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Atlanta United wins U.S. Open Cup, USL lands new media rights deal, and more: Freedom Kicks for August 27, 2019

USL teams will get some money.

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-Minnesota United FC at Atlanta United FC Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Wednesday folks. Just a few links from yesterday, so let’s get into it:

Atlanta hold on to win first USOC title | MLS

Atlanta United held off Minnesota United to win the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by a 2-1 score. Pity Martinez was the hero for the Five Stripes, who have won their 2nd major trophy in 9 months.

USL Reaches New Rights Agreement with ESPN, ESPN+ | USL

USL reached a deal with ESPN and ESPN+ to show all their matches through 2022. This includes all USL Championship and USL League One matches. The deal will see teams get money for the first time ever from a media rights deal.

Bury expelled from Football League; Bolton has 14 days | NBC Sports

Bury FC and Bolton Wanderers failed to find someone to sell the club by an EFL-imposed deadline, and now Bury has been expelled from the English Football League. Bolton has been granted an additional 14 days to find a buyer and avoid the same fate. Sad times in England for fans of both clubs.

D.C.’s Rooney suspended for additional game | ESPNFC

Wayne Rooney has been suspended an additional match for the red card he picked up against the New York Red Bulls, and he will miss D.C. United’s important match this weekend against the Montreal Impact.

Its season slipping away, D.C. United clears the air with closed-door meeting | Washington Post

D.C. United is struggling mightily, and it sounds like they closed the doors and hashed it out as a team. Let’s see if that leads to them turning it around this weekend.

Lloyd serious about NFL try, but not until 2020 | ESPNFC

Carli Lloyd smashed a 55-yard field goal during an invite to preseason practice with the Philadelphia Eagles. Well, a couple teams wanted her to seriously consider playing in their final preseason game this week. Lloyd can’t due to the United States Women’s National Team playing Portugal in Philadelphia Thursday, but she sounds like she may try to give the NFL a shot next year.

That’s it’s for today. Hit the comments and discuss all the news of the day!