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USMNT vs. Brazil, Messi won’t be player of the year, & more: Freedom Kicks for 9/4/18

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And Ronaldo owns a majority stake in Real Vallodolid now.

Morning, friends! Hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day weekends—I for one had a great Sunday at Audi Field watching D.C. United send Atlanta home with zero points.

DCU are on the road against NYCFC next, but before that we’ve got the USMNT playing Brazil on Friday, so I’ve got some content on that for ya today, among other things.

Brooks, McKennie, Yedlin, and Adams highlight USMNT roster | American Soccer Now

Some things on that latest roster.

Marky Delgado added to USMNT roster | Stars and Stripes FC

Bill Hamid not added, for shame.

U.S. youth a priority, but experience of Brooks, Acosta still matters | ESPN

More thoughts on the roster.

U.S. Soccer’s challenge is hiring a head coach quickly but also with consideration | Yahoo! Sports

Moving on from the roster...this coaching situation, eh? We should work on solving that.

Lionel Messi’s FIFA ‘Best’ Finalist Snub Doesn’t Reflect the Year He Had | Sports Illustrated

LUKA MODRIC OR BUST

Ronaldo becomes primary owner of Real Valladolid following takeover | ESPN

“I want this new management to be defined in four words: competitiveness, transparency, revolution and social.” I have to hope this is a weird translation because...what.

That’s all from me, so you know the drill now. To the comments!