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Roma stun Barcelona, Chivas and Toronto advance in CCL, and more: Freedom Kicks for April 11, 2018

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So much happening yesterday.

Happy Wednesday folks. Yesterday, soccer news kept coming and coming, so let’s recap some of what happened on a wild day:

Roma engineer miracle to stun Barca with epic comeback, reach UCL semis | ESPNFC

AS Roma was down to FC Barcelona 4-1 entering the second leg in Rome. Still, Roma had the away goal and had a chance. They pulled off the unthinkable, winning 3-0 to have a 4-4 aggregate against Barca and advance on away goals. Liverpool joins them in the Champions League semifinals, where they await the winners of Juventus-Real Madrid and Sevilla-Bayern Munich.

FT: Club América 1-1 Toronto FC — Reds grind out a result at the Azteca | Waking The Red

Toronto FC has done it, advancing to the Concacaf Champions League final by drawing Club América 1-1 at Estadio Azteca and winning the tie 4-1 on aggregate. They will face Chivas de Guadalajara, who had a scoreless draw against the New York Red Bulls and advance with a 1-0 aggregate victory.

A fans’ oral history of U.S. Soccer’s nightmare in Trinidad | Yahoo!

It’s still hard to talk about, even more difficult to read for me, but reach an oral history myself and my friends create about the darkest day in United States Soccer history: when the USMNT lost to Trinidad and Tobago last October to crash out of the World Cup through the eyes of those who were there to witness it. And, no excuses. If I can (barely) talk about it, you all can read it.

D.C. United’s new stadium: An inside (and outside) look at Audi Field | Washington Post

A look inside D.C. United’s new home, Audi Field. It looks to be coming along quite smoothly!

World Cup 2030: Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay confirm joint bid | NBC Sports

For the 100th anniversary of the World Cup, Uruguay is hoping to bring the tournament back where it started, with Argentina and Paraguay also joining the bid.

Insider: Pogba Was Offered to Real Madrid, Too; D.C. United in Talks Regarding Balotelli | Sports Illustrated

Buried inside this action-packed article: Paul Pogba was reportedly offered to Real Madrid, but D.C. United is expected to sign two more designated players this summer. One of them they are thought to be considering is Italy bad boy Mario Balotelli. Is the other Fernando Torres? It’s possible!

Too Good to Be True: FC Minneapolis and the Dream Friendly That Never Was | Fifty Five One

An interesting look back at when FC Minneapolis, a tiny club, attempted to play the Uganda national team.

Borussia Dortmund coming to the United States this summer | Fear The Wall

Christian Pulisic is returning to America, as Borussia Dortmund will spend their preseason here in the States this summer.

Ambition, independence, or both? NWSL owners talk future fears and hopes | FourFourTwo

The NWSL has been pushing out independent owners lately. What does that mean for the future of the league?

Championship round-up: Fulham up to second after Johansen sinks Reading | The Guardian

Fulham wins again against Reading to move up to 2nd place in the Championship. The last two weeks are shaping up to be spectacular, with several teams still in the mix teams that have recently been in the Premiership and are trying to earn their way back.

Munir El Haddadi: Barcelona forward challenges Fifa ruling on eligibility | BBC

In 2014, Munir El Haddadi appeared for Spain in a Euro qualifier. He now wants to play for Morocco, where his parents are from, in this summer’s World Cup. FIFA has denied his request to file a one-time switch to Morocco because he appeared for Spain in an official qualifier, but El Haddadi is taking his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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