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Loudoun United loses, Concacaf World Cup qualifying results, and more: Freedom Kicks for June 9, 2021

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World Cup qualifying gets clearer!

Suriname v Canada Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Happy Wednesday, y’all. I’m on site in Salt Lake City for the USMNT match tonight against Costa Rica. For those who want a good place to watch in town, Franklin Hall is the spot as AODC’s temporary home. Before that, here’s some of what happened yesterday.

Recap: Loudoun lose to Charleston Battery 1-0 - BRU

Loudoun United drop another one, this time to the Charleston Battery.

World Cup qualifying for Concacaf completed its first round last night, and now we have a bit more clarity on who could join the USMNT in the Octagon:

I’m team CFU (Caribbean Football Union), so gimme St. Kitts & Nevis, Haiti, and Curaçao!

USL to launch lower-division women’s soccer league in 2022 - The Athletic

D.C. United is one of 8 teams that is fielding a new team in the new USL women’s soccer league. Lot of questions about that one, especially given the Washington Spirit are supposedly partners.

USA vs. Costa Rica, 2021 friendly: What to watch for - SSFC

We got your USMNT preview for tonight. Then, head on over to SSFC for the match thread to follow all the action.

USMNT’s Mark McKenzie racially abused online after Nations League win vs. Mexico - ESPNFC

I really hate this for Mark. I consider him a friend and he doesn’t deserve this at all. Not even a little bit. The ugly side of football rears its head again, and it’s got to stop. head agai

San Diego awarded NWSL expansion franchise; ex-USWNT boss Jill Ellis named president - ESPNFC

Jill Ellis is going to be the president of the new NWSL team in San Diego, which will kick off next year. Let’s see what she can do.

Enjoy the day everyone, and you know I’ll be repping DC at the match tonight!