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NASL cancels season, United 2026 World Cup bid in danger, and more: Freedom Kicks for February 28, 2018

A LOT happened in the soccer world yesterday.

Happy Wednesday, folks. Tuesday basically was a tornado of news, so we’re gonna drop most of it on you right now:

North American Soccer League announces cancellation of 2018 season | NASL

The NASL is done for the season. Is it done for good? While the Jacksonville Armada, New York Cosmos and Miami FC are slated to play in the NPSL this season, the San Diego expansion team, 1904 FC, will enter the USL in 2019.

United States-led 2026 World Cup bid in jeopardy to Morocco’s | ESPNFC

The United 2026 World Cup bid put forth by the United States, Mexico, and Canada may be in serious trouble, as it is rumored that Morocco has enough votes to secure the World Cup ahead of the United bid. The reason: the world’s view of America politically, among other things.

Precourt provides update on search for Austin stadium site to relocate Crew SC | 10TV

Columbus Crew SC’s owner Anthony Precourt just lit another fire, releasing a statement solely about his efforts to relocate to Austin.

Toronto FC 0, Colorado Rapids 0 | CCL Round of 16 Recap | MLS

Toronto FC outlasts the Colorado Rapids to advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Report: D.C. United looking to sign Joseph Mora? | Black & Red United

Could D.C. United be looking to sign a left back from Saprissa in Costa Rica? That left back, Joseph Mora, might be in the Black-and-Red lineup this weekend if reports are to be believed.

Black History Month: Justin Fashanu comes out | Stars & Stripes FC

We’re in the last day of Black History Month, and before my final article in my BHM daily series drops at noon today, recall the story of the first openly gay soccer player, Justin Fashanu, and the tragic circumstances surrounding the end of his life (with a link to Maryland).

Black History Month: Drogba the peacemaker | Stars & Stripes FC

Didier Drogba literally helped bring peace to his homeland of the Ivory Coast, helping to broker a cease fire in their civil war. Learn how he did it and how he scored his greatest goal in uniting his country.

English leagues in ongoing discussions over midseason break | ESPNFC

England may have a winter break of some sort, as the Premier League is in discussions for trying to find a few weeks off midseason to give its players some rest.

Mexican soccer team refuses to carry anti-drug gang banner | NBC Sports

Pumas UNAM players were asked to carry a banner calling for drug gangs to leave the local university after two students were killed in gang-related violence. They refused to do so, citing security fears.

Neymar: Paris St-Germain’s injured forward out for ‘six to eight weeks’ | BBC

Neymar is out for up to 2 months. PSG’s chances of advancing in the Champions League were already slim, but slim might be leaving town.

And, that’s just a piece of what came down the pike yesterday. Got more? Hit the comments and let us know!