Are we enjoying breathable air again? The fires aren’t over, so we keep checking the air quality index, but it’s been nice feeling confident enough to go on walks again. To the kicks!
D.C. United boss Wayne Rooney holds Lionel Messi debut hope after seeing ‘the best player to ever play the game’ join the MLS ranks at Inter Miami (Goal): I still have serious doubt we’ll see Messi’s debut in D.C., but the chances aren’t currently 0%. It sure would be fun.
Power Rankings: Montréal, San Jose enjoy home cooking in Matchday 18 (MLS): Ben Olsen’s Houston Dynamo knocked LAFC down a peg on these rankings.
Preview: Washington Spirit hosts North Carolina Courage in “Pitchside Pups” Challenge Cup Matchup (Spirit): The Spirit take to Buzzard Point tonight for a Challenge Cup match. Barnhart will be in goal.
How I wake up: Washington Spirit player Trinity Rodman (Axios): Want to live like one of 2023’s greatest soccer players on the planet? This is how you do so.
Finally, this is just a Claudia Pagán appreciation post. I expect we’ll see her doing bigger and better things sooner rather than later. She’s absolutely earned a shot reporting for the biggest names in television. I’ll try not to cry when she’s gone, but smile because she was here.
That’s all for today. Get kicking in the comments!