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Wayne Rooney, Washington Spirit, and Ballon d’Or: Freedom Kicks for 22 October 2019

Soccer, go!

Soccer: U.S. Women’s National Team Victory Tour-Ireland at USA Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

D.C. United’s season is still over and that still sucks. But there is other soccer to tide us over until next February (yes, February!) and the start of the next MLS season. Although, if we have to rely on the USMNT for our soccer happiness these next few months, I think we’ll all be disappointed.

Well, that took a turn I didn’t intend. To the links!

D.C. Catches The Spirit - The Kojo Nnamdi Show: While they didn’t make the playoffs, the Washington Spirit had a successful turnaround year and are looking to build on it going into next season. Steve Baldwin, majority owner, and players Tori Huster and Andi Sullivan talk Sasha-Ann Simmons about the season and where the team is going from here.

The Rooney era is right and truly over, with the player already back in the UK. I think that’s better, however, than making players that obviously aren’t coming back stick around do things like playing offseason matches in another country.

4 Americans nominated for Ballon d’Or - Stars and Stripes FC: A strong showing from the Americans, as expected, and the list includes the Spirit’s Rose Lavelle.

US Soccer Is Neglecting Latino Talent—and It Shows | The Nation: A very well reported article about how the intersection of USSF policies and decisions and US laws affect the USMNT and soccer in the United States writ large.

NWSL Charting Next Phase Of Growth Via New Partnership With Octagon: NWSL is in their best position yet to negotiate a new national television deal. I wonder if D.C. United might follow a similar playbook, since Octagon is a local company and some of their leadership recently came from the company.

Sacramento officially joins MLS: Welcome to the newest MLS club! They have been working on this for a long time, and it is deserved.

That’s all I have this morning, what’s up?