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Atletico Madrid wins Europa League, 2018 US Open Cup results, and more: Freedom Kicks for 5/17/2018

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England’s World Cup roster announcement got people talking

Good morning! It’s going to be another rainy day here in D.C. but in good news, Richmond earned a win last night against Reading after going to penalty kicks in the 2018 US Open Cup. Here’s the soccer news from yesterday.

Paul Arriola wants to be DC United's man in the middle | MLSsoccer.com
Arriola talked about playing the central midfield.

Analyzing Taylor Twellman’s comments about D.C. United and Wayne Rooney | Black And Red United
In case you want to read even more about Taylor Twellman's comments or some pretty good thoughts from Steven about where United is at.

The Washington Spirit’s Rebecca Quinn breaks down last week’s narrow defeat before looking ahead to Saturday’s game against Portland Thorns FC:

Kickers advance on penalties over Reading in Open Cup | RichmondKickers.com
Despite a late red card, Richmond had enough in the tank to advance on penalties over Reading United of the PDL. Goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg made 2 saves in the shootout. No one from United played for the Kickers, as that would tie them to Richmond for the rest of the Open Cup.

Seven amateur teams upset professional sides in Second Round of 2018 U.S. Open Cup | USsoccer.com
Here’s a wrap of the other results from the 2nd round. The 3rd round is next week, and then MLS teams enter the competition in the 4th round (played in the first week of June). United will find out their opponent for that round next Thursday.

Olympique de Marseille 0-3 Atlético Madrid: Atleti conquer the Europa League | Into the Calderon
Atlético Madrid beat OM starting with a great goal from Antoine Griezmann assisted by Gabi.

Tournament of Nations to play in Kansas City, Hartford, Chicago | Stars and Stripes FC
The best game for D.C. folks is a Sunday July 29 game in East Hartford, Connecticut.

England squad announced: Breaking down the roster for World Cup 2018 | SBNation.com
Here's a look at England's World Cup roster and even better, the announcement video.

Tottenham Hotspur has reached a turning point and should spend big this summer | SBNation.com
Tottenham is at a crossroads this offseason, with Mauricio Pochettino asking for a whole lot of money to fund transfers.

The Lowdown: Three positions being exposed on NWSL clubs | Equalizer Soccer
Some around the NWSL analysis and updates.

Let me know in the comments what else you’re reading and watching.