Good Wednesday! I’m still reeling from last Saturday. I had invited some Philly friends to come check out D.C. United’s shiny new stadium for their first time. I didn’t expect to have such a frustrating experience. Fortunately, the friendship is stronger than the misery of that match. Onto the kicks!
Thoughts & Numbers: What I’m watching for in MLS Matchday 29 (MLS): D.C. United may not be in action today, but the same can’t be said for much of the rest of the league.
Martino: MLS likely won’t play during 2024 FIFA international windows (Pro Soccer Wire): I look forward to seeing how the MLS season will fit in the regular season, USOC, Leagues Cup, Champions
League Cup, and FIFA international windows. Either Messi doesn’t play because he’s called up for Argentina, or he doesn’t play because the team is on its fifth game in 18 days with Wednesday matches.
Washington Spirit ‘boss’ Michele Kang’s plan to elevate women’s professional soccer (WAMU 88.5): Ambitions remain high for the Spirit’s owner.
NWSL Weekend Take-Off: Sophia Smith injury looms as playoff pressure ramps up (Pro Soccer Wire): Catch up on how the rest of the NWSL did last weekend, because the league is surprisingly more than the Spirit’s tying goal in the dying seconds of their match last Sunday.
Gregg Berhalter Is Back. Can He End the Drama and Take the US Men’s Soccer Team Forward? (Vanity Fair): Friendly reminder that Gregg Berhalter is still the coach of the USMNT and will remain so.
Megan Rapinoe to play final USWNT match on September 24th (SSFC): Turns out Megan Rapinoe’s final professional kick will not be a World Cup missed PK.
That’s all for this morning. Get kicking in the comments below!