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NWSL returning to play, and more: Freedom Kicks for 28 May 2020

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ISI Photos / Courtesy of Washington Spirit

Good morning! Hope you are ready for more rain, because that is what is on tap for today and tomorrow. Let’s get into the soccer news:

NWSL confirms return to play, announces details of 2020 Challenge Cup - Black And Red United

The NWSL has officially announced their return-to-play format, which is a 25 game tournament in Utah in June and July. Dive into Jason’s piece for all the details, including how you can watch the games to get some sweet soccer action in your life.

How NWSL players secured a return-to-play deal with no pay cuts – The Athletic

The NWSL Player’s Association negotiated a really great deal to save players’ salaries, allow for people to still get paid if they don’t participate in the tournament, and a whole bunch more.

Even though players can opt it, it seems like all of the Washington Spirit’s crew will be making the trip to Utah.

Player Insider: Aubrey Bledsoe - Washington Spirit

Also make sure to go listen to our podcast episode with Aubrey Bledsoe, who was a hoot!

D.C. United has been one of the last teams unable to do individual workouts due to the stay at home order still being in effect for Northern Virginia; that will expire tomorrow, and it looks like the team will be able to start working together.

Paul Arriola thought a torn ACL would cost him the season for D.C. United. Now, maybe not. - The Washington Post

Paul Arriola continues to recover from his ACL injury, and he and the team are leaving the door cracked for a possibility he could return to the field this year. We also talked with him recently about all of this too!

That’s all I have this morning; what’s up?