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D.C. United podcasts, USWNT wins, Tyler Adams linked to Arsenal, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/11/2021

All that plus the Washington Spirit’s internationals all won yesterday

Japan v Ukraine - Women’s International Friendly Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images

If you like D.C. United podcasts, and want some other soccer news (Tyler Adams to Arsenal, USWNT winning, etc), well guess what friend? You’re in the right place. I’m gonna write this out so I can get back to watching the latest season of Castlevania, so let’s get to work (for me...for you, hopefully reading this is not work).

Filibuster interviews D.C. United GM Lucy Rushton | Filibuster
The latest episode of Filibuster features United’s new GM Lucy Rushton, which I personally am excited to share with everyone. We got into how she ended up pursuing this field, how things work behind the scenes at the club, and you might end up learning something about tea as well.

I did say podcasts, plural, and here’s why:

I haven’t even had a chance to listen to this, since I was watching the USWNT game, but I’ll be listening in for Paul Arriola’s interview this morning.

Junior Moreno got officially named to Venezuela’s squad for Copa America, which means he’s in line to play in two days (if the tournament even happens, as the Covid-19 situation is making that arguably pretty risky):

Moreno will be away for either three or four DCU games.

Speaking of internationals, let’s round up the Washington Spirit’s internationals all ending up on the winning side yesterday:

USWNT 2021 Friendly: USA 1-0 Portugal - a positive result, but the team has some things to work on | Stars and Stripes FC
The USWNT beat Portugal while never really getting above 3rd gear on a typically muggy night in Houston. Kelley O’Hara (73 minutes) and Emily Sonnett (17 minutes) split the game at right back, while Andi Sullivan did not play. Sounds like there will be significant rotation for Sunday’s game against Jamaica though, so don’t be surprised if she’s in for major minutes then.

Nadeshiko Japan scores eight goals against Ukraine in Olympic warmup | Japan Times
Saori Takarada absolutely crushed the volley below for her first senior-level international goal for Japan, who beat Ukraine 1-0. Takarada played 84 minutes, seemingly at center back.

Blackwood gives Reggae Girlz 1-0 win over Nigeria in Texas | Jamaica Gleaner
Chinyelu Asher, who has been training with the Spirit for months, played 82 minutes in central midfield as Jamaica looked mostly quite solid in knocking off Nigeria. Sydney Schneider was in uniform but did not play.

Recap & Highlights: Sweden 1 - 0 Norway | Managing Madrid
Julia Roddar was in uniform but didn’t play as Sweden beat Norway.

2021 NISA Independent Cup Schedule Announced |
The Maryland Bobcats have more matches coming up in July.

And now, the bad news, as it appears that the last MLS team to resist the idea of rebranding for no clear going to rebrand for no clear purpose:

It’s not really that bad on its own, though a circle with a slash is universally a symbol used against a concept rather than for it. But it really feels, as with almost every other MLS rebrand, that this will be the whole thing. Prove me wrong Revs!

The Day The Crayon Flag Might Have Died in Tweets | The Bent Musket
More on this new logo from actual Revs fans.

OL Reign will make long-awaited Lumen Field debut | Sounder at Heart
After years of people calling for it, OL Reign will play at Lumen Field, as part of a Seattle vs. Portland doubleheader. The Reign will host the Portland Thorns, and then the Sounders and Timbers will face off in the nightcap.

Danielle Slaton on her preparation, approach and goals in calling soccer games | Center Line Soccer
I enjoyed this chat with former USWNT player/current San Jose Earthquakes and Olympic soccer announcer Danielle Slaton, who discussed the preparation that comes through whenever she calls a game.

Rumor: Tyler Adams drawing interest from Arsenal | Stars and Stripes FC
Look all I’m saying is that USMNT Twitter + Arsenal Twitter = the end of Twitter.

Alright, time for some vampire hunting via cartoons. Have fun out there!