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MLS 3rd jerseys return, 2021 Hall of Fame ballot released, and more: Freedom Kicks for February 3, 2021

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MLS with some unattainable numbers.

2019 Campeones Cup - Club America v Atlanta United Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Happy Wednesday folks, the first one during Black History Month. The groundhog saw his shadow yesterday, which means 6 more weeks of winter. All of us merely had to look out the window yesterday to get our 6-week forecast, though. So, let’s recap the news.

Atlanta United is the only MLS club getting a third kit for 2021 season - The Athletic

MLS is reinstating the 3rd kit, but Atlanta United will be the only club that gets one in 2021. Why would MLS base it off metrics that are so high that only one team can reach it? And, why would they set up teams to fail by having teams be forced to field a Hanes white T collection every other game for the last 5 years? No wonder the count is off...make it make sense.

Finalists revealed for National Soccer Hall of Fame’s 2021 Class - MLS

Former D.C. United legends Marco Etcheverry and Jaime Moreno make the Veteran Ballot, former player and assistant coach Josh Wolff makes the Player ballot, and longtime D.C. United executive Kevin Payne makes the Builder ballot.

Americans at home: MLS players should make a stand in CBA dispute with owners - SSFC

The players in MLS need to take a stand and fight for what’s theirs. Plain and simple.

Falls Church Native Anna Heilferty Joins the Washington Spirit - Washingtonian

Anna Heilferty brings a local DMV flair to the Washington Spirit.

Also, France’s Ligue 1 could be in serious financial trouble:

The USMNT players that made winter club moves - SSFC

A recap of all the United States internationals who made moves during the winter transfer window, including our own Paul Arriola.

Meet the ex-DC United, RSL technical director who brought Daryl Dike to Barnsley - MLS

Former D.C. United technical director Dane Murphy was the man behind the plan to bring Daryl Dike to Barnsley FC on loan.

Is football’s racism battle being lost on social media? - BBC

Short answer: Yes. Long answer: It’s being lost because the powers that be have declared it not a battle worth fighting. But, I assure you it is.

Black History Month: Sydney Leroux shows Canada how American she is - SSFC

As mentioned, Black History Month is ongoing throughout the month of February, so here’s the story of one of the best celebrations in U.S. Soccer history, when Sydney Leroux popped her American collar at the Canadian crowd.

If you’re interested, over at Stars & Stripes FC, I’m bringing 28 stories on Black soccer history, one each day. It’s a series I started a few years ago, and it’s a great honor for me to bring these stories that are worth telling and need to be told. To catch up on all of the articles that have been a part of the series in the past, we have a hub set up where all of the stories are a click away.

Enjoy the day!