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Washington Spirit owners, Freddy Adu, and more: Freedom Kicks for 18 February 2021

Soccer, go!

Swansea City v Nottingham Forest - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Good morning! It is another gross day down here in Richmond, and I hope that everyone stays warm, safe, and en-powered today as we march towards spring. There is a bunch of news today on a lot of weighty topics, so let’s get right into it.

Washington Spirit add literally dozens of new owners

If you’re reading this, there is a not insignificant chance that you too are an owner of the Washington Spirit, as they added a ton of new ones yesterday. Chelsea Clinton and Jenna Bush Hager leaked a day early, but other notable names include Tom Daschle, Dominique Dawes, Brianna Scurry, Jay Carney, and a bunch more.

As Chelsea Clinton, Jenna Bush Hager invest, meet 1st female owner of Washington Spirit

All of these new owners join Steven Baldwin and Michelle Kang, who was the team’s first woman owner; her company, Cognosant, has almost 2,000 employees.

D.C. United is close to signing their other first round draft pick, which would give them some much needed help on the front line.

‘A new Crystal Dunn’ - USWNT star will not be staying silent any longer

Crystal Dunn talks to Seth Vertelney about how she is speaking out about her positional preferences with the USWNT and so much more.

This is a very big deal!

Black Chicago Fire players share their experiences with race in life and soccer.

Chicago Fire players speak out about the racist abuse that they have suffered, not only in the MLS ranks but in youth academy matches from parents. Any parent who uses a slur should be immediately banned.

Revealed: how the pay gap at US Soccer goes all the way up the ladder

US Soccer: still doing a bad job!

It would not surprise if the situation is similar in USL League One, and probably not too much different for the majority of players in USL Championship. These players are scrapping by for the love of the game, and these teams are scrapping by one small margins and small staffs. The only USL teams that I see that really break out the pocket books are the ones that are mortgaging their future in hopes that they get that jump to MLS. If they don’t, the cuts come fast.

I always wish the best for Freddy Adu, but he has just been let go from a 3rd division side in Sweden. The quote is....not great.

Swansea City 1-0 Nottingham Forest: Late Connor Roberts header earns Swans dramatic Championship victory

Paul Arriola sighting!

That’s all I’ve got today, what’s up?