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Rose Lavelle trade aftermath, U.S. Open Cup cancelled, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/18/2020

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Arriola ramps it up, lots of Spirit audio, and Barca does what you do after you lose 8-2

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Good morning, here’s Paul Arriola with your wake-up call:

That looks like someone who is closer than we might have expected to returning for D.C. United! I don’t think he’s coming back this week or anything, but the chances of Arriola playing for United in 2020 feel pretty decent at this point. Hopefully that’s how this plays out.

Speaking of the Black-and-Red, media will get the chance to speak, via the internet, to Ben Olsen and players tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll have some news for you before Friday’s game. Yes, they play this Friday. No, I can’t really believe it either.

Meanwhile in Washington Spirit news, I had a really fun chat with center back Paige Nielsen for the latest episode of Plex Weather:

Speaking of the Spirit, head coach Richie Burke made the case for why the team opted to trade Rose Lavelle:

It’s a tough case to make, but if Lavelle was going to sign abroad (as appears to be the case), getting something via trade rather than nothing than the hope she comes back is a reasonable position. It might not be a lot of fun for fans, but we don’t know exactly what NWSL has to offer players between now and the Olympics.

For more on the Lavelle trade, listen in to the latest Total Soccer Show:

US Open Cup officially cancelled for first time in tournament’s 106-year history | TheCup.us
We talked about it last week, it’s not a surprise, and there’s no viable way to do anything other than cancel the tournament, but nonetheless this one hurts for yours truly.

MLS, U.S. Soccer Score Content Distribution Deal With Bleacher Report | Front Office Sports
Business jargon aside, this could be a sign of what’s to come when MLS starts the talks on its next major broadcast deal, as Bleacher Report is owned by Turner Broadcasting.

In NWSL news, the North Carolina Courage have confirmed contract extensions for strikers Lynn Williams and Jess McDonald, and reportedly have done the same with Debinha, who over the past year or so has taken a step forward into “world class” status:

Crew complete trade with FC Cincinnati for Fatai Alashe | Massive Report
Gotta admit, this one’s a puzzler for me. Caleb Porter seemed to have reasonable depth at defensive midfield and at center back during MLS is Back, and those are the positions Fatai Alashe plays. It makes me wonder if there’s not another move to follow.

OFFICIAL: Barcelona sack Quique Setien, announce elections for March | Barca Blaugranes
Look, I don’t know a lot about coaching Barcelona, or any other international super club. But what I do know is that if you’re coaching one of those teams, you can’t lose 8-2 to anyone.

And on that note, enjoy your Tuesday!