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USWNT vs. Paraguay, Josef Martinez injury concern, and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/21/2021

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September 21st? That’s today!

Paraguay v United States Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

September 21st? That’s today!

I’m not going to have a better intro than the unadulterated goofy joy of Demi Adejuyigbe’s September 21st videos, so let’s get to the links:

Four things about D.C. United’s eventful loss at Atlanta United | Black and Red United
It was a slow day in for D.C. United news, but our reactions post will go live at 8am (if you click the link before 8, it won’t be live, apologies to our early risers but between 7 and 8am is a time where I need breakfast, solitude, quiet, and to not be at a screen, so this is the best way for me to get this linked in this post).

Also, discovered some not-great news while filling out my spreadsheets in the aftermath of that game:

The Washington Spirit should hopefully — hopefully! — have a game this weekend, and you can get yourself free tickets to their October 9 game at Audi Field by bringing four or more non-perishable food items to Segra Field on Sunday. There’s also a raffle for the first 1,000 people who take advantage of that deal.

USWNT vs. Paraguay, 2021 friendly: What to watch for | Stars and Stripes FC
The USWNT plays tonight, and we’ll be hoping to see another start for Andi Sullivan, more playing time for Emily Sonnett, and personally I’d like to see the U.S. free Kelley O’Hara up to come inside rather than always staying out on the touchline to hit crosses.

Elsewhere in woso’s international window, Marta continues to do magic:

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez still being evaluated | Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Josef was seen by trainers at full time Saturday, and it sounds like there’s a worry it wasn’t just a minor issue.

Luchi Gonzalez’s dismissal: A sign of wavering faith in the FC Dallas way? | MLSsoccer.com
Smart piece from Charlie Boehm on FC Dallas firing Luchi Gonzalez and what it portends for the big picture in Dallas.

And that’s it for me. Have a good one!