Wednesday Friday! My thanks to Annie for covering on Wednesday so that I may count MLS kit representation at Tuesday night’s All-Star Skills Challenge (I think the total was 18 MLS teams). There’s a lot of soccer going on today, so let’s get right to it!
MLS grades heading into Leagues Cup: Can your team win it all? (MLS): The Leagues Cup begins tonight D.C. United’s foray into the new tournament starts on Wednesday, but their group competition, Montreal and Pumas, play their match tomorrow. What are their chances of getting out of the group? MLS writer Joseph Lowery gives his grades for MLS teams heading into the tournament (D.C. got a B here).
USWNT World Cup camp report: Rookies leaning on veterans (ESPN): The Leagues Cup is an ambitious tournament combining the top leagues of two nations. That’s child’s play to what’s going on in New Zealand right now as the Women’s World Cup is in full swing. Groups A and B have already concluded their first round of the group stage. The United States (Group E) start their World Cup tonight against Vietnam at 9:00 PM.
Why Crystal Dunn has to play left back for the USWNT (Pro Soccer Wire): Jason Anderson takes a deep dive into Crystal Dunn’s fluid position and how the USWNT will try to utilize her skills.
Vancouver Whitecaps trading Julian Gressel to Columbus Crew: Sources (The Athletic): Julian Gressel is on his way back to the
East Coast Eastern Time Zone.
Challenge Cup Preview: North Carolina Courage vs. Washington Spirit (NWSL): The World Cup doesn’t put a pause on NWSL Challenge Cup action as the Spirit challenge the Courage tomorrow night at 7:00 PM.
The Annapolis Blues won their conference championship, but their postseason journey still has a lot of potential. They face off against West Chester United this afternoon at 4:00 PM.
If they win the East Region, the NPSL playoffs continue.
Meanwhile, the Best XI for the NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference is out, and there is a lot of local representation. The Blues have four players and the head coach. Virginia Dream (Arlington) has two players on this list, and the Alexandria Reds add another. That’s 7 players out of 11 for the DMV.
That’s all for this morning, but most definitely not all for the rest of the weekend! Get kicking in the comments!