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Becky Sauerbrunn trade imminent, coronavirus could cancel Olympics, and more: Freedom Kicks for February 26, 2020

Helluva soccer day yesterday.

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SOCCER: AUG 17 NWSL - Utah Royals FC at Orlando Pride Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

There was a lot that happened yesterday. Let’s recap a wild day.

Sources: Royals set to trade Becky Sauerbrunn to Portland - Equalizer Soccer

Becky Sauerbrunn is on the verge of a move from the Utah Royals to the Portland Thorns for allocation money and a non-federation player.

IOC member casts doubt on postponing or moving Tokyo Games - AP

The International Olympic Committee could cancel the entire 2020 Summer Olympics if the coronavirus isn’t under control by May. That would mean the United States Women’s National Team (and potentially the MNT U-23s) would not have be able to compete for gold in Japan.

The re-education of Thierry Henry - The Athletic

A great article by Pablo Maurer on Thierry Henry in his first year coaching in MLS.

Washington Spirit announce 2020 NWSL schedule - Black & Red United

The Washington Spirit released their 2020 home NWSL schedule. They will open at Audi Field April 18th against OL Reign FC and finish their home slate on October 10th at Audi Field against the Chicago Red Stars. They will play 4 games at Audi, 4 at Segra Field, and 4 at the Maryland Soccerplex.

Atlanta United 3, CD Motagua 0 | Concacaf Champions League Match Recap - MLS

Atlanta United advances to the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals after beating CD Motagua at Kennesaw State.

MLS 2020: Predicting the 5 biggest dark horses to reach MLS Cup - MLS

D.C. United is listed as a potential dark horse candidate to reach MLS Cup. Let’s hope they’re right.

D.C. United 2020 MLS season preview - Black & Red United

Along those lines, our own Jason Anderson dropped the 2020 season preview, and it’s a must read!

The team looks to be close to acquiring another midfielder as well:

Black History Month: Disaster at Ellis Park - Stars & Stripes FC

It’s the last week of Black History Month, and in my series over at SSFC, we detail the dark day when a stampede killed dozens of people during one of the biggest rivalries in the world.

That’s it for today!