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NWSL punishes Washington Spirit, Sheriff shoots down Real Madrid, and more: Freedom Kicks for September 29, 2021

A wild Tuesday.

Real Madrid v Sheriff - UEFA Champions League Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Happy Wednesday everyone. These Freedom Kicks are coming out late this morning, so apologies for that. The USMNT roster comes out soon, so here’s catching you up quickly on yesterday’s big news.

NWSL announces update on Washington Spirit investigation - BRU

Richie Burke was officially fired for cause, and the Washington Spirit are suspended from governance indefinitely. They also have to respond to violations in 14 days, which most are reading as the board coming up with a plan to get Steve Baldwin out of ownership. We’ll see what happens next.

Real Madrid shocked by Sheriff on late goal in Champions League loss - ESPNFC

I didn’t like this one personally, but Real Madrid were beaten by Sheriff Tiraspol in one of the biggest Champions League upsets of all time.

Columbus Crew balance Campeones Cup glory with playoff push - MLS

All 27 MLS teams are playing tonight, including D.C. United (7:30pm vs. Minnesota United), but the Columbus Crew are in the Campeones Cup against Cruz Azul tonight. MLS previews the match.

European champions Italy to face Copa America winners Argentina in 2022 - ESPNFC

Italy and Argentina have agreed to face off next summer in a match that is being called the “Finalissima.” Should be a good one.

Vamos United!