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Cristiano Ronaldo catches the coronavirus, MLS to reboot reserve league, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 14, 2020

All the news waited for Tuesday.

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Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19 Photo by Pedro Fiúza/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Happy D.C. United Day, everyone. Tonight, the Black-and-Red host a hot Philadelphia Union team. Let’s hope we can turn it around and get a W for once. Before that, let’s recap a very busy Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for coronavirus, leaves Portugal squad - ESPNFC

Cristiano Ronaldo is out of the Portugal squad after testing positive for the coronavirus. FIFA has a real problem on their hands, because with the number of players that have caught the virus on international duty, clubs will not want to release them next month.

MLS to launch reserves league beginning play in 2021, sources say - The Athletic

Looks like MLS will bring back the reserves league as early as next year. Call me crazy, but this is something that I think can be beneficial if they do it right.

(Narrator: they probably won’t do it right.)

Transfer news: Real Madrid like USMNT’s Reyna in addition to Haaland - NBC Sports

Listen here...Gio Reyna AND Erling Haaland on Real Madrid? DO IT, DO IT NOW FLORENTINO!!


D.C. United has begun the coaching search. Here are 10 candidates it might consider - Washington Post

Other than Jill Ellis, the list here reads like a lot of MLS retreads or former D.C. United players. The Athletic’s list has David Wagner and Marcelo Gallardo on it as well as some of the ones on the Washington Post’s list. Gallardo is a former D.C. United player, but also has made a big name for himself in the coaching ranks.

D.C. United needs to think big and not MLS retread. To me, bringing in someone from the MLS or the D.C. United coaching tree (with the exception of Gallardo) will not indicate to me that the team is ready to shake things up and really revitalize the culture. We’ll see how this progresses.

Report in Turkey links Seattle Sounders to Besiktas, Canadian striker Cyle Larin - MLS

Could former Orlando City striker Cyle Larin be returning to MLS from Turkey. Reports have linked the Canadian striker with the Seattle Sounders.

Maryland Bobcats FC Officially Welcomed by NISA - Maryland Bobcats

Congrats to the Maryland Bobcats, who have officially joined the NISA. They hope to begin competing in the league’s Spring season.

Top clubs threatened Premier League exit during ‘Project Big Picture’ talks - ESPNFC

The Premier League’s biggest clubs scuttled the FA’s plans to redistribute the incoming dollars to the rest of the teams in the English Football League.

Finally, Ben Olsen speaks on the end of his tenure as D.C. United head coach, thanking the fans in the process.

Vamos United!