So first, I just want to apologize that this is the first Free Kicks of the week (and it’s even late today to boot!). Life takes no breaks, and so sometimes, we’re just inconveniently unavailable. My alibi, a poor one I admit, is that I have contractors over periodically giving quotes for a leaky roof while my evenings are spent going to various travel clinics trying to find the right vaccines in-stock for my trip to India in two (!) weeks. I yearn for the days when I was more in-touch with the soccer world around me.
Now is my chance to catch up on the same news you all may have learned before me! To the kicks!
Match Preview: D.C. United vs. Atlanta United (D.C. United): A midweek United Day! D.C. United hosts an Atlanta team that’s found new life in their offense of late. Incidentally, D.C. United seems to have channeled their entire offensive energy toward securing 332 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal. Newton’s first law of motion will be tested tonight.
DC United goalkeeper Tyler Miller out with shoulder surgery (MLS): Bono will have the rest of the season to keep that shutout streak alive. If the team needs a third goalie…
NWSL confirms Boston expansion team for 2026 season (Pro Soccer Wire): This will be the NWSL’s 15th team. The league has a goal of reaching 16 teams by 2026, so one spot is still open.
MLS’s Seattle Sounders to Release ‘Brand Evolution’ on Sept. 26 (SportsLogos.net): I think the current Seattle Sounders logo is iconic. A staple of MLS 2.0 dominance. Perhaps that’s part of the reason the team wants to change it. With the Sounders’ 50th anniversary coming up, the team looks to be taking inspiration from the past for their new logo.
Lastly, a familiar face scoring a game-winning PK in shootouts… If D.C. United needs some depth, this Kristian Fletcher guy looks pretty good.
That’s all for today’s brief kicks. As always, get kicking in the comments with what I left out!