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Kaiya McCullough departs Washington Spirit, Pity Martinez leaves Atlanta United, and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/8/2020

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Moves abroad are the theme of the day

2020 NWSL Draft Photo by Howard Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

It was a slow news day yesterday, with D.C. United following up gameday with an off day. But that doesn’t mean nothing happened, particularly with the Washington Spirit. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Washington Spirit waive defender Kaiya McCullough | WashingtonSpirit.com
The Spirit say that Kaiya McCullough asked to be waived so she could sign with an (as yet unnamed) European club and get more playing time. It makes sense for her, but it’s a shame a player who has made a real impact off the field is moving on nonetheless. Here’s McCullough herself on the move:

It looks like our site wants to cut this note off, but it does continue rather than just cut off in the middle of a sentence, I promise.

How the Mystics’ Natasha Cloud Got Involved With the NWSL’s Racial Justice Efforts | Washington City Paper
This is a great story from Kelyn Soong, who talked to Natasha Cloud about her part in helping get the Spirit and Sky Blue FC the shirts they wore before kickoff on Saturday on extremely short notice.

Pity Martinez completes transfer to Al-Nassr | Dirty South Soccer
Big transfer in, very modest success...bigger transfer out? Full credit to Atlanta United’s front office for making a profit in a pandemic-depressed transfer market. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of player they want to bring in with the open Designated Player spot.

Radamel Falcao: I want to play for Inter Miami | MLSsoccer.com
(every mid-30s big name player in Europe): I want to play for Inter Miami.

Best of luck to Kylian Mbappe, who had a positive test for Covid-19 and won’t play for France as a result:

And that’s really all I have! We should be hearing a schedule update for United very soon, but soon doesn’t include when I wrote this, which is in the past for you but the present for me. Have a good Tuesday!