Happy Wednesday! Yesterday was one of the wildest days in a while for the NWSL and women’s soccer in general. And, there’s the NWSL Draft tonight, where we will find out who goes #1 to Racing Louisville and who the Washington Spirit pick at #2. We lead with all the goods from Tuesday:
Just go through this great read out by Stephanie Yang. It details just some of the many things that came out of the NWSL press conference with commissioner Lisa Baird ahead of today’s NWSL Draft.
Sacramento will enter the NWSL in 2022 along with Angel City FC. So, California will have its NWSL rivalry next year.
Kansas City’s team will have a temporary name and crest this year. We will see what the team will have after that.
Also, on USWNT contracts in NWSL:
Let's talk #NWSL allocation money and what that means for the league, particularly when it comes to #USWNT players. Thorns are leading the way, signing both Lindsey Horan and Crystal Dunn to new contracts directly with the club.— Meg Linehan (@itsmeglinehan) January 12, 2021
Megan Rapinoe popped off during her media availability today at January Camp. She went in.
Catarina Macario decides to sign with Lyon to begin her pro career. She spoke during January Camp about what went into her opting to go abroad.
Don Garber thinks that the MLS owners’ offer to the MLSPA on the collective bargaining negotiations was “really fair” and “really reasonable.” We’ll see.
On the D.C. United front, Steven Birnbaum underwent ankle surgery yesterday. Wishing the captain a speedy recovery:
After months of rehabbing my ankle, continued setbacks and pain, surgery became the best option. Operation went great- looking forward to getting back on the field in 2021! #DCU ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/9rQjzF0KhQ— Steven Birnbaum (@StevenBirnbaum) January 12, 2021
Andrés Perea of Orlando City has completed his one-time FIFA switch from Colombia to the United States, and will be able to play for the USMNT going forward.
Danita Johnson speaks on her pressure and willingness to break through all the glass ceilings she can for herself and others as president of the Black-and-Red.
A great exposé on Donovan Pines on his upbringing and how he grew into his love for soccer.
The USMNT has a helluva schedule in 2021. Head coach Gregg Berhalter explained how they plan to navigate the crowded waters.
Kyle Duncan of the New York Red Bulls was added to the U-23 roster for January Camp after an unnamed player tested positive for Covid.
Hey, Atlanta United fans complained that their most recent home jersey had 9 stripes instead of 5. Well, if this is true, the club listened, didn’t they?
Big day in the world today. Try to take some time to breathe.