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MLS returning to play, avoids lockout, and more: Freedom Kicks for 4 June 2020

MLS is coming back

MLS: Inter Miami CF at D.C. United Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Hi everyone. The last two weeks have been painful, heartbreaking, distressing, and powerful; I hope that you’re all staying safe. I know that I’m trying to talk less, listen and read more, especially to black, indigenous, people of color. There are a lot of good reading lists out there, including one from New York Magazine. Be well.

To the links:

D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen’s view of George Floyd protests comes into focus - The Washington Post

Steve Goff talks with Ben Olsen about the murder of George Floyd, the protests that followed, and gentrification in D.C.

DC United’s Ben Olsen reflects on protests after murder of George Floyd: “Things have to change” | MLSsoccer.com

Charles Boehm also talked to Ben Olsen, who was supposed to have a piece come out about soccer, but then the events of the last two weeks happened. Olsen is very thoughtful and self-reflective in his remarks in both pieces.

MLS and players reach deal to resume play - The Washington Post

After a last minute attempt to squeeze the players even more, MLS revises their offer to the players to avoid locking them out. Here are the details on the tournament in Orlando and when it might start.

Hey, MLS is coming back! It’ll be in a weird tournament, where some games count for the regular season standings, and some games don’t. But we’re MLS fans, we’re used to weird formats.

MLS avoids lockout: Don Garber on new CBA, return plan, 2020 season - Sports Illustrated

Brian Straus was on a call with Don Garber and got the details on the specifics of the CBA, the return to play plan, and more.

On the other hand of returning to play, there are still a bunch of problems with returning to play.

Megan Rapinoe reportedly sitting out NWSL Challenge Cup - Sounder At Heart

While MLS has strict guidelines for who can opt out of the tournament, NWSL’s are much looser. Megan Rapinoe looks to be one of the people who will sit out the Utah tournament.

DiBiasi is money in the midfield for Washington - Beautiful Game Network

As NWSL gets closer to coming back, we look more towards on the field performance. BGN looks at Jordan DiBiasi, who became a key player for the team, especially in the absence of the World Cup Players.

That’s all I have. Be well.