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Real Madrid advance to CL final, Lee Nguyen to LAFC, and more: Freedom Kicks for May 2, 2018

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Los Blancos will seek their 3rd consecutive Champions League title later this month in Kiev.

Happy Wednesday folks. Champions League was the focus yesterday so not a ton of news. Let’s catch you up on yesterday’s big ticket items:

Real Madrid 2-2 Bayern Munich: GKs the difference as Los Blancos reach CL final | NBC Sports
Bayern Munich had their chances, but in the end it was a complete gaff by Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich that led to a Karim Benzema goal that proved to be the difference as Real Madrid books its 3rd straight trip to the Champions League final.

D.C. United is guaranteed (rewards) points on seven-match, 19,539-mile road trip | Washington Post
D.C. United needs the best travel agent in America as it embarks on a 19,539 mile road trip over the next 7 weeks before Audi Field opens up.

New England Revolution agree to trade with Los Angeles FC | RevolutionSoccer.net
The MLS transfer window closed last night, and very little happened until this after-midnight blockbuster. The Revs sent Lee Nguyen to LAFC for what will range between $750-950,000 in allocation money depending on conditions of the deal.

Liverpool look to create new European fairytale against Roma | The Guardian
Liverpool and AS Roma are the two teams hoping to join Real Madrid in Kiev on May 28th, as they do battle today in the other Champions League semifinal 2nd leg. Liverpool holds a 5-2 aggregate lead heading into Rome. A great gesture by Roma was wearing training shirts that honored a Liverpool fan who was brutally beaten ahead of the first leg by Roma fans.

Hurley’s Team USA collection for men (and only men) | Stars & Stripes FC
Over at Stars & Stripes FC, my co-manager and I received the latest Hurley Team USA gear for this summer. My co-manager takes to task the fact that it was not created for women, while I lament that they don’t really take into account the fact that not everyone is rail thin. Needless to say, the threads can be worn at the pool this summer or with the new United States jerseys.

Copa Libertadores Review: Gremio, Nacional secure crucial wins | OneFootball
Gremio of Brazil and Nacional of Uruguay secure clutch wins in Copa Libertadores to put themselves in great shape of advancing out of the group stage.

And finally, to leave you, another jersey you can add to my list of possible D.C. United secondary jerseys that would add some local flavor:

Probably needs another set of checkerboard pattern near the top of the jersey so that it really takes advantage of brand synergy. Ok, that’s all I got. What do you have?