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Washington Spirit sign Julia Roddar, Chelsea hire Thomas Tuchel, and more: Freedom Kicks for January 27, 2021

Christian Pulisic has a familiar face as head coach.

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Chelsea Unveil New Manager Thomas Tuchel Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Happy Wednesday, folks. Should be a nice day outside for everyone to take a socially distanced walk, so before you bundle up to keep 6 feet away from everything, let’s catch you up on yesterday:

Washington Spirit sign Swedish international Julia Roddar - BRU

Sweden international Julia Roddar heads to the Washington Spirit from Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC on a 2 year deal. She again will join former teammate Emily Sonnett at SegrAudi Field.

Chelsea appoint Tuchel to replace Lampard as manager - ESPNFC

Chelsea have officially hired Thomas Tuchel to replace Frank Lampard as the head coach. Christian Pulisic notably got his big break at Borussia Dortmund under Tuchel, so hopefully this means big things for the United States phenom.

What’s Soccer Pro Crystal Dunn’s Next Chapter? Fighting For The Recognition She Deserves - Forbes

Crystal Dunn, to quote LeBron James, “[needs her] damn respect, too.” She discusses what she needs to do to get it because she’s definitely earned it.

Is this MLS CBA negotiation one of necessity or opportunism? - The Athletic

In the fight between MLS owners and the players, just remember: the owners negotiated and agreed to a CBA during a pandemic, knew they were in a pandemic, and now are using the same pandemic to say that they’re undergoing undue hardship and need to have the deal changed. That’s not how this works.

How Weston McKennie has cast his spell over Andrea Pirlo and Juventus - The Athletic

Weston McKennie has won the heart of Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo, and he’s already a favorite among his teammates too. This could be the start of a great career for the first American to play for the Bianconeri.

FIFA announces timeline to select 2026 World Cup host cities - MLS

DC and Baltimore are in the hunt to host matches during the 2026 World Cup. The bid process will begin this year, so we will see which cities become part of the group that are designated as World Cup host venues.

Herrera: Liga MX’s Club America fired me over Zoom - ESPNFC

I mean, at least Club America is trying not to fire their coach and create an unsafe environment. Still, firing a coach over Zoom...that’s rare, even on this Panera planet.

Stay safe on these streets, y’all.