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2026 World Cup host cities revealed, Red Bulls beat Cincy in USOC, & More: Freedom Kicks for August 16, 2017

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DC and Baltimore make the preliminary World Cup bid list.

Happy Wednesday folks. Today is a good day for me...it’s my dad’s birthday. None of y’all know him, but he’s a really good dude, so wish him a happy birthday anyway! Alright, let’s get with the news:

Potential 2026 World Cup host cities announced | Stars & Stripes FC

49 stadiums in 44 cities in 3 countries on 1 continent...the cities for the NAFTA 2026 World Cup joint bid featuring the United States, Mexico, and Canada were released. DC and Baltimore both make the preliminary list.

Wright-Phillips double helps NY Red Bulls beat FC Cincinnati | ESPNFC

You know we were all going for FC Cincinnati, but they couldn’t hold on against the Ne York Red Bulls. Red Bull will take on Sporting Kansas City for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title in September.

Liverpool beat Hoffenheim in Champions League first leg | BBC

Liverpool is trying to get to the Champions League group stages. To get there, they must get past Hoffenheim. They’re off to a good start, winning the first leg 2-1.

Taylor Smith describes her coming out | Stars & Stripes FC

A great article from Stephanie Yang on USWNT and North Carolina Courage defender Taylor Smith and her struggle with coming out as gay.

Transfer system isn’t perfect but Premier League plans don’t make sense | The Guardian

Many Premier League teams want to end the transfer window prior to the start of the season, but not all think that plan is the best.

Pablo Mastroeni fired | The Burgundy Wave

Welp. This certainly will change the gameplan for D.C. United as they take on the Colorado Rapids this weekend.

Barcelona transfer news regularly more confusing than exciting | SB Nation

The Real Madrid fan in me is laughing, but not too hard. Real Madrid still need to keep FC Barcelona at bay today in the 2nd leg of the Spanish Supercopa. Madrid won the 1st leg on Sunday, 3-1.

Alright, that’s it for now. Hit those comments and have a great one!