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D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls, Alphonso Davies to Bayern Munich, and more: Freedom Kicks for July 25, 2018

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The Atlantic Cup is back.

Happy Wednesday and United Day as the first weeknight match in Audi Field history commences tonight. Or, at least, we hope so. D.C. United resumes the Atlantic Cup rivalry against the New York Red Bulls, but thunderstorms are forecast for the entire match. We could be there a while. David Rusk has you covered for some Red Bull Buzzard Point lore.

Before we get soaked, let’s dig into the news:

D.C. United ‘working out kinks’ at Audi Field ahead of match vs. New York Red Bulls | Washington Post
Hopefully, the team has worked out all the logistical issues that faced Audi Field at the opener.

Vancouver are to transfer Alphonso Davies to Bayern Munich | MLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps have accepted what could be a MLS-record transfer fee to send Alphonso Davies to Bayern Munich. The 17-year-old will remain with the ‘Caps the rest of the season.

Ezequiel Barco benched after alleged romantic overtures toward teammate’s girlfriend | Dirty South Soccer
Whoo boy. The Ezequiel Barco saga gets dirty for Atlanta United.

PRO says late penalty call unjustified during Orlando City loss in Columbus | Pro Soccer USA
PRO messed up. Surprising they didn’t realize that days ago when it happened.

Audi Field opening and a tragedy trigger a lifetime of memories for D.C.-area soccer family | Washington Post
A longtime Black-and-Red fan lost his life just days after the Audi Field opener. He will be honored during tonight’s match. Steve Goff has the incredible story of one of the club’s most passionate fans.

Megan Rapinoe nominated for FIFA Best 2018 | Stars & Stripes FC
Megan Rapinoe is the only American nominee for the FIFA Best 2018 award. Let’s hope she brings a trophy home to the United States!

Ethiopia-Eritrea thaw continues with plans for soccer game | NBC Sports
Ethiopia and Eritrea are starting to have normal political relations again after recently ending a 20-year war, and as part of that process, the two nations’ national teams will meet in a friendly next month.

That’s all for today, folks. Hit the comments to let us know what was missed and Vamos United!