Happy Friday, everyone! I’m hoping the air quality has improved enough that we can all safely venture outside.
To start us off, Wayne Rooney wasn’t exactly pleased with the Necaxa game this week:
Washington Spirit statement on air quality in advance of June 10 match (Washington Spirit)
In light of ongoing concerns about air quality, Washington Spirit canceled their training yesterday and are monitoring before determining whether to go forward with Saturday’s home match against Angel City FC. Conditions in the D.C. area are expected to improve from yesterday, but it’s interesting that Loudoun United — also playing at home this weekend — apparently went forward with business as usual.
Canada announced preliminary World Cup roster: Who was left off and who makes final cut (The Athletic)
Preliminary World Cup rosters have been trickling out for a little over a week, and Canada has now release theirs. They’ve called 25 players into pre-World Cup training and will have to cut two before the tournament. Washington Spirit defender Gabrielle Carle is a notable omission from the list; she’s been getting regular call-ups before now.
Another MLS Breakaway episode is out from AppleTV, this one about former Black-and-Red player Paul Arriola.
Budweiser renews World Cup sponsor deal with FIFA despite 2022 fiasco (ESPN)
I personally would not want a partner who folded on a major part of our contract after several assurances that they would not, but I’m sure the money was good enough.
Italy win at Under-20 World Cup sets up final with Uruguay (ESPN)
Italy beat South Korea yesterday to advance to the U-20 World Cup finals, where they’ll face Uruguay, who defeated Israel in their semi-final.
Barring the continuation of our current climate disaster, here’s your schedule for the weekend:
|Loudoun United FC vs. FC Tulsa||Fri., June 9 at 7 p.m. ET||Segra Field||ESPN+|
|Washington Spirit vs. Angel City FC||Sat., June 10 at 7 p.m. ET||Audi Field||Paramount+|
|D.C. United vs. Atlanta United||Sat., June 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET||Mercedes-Benz Stadium||Apple TV|
|Old Glory DC vs. Houston SaberCats||Fri., June 9 at 9 p.m. ET||SaberCats Stadium||TRN, MASN|