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Cristiano Ronaldo leads Real Madrid, Dortmund coach lashes out, & more: Freedom Kicks for April 13, 2017

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Champions League dominated the wires yesterday.

It’s Thursday! I’m pinch hitting for Caitlin Buckley today, so let’s quickly get into the news of the day:

Cristiano Ronaldo leads Real Madrid past Manuel Neuer-inspired Bayern | ESPNFC

Bayern Munich started off strong, but Cristiano Ronaldo was the difference for Real Madrid in the 2-1 victory at Allianz Arena.

UEFA made us feel ‘impotent’, says Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel | The Guardian

Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel lashes out over having to play AS Monaco a day after Dortmund’s bus was the target of an explosion that injured defender Marc Bartra. It’s clear that the team just wasn’t fully there in a 3-2 Monaco road victory.

UCL: Leicester hold out for 1-0 loss to Atleti in QF Leg 1 | NBC Sports

Atletico Madrid holds off Leicester City at home, 1-0.

Drogba signs with USL’s Phoenix Rising FC | USL

Didier Drogba - the former Chelsea FC legend and Montreal Impact player - signs with Phoenix Rising of the USL. The deal includes ownership stake, and his hope is to spur the club to winning one of the MLS expansion bids.

Seleção Feminina disputará torneio nos EUA | Seleção Brasileiro de Futebol

TL;DR Portuguese version: the USWNT, Japan, Brazil and Australia, according to the Brazilian Football Federation, will play in a tournament in late July/early August in the United States.

Insider: Webb says Frings should’ve been whistled for handball vs. USA in ’02 World Cup | Sports Illustrated

Spoiler alert: we already knew that, Howie.

Which venues should host the 2026 World Cup? | Stars & Stripes FC

I indicate some venues I think should be hosting the 2026 World Cup if it’s here in the United States, Canada and Mexico. What venues would you like to see?

D.C. United to use Pride-themed rainbow jersey numbers for Night Out | Black & Red United

If D.C. United can pull off these numbers for United Night Out, that would be incredible. Hope MLS will allow this to happen.

That’s it, everyone. Hit those comments and start the day off right!