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Derek Chauvin verdict reactions, European Super League implodes, and more: Freedom Kicks for April 21, 2021

Just an incredible Tuesday.

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Holy cow, Tuesday was a heavy, wild day. We start with the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, who was convicted on 3 separate counts of murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. D.C. United and the Washington Spirit joined several other teams, leagues, organizations and brands in putting out statements showing solidarity with George Floyd’s family.

A reminder that what we say yesterday wasn’t justice. It was accountability. It’s important to understand that and to listen to the streets to hear what they have to say.

There’s still work to be done.

European Super League will ‘reconsider steps to reshape’ as English clubs leave - The Athletic

The Super League lasted all of 48 hours, as the proposed breakaway league imploded with the departure of all the English teams from the group. It was always just a bunch of huffing and puffing from both sides as they try to split up a pile of money. In the end, the only thing that fell were dominoes.

Here’s reporting on the wild day on social media surrounding the Super League from the Washington Post and ESPNFC. Also, SSFC discussed the implications of the Super League for the USMNT players that currently are on clubs that were proposing to join the conglomerate.

BMO Field to expand to 45,000 seats ahead of 2026 World Cup - Waking The Red

When the World Cup comes to Canada, the United States, and Mexico, Toronto FC’s home will be expanded to 45,000 seats. That’s a huge expansion of BMO Field, but will allow for huge crowds when Canada’s national team plays there.

Schalke relegated from Bundesliga after loss at Bielefeld - ESPNFC

Schalke 04 will be relegated from the Bundesliga after they lost to Arminia Bielefeld. It’s the first time since 1988 that they will not be in Germany’s top flight division.

WSL top two to face off in potential title decider - BBC

Manchester City. Chelsea FC. It’s a huge showdown in the Women’s Super League to see which team will have the upper hand in the title chase.

That’s it for today, as we continue to process and try to begin to heal. There’s still work to be done, and everyone needs to be ready to put that work in. Stay up.