It’s Friday yet again! I, for one, am glad temperatures in D.C. have cooled off a bit for the weekend, as the warm spring weather of the last few days revealed that my AC is broken. Why don’t you all enjoy these Freedom Kicks, while I deal with that?
The draws for the third round of the U.S. Open Cup took place last night. D.C. United will play the Richmond Kickers, who advanced very early this morning after their game against Cleveland FC was plagued by hours of weather delays. Loudoun United FC will face Flower City Union. Both D.C. and Loudoun United will host.
Speaking of the Open Cup…
Loudoun United defeats North Carolina FC 2-1 in first Open Cup game, to play Flower City Union in Third Round (The DP)
Our own Ryan Keefer recaps the latest Loudoun United game – their first in the Open Cup.
Washington Spirit adds Mami Yamaguchi to coaching staff (Washington Spirit)
The Spirit’s technical staff continues to grow! Yamaguchi is a former professional player, who appeared for the Japanese Women’s National Team, in addition to most recently serving as assistant coach for Detroit City FC. Like many of the Spirit’s new acquisitions, she attended Florida State University and played for the Seminoles under Mark Krikorian, now the Spirit’s President of Soccer Operations.
Loudoun United forward Zach Ryan has been nominated for USL Championship Player of the Month for March. Ryan scored 3 goals and made one assist in that time, although he also earned a red card. Vote for him at the above link.
USA vs. Republic of Ireland, 2023 Friendlies: Scouting Republic of Ireland (SSFC)
Stars and Stripes FC breaks down what to expect from the Republic of Ireland when the USWNT takes them on in a series of two friendlies on April 8 and 11. As we’ve previously reported, there are five Washington Spirit players eligible to play in these games!
England beat Brazil in Finalissima penalty shootout (ESPN)
England won the first Women’s Finalissima, a match between the winners of the UEFA Women’s Euro and the Copa América Femenina. The performance by both teams should have the USWNT shaking in their boots, frankly.
There are no Spirit or Loudoun United games this weekend, but here’s what else is going on:
|D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew||Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.||Audi Field||Apple TV|
|Rugby Atlanta vs. Old Glory DC||Saturday, April 8 at 6 p.m.||Silverbacks Park||TRN, MASN|
|Seattle Sea Dragons vs. DC Defenders||Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m.||Lumen Field||ESPN2/ESPN+|
Have a good weekend, everyone!