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USMNT WCQ, Octagon, and more: Freedom Kicks for 2 September 2021

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Soccer, go!

Weston McKennie of Juventus Fc during warm up before the... Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images

Hello! I have 50 hundred contractors in my house today so I am hiding up in my office, drinking tea and having Zoom meetings. Ahh, the life of working from home during a pandemi lovato. Anyways, to the soccer links!

USA vs. El Salvador, 2022 World Cup qualifying: What to watch for

Donald Wine (hey, I know him!) tells us everything we need to watch for as the USMNT starts the Octagon as World Cup Qualifying is here and upon us.

Expected goals: MLS leaders in 2021 and the key takeaways

Ola Kamara continues to over-perform his expected goals numbers even as he gets more and more minutes under his belt. Maybe this is some karmic rebalancing for his underperformance last year. Either way, I’ll take it!

This is terrible and I hate it. The Rochester Rhinos, most recent non-MLS team to win the US Open Cup, are getting a terrible generic rebrand as they look to re-launch. We must keep the Richmond Kickers strong and keep some of our glorious soccer team names!

A local transfer the Maryland Bobcats to USL-1’s Greenville Triumph. Given that this is a purchase by a 3rd division team, I wonder how much that transfer actually is.

Puppy!

Hmmm. That answer does not make me believe John Herdman.

That’s all I have today. What’s up?