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D.C. United, MLS advanced stats, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8 July 2021

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Soccer, go!

MLS: Toronto FC at D.C. United Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning! The remnants of Tropical Storm Elsa are coming through today, so get all your Frozen, water has memory, I don’t even know a Samantha, etc. jokes ready, and hope that they are the most exciting part about today. D.C. United played a “match” last night, England sure played a game of soccer, and so much more.

To the links!

Late Felipe Martins free kick gives D.C. United 1-0 Capital Cup win over LD Alajuelense

The first game of the Capital Cup saw the first minutes of the year for Steven Birnbaum, a bunch of reserves and Loudoun United players get to see the field, and a 1-0 win powered by Felipe.

Report: D.C. United interested in Tigres midfielder Jordan Sierra

With the summer transfer window opening, the summer rumor season is now officially underway.

The advanced stats continue to show that Hernan Losada’s D.C. Unite is playing well, so I think that as the players get to know the system better the results will start to pour in. This could be a really exciting year.

Ahhh, some good ol’ fashioned MLS arbitrage, taking advantage of two of the newest teams in the league to fleece both of them.

An Ode to Diana Matheson

Diana Matheson was always a favorite when she played for the Washington Spirit, and on the occasion of her retiring, RJ Allen looks back at her career.

We’ll see if this version of the XFL ever comes back, but thankfully that does mean less wear and tear on the turf at Audi Field.

That’s all I have this morning; what’s up?