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D.C. United, Rose Lavelle, and James Harden: Freedom Kicks for 19 July 2019

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Soccer, go!

MLS: D.C. United at FC Cincinnati Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Hello and welcome to Friday! It is a billion degrees outside so please do not melt, but the afterglow of a 4-1 win will hopefully cool you down.

MLS Recap: Lucas Rodriguez, D.C. United thump FC Cincinnati 4-1 - Black And Red United: It took D.C. United a bit of time to get clicking, but once they did they rolled over FC Cincinnati.

The Washington Spirit’s Rose Lavelle gets well-deserved deserved recognition from her hometown for her performance in the World Cup.

Former Terps Soccer Star Donovan Pines Fulfilling Dream Of Playing For D.C. United: Donovan Pines talks about his transition from the college game to the pros.

Black NWSL players talk building a career in American soccer - All For XI: A good look into the problems that black players face breaking into the NWSL in particular but soccer in America in general.

Sources: USL may drop MLS-owned teams from second-tier Championship to third-tier League One by 2021 – The Athletic: USL and MLS are entering into a tricky dance where the second division league is finally making money, but MLS doesn’t want their reserve teams only playing against other reserve teams. Both sides have good points!

Chris Pearlman leaves Swansea City as new role with American owners is revealed: Swansea’s (ex) COO is coming back to the United States to become the president of Kaplan Levien Sports Group, a joint venture of D.C. United’s two primary owners. While there, Pearlman will work “on critical initiatives and potential areas of growth at their MLS club DC United,” so we’ll all have to see what that means.

James Harden Joins Houston Dynamo & Dash Ownership Group | Houston Dynamo: Outside of LA and Seattle, it seems like Houston has the highest number of celebrities who have come and gone through ownership.

Barnsley announce former DC United technical director Dane Murphy as new chief executive - Yorkshire Post: Finally closing the book on where D.C. United’s short-tenured technical director went.

That’s all I’ve got. Happy weekend!