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USWNT routs Mexico, D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/5/2018

On the docket today: A Spirit player’s winter plans are set, a golazo, and goats

On this day in history, the Women’s March on Versailles took place in 1789, actor Donald Pleasance was born in 1919, legendary Brazilian forward Careca was born in 1960, and PBS was founded in 1970. Yes, this is me covering for not having anything interesting to lead off with.


Ben Olsen Faces Great Expectations, and Canvases | Washington City Paper
Pablo Maurer got the rarest of D.C. United stories: a lengthy interview/hang-out with Ben Olsen. This is how you should start your day for sure.

Russell Canouse stepping up in influential role for DC United |
If Russell Canouse keeps playing the way he’s playing, there will be more stories like this written about him. Now, if only Dave Sarachan were paying closer attention.

Rooney’s presence on and off the field boosts surging D.C. United | Washington Times
Disregard the headline, this is mostly just more Canouse. Which is good!

22 Under 22 - 2018 Rankings |
I don’t have any major disputes with this list, which includes Chris Durkin at #14. I think he’s probably better than Andre Horta, and Ezequiel Barco is overrated entirely based on things that haven’t happened this year, but you could also argue that Brooks Lennon should be above him.

Tommy McFly and his team bumped into DC United’s Wayne Rooney at lunch | Washington Post
Gotta admit, I have no idea who Tommy McFly is and assumed this was a made-up name. Pseudonym or not, here are some folks with Wayne Rooney and Steve Birnbaum.

Columbus Day weekend traffic, transit changes: Metro opens early for Army Ten-Miler | WTOP
This is probably useful. Don’t forget, Sunday’s game is an early one (1pm).

Djordje Mihailovic Is The Future Of The Chicago Fire | Hot Time In Old Town
Djordje Mihailovic may not be widely recognized yet (losing most of his season to a torn ACL suffered last October will do that), but make no mistake: United has to know what they’re doing to contain the 19 year old.

World Cup qualifying: USA looks confident in 6-0 win over Mexico | Stars and Stripes FC
I still have problems with certain Jill Ellis choices (Crystal Dunn is a starting-caliber attacker rather than a left back, and Sam Mewis should start against bunkering teams), but 6-0 is 6-0. Of the Washington Spirit contingent, Rose Lavelle started the game and went 66 minutes, while Mallory Pugh came on for the final quarter-hour. The USWNT’s next qualifier is Sunday against Panama.

US star joins the Jets | The Women’s Game
The Spirit haven’t confirmed Taylor Smith’s loan to W-League club Newcastle Jets, but she’s been posting from Australia for days now on social media, and now Australian outlets are treating the deal as done. I’m guessing we’ll get the official confirmation today.

Spirit Academy – MD forward Jordan Canniff called up to U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team |
The Spirit academy’s Jordan Canniff is back from injury in time for the final tune-up before the U-17 World Cup late this fall.

Sticking with women’s soccer, check out this last-second game-winner from Catarina Macario:

Olympic National Park: Hundreds of goats airlifted to new homes after developing a taste for human urine |
I...look, I don’t know what to say about this.

And on that note, have a nice weekend!