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MLS All-Stars to face Liga MX All-Stars, D.C. United to start USL W-League team, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/8/2021

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The importance of Taco Tuesday is not lost on us

Good morning! I’m full of cajun chicken, my hands are struggling to type well because I spent some time using a weed whacker, and it’s high time we get right into the soccer links.

USL to launch lower-division women’s soccer league in 2022 | The Athletic
Let’s start with a real curveball: the USL is resurrecting the W-League (not the Aussie version, the American version), and one of the teams will reportedly be run by D.C. United, and would play at Segra Field and Audi Field.

While we can’t yet confirm whether Griffin Yow is set to play tonight for Loudoun in their game against the Charleston Battery, it does look like that’s gonna be the case:

From Washington Spirit training, here’s Trinity Rodman talking about teenage humor and introducing Kumi Yokoyama to the concept of Taco Tuesday:

Red Stars’ defense, Gotham’s luck, officials’ issues, and more from the NWSL weekend | The Athletic
Gotham FC is in rare territory in terms of there being a loose ball with attackers lurking in front of an empty net and the ball not going in. At this point we just have to consider magic as an actual option, and wonder why our teams aren’t using magic.

Alana Cook returns to OL Reign on permanent transfer | Sounder at Heart
Staying in NWSL, OL Reign made another big move, signing USWNT defender Alana Cook. Unlike their weird addiction to left-sided attacking players and 10s, this one actually addresses a hole in their roster too.

Banc of California to host 2021 MLS All-Star Game | LA Times
The MLS all-stars will face Liga MX’s all-stars in LA, with the game being played in late August.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got for you. At this time tomorrow, most of the games in the 2nd round of the Emperor’s Cup in Japan will be going on. However, Kazuyoshi Miura — Yes, again! Always! — and Yokohama FC don’t play until next Wednesday, when they host Vanraure Hachinohe from the J3. It might be the biggest chance for King Kazu to score this calendar year.

And now I’m actually done, have fun today!