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Ron Jans resigns, Gio Reyna makes youngest Champions League debut, and more: Freedom Kicks for February 19, 2020

And the kid added the game-winning assist!

ADO Den Haag v Willem II - Dutch Eredivisie Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images

The Champions League knockout stage began yesterday for both UEFA and CONCACAF. Lots of soccer on today as well in both competitions! Here’s the recap from yesterday’s news:

FC Cincinnati coach Jans resigns amid investigation over remarks - NBC Sports

FC Cincinnati needs a new coach again after Ron Jans resigned yesterday morning. FCC’s press conference was nothing short of terrible in trying to explain/defend everything.

Gio Reyna emotional after Dortmund debut makes him youngest American to play in UCL - ESPNFC

Gio Reyna became the youngest American ever to play in the UEFA Champions League when he subbed on yesterday for Borussia Dortmund against PSG. He also provided the game-winning assist to Erling Håland, who to call on fire would be an understatement.

Black History Month: The Makélélé Role - Stars and Stripes FC

Claude Makélélé was one of the most indispensable players the world has ever seen, and he was the subject of my Black History Month series over at SSFC.

The Call Up: DON’T Call Bill Hamid “Mr. DC!” - MLS

Bill Hamid joins The Call Up podcast, so that automatically makes it a must listen!

Updated MLS Fan Code of Conduct released for 2020 season - MLS

MLS updated its Code of Conduct for the season. Things like the Iron Front logo presumably should be allowed in the stands.

Messi, Pique have tense meeting with Barcelona chief after social media row - ESPNFC

Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué had a hostile meeting with Barcelona brass after social media from the team’s partners criticized Messi and the players on the team.

Why are so many Australians headed for WSL and other European leagues? - All for XI

A lot of Australia’s national team players are headed to England and other European countries to play soccer instead of playing in the United States. Could those leagues be improving in stature?

That’s it for today!