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USWNT crush Chile, CONCACAF Women’s WCQ draw, and more: Freedom Kicks for September 5, 2018

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All eyes are now on qualifying.

Happy Wednesday folks. I stayed up late watching the USWNT blast Chile, so I’m a bit tired this morning. So while I crack open a Coke and search for a smile, here’s the news:

U.S. women’s national team defeats Chile 4-0 in final World Cup qualifying tuneup | Pro Soccer USA

The United States took care of business against Chile, winning 4-0 behind goals by Mallory Pugh, Tobin Heath, and 2 goals by Carli Lloyd. Still, there’s some work to do to clean up some of the play. Now, everyone is focused on preparations for World Cup qualifying next month. Speaking of World Cup qualifying...

World Cup qualifying draw finalized for United States | Stars & Stripes FC

The USWNT will head Group A in Cary (as expected) and will face Mexico on October 4th, Panama on October 7th, and Trinidad and Tobago on October 10th. It’s time for us to take 10/10 back. Group B will be Canada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Cuba. The top 2 from each group move onto Frisco, Texas for the semifinals and final. Top 2 finishers in the tournament are into the Women’s World Cup, while 3rd place will enter an interconfederation playoff against Argentina.

Colombia coach Pekerman exits after 6 years and 2 World Cups | NBC Sports

Jose Pekerman is out as Colombia coach after leading the team to two World Cup appearances in 6 years. Could he be a possible dark horse option for the USMNT?

European coaches ask UEFA to review away goals, unify transfer deadline day | ESPNFC

Coaches from several of Europe’s biggest clubs meet to discuss the elimination of away goals as a factor in Champions League matchups as well as aligning the transfer window to close across Europe on the same date.

MLS should be proactive in offering foreign language training to players | Stars & Stripes FC

D.C. United were onto something when they started offering Spanish classes to the English speakers on the team. It’s something that all teams should be doing.

South Korean government to review military exemption policies after Son Heung-Min’s Asian Games gold | Cartilage Free Captain

Son Heung-Min no longer has to submit to compulsory military service for South Korea, but now the government is reviewing the rules after his team’s quest to win Asian Games gold became a worldwide circus.

Nations League: Denmark name futsal players in squad for Wales game amid dispute | BBC

Denmark is in a contract dispute with its players, but because their women’s team forfeited a World Cup qualifier last year, any further forfeits will result in all teams being banned from UEFA tournaments. So, Denmark will be fielding a squad of lower division players and even some futsal players when they take on Wales in Nations League competition this weekend.

That’s all I got. Go forth and prosper, my peoples.