Well, now’s the time we move from what we got or didn’t get for Christmas to the end of year recap stuff, so that’s what the window between these two holidays brings:
What I’m celebrating about every MLS team’s 2021 season (MLS): Andrew Wiebe likes resurrections.
The 26 wildest and wackiest moments from MLS’ 26th season (MLS): Sam likes yambag shots?
Wolfsburg reportedly negotiating a transfer for USMNT star Ricardo Pepi (SSFC): Pepi, meet Bryang Kayo?
Speaking of Kayo, a look at an Academy teammate of his:
'Tis the season, so I wanted to highlight some gifts under the USL tree from 2021 - the three biggest gainers in points added per 90 from last year to this season. That's Eder Borelli of @eplocomotivefc, Ted Ku-Dipietro of @LoudounUnitedFC, and Kai Greene from @oaklandrootssc. pic.twitter.com/PunEM0foCM— john morrissey (@USLTactics) December 24, 2021
@tkudipietro plugged in all across the attacking line for Loudoun, employing killer movement and lovely tight control on the dribble all the way. At just nineteen, he was a revelation and is a top prospect. pic.twitter.com/ixZYft2R2K— john morrissey (@USLTactics) December 24, 2021
With the news that he’s an impending homegrown signing, short of reheating my brief thread about his chances, I’ll point folks to the recap I did of their year (which I’ll add won’t get easier next year with the impending departure of captain and center back Timmy Mehl to Tampa Bay), but Teddy KDP’s taken a lot of leaps on and off-field this season, and his energy and vision playing centrally and on the wings will help him with the murderball that is Hernan Losada’s system. My two cents anyway.
Finally, I loves me a good mashup, and Sleepy Skunk’s trailer mashup for 2021 is upon us. Enjoy: