Happy Friday, everyone! We are less than a week out from the start of the 2023 World Cup, and I am trying to figure out if I can save up sleep from this weekend to keep me awake for games next week. TBD.
How FIFA’s sale of Women’s World Cup TV rights went wrong (Wall Street Journal)
This is the first time FIFA has attempted to sell broadcast rights to the Women’s World Cup separately from the Men’s, and they have not been nearly as successful as projected. This article goes into some of the factors, including broadcasters not wanting to pay for something they used to get for free, time zones making the games less watchable (and therefore less profitable), and FIFA trying to make a big change at the last minute.
Match recap: Detroit City FC vs. Loudoun United FC (Loudoun United)
In case you missed it, here’s a summary of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw between Loudoun United and Detroit City. Loudoun’s Tommy Williamson received a red card in the match and will be unavailable this weekend.
Spirit’s Angela Salem helps pave way for ex-players to coach in NWSL (Washington Post)
Profile of Spirit assistant coach Angela Salem and her path from NWSL player to coaching.
Manchester City’s Haaland will feature on first EA Sports FC cover (ESPN)
EA is starting to release information about their renamed soccer video game, including the cover athlete. Washington Spirit’s Trinity Rodman appears in the gameplay trailer, which was also released yesterday:
The contenders: the five teams most likely to dethrone the USWNT at the World Cup (Pro Soccer Wire)
From friend-of-the-site Jason Anderson, a look at some of the teams who could be taking home the World Cup this year.
We already knew the USWNT would be receiving the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at this year’s Espys, but it’s pretty cool to see stars Bri Scurry, Sam Mewis, and Christen Press talk about the history of the team and their fight for equality.
Now, here’s our schedule for the weekend. NWSL is on a regular season break for the World Cup, so we only have two games, and (in)conveniently they’re both at the same time!
|Loudoun United FC vs. Orange County SC||Sat. July 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET||Segra Field||ESPN+|
|D.C. United vs. New England Revolution||Sat. July 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET||Gillette Stadium||Apple TV|