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Durkin in Europe and Brillant art: Freedom Kicks for 14 May 2020

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Good morning everyone! Even in these strange times, the machinery of public schooling moves ever forward. I had an IEP meeting over Google Meet today, hence why your Freedom Kicks are late. The weird combination of normalcy adapting to a completely unprecedented situation seems to be a lot of where we are right now.

Anyways, to the links!

Durkin excited for European opportunity | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer

Travis Clark speaks with now-former D.C. United player Chris Durkin about his move to Belgium and the opportunities that it gives him.

Frederic Brillant and his kids go through how to create your own Talon! It is very cute.

Donovan Pines talks with Maryland Athletics’ official podcast to tell the story of his beginnings in Major League Soccer, with some Wayne Rooney thrown in (as one would expect).

Having Etcheverry was like playing MLS on easy mode.

Loudoun County supervisors likely to revise Loudoun United’s lease, defer rent payments amid pandemic | News |

It is very bad for Loudoun United to be costing the County real money during an economic crisis. In theory Loudoun United will be paying them back through increased interest payments over the next six years, but it is putting both the team and the county in harder positions.

RSL defender Nedum Onuoha spearheads effort to help those in organization affected by furloughs, layoffs - The Salt Lake Tribune

Speaking of bad things, Dell Loy Hansen should be ashamed that Real Salt Lake’s players are helping staffers affected by furloughs and layoffs, when he is a billionaire rare coin collector.

Red Stars make history as first professional sports team in Chicago to hire female public address announcer - Chicago Sun-Times

This is very cool!

NWSL Beginnings: Calling off the Sirens on account of Reign – Equalizer Soccer

The history of how the Seattle Sirens became the Seattle Reign is an interesting one indeed.

Sources: MLS to announce new youth league involving 95 clubs – The Athletic

The new development academy is here, with all the MLS teams, some USL Championship teams, and a bunch of the top-tier independent teams. I hope that they take this opportunity to really reinvent youth development in this country, and not just carry on the USSDA’s model.

That’s all I have; what’s up?