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USL suspends Junior Flemmings for homophobic slur, Mesut Ozil to pay Gunnarsaurus’ salary, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 7, 2020

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And, a big match tonight.

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Happy D.C. United day, everyone. The Black-and-Red take on New York City FC tonight (7:00pm, WJLA 24/7 News, dcunited.com), and we still have an entire team on the injured list. Let’s hope for a turnaround. First, the news...

USL Championship Suspends Junior Flemmings for Use of Foul and Abusive Language - USL

Junior Flemmings of Phoenix Rising was suspended 6 games for use of a homophobic slur against former D.C. United Homegrown Player and current San Diego Loyal midfielder Collin Martin. Punishment should be much stronger, honestly.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil offers to pay Gunnersaurus’ salary after axe - ESPNFC

Mesut Ozil has offered to pay the salary of Gunnersaurus after Arsenal decided inexplicably to lay off the mascot (and the man who plays him). Ozil said he would continue to pay the dinosaur’s salary as long as he remained at the Emirates, which leaves the Arsenal-D.C. United fans in a bit of a quandry.

Ronaldo rape case: U.S. judge to hear arguments over hush-money agreement - ESPNFC

Things are heating up in the Cristiano Ronaldo rape case in Las Vegas, as a judge will hear arguments over whether the victim possessed the mental capacity to sign the confidentiality agreement Cristiano Ronaldo’s legal team negotiated over a decade ago.

Washington Spirit’s Aubrey Bledsoe Excels in the NWSL. Her Next Goal: Being a National Team Mainstay - Washington City Paper

Aubrey Bledsoe has had a wonderful year for the Washington Spirit, and she’s hoping to break through onto the United States Women’s National Team. At the very minimum, she should be called into any post-NWSL Fall Series camp by USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski.

New York Red Bulls hire Gerhard Struber as head coach - Once A Metro

The former Barnsley FC head coach agreed to a 3 year deal to coach the New York Red Bulls.

Chris Richards says it was an honor to start for Bayern Munich - Bavarian Football Works

American Chris Richards had a great debut start for Bayern Munich over the weekend, having one assist to Thomas Muller that was called back due to offside but having another one that counted to Robert Lewandowski.

2020 USL Championship Playoffs: How to watch and stream the Conference Quarterfinals - MLS

The USL Championship begins the playoffs this weekend. Which teams do you think will move onto the Conference Semifinals?