Good morning everyone. The Olympics are here, and this morning began super early with an absolute stinker for the USWNT. Because we’re already up, this Freedom Kicks is out early so we can begin with the recap.
A brace by Stina Blackstenius and a 3rd by Lina Hurtig was what Sweden needed to absolutely dominate the USWNT 3-0 in Tokyo. The U.S. make their next match up against New Zealand a must win.
The U.S. Open Cup is officially canceled, but we have some grand plans for 2022, including more MLS vs. USL Championship matchups.
We recap the good and the bad about the Washington Spirit’s loss to Gotham FC.
Some interesting names on this list, but who will Atlanta United and Toronto FC actually select?
Arsenal FC have a string of Covid cases, so their tour of the United States is done.
Relevent Sports wanted to have European leagues contest league matches in the U.S. FIFA and USSF said no. The judge sided with USSF and FIFA, dismissing the case.
The USWNT has had a ton of rivalries, and Meg Linehan and Steph Yang discuss some of the good ones.
Welp, Heinze is gone and Josef Martinez re-commits his future to Atlanta.
Walker Zimmerman is out of the USMNT camp due to injury. Henry Kessler and Cade Cowell have been called into training, and it’s possible one will replace Zimmerman on the Gold Cup roster.
The USWNT is making their voices heard through their own podcasts. It’s dope to see them express themselves and tell their own stories.
Finally, Dave Johnson is raising money for MS research, so do your part:
My mom battled MS . I am battling MS. I would appreciate any support because thanks to the @mssociety and wonderful doctors and researchers we are going to win. But we need your help@blueoceanmoon7 #BikeMS https://t.co/RINCWKv7Nx pic.twitter.com/MIcDPENYzW— Dave Johnson (@davejsports) July 20, 2021
Now please, someone pass me the caffeine.