Happy Wednesday everyone, and happy D.C. United Day! The Black-and-Red host a friendly against Puebla tonight at Audi Field (8:00pm, Flo Sports...maybe). Until then, let’s catch you up on the news from yesterday:
Yamil Asad is back! Well, not immediately for the Black-and-Red. He will sign a contract with Loudoun United to get his fitness back, and then sign a pre-contract with D.C. United to join the team in 2020. Loudoun have 10 matches left and are just 7 points out of playoff position, so Asad will be a welcome sight there. Get out to Segra Field to see him!
The United States Women’s National Team beat Portugal again last night by a 3-0 score before a sellout crowd at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Carli Lloyd had a brace, with Lindsey Horan adding the final goal in the second half.
Lucharoo will be in full effect tonight at Audi Field. Wayne Rooney and Luciano Acosta are expected to start for D.C. United in tonight’s friendly against Puebla. It’s rare that these types of friendly matches see anyone from the United starting lineup play, much less their two best players. But, this is a great chance for them to stay fresh before the home stretch begins on the 15th.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has an official logo...and it looks like a mobius strip. It’s so you can focus on that and not on all the crap that Qatar has done to put these games together.
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea are the 8 countries who will bid for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. South Korea are interested in joining with North Korea for their bid, but it’s uncertain whether that will actually happen.
Bad news on the USMNT front, as head coach Gregg Berhalter states that Tim Weah suffered a “bad hamstring tear” for Lille and will be out a while. Hopefully, Weah is on the mend real soon.
Rostov FC was supposed to be playing at the 45,000-seat Rostov Arena after it was used in last summer’s World Cup in Russia, but apparently it has been locked out of the stadium. Sounds quite corrupt, but also there’s no surprise here.
That’s it for today. See you at Audi Field tonight!