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Lionel Messi injured again, Columbus Crew stadium renderings, and more: Freedom Kicks for September 25, 2019

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And more from my travel day.

Barcelona V Villarreal Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

Happy Wednesday everyone. The entirety of my Tuesday was spent flying home from Munich, where I was this past week for Oktoberfest. What a fun trip that was! As a result, today’s Kicks are short since I arrived home at 1:00am after starting my travel day at 2:00am Tuesday in Munich. That travel consisted of a train to Frankfurt, a flight to Charlotte, a 9.5 hour layover, and then a flight to BWI that ended with the drive back to DC. While I’m catching up on sleep, here’s the news:

Messi injured in Barca win | BBC

Barcelona beat Villareal, but Lionel Messi went down injured in his first game back from his other injury. Uh oh.

Columbus Crew release striking renderings of new downtown stadium | MLS

Columbus Crew SC released new renderings of the stadium they will begin to build in October. Looks pretty cool.

Diego Valeri may leave Timbers in 2020 thanks to impasse over new contract | The Athletic

Yo, if Diego Valeri really leaves the Portland Timbers, I know a good landing spot for him: right here with D.C. United.

Champions League: Wembley will host 2023 final | BBC

The home stadiums of Zenit St. Petersburg (Gazprom Arena), Bayern Munich (Allianz Arena), and England (Wembley Stadium) will host the next three Champions League finals after the 2020 final is played in Istanbul.

The most intense derby never played | NBC Sports

Portsmouth and Southampton is apparently one of the realest derbies in soccer, even if they don’t play all the time.

To close, I want to send a special birthday shoutout to my younger brother, Steven. Happy birthday bro! Hit the comments and discuss other things I missed while in the air on Tuesday.