Happy Wednesday folks! This will be my final Freedom Kicks for about a month as I depart next week to India to see a whole lot of in-laws. I lament missing my favorite month of the year, especially as I travel to such a hot climate, but I nevertheless look forward to my first visit to India and the phenomenal food, clothing, history, and colors I’m going to be exposed to. Until then… to the kicks!
Marco Etcheverry: Legend Profile (D.C. United): Oh dang, I think this new academy coach D.C. acquired is actually a pretty good soccer player!
Team of the Matchday: Red Bulls, Sporting KC make stands in Matchday 34 (MLS): Benteke’s first half hat trick secures his spot on this list. A shame the rest of the team performed such that New York got more players on this list.
D.C. United is in the playoffs though! Regardless of how the team performs on the pitch, they find themselves in the round of 8 in the MLS Third Kit playoffs. The Cat in the Hat kit beat Atlanta’s latest graphic art in the round of 16 and now competes against another 2023 participant: NYCFC.
U.S. Open Cup final preview: Houston prep for Messi, Miami (ESPN): The U.S. Open Cup final is today! And this interview with a certain ex-D.C. United legend makes me miss a certain wry smile.
Miami may be without some certain stars for this match. I, for one, want to see Ben Olsen win against Messi more than I want to see him win against Miami.
Seattle Sounders unveil brand evolution before 50th anniversary in 2024 (MLS): Yeah, ok, the crest and colors are updated, big dea– is that an orca?
That’s all for today. Get kicking today, and every Wednesday in October, in the comments!