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D.C. United in 2018 MLS Cup playoffs, Real Madrid fires Lopetegui, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/30/2018

Everyone likes United right now

Hey, it’s Jason subbing in for Leanne. I started off my day by trying to flush the toilet, only to find that the handle snapped off inside the tank. Happy Tuesday!

Beware Wayne Rooney and D.C. United, while LAFC could go far: MLS knockout round preview | ESPNFC
Jeff Carlisle likes D.C. United’s chances.

MLS play-offs: Wayne Rooney leads red hot DC United into championship round of US league | South China Morning Post
Nothing in this Wayne Rooney piece that you haven’t seen before, outside of the whole “United is making news in Hong Kong” thing.

MLS play-offs: How Wayne Rooney can achieve glory with DC United | Sky Sports
Sky Sports has an MLS playoffs preview that is built around the idea of how Rooney can lift MLS Cup.

Crew SC accustomed to being playoff underdog | Columbus Dispatch
“They haven’t played us during that streak,” says Justin Meram in reference to United’s unbeaten run. Tough talk for a guy with 1 goal and 1 assist since said streak started.

Real Madrid write harsh statement to fire Lopetegui | Managing Madrid
Gotta laugh when the brief announcement of a coaching change includes some back-patting for the club.

OK, that’s all I’ve got. Go nuts in the comments, and please wish me luck in the aisles of Home Depot’s plumbing department.