Wednesday already? I’m still riding the high from the season opening victory where I foolishly believed in the 10th minute that it wasn’t that cold, but by the 30th minute, I convinced myself to take a lap or two around the stadium to warm up. At least now it’s March, so True Spring is around the corner. To the Kicks!
Team of the Matchday: Who shined brightest on MLS is Back weekend? (MLS): Spoiler: Ted Ku-DiPietro was quite shiny in the dying seconds of the match last Saturday.
And in my humble opinion, as someone too busy at Buzzard Point and thus did not watch other matches, I would put Klich on the Bench of the Week. He was a joy to watch for 90 minutes. He knows it too:
Who were the best young-player performers in MLS Matchday 1? (MLS): The Team of the Matchday honors answers this question pretty well. Eyes will no doubt be watching TKP attentively this weekend at Columbus. Or is it TKD? I’m seeing both on social media. Which is it?
There will be a familiar name in the booth for that aforementioned match this weekend…
Jo, André, and Annie are unmatched in Washington Spirit coverage. They will be introducing us all to the Spirit’s latest draft picks. Catch up on the first two stories now:
Concacaf announces Nations League format changes (SSFC): I’m going to need this format to remain unchanged for a few cycles so that I can commit to understanding what the Nations League even is. The USMNT will need every minute of competitive soccer to prepare for the 2026 World Cup.
SD Loyal Signs Forward Adrien Perez (SD Loyal): I always felt Perez displayed an admirable effort when he played for the Black and Red. Injuries hampered his time here. I wish him the best of luck moving forward!
Eddie Johnson’s new journey: “Changing the whole narrative” as grassroots coach (MLS): This slipped through the cracks over Black History Month. I remember when D.C. United signed Eddie Johnson… he was huge in the league at the time of his signing. A big what-if had he not been forced to retire due to a heart condition. He is now on a quest to aid the next generations of American soccer stars.
That’s all for today. Get kicking in the comments!