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England knock out Germany at Euros, MLS Skills Challenge returns, and more: Freedom Kicks for June 30, 2021

Sterling does it again for England.

England v Germany - UEFA Euro 2020: Round of 16 Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Happy Wednesday, everyone. It’s the last Wednesday in June, and we have no Euros or Copa America this afternoon to carry the month home. However, let’s recap yesterday’s news

England end 55-year wait for knockout win over Germany - BBC

England take out Germany in a knockout stage match for the first time in 55 years in the Euro 2020 Round of 16. Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane were the goal scorers for the Three Lions. Up next, the quarterfinals beginning on Friday.

2021 MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by AT&T 5G set for August 24 - MLS

The MLS All-Star Skills Challenge is back. Not featured: Goalie Wars. MLS just needs to make that happen.

Former Revs executive says success of rumored rebrand tied to on-field product - The Bent Musket

We get the story of how the famous crayon flag became the New England Revolution crest. And, it was former D.C. United executive Kevin Payne that came up with the Revolution name and settled on giving it to the New England franchise back at the beginning of the league.

TFC likely will be without Pozuelo for D.C. United, but Soteldo back - Toronto Sun

Toronto FC will likely not have Alejandro Pozuelo in the lineup when they face the Black-and-Red on Saturday. Also, they’re in a downward spiral, and MLS attempts to break down what’s going wrong with the Reds.

Taking a break to pass along some news about Rob Gillespie’s potential memorial services here in the area:

There’s also this:

Lot 8 party. Make it happen for Big Rob. Count me in.

Konrad de la Fuente signs with Marseille - SSFC

USMNT rising star Konrad de la Fuente is leaving FC Barcelona, signing a deal with Olympique Marseille.

Euro 2020: Frank de Boer out at Netherlands after shock elimination - ESPNFC

Frank de Boer has failed out of another job, as he will no longer continue as the Netherlands coach after crashing out of the Euros.

If you’re going to the Washington Spirit match on Friday, they are partnering with the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce.

SSFC Podcast, Episode 55: USWNT Olympic roster, USMNT Gold Cup predictions - SSFC

Finally, get your Wednesday started with the SSFC Podcast, where I discuss the USWNT Olympic roster and go through some of the players who could make the USMNT Gold Cup roster when it’s announced this morning.

Enjoy the day, everyone.