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Shane Long has the shortest goal, Raheem Sterling stands up against racism, and more: Freedom Kicks for April 24, 2019

Happy United Day!

Watford FC v Southampton FC - Premier League Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Happy Wednesday everyone. D.C. United looks to get back on track tonight in Columbus against Columbus Crew SC, and there’s a nice slate of MLS matches tonight as well. Also, Wolverhampton Wanderers-Arsenal and Manchester United-Manchester City goes down in the afternoon. Here’s a preview of tonight’s MLS matches, but before we settle in for some soccer, here’s the news:

Southampton’s Shane Long scores fastest Premier League goal in history | ESPNFC

What a ridiculous way to start the match, as Southampton’s Shane Long scores on Watford 7 seconds into the match, the fastest goal in Premier League history.

Raheem Sterling says racism stance is about protecting future generations | The Guardian

Raheem Sterling is standing up to lead the fight against racism in soccer, and I applaud him for it.

D.C. United homegrown pupils gain advanced-placement status | Washington Post

Griffin Yow and Donovan Pines are getting some incredible experience so far in their young careers, and they’re learning a lot on the job for D.C. United and Loudoun United.

BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2019: Lindsey Horan profile | BBC

Go Lindsey Horan, go! The United States Women’s National Team and Portland Thorns midfielder is a candidate for the BBC women’s award.

Hudson-Odoi confirms ruptured Achilles, set to miss 6-9 months | We Ain’t Got No History

The 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi ruptured his Achilles, which means that Chelsea will be without his services for likely the rest of 2019.

Real Madrid in advanced talks to acquire Paul Pogba -report | Managing Madrid

Real Madrid is looking to break the bank on several transfers this summer. Could Paul Pogba be one of them?

Finally, people are reporting that this USMNT kit is to be the new Gold Cup jersey. However, I have it on excellent authority that this is just a training top for the men for this summer’s tournament:

That’s all I got. Vamos United!