out) is on the latest USWNT roster. Sydney Leroux is back for the first time since her pregnancy, while Abby Dahlkemper and Jaelene Hinkle from the NWSL-leading North Carolina Courage are in the squad too.

Whitecaps shuffle options for replacing suspended Laba | The Province
Ahead of D.C. United’s game against the Whitecaps tomorrow, Carl Robinson is playing coy about what he’ll do replace the suspended Matias Laba. Briefly, you can pretty much bet on Andrew Jacobson dropping into his spot, and the issue is whether it’ll be Christian Bolaños (which would mean adding a new winger), Nicolas Mezquida, or Russell Teibert in Jacobson’s spot.

Josh Sargent scores again as U.S. defeats Senegal at U-20 World Cup | Washington Post
Steve Goff’s Thursday roundup includes confirmation from Perry Kitchen’s agent that he is in fact going to leave Hearts. If only D.C. United weren’t stocked at defensive midf- wait a second...they aren’t!

United Under-23 schedule announced |
Venues aren’t finalized, but the U23s finish their slate this season against United’s reserves (which is to say, against whoever doesn’t make the trip out to Seattle on July 19th).

In Ascendancy: Chicago Fire 2, FC Dallas 1, MLS match recap | Hot Time In Old Town
The Chicago Fire have 4 straight wins, and even if Dallas rotated some players, any win over them is a big deal.

Sebastian Giovinco won’t play for another week, may not be happy about it | Waking the Red
TFC plays Columbus tonight, but they’ll be doing it without Sebastian Giovinco.

Massive Predictions: Columbus Crew SC at Toronto FC | Massive Report
Meanwhile, in Columbus they’re not quite sure how this game is going to go.

Dempsey decision looms, Year of the Newcomer, Nikolic's hot run |
Clint Dempsey, MLS free agent? He’d meet the requirements if Seattle opts to decline his 2018 option.

Heather Stewart fans with two-poles | Sounder at Heart
One of the fan stories submitted at S@H is about a tifo-making Sounders fan who has created nearly 100 two-pole banners.

Late Andre-Pierre Gignac brace denies Chivas win in Liga MX Final first leg | FMF State of Mind
This game was crazy, as is customary in the Liga MX final. Make sure to put the second leg on your screen Sunday night.

Cosmos Country Drops Coverage of Team | Empire of Soccer
Rocco Commisso may have saved the Cosmos, but his actions since then have illustrated why leagues and clubs may have avoided sounding him out as an owner. The short version of this is that Cosmos ownership and/or front office is alleged to have offered up unspecified threats to the This Is Cosmos Country podcast, who are now stepping away from covering the team at all.

You can now be buried in a coffin of Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium | FourFourTwo
Personally I would have wanted my ashes scattered at RFK, but it looks like I’m going to live long enough to where the stadium won’t exist. So that’s good for me, I guess.

And now that I’ve once again brought up my demise, it’s time to start the weekend!