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Women’s World Cup, Gold Cup, MLS, and more: Freedom Kicks for 4 July 2019

Happy Independence Day!

Soccer: Womens World Cup-England vs USA Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning and happy Fourth of July! I hope your day is filled with grilled foods, relaxation, family, and tasty beverages. There are billions of soccer games happening even as we speak (probably), so let’s get straight into it.

D.C. United’s baby boom has players balancing soccer with the ups and downs of fatherhood: Emily Giambalvo previews D.C. United’s game tonight against FC Dallas by highlighting the current and future fathers on the team and how that changes their mindset towards the game.

D.C. United versus FC Dallas and Toronto FC review: Filibuster - Black And Red United: We talked about tonight’s game on our most recent episode of Filibuster; it also features Steven Streff and Ben Lyon of Big D Soccer.

D.C. United versus FC Dallas lineup: Getting the groove back - Black And Red United: We also take a look at who we think will start tonight’s game for United, and we think it will be many of the same players from the weekend.

2019 Gold Cup - USA 3-1 Jamaica: America celebrates its birthday with a win - Stars and Stripes FC: The US men scored three goals and they survived a long weather delay to beat Jamaica and send themselves into the Gold Cup final against Mexico.

Bogert: Behind Minnesota’s big win and more we learned in MLS on Wednesday | There was so much MLS last night, including the Chicago Fire hanging 5 goals on Atlanta United.

Christen Press subbed for Megan Rapinoe and got her big World Cup moment - Christen Press is a great player and I’m glad that she got to show it to the world.

The USWNT is exactly as arrogant as you perceive it to be - The whole “arrogance” thing is yet another reason I’m glad the US beat England and especially Phil Neville.

Alyssa Naeher is the quiet hero the USWNT needed against England - It is always hard to be the person who replaces a generational talent, but Alyssa Naeher has become the person that the US needs.

Jackie Groenen strike sinks Sweden and puts Netherlands into World Cup final | Football | The Guardian: Netherlands needed to go to extra time to do it, but they will face off against the US on Sunday in the World Cup Final.

NWSL secures TV deal with ESPN Networks for remainder of 2019 – Equalizer Soccer: Probably looking to capitalize on how well the US is doing, ESPN will air games from the rest of the NWSL season, primarily on ESPNNEWS and ESPN2.

That’s all I have; what’s up?