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D.C. United at New York Red Bulls, Rose Lavelle update, and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/27/2019

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3 big games that probably don’t happen if not for Stanislav Petrov

We have another busy weekend for your local teams. The Washington Spirit face a must-win against a North Carolina Courage team that they’ve never beaten before at 7:00pm tomorrow, and half an hour later, Loudoun United kicks off against Nashville SC in more or less the same situation. Then, on Sunday, D.C. United heads up to Harrison to face the completely unlikable New York Red Bulls.

Steel yourself for the barrage with these links!

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Status Of Legal Sports Betting In D.C. | WAMU
You’ll be able to place bets at Audi Field soon. You should definitely not place bets on MLS games, because the league is bonkers.

Toll Brothers plans new mixed-use development in shadow of Audi Field | Washington Business Journal
Also coming soon to the general Audi Field area: mixed-use development at Potomac and First. Apartments, ground-level retail...you know, just like virtually all other development between and around Nats Park and Audi Field.

Quick little video to see one way D.C. United can try to beat the New York Red Bulls press:

DC United loanee Chris Durkin makes Sint-Truiden debut in Belgian Cup win | MLSsoccer.com
Chris Durkin came on, and Sint-Truiden ended up winning in extra time.

Rose Lavelle didn’t play in crucial club match after a FIFA gala and a letter from U.S. Soccer | Washington Post
If you’ve been following the NWSL, you know this sort of thing happens, because US Soccer is paying USWNT player salaries. I was considering Rose Lavelle doubtful to even travel to Houston until seeing her in the team’s social media the day before the game, and as far as player safety goes, this was probably the right call. Lavelle had flown from Chicago to Milan to Houston between sometime Sunday morning and Tuesday evening, towards the end of the most physically grueling year of her career.

That said, getting the USSF out of the equation when it comes to how clubs tackle their own problems is probably something the league needs to take care of.

MLB playoff schedule may force NYCFC out of Yankee Stadium for MLS playoffs | The Athletic
Let’s be blunt: NYCFC shouldn’t have been granted an MLS team, because at no point have they had a suitable stadium situation. Yankee Stadium isn’t an acceptable home ground when it’s available, and now it’s unavailable during the biggest games of the year. None of the other recent expansion teams would have been granted their spots with a stadium situation that’s even half as bad as this.

Anyway they’re probably going to win the Eastern Conference, and with LAFC suddenly looking a bit mortal, there’s at least some chance of the Pigeons getting to host MLS Cup at Red Bull Arena.

Diego Valeri won’t comment on contract negotiations, future with Portland Timbers until after 2019 season | The Oregonian
This is shaping up to be a pretty major saga, and I know I’m not the only person giving “D.C. United midfielder Diego Valeri” some thought. Kicking the mental tires, so to speak.

Sydney Leroux could play for Orlando Pride against Sky Blue FC on Sunday | Pro Soccer USA
It sounds like Sydney Leroux, who has missed the entire season after giving birth earlier this year, is going to face the Spirit in a little over a week.

36 years ago today, one man saved us from world-ending nuclear war | Vox
As always, huge shout out to Stanislav Petrov for opting to not start nuclear war! I am glad he did that!

That’s it! Get out there and take advantage of how there wasn’t full-scale nuclear warfare in 1983!