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USA vs. England, UEFA Nations League, and more: Freedom Kicks for November 15, 2018

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The big showdown at Wembley is finally here.

Happy Thursday, folks. Ben was so gracious to switch with me after I had a quick business trip to NYC Tuesday that lasted 26 hours straight, with an arrival home of 3:00am. Let’s get right to what went down on Wednesday.

USA vs. England, 2018 friendly: What to watch for | Stars & Stripes FC

The United States Men’s National Team takes on England today at Wembley Stadium (3:00pm, ESPN2/UniMas). Should be a good one. It features Wayne Rooney, who is having a testimonial of sorts to benefit his newly launched charitable foundation. Missing from the USMNT lineup will be Antonee Robinson, who suffered an ankle injury in training and will depart camp after this match.

Nations League 2019: What’s at stake in final week of group games? | BBC

UEFA Nations League also resumes tomorrow, and we’ll find out which teams will get promoted a level and who will make a drop. At risk of dropping from League A: Germany and England.

Ben Olsen calls Wayne Rooney’s England farewell backlash “ridiculous” | Black & Red United

A lot of people are dismissing Wayne Rooney’s farewell match, and Ben Olsen is not here for that talk at all. Also, it was reiterated that Señor Wayne will not be returning to England on loan this winter. He’ll rest and be fresh when preseason training camp begins for D.C. United in January.

Christian Pulisic: Wayne Rooney an inspiration, U.S. needs permanent coach | ESPNFC

Speaking of Rooney, he has a huge fan in Christian Pulisic, who says Rooney’s play has “inspired” him. He’s also with each of us in saying that the USMNT needs a permanent coach and time has been wasting away.

USWNT U17s somehow beat Cameroon 3-0 in World Cup opener | Stars & Stripes FC

The USWNT U-17s are off to a great start at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, winning 3-0 over Cameroon. A little nugget is that Trinity Rodman, the daughter of Dennis Rodman, appeared in this match for the U-17s.

Cat’s Out of the Bag: There Will Not be a MLS Team Playing in Austin in 2019 | Soccer Esq.

In what was something we all already knew, Austin FC will not be ready to begin next season in MLS. But, when will they actually play?

Fifa investigating five Premier League clubs over youth transfers | The Guardian

Chelsea is the big target in this investigation, with reports that they could face a 2-year transfer ban due to signing youth players before they turned 18.

That’s it for today. Hit the comments and keep the train going!