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Sergiño Dest draws Bayern interest, Real Salt Lake furloughs employees, and more: Freedom Kicks for April 8, 2020

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Welcome to Day 27 AC (After Coronavirus). I’ve been told this is Wednesday, but days of the week haven’t applied in...27 days. But, there was some news yesterday (a recognized day during the quarantine) so let’s get to it.

Report: Bayern Munich favored to sign Sergiño Dest amid Barcelona inquiry - Stars & Stripes FC

Sergiño Dest getting interest from teams like Bayern Munich and Barcelona is a wonderful thing. We’ll see what happens when the transfer window actually opens up if Dest will make a move.

Real Salt Lake announce furloughs and salary reductions in wake of COVID-19 - RSL Soapbox

Bad form here from Real Salt Lake. It’s not like their owner is worth multiple billions of dollars and can’t pay his employees while this hiatus continues. They need to do the right thing and stop telling on themselves.

FA chairman Greg Clarke: English football could ‘lose clubs and leagues’ - BBC

Several clubs and leagues are in danger the longer this hiatus continues, not just in England but around the world. It will be interesting to see the fallout from this sports stoppage whenever it ends.

The Best of DC’s starting XI could be the best in the country - Black & Red United

In which a random thought turns into an idea which turns into an article. What’s your starting XI of DC-centric things? It’s easily the best in the nation.

Charlie Davies shares emotional memories ahead of re-air of 2010 World Cup Qualifying classic vs. Costa Rica - MLS

Charlie Davies was hurt in a car accident a couple days before the United States Men’s National Team played Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier at RFK back in October 2009. He had never seen the match until last night, when U.S. Soccer aired a replay of it. Davies talks about that time and his memories of the accident and his teammates.

Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos wants players to ‘do the right thing’ with salaries - ESPNFC

Real Madrid, unlike its rivals Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, have not asked its players to cut their salaries and are currently paying them in full. Toni Kroos thinks that’s the best course of action so that players can donate to the causes that need them instead of giving them back to the clubs that don’t.

Instead of Having USWNT ‘Fight it Out,’ Carli Lloyd Pitches More Overlap With USMNT - Sports Illustrated

Last month, it came out that Carli Lloyd, in a deposition for the USWNT equal pay lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, asked if they should “fight it out” with the USMNT for the pot of money. In reality, Lloyd would rather the two teams be on the same team, doing training camps together so they can know each other better.

DC United Holds Digital Tryouts for Youth Academy Via GoldCleats App - SportTechie

D.C. United will continue to hold youth academy tryouts, but this year they’re doing it using an app that will allow prospective players to upload videos of their skills for scouts to evaluate.

Beckham bend or Ronaldo knuckleball? The evolution of Premier League free kicks - The Athletic

Was David Beckham’s free kick more your style or was it Cristiano Ronaldo? Here’s a nice article on the art of the free kick in the EPL and the best to do it.

Hang in there, everyone!