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Ortiz out, USMNT players in, and more prepositions: Freedom Kicks for 7/18/17

Plus: soccer from such great heights.

Goooooood morning! Welcome to your regularly scheduled Freedom Kicks. Please keep arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times, and remember that flash photography is not permitted.

D.C. United waive Jose Ortiz | B&RU

ICYMI: Some news I am not at all sad about.

3 things we can learn from Arena’s roster changes | Stars and Stripes FC

The USMNT are back in Gold Cup action tomorrow night against El Salvador (a bit of pre-DCU soccer for you if you’re planning to stay up for #DCUAfterDark).

Roster Tweaks Prompt Multiple Questions for U.S. | American Soccer Now

Well, obviously you needed another article about the roster.

How the US national team will beat El Salvador in Gold Cup quarterfinals | MLS

Little preview of tomorrow’s game. I would be down if the 3-1 win prediction comes true.

Expansion, big spending, smart bosses: How the West lost its edge in MLS | FourFourTwo

No thanks at all to DCU, of course.

Chuck Blazer 1945-2017: The Fatally Flawed Friend | SoccerAmerica

This is an interesting view of Chuck Blazer, and worth the read if you’re curious about him (how could you not be curious about him?).

Climbing Towards The Summit For Women's Equality In Sports | The Shadow League

This is a great, awesome story. Major props to these ladies.

How two 24-year-olds are masterminding Yeovil Town’s social media success this summer |

Very good #content, lads.

Russian police promise to ‘rigidly’ punish ‘half-naked’ fans at World Cup | The Washington Post

Seems like an important cause, definitely one of Russia’s biggest problems.

That’s all I got, folks! You know the drill, so it’s off to the comments with you.