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D.C. United outlasts Christos FC, Cristiano Ronaldo accused of tax fraud, & more: Freedom Kicks for June 14, 2017

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The ‘Plex was packed to see the Black-and-Red take on the Cinderella amateur side, and they’re going after CR7’s money!

Happy Wednesday folks. A lot to dissect from yesterday’s soccer action. In World Cup qualifying, Panama drew Honduras 2-2, while Costa Rica held off Trinidad & Tobago 2-1. This means the United States sit in 3rd place in the Hexagonal with 4 matches to play. Alright, here’s the news:

United advance to Open Cup Round of 16 | D.C. United
D.C. United held off amateur side Christos FC to advance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, 4-1. It was dicey for a minute, but the Black-and-Red took advantage as Christos FC got tired down the stretch. Here’s more from our very own Steven Streff. If you couldn’t make it up 270, here’s a small slice of what it was like to be there.

Cristiano Ronaldo accused of tax fraud by Spanish state prosecutor | Fox Soccer
Spain’s tax man is trying to go after Cristiano Ronaldo now, to the tune of €14 million. Ronaldo will hope that this is resolved before the season starts in August with a better result than what Lionel Messi received last year.

Premier League 2017-18 fixtures released on Wednesday at 09:00 BST | BBC
By the time you read this, the Premier League schedule will be out! So, time to figure out which weekends will feature the important matchups.

The pragmatism of Bruce Arena key for USMNT | Stars & Stripes FC
The USMNT defense against Mexico helped them earn another point from the legendary Estadio Azteca. How did Bruce Arena do it?

France fans sing ‘God Save The Queen’ following attacks in England | ESPNFC
France has an emotional show of support for England following the Manchester Arena attacks, not forgetting how English fans showed love to the French after the Paris attacks in 2015.

MARCA: Asensio To Renew Contract Till 2023 With €350 Million Release Clause Attached | Managing Madrid
€350 Million. That’s a lot of gouda for the young Real Madrid star. But, that’s how much the back-to-back Champions League winners rates Marco Asensio, and it’s warranted.

Alright, have at it in the comments, everyone!