Well that was a game, wasn’t it?
Washington Spirit stun North Carolina Courage on late Mal Pugh, Rose Lavelle goals (us): This was fun, and Rick was there too! More from WaPo and WCP. The Seattle Reign FC beat the Portland Thorns FC yesterday so sadly, the Spirit are eliminated from playoff contention.
Loudoun outclassed in 2-0 loss to Nashville (us): This was a little less fun! No, it was kinda fun, saw another Academy kid play and such.
D.C. United’s updated salary list shows Ola Kamara as a steal (us): Feel free to bring the salary takes!
DC United’s ’rock’ in the back is leading it into MLS playoffs (WaPo): Goff’s preview/feature thing is on Frederic Brillant, who helped extend a shutout streak the club hasn’t seen before.
Here’s how Nick Rimando became the greatest goalkeeper in MLS history — and how Utah became home. (Salt Lake Tribune): Lots of nuggets in here from Nick, D.C. wise and otherwise.
RSL GM Waibel out following ownership dissent uncovered in Petke complaint (RSL Soapbox): Looks like Nick’s leaving at the right time?
Why Tom Huddlestone was replaced as Derby County captain (Derby Telegraph): So, Wayne Rooney is joining Derby in January, right? Well in case you haven’t kept up to date on them, three players were involved in drink driving incidents at a team dinner Tuesday night, one of which involved their team captain, who hurt his knee to the point where he was out the rest of the season. Huddlestone took the armband, then gave it up as word got out that he filmed one of the other players throwing up in a pub toilet and posting it online. Player coach!
“He Had Death on His Face”: Kubrick, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and an Actor’s Heartbreak (THR): We know R. Lee Ermey took the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, but he wasn’t originally set for it apparently. The guy who was originally cast for it, and his eventual role in the movie, recounted.