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Barcelona vs. Chelsea, 2018 US Open Cup, and more: Freedom Kicks for March 15, 2018

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Messi is amazing and other soccer news

Hellooooooo folks. It was cool to see some of you at the watch party this Sunday! I also had an amazing waffle which is my main memory in part to block out the actual soccer result. Anyways!

Barcelona vs. Chelsea: Final score 3-0, Lionel Messi fires Blaugrana into Champions League quarterfinals - SBNation.com
Lionel Messi scored two goals in Barcelona's 3-0 win against Chelsea. He’s pretty great.

Players at Lionel Messi's level born once every 50 years says Antonio Conte - ESPNFC
Antonio Conte praised Messi, because what else can you do?

Tenorio: From Jamaica to USL to DC, Dane Kelly finally gets his MLS shot - MLSsoccer.com
A profile of striker Dane Kelly, who signed a senior minimum contract with D.C. United last week.

Iniesta says he is mulling future with Barcelona - FOX Sports
Iniesta might leave Barcelona but will decide before the end of April.

Sounders playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro to miss Chivas CCL game with foot sprain - MLSsoccer.com
Nicolas Lodeiro missed the CCL game that I didn't have enough energy to stay up for. However, Brian Schmetzer confirmed it wasn't the stress fracture the team feared.

Sounders at Chivas, recap: Champions League ends in whimper - Sounder at Heart
Speaking of that game, Chivas won pretty handily.

Boehm: Counting up the small things that made the MLS-Liga MX gap smaller - MLSsoccer.com
Charles Boehm talked about "the gap" and the recent CCL action.

Washington Spirit tie UNC Tar Heels in first 2018 preseason game - Black And Red United
Here is my recap of the first Spirit preseason game.

2018 US Open Cup just got more rewarding: USSF announces changes, format, dates and team entries - TheCup.us
United, the Richmond Kickers, and Christos FC are the DMV’s 3 entrants in this year’s 94-team Open Cup field.

Your bracket needs a Final Four surprise. Pick one of these 4 teams. - SBNation.com
In case you're a procrastinator...

Good luck in your brackets!