Last weekend, my wife reminded me why I enjoy soccer. She remains so new to soccer as entertainment that she left the stadium on Saturday having had a wonderful time. She pointed out that the game was close, the D.C. United had lots of chances, and the day in the city was a pleasant experience. While I may have tossed my hat on the ground at the second Revs goal, and stomped my feet at the final whistle, I have to admit, she was right; I had a great time and was ultimately pleased at how, despite the loss, our team looked entertaining much of the night. I was also pleased that she improved her list of identifiable players from 0 to 2: Benteke and Taxi. It’s a humbling adventure watching a fan in the making!
I digress… it’s Wednesday, and we have some kicks!
Signs of strife in Portland, Dynamo benefit from BennyBall & more from Matchday 5 (MLS): Ruan with a Doyle-approved pass of the week? Nice. BennyBall with the nuanced tactical recognition it’s long deserved? Nice.
Power Rankings: Columbus Crew, Orlando City surge after Matchday 5 (MLS): D.C. United move down a spot to 25, but can any Power Rankings be taken seriously if it lists LAFC ahead of Saint Louis?
Buzzard Point will be buzzing with a packed stadium for the All-Star Game:
Loudoun United are playing in the US Open Cup! It’s happening!
NWSL Weekend Take-Off: Thorns imperious, VAR off to a rocky start (Pro Soccer Wire): A recap of NWSL’s week 1, authored by Jason Anderson, making it automatic required reading.
Catch up on the Spirit’s season opening day with the new Hey Spirits podcast:
26-player USWNT roster named for April friendlies (SSFC): Julie Ertz sighting!
Remember to give your own kicks in the comments! Have a great Wednesday!