Happy Friday, all! Not a ton of soccer news to share today, but I’m sure we can find a few things to chat about.
Loudoun United FC sign defender Harvey Neville on loan from Inter Miami FC (Loudoun United)
It’s not clear to me how long this loan is supposed to last. Neville is already training with the team.
Ashley Sanchez returns to Spirit after a World Cup that didn’t go as planned (Washington Post)
Sanchez says she didn’t play the role she was promised, but generally the Spirit players are more complimentary of Vlatko Andonovski than I would have expected.
USL Championship side San Diego Loyal will fold after 2023 season (Pro Soccer Wire)
After a San Diego MLS team was announced earlier this year, the Loyal said they’d be sticking around, but things seem to have changed. Sad to see the team collapse fairly suddenly, especially since given the impact on players who were signed for multiple seasons. The announcement video is below:
Nike U-turns, will sell goalkeeper jerseys after Earps outcry (ESPN)
Nike (and basically everyone else in this business) is constantly underestimating the demand for women’s sports merch. They initially said they would take fans’ requests for keeper jerseys under consideration for the next World Cup, but I guess enough people wanted a Mary Earps jersey that they were bullied into making them now.
Now, here’s your schedule for the weekend. Have a good one!
|Loudoun United FC vs. Indy Eleven||Sat., Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. ET||Michael A. Carroll Stadium||ESPN+|
|D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union||Sat., Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET||Audi Field||Apple TV|
|Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns||Sun., Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. ET||Audi Field||Paramount+|