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Josep Bartomeu resigns from Barcelona, FanDuel becomes new D.C. United betting partner, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 28, 2020

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And another D.C. United Wednesday!

FC Barcelona Introduce New Player Pedro Gonzalez Lopez - ‘Pedri’ Photo by Noelia Deniz/Urbanandsport /NurPhoto via Getty Images

Happy D.C. United Day! The Black-and-Red host Columbus Crew SC tonight at Audi Field (8:00pm, WJLA 24/7 News, dcunited.com), and it’s a chance for the team to somehow make up some ground. We have a winning streak going, so let’s keep it up! Before that, and before you continue with Champions League on your TV today, the news from yesterday.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns - BBC

Barcelona’s entire board, including president Josep Bartomeu, has resigned, ending a long drawn out saga that has spanned several months. Also, on his way out the door, Bartomeu decided to dump the news that Barcelona has agreed to join the European Super League that is trying to be formed. We’ll see what comes of that.

D.C. United to share betting handle at FanDuel-run sportsbook inside Audi Field - Sportico

Caesars is out, and FanDuel is in as the official betting partner of D.C. United. FanDuel will run the sportsbook that will open inside Audi Field next year.

The LA Galaxy’s huge Cristian Pavon question - MLS

Should the LA Galaxy pay the $20 million fee to secure Cristian Pavon’s services permanently? Or is that too much money for a player even if he’s making an impact?

D.C. United is seriously (no, seriously) in the hunt for an MLS playoff spot - BRU

That’s right, our Black-and-Red are still in this playoff race. Jason breaks it down for us.

Ronaldo to miss Messi showdown, out of Juventus vs. Barcelona - ESPNFC

Cristiano Ronaldo continues to test positive for the coronavirus, so he has been ruled out of today’s big Champions League clash between Juventus and Barcelona. In United States Men’s National Team news however, Weston McKennie is cleared to play, so we will see American vs. American when McKennie and Barcelona’s Sergiño Dest take the field today. Let’s GO!

The short life and long death of Chivas USA - The Athletic

The Athletic does a deep dive on the ill fated franchise that was Chivas USA.

The tragedy of Jeremy Wisten and the lessons football has to learn - The Athletic

When former Manchester City academy player Jeremy Wisten apparently took his own life recently, it brought to the surface the mental health issues that exist for academy players under pressure to succeed at their clubs, and the lack of support they receive if they don’t make it.

A Patriarch of Salvadoran Sports: DC United Spanish Broadcaster Dies of Cancer - NBC4

Carlos Alberto “Escopeta” Osorio, one of the longtime Spanish broadcasters for D.C. United, passed away last week from cancer. He was the Spanish voice for D.C. United for over 20 years and also helped broadcast 10 World Cups.

Do it for Carlos tonight. Vamos United.