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Mesut Özil, Kellyn Acosta, and more: Freedom Kicks for 7/24/18

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Plus: the USWNT roster for the Tournament of Nations.

Morning! Hope no one has been carried away by any floodwaters (and is looking forward to Audi Field’s inaugural rain game tomorrow!). My grocery store had a sign up saying a storm was coming so everyone should stock up on supplies, and like...that’s a bit extreme, no?

That said, I’d better stock up on box brownie mixes. Just in case.

I don’t have a lot for you today, but let’s go to the links anyway. Onward!

2018 US Open Cup: Draw reveals Semifinal hosts, hosting priority for Final | thecup.us

So the Philadelphia Union will host the Chicago Fire, and the Houston Dynamo will host LAFC in the semifinals. The host of the final will depend on who advances, but the order is: Houston, Philly, LAFC.

Jill Ellis cuts Hinkle and Ohai for final Tournament of Nations roster | Stars and Stripes FC

The tournament kicks off this Thursday—USA vs. Japan is at 7 p.m. ET on FS1.

The US should not expect success from emulating the French model | Stars and Stripes FC

We’re USMNT fans. Do we expect any success ever?

Reasons why trading Kellyn Acosta makes sense for FC Dallas | Big D Soccer

Don’t think it makes sense? That’s what the comments are for! Discuss!

Mesut Ozil was never going to be German enough for many fans of Germany | SB Nation

Look, there’s a lot of bad going on here. Racism is bad. Taking pictures with bad people is bad. The end of a player’s career with his national team over this is bad.

Finally, this:

All righty, I’m out. Enjoy your (rainy) day!