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Spirit draw, DC in “the bubble” & more: Freedom Kicks for 7/6/20

And some fire/meat advice of my own.

2020 NWSL Challenge Cup - Day 5 Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Hi there. For the 4th (well, 3rd) I broke in my new smoker and did a roast. I had a charcoal smoker before, but bumped up to pellets. Between that and a bluetooth/wifi thermometer, the maintenance of cooking is so much easier now, highly recommend!

Recaps of the Washington Spirit’s 1-1 draw with the Portland Thorns from us and WaPo. Stumptown Footy as the PNW side of things.

D.C. United enters MLS’s Florida bubble with excitement and concerns (WaPo): Meanwhile in the other soccer tournament that is about to happen, D.C. United’s opponent (Toronto FC) is still in Canada after having a member of their group test positive for Covid so...who knows?

‘All about the money’: The decline of Minnesota United’s youth academy (E Pluribus Loonum): The Athletic first talked about it, our SBN friends got into a deeper, brutal dive on things.

Loudoun Parks and Rec to Host Drive-in Movies at Bolen Park (Loudoun Now): Loudoun United gets things (re)started in a couple of weeks, but for those who are around Segra and need something to do the next Friday nights...

Finally, in the wake of Liverpool’s Premier League title, BT Sport put together a great video of the last 30 years of the team (and Jurgen Klopp) that I’ve still found myself watching more than a week later: