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Jose Torres on trial with D.C. United, Paul Arriola transfer rumors, and more: Freedom Kicks for July 24, 2019

And it’s a United Day.

MLS: D.C. United at Atlanta United FC Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Wednesday everyone. This week for me has already been highlighted by Real Madrid’s win last night against Arsenal in the International Champions Cup at FedEx Field. There was also Leagues Cup action and other ICC matches, so if you like friendlies, this is your most wonderful time of the year.

Speaking of friendlies, it’s also a D.C. United day as they host Olympique Marseille in a friendly tonight at Audi Field (8:00pm, Flo Sports). We probably won’t see any first teamers for United, but it should be a nice night for some soccer. Okay, now to the news:

D.C. United takes former USMNT midfielder Jose Torres on trial | Black & Red United

Jose Francisco Torres is apparently on trial with the Black-and-Red. The former United States Men’s National Team midfielder could be trying to find a way onto a team that has a ton of midfielders...right now.

Report: Paul Arriola drawing interest from Europe, Mexico | Stars & Stripes FC

Paul Arriola is the topic of transfer talks, with teams in Europe and Mexico reportedly wanting him bad. It does sound like it will take one hell of an offer for United to sell him.

Austin FC name Josh Wolff first head coach | MLS

Former D.C. United player and assistant coach and current USMNT assistant Josh Wolff will become the first head coach in Austin FC’s history. He will have his work cut out for him when he officially takes the job at the beginning of next year.

Messi gets WC qualifier ban for Copa red card | ESPNFC

Lionel Messi had some things to say after getting a red card in the Copa America 3rd place match against Chile, and he lashed out at CONMEBOL officiating as well. That has earned him a $1500 fine and a one game suspension, which will keep him out of Argentina’s first World Cup qualifier. Oops.

Ronaldo will not face charges over alleged rape | BBC

Cristiano Ronaldo has been the subject of a criminal investigation over rape allegations levied upon him last year in Las Vegas. However, prosecutors have decided that they can’t prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and will not pursue any charges against CR7.

That’s what we have for now. Vamos United!