Happy Tuesday and match day! We’re here with a midafternoon boost and content roundup to keep you pumped up for tonight’s matches.

D.C. United takes on the New York Red Bulls tonight at 7:30 pm ET in more U.S. Open Cup action. Catch the game on US Soccer’s YouTube channel.

Can’t get enough of FIRST IN THE LEAGUE Washington Spirit? Neither can we! André’s got you covered with five things about the Spirit’s win over San Diego.

Panos Armenakas is enjoying his time at Loudoun United, and Ryan’s got the story!

Loudoun United are on the rise. Catch Ryan’s interview with Doug Raftery, Loudoun’s Executive Business Officer, to learn more about the team’s growth.

Fan of MLS fantasy? Rick’s got you with a new installment of MLS Fantasy Focus.

Chicago Fire parted ways with Ezra Hendrickson and assistant coach Junior González yesterday with 24 weeks remaining in the season. Frank Klopas will take over for the rest of the season.

Chicharito spoke publicly about his frustration with LA Galaxy’s performance, saying, “Something has got to change.” The Galaxy are 13th in the Western Conference.

Harry Kane moves up the list of Premier League top goal scorers to pass Wayne Rooney with 209 goals.

That’s all from me for today!

BySarah Kallassy

Managing Editor

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Will Nelson

Didn’t post it yesterday, but Navy (US Naval Academy), in their first season of men’s varsity rugby, defeated Cal in come from behind fashion 28-22 on Saturday evening to win the NCAA D1A Men’s Rugby 15s National Championship.

Bryan McEachern

I experienced their “club team” in the early 80s….they were terrific.

Congrats, again, Navy!!!!!

An aside, a former patient came in for a “howdy” visit today. He played college football and now plays very competitive rugby. Next year, he has an offer from Old Glory!

Talonesque #

Always feel a bit sorry for Wayne Rooney in the EPL/numbers battles in general. For someone who was such an inarguable world class talent for so many years for club and country, the periods where the team structure served him versus the other way around were pretty freaking brief. We can talk about all the strikers that came before Ronaldo at Man U, then Ronaldo being the reason Rooney had to run all day, to the days where, yes, Man U were relying on Rooney, but boy, were they relying on Rooney. And for the England team, Rooney was a fundamental part for many, many years, but Kane had benefited from arguably much better support on the wings, especially.

Kane is a more straightforward goal scorer, and has a lot of dynamism and works hard in his own ways. I still feel the Rooney getting buried is its own injustice for a number of reasons.

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This is such an odd take. I mean, Kane has had a great partner in Son Heung-Min, but basically they’ve been a two-man show for years, and Son has been more a beneficiary of Kane’s playmaking than the other way around. Son has only had double digits in assists twice, barely. Kane had some creative help from Eriksen for 3-4 years, too — but, by and large, it seems inconceivable that anyone could think that Kane might have had a better supporting cast than Rooney had at ANY comparable time in their careers.

Talonesque #

I don’t know how else to say this… read my post again? Pretty clear where it talks about club and national teams.

I’m not saying Rooney didn’t play with talented players at Man U, but he was almost exclusively treated like a secondary element, perhaps due to his versatility. If the names RVN, Ronaldo, and Robin Van Persie don’t summon up images of who Man U was built to serve for most of his time, 🤷‍♂️. It’s at the national team level that Kane gets the best wingers, and has been treated as the focal scoring point for the entirety of his time for both club and country that Rooney just wasn’t.

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David Rusk

This Freedom Kicks emphasizes how The District Press has really upped its coverage of the Spirit and Loudoun United over previous seasons. Congratulations to the DP staff.

Plus Will Nelson’s timely comments provide some coverage of Old Glory Rugby Club and the greater rugby world in general.

I would argue that the District Press world should expand to include Old Glory RC in the pantheon of DMV coverage though I would draw the line at covering the Defenders, or any gridiron club until the sport adopts reforms to minimize the crippling physical price gridiron exacts.

Will Nelson

Short bench tonight in the USOC: Ruan, O’Brien, Zamudio, Canouse and Pines
Starting XI: Bono, BHI, Sargis, Akinmboni, Daiome, Asad, Durkin, Hopkins, Greene, Hurtado, Fletcher

Will Nelson

DCU not seeing much joy beyond the middle 3rd so far this evening.

Matt Glad

Had their chances but this is about what I expected given the lineups. NJ clearly taking this more seriously.

Will Nelson

And we’re out. Red Bulls we’re just very much more up for this game.

Matt Glad

Pretty lackluster performance from the B team. Plus side is no injuries I guess.

David Rusk

I would also add as pluses 1) Hines Ike returns from injury, starts and plays 65 minutes; (2) Alex Bono is clearly a very competent keeper.

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