Happy Thursday, everyone. I’m returned from the USMNT matches in Nashville yesterday, and I’m pleased that hoodie szn is in full effect here in the DMV. As I organize my hoodie closet, here’s the news from yesterday.
Becky Sauerbrunn and Sophia Smith return to the USWNT roster ahead of friendlies against Colombia next weekend. The Washington Spirit see their usual contingent of Aubrey Kingsbury, Ashley Sanchez, Andi Sullivan, Ashley Hatch, and Trinity Rodman called into the squad for the October window.
Lionel Messi is making some mega money in MLS, with him getting the largest salary in league history at $20 million. Lorenzo Insigne is 2nd on the list with $15.4 million, which is the 2nd-most in league history.
It all comes down to Decision Day as Inter Miami and Charlotte FC draw 2-2. That leaves 5 Eastern Conference teams to play for the final 2 playoff spots.
Since Inter Miami is eliminated from playoff contention, they’re headed to China. The team will do a postseason tour in November, playing 2 matches in China.
The Concacaf Nations League group stage for League A was completed last night, and the USMNT will face Trinidad & Tobago in the Nations League quarterfinals next month. The first match will be in Austin on November 16th, with the away leg for the USMNT coming on November 20th. It will be the first time since that fateful night in Couva that the USMNT returns to Trinidad to play, this time with a berth in the 2024 Copa América on the line.
Neymar will be out for an extended period of time for club and country after tearing his ACL in Brazil’s defeat to Uruguay Tuesday night.
Joan Laporta is in trouble, as the FC Barcelona president is charged with suspected bribery in a scandal where Laporta reportedly made payments to to companies linked to the former vice president of Spain’s refereeing committee.
Paris FC continues to shock everyone in Europe, as they defeat Wolfsburg to advance to the UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage.
Sandro Tonali is involved in an investigation over betting activity, Newcastle acknowledges. Tonali could be suspended for a long time if the investigation yields any activity that goes against the rules.
Jenni Hermoso is back in the Spain roster for the first time since the Women’s World Cup and the ensuing scandal that erupted when embattled Spain federation president Luis Rubiales kissed Hermoso without consent as the players were collecting their winner’s medals.
That’s it for today…enjoy!