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USL Championship divisions determined, Washington Spirit preseason roster set, and more: Freedom Kicks for March 3, 2021

A couple of nuggets on the roster.

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Happy Wednesday, everyone. A bit of news to get you started on this chilly morning...

Loudoun United learns of divisions for 2021 season - BRU

The Charleston Battery, Charlotte Independence, Hartford Athletic, Miami FC, New York Red Bulls II, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies are all in the Atlantic Division this year with Loudoun United.

Washington Spirit head to Florida, update 2021 NWSL preseason roster - BRU

The Washington Spirit are off to West Palm Beach for preseason camp, and Jason has some news about the preseason roster.

Ireland and UK in joint bid to host 2030 Fifa World Cup - Irish Times

Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales are all joining together to bid for the 2030 World Cup. They will likely go up against a South American bid that will include Uruguay since it would be the 100th anniversary.

D.C. United is close to acquiring Argentina’s Lucas Rodríguez - Washington Post

DC United could welcome back Titi Rodríguez, as the team apparently is close to agreeing a deal for the midfielder.

Brazil great Pele gets COVID-19 vaccine, urges social responsibility in virus fight - ESPNFC

Pelé received his first dose of the COVID vaccine, which is terrific news for the greatest soccer player that ever lived.

Inside efforts to end Black underrepresentation among MLS technical staffs - The Athletic

Sam Stejskal takes a look at Soccer Collective for Racial Equity (SCORE), which prioritizes increasing the number of Black people in MLS head coaching positions, sporting directors, and executive roles.

NWSL preseason preview: Michelle Betos makes a promise to Louisville fans - All For XI

All For XI are doing preseason previews featuring different players. Yesterday’s preview was Michelle Betos of Racing Louisville.

Barcelona Manager Ronald Koeman Says Arrests Have Harmed Club’s Image - SI

FC Barcelona is in a world of trouble after a bunch of executives, including the current president, got arrested the other day.

Angel City Football Club ready to fly with Birdies - Angel City

Angel City FC announce their new sleeve sponsor, footwear brand Birdies. They will be the sleeve sponsor on all jerseys for the team.

That’s it for today, so stay safe out there.