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Diego Maradona reacts to Argentina’s win, 36 hours to Wayne Rooney, and more: Freedom Kicks for June 27, 2018

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Maradona had 2 reasons to be happy.

Good morning folks. It was a late night at the office for me and it’s an early start this morning, and the World Cup is on again today and here’s the news:

Diego Maradona flipped off the world when Argentina scored their game-winning goal | SB Nation

When Marcos Rojo scored the game-winning goal for Argentina yesterday against Nigeria, Diego Maradona gave the world the double bird...and then ended up needing medical attention after the match. Not to worry, dude has 37 lives and is fine.

Wayne Rooney set to leave Everton for DC United | Sky Sports

“Sometime in the next 36 hours,” Wayne Rooney should be announced as a D.C. United player. Make it so, Black-and-Red.

Rowdies sign dynamic midfielder Kwadwo Poku | Tampa Bay Rowdies

Kwadwo Poku is back in the United States, signing with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. He was last seen playing in Russia this past season.

Luca | The Players’ Tribune

A.J. DeLaGarza tells the story of his son’s illness and all that his family went through, and how the soccer community had his back.

Darlington Nagbe to miss 2-3 months with adductor injury | Atlanta United

Huge blow for Atlanta United as Darlington Nagbe will miss the rest of the summer due to injury. Of course, Atlanta goes out and acquires an Argentine midfielder, Eric Remedi.

UEFA lifts Champions League and Europa League alcohol ban | ESPNFC

Hooray! You can now drink at Champions League and Europa League matches!*

*Except in England, where they still have laws prohibiting alcohol from being consumed within sight of the pitch. Same goes for other nations that have similar laws in place.

World Cup 2018: New ball to be used for knockout stage | BBC

Apparently, one official ball was not enough for this World Cup, so there will be a new one for the knockout stage.

Washington Spirit acquires first round pick in 2019 NWSL College Draft | Washington Spirit

The Washington Spirit trade a 2018 international roster slot to the Portland Thorns in exchange for a first round pick in next year’s NWSL College Draft.

Alright, that’s it. Hit the comments before you set those TVs, laptops, tablets and phones to World Cup action!