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Thursday Fandom Kicks: D.C. United loses, Spirit draw, and World Cup referees announced

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This Thursday sees me going into the office for only the fourth time this year. One would think coming out of a working-from-home pandemic would see I-270 traffic improve, even only mildly... one would be wrong. Traffic is worse now than the before-times. Anyway, to the kicks:

Recap: D.C. United 0-2 New York City FC: Link to MLS' recap. D.C. United fell 0-2 against New York City FC last night in front of just over 16,000 fans - which sounds like a decent midweek attendance for a struggling team, but my attendance knowledge still lags behind to the RFK days. It was a tale of 2 halves, one seeing a decent but perhaps unlucky United, and the other seeing a confident NYCFC comfortably see the game out. Washington Post and ESPN also give their recounts.

Recap: Portland Thorns 1-1 Washington Spirit: Link to NWSL's recap. The Washington Spirit fought back in a match of back-and-forth for a 1-1 draw away at the Portland Thorns. Black and Red United and Stumptown Footy give each side's perspective.

U.S. Soccer comes to historic collective bargaining agreement between men's and women's teams: This never actually made it into the Freedom Kicks proper yesterday, so I get the easy task of including it here.

Referees Appointed to Work the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: Representing the United States as a head referee is Ismail Elfath.

Motorsports time! Who says NASCAR can't turn right? Not only do they now include in their schedule half a dozen road courses (see: courses that are not ovals), which is three times more than when NASCAR was especially popular in the 2000s, NASCAR will also be making an appearance in next year's Le Mans 24, the most prestigious 24-hour endurance race of the year held in France. This means Hendrick Motorsports, the sports' winningest team, will modify their own Chevrolet Camaro for that competition. It's sparked a little controversy as that may give an unfair advantage to Chevy in future NASCAR competitions, so NASCAR has allowed their other OEMs, Ford and Toyota, to get sneak peaks on the research and development. All in all, it's an exciting time in NASCAR to showcase their Next Gen car on the world's biggest stage.

That's all I've got this morning. Be sure to share any other exciting news in the comments.