Happy last day of May, also known as United day! The best way to get over a disappointing defeat is to quickly follow it up with a win, and with only four days since that loss at Toronto, D.C. United are given a particularly quick opportunity to do just that – this time against another Canadian team, Montreal. Sarah will preview that match later today, so until then, catch up on some kicks!
Let’s start off with who isn’t going to be playing against Montreal tonight. Russell Canouse will get some rest time to recover from the scary incident last weekend in Toronto. *subliminally signals for soccer headguards*
LA Galaxy, amid nightmare season, dismiss president Chris Klein (Pro Soccer Wire): When you lose as much as the Galaxy have lost, it’s only a matter of time until the front office starts taking some hits… at least… most of the time…. Your mileage may vary.
Power Rankings: Charlotte FC, Houston Dynamo climb after Matchday 15 (MLS): If the Galaxy can’t climb the Supporter’s Shield rankings, perhaps that reorganized Galaxy FO can do something about their position in these Power Rankings. Combined with LAFC, the city of LA is only like mid-table.
From #MLS4RSL to CCL favorites? LAFC leave MLS community divided (MLS): Speaking of that other LA team, LAFC are traveling to León tonight for the first round of the Champions League finals. I have personally never subscribed to the rallies of solidarity for MLS teams in this tournament – I don’t care to see most teams win tournaments that D.C. United could theoretically qualify for. It seems that solidarity is harder to come by this year as LAFC aren’t entering this match as underdogs.
USA advance to quarterfinals of U-20 World Cup after destroying New Zealand; squad has yet to concede a goal (CBS Sports): The U-20 men’s team has been having a casually decent World Cup so far as they are the only team in the tournament to still keep a clean sheet. They will face the winner of Gambia vs Uruguay in the quarterfinals.
USMNT to play October friendlies against Germany, Ghana (SSFC): The USMNT continues their efforts filling out their schedule in preparation for the 2026 World Cup. Will the team have a full-time coach hired by then? Who knows!? But we do know who isn’t going to be coaching the team…
U.S. Soccer Sporting Director Matt Crocker Elevates B.J. Callaghan to Head Coach of USMNT as Anthony Hudson Departs (U.S. Soccer): The plot toward a head coach for the USMNT moves sideways.
Loudoun United Signs 10-year-old to Pro Contract (LoudounNow): Ok, I may have twisted LoudounNow’s headline a tad. I didn’t lie! Loudoun United did indeed sign a 10-year-old! It just happened to be a 1-day contract as star athlete Elijah Harmelech of North Potomac, MD is expected to be out for the season due to a scheduled open-heart surgery this June.
I am left wanting to discuss this last weekend’s motorsports palooza with Formula 1’s Monaco, IndyCar’s Indy 500, and NASCAR’s Coke 600, but that task would require paragraphs that would dwarf this Freedom Kicks… so I want to hear from you all on which races from which you may have caught a lap or two. Get kicking in the comments!