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Italy advances to Euro 2020 final, Argentina books trip to Copa America final, and more: Freedom Kicks for July 7, 2021

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And a friendly United Day.

Argentina v Colombia: Semifinal - Copa America Brazil 2021 Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images

Happy Wednesday, folks. First off, D.C. United will be competing tonight in the recently announced Capital Cup against LD Alajuelense. One note: Liga MX side Puebla is no longer in the friendly tournament due to a Covid outbreak.

Italy into Euro 2020 final with penalty shootout win over Spain - BBC

Italy beats Spain in a penalty shootout to advance to the Euro 2020 final. They’ll meet the winner of England-Denmark, which takes place this afternoon. Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel was asked about England thinking that Euros was coming home and he had an epicly true answer:

Argentina beat Colombia in shootout to reach Copa America final - ESPNFC

In a theme of the big matches from yesterday, Argentina beat Colombia on penalties to advance to the Copa America final. They will take on Brazil on Saturday, while Colombia will meet Peru in the 3rd place match on Friday.

In the Gold Cup, we learned the 3 teams that will join the rest of the field in the group stage. The only match that didn’t need penalties to decide was Haiti beating Bermuda. Haiti joins the USMNT, Canada, and Martinique in Group B.

Trinidad & Tobago beat French Guiana on penalties to advance, while Guadeloupe beat Guatemala in an epic shootout that went 12 rounds, with both goalkeepers making their spot kicks.

Top young-player performances of Week 11 - MLS

Kevin Paredes and Griffin Yow both make the list of top young performances in MLS for D.C. United.

Speaking of the young’uns, Kevin Paredes and Moses Nyeman were called in to train with the USMNT, joining Paul Arriola and Donovan Pines, who are on the 23-man roster. This prompted a proud congratulatory message from Bill Hamid, who should have been on the roster:

DAZN and Youtube partner up to exclusively broadcast the UWCL for the next four seasons - All For XI

DAZN and YouTube will be the site of the Women’s Champions League for the next 4 years. It’s great to have that settled, and most importantly for viewers: all matches will be free on DAZN’s YouTube page.

The USWNT scored one of the best team goals you’ll ever see, don’t let anyone tell you differently - All For XI

Y’all heard André: Christen Press scored a goal and we will treat it as such. Particularly when the buildup to the goal by the USWNT was one of the greatest team goals we may see for a very long time.

That’s it. For those heading to the friendly tonight, be safe and enjoy. Vamos!