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D.C. United speaks out on Black Lives Matter, MLS moves & more: Freedom Kicks for 6/8/20

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A busy one today, get up to speed.

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Hi, did you know putting together a boxspring for a bed is kind of hard? Well, now you do.

Let’s start with D.C. United’s message at Audi Field yesterday:

And speaking of Audi Field, an update on someone who hasn’t gotten enough of a chance to enjoy the venue since it opened:

DC United’s union rep says players were ‘definitely upset’ by MLS ultimatum (WaPo): Russell Canouse shares his thoughts on the talks that got settled. We’ll have more with Russ soon.

Loudoun United to resume play July 11 (us): Come in for the nice Ryan Martin quote, stay for what his expectations for the rest of the season could look like.

Police to close downtown streets Saturday for protest; mayor renames street outside White House (WaPo): Dropping this link in here because Loudoun player Erumuse Momoh grew up in Silver Spring and felt the connection to go.

Manifestaciones en Estados Unidos preocupan a los ticos en la MLS (Futbol Centroamérica): Joseph Mora and Ulises Segura also share their thoughts on the moment to their native press...

Ian Harkes opens up on American fears as Dundee United midfielder watches on in horror (Daily Record): ...while the former D.C. homegrown shares thoughts to the local Scotland media and his connection to last Monday’s protests. Deep in that piece is Ian having an outside shot at a call-up to the United States team (though doesn’t get into specifics), whenever national team soccer resumes.

Luciano Acosta del Atlas está en la mira de un grande de la Liga MX (Futbol RF): Apparently somehow somewhere someone put Lucho’s name next to Club America as a possibility; since this came out Thursday it’s been poopoo-ed.

‘Man, this isn’t MLS’: An oral history of USA’s quarter-final run in 2002 (Guardian): Really enjoyed this talk about the United States squad of that World Cup, and remember modestly yelling at the goals, waking then girlfriend/now wife up in the process.

How marriage helps Carlos Álvarez and Renae Cuéllar achieve their goals (Guardian): The former Washington Spirit and current Xolos Femenil player (Renae) gets to be much closer to her husband, who played for Loudoun United last year and is playing for San Diego’s USL team now. When you can work near (or in the same place) as your wife, it’s a nice thing.

LA Galaxy release Aleksandar Katai after wife’s racist social media posts (LAG Confidential): Smart move all around.

Jesse Gonzalez suspended pending investigation (Big D Soccer): FC Dallas had a player test positive for Covid days earlier and this news on Gonzalez involves law enforcement officials, so needless to say it could get worse.

Anyway, go put your feet in a kiddie pool. I have a hammock and intend on using it.