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The Spirit aren’t offensive, the Germans aren’t dominant & more: Freedom Kicks for 6/18/18

Also, a pretty good film I watched over the weekend.

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Hey there, a quick recommendation: so we know that ESPN has done a few 30 for 30 installments on the World Cup and related people and events, right? Well Alex Gibney, who’s done several 30 for 30s did one called Ceasefire Massacre about the political murders of several Irish fans watching Ireland play Italy in the 1994 World Cup. He's done a feature-length film on the murders (as they remain unsolved) called No Stone Unturned, which dives into Northern Ireland, British occupations, informers and details on possible collusion between the gunmen and Irish authorities. Gibney’s done some great work on films about Frank Sinatra, Scientology, Abu Ghraib, Lance Armstrong and James Brown to name a few, and this is another installment from the best documentary filmmaker going these days.

Bledsoe stars as Spirit, Reign fight to 0-0 draw (us): Goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe continues to impress in net, saving a penalty kick from Megan Rapinoe as a depleted Washington Spirit drew with the Seattle Reign. Sounder at Heart has the other side of it. The Spirit remain in 8th, having scored 0 goals for the 6th time in 13 games.

Former Staffer Says Soccer Can Teach You Management (Roll Call): Look at that, Ben Olsen has friends on Capitol Hill!

Historic sale of the L.A. Times to close on Monday (LA Times): Patrick Soon-Shiong, who you may remember as the guy supposedly looking to buy a majority (or some significant share of D.C. United) appears to be ready to finalize the deal for the Los Angeles Times. Word on this deal first came in February so hopefully his DCU talks are quicker.

Mexico stuns Germany with thrilling 1-0 win in World Cup opener (SB Nation): Man, this was a thing that happened Sunday, and your World Cup watch party will never be lit until it causes GODDAMN earthquakes! Feel free to recap things over the weekend (including a Brazil disappointment) at the red star mothership that is SB Nation.

Finally, um, whatever this is: