Another Wednesday, folks! I’m currently 5 days into remembering why even the common cold is still no fun and debilitating. It has been a wonderful opportunity, however, to binge Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and coupling that with the surprisingly entertaining third season of Star Trek: Picard, I am now faced with the possibility of liking Star Trek again for the first time in nearly 20 years. Where were we… oh yes. Freedom Kicks!
As controversy engulfs U.S. Soccer and family, Gio Reyna heads back to USMNT (Washington Post): Some call for Gio Reyna to be suspended. I simply want the team to move on as quickly as possible to prepare for 2026, and getting young Reyna back on the pitch in red, white, and blue is the quickest way to do that.
FIFA reformats 2026 FIFA World Cup to include 4-team groups (SSFC): Speaking of 2026, the four-team group gets to live on!
USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 1 (USL): Spoiler: two Loudoun players are deservedly on this list.
Andy Najar will be out for a few weeks, while simultaneously, Lewis O’Brien awaits his visa:
Power Rankings: LAFC overtake Seattle Sounders after Matchday 3 (MLS): D.C. United are moving up in the rankings to 22. With the league being so large now, that’s actually better than 7 other teams, and all of Canada! For those interested, Hernan Losada’s Montreal is last on this list after remaining goal-less through three weeks (incidentally, SKC and Colorado are also goal-less in as many games).
Rushton reflects as she relishes a new challenge (ASD): A good read; I’m eager to see how Rushton can transform a team when given the reins to do so.
MLS NEXT Pro Announces 2023 Schedule and New Playoffs Format (MLS Next Pro): While interesting, there’s still something that bothers me about higher seeds getting to pick their opponents. It doesn’t bother me enough to argue against it though. I am, however, quite interested in seeing the “Timed Substitution Rule”. About the only time I’m ok with a slow substitution is when a player is deserved of a standing ovation (retirements, hat tricks, etc.).
We will have to wait another week to play as our favorite NWSL team:
For fans who think jerseys look better on players, here is the Thorns’ kit:
This writer is tired of the common sentiment “At least they tried something; it’s better than bland and boring”. This kit does not look good. A white kit with Thorns-colored trim would indeed be better than this.
That’s all for today. Get kicking in the comments!