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USWNT beats Japan, LAFC vs. LA Galaxy, and more: Freedom Kicks for 7/27/2018

The Montreal Impact’s big summer move went wrong in spectacular fashion

I just got a Super Nintendo Classic, and other than watching the USWNT match last night, I took some time to reacquaint myself with Street Fighter 2. And by “some time,” I mean enough time that Freedom Kicks is going to be a bit shorter than usual for a Friday.

Barra Brava is back at D.C. United games but says hurt feelings remain among hardcore fans | Washington Post
Reminder that for D.C. United, getting all three supporters groups back in the building (note: the District Ultras aren’t officially back yet) is just one step. The team has work to do, and all of the groups have work to do among one another.

Alex Morgan hat trick lifts USA to 4-2 victory over Japan in Tournament of Nations opener | Stars and Stripes FC
Rose Lavelle played 26 minutes and was involved in the USWNT’s fourth goal in a win over Japan. More importantly, she didn’t appear to suffer any injury setbacks.

Insider: One Year After USWNT Player Revolt, Coach Jill Ellis Is Still in Charge | Sports Illustrated
Grant Wahl with a bit of a bombshell here: USWNT players demanded major changes or an end to Jill Ellis’s tenure as head coach. Ellis has stayed on, though it’s not clear if the players got the changes they wanted.

USOC dismisses Hope Solo’s complaint about US Soccer | AP
Hope Solo’s complaint was rejected, but it’s important to note why that was. The US Olympic Committee ruled that she hadn’t exhausted the USSF’s existing grievance process. In other words, this got kicked back down to a lower court. This might not be over.

Here’s a look at former United fullback Robbie Russell’s life afer soccer.

Montreal Impact statement on Jimmy Briand | ImpactMontreal.com
Last week Montreal more or less confirmed that striker Jimmy Briand had signed, but now have to retract their claim. If you’ve ever wondered why signings need days or even weeks to get from “virtually done deal” to actually done, avoiding this kind of stuff is why.

Never Boring: LAFC 2, LA Galaxy 2 | Angels on Parade
El Trafico is developing a pattern. LAFC once again gave up a multi-goal lead in the final moments against the LA Galaxy.

Orlando City vs. New York City FC: Final Score 2-0 as Lions’ Slide Continues | The Mane Land
Orlando City hit the woodwork four different times en route to yet another loss, this time to NYCFC.

NE DC is turning vacant parking lots into playing fields, thanks to these parents | Greater Greater Washington
This is pretty cool, and a credit to the folks who worked hard to get the idea this far.

OK, back to playing 25 year old video games! Have a good weekend.