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D.C. United welcomes Deshorn Brown, Tony DiCicco passes away, & more: Freedom Kicks for June 21, 2017

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There’s a new striker in town.

Welcome to Wednesday folks, and Happy United Day. Before you head to RFK tonight, know that in Russia, the Confederations Cup enters the 2nd slate of games in Group A: Russia vs. Portugal (11:00am) and Mexico vs. New Zealand (2:00pm). Ok, lots happened yesterday so let’s get into it:

D.C. United officially signs striker Deshorn Brown | Black & Red United
It was a tricky deal, but D.C. United welcomes Deshorn Brown from the Tampa Bay Rowdies. We expect to see his debut tonight against Atlanta United.

Former USWNT head coach Tony DiCicco passes away | Stars & Stripes FC
One of the great coaches the United States has had in the program, Tony DiCicco passed away Monday night. The former USWNT manager led the women to a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics and hoisted the Women’s World Cup trophy in 1999. Rest in peace, coach.

FIFA warns Mexico over fans’ anti-gay chant at Confederations Cup | ESPNFC
Yo FIFA...JUST. START. MAKING. THEM. FORFEIT. This has gone on long enough, and you’re facilitating more of this by letting it continue.

UEFA clear RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg to play in Champions League following ownership issue | Fox Soccer
Red Bull will have two teams in the UEFA Champions League this year with RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg being cleared to play in spite of UEFA rules prohibiting a single owner from owning two teams in the Champions League.

Confederations Cup 2017: VAR makes soccer more fair, but hasn’t made the sport better yet | SBNation
The MVP and LVP of the Confederations Cup so far has been Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR) technology.

Jose Mourinho accused of Spanish tax fraud | The Busby Babe
I guess the tax man in Spain needs a manager for his 5v5 league. Add Jose Mourinho to the list of prominent soccer people accused by prosecutors of skipping out on their tax bill while living there.

Dunn on dream Chelsea move: ‘These are the challenges I’ve been looking for’ | FourFourTwo
Former Washington Spirit and USWNT star Crystal Dunn speaks out on her move to Chelsea Ladies and says that she has enjoyed the challenge so far. Doesn’t sound like she’s going to be heading back to the Maryland Soccerplex anytime soon.

Huddersfield reported aims to sign USMNT mid Williams | NBC Sports
Danny Williams put Reading on his back in their quest to make the Premier League. They fell via penalties in the Championship Playoff final against Huddersfield Town, and now Huddersfield is trying to bring Williams to the Premier League with them. I hope it happens because Williams is a Premier League player.

Alright everyone, hit the comments and get ready for the match tonight. Vamos United!!