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Gold Cup venues announced, St. Louis revives MLS expansion bid, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 10, 2018

Soccer news was all over the map.

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Welcome to Wednesday, folks. Today marks a year since the Catastrophe in Couva, and if you know someone who was there (*hand raised*), give them a hug. If you think you’re reliving a nightmare by recalling that disastrous performance down in Trinidad and Tobago that saw the United States left out of the World Cup, we’re reliving it in 4K. But, tonight we start to take this date back, as the USWNT take on, who else, Trinidad and Tobago (7:30pm, FS1). I’m here in Cary because I love this team and I hope we drop 25 goals on them.

There was a ton of news yesterday so let’s get right to it:

Gold Cup announces USMNT group stages venues, knockout stage venues | Stars & Stripes FC

CONCACAF announced the venues for next summer’s Gold Cup. The USMNT will be in Minnesota, Cleveland, and Kansas City for the group stage.

Soccer gets another shot in St. Louis as family that owns Enterprise launches bid for MLS team | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

St. Louis is getting another expansion bid together for MLS, and it will be a majority-woman ownership. Let’s see if they can get the stadium deal they need to become a front-runner in the next round of expansion.

FC Cincinnati reveals initial designs for West End stadium | Cincinnati Enquirer

FC Cincinnati has some stadium porn, and it looks sweet. But, we all know how initial designs can tease. Let’s see how the stadium actually ends up.

April Heinrichs to leave technical director position at USSF | Stars & Stripes FC

Could the long-time technical director for the USWNT be in line for the new general manager position?

D.C. United has lineup decisions to make vs. FC Dallas, starting with Paul Arriola | Washington Post

Will it be Paul Arriola or Nick DeLeon at right back Saturday for D.C. United when they take on FC Dallas? Three crucial points might hang in the balance.

Penn FC to Join USL League One in 2020 | USL

Penn FC will go on hiatus for the 2019 season, coming back in 2020 and joining USL League One. They hope to get a stadium plan in place before they come back.

Women’s Football: Fifa wants new women’s club cup and 60m players by 2026 | BBC

FIFA wants to have 60 million women’s players by 2026. That’s great they want to do that. They could start by giving the women’s game the stage that they deserve and have the Gold Cup and Copa America finals moved so that they’re not on the same day as the Women’s World Cup final. That is, if they really cared. But, we know they don’t.

Two Russian soccer players investigated for attacking official | NBC Sports

This sounds like Russia. Two soccer players, Alexander Kokorin from Zenit St. Petersburg Zenit Saint Petersburg and Pavel Mamayev from Krasnodar, attacked a Russian official from the Russian Ministry for Industry and Trade. Oops. They could both face jail time and have their contracts ripped up for this.

New Mexico United Unveils Official Name, Branding | USL

New Mexico United has a new name, new crest, and will play in the USL Championship next season. They will be based out of Albuquerque.

Be excellent to each other, everyone. Hit the comments and drop the news that you saw yesterday.