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Spirit fire Gabarra, Mourinho gets Man United support, and more: Freedom Kicks for August 22, 2018

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The Spirit finally make a change.

Happy Wednesday folks. Yesterday was wild in the world, and there’s MLS on tonight, so let’s get cracking on what took place:

Washington Spirit announce departure of Jim Gabarra | Black & Red United
The Washington Spirit fired coach and general manager Jim Gabarra yesterday in a move that was a long time coming. The Spirit play the Portland Thorns Saturday night at Audi Field, and it will be assistant Tom Torres who will run the team for the rest of the season.

Man Utd: Jose Mourinho gets board’s backing, club not considering Zinedine Zidane | BBC
Manchester United feels set with Jose Mourinho in charge, and is not considering Zinedine Zidane to come in and replace him...yet. We’ll see if further woes prompt more talk about a change.

MLS Power Rankings: DC United make their move, Atlanta march on | MLS
D.C. United is up 4 spots in the latest MLS Power Rankings to #11. We moving on up, y’all!

Real Madrid confirm Martin Odegaard has joined Vitesse Arnhem on loan | ESPNFC
Real Madrid loaned Norway wonderkid Martin Odegaard to Vitesse for the season. They’re hoping the kid, who turns 20 soon, will finally show some of the potential they were looking for when they signed him at age 16.

Carli Lloyd at the death: Ten years from the USWNT’s most improbable win | The Guardian
Relive the time where Carli Lloyd helped the United States defeat Brazil in the gold medal match at the 2008 Olympics with a last second goal. I always love recapping matches where we get medals.

Lionel Messi out of Argentina squad as doubts persist over international future | ESPNFC
Could Lionel Messi’s time with Argentina be finally over? The questions keep coming up as he is left off their roster for their friendlies in the United States next month.

Report: Thierry Henry begins talks with Bordeaux | NBC Sports
Thierry Henry, currently an assistant coach for Belgium, could be getting his first head coaching gig with Bordeaux. He’s been a candidate for several jobs over the past couple months, and it looks like his patience could finally pay off.

Arsene Wenger to get honour from Liberia’s George Weah | BBC
Arsene Wenger is going to receive Liberia’s highest honor by president George Weah. Yeah, that George Weah...you know, the father of USMNT phenom Tim Weah who just happens to be one of the greatest players who ever lived.

That’s it for today, everyone. Hit the comments and let us know what hit your radar yesterday other than terrible thunderstorms and rocky news in other parts of the world.