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USMNT loses, Christian Pulisic origin stories & more: Freedom Kicks for 9/4/17

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It’s a light day, so go enjoy it.

Soccer: FIFA World Cup Qualifier-Costa Rica at USA Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Hi. Hope you have off today. With an international break, Kicks are on the light side, both in volume and in tone.

USA 0-2 Costa Rica, recap: World Cup hopes in serious doubt (us): I mean, that was tough to watch, but let’s hold off on serious until tomorrow when the US plays Honduras. Also, you’ll have to keep tabs on the AFC matches tomorrow, where Algeria, Uzbekistan (yes, really) and South Korea could be possible USMNT opponents. Goff has more.

Spirit fall 4-0 on road against Portland (us): The injury-plagued Washington Spirit played the Portland Thorns in Portland, dressed 16 players and gave up 3 goals in the first 40 minutes en route to this loss. Where is the bar?

Pulisic Patriot Connection: Mason Played Role in Soccer Tale (GMU): If Jason praises Christian Pulisic, we can make sure that he can thank Northern Virginia for that, which should irk him. Nevertheless, this is a nice read.

Off the Pitch: Christine Nairn (The Bold): The former Spirit player has found an entrepreneurial vein in her current time with Seattle Reign FC.

Finally, ahead of the release of a sequel(?) to the original Blade Runner, here is said original, reimagined as a film noir in this trailer: