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D.C. United staff changes, USMNT Nations League roster, and more: Freedom Kicks for 5/25/2021

Not all news is good news

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I’m running a little late here, so I won’t dally. We’ve got D.C. United and the Washington Spirit on our minds, of course, plus Segra Field construction and NWSL news both fun and, uh, let’s say dense and not really about soccer. Vamos!

Five things about D.C. United’s aggravating loss to the Philadelphia Union | Black and Red United
For those that dare to relive another very frustrating night where United didn’t quite get their just desserts.

And now, more bad news:

I’ve never heard anything even remotely bad about Gab Manoel, and have noticed over the years how many players have gone out of their way to bring him up or thank him after recovering from injuries. This one hurts more than the lost game, to be honest.

Alright, let’s get with a positive:

Adding staff is welcome...and needed.

Four things about the Washington Spirit’s hard-luck loss to Racing Louisville | Black and Red United
It’s not often you take 29 shots and don’t get a goal, but the Washington Spirit will win often if they are just a tiny bit better in front of goal.

Looking ahead, the Spirit will officially add BBVA Compass Stadium to the list of places they’ve called home:

A team with so many weird home game stories just added another one, I guess.

Meanwhile out at Segra Field, one potential cause for concern is being alleviated:

This contrasts with something I’d heard in the distant past of 2019, when I was told there was water in those showers. But either way, there should have been running water a while ago, even when you factor in the lost time from the pandemic.

When the NWSL stops being polite, and starts getting real | Equalizer Soccer
Megan Rapinoe played her wrestling heel role to a tee over the weekend, and it was honestly a lot of fun.

Judge grants Olivia Moultrie temporary restraining order on NWSL’s age rule | The Athletic
Love to always have to know about the law to write competently about American soccer.

Liga MX Femenil announces changes | FMF State of Mind
Liga MX Femenil announced some pretty important moves last night, including allowing foreign players, a Campeones Cup (sounds like they intend the other side of this to be NWSL), and a four-team international tournament that they would run.

USMNT 23-player Nations League roster revealed | Stars and Stripes FC
USMNT roster’s out. No DCU players, so that’s all I’ve gotta say about that.

ESPN Networks and ABC to Present All 51 Matches of UEFA European Football Championship 2020, June 11 – July 11 | ESPN Press Room
I had honestly almost forgotten that all these international tournaments were being played this summer, in part because my thoughts have been on the Olympics, which...

Not great!

Alright, that’s it. Go have fun out there!