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USA cleared of World Cup wrongdoing, NBC’s EPL subscription service, & more: Freedom Kicks for June 28, 2017

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World Cup bid was clean, but to watch the EPL, prepare to shell out some green.

Happy Wednesday everyone, and Happy United Day once again! D.C. United takes on the New England Revolution tonight in the U.S. Open Cup. Let’s see if we can break through with some goals and get to the quarterfinals. There are other USOC matches tonight as well. Also, the Confederations Cup semifinals begin this afternoon as Portugal faces Chile. Alright, let’s get into the news:

USSF cleared of wrongdoing in FIFA Garcia Report | Stars & Stripes FC
The Garcia Report was officially released by FIFA, the result of a major inquiry into the bid process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. It confirmed what we already knew: the United States bid was clean and fair and didn’t violate any regulations.

Media Microscope: NBC moves 130 Premier League matches to new subscription service | Goal
The days of free EPL action on NBCSN and NBC Live Extra are no more. Today, it was announced a paid subscription service will begin in August. Let’s see how EPL fans adjust.

Soccer’s ugly sexism is keeping women from coaching the beautiful game | SB Nation
An incredible article about the struggles women face in their efforts to enter coaching in soccer. Several are more than qualified, but few actually get a shot.

With a year to go, Russia’s World Cup faces challenges | NBC Sports
A year before the 2018 World Cup, Russia is still having several issues. No Russian TV deal, unsafe worker conditions, human rights issues, teams spread out all over the country, hooliganism, rampant racism and homophobia, and the fear of most stadiums becoming white elephants after the Cup is done. Can’t say we’re surprised.

Jurgen Klinsmann denies Sunderland links | NBC Sports
Sunderland is moving down to the Championship and they are looking for a manager. Is it Jurgen Klinsmann? Klinsmann denies any desires in the job. Only time will tell.

FIFA admits it gave 2026 World Cup to Fox to avoid a lawsuit, knew it would lose money on deal | Awful Announcing
FIFA didn’t want to get sued by Fox for moving the 2022 World Cup, so they struck a deal for the 2026 World Cup that favored Fox heavily. So, get used to Fox and big tournaments, because they’re going to have them for a long time.

Sean Johnson, Bill Hamid add to rosy USMNT goalkeeping picture in Nashville | MLS
Our dude Bill Hamid and New York City FC’s Sean Johnson both are back in the USMNT goalkeeping picture, and they’re fighting to assert themselves during pre-Gold Cup camp in Nashville.

Shrewsbury Town set to become first English club to introduce safe standing | The Guardian
Shrewsbury Town is applying to install safe standing rails at their stadium, the first club in England to do so. The League One side hopes to have safe standing in place before the 2017-18 season begins.

Sky Sports to replace numbered channels and slash prices in revamp | The Guardian
Fox and ESPN aren’t the only big sports channels making drastic changes. On the other side of the pond, Sky Sports is completely revamping its lineup, taking the numbered channels and replacing them with channels dedicated to particular sports, like soccer, cricket and rugby. They are also slashing prices on their new channels to hopefully bring in more subscribers.

Frank Lampard holds talks over Oxford manager’s job | Sky Sports
He’s played for West Ham United, Chelsea, Manchester City and New York City FC. Now, Frank Lampard is interested in becoming the manager at League One side Oxford. Will he make the leap to coaching?

And that’s it, ladies and gentleman. Hit the comments below, and Vamos United!