Happy Thursday, everyone. Sorry for the late departure of the Freedom Kicks, as I am out of the country for a wedding and master of ceremonies/cruise director duties called last night. Here’s some of what took place yesterday:
Translates to: Women’s OL soon to be sold to Michele Kang, an American businesswoman. That’s right, Michele Kang is rumored to have purchased a huge stake in Olympique Lyonnais, including its women’s team. Unclear in that report was whether that stake included OL Reign, which would be a problem for the Washington Spirit owner. However, Lyon put out a statement that refuted the L’Equipe report:
Guess we’ll have to wait to see how this develops.
A MLS-heavy roster for the USMNT as they take on Mexico next week in a friendly that occurs outside of a FIFA window. Former Black-and-Red players Paul Arriola and Julian Gressel are among the 23 named to the roster.
San Jose’s PayPal Park will be the site of the USWNT’s Women’s World Cup send off as they host Wales on July 9th.
Loudoun United has added some new investors, including local real estate exec Jordan Stuart, who has served as an advisor to D.C. United and Loudoun over the past few seasons. Also, as our own Ryan Keefer adds, this comes as DCU owners Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan have added some funds to the piggy bank across the pond at Swansea City.
This was really cool for HRB to do. With almost all of the MLS blogs, including this one, being cut by SB Nation, this is a guide of where to find the former SBN coverage for each team in the league. We thank them for including us in that piece and definitely use it as a guide as you seek to learn more about our opponents each week. Note: many of those blogs also cover the NWSL and USL, so this will be helpful for information on those teams as well!
Gambling sites can still be sponsors, but they can no longer be on the front of jerseys after the end of the 2025-26 season.
There was plenty more to discuss from yesterday, including UEFA Champions League and Concacaf Champions League, so hit the comments and enjoy!