Happy Monday, everyone. Standing in for Ryan today, so I’ll do my best to kick the week off right. It was a long weekend that saw a lot of soccer, so let’s get into it.
Manchester City complete the domestic/continental treble by winning the Champions League for the first time in their history, adding to their Premier League and FA Cup victories.
The Washington Spirit put 2 on the board and hold on to beat Angel City 2-1. They are currently level on points with first place San Diego in the standings, just trailing them by 1 in goal differential.
D.C. United was able to make it a 1-1 match at the half thanks to Taxi Fountas, but 2 second half goals by Atlanta was the difference in a 3-1 loss. The Black-and-Red still remain above the Eastern Conference playoff line in 8th place.
On Friday night, Loudoun United hosted Tulsa and was able to send them home with empty pockets, posting a 3-1 lead. It moved them just above the playoff line into 8th place in the East.
Wembley Stadium is undergoing more training and adding measures to help fans with dementia still be able to enjoy a sporting event there.
The Saudi league is still going after European names, and one of the names they wish to bring in is Steven Gerrard to potentially coach Al-Ettifaq.
The BBC has some interesting rumors this morning. The biggest ones: Al-Hilal is hoping to land Neymar as a consolation prize for losing out on Messi, and several Saudi teams are hoping to hire Jose Mourinho.
Uruguay, who beat the U.S. U-20s in the quarterfinals, beat Italy to capture the U-20 World Cup title.
Before we leave, I pay tribute to my friend Ben Cowherd, a long time drummer for the American Outlaws and one of the people who was instrumental in organizing the Backline Nashville SC’s supporters coalition. He was also my good friend. Ben passed away over the weekend when a careless driver struck him on his motorcycle while he was on his way home. Ben had a heart of gold, and no one was a stranger around him. He made everyone feel welcome at an event or match, and I had the honor of capoing to his beats and, as recently as February, drumming alongside him. His warm personality made him a favorite in the Nashville community and the U.S. Soccer community as well.
We were planning to see each other in a couple weeks when D.C. United visits Nashville, and now there’s a hole in my heart because he won’t be there. I send my deepest condolences to his family, American Outlaws Nashville, The Assembly and all members of the Nashville SC community that knew him well. Rest easy, my friend.