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MLS Week 1, Toronto’s new DP, and more: Freedom Kicks for 3/5/19

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Plus: VAR for the Women’s World Cup.

Hello hello! Everyone enjoy that Winter Special Rain Game™ on Sunday? My hat and gloves were still wet come Monday morning :(

But! It was still pretty fun, right?

Let’s talk about some more soccer stuff.

Team of the Week presented by Audi: Saphir Taider is tidy in Week 1 | MLS

Forget Saphir Taider, Paul Arriola and Frederic Brillant are in here and Ben Olsen is coach. Oh, and Bill Hamid is on the bench.

Top 10 MLS debutants this weekend: Who made the biggest impact? | MLS

Rodriguez is eighth on this list. I really enjoyed watching both him and Jara on Sunday; here’s hoping they turn in some more good performances this season.

MLS Statues: Who else deserves the David Beckham treatment? | ESPN FC

I wouldn’t shake my head at a Ben Olsen statue tbh.

Toronto FC Completes DP Signing of Alejandro Pozuelo | Sports Illustrated

Just because the season has started doesn’t mean we can’t still get some signing news. $11 million or thereabouts for this guy.

These are the 22 allocated USWNT players for 2019 | Stars and Stripes FC

Aka, the NWSL players for whom USSF helps subsidize salaries. For the Washington Spirit, it’s Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh.

Speaking of the NWSL, the Spirit have announced their theme nights for 2019, including an official Pride Night on June 22.

A few good minutes with MLS Commissioner Don Garber | The Washington Post

The Goff talks to the Don.

Video review for Women’s World Cup backed by FIFA panel | AP

Do itttttt

All right, friends, that’s all from me! It’s your turn in the comments.