It is August. I am currently out of town with limited soccer access, but this summer keeps on rolling, and the kicks keep on kicking! Let’s dive right in!
D.C. United to Travel to Subaru Park for Leagues Cup Round of 32 (D.C. United): The format can seem silly at times, and the tournament likely could use some tweaking, but I still love the ambition the Leagues Cup has for giving us a month of MLS-Liga MX interplay. In two games, winning only one of them and with a goal differential of -2, D.C. United have joined Cruz Azul (-1) and Queretaro (-3) as the only teams with a negative goal differential moving on to the Round of 32. The team will travel up to Chester, PA to face the Philadelphia Union. A win would see them face the winner of the New York City derby.
D.C. United looks to continue this tournament without the aid of Russell Canouse.
Interestingly, the D.C. United vs Pumas match raked in quite the audience:
The USWNT is through — but this team looks lost (Pro Soccer Wire): The USWNT have made it out of the group stage of this World Cup. Those who have watched the team play have had very little words of inspiration to say about the matter. They have until Sunday to shake off whatever bogeyman is plaguing their form as they will likely be facing a strong Sweden.
Revolution place Bruce Arena on administrative leave pending MLS review into ‘inappropriate remarks’ (The Athletic): Mum’s the word on this one. Probably not Bruce Arena’s word though….
Columbus Crew midfielder Lucas Zelarayan set to join Saudi side Al-Fateh (The Athletic): MLS star player snatched by Saudi league…. Does this mean MLS has made it to the big league table?
New York Red Bulls Announce Freestyle Kit Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop (New York Red Bulls): I don’t much care for sharing a link to D.C. United’s arch rivals, but a kit reveal is a kit reveal. I’ve personally seen nothing but praise for these kits. I recognize the graphic mastery at work here, but as I sit in the farmlands of Appalachia right now, this kit invokes more “graffiti in the trashy alleyways” for me rather than the hip-hop for which it is inspirationally cited. I am, however, still recovering from MLS’ blandest kit years, so kudos for doing something.
That’s all for this morning. The soccer world continues to buzz, so get kicking in the comments!