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Wayne Rooney, D.C. United beat Portland, Washington Spirit stadium tour, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/16/2018

D.C. soccer can be fun and happy???

HEY. What a night. D.C. United rolled past the Portland Timbers, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice. Go ahead, take a second to watch his second:

It wasn’t as dramatic as Sunday, but who needs drama when you can trounce a legitimately good team?

Magic from Wayne Rooney leads D.C. United to a win over Portland | Black And Red United
Portland Timbers disassembled by D.C. United in 4-1 loss | Stumptown Footy
It was pretty cool. Who knew we could have fun at soccer games in this region?

Audi Field was also busy earlier in the day, as the Washington Spirit got a tour of the stadium and talked to media before their 8/25 game against the Portland Thorns.

Washington Spirit makes first appearance at Audi Field for stadium, locker room tour | Washington Spirit
A couple interesting notes: Spirit owner Bill Lynch said that if things go well on the 25th, the team will consider returning to the District for multiple games in 2019. He also said the organization would consider it a success with 8,000-10,000 fans in attendance. We’ll have some stories from the event in the coming days.

Also, this happened:

Normally that’s where a laundry hamper goes, but before games it’s just an empty spot. Spirit players were also super hyped to figure out which locker was Rooney’s, and were happy to see the playing surface is a good one.

In other news from the soccer world:

MLS in Austin: City Council OKs soccer stadium deal | Austin Stateman
The last hope for keeping the Columbus Crew from moving is the Ohio court system. It’s not looking good, which is such a huge disappointment. MLS could have prevented this from being on the table, but here we are.

Seattle Reign match will be played tonight despite poor air quality | Sounder At Heart
The Seattle Reign and Chicago Red Stars had a big game last night, but wildfires in Washington state had reduced Seattle’s air quality to unhealthy levels of smoke. The NWSL made them play anyway in what ended up being a 0-0 draw.

Back on track: LAFC 2, Real Salt Lake 0 | Angels on Parade
In MLS’s other game last night, LAFC’s new striker Christian Ramirez scored twice on his debut. Minnesota, wyd!

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