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USMNT compete for Gold Cup, Dom Dwyer to Orlando, & More: Freedom Kicks for July 26, 2017

Happy USA Day! Let’s get that trophy!

Howdy, folks. The United States are ready to compete against Jamaica tonight in the Gold Cup final, but first, let’s recap what was a busy day yesterday:

USA vs. Jamaica, 2017 Gold Cup Final: What to watch for | Stars & Stripes FC

Here’s what to look out for tonight when the USMNT takes the field in Santa Clara against the Reggae Boyz.

Dom Dwyer traded to Orlando City SC in record deal | MLS

In the richest trade in MLS history, Sporting Kansas City trades Dom Dwyer to Orlando City for a guaranteed $900,000 in TAM/GAM money and a potential $700,000 extra pending meeting incentives. A seriously incredible deal. Sydney Leroux to the Orlando Pride in 3...2...1...

Breaking: Real Madrid reach €180 million agreement over Mbappe –reports | Managing Madrid

Real Madrid could be on the verge of grabbing Kylian Mbappe from Monaco to the tune of €180 million. If completed, it will be easily the largest transfer amount in soccer history, which is just mind-boggling.

The Future of Lower Division Soccer in America: Part 1 | Medium

A good article by a great friend on the future of 3rd division soccer with the possible introduction of the National Independent Soccer Association and how it could help shore up the U.S. Soccer pyramid for the lower divisions.

Chinese Super League in crisis with 13 clubs set to forfeit involvement next season due to unpaid salaries | Mirror

Is the Chinese Super League’s bubble bursting? Color me unsurprised. Also, Hulk, Ramires, Oscar, and Carlos Tevez, any of you are welcome here at D.C. United. Just say the word!

Report: D.C. United monitoring Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez? | Black & Red United

Speaking of the Black-and-Red, is it possible that they are going after the Honduras #1 Luis Lopez?

Diego Maradona backs video referees despite ‘Hand of God’ goal | BBC

Diego Maradona says he’s in favor of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) even though arguably his most famous goal, the “Hand of God,” would have been overturned if the referees actually saw it on replay.

Cristiano Ronaldo confirms he will stay with Real Madrid | Managing Madrid

Y’all knew Cristiano Ronaldo was staying in Madrid this whole time, right?

Alright everyone, enjoy the day. USMNT vs. Jamaica tonight at 9:45pm...Go Go USA!