Happy Friday! Freedom Kicks are a little late this morning so I could include some World Cup news from overnight.
D.C. United sign Brazilian midfielder Gabriel Pirani on loan (D.C. United)
To help fill the gap left by Lewis O’Brien, the black-and-red are bringing in 21-year-old attacking mid Gabriel Pirani. The loan lasts through the end of this year and includes an option to buy. According to the Washington Post, United are also looking to sign Panamanian left back Eric Davis in this transfer window.
FIFA invested in women and girls. Can it protect them? (Washington Post)
A new Washington Post investigation shows FIFA mishandled reports of sexual abuse, including from players in Haiti, Argentina, and Zambia. The coaches and federation officials discussed have been accused of some pretty horrible things, and FIFA’s actions have allowed them to continue working with the players who reported them. In one case, FIFA even published information that could allow the specific players to be identified.
Gianni Infantino: FIFA President leaves Women’s World Cup after less than a week to go to Tahiti (Sky News)
Way to show you care about the women’s game, guy.
Now, a little round-up of Women’s World Cup results from the past few days: Nigeria beat Australia 3-2 yesterday morning, putting the hosts in surprising danger of not making it out of their group. Portugal eliminated Vietnam and also positioned themselves to possibly make it out of Group B if they can beat or tie the USWNT. England defeated Denmark, but midfielder Kiera Walsh was taken off the field on a stretcher in the 35th minute. And Argentina came back from a two-goal deficit to tie South Africa. I love World Cups.
Finally, here’s the schedule for this weekend. All three of our covered teams are playing at home, where the Spirit will be collecting new sports bras to donate to local underserved athletes and Loudoun United will be hosting a pre-match cornhole tournament to benefit local LGBTQ+ groups. For those who are planning to attend: have fun and do what you can to stay cool and hydrated!
|Washington Spirit vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC||Fri., July 28 at 7 p.m. ET||Audi Field||Paramount+|
|Loudoun United FC vs. Miami FC||Sat., July 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET||Segra Field||ESPN+|
|D.C. United vs. Pumas UNAM||Sat., July 29 at 9 p.m. ET||Audi Field||Apple TV|