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MLS and NWSL are Back, and more: Freedom Kicks for 11 June 2020

Soccer in America is coming back online

Xavier Dussaq / Courtesy of D.C. United

Good morning, friends. We have a bunch of news about actual soccer games being played here in the United States, so let’s get right to it:

MLS is Back Tournament: Everything you need to know - Black And Red United

MLS has formally announced the structure of the MLS is Back Tournament, which ends in a $1.1M prize and a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League. The draw is today, so we will know in a couple hours who D.C. United will face off against for three games that count in the regular season standings.

The league is still trying to keep everyone as safe as possible while playing this tournament during the global pandemic.

The pros and cons from FIFA’s review of 2023 Women’s World Cup bids - All For XI

The final three candidates for the 2023 World Cup are here, and it looks like New Zealand/Australia and Japan are the two favorites at the moment; the technical committee gave the joint bid a slight lead on the scores.

#CatchTheSpirit Podcast —06.10.2020

Come and listen to Jason Anderson and Kim McCauley preview the upcoming NWSL return to play tournament, starting at the end of this month in Utah. If you want a sneak peek into Jason’s recording studio, which I see every week on Filibuster, also take a look at this podcast.

Well I don’t like this one bit. Congrats to Andy, of course, and hopefully he can get his career back on track after a bunch of injuries at Anderlecht.

Let’s talk about domestic violence and Jesse Gonzalez - Big D Soccer

Unfortunately, with everyone staying at home, an increase in the number of domestic violence cases was predicted. I recommend you read this whole piece, and watch the linked video of Bill Hamid talking to men about domestic violence.

That’s all I have today; what’s up?