Happy Friday! I hope many of you are enjoying a day off of work like I am.
The NWSL announced a new media rights deal with CBS, ESPN, Prime Video, and Scripps Sports worth $60 million a year. Games will be divided between those networks, which could make it a bit harder for fans to follow the league. Nestled into this announcement is the fact that there will be 4 quarterfinal matches, meaning the playoffs will be expanding to 8 teams next year.
As many of you already saw, CF Montréal fired Hernán Losada in kind of a terse statement yesterday. The Athletic tried to explain where it all went wrong. I figure when your boss is saying things like “we only played half the season” because the away performance was so bad, you have to know your days are numbered.
U.S. Soccer announces November USMNT Nations League roster (SSFC)
In preparation for quarterfinal matches against Trinidad & Tobago, US Soccer has announced a 24-player roster. Tyler Adams, Tim Weah, and Christian Pulisic will miss the games due to injury.
NWSL free agency season is officially heating up! Midfielder Crystal Dunn announced she will be leaving the Portland Thorns, and fans are already speculating about where she’ll end up. Dunn is a former Spirit but unlikely to return to Washington. My hot take: she’ll head to France, home country of her athletic trainer husband Pierre Soubrier whose termination could be part of the reason she’s leaving Portland.
Looking for some soccer to watch this weekend? The NWSL Championship match between NJ/NY Gotham FC and OL Reign kicks off at 8 p.m. on Saturday on CBS. The game pits league originals Ali Krieger and Megan Rapinoe against each other in the final match for both and only Championship for one.
As part of the festivities, the league is putting on a skills challenge this afternoon with one player from each of eliminated teams competing in a variety of events. Goalie Aubrey Kingsbury will represent the Washington Spirit, although I find the overall team composition a little baffling. There are two GKs on the West team! How is that going to work? I don’t think this is airing anywhere but will update if I learn more.
That’s all for me from now. Have a good weekend!