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D.C. United updates mask policy, Leo Messi leaving Barcelona?, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/6/2021

MLS trades and transfers galore, and do not be like Juventus

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Good morning! I didn’t get this written last night, and I’ve decided I want a breakfast sandwich before this Olympic gold medal game gets going, so I better hustle. We have some D.C. United news and commentary, MLS trades as the transfer window closed last night, and unfortunately a big European club did something very stupid and bad! And I don’t mean the Leo Messi thing, which is more odd at this point than stupid.

D.C. United Update Audi Field Mask Policy to Align with CDC & DC Health Guidelines |
Make sure you read up on this before you head to Sunday’s game.

Four things about D.C. United solving the Columbus Crew in a 4-2 win | Black and Red United
Pressing, Ola Kamara, mental strength, and Yordy Reyna were all on our minds after Wednesday’s win. Also, the movie Hoosiers.

A club record transfer for Sporting KC, Busio to Venezia announced | The Blue Testament
Gianluca Busio is off to Venezia in a deal that reportedly includes both benchmarks for more money and a sell-on clause.

Atlanta United adds Brazilian winger | Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta’s bizarre transfer window, in which they repeatedly tried to spent eight figures and repeatedly got rejected ended with them spending eight figures to bring Luiz Araujo, who was a regular for French champions LOSC Lille this past season, to the Benz.

Is Lionel Messi leaving FC Barcelona for real, or is it a bluff? | Barca Blaugranes
The weird situation with Messi and Barcelona is even more substantial, with the club announcing that Messi’s not coming back at a seemingly random time, with no looming deadline to register him for this season.

Yang: Juventus Women casually makes racist tweet, offers bad apology, and I’m very tired | The Athletic
More clear-cut is a disgraceful, racist tweet from Juventus, whose women’s team official account decided to post a photo of Cecilia Salvai that never should have been taken, posed for, or even considered. It’s gross, and it’s infuriating.

It is time to change the culture inside Juventus | Black & White & Read All Over
The Juve equivalent of B&RU points out that this is just one more awful recent chapter at the club.

Space Odyssey, the Billionaire Edition | The Ringer
Brian Phillips wrote about space a few days ago, so of course I’m going to share it.

Have a good Friday, and a good weekend!