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D.C. United’s fully-funded academy and more: Freedom Kicks for 17 September 2020

Soccer, go!

MLS: New York City FC at D.C. United Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Fall weather is finally here and I am here for it. I love the cooler weather, not sweating as much, the leaves starting to change, everything pumpkin, etc. Just give it all to me!

To the links:

DC United academy, now fully funded, aspires to join MLS’s best | Charles Boehm |

A fully-funded Academy means that D.C. United can be the home for the best players across the region, and may not lose them to other academies that do provide full funding. Now its time to build on the successes of players like Bill Hamid, Chris Durkin, Kevin Paredes, Griffin Yow, and more and truly build the team from the Academy.

A Conversation With Earl Edwards Jr., Black Players For Change Co-Founder and DC United Keeper - Urban Pitch

Early Edwards Jr. is smart and thoughtful, and always worth listening to.

How wildfire smoke is taking a toll on West Coast teams in MLS | Charles Boehm |

With the amount of smoke that has been in the air, the teams on the West Coast can’t even train outside, let alone play a game.

Looks like Richie Burke let the cat out of the bag a little bit on the next games for the Washington Spirit.

You should never lash out against another player like this, but this is an even more ridiculous way to get an automatic red card.

That’s all I have today; what’s up?