Happy Friday, everyone! I don’t have much for you today (why is Thursday such a slow news day?), but let’s get started.
San Diego awarded 30th MLS team, will debut in 2025 (ESPN)
MLS has now made it official that San Diego will be getting an expansion team, owned by Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Mansour among others. The new team will share Snapdragon Stadium with the San Diego Wave and SDSU football team.
Angel City owner Julie Uhrman fined by NWSL after confronting referees (Pro Soccer Wire)
Angel City was and is upset about the handball call that led to Washington Spirit’s win last Saturday. Regardless of where you fall on that controversy (I think it probably wasn’t a handball, but I’m interested to see PRO’s Inside Video Review video this week), approaching the ref after a game is a big no-no. This isn’t exactly unheard of for Angel City, who’ve developed a reputation for earning fines after the league levied two against them before even playing their first game.
Hey Spirits! episode: Superstitious PB&J (w/Marissa Sheva) (The District Press)
Continuing on our quest to interview every Spirit player possible, we talked to Marissa Sheva this week about her insane first pro goal, the Spirit’s current system, and her path to the Republic of Ireland National Team. The goal, for reference:
Spirit head coach Mark Parsons also sat down for an interview with Craig Hoffman this week. They talked about Parsons’ career, changes at the Spirit, and more.
World Cup 2026 logo will tell you what year the tournament is in (Pro Soccer Wire)
We shared the logo for the 2026 World Cup with you yesterday, but I thought I would also share this round-up of people clowning on it.
Just the three soccer teams on our chart this weekend. Here they are:
|Washington Spirit vs. Orlando Pride||Sat., May 20 at 7 p.m. ET||Exploria Stadium||Paramount+, NBC Sports Washington|
|Loudoun United FC vs. Hartford Athletic||Sat., May 20 at 7 p.m. ET||Trinity Health Stadium||ESPN+|
|D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy||Sat., May 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET||Audi Field||Apple TV|
That’s all I’ve got for you today. I am looking forward to a lot of fun stuff this weekend, including going to my first Washington Mystics game tonight. Anyone else have anything interesting planned?