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James heads to Everton, Carlos Bocanegra gets into Hall of Fame, and more: Freedom Kicks for September 9, 2020

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Everton Unveil New Signing James Rodriguez Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

Happy Wednesday, folks. Lot of news from yesterday, so let’s get into it...

James Rodriguez: Everton sign Colombia attacking midfielder from Real Madrid - BBC

James Rodriguez has completed a transfer from Real Madrid to play at Everton this season. He reunites with Carlo Ancelotti, who brought James to the Bernabeu in 2014 and now has him at Goodison Park.

Carlos Bocanegra elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame - SSFC

Congrats to Carlos Bocanegra, the lone inductee into the National Soccer Hall of Fame for 2020. The laundry list of players who were snubbed has called into question once again the Hall of Fame voting process.

Concacaf’s 2022 World Cup qualifying final stage reportedly delayed until Fall 2021 - SSFC

Concacaf and FIFA have postponed the First Round of World Cup qualifying until March, which means the Final Stage of qualifying, where the United States will enter the competition, likely won’t take place until next fall.

In D.C. United news, our old friend GAM is back:

Welcome back, GAM!

MLS NEXT elite youth development platform officially unveiled ahead of inaugural season - MLS

MLS has unveiled its youth development program, which it calls MLS NEXT. We shall see how they plan to fill in the gaps where there are no youth development programs.

USMNT’s Cameron Carter-Vickers attracts AFC Bournemouth bid, according to reports - MLS

Cameron Carter-Vickers could be leaving Tottenham Hotspur for AFC Bournemouth, if reports are true. Let’s see if CCV can find a nice landing spot before the season starts this weekend.

Ronaldo scores 100th international goal for Portugal - ESPNFC

Cristiano Ronaldo has become only 2nd player ever to score 100 international goals, doing so on a terrific free kick for Portugal today against Sweden.

Last, but not least, Meg Linehan of The Athletic has some news on the Expansion Draft for the NWSL:

Racing Louisville will enter the league next year, and it’s been hotly rumored that Sacramento is close to announcing an expansion franchise that would also enter next season.

Enjoy the Wednesday, everyone.