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D.C. United wins while their (soon to be) new owner talks business: Freedom Kicks for 4/16/18

Quick and to the point, these links are.

MLS: Columbus Crew at D.C. United Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Hi! Scientifically proven that winning > losing, or something I guess.

Recaps of D.C. United’s 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew SC from us (with more from us here), WaPo, MLS and Pro Soccer USA. Massive Report has things from the Yellow side of the aisle.

Spirit start strong, but fall to 4-2 defeat (us): The Washington Spirit went back and forth on chances (and goals) with the North Carolina Courage but it lasted for so long. And ugh, a key injury already? The Spirit are 5th in the NWSL standings.

Balotelli-to-DC chatter portends an ambitious summer (MLS): Andrew Wiebe looks at that Mario Balotelli rumor and gets a little Eli Cash about it.

Ayew scores on return as Swans claim a point (Wales Online): In partner club news, Jordan Ayew’s second-half strike gave Swansea City a shared 1-1 draw with Everton. Swans are in the last spot of safety (bad), but 5 points clear of Southhampton (good).

Immigrant, doctor, billionaire, and soon, newspaper owner — starts a new era (L.A. Times): In case you needed some biographical information on likely new D.C. United owner Patrick Soon-Shiong, this is a good place to start. And in case you don’t like reading, this podcast from the San Diego Union-Tribune, which interviews him last week (and doesn't really touch on sports) in another good place to go: