Happy Wednesday everyone, the final Wednesday in this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year that is 2020. Yesterday, a ton of news came down the pike, so let’s recap as much as we can:
Major League Soccer owners informed the MLSPA that they will open the 30-day renegotiation window by invoking a force majeure clause in the new collective bargaining agreement. You know, the one that was agreed to during a pandemic back in June.
Here was the MLSPA’s reaction to the news:
MLS ain’t starting on time, y’all.
A massive trade, as the Chicago Red Stars land Mallory Pugh from Sky Blue FC. They also get Sarah Killion Woldmoe, and they give up 3 first round draft picks to land the duo.
A quick update in the D.C. United coaching search:
D.C. United coaching search update: nothing imminent, still several candidates in mix (domestic & intl). "Big decision ... Being thorough," are among descriptions being used inside club. Uncertainty impacting '21 planning by #MLS clubs whose assts have interviewed for #DCU job— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) December 29, 2020
Also, new president Danita Johnson was on ABC 7 discussing her new position and the doors it’s opening for black people and women:
WATCH - "I know that me doing this opens the door of possibilities for others and the importance of doing the job very well"@DanitaJohnson is the new team president of @dcunited, becoming the first black team president in @MLS history!— Scott Abraham (@ScottABC7) December 29, 2020
More tonight on @ABC7News @KgriggsPhoto pic.twitter.com/ua7JV7pM5h
Michele Kang is the newest member of the Washington Spirit ownership. She’s the first woman to join the Spirit as a part owner.
We look to have another American ownership group in the Premier League by week’s end, as Burnley will be led by American sports investment firm ALK Capital. It’s led by Alan Pace, who used to be president of Real Salt Lake.
Lionel Messi said he might want to come to the United States one day, which means MLS has to speculate on where he would go. Spoiler alert: D.C. United is not on their list.
Shocking news out of Sweden, as Damallsvenskan champions Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC has folded. They won the league this past season and were in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Current Washington Spirit and USWNT defender Emily Sonnett just finished a loan to the club before she was traded this past week to the Spirit. Really sad for women’s soccer to lose such a successful club that has been home to many American players over the years.
Enjoy the day, everyone. I’ll see you in 2021.