Good afternoon! It’s a late Freedom Kicks, with D.C. United still very quietly going about their preseason in California while the Washington Spirit are in Florida. What do we have for you? Well, how about three hours of podcasts about the NWSL champs?
️ NEW EPISODE ️— Plex Weather (@PlexWeather) February 14, 2022
OG23 herself @torihuster is the guest, guiding Jason through everything the @nwsl_players focused on in getting the historic first #NWSL CBA done, and what it means for the players going forwardhttps://t.co/ie9Zl79mLm
Let’s start with one I just got done after some technical difficulties, with Tori Huster talking over the groundbreaking NWSL CBA at length on Plex Weather. It was good to get into the mindset of the NWSLPA approaching the CBA negotiations, and how the new pact is going to impact players over the next five years.
Staying with Spirit in audio form, head coach Kris Ward is on the latest Kindred Spirits:
Good morning everyone! Our interview with @KWardSpirit is live. Hear about last season's chaos, NWSL growth over the years, and plans for the 2022 season. Share with a Spirit fan who hasn't heard us yet https://t.co/VlwnWspbek @WashSpirit #SpiritFam— Kindred Spirits, a Washington Spirit Podcast (@KindredSpiritDC) February 14, 2022
And finally, I was on Equalizer Soccer’s podcast to talk with Claire Watkins about the Spirit ownership change, the continuing mess that is the Chicago Red Stars, and puzzle over the Challenge Cup.
On the latest EQZ Podcast, @ScoutRipley and @JasonDCsoccer discuss the ownership change in Washington and the #NWSL Challenge Cup schedule.— The Equalizer (@EqualizerSoccer) February 15, 2022
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One stat each MLS Eastern Conference team should be worried about in 2022 | MLSsoccer.com
United was the runningest team to run in MLS last year. They’ll probably have to do it again in 2022.
Concacaf Champions League match preview: Santos Laguna vs. CF Montréal | FMF State of Mind
The CCL is back tonight, with the former Impact going to face Santos in Mexico. That’s a tough draw for the Foot Boys, though Santos has lost four straight games in Liga MX and might be a bit vulnerable.
Game Day Hub: NYCFC at Santos de Guápiles | Hudson River Blue
NYCFC faces a different Santos, as they head to Costa Rica to take on Santos de Guápiles. The Pigeons should be favored for sure, but we’ve seen MLS clubs slip up at this early stage, or at least make hard work out of their first games of the season.
My game in my words. By Tyler Adams | The Athletic
The headline isn’t exactly right (it’s a Q&A), but still a really interesting piece, with USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams analyzing his own play.
Concacaf announces Monterrey as host for summer’s Concacaf W Championship | Concacaf.com
The tournament that serves as both World Cup and Olympic qualifying (this is bad!) for CONCACAF woso will take place in Monterrey this summer (this is good!).
OK, that’s the collection of links that I have. Have fun out there!