Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Italy in the Euro 2020 final, Argentina in the Copa America final


Good Wednesday folks. First up, DC United will take part in the recently announced Capital Cup tonight against LD Alajuelense. A note: the Liga MX Puebla team are no longer in the friendly tournament due to a Covid outbreak.

Italy in Euro 2020 final with penalty shootout win over Spain – BBC

Italy beat Spain on penalties to qualify for the Euro 2020 final. They will meet the winner of England-Denmark, which takes place this afternoon. Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was asked about England thinking the Euro was coming home and he got an epic response:

Argentina beat Colombia in shootout to reach Copa America final – ESPNFC

On the theme of yesterday’s big matches, Argentina beat Colombia on penalties to advance to the Copa America final. They face Brazil on Saturday, while Colombia face Peru in the third place game on Friday.

In the Gold Cup, we learned the 3 teams that will join the rest of the peloton in the group stage. The only game that didn’t need penalties to decide was Haiti which beat Bermuda. Haiti joins USMNT, Canada and Martinique in group B.

Trinidad and Tobago beat French Guiana on penalties to advance, while Guadeloupe beat Guatemala in an epic shootout that lasted 12 rounds, with both keepers taking their shots on goal.

Best Young Player Performances in Week 11 – MLS

Kevin Paredes and Griffin Yow are both on DC United’s best young MLS performances list.

Speaking of the youngsters, Kevin Paredes and Moses Nyeman have been called up to train with the USMNT, joining Paul Arriola and Donovan Pines, who are on the 23-man roster. This sparked a proud message of congratulations from Bill Hamid, who should have been on the list :

DAZN and Youtube team up to exclusively stream UWCL for next four seasons – All For XI

DAZN and YouTube will be the site of the Women’s Champions League for the next 4 years. It’s great to have that sorted out, and especially for viewers: all matches will be free on DAZN’s YouTube page.

USWNT scored one of the best team goals you’ve ever seen, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise – All For XI

You’ve all heard André: Christen Press scored a goal and we’ll treat it as one. Particularly when the USWNT’s goal buildup was one of the biggest team goals we’ve seen in a very long time.

That’s it. For those who make it to the friendly match tonight, be careful and enjoy it. Vamos!

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