Yet another Wednesday that snuck up on me. The US Open Cup is back in action! I lament D.C. United’s absence in this stage, but there’s still a magic in the tournament all its own. Let’s get to the kicks!
MLS All-Star voting: 7 bubble players who could meet Arsenal (MLS): A certain sweeper keeper made this list. If the MLS All-Star team took the field and ended up being just the D.C. United squad, I wouldn’t complain. We can play our part to help our players get a spot on the roster – go vote!
Power Rankings: FC Cincinnati eclipse LAFC, Columbus & Orlando surge (MLS): Cincinnati in first? Is that legal?
NWSL Weekend Take-Off: KC Current gets tough, Angel City stumbles (Pro Soccer Wire): Catch up on last weekend’s NWSL news here!
The Annapolis Blues are the NPSL Mid-Atlantic leaders in their first season. Standings are based on points per game as scheduling is a little different at this level.
I want to take this time to address all the teams in this conference. I have focused on Annapolis this year because it garnered my attention with owners like Dave Johnson and Kyle Beckerman, but this conference oozes DMV regional soccer. Let’s run down the list:
- Alexandria Reds: Alexandria, Virginia (Limerick Field)
- Annapolis Blues FC: Annapolis, Maryland (Navy-Marine Corps Stadium)
- FC Frederick: Buckeystown, Maryland (St. John’s Catholic Prep)
- Greenville United: Greenville, North Carolina (John Paul II Catholic)
- Grove United: Richmond, Virginia (City Stadium)
- Northern Virginia United: Fairfax, Virginia (George Mason University)
- Virginia Beach City FC: Norfolk, Virginia (Powhatan Field)
- Virginia Dream FC: Falls Church, Virginia (Meridian High School)
That’s a lot of soccer nearby. Check out your local team when you get a chance.
Jimmie Johnson, Garage 56 make strides with Le Mans test-day debut: The 24 Hours of Le Mans is this weekend (Saturday 10:00 AM) and I’m watching it for one big reason: NASCAR has an entry in the event. Sort of. Garage 56 is reserved to display a special vehicle; it does not officially compete with the other classes in the race. On this 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Garage 56 entry is a modified NASCAR Next Gen car. This thing is gorgeous. This thing is loud. This thing is quick. It’s putting up competitive lap times in practice, so the other vehicles should watch out, and not just because this thing is large. It will be piloted by 7-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button, and 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and skilled racer Mike Rockenfeller. The not-too-shabby Jordan Taylor from Corvette Racing is backup driver for the race.