Happy Friday, everyone! It felt like a bit of a slow news day to me yesterday, but here’s what I’ve got.
Open Cup Round of 32 draws took place yesterday. D.C. United will play the NY Red Bulls on Tuesday, May 9 at Montclair State, while Loudoun United FC will host the Columbus Crew the following night. Find the rest of the schedule here.
D.C. United sign Steven Birnbaum to a two-year contract extension (DCU)
D.C. have locked down their captain, in the midst of a solid 10th season with the team, through 2025.
For podcast listeners, USWNT/NWSL stars Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams put out a new episode of their show, Snacks. Sam’s sister Kristie, also a USWNT player and Williams’s teammate at Gotham FC, guest stars, and the three had an interesting conversation about the high incidence of ACL tears in women’s soccer in recent years, in addition to talking about rain delays, Kristie’s World Cup hopes, and sister stuff.
Gotham FC trades Victoria Pickett to NC Courage, receives $200,000 in allocation money (The Equalizer)
Perhaps the biggest story to come out of the close of this NWSL trade window. Gotham paid the same amount (plus a first-round draft pick) to Kansas City Current when they received Pickett in a trade less than a year ago. The Current used some of that money to bring in a number of free agents in the offseason, but it remains to be seen whether Gotham have a similarly splashy signing planned.
Venture capitalist joins new investors in Welsh football club (Bloomberg News)
Swansea City, D.C. United owner Jason Levien’s Welsh club, is reportedly set to receive £10 million from a group of new investors, one of whom is also an investor in D.C. United.
As always, I’ve got your schedule for the weekend. Is anyone else getting jealous of D.C. Defenders getting to be on Big ESPN so often? Gridiron football really has a stranglehold on this country.
|D.C. United vs. Charlotte FC||Sat., Apr. 29 at 7:30 p.m. EST||Audi Field||Apple TV|
|Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars||Sat., Apr. 29 at 8 p.m. EST||Seat Geek Stadium||Paramount+, NBC Sports Washington|
|Loudoun United FC vs. Phoenix Rising FC||Sat., Apr. 29 at 10:30 p.m. EST||Phoenix Rising Stadium||ESPN+|
|D.C. Defenders vs. Seattle Sea Dragons||Sun., Apr. 30 at 3 p.m.||Audi Field||ESPN|
Stay dry out there!