Happy Wednesday folks. Soccer has been on one this week with a lot of news, so let’s get to some of what happened yesterday:
In the end to a long-rumored move, Perry Kitchen returns to MLS and will head to the LA Galaxy. D.C. United traded his MLS rights to the Galaxy for $300,000 in combined allocation money. It’s going to be weird seeing Kitchen not in Black-and-Red.
Eric Lichaj was told by his wife he could get a dog if he scored a hat trick in a match. Against Arsenal in the FA Cup, he got 2 for Nottingham Forest, but did not get the required third. Well, he ended up getting a dog anyway, and just to commemorate the occasion, he named it...Gunner. Outstanding.
Jonathan Gonzalez will officially switch from the United States to competing for Mexico, and in a statement, he noted that Mexico “opened the doors” for him and that’s what helped sway his decision.
There were some juicy nuggets in the U.S. Soccer presidential candidates’ responses to the Athlete’s Council survey. Stars & Stripes FC summarizes them well.
England is taking a page from the National Football League’s playbook, instituting a “Rooney Rule” that requires that a black, Asian or minority ethnic background candidate be interviewed for any coaching vacancy among England’s football clubs. Good for them to institute this, and more nations should be doing the same.
Some more info about how Loudoun County states having the D.C. United training facility is not about making money. The first hearing on the training center with offices and a 5,000 seat stadium for the USL team and academies is tonight.
That’s all we have for now. Hit the comments and give us what hit your radars.