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MLS All-Stars to take the field, UEFA Champions League TV schedule released, and more: Freedom Kicks for August 1, 2018

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MLS gets set to take on Cristiano Ronaldo’s new team...minus CR7.

Happy Wednesday folks, and it’s August 1st...already. Wow. The MLS All-Stars will take on Juventus tonight (7:30pm, ESPN/UniMas), so there’s some soccer on! There’s no Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimović, but it should still be a fun contest. Before that, let’s catch up with Mallory Pugh before the Washington Spirit head west:

Now, to catch you up on yesterday:

B/R Live to Provide Direct Access to More Than 340 Live UEFA Champions League & UEFA Europa League Matches | Turner

Turner is about to make you open up your wallets to view most of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches this year. To the tune of $80/year. Better stack your chips.

After Saturday’s injury, Wayne Rooney is avaiable for trip to Montreal | Black & Red United

Wayne Rooney may have a broken nose and some stitches, but this man is READY for Saturday’s match against the Montreal Impact. Aight Wazza!

MLS Homegrown Team ties Tigres U-20s 1-1 | MLS

The MLS Homegrown Team drew Tigres U-20s 1-1 last night in the MLS Homegrown Game. Toronto FC’s Liam Fraser notched the lone strike for the MLS side.

What drives the success of men’s international teams? | Stars & Stripes FC

Part of a series that details how money may not be the only factor in creating successful teams.

Bradley Wright-Phillips concedes Golden Boot race, all-time record to Josef | MLS

Josef Martinez is on another planet, and Bradley Wright-Phillips has already declared him the king of the Golden Boot and feels his single-season record will fall in a few weeks.

What’s the long-term plan for MLS, USL, and USL D-III? | NBC Sports

NBC Sports investigates whether MLS, the USL and the new USL D-III are steadily working towards a system where salary caps are eliminated and that oft-debated promotion/relegation will be implemented.

NYCFC coach Domènec Torrent on league schedule: ‘We have a big problem in MLS’ | Pro Soccer USA

New York City FC’s new coach doesn’t like the league’s schedule balance with the number of games in small periods of time. Tell that to D.C. United, Domènec, because you haven’t met schedule imbalance yet.

Alright, that’s it for today. Hit the comments with the news that came across your timelines!