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NWSL changes, USYNT crashes out & more: Freedom Kicks for 11/4/19

And a really bananas movie that I saw this weekend.

SOCCER: OCT 05 NWSL - Washington Spirit at Orlando Pride Photo by Joe Petro/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Hi. I find myself with a rare moment of buona fortuna, as I originally put in for today off as my kid’s school is out. However, a change in ownership of the school opened up a free daycare day for him while we have a parent-teacher conference, so after 1030 I have the day off. Guess I’ll catch Parasite at my local Alamo Drafthouse!

Aubrey Bledsoe named 2019 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year (us): The Washington Spirit keeper with a much deserved honor.

NWSL introduces allocation money, makes major changes to league rules (us): Ugh (to allocation money), OK. All for XI with more.

Bermuda to face DC United in friendly (Royal Gazette): I think this has been out there but if not, the game is on 11/15 in the US Virgin Islands, and Bermuda then goes to Toluca to play Mexico in Concacaf Nations League Group play.

Antonio Bustamante, la nueva ‘joya’ boliviana del DC United: The D.C. United homegrown midfielder recently acquired a Bolivia passport (his Dad is Bolivian) and was named to their U-23 squad for friendlies against Peru in a couple of weeks, so we’ll see if he takes this as a step towards playing in Bolivian club soccer in the future.

Fire Front Office Moves To Undermine Section 8, Launch Corporate Takeover Of Supporter Culture (Hot Time in Old Town): Sort of new stadium for the Chicago Fire, same dumb behavior.

USA vs. Netherlands, U-17 World Cup: Holland knocks the US out (SSFC): Griffin Yow played a little, didn’t get hurt that I know of. OK then.

Finally, I caught up to The Pool, a 2018 film made in Thailand, which appeared at Austin’s 2019 Fantastic Fest. If you had an urge to watch a film about a guy stuck in an Olympic sized diving pool with no way to get out, and then throw in his girlfriend and a crocodile? You have a movie that makes Sharknado look like full-on trash. Here’s the trailer: