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Luciano Acosta to leave D.C. United, Chris Pontius retires, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 30, 2019

And other departures as well.

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MLS: Philadelphia Union at D.C. United Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Wednesday folks. It’s Devil’s Night in America, which is something you only know if you’re from Detroit like me. You may know it as Hallow’s Eve, but in any case, here’s the news:

‘I’m leaving with a lot of pain’: Luciano Acosta departs D.C. United for good - The Athletic

In a riveting interview, Luciano Acosta discusses his impending departure from D.C. United and some of the things that have made it a bittersweet exit. BRU also has info on Lucho’s time with the team.

One of the biggest fan favorites is calling it a career, as Chris Pontius announced his retirement:

Big salute, CP13. Thanks for being one of the best people in this league, and congrats on a wonderful career.

The Washington Spirit has some admirers for Halloween:

Looks pretty spot on to me!

Cryptic Zlatan Ibrahimovic hints at return to Spain - NBC Sports

Is there a Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to La Liga? Remains to be seen...and who would it be with?

Bulgaria fans’ racism: Racist abuse of England players leads to stadium ban - BBC

After throwing up Nazi salutes and other racist crap during their match against England, Bulgaria has to play the next two home matches behind closed doors. They should be docked points too.

U.S. Soccer wants income info on USWNT players - ESPNFC

U.S. Soccer apparently wants information on where all the United States Women’s National Team got their income for the last 5.5 years. Umm, yeah...that’s crazy.

Sources: Gareth Bale pushes for Real Madrid exit as Zinedine Zidane relationship sours again - ESPNFC

Gareth Bale could be looking for a new club in January, as he reportedly reaffirmed his desire to exit Real Madrid.

Speaking of exits...wishing nothing but the best for Jalen Robinson and hope he latches on somewhere:

Also, Andy Najar could be done at Anderlecht:

Could DC United coach be an option for Barnsley? - The 72

Now comes a report that Barnsley FC, who is looking for a new head coach, has the D.C. United coach as a strong possible candidate. But wait, that would mean Ben Olsen is a candidate to be the head coach at Barnsley.

Ben Olsen is an apparent candidate to take over at Barnsley.

Ben Olsen. Candidate. Head Coach. Barnsley.

Wow indeed.

A message to Insiders from USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter - US Soccer

The USMNT desperately need a win against Canada to have any chance of making the CONCACAF Nations League playoffs. They need to get the fanbase back on track. So, head coach Gregg Berhalter put out a video statement to the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club membership, now known as the Insiders program.

That’s it. Game 7 tonight...let’s go Washington Nationals. FINISH THE FIGHT!