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D.C., Loudoun lose, Weston to Juve done & more: Freedom Kicks for 8/31/20

Also let’s give Matt Berry a citizenship.

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MLS: D.C. United at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Hi there, so all the soccer is sad again I take it?

Recaps of D.C. United’s 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union by us, WaPo and MLS. Brotherly Game has the Chester angles.

Earl Edwards Jr., D.C. United ‘at the forefront’ as MLS grapples with racial injustice (us): In more important things, this is encouraging. WaPo with more along with ESPN and the Tennessean ($).

D.C. United’s Edison Flores to miss 4-6 weeks with facial injuries (WaPo): Between this and deaths in his family, a pretty rough month or so for Flores.

TÄISPIKKUSES | Selgus Eesti jalgpallikoondise koosseis aasta esimesteks mängudeks: Georgi Tunjov pääses nimekirja, Erik Sorga jääb eemale (Delfi Sport): So Estonia was naming their UEFA Nations League squad, and Erik Sorga is not on it; D.C. United were not obligated to let him go as he would have to self-quarantine. So Sorga’s Instagram posted this before Saturday’s game:

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What will Weston McKennie bring to Juventus? A Q&A with Stars and Stripes FC (B&W&RAO): This continues to be surreal. More from SSFC and even more with Black and White and Read All Over.

DLH Out: Dell Loy Hansen will sell Real Salt Lake, Utah Royals FC, says Garber (RSL Soapbox): Matt has put in a ton of work over at SBN’s Real Salt Lake/Utah Royals site, do check it out.

Lyon vs. Wolfsburg score: French club wins Women’s Champions League for fifth consecutive season (CBS): Lyon is a WoSo dynasty, cut and dry.

Be more than an athlete: NJ soccer duo launches podcast challenge to inspire players (Daily Record): Remember D.C. draft pick Eric Klenofsky? He’s with Toronto FC II now, but he’s also doing a podcast to discuss challenges and mental preparations. He’s had a few former D.C. players on (Ian Harkes, Rob Vincent) and it’s a decent pod, worth checking out.

On the road in pandemic USL (Pittsburgh Soccer Now): This is worth checking out to see how Loudoun is traveling, and occasionally how D.C. is doing it for drivable games.

Speaking of Loudoun, they lost 3-2 to the New York Red Bulls II (missed a chunk of this while doing a family dinner), but in more important matters:

Anyway, I’ve been watching Toast of London on Netflix, starring Matt Berry (whom many would see in What We Do in the Shadows), and when it’s going, it goes great. Anyway, this cut of Toast in the voiceover studio cracks me up every time it comes on (and it’s a bit sweary, so FYI):