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Loudoun United, USWNT, and Washington Spirit: Freedom Kicks for 1 July 2021

Soccer, go!

Courtesy of D.C. United

Good afternoon! I hope that you are keeping cool, and hopefully this heat wave abates a bit to give us all a break (at least for the holiday weekend). I fell asleep at 9pm last night, and so I have nothing else to say except that there is a ton of soccer news!

To the links:

Loudoun United ends two streaks with 2-1 win over Pittsburgh

Loudoun United won a game at home for the first time since 2019! And there was some really good goalscoring by a D.C. United homegrown player and a D.C. United loanee to Loudoun:

Ted Ku-DiPietro had the first rocket!

And D.C. United loanee Jovanny Bolivar had the second. If he keeps scoring goals like this, his days at Loudoun might be numbered.

Members of the World Cup teams of 2036 where on display at Audi Field this past weekend, getting ready for stardom and superstardom. We can say that we knew them when.

AP source: IOC to expand soccer rosters to 22 for Olympics

Olympic rosters only being 18 was always a bad idea, making a grind for a top tier international tournament. Expanding them to 22 allows players to get rest, substitutes to be used more strategically, and gives more of a buffer if there are injuries.

RE-SEEDING THE NWSL DURING THE OLYMPIC PERIOD

Based on who every NWSL is losing during the Olympic break, the Washington Spirit can hopefully rack up some points and put themselves in a good position for the postseason.

Angel City unveil crest and colors: The meaning and ambition behind the design

It is a pretty good crest, and I really like the peach-pink that they seem to be using as their main color.

UEFA Women’s Champions League inks four-year global media deal with DAZN; all games free on YouTube for two years

This is very good!

The year is 2121. D.C. United welcomes Luna City SC to the friendly confines of Mao-Kwikowski Stadium, and Jaime Moreno V scores the winning goal to clinch MLS Cup for the Earth-based team. NYCFC still roams the Tri-State Area, playing soccer on whatever field they can find.

That’s all I have; what’s up?