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Champions League Final, Jozy Altidore barred from Toronto FC training, and more: Freedom Kicks for 5/28/2021

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MLS got dramatic last night

Nashville SC v Toronto FC Photo by Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty Images

Good morning! We don’t have a ton of D.C. United news to talk about today, but that’s not to say we have none, and we have a Washington Spirit piece that’ll be ready in an hour. Until then...well, the men’s Champions League final is tomorrow, and I bet the odds are that you’re gonna watch Chelsea and Manchester City.

Moisés Linares is living a dream, chasing another as D.C. United’s Spanish-language TV voice | Washington Post
Really enjoyed this on how Moisés Linares ended up becoming United’s Spanish-language announcer (among many other things).

Feeling a little more conflicted about this:

On one hand, Marco Etcheverry can do whatever he wants, and his academy is down in North Carolina. On the other hand, Charlotte, find your own legends.

Six things about the Washington Spirit winning at home* against the Houston Dash | Black and Red United
It’s me and André Carlisle talking about a few different points (mostly good, but at least one concern) from the Spirit’s win on Wednesday.

This piece will go live at 8am, so if you’re looking at this before then, check back at 8!

Lilian Thuram Sees MLS’s Black Players for Change As a Template | Sports Illustrated
Excellent piece here from Brian Straus on how French legend Lilian Thuram, who has become an activist and lecturer combating structural racism, has found some serious inspiration from Black Players for Change.

Toronto FC has frozen Jozy Altidore out of first-team training - sources | ESPN
Yeesh!

“Fairy Tales”: Chicago Fire’s Georg Heitz slams Djordje Mihailovic’s trade comments | Hot Time in Old Town
Yeesh again!

Amanda, Howell are Hermann Trophy winners in college soccer | Associated Press
Jaelin Howell, who has the talent to be a USWNT regular in the very near future, and Canadian forward Gloire Amanda (who put up 15 goals and 7 assists in 14 games this season) are your M.A.C. Hermann Trophy award winners/

A Champions League guide for Americans who don’t really watch soccer | SB Nation
The men’s Champions League final is Saturday, which I feel like people are going to be interested in!

Alright that’s it for me. Enjoy your Friday, hopefully you get things done before we get hit with more storms.