Happy Wednesday! My breakfast time was instead spent driving my dog to the vet for an eyelid mass removal and coordinating A/C repair (all under warranty thank goodness) before summer decides to Kool-Aid Man its way into the end of the week. As such, please forgive these kicks missing the breakfast prime-time, but now there is something to read over lunch, so… partial credit?
Power Rankings: Portland Timbers, St. Louis CITY get Matchday 8 boost (MLS): Beating the Power Rankings’ last-place team is still enough to bump D.C. up to 24th.
Team of the Matchday: Portland Timbers, St. Louis CITY take flight in Matchday 8 (MLS): Lewis O’Brien on the bench here.
Deadline day: 4 teams to watch before the Primary Transfer Window closes (MLS): We are indeed watching… waiting… hoping….
Your Tuesday Kickoff: Grading the league’s first-year coaches; MLS unveils One Planet kit (MLS): A list that includes one D.C. United coach and two ex-D.C. United coaches. And boy oh boy are they all over the map here. Also, that One Planet kit could definitely be worse based on history, so I’ll take this for United:
Dynamo manager Ben Olsen: ‘New ownership has committed to changing the course’ in Houston (The Athletic): Speaking of ex-D.C. United coaches…
5 things to watch as Orlando City returns home to meet D.C. United (Orlando City): We’re somehow already in the point in the season where United is matching off against opponents already seen this season. Here is what Orlando is looking out for prior to this weekend’s matchup. I’m not convinced that the Rooney Curse against Orlando is yet broken, so I’d say their 6th item of interest should be that curse.
D.C. United Announce Partnerships with DMV-Based Aslin Beer Co. and True Made Foods (D.C. United): More concession options at Buzzard Point?
ElMedkhar, Ryan, Samaké and Santos Earn USL Championship Team of the Week Honors in Week 6 (Loudoun United): Loudoun is basically the best team. The USL might as well admit it.
The future does look bright for Loudoun based on their age!
Washington Spirit vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC: preview, time, how to watch [Challenge Cup Edition] (The DP): Midweek Spirit soccer! Their player absences here:
Finally, I just wanted to point out that, while United feels like they’re dragging behind in MLS with only two wins, they are most definitely not alone. 15/29 teams in MLS, or 51.7%, currently sit at two wins or less.
That’s all for today. Kick away in the comments!