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Injury update for D.C. United’s Kevin Paredes, NWSL CBA talks, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/29/2021

Today’s DMV forecast is a rough one, so stay safe out there friends!

MLS: New York Red Bulls at D.C. United Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning! I fell asleep at 12:30am and woke up at 4, still wearing my slippers and with the lights on, which I do not recommend at all. I’ll be watching this troublesome weather forecast and wondering about whether the road out of my neighborhood will be passable tomorrow, so that’s also not good. On the other hand, I’m gonna have a big breakfast omelet, so it’s not all bad.


Three things about D.C. United posting a throwback win over the New York Red Bulls | Black and Red United
Before we move onto another D.C. United game (always another game), we had some reactions to Wednesday’s gritty win.

That win came at a cost, and the update on Kevin Paredes’ status is...not ideal:

United announced who they nominated for MLS’s end-of-season awards:

And since the DCU news lived mostly on Twitter yesterday, here’s the tweet about Bill Hamid being in MLS’s Team of the Week, with Steven Birnbaum making the bench:

‘We will build a better league’: NWSL’s CBA talks take on new sense of urgency | Just Women’s Sports
Plenty of quotes in here from the Washington Spirit’s Tori Huster and Tegan McGrady, plus more on the status of the latest NWSL CBA talks from NWSLPA executive director Meghann Burke.

Match Recap: Gotham FC left frustrated in draw against Racing Louisville |
Gotham FC’s second straight road draw against a struggling side means that the Spirit have one fewer competitor for 2nd place, and the first-round playoff bye that comes with it. The Spirit still need some massive help (specifically, OL Reign losing at Kansas City tomorrow night) and a win on Halloween, but Racing recovering from a really rocky start to this game was certainly helpful.

Update: Jamaica to allow 5,000 vaccinated fans for USMNT World Cup qualifier | Stars and Stripes FC
Jamaica initially announced that the USMNT’s qualifier in Kingston would be closed-door due to the Covid-19 pandemic, only to reverse course mere hours later and allow 5,000 vaccinated fans in.