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Patrick Mahomes joins Sporting Kansas City ownership, Colorado Rapids acquire Mark-Anthony Kaye, and more: Freedom Kicks for Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Lots of MLS news today.

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Happy Wednesday, everyone. I’m currently in Dallas-Fort Worth on my way to Austin for the USMNT’s Gold Cup semifinal match tomorrow at Q2 Stadium. Look for me if you’re in town. Until then, it’s an MLS-heavy set of news links this morning.

Patrick Mahomes joins Sporting KC ownership group - MLS

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs now adds Sporting Kansas City owner to his growing list of investments. He also is in the ownership group of the Kansas City Royals, and his fiancée Brittany Matthews is in the ownership group of the KC NWSL franchise.

Sources: Colorado Rapids acquire Mark-Anthony Kaye from LAFC in blockbuster trade - MLS

A huge trade involving Canadian midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye, who moves from LAFC with a 2022 first round MLS Superdraft pick to the Colorado Rapids for $1M in GAM, a 2022 international roster slot, plus incentives.

D.C. United welcomes a new coach to the staff officially:

Raphael Varane: Man Utd confirm agreement with Real Madrid to sign defender - BBC

Raphael Varane is off to Manchester United, with a reported 60M euros headed to Real Madrid.

Kanye West sets up studio at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium to finish new album “Donda” - MLS

Kanye West got time to go to Atlanta United matches and post up in the visitor’s locker room at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but he can’t finish an album on time.

Ricardo Pepi signs new FC Dallas deal amid Serie A interest - ESPNFC

Ricardo Pepi signs a 5-year deal with FC Dallas, which will give Dallas leverage in any negotiations with teams in Europe who are looking to sign the 18-year-old forward.

Finally, there was a very hot moment for FC Cincinnati’s training complex:

They must be feeling the heat of this announcement that’s set to happen this morning:

Be good, everyone.