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D.C. disappoints, Rooney does press & more: Freedom Kicks for 7/2/18

Also, D.C. United kinda sorta has something in common with Lebron now.

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Hi. Hope you’re staying hydrated, as it’s a bit hot outside.

Recaps of D.C. United’s 3-2 loss to the New England Revolution from us, WaPo and MLS. The Bent Musket has some thoughts from the other side.

Since we’re here, let’s pull together all the Wayne Rooney think pieces that dropped over the last two or three days, OK? First, despite Wazza talking about the why now, and why here, I’m a little concerned if D.C. misses this, but it’s ground none of us has experienced before. We all know the answer to this question of Wazza alone being the savior, while SBI and Pro Soccer USA talk to some players about what his arrival to the room and field will bring. Jeff Carlisle and Graham Parker from ESPNFC talk about Wazza’s arrival as well, while the..DC visitor’s bureau(?) touts Wazza and his new home.

Minnesota United player comes out publicly that he’s gay (Star Tribune): Former DC homegrown player Collin Martin handled the announcement with pragmatism and class, and it was received almost unanimously with praise and love. As it should be. E Pluribus Loonum has more on their side.

On Sunday, the World Cup came back to Earth (SB Nation): I missed much of this because you can’t entertain a toddler with two 120 minute games and PKs much to my dismay, but host nation Russia eliminating Spain and Croatia dispatching of Denmark sets up for a pretty damn narrative-filled quarterfinal.

Why is flying commercial an MLS policy? (Salt Lake Tribune): This is a nice deepish dive into commercial flight for clubs, charters and possible impact on discussions in the next CBA.

In events surrounding other sports, LeBron James is going to the Los Angeles Lakers on a free agent deal and a minority owner (and future D.C. United owner) couldn’t be happier: