Hi. Happy Columbus Day, hope you got my card.
USMNT decimates Panama 4-0 (us): Christian Pulisic for President, more or less. Stars and Stripes FC has more (with more still here) as does WaPo and MLS. Of note, D.C. United midfielder Paul Arriola had an assist and played to impressive review. That was the evening part of Black-and-Red good vibes. The early part? Glad you asked...
USA beats India 3-0 to open U-17 World Cup (us): Chris Durkin scored in the USYNT’s opening match of Group play. The Baby Yanks play Ghana in a little bit. More on the Friday morning win by Goff, Stars and Stripes FC and MLS.
MLS Academy products make Homegrown case (Top Drawer Soccer, $): 5 college players are on this list, and D.C. United has two. One you probably know. The other? Less so, but get acquainted just in case.
D.C. United Academy’s Alexis Cerritos called to El Salvador MNT (Soccerwire): This may be under the radar for most, but still worth the attention. Alexis is the son of former DC/San Jose/Dallas player Ronald Cerritos, who is on the DCU Academy coaching staff these days.
Wizards announcer from Gambrills turned childhood hobby into Hall of Fame career (Capital Gazette): Obviously Dave Johnson found his fame with DCU around the same time of the Wiz job, nevertheless give the DCU TV voice a congrats as he heads into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame this week.
Listen to Costa Rica TV announcer, crowd scream after 95th-minute goal sends them to the World Cup (SB Nation): The Ticos do a reverse Bornstein to get to another World Cup Berth, thanks to Vancouver Whitecaps player Kendall Waston. This was Saturday.
Egypt fan weeps with joy as his country makes first World Cup since 1990 (SB Nation): Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah converts a penalty kick as the Pharaohs return to Russia. Considering their past, you should see this for the call and the reaction. This was Sunday.
Oh hey, there’s Chris Rolfe, Bob Bradley and Peter Nowak at a celebration of 20 years of the Chicago Fire:
Brazil’s Women Soccer Players in Revolt Against Federation (NY Times): The Brazil Women’s team, a stalwart through the years, is tired of the neglect and is doing something about it.
Clay Berling, Soccer America founder, dies at age 86 (Soccer America): I bought the dead tree version of this a few times in my life and enjoyed it every time I did, and Clay’s dream is one worth remembering.
Finally, Steven Soderbergh quit making movies, then directed TV in The Knick (which, now that it’s over, you really should check out), then returned to movies. He’s got a show in the works for HBO which, well, check out the teaser: