Hello from upstate South Carolina! The weather here (and up there) has been wacky this week, giving us a taste of spring in a month that is decidedly February. If you can, get outside and enjoy it since we will be plunging back into winter next week, as D.C. United returns to the District from Florida. The first stage of preseason is almost over, closing with D.C. United’s game against FC Cincinnati tonight, and the regular season is right around the corner. To the links!
USMNT January Camp Breakdown: DC United’s Paul Arriola & Russell Canouse | FloFC: D.C. United’s new broadcast partner summarizes the USMNT experience of the two returning players
Rising teen star Chris Durkin is focused on big year with D.C. United, U.S. U-20s and U-23s | Soccer America: Chris Durkin has a big year ahead of him for club and perhaps two national teams
According to my account invoice, @dcunited will be playing @SwansOfficial at home this summer between NE and Union. The pretty packed schedule only really leaves 7/24 and 7/31. I suspect its gonna be 7/31 #DCU pic.twitter.com/bByWnat3a1— Riky Nary (@RikRAWR) February 7, 2019
I am famously against summer friendlies, and I remain against this potential one as well. A Championship team won’t move the needle and it looks to be in one of the most congested parts of the season.
Former Washington Spirit defender/midfielder Rebecca Quinn has been officially announced by her new club.
How MLS and the Scottish Premiership became unexpected frenemies | The Guardian: I’ve long been against young players going to Scotland for development purposes, and Scots apparently think the same about MLS
What the decision to nix Gutman loan from Celtic to Nashville reveals about MLS in 2019 | The Athletic: What Scotland can provide is an escape valve against some of the more restrictive MLS roster rules. Here, Paul Tenorio uses the case of Andrew Gutman to dig into the MLS homegrown system and how the growth of the league is starting to put pressure on all sorts of roster rules.
Home delivery: FC Dallas’ Jimmy Maurer on his wife’s surprise birth | MLSsoccer.com: Congrats to Jimmy Maurer and his wife for bringing their kid into the world the old fashioned way!
FC Cincinnati changes stadium plans | Cincinnati Business Courier: A little nugget in here about how FC Cincinnati also has to have their field at ground level or nearly ground level due to a energy utility having transmission lines right under the stadium. Oh Pepco easement, how I don’t miss talking about you.
That’s all I have, what’s up?