Happy United Day, folks! D.C. United and Loudoun United are both in action tonight. We’ll see how that goes…. To the kicks, of which there are many!
Folarin Balogun completes one-time switch to represent United States (SSFC): I’m just saying… if the US could acquire the global supply of soccer players, they should probably win the World Cup. Short of that, this is an excellent acquisition! Balogun is good. Real good.
MLS Inks $500 Million Deal for San Diego Expansion (Sportico): MLS has announced the creation of a third conference. Joining the Eastern and Western conferences is now the California Conference! Landon Donovan is sure to be thrilled with San Diego’s promotion to MLS… What’s that? It’s not the San Diego Loyal?
Shaqiri, Insigne & Chicharito: MLSPA releases 2023 player salaries guide (MLS): Benteke is in the Top 10 here. But the real question is…
Which MLS players are underperforming their contracts? We pick a starting XI (The Athletic): D.C. United may also be making an appearance on this list as well… An interesting side-effect to this player salary news is that we can now see which teams are spending the most on salaries. Again, D.C. United are making themselves seen.
OL Groupe and Michele Kang Form Global Multi-Team Women’s Football Group (Washington Spirit): Spirit owner Michele Kang is making some ambitious global moves here.
NWSL Weekend Take-Off: fit Spirit flying, Louisville off the mark as standings tighten (Pro Soccer Wire): The Washington Spirit look “fit as hell” at the top of the standings!
USL Super League Announces Initial Markets (USL): D.C. is getting another professional soccer team, and it’s… another Division 1 women’s team? I have some concerns here. Ultimately, I’m going to use this as an opportunity to share an opinion: I’m just kind of exhausted keeping track of the American soccer pyramid. On the men’s side, as things somewhat stabilize between MLS and the USL, NISA is in town, my town, Germantown, with the Maryland Bobcats. While I appreciate some local lower division soccer, my faith in NISA’s survival is… not high. And now, as US Soccer needs a clearly defined premier league to compete with the rising European investment in women’s soccer, the USL Super League chooses to compete with the NWSL? Furthermore, a new team (in partnership with D.C. United) wants to try and steal some of the spotlight away from the exciting and flourishing Washington Spirit? It’s all just confusing and concerning. I only wish all of this will bring about a stronger and more entertaining soccer landscape for the District and our country.
Concacaf launches new ranking system for region’s clubs and leagues (CONCACAF): These new rankings have D.C. United listed 45th, and not the worst MLS team, though I suspect some of that to be due to the lack of years on Charlotte, Austin, and St. Louis. Nevertheless, this will be a fun ranking to view from time to time.
Speaking of D.C. United, the team has seemingly half the starting lineup on the injured list for tonight’s match:
FC Dallas and USMNT winger Paul Arriola’s injury ‘doesn’t look very good’ (Goal): If you have ever put on a Black-and-Red kit, be very careful out there.
CTE cases in soccer players raise fresh questions about safety of heading the ball (The AP): CTE is scary and it’s real.
…which is why I maintain my quiet support for helmets in soccer. I would mourn the damage to such glorious Olivier Giroud hair styles, but not as much as I mourn the damage to human brains, leading to life altering (or life ending) conditions. As I often like to point out, the helments don’t have to look as invasive as those goalie helmets of old. D.C. United’s own head coach once sported a headband that I’d be happy to see 22 players wear on the pitch.
That’s all for this morning! Share your thoughts in the comments below!