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MLS is officially back and more: Freedom Kicks for 9 July 2020

Soccer, go!

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MLS: Inter Miami CF at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Hello! MLS is officially back, and there was soccer last night and there is soccer right now. It is still a very open question about whether or not these games should be played, but they are here.

To the links:

Recap: Orlando City SC vs. Inter Miami CF 07/09/2020 | Matchcenter

By all accounts, the first game of the MLS is Back Tournament was a scrappy affair, as one would think after such a long layoff. Nani scored the late winner for the hosts.

The Black Players for Change in MLS protest before first MLS Is Back game

However, the most impactful thing from the game was the protest from the Black Players for Change, in which they took the field with the starting lineups to protest police brutality and advocate for human rights.

Roundtable: Leaders of MLS’s Black Players for Change on charting a way forward – The Athletic

If you want to learn more about the goals of Black Players for Change, I highly recommend that you read this article.

I knew Adidas’ contract with the league was big, but I didn’t know it was that big.

Here is some wholesome Donovan Pines content for your Thursday morning.

There is a new NWSL team, and I really like their color scheme. Pale purple and mint? Yes, please.

That’s all I have this morning, what’s up?