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Netherlands advances in Women’s World Cup, Real Madrid forms women’s team, and more: Freedom Kicks for June 26, 2019

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Some late drama in Rennes.

Netherlands v Japan: Round Of 16 - 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Happy Wednesday folks. Today in Paris, the high is supposed to be 104 degrees, with humidity pushing the heat index near 120. And few places have air conditioning. Pray for me...here’s the news.

Lieke Martens scores last-minute penalty and Dutch eliminate Japan | The Guardian

The Netherlands advance over Japan in the Women’s World Cup on a last minute penalty scored by Lieke Martens. They will play Italy, who blasted China, in the quarterfinals.

Real Madrid approve women’s team for 2020 | ESPNFC

This is a BIG deal. As a Real Madrid fan, I’ve been waiting for this a long time, as have many others. Real Madrid purchased the rights to an existing women’s team that was recently promoted to the first division of La Liga Feminina, and that team will be absorbed by Real Madrid to become their team starting in 2020. HELL YEAH. You know it’s real when that Comunicado Oficial hits:

Report: Alexis Cerritos leaves Pachuca to play for Loudoun United | Black & Red United

Loudoun United gains an El Salvador international, as Alexis Cerritos will leave Pachuca to join the team. Big signing for the USL side.

WATCH: Stoppage time missile earns Curacao draw with Jamaica | NBC Sports

Curaçao is through to the Gold Cup quarterfinals after drawing Jamaica, while Honduras is out even after destroying El Salvador 4-0. That pushed El Salvador out, while Jamaica wins the group.

D.C. United out of the US Open Cup, plus answers to your questions: Filibuster | Black & Red United

The latest Filibuster is here, where the guys talk about the loss in the U.S. Open Cup as well as answer some of your wonderful questions.

LEAKED: Inter Miami 2020 Inaugural MLS Home & Away Kits - Colors & Info | Footy Kit Headlines

Look Inter Miami, we’ve been through this. I’m not asking you to have pink as the home kit color...I’m telling you. You wanna remain true to the city, you do what you’re told!

Meet Charlie Lyon: The MLS ‘Pool Goalkeeper’ Who Can Play for Every Club | Bleacher Report

The inside story of the MLS pool goalkeeper and what life is like for him as he stays ready to travel and compete.

That’s it, everyone. Stay cool for me. I’m going to go find all the ice in France and sit on it.