Hi there, who’s in sole charge of a 2-year-old today at home? This guy! Pray for mojo!

Recaps of the Washington Spirit’s 2-1 win over the Kansas City Current by us and WaPo. KC Soccer Journal with the other end.

Recaps of D.C. United’s 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps by WaPo. Har with the other side of things.

And hey, in D.C. adjacent things:

Anyway, this is all I really have, because making ‘pashtash’ in the boy’s toddler kitchen is getting to me.

ByRyan Keefer

Doing D.C./Loudoun United things on here.

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David Rusk

Sarr, Rodman Buzzard Points down KC 2-1. The tally to date:

Buzzard Points (home goals): Hatch & Rodman (4); Sanchez (3); Metayer (2); Bielgalski, Ricketts, Sarr, Sheva, Silano, Staab

Talones (home assists): Hatch (3); Bailey, Brooks, Carle, Metayer, Ricketts, Rodman, Silano, Tanner

Annie Elliott

Don’t forget a talón for McKeown from Sarr’s goal on Saturday!

David Rusk

Thanks, Annie. I hadn’t been able to identify who provided the assist. Tara is one of my favorite players.

Will Nelson

Apparently Ole Gunnar Solskjaer visited DCU last week: (The Athletic, pay wall) https://theathletic.com/4927319/2023/10/03/solskjaer-dc-manchester-united/

In an interview with The Athletic last month, Solskjaer said that he was “going to the east coast of the United States in a few weeks to see Wayne Rooney and David Beckham, see a few games and see what’s what.”

A D.C. United spokesperson declined to comment.

Will Nelson

The Athletic’s Soccer Staff talks MLS playoffs and more: https://theathletic.com/4920627/2023/10/02/mls-weekly-playoff-format-fc-cincinnati/

Shots fired about DCU:

MLS execs claim that when you look back on a season, every game matters. Sure. That’s fine. But we don’t watch sports in hindsight. Sporting Kansas City failed to win in its first 10 games of the season. Anywhere else in the world, that form is fatal. In MLS, it’s shrug-worthy. If a fan knows their team can fail to register its first win until May, like SKC, or can win one game from July 8 through Oct. 1, like D.C. United, and still have a playoff shot, why should they bother tuning in or showing up until those final weeks?


I don’t know. Americans are used that type of system. In the NFL, a team could possibly lose its first four games and then somehow go 10-2 and still somehow make the playoffs. It may difficult but it happens. Heck, my team made the playoffs in 2020 with a losing record and we were very close to defeating the eventual SB winners. Many people may have abandoned the team in the last decade but its record/lack of performance had less to do with it than the owner. Still hundreds of fans still followed them, perennial losers and all. Once you are a fan, you are a fan. MLS has the same system as the rest of the major leagues in the States, it is not like they are trying a new system. People who tune in only when a team is winning or only when the team has a new shiny star but then abandon ship when those things are gone, are not true fans either way.

Bryan McEachern

It was the owner. Look now.

Will Nelson

Awesome story about a Michigan State basketball player from Africa using his NIL money to go back and improve his hometown by among other things building a school there: https://theathletic.com/4890124/2023/10/04/michigan-state-mady-sissoko-school/

Will Nelson

Kilch won the Goal of the Matchday for the last round with 62.9% of the vote: https://www.mlssoccer.com/news/dc-united-s-mateusz-klich-wins-goal-of-the-matchday

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