Loudoun United FC play their season opener tomorrow night in Memphis, TN against Memphis 901. The game starts at 5:30 p.m., and can be viewed on ESPN+ or at the team’s official Watch Party at Ocelot Brewing.
Yesterday, the team announced the signing of midfielder Abdoul Koanda, who previously played for ASEC Mimosa in the Côte d’Ivoire. I haven’t seen any word yet on whether he’ll be available for tomorrow night’s match.
D.C. United may have their own signing news coming soon. The Athletic reports the Black-and-Red are in talks with Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis O’Brien.
D.C.’s Leagues Cup group stage games have been announced: CF Montréal away and Pumas Unam at home.
While it looked like a sure thing two weeks ago, Bill Hamid’s move to Dundee United is off. This article is very light on reasons why, noting only that Coach Jim Goodwin decided not to bring Hamid in after the two talked this week. An earlier article said that conversation would focus on Hamid’s current fitness. Sorry for Hamid that this didn’t work out, but we’ll continue to keep an eye on his search for a new home and hope to see him at Buzzard Point in the meantime.
Side note: I cannot believe that was two weeks ago. It was in my last Friday Freedom Kicks before we launched The District Press. Feels like ages ago.
After Wendy Renard, Kadidiatou Dianai, and Marie-Antoinette Katoto of the French Women’s National Team announced they would be sitting out of the 2023 World Cup, coach Corinne Diacre was fired by the French Football Federation yesterday. Players have been speaking out about Diacre’s coaching methods and seemingly retaliatory decision-making for years, but it seems to have taken this drastic action in a World Cup year to finally force her out.
In related news, 4 players from the Canada Women’s National Team testified in front of the Canadian Parliament’s Heritage Committee about their own Federation’s lack of financial transparency and unequal funding, in addition to the disrespectful way they feel they’ve been treated personally. During the hearing, the players revealed that former Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis referred to Christine Sinclair’s description of the players’ complaints as “bitching” and that the Federation views the women’s friendlies as optional, compared with the men’s games in preparation for the 2022 World Cup.
Finally, we HAVE to talk about this leaked Portland Thorns kit. It might be the ugliest jersey I’ve ever seen.