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D.C. United holds critical conversation on race, MLS tournament format revealed, and more: Freedom Kicks for June 10, 2020

And my thoughts on racism in soccer.

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MLS: Inter Miami CF at D.C. United Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Wednesday, folks. We’re super close to the start of La Liga, which begins tomorrow, and the German Cup is going on today. Coppa Italia is this weekend, with the Premier League next week. Until then, here are some of the articles that you should catch up on from yesterday:

DC United host critical conversation about racial inequality Tuesday afternoon - MLS

D.C. United held a webinar yesterday that was titled “Critical Conversations.” It featured former player Charlie Davies, head coach Ben Olsen, goalkeeper Bill Hamid, former player Rodney Wallace, and the DC Scores director of writing, poet emcee Charity Blackwell. It’s the best 60 minutes you’ll spend today, so click on the video and watch if you didn’t yesterday.

How MLS plans to return this summer - SB Nation

We learn what the format of Major League Soccer’s tournament will be next month. Think a mini World Cup, with group stage matches followed by a knockout stage.

SSFC Podcast, Episode 12: Racism in America and soccer - SSFC

I finally gain the strength I need to discuss racism in the United States and in soccer around the world. It was painful to get the words out, but the rawness is what is necessary if we’re going to move forward as a country, particularly in the game we consider beautiful.

MLS reiterates position on players kneeling during national anthems - MLS

MLS says once again that players are okay to kneel in protest during the national anthem, U.S. Soccer will hopefully remove their policy.

Coronavirus: Liga MX mulls return dates for July as COVID crisis grows - ESPNFC

Liga MX could return in July for the Apertura 2020 season. It remains to be seen as Mexico sees rising coronavirus cases.

Black NWSL players are tired, anxious, and still training amidst national turmoil - All for XI

Another article where you can feel the weight that some of the players, and the author, are carrying with them as they go to work, preparing for the NWSL tournament to take place in Utah at the end of the month.

MLS players share their thoughts and experiences on racism in America - The Athletic

The Athletic sits down with 10 players, including Julian Gressel and Chris Odoi-Atsem, about racism in America and how to not let it permeate our culture and our league.

Finally, two notes. A nice video on Moses Nyeman and his journey from academy standout to Homegrown Player.

Lastly, the Orlando Pride released their away jersey yesterday:

Washington Spirit, you’ve been on deck. Time to come with the new new. Enjoy the day, everyone.