We are cruising along this week, now into Wednesday. Let’s get right to the kicks!
Power Rankings: Inter Miami, Toronto FC snap back in Matchday 10 (MLS): Top half of the arbitrary rankings!
Expected goals: Who are the biggest underperformers & overperformers in MLS? (MLS): Apparently D.C. United are overperforming based on xG metrics.
Who were the best young-player performers in MLS Matchday 10? (MLS): A certain Jacob Greene earns himself an honorable mention on this list.
PSG suspend Lionel Messi for 2 weeks over unauthorised Saudi trip – sources (ESPN): When you win a World Cup in the (presumed) twilight years of your career, you probably don’t care so much for such authorizations.
Wrexham in MLS? America’s new favourite team would get ANNIHILATED! (Goal): Clickbait article aside, I think someone should schedule a Wrexham-Sporting KC match ASAP. On another note, D.C. United was catching some strays in this article as they are rated the worst MLS team in the Opta Power Rankings. The author does note, though, that D.C. has several players who very recently had been playing in the Premier League, so the comparison between Wrexham and any MLS team should be a nonstarter.
Former D.C. United goalkeeper David Ochoa has been released by his club supposedly for questionable discipline. I may have questioned United’s goalkeeping core in the offseason, but Miller’s season and Bono’s USOC performance have quelled my concerns.
By the time this article was scheduled, the CCL matchup between LAFC and the Philadelphia Union had not yet taken place. I can only hope the match lived up to the CONCACAF potential. Tell us how it went in the comments!