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Updated MLS Playoff schedule, Christian Pulisic not giving up on Chelsea, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 8, 2019

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Happy Tuesday, everyone. Leanne is off traveling, so she and I have switched days this week to bring you that news. So, with that mind, let’s kick off the news with something that you may have missed last night: MLS updated their playoff schedule completely, so all the first round matches have new times. D.C. United’s match against Toronto FC will now be at 6:00pm on October 19th, so adjust accordingly.

Here’s the current playoff schedule:

Updated 2019 MLS Playoff Schedule

Pulisic not throwing a fit, not giving up, knows his time is coming at Chelsea | We Ain’t Got No History

Christian Pulisic hasn’t appeared in several matches recently for Chelsea, and he spoke yesterday about not quitting on his time at Stanford Bridge and fighting to get back on the field. We will see him definitely in the lineup Friday night here at Audi Field. Keep working, son.

Miles Robinson added to USMNT roster | Stars & Stripes FC

Miles Robinson was added to the United States Men’s National Team, replacing Walker Zimmerman. The USMNT play Cuba Friday night at Audi Field, so I’ll see you out there!

Josef Martinez releases open letter to explain he won’t play for Venezuela | MLS

Josef Martinez says he will no longer play for Venezuela while the current head coach is in charge, and he penned a letter explaining his reasons.

Portland Timbers forward Brian Fernandez voluntarily enters league’s SABH program | MLS

Brian Fernandez has checked into MLS’s substance abuse program voluntarily. It is unclear if he will be out and available for the Portland Timbers when they travel to Real Salt Lake for their first round playoff match next weekend. What’s most important is that Fernandez gets the help that he feels he needs, and we wish him luck.

Mike Petke’s contract with Real Salt Lake, explained | RSL Soapbox

Mike Petke was fired by Real Salt Lake a month or so ago, and now details of his contract are out, as this messy fight between the coach and the team takes flight.

Tottenham’s Lloris out until 2020 with damaged ligaments - France boss Deschamps | ESPNFC

Hugo Lloris dislocated his elbow for Tottenham Hotspur last weekend against Brighton & Hove Albion, and now he will be out for France and Spurs until early 2020.

Aston Villa ‘disgusted and appalled’ by fans’ racist chanting | Telegraph

Add Aston Villa to the list of teams that have recently had fans chanting racist remarks during a match, this time at players on their own team. World, do better. For real.

That’s it for today!