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Spain-Brazil form Olympic men’s final, €100m Romelu Lukaku bid rejected, and more: Freedom Kicks for August 4, 2021

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Happy DCU Day!

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Happy Wednesday, and it’s a D.C. United matchday as well! The team is in Columbus to take on the Columbus Crew in their first visit to the worst-named new stadium in a long time, Lower.com Field. Until then, here’s the news from yesterday.

Spain to face Brazil in men’s Olympic football final after Asensio sinks Japan - The Guardian

Spain beat Japan on a goal by Marco Asensio in extra time, and Brazil took out Mexico on penalties to set the men’s Olympic football final. Mexico and Japan will battle for bronze.

Chelsea have €100m Romelu Lukaku bid rejected by Inter, exploring alternatives - ESPNFC

Romelu Lukaku is the target of Chelsea FC’s interests, but Inter Milan rejected a €100m bid for the Belgian forward. We’ll see how this develops.

Soccer-Swedes, Canada ask for women’s gold-medal match to be moved - Reuters

Sweden and Canada will play for the gold medal, but it will also be during the middle of the day in Japan. Both teams have requested the final be moved to the evening when it’s less hot and humid.

Before that match, a reminder that early tomorrow morning, the USWNT will go for bronze against Australia. One more early wake up call!

Premier League: Players from all 20 clubs will continue to take the knee - BBC

Premier League teams will continue to show solidarity and bring awareness to racial abuse by taking a knee before the start of matches throughout the 2021-2022 season. They will also continue to wear their “No Room For Racism” patch on jerseys.

Q&A: New Gotham FC interim GM Yael Averbuch West on taking over at her former club - The Athletic

Big congrats to Yael Averbuch West, who will take over as the interim general manager for NJ/NY Gotham FC! Wishing her the best in her new role.

That’s it for today. Vamos United!