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USMNT vs. Paraguay, NWSL Players Association and more: Freedom Kicks Thursday March 29 2018

Jaime Moreno is in the DC Sports Hall of Fame!

Happy Thursday! It’s opening day for baseball, soccer is in full swing and March Madness is in the final stretch. It’s an exciting time! Here’s what is happening in the soccer world.

USMNT: Young stars establish own culture, tactical identity |
Brian Straus on the youth movement that the USMNT game signaled.

Four things we learned from USMNT vs. Paraguay | Stars and Stripes FC
Some key takeaways on Dave Sarachan and the top performers of Tuesday night.

Len Bias, Peter Bondra among Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 | Washington Times
D.C. has a sports hall of fame which I did not realize until reading this. Jaime Moreno is in this year’s class!

FIFA to probe Russian racism against France players | AP
FIFA is investigating racist chants from the St. Petersburg crowd against French players. The agency that helps FIFA investigate it is also concerned about why this wasn't dealt with while the game was happening.

D.C. United is its own worst enemy right now | Black And Red United
Jason did give a movie recommendation but the rest of the piece is good. Let it be known that he drove a ridiculous distance just to see one movie.

Yael Averbuch on forming the NWSL Players Association, learning to love a new position and dealing with a rough offseason | Soccer America
Yael Averbuch, former Spirit player and NWSL Players Association leader mentioned that only a couple U.S. Soccer presidential candidates reached out to her before the election.

Q&A Christina Gibbons, Sky Blue FC |
Sky Blue's Christina Gibbons on the transition to Sky Blue, being vegan, and non-soccer stuff.

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That’s all I’ve got. Let me know in the comments what you’re reading.