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USWNT beat Spain, Tim Howard to call it a career, and more: Freedom Kicks for January 23, 2019

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Gold don’t rust.

Happy Wednesday everyone. Today shapes up to be a bit warmer than the past couple days, so bask in the 45-degree heat wave while you take in the news from yesterday:

Press goal leads USA to 1-0 win over Spain | Stars & Stripes FC

Christen Press’s 54th minute super awesome goal was the difference for the United States Women’s National Team in a 1-0 victory over Spain.

Tim Howard announces retirement following 2019 MLS season | Stars & Stripes FC

Tim Howard’s gold may not rust, but it will certainly retire after this season.

USA roster cut to 23 players ahead of friendlies | Stars & Stripes FC

Russell Canouse and Paul Arriola make the cut and will continue with the USMNT for upcoming friendlies against Panama and Costa Rica.

D.C. United signs Antonio Bustamante to Homegrown contract | Black & Red United

D.C. United finally makes it official, signing Antonio Bustamante to a Homegrown deal.

Emiliano Sala: Search for Cardiff City FC player’s plane suspended | BBC

Sad news out of England as Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala was confirmed to be on a plane that disappeared. They have suspended the search.

Loudoun United soccer stadium in Leesburg won’t be ready for initial spring games | Loudoun Times

Loudoun United will open up their debut USL Championship season on the road, but their first few home matches will not be in their new confines. To Audi Field they go?

By The Numbers: Distance Traveled by All MLS Teams | Big D Soccer

D.C. United has the 2nd-shortest distance to travel in 2019, but at 27,566 miles, the players can still get Gold status with American or United. Upgrades look shaky though, they’ll have to check at the counter for that.

Tyler Adams is the model of the new American soccer star | SB Nation

An interview with RB Leipzig’s new American midfielder, Tyler Adams.

Expansion candidates Sacramento Republic FC add Ron Burkle as lead investor | MLS

Sacramento Republic adds one of the owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins to their ownership team. Will this finally put them over the top in the race for a MLS expansion spot?

Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo fined for tax fraud, avoids jail term | ESPNFC

The Spanish tax man hit Cristiano Ronaldo with a $21.6 million fine and a 2-year suspended sentence after he pled guilty to tax fraud.

That’s it for now. Stay warm and dry out there.