Happy Thursday, everyone. My apologies for the late Freedom Kicks this morning, as I’m out in LA for the USMNT match and woke up to the lead story of the day. However, before we jump in, a friendly reminder to fill out this incredibly quick survey to help us plan our coverage for whenever the lights turn out on this SBN journey. I’m in awe by how our staff has come together and churned so many ideas on how to keep this coverage coming. Continue to support...this is still our home.
Earnie Stewart is leaving U.S. Soccer for PSV on February 15th, leaving the federation in need of a sporting director, a general manager, and a USMNT head coach.
January Camp friendlies kicked off last night, and the USMNT fell to Serbia 2-1. If you heard the drums on TV, you heard me...and my arms are tired.
John Brooks has left Benfica and is hoping to rejuvenate his career at Hoffenheim.
This is the second time this season that Atlético Madrid fans have directed vile racism at Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr. ahead of a match between the two rivals. La Liga did nothing about it the first time...let’s see if they actually do something this time. I’m not holding my breath.
Portland Thorns trainer Pierre Soubrier was fired by the team after it was discovered that he was giving codeine to players without a prescription. This is bad.
Bielsa Watch: after apparently being told by the Mexican Federation Committee that he can’t become Mexico’s next coach, Marcelo Bielsa is back in England to discuss the Everton job.
Enjoy the day, and sorry for these being late!