August treks on. It’s no longer a heat index of 200 degrees (I foolishly suggested to my wife that we go to the National Arboretum last Saturday with only one water bottle for hydration), so maybe temperatures can remain only regularly warm as we approach a return to local soccer. The Spirit and Loudoun United are on the field Saturday with D.C. United following suit on Sunday. Until then, the local news is shallow, so today, we’re branching out to stories that sound interesting!
But… what’s more interesting than the World Cup and Leagues Cup? You’re right! Those top my board as well! However, as of the time of this writing (so that I may be rested for an early commute in the morning), the results are unknown to me. Was Messi defeated by the superpowers of Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake?* Did Nashville send Monterrey packing with a “AND STAY OUT” letter after they stepped onto the field? Did the Australians unleash their “surely that’s not a real creature” wildlife onto the field, routing the English all the way to the airport so that the hosts can proceed to the World Cup final against Spain? You, dear reader, are in the future and can inform me of just how
wrong right the above statements are! Meanwhile…
*Ok, I can’t…. I saw the results after scheduling this post and I see now how much I cursed Andre Blake. To the entire Blake family, I apologize. We’ll see if all of my predictions are cursed.
Neymar completes transfer from PSG to Saudi club Al Hilal (ESPNFC): A part of me thinks that the Saudi Arabian league is “just a phase, mom“, and in a few years, we’ll look back at it like we do China. Another part of me thinks the money is limitless in Saudi Arabia, so they can continue this as long as they want.
Manchester City dealt serious injury blow as Kevin De Bruyne faces surgery (Yahoo): Quick! Everyone else in the Premier League! Now’s your cha– oh, who am I kidding. While De Bruyne’s absence is a curse on the beautiful game, and perhaps a blessing for the rest of the league, Manchester City is most certainly still the favorites (checks notes) ONE game into the season.
Referee, VAR taken off Prem duty after Onana penalty error (ESPNFC): Maybe… everyone everywhere has some beef their leagues’ referees.
How Inter Miami navigated the MLS rulebook to remake its roster around Messi (The Athletic): Rules… followed? I still maintain the belief that any league should alter the rulebook to permit the world’s greatest player into the league. Nevertheless, if Miami really did play by the rules here (and their history doesn’t yield confidence that they did), then kudos to those in charge. While it’s done wonders for the team’s Leagues Cup performance, time will tell if Miami can rewrite their 2023 season where they currently find themselves 1st in the race for the Wooden Spoon.
Dane Jacomen Earns USL Championship Team of the Week Honors in Week 23 (Loudoun United): Recording a bunch of saves, a PK save, and a shutout earns Jacomen an easy ticket to Team of the Week.
That’s all for today. As always, get kicking in the comments!