Hello and happy Friday! Apologies for missing last week; I was on vacation and lost my Wi-Fi access. Hopefully there’s plenty to discuss today, though.
Nominees for The 2023 Best FIFA awards have been announced and voting is open. Notable names include Lindsey Horan, Sam Kerr, and Jenni Hermoso for the women and Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, and Kylian Mbappé for the men.
Sports Business Journal took a look at Washington Spirit’s increased attendance numbers in their first year completely at Audi Field. Even not counting the poorly-attended Segra Field matches, they’ve improved on average attendance by almost 2,000 fans (with two home games to go).
Loudoun United FC’s Kalil ElMedkhar won the USL Championship’s Fans’ Choice goal of the week for an arching shot from outside-the-box. Video at the link since “X” apparently isn’t letting me embed them anymore.
In case you thought there wasn’t enough drama in MLS: CF Montreal’s Miljevic moonlights in amateur league under false name. Truly a wild story. He didn’t even change his name that much! Just added one letter.
As the NWSL returns from a week off, here’s a snapshot of each of the teams now and their remaining paths to the playoffs. Just four games left in the season, but somehow I think it’s still possible for any of the teams to make it out of the regular season.
Finally, here’s the schedule of games this weekend:
|Loudoun United FC vs. Charleston Battery||Sat., Sep. 16 at 6:45 p.m. ET||Segra Field||ESPN+|
|D.C. United vs. Charlotte FC||Sat., Sep. 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET||Bank of America Stadium||Apple TV|
|Washington Spirit vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC||Sat., Sep. 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET||Red Bull Arena||Paramount+, NBC Sports Washington|