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Loudoun United lose home opener, Benzema named to France Euro 2020 squad, and more: Freedom Kicks for May 19, 2021

Benzo’s back!

Athletic Club v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Happy Wednesday, everyone. There were a few stories worth noting from yesterday, starting with the young’uns over in Loudoun:

Red Bulls II Edge Past Loudoun as Egbo Converts from Spot - USL Championship

Loudoun United catches a loss in their home opener to New York Red Bulls II.

OFFICIAL: Benzema returns to French national team - Managing Madrid

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema is back on the France squad for the 2020 Euros.

If you’re looking for a podcast episode to start your day, it’s an episode from The Call Up with D.C. United’s Danita Johnson!

Rumor: Werder Bremen open to selling Josh Sargent this summer - SSFC

Could Josh Sargent be on his way out at Werder Bremen this summer? The USMNT forward could have a new home for next season.

Our very own Ryan Keefer gives us an update on the DCU/Washington Spirit training complex:

Speaking of the Spirit, one of our fearless leaders, Jason Anderson, lets us know that tickets for the home opener are G-O-N-E!

Columbus Crew reveal updated crest following decision to retain Crew name - MLS

The Columbus Crew have updated their updated crest cuz their updated crest wasn’t updated enough.

Barcelona great Xavi says no to Brazil assistant job ahead of World Cup - ESPNFC

Xavi has said that he will not take an assistant coaching job with Brazil, opting to remain with his current position at Al Saad in Qatar.

That’s all for today, folks. Stay cool out there.