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Premier League returns, NWSL Challenge Cup schedule released, and more: Freedom Kicks for June 17, 2020

The EPL is back!

Arsenal Training Session Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Happy Wednesday folks. Today, we welcome back the Premier League with 2 matches, Aston Villa versus Sheffield United and Manchester City hosting Arsenal. La Liga and the Bundesliga also have matches, but many fans will be tuned into the Premier League as it takes center stage.

We now know what the Black Lives Matter jerseys will look like for each team, based on what the Arsenal jersey will be today:

Still, despite the incredible gesture, the EPL isn’t doing much else. They’ve decided that they will not consider bringing the NFL’s Rooney Rule to the league. Let’s hope they got something else and these jerseys aren’t just lip service. To the rest of the news...

North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns FC To Kick Off 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup presented by P&G and Secret on CBS, CBS All Access, and Twitch - NWSL

The North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns FC will play in the opener of the NWSL Challenge Cup, and the league released the entire schedule. Games will be at 12:30pm and 10:00 pm every day, so mark your calendars. Jason Anderson has highlighted the schedule for the Washington Spirit, including a July 4th match against OL Reign FC.

Why former MLS player Amir Lowery is running for Congress - MLS

Amit Lowery is mounting a challenge for the District of Columbia’s nonvoting delegate to Congress against longtime incumbent Eleanor Holmes Norton. Among the reasons: pushing to get D.C. the voting rights and representation in Congress we have long deserved.

Robert Lewandowski secures Bayern Munich’s 8th straight Bundesliga title - ESPNFC

Bayern Munich had to fight for it, but they beat Werder Bremen 1-0 yesterday to clinch their 8th straight Bundesliga title.

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Harry Shipp announces retirement from soccer, will pursue MBA - MLS

Harry Shipp has called it quits after 7 seasons in Major League Soccer. He is leaving the game to pursue a MBA.

Enjoy the soccer day, everyone.