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Y’all, it’s hot. Someone remind me why I put up with the weather here.

I guess D.C. United is a bonus? Although slightly less so when they’re not winning.

I’m running low on energy so let’s jump right into your Freedom Kicks for the day.

USA wins the Tournament of Nations: four things we learned | Stars and Stripes FC

With the Women’s World Cup coming up next summer, the USWNT’s 4-1 win over Brazil was encouraging.

Christian Ramirez is being traded to expansion side, Los Angeles FC | E Pluribus Loonum

The Transfer Window is quickly coming to a close, and deals are a-dealing.

Diamond midfield proves right shape, right time for Rapids, Acosta | MLS

Warshaw expains how the 4-4-2 maximizes Kellyn Acosta.

Espanyol’s U.S. summer tour was decidedly unglamorous—and that’s what made it interesting | The Athletic

Admittedly I didn’t read this because there’s a firewall. But here it is anyway!

Tab Ramos: Hiring freeze has made for ‘difficult year’ on U.S. men’s side | SoccerAmerica

I’m sure any of us who’ve had to do other people’s jobs while waiting on backfills can relate on some level.

Manchester City Enters Title Defense as Favorite to Retain the League | Sports Illustrated

Honestly sometimes I forget other leagues are not on MLS’s schedule. Premier League starts soon! I was totally not oblivious to that!

Let’s end on the #SaveTheCrew crowd just casually releasing their own stadium plans: