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Manchester United wins, NWSL results, and more: Freedom Kicks for 4/19/2018

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Looking back at D.C. United’s win, and ahead to the Spirit’s trip to Portland

Hello folks! D.C. got spared a night of playoff misery last night but not for much longer. In cheerier news, here’s Freedom Kicks!

3 things we learned in D.C. United’s 1-0 win over Columbus Crew - Black And Red United
Here's Ryan with some insight on D.C. United's badly-needed win

D.C. United’s first win and new ownership rumors: Filibuster - Black And Red United
This week’s Filibuster is about that same game, the new owners, and the long road trip coming up.

More large youth clubs leave Girls DA for All-In ECNL status | Soccer Wire
The long fight between the Girls DA and the ECNL continues...

Last night saw the first set of midweek games in the NWSL this season.

Reign FC close road trip with 1-0 loss to North Carolina Courage | Sounder at Heart
In North Carolina, the Courage wasted a few chances before finally putting away Seattle, who were without Megan Rapinoe due to an injury from the weekend.

The Women in Black Strike Again: Chicago Red Stars 3, Houston Dash 0, NWSL game recap | Hot Time in Old Town
Houston Dash drop dreary contest to Red Stars | Dynamo Theory
The Chicago Red Stars controlled this win over the Houston Dash from start to finish. It was not the best night weather-wise, either:

Here’s Jim Gabarra talking about the Washington Spirit’s game tomorrow night on the road against the Portland Thorns:

Pogba, Man United respond to Mourinho criticism with win | ESPN
Manchester United beat Bournemouth 2-0 yesterday in Premier League action.

European roundup: Napoli win cuts Juve’s Serie A lead to four points | The Guardian
Napoli beat Udinese 4-2, plus more Italian and German results.

Dani Carvajal 9/10, Cristiano Ronaldo 7/10 as Real Madrid salvage a draw vs. Athletic | ESPN
Player ratings from Real Madrid's 1-1 tie against Athletic Bilbao.

Chelsea win Everton maintain three-point WSL lead | The Guardian
Chelsea Ladies stay atop the table after their 1-0 win against Everton thanks to a 78th minute free kick.

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