Good morning, friends. I hope you are having an alright week, as time ceases to matter and we lose track of what the days and weeks actually are. We watched some actual soccer on Filibuster this week, a 26 year-old indoor soccer game, and had a lot of fun doing so. If you’d like to watch along with us, everything you need to know is over there.
Now, to the links:
It is with profound disappointment that we have made the determination to end the operation of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, effective immediately. pic.twitter.com/DB8Fr1Qkvu— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) April 15, 2020
US Soccer officially dissolved the US Soccer Development Academy after 13 years of operation on the boys side. It was an attempt to modernize, streamline, and standardize the training of young soccer players in the United States and pipeline players for the national team and for professional clubs. On the boys’ side, the results were definitely mixed: a bunch of MLS teams did develop and sign exciting young players, but pipelining to the national team hasn’t gotten there yet.
On the girls side, it has mostly been a cluster, with US Soccer coming in late and proclaiming their setup inherently better than the ECNL which already existed. With the shuttering of the USSDA, many of the NWSL academies who hadn’t already are returning to the ECNL.
Major League Soccer Leads Domestic Player Development with Launch of New Elite Competition
After US Soccer’s announcement came out, MLS launched their announcement, saying that they were going to start a new academy league. Interestingly enough, they stated that both MLS academies and non-MLS academies will be a part of their league, so by what criteria that is established is yet to be seen.
After Development Academy’s demise, MLS and others will seek to fill the void
In addition to MLS’s league, a bunch of teams announced that they were joining the boys ECNL, including Richmond United, Virginia Development Academy, Loudoun Soccer, BRYC Elite, and McLean YSA.
Hearing that a MLS announcement could come as early as today about a new targeted return date. Aiming for 2nd week of June for a return to play (still working to confirm this info on my end).— Mark J. Burns (@markjburns88) April 15, 2020
The original return date was May 10 following the CDC’s guidelines on mass gatherings.
Seems highly unlikely that MLS will play soccer games in June, at least ones with any fans in the stands. Even though MLS gets a larger amount of its money from gate revenue than other soccer leagues, at some point they’ll have to decide if it is worth it to play more games with no fans or potential just lose the whole season.
NWSL targeting June 27 to start the season. Everything, however, is very tentative at this point. League's original start date was this weekend, featuring the first natl network TV broadcast (CBS).— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) April 15, 2020
Most of what I said above about MLS also applies to the NWSL.
No hoop, no problem #boredintheyard pic.twitter.com/eDx4qc7r8s— Ola Kamara (@OlaKamara) April 15, 2020
Give me all the tik toks of D.C. United players doing hilarious things while in quarantine.
Lionel Messi’s 73-goal season was an individual triumph, and a disaster for Barcelona
Go read Kim McCauley’s piece on the wildest season for the world’s best player. Just do it.
USL considering splitting conferences for shortened season
USL is considering a split into four divisions for its shortened season. For a good idea as to what MLS should do with its season, go read Adam’s piece from a few days ago. Or weeks? Like I said, time is meaningless.
D.C. United’s Chris Odoi-Atsem appreciating health care professionals
We all are right now, but Chris Odoi-Atsem has a special connection to health care professionals.
@dcunited & @PGCMLS are teaming up to provide Prince Georgians with online content to stay fit and engaged during the present stay at home order, including #AMA events & #SavewithStories. Visit https://t.co/dSqP5tYwJE to learn more! #DCU #DCUnited #PrinceGeorgesProud #PGCCOVID19 pic.twitter.com/znpPtoqhxG— Prince George's County Memorial Library System (@PGCMLS) April 15, 2020
Bilingual access to kids’ workouts (called Talon’s Workout Tapes), bilingual story time for kids, and more!
Thanks everyone for tuning in to #CatchTheSpirit tonight, definitely a more serious episode, but we're committed to lend our platform to experts like @AbdulElSayed to make sure the right information gets to our fans. #StaySafe— Washington Spirit (@WashSpirit) April 15, 2020
Watch the full episode: https://t.co/7OH8tLVCUY pic.twitter.com/AhX2J2541w
The Spirit interview Dr. Abdul El Sayed for how fans and the general public can stay safe during this strange times.
That’s all I have today; what’s up?