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World Cup quarters are set, Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus rumors, and more: Freedom Kicks for July 4, 2018

A wild Tuesday full of news to recap on this Independence Day!

Hello folks, and a Happy July 4th to you all! Today is also United Day, and we get #DCUAfterDark tonight at 10:30pm as D.C. United faces the LA Galaxy to round out a full day of MLS action. There’s no World Cup for you today, so before you get out and enjoy the hot day, the barbeque, the fireworks, and #DCUAfterDark, here’s a recap of a wild Tuesday:

England knock Colombia out of World Cup in last-16 penalty shootout | The Guardian

Yes, you read that right. England won a penalty shootout in the World Cup, sending Colombia home with a 4-3 shootout win after being deadlocked at 1-1 after 120 minutes.

Emil Forsberg ousts Switzerland and sends Sweden into World Cup last eight | The Guardian

Emil Forsberg’s 66th minute strike was the difference as Sweden moves past Switzerland and advances to the World Cup quarterfinals. Your final eight: England, Sweden, Brazil, Belgium, Croatia, Russia, France, and Uruguay.

Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid, who will accept €100 million offer from Juventus, report says | Managing Madrid

The biggest bombshell of the day may have come from Madrid, where reports are that Cristiano Ronaldo will move to Juventus in a €100 million transfer. It could be the end of an era for CR7 at the Bernabeu.

Germany to stick with Joachim Low after World Cup group stage exit | ESPNFC

Germany plans to keep their coach Joachim Low after their disastrous World Cup performance this year. Shocking, but they would have owed him 4 more years worth of money if they let him go.

FC Dallas playmaker Mauro Diaz transferred to Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai FC | MLS

FC Dallas says goodbye to Mauro Diaz, as he will move to the United Arab Emirates to play for Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai FC.

Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel reveals father kidnapped before World Cup clash vs. Argentina | ESPNFC

An incredible story out of the World Cup, as John Obi Mikel reveals that just before Nigeria’s final match against Argentina, he found out his father was kidnapped in South Nigeria. He didn’t tell anyone on his team so as not to distract them from the major task ahead of them, but was obviously playing with a heavy heart. This story has a happy ending: his father was rescued over the weekend by police.

Real Madrid Refute Report Saying They Offered €310 Million For Neymar | Managing Madrid

Several European reports yesterday had Real Madrid offering Paris St-Germain €310 million for Neymar. Real squashed those rumors, but this may not be the last rumors you hear about a Real Madrid-Neymar marriage.

CONCACAF boss targets 2026 World Cup for better results | NBC Sports

The head of CONCACAF says that the confederation “has not really done much to help the federations try to compete at a world level” and wants to change that. Though, while he expects better results from CONCACAF participants in the 2022 World Cup, he is shooting for the 2026 World Cup for CONCACAF to once again shine on the world stage.

That’s what I got for today, folks. Before we go, a word from our president:

Enjoy the holiday!