Good morning DMV soccer family! Happy Ted Lasso and NWSL FIFA 23 eve! You know we won’t be getting much accomplished tomorrow.
Today there is a lot of news we love and some we most decidedly do NOT.
Berhalter investigation concludes
We believe in starting with the not-so-pleasant stuff, so let’s get that out of the way first. US Soccer released the findings of the Greg Berhalter investigation. And yes, the Reynas have been top-level cringe. Donald has more for Stars and Stripes FC.
Alright, enough negativity to cloud our morning. On to the really good stuff!
Kang nominated for “Deal of the Year”
Y. Michele Kang has been nominated for Sports Business Journal’s prestigious sports business awards in the “Deal of the Year” category for her acquisition of the Washington Spirit.
The winners will be announced live on Wednesday, May 24, at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square.
Bayern x LAFC
FC Bayern and LAFC have announced a partnership focusing on youth development. This is absolutely huge for the sport in the US, and we are expecting this and similar partnerships to have long-lasting positive impacts on the growth of soccer. The joint venture, Red&Gold Football, will be based in Munich.
Bayern’s CEO, Oliver Kahn, said, “FC Bayern will expand its promotion of young talent with Los Angeles Football Club. On an international level, soccer is developing rapidly, which is also evident in the transfer market. We see this partnership as an opportunity to strengthen FC Bayern in the sporting competition with the best clubs in Europe and the Bundesliga. The fact that the 2026 World Cup will largely take place in the USA, where we already have an office in New York, makes Los Angeles even more attractive. I expect a boost in quality and young talent in Major League Soccer, which will have a positive impact on our partnership.”
Messi to MLS?
If Lionel Messi doesn’t commit to Paris Saint-Germain, Major League Soccer may be an option. MLS is mulling over offering Messi a deal similar to the one David Beckham inked that would see the Argentine with his own franchise.
Bobby Firmino… also to MLS?!
Rumors are swirling that the Liverpool star striker is garnering interest from MLS teams, including St. Louis City FC and LAFC. The Union and Nashville SC could also be potential suitors. Tell me which jersey to buy. That’s all I need to know.
Trinity Rodman is the real deal
I mean, just watch: