Every time D.C. United play in Bridgeview against the Chicago Fire, it's always a blah experience. I mean, save for a nice goal or a Open Cup win, the weather (rainy and/or windy) is usually horrible. Shame on you Fire, shame indeed.
Washington Spirit, thanks to two goals from Diana Matheson, knock off the Western New York Flash 3-0 - Black And Red United: Diana Matheson keeps the Washington Spirit atop the NWSL table? Me likey.
Are DC United Poised to Improve? - Low(e) down stats: This was written earlier in the week, but an interesting (and I think slightly incomplete) look at DCU analytically.
Ben Olsen invited to craft "Black-and-Red Blend" with Vigilante Coffee | D.C. United: If you like drinkable products combined with your soccer team, then this is for you.
The Future of Football | StatsBomb: Speaking of analytics, this look at the future of the business.
Watch Celtic's Patrick Roberts get gifted a goal by bafflingly bad Hearts defending | SportsJOE.co.uk: Well, Perry Kitchen did not look good for Heart of Midlothian F.C. on this sequence.
Energy FC Acquires FC Dallas Forward Colin Bonner on Loan: We good? This done now? Good.
da Luz - From The Locker Room | Carolina RailHawks: Austin da Luz had a cup of coffee with the Black-and-Red back in 2011 and has spent most of his time since with the RailHawks. Looks like he's starting a writing thing that may be worth keeping an eyelid on.
Stoke City 1-1 Sunderland: Defoe Penalty Rescues Black Cats - Roker Report: In partner club news, a Jermain Defoe penalty kick in stoppage (fouled by Geoff Cameron, no less) allowed Sunderland to steal a point on the road at Stoke City for Sunderland. The Black Cats are in 18th, a point behind Newcastle, with a game in hand.
Lazio 2-0 Inter Milan: Uninterested and Uninspired - The Offside Inter Milan: In more partner club news, Inter Milan saw Miroslav Klose score for Lazio early and a PK goal late en route to a 2-0 loss, keeping them in 4th in the Serie A.
The Day Prince’s Guitar Wept the Loudest - The New York Times: A fine oral history, albeit one I could have done without for another 30 years if Prince was still around.
So what else is going on?