Welcome to Wednesday, folks. We’re super close to the start of La Liga, which begins tomorrow, and the German Cup is going on today. Coppa Italia is this weekend, with the Premier League next week. Until then, here are some of the articles that you should catch up on from yesterday:
D.C. United held a webinar yesterday that was titled “Critical Conversations.” It featured former player Charlie Davies, head coach Ben Olsen, goalkeeper Bill Hamid, former player Rodney Wallace, and the DC Scores director of writing, poet emcee Charity Blackwell. It’s the best 60 minutes you’ll spend today, so click on the video and watch if you didn’t yesterday.
We learn what the format of Major League Soccer’s tournament will be next month. Think a mini World Cup, with group stage matches followed by a knockout stage.
I finally gain the strength I need to discuss racism in the United States and in soccer around the world. It was painful to get the words out, but the rawness is what is necessary if we’re going to move forward as a country, particularly in the game we consider beautiful.
MLS says once again that players are okay to kneel in protest during the national anthem, U.S. Soccer will hopefully remove their policy.
Liga MX could return in July for the Apertura 2020 season. It remains to be seen as Mexico sees rising coronavirus cases.
Another article where you can feel the weight that some of the players, and the author, are carrying with them as they go to work, preparing for the NWSL tournament to take place in Utah at the end of the month.
The Athletic sits down with 10 players, including Julian Gressel and Chris Odoi-Atsem, about racism in America and how to not let it permeate our culture and our league.
Finally, two notes. A nice video on Moses Nyeman and his journey from academy standout to Homegrown Player.
Moses Nyeman’s journey from the #DCU Academy onto the D.C. United first team…all in his own words. Just a piece of what’s possible through @Audi’s Goals Drive Progress program. #VamosUnited pic.twitter.com/uwzMvZ5zJn— dcunited (@dcunited) June 9, 2020
Lastly, the Orlando Pride released their away jersey yesterday:
Orlando Pride launch 20-21 away kit, called "White Plume... inspired by the iconic swans of Lake Eola... and the Black Swans Drinking Club," which is the official club SG.— Jeff Kassouf (@JeffKassouf) June 9, 2020
Pretty sharp, even if this could definitely double as the New Zealand home kit.#NWSL pic.twitter.com/BSOYXcUsR2
Washington Spirit, you’ve been on deck. Time to come with the new new. Enjoy the day, everyone.