Happy Friday! Have any of you seen the Washington Spirit metrobuses around town? I was delighted to see a Sam Staab, Secretary of Defense, bus on North Capitol on Wednesday.
DC United, Taxi Fountas terminate contract after second racial abuse probe (Washington Post)
Well, it’s official. Very interesting to me that the League came to the same conclusion it did last time he was accused of this: that the allegations were “credible” but nothing more. Glad DC United did the right thing on this one.
Spain vs. Netherlands highlights: Spain wins 2-1 in extra time (Fox Sports)
Spain becomes the first team to make it to the semifinals in the 2023 World Cup.
Lauren James handed two-game ban; available for WWC final (ESPN)
After stamping on a Nigerian defender in England’s round of 16 World Cup match, Lauren James will be suspended for two matches and can only return if her team makes the final or third-place match. I think this is fair. The foul was clearly intentional and uncalled for but also certainly not the most dangerous foul I’ve ever seen.
Chelsea reportedly on brink of $25.5M Tyler Adams transfer (Pro Soccer Wire)
Some transfer news for the USMNT and/or Tyler Adams fans among us.
New EPL season begins for Tim Ream, Fulham (Washington Post)
I enjoyed this profile of Ream, which includes the slightly astonishing detail that, when asked to join the USMNT for the 2022 World Cup, requested a night to “sleep on it.”
Sounder at Heart will become a reader-supported website Aug. 21 (Sounder at Heart)
Another of our former sister sites will be leaving Vox Media, although it sounds like Sounder at Heart, which covers the Portland Timbers and Thorns, are leaving of their own accord. We wish them luck in their journey to monetize an independent site!
Another light weekend for local soccer: just Loudoun United this time, on a quick turnaround from Wednesday’s game.
|Loudoun United FC vs. Las Vegas Lights||Sat., Aug. 12 at 10:30 p.m.||Cashman Field||ESPN+|
Let’s close out with some saves from our local goalies, who have been killing it lately. First, Hugo Fauroux of Loudoun United, who put on a heroic performance against Memphis 901 on Wednesday.
Now, Washington Spirit’s Nicole Barnhart, who made 7 saves to keep her team alive long enough to score a winning goal against Orlando Pride last week.