Happy Wednesday everyone! Fans of the four "major" sports will say that today is the lone day of the calendar without any sporting events. Well, Major League Soccer said let's have a nice slate of matches to fill the void! So, if you're not interested in tuning to the ESPYs, then you can hit up your MLS Live for one of six league matches that will be contested tonight. Alright, onto the rest of the news:
The Olympic team is announced and the biggest story among an otherwise expected 18-woman roster is that Megan Rapinoe makes the team, coming back from her ACL tear in December to make the team. Heather O'Reilly does not make the 18, but everything was pretty much the norm. Locally, Washington Spirit stars Crystal Dunn and Ali Krieger are headed to Rio, both competing in the Games for the first time.
Graziano Pelle makes a move to Chinese side Shandong Luneng in a £13 million transfer, but the bigger shock is that Pelle will become one of the top 5 paid players in the world, his new contract containing a weekly salary matching that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's new contract with Manchester United. Yo, someone pay to send me to China so I can study the Chinese Super League and whether their recent influx of money into the sport is yielding dividends.
Gibraltar side stun Brendan Rodgers' Celtic in Champions League qualifier | ESPNFC
Brendan Rodgers and Celtic are seeking to qualify for the Champions League group stages. In their second round tie, they drew a semipro team from Gilbraltar, Lincoln Red Imps. Well, Red Imps just went ahead and punched Celtic in the throat, winning 1-0 at home in what many are calling an all-time upset. The second leg is next week at Celtic Park and let's just say Celtic will have all of the pressure.
The Guardian examines whether teams like Premier League champions Leiceister City really are better off going on these preseason tours outside of England or whether staying closer to home is the key to a successful preseason.
Nike and the Premier League introduced the new official league ball for the 2016-17 season and it looks like a tie-dyed Easter egg. I wonder if Cadbury had any input in the new ball design?
The FA is attempting to move its Women's Super League from a summer season to a fall/winter season. It will be interesting to see how this affects facilities, but what it can also do is allow NWSL players to play in England in the winter to stay in shape and earn some more money.
MLS named its Homegrown roster that will compete against the Mexico U-20s during All Star week. Familiar faces Jordan Morris of the Seattle Sounders and Tommy Thompson of the San Jose Earthquakes highlight the roster. For the second consecutive year, D.C. United will be represented by Jalen Robinson on the team.
Now that Euro 2016 is finished, all eyes now turn to Russia, where organizers of the 2018 World Cup must prepare to welcome the world in the face of several issues, including distance, infrastructure, problems with racism as well as concerns about their doping scandal and the potential for terrorism.
Alright, it's 7:30am, and we are all gonna have a good day. Take the road less traveled, the unbeaten path. I know I'm going to do that...and I'll do it my way. The comments are open, people. Let's get it!