Happy Friday, everyone! I’m stepping in for Jason today as we both prepare for the NWSL Final. I head to Louisville in a few hours, but before that, some news from yesterday:
First off, the Washington Spirit’s Trinity Rodman won the NWSL Rookie of the Year award, and Jason put it perfectly...
It really couldn't have been anyone else. https://t.co/RhtyWoFmZI— Jason Anderson (@JasonDCsoccer) November 18, 2021
Not to be outdone, Audrey Bledsoe, despite not being named to the Best 11 or Second 11, wins Goalkeeper of the Year.
Tremendous season from Bledsoe. Now, is it confusing that the GK of the Year is not in the Best 11, or even Second 11? Yes, and I don't have an answer about how that happened. https://t.co/kEAp3dLIeC— Jason Anderson (@JasonDCsoccer) November 18, 2021
Two Spirit players winning awards...hopefully the entire team can win the big one on Saturday!
FC Dallas’ Ricardo Pepi wins MLS Young Player of Year - ESPNFC
Ricardo Pepi wins the MLS Young Player of the Year. The 18-year-old became a star for both FC Dallas and the USMNT this year.
Welcome to MLS! Charlotte FC to face LA Galaxy in 2022 home opener - MLS
Charlotte FC will open up against the LA Galaxy in their first match at home on March 5th. They will open up on the road the week before in the season opener.
Loudoun notebook: Recapping 2021 - BRU
Ryan gives us a season review of Loudoun United, who had some bright spots on the team despite having an awful season.
A man collapses on a football pitch once every four days. Is the threat of cardiac arrest getting worse? - The Athletic
An inside look at an alarming rise in cardiac arrest cases on the soccer field, and what may be behind the cause of it.
To close out, two more Spirit items. First, Karina Rodriguez makes the Mexico roster for their upcoming friendly against Canada.
¡Estamos listas para seguir trabajando por nuestros objetivos!— Selección Nacional de México Femenil (@Miseleccionfem) November 18, 2021
Esta es la convocatoria de Mónica Vergara para la próxima fecha FIFA. ⚽
Más info. https://t.co/AVm1e0Vp1n#TuCanchaLaEligesTú pic.twitter.com/X9bQ6Wbb90
Finally, the entire squad less than 48 hours from the big game.
Kumi was directing the 1,2,3, Smile pic.twitter.com/4mlCSycSwh— Claire Watkins (@ScoutRipley) November 18, 2021
Let’s get it, Spirit!