Apparently Memorial Day is this coming Monday. In all the vacation and activity planning that comes with it, I ask that we all remember why this is a holiday in the first place. May we honor all those who have paid the ultimate price in service of this country. I don’t exactly know a segue into the Kicks from that, so let’s just get to it!
Mohanad Jeahze sees his MLS suspension lifted, though he is still recovering from injury.
MLS early-season grades: How is your team performing? (MLS): D.C. United earn a B here. It’s hard to argue against that grade. I might even give it a B+ if March wasn’t still lingering in the back of my mind. The improvements over last year though are stark and welcome.
Power Rankings: FC Cincinnati, LAFC vying for MLS supremacy (MLS): United’s recent form has finally earned them a top 10 spot in this week’s arbitrary rankings.
USA overcome Fiji at U-20 World Cup as Diego Luna opens floodgates (MLS): The US U-20 team sees victory in their group stage World Cup match against Fiji.
USWNT star Catarina Macario ruled out of 2023 World Cup (FOX Soccer): While not entirely surprising given the circumstances, I feel for these athletes who spend their entire lives leading up to a World Cup only to be forced to the sidelines due to injury.
Why Trinity Rodman is the USWNT’s best replacement for Mallory Swanson at the World Cup (ESPN): Speaking of USWNT injuries, Swanson is absolutely someone the team will miss this summer. I would say that Trinity Rodman should see any and all minutes of this World Cup – anything less would be a travesty.
NWSL Weekend Take-Off: Gotham FC top the table after topsy-turvy results (Pro Soccer Wire): Sadly, the Spirit’s first loss of the season sees them going from 1st to… 4th? Three teams sit at 15 points, one point behind Gotham FC.
Annapolis Blues Roll Past FC Frederick (NPSL): Annapolis got their first win in history this past weekend, breezing past Frederick. Long live Old Bay.
The challenges in providing fair coverage in American soccer (Soccermusings): An excellent read on the state of soccer journalism in the US. We appreciate every reader and member of the District Press commentariat.
That’s all for today. Get kicking in the comments!