It’s Wednesday, folks! We’re in the midst of our first real heat wave of the year, and it’s going to get worse at the week goes on, so do what you need to do to stay cool! To the kicks!
D.C. United, dealing with MLS probe and roster issues, turns to Leagues Cup (Washington Post): D.C. United at last have their turn at the Leagues Cup as they head up to Montreal to face the club of feet. Montreal took 2 points (you read that right) in their Leagues Cup match against Pumas where they beat Pumas 4-2 in PKs. This will not be an easy matchup, and it is made more difficult by some roster shuffling do to injuries and The Incident.
D.C. United’s Taxi Fountas investigated after racial slur allegation: What we know (The Athletic): The Incident appears to have taken place during and after the match against New England, further solidifying that match as the (so far?) lowest point of the year for the team. Furthermore, United seem to have been shopping Taxi around even prior to The Incident.
USWNT vs. Netherlands: Three keys for USA in Women’s World Cup final rematch; favorites look for consistency (CBS Sports): If the United States can take 3 points against the Netherlands, they’ll be sitting high and mighty at 6 points in the group. This match will likely prove more difficult than Vietnam, however.
Graham Hansen critical of Riise as Norway’s World Cup hopes fade (Pro Soccer Wire): For every success story in the World Cup, there’s a story of frustration. This tournament is not going the way Norway expected.
Washington Spirit to host three watch parties for World Cup group stage games (The DP): Reminder that there are two watch parties today!
Hey, that picture above looks pretty dang fun. You know what else is fun? *Puts on Mel Brooks mask* Merchandising! Namely, Washington Spirit merchandising.
Annapolis Blues fall, 4-0, to West Chester United in NPSL East Region semifinal (Capital Gazette): Alas, the Blues fall to West Chester United means the final (near to the) DMV team has been eliminated from the NPSL playoffs.
A championship soccer season in Annapolis started with a silly chant. (The Baltimore Banner): The season was, if I may be so bold, an unmitigated success. In their inaugural season, they won their conference season and post-season, broke some records along the way, and made a hell of a chant in the process. “Old Bay… Old Bay, Old Bay, Old Bay.”
That’s all the kicks this morning. Get kicking in the comments to keep it going!