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Real Madrid advances past Juventus, D.C. United news, and more: Freedom Kicks for April 12, 2018

Catch up on the Champions League action from yesterday

Good morning folks. Pretty busy day yesterday. For starters the ongoing dispute between D.C. United supporters groups and the team itself is showing no signs of letting up.

DCU feel the pressure, but don’t think they’re in “must-win” territory yet |
Ben Olsen isn’t big on the term “must-win,” but it sounds like he’s also trying to amp up the intensity.

On to the NWSL, where former Washington Spirit/current Portland Thorns coach Mark Parsons is being accused of pushing a clump of grass into the ref’s hand after a match. Parsons was recently suspended for two games, which was then reduced to one for reasons that aren’t exactly clear.

Bad Jokes Challenge: Estelle Johnson vs. Whitney Church | Washington Spirit on YouTube
This is pretty funny. But try not to laugh!

By The Numbers: Top Washington Spirit stats to know ahead of #WASvNC |
The Spirit have been very busy at both ends of the field so far this season.

Gabarra family shares love of the game at Girls’ Development Academy Spring Showcase | Washington Spirit
A video about the Gabarra family.

Juventus vs. Real Madrid: Final score 3-1, but late penalty keeps Los Merengues in Champions League |
Real Madrid will advance to the Champions League semi-finals thanks to a very late, controversial penalty kick. Things got just the slightest bit heated as a result.

Bayern Munich reach semi-finals after goalless draw with 10-man Sevilla | The Guardian
Sevilla finished the game with 10 after Joaquin Correa was sent off during stoppage time.

Roma vs. Barcelona, UEFA Champions League: Art of the goal celebration |
Breakdown of the important stuff.

When is UEFA Champions League semi-final draw? | London Evening Standard
The draw will be held tomorrow.

Becky Sauerbrunn reflective as US sets sights on World Cup | Associated Press
Becky Sauerbrunn on her career and why you shouldn’t pull pranks on Twitter.

That’s all I’ve got. Let me know in the comments what you’re reading and thinking!