Happy Thursday, folks. Yesterday was a beautiful day, and I spent some of it getting more cherry blossom gear at the D.C. United Club Shop. While I gaze at it with love, here’s the news from yesterday:
Lionel Messi might break the bank, because reports are he could make north of $435 million each season if he makes the move to Al Hilal. Yeah, he ain’t coming to MLS.
Real Madrid, who lost to Barcelona 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal at home, came back to absolutely stomp out their archrivals on the road by a 4-0 scoreline. They will face Osasuna in the Copa del Rey final on May 6th.
The Bay Area NWSL expansion team is coming with a group ready to spend a lot of money, and it could lead to a much bigger media rights deal for the league.
LAFC was way too much for Vancouver, winning 3-0 in the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals.
Romelu Lukaku was subjected to racist abuse, scored, celebrating doing his normal celebration, and then got a second yellow because the ref considered it excessive, so he was bounced from the game. Serie A just can’t get a handle on its racism problem, and it’s maddening to see.
The official soft drink of D.C. United is now Pepsi, and to celebrate, fans will get 50% off all Pepsi products at the match this weekend against the Columbus Crew. Drink up!
Some funny stuff coming from St. Louis, who apparently had a fan podcast that was sent a cease and desist letter by Sporting Kansas City because they think they’re the Soccer Capital. Well, St. Louis City responded:
Funny, but we know DC is the true soccer capital of America. Jay-Z once said, “men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.” Check the numbers.
Last, but not least, Lewis O’Brien could make his debut for the Black-and-Red this weekend.
Alright, that’s enough for today. Enjoy!