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Mal Pugh injured, 2017 US Open Cup draw, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/16/2017

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Also, a warning to prepare yourself for the rapidly approaching battle with the robots

Fighting off sleep to put this together, so this will be a short one.

2017 US Open Cup draw pairs D.C. United with the New England Revolution | Black and Red United
Mostly linking this over again so I can go on record with my hunches on who gets through:

D.C. United, Philadelphia Union, Atlanta United, FC Cincinnati, San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy, Sporting Kansas City, and FC Dallas

Elsewhere in local teams, the knock that kept Mallory Pugh out of the last USWNT match is also going to keep her off the field for the Washington Spirit as they take on the Chicago Red Stars this weekend:

Given how good Chicago has been, this is not ideal.

Orlando City Striker Cyle Larin Arrested on DUI Charge Early Thursday Morning | The Mane Land
This is a pretty ugly story. 5am, .179 blood alcohol, driving the wrong way up a street. Larin will have to go through MLS’s Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health protocol, which comes with a suspension that lasts until those in charge of the SABH treatment deem him cleared.

Call a friend, get a cab, use a rideshare service, walk. Find a way to not drive when you’re drunk.

Route Two Soccer – NWSL Teams at the Break: Buy/Sell/Hold? | Backline Soccer
Charles Olney used the international break to evaluate each NWSL team’s chances to make progress up the table.

Meet the men behind football's biggest deals | ESPN FC
Here’s what it’s like to watch player agents at work. Thought it was odd that one of the major players in this basically has nothing to do with his clients outside of contract negotiations, but then most of what I know about agents comes from Ari on Entourage (don’t judge me, my roommates were into it) and Football Manager.

An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language | The Atlantic
Oh. Well...guess it’s time to stock up on non-electronic gear for the inevitable battle with the robots. I probably shouldn’t be typing this online.

Assigning meaning to color in Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Bronson | Film School Rejects
I am a fan of Winding Refn’s work, and I think Bronson is unequivocally his best work (and one of the best films of the last decade). The attached video essay is NSFW (language and images), but well worth your time if you’re inclined towards video essays on movies. Also, if you haven’t seen it, Bronson is on Netflix and is spectacular.