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Rose Lavelle gone, Barca thrashed & more: Freedom Kicks for 8/17/20

And a personal fave celebrates a birthday.

2020 NWSL Challenge Cup - Day 5 Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Hello, my grass loves the rain, but try entertaining a kid when you can’t go out.

Washington Spirit trade Rose Lavelle to OL Reign (us): She was off to Manchester City anyway, but still. All for XI, Sounder at Heart, Equalizer Soccer and WaPo (with some Return to Play deets) with more.

Bayern blast Barcelona: Will play Manchester City-Lyon winner in Champions League Semifinals (BFB): Phil with Bayern Munich’s take on that Friday demolishing, Barca Blaugranes with the other side, and more on ramifications by Jonathan Wilson (author of Inverting the Pyramid) and the NY Times’ Rory Smith on the bigger meanings. There is always Donald’s campaign (and endorsement):

Who will be Atlanta United’s next Homegrown Player? (DSS): Dropping this in here as Chris Durkin’s brother Andrew is mentioned.

Loudoun United fall 2-0 in Louisville (us): 16 guys, no backup GK, at least we could have had a Mike Magee situation but noooo...

Real Genius turns 35—celebrating this cult classic is a moral imperative (Are Technica): Yes, yes it is. I’ll note that Vil Kilmer put out an autobiography which I’ll read one of these days, but knowing that Macgruber co-star Will Forte did the audiobook makes that pretty nice.

Anyway, try to do something substantial today.