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U.S. Open Cup final, USL rebrands, and more: Freedom Kicks for September 26, 2018

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A champion is crowned tonight

Howdy folks. It’s Wednesday so that means some Carabao Cup action and midweek Bundesliga and La Liga matches as well. Tonight, it’s the U.S. Open Cup final between the Philadelphia Union and the Houston Dynamo. A first-time winner will be crowned, and a CONCACAF Champions League spot is at stake. Who lifts the trophy?

First, the news:

USL undergoes rebranding, renaming as part of new league structure | Stars & Stripes FC

No more USL, USL D-III, and USL PDL after this season. It will become USL Championship, USL League One, and USL League Two. We’ve gone full England, but other than the naming, the structure makes some sense.

Report: Mourinho tells Pogba he will not captain Man United again | NBC Sports

First, Jose Mourinho apparently tells Paul Pogba that his days of serving as one of the captains of Manchester United is done. Then, they go out and lose to Derby County in the Carabao Cup. Tough times at Old Trafford.

Qatar World Cup workers still exploited, says Amnesty report | The Guardian

Ain’t nothing changed, it seems. Only 4 years, 2 months until the World Cup.

Fifa agrees to limit loan deals and re-introduce agent regulation | BBC

The limiting of loan deals could potentially affect United States internationals looking for playing time abroad. This is something to keep an eye on.

Guiseppe Rossi faces one-year ban after testing positive for banned substance | ESPNFC

Guiseppe Rossi may be done for a year after failing a doping test. Welp.

Vancouver Whitecaps part ways with Carl Robinson | MLS

The Vancouver Whitecaps fire Carl Robinson in a move that may have been brewing for quite a while.

Mauricio Pochettino hopes to be in Spurs’ new stadium before Christmas | The Guardian

Tottenham is still praying that their new stadium will be done soon, but it’s possible they could be waiting until the New Year to see the new White Hart Lane.

That’s it for today. Enjoy the day, everyone!