Happy Wednesday, folks. Lot of news from yesterday, so let’s get into it...
James Rodriguez has completed a transfer from Real Madrid to play at Everton this season. He reunites with Carlo Ancelotti, who brought James to the Bernabeu in 2014 and now has him at Goodison Park.
Congrats to Carlos Bocanegra, the lone inductee into the National Soccer Hall of Fame for 2020. The laundry list of players who were snubbed has called into question once again the Hall of Fame voting process.
Concacaf and FIFA have postponed the First Round of World Cup qualifying until March, which means the Final Stage of qualifying, where the United States will enter the competition, likely won’t take place until next fall.
In D.C. United news, our old friend GAM is back:
#DCU trades international roster spot for 2020 & 2021 to Montreal for $75k in 2020 GAM & $150k in 2021 GAM.— Jason Anderson (@JasonDCsoccer) September 8, 2020
Breakdown of their spots:
4 - Used (Kamara, Asad, Sorga, Rivas)
2 - Back on 1/1/2021 (held by Timbers, Whitecaps)
2 - Back on 1/1/2022 (held by Rapids, Impact)
Welcome back, GAM!
MLS has unveiled its youth development program, which it calls MLS NEXT. We shall see how they plan to fill in the gaps where there are no youth development programs.
Cameron Carter-Vickers could be leaving Tottenham Hotspur for AFC Bournemouth, if reports are true. Let’s see if CCV can find a nice landing spot before the season starts this weekend.
Cristiano Ronaldo has become only 2nd player ever to score 100 international goals, doing so on a terrific free kick for Portugal today against Sweden.
Last, but not least, Meg Linehan of The Athletic has some news on the Expansion Draft for the NWSL:
Expansion draft timing for #NWSL, thanks to multiple sources:— Meg Linehan (@itsmeglinehan) September 8, 2020
Oct 17: #NWSLFallSeries ends
Nov 4: Deadline for teams to submit list of protected players
Nov 5: Final list distributed to the teams
November 12, 12 PM ET: Expansion draft
Trade window opens back up Nov 13.
Racing Louisville will enter the league next year, and it’s been hotly rumored that Sacramento is close to announcing an expansion franchise that would also enter next season.
Enjoy the Wednesday, everyone.