Hello everyone! I switched days with Donald this week as I will be traveling to California this evening. We have plenty of news from this week to chat about, so let’s get started.
2030 World Cup to take place in Europe, Africa, South America (SSFC)
A combined Spain-Portugal-Morocco World Cup actually sounds pretty fun, but also having home games for three South American teams is insanity.
The 2034 host is also all but set: FIFA specifically invited member nations of the Asian Football Confederation and Oceania Football Confederation to bid, and the AFC has announced that it will put all of its support behind Saudi Arabia. So… get ready for another controversial Cup hosted by a repressive regime, I guess.
D.C. United to exercise purchase option for Gabriel Pirani from Santos FC (Fansided). Pirani’s current loan expires at the end of the year, so there may not be an official announcement until then.
D.C. United also banned supporter’s group, La Banda del Distrito, from matches “for an indefinite amount of time, the group revealed in a statement this week. The ban is apparently linked to some violent conduct at the Sep. 23 match against New York Red Bulls.
Sportico published NWSL team valuations for the first time. By their estimate, Angel City FC is the most valuable team at $180 million. Washington Spirit are in 5th, valued at $54 million. Y. Michele Kang’s purchase of the team for $35 million in February 2022 was likely part of that calculation.
Finally, for anyone who needs a little push to go to a Loudoun United FC game, parking will be free at home games next season.