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Wayne Rooney on Fox News? The Courage cap a great year & more: Freedom Kicks for 9/24/18

Also, a daredevil raccoon.

Hi there. So there I am, enjoying breakfast with my wife and son at the lovely Greenhouse Cafe in Ocean City, where a TV is playing one of the Sunday morning political shows and lo and behold, D.C. United player Wayne Rooney is given a three-minute segment as the “Power Player of the Week.”

So in case you were just recovering by just how surreal the last 10 weeks or so has been, there’s one more thing to mess with your head.

Courage 3 - 0 Thorns: Courage are the 2018 NWSL Champions (Dirty South Soccer): So to recap, the North Carolina Courage lost one game all season, a June stoppage time gutter to the Utah Royals. They lost McCall Zerboni to injury three weeks ago while with the United States Women’s team, and lost their home playoff game last week due to Hurricane Florence. So all they day was shut out both the Chicago Red Stars and Portland Thorns FC, both at Portland’s field, the latter being the home of the Championship game. Well. Earned. Also well-earned? This that our own Jason Anderson helped create:

Matthews and his wife had a baby because all there is to do in Buffalo is bone (SI): Jordan Matthews is a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles after being traded from the Buffalo Bills. More importantly to this blog, he is married to Washington Spirit forward Cheyna Matthews, who had to sit out this year because she was with Jordan’s child. Jordan has some thoughts about life in upstate New York.

Can Soccer Score in Washington? (Smithsonian): Want to go to D.C.’s game with Toronto FC, listen to a panel with Don Garber and Jason Levien, and get an Audi Field tour? You’re in luck, if you have some cash.

The story of a Northern Virginia teenager seeking opportunity in the Pacific Northwest (WaPo): Goff with an interesting story here.

Finally, I started Kicks with a Fox story on D.C. United, and I guess I’ll end with another kinda: