Happy Friday! It’s been a quick week for me, but I’m always glad when Friday finally rolls around. We have a fair amount of news to chat about, so let’s dive right in.
D.C. United name Black-and-Red legend Marco Etcheverry as new U-15 Academy Coach (DCU)
In addition to his illustrious career as a player, Etcheverry has coached youth teams including a previous stint at D.C. United Academy, Bolivia U-15, U-17, and U-23 national teams
Twila Kilgore named interim USWNT coach amid World Cup fallout (Washington Post)
Vlatko Andonovski is officially out, and the first American woman to earn a U.S. Soccer Pro Coaching License, Twila Kilgore, is in. Kilgore previously coached U-20 and U-23 national teams for short stints and has served as an assistant coach under Andonovski for several months, but is unlikely to become his permanent replacement.
Loudoun United FC announces CORAS, Inc. as new front-of-kit sponsor (Loudoun United)
Had a little trouble wading through the description of this company in the release, but it sounds like they make software for the Department of Defense? Someone who understands business-tech speak please let us know.
Mariana Speckmaier leaves Washington Spirit to join New Zealand club (The DP)
Sharing because this came out late in the day yesterday. I think this is a good opportunity for Speckmaier, whose National Team Replacement contract had ended and who faces very stiff competition for a roster spot on a team that tends to only field two forwards.
I don’t have a link for it, but the Spirit also announced that ticket sales for next season will be two years (2024 and 2025) for the price of one and 2024 single game tickets will be lowered as well. If you haven’t gone to a game yet, (or if you want to go to more) keep an eye out!
Taxi Fountas signed by Turkish team Trabzonspor (Trabzonspor)
My Turkish isn’t great, but Taxi Fountas seems to have already found a new club. His quick re-signing isn’t exactly surprising, but it does feel disappointing.
United States of Soccer Report (For Soccer)
Targeted at advertisers, but I found this demographics report about soccer fans in America very interesting. Sadly, none of our local teams rank among Americans’ favorites.
Finally all three of our teams are back in regular season play. Here’s when and how you can watch them.
|Loudoun United FC vs. Sacramento Republic FC||Sat., Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET||Segra Field||ESPN+|
|Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash||Sat., Aug. 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET||Shell Energy Stadium||Paramount+, NBC Sports Washington|
|D.C. United vs. NY Rd Bulls||Sun., Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET||Red Bull Arena||Apple TV|
Also, the World Cup Final is this weekend!! Not really sure who I’ll root for. Spain and England are not on my short-list of faves, but it’s the final, so I’ll be up at 5 a.m. Sunday morning regardless.