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The US women beat Mexico (again), Tinder joins MLS (again) & more: Freedom Kicks for 4/9/18

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Also, the greatest anthem you’ve heard gets an oral history.

Soccer: International Friendly Women's Soccer-Mexico at USA Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Hi. Behold the culmination to an internal wager:

Caymanian footballers to train with DC United (CNS Local Life): Before you go crazy, this is just an Academy-level type deal.

How to survive in the Premier League (Financial Times): Jason Levien, Steve Kaplan and others in Swansea City are mentioned in a piece on their stewardship of the club this year. Since we’re here, Swans got a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion as Tammy Abraham scored in the second half. They remain 15th in the Premier League.

Frugal San Jose, Philadelphia have increasingly thin margins for success (ESPN): Hey, speaking of ownership...

Inter squander points in loss (Serpents of Madonnina): In partner club news, Inter Milan were thwarted by old coach Walter Mazzari as Torino defeated the Nerazzurri 1-0, dropping them to 5th, 1 point behind Lazio and AS Roma.

USA defeats Mexico 6-2 in a wild and crazy game (Stars and Stripes FC): Mallory Pugh scored for the United States women in this win over Mexico, but the bigger story here was Carli Lloyd getting her 100th for the Yanks, becoming the 6th American woman to do so.

The Bullpen is back, Aslin and pizza arrive: A look at what’s new around Nats Park for 2018 (DC Sports Bog): A primer for those (like me) who don’t go to the Washington Nationals stadium and need to get the skinny on eating and drinking options for Audi Field.

Tinder Swipes Right on NYCFC (NYCFC): New York City FC and Manchester City have entered “...a new, multi-year partnership to bring Tinder users and passionate football fans from the touchlines to the goal line, worldwide.” Alright folks, scorn away.

The players’ anthem (The Undefeated): On the heels of the 34th anniversary of his death, this old look back at when Marvin Gaye’s National Anthem slayed audiences in a 20,000 seat arena and on television are recounted. It remains the best version of the anthem to this point, and I’ll hear no response.