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Gambling, tax fraud, and Steve Birnbaum: Freedom Kicks for Thursday, April 27

Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman will undergo ACL surgery this morning

D.C. United v New York Red Bulls Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Hello! From ESPN layoffs to tax fraud investigations, there was a lot of soccer news yesterday. Today, Washington Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman will undergo ACL surgery.

Tax fraud investigations are a bit too common with West Ham board - Brace The Hammer
West Ham owners Karren Brady and David Sullivan are getting investigated for tax fraud but there’s a good chance this ends in nothing.

Joey Barton banned 18 months for gambling, effectively forced to retire -
Joey Barton is the subject of another controversy but this one looks like the one that will finish his career.

Armchair Analyst: With John Brooks hurt, here are 5 USMNT options at CB |
With John Brooks injured, Steve Birnbaum is an option at center back for the USMNT.

Bayern waste multiple chances, lose 3-2 to Dortmund in DFB Pokal Semifinals - Bavarian Football Works
Dortmund pulled off a good comeback in an exciting and back-and-forth 3-2 game that sent Dortmund to the final.

Chris Durkin, USA U-17s beat Mexico 4-3, advance in CONCACAF Championship - Black And Red United
Chris Durkin started and played the full game in the U-17 game against Mexico.

In Spirit injury news:

That’s all from me this morning, so get into it in the comments.