Happy Wednesday, everyone. Before we get started, Julian Gressel was on The Cooligans last night, where he discussed, among other things, his path to D.C. United and how that all happened.
Tonight at 8pm, catch @JulianGressel of @dcunited on @fuboSports! We take a deep dive on his US citizenship status for no reason in particular (#USMNT) . Watch on @fuboTV or stream for free at https://t.co/dz9ITOeNTu! #DCU pic.twitter.com/9Y0mMRrIRW— The Cooligans (@SoccerCooligans) February 23, 2021
The Cooligans are awesome, and you should definitely watch. Catch the show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm on Fubo TV Sports.
Now, to the news:
The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC both announce their sleeve sponsor will be TikTok this season. They do this as the Timbers also release their new home jerseys.
Crystal Dunn will also be a TikTok spokeswoman, and the TikTok logo does look dope on the Thorns home jersey.
Donovan Pines makes the United States U-23 preliminary roster for Olympic qualifying, and he has a great chance of making the team that heads to Mexico next month.
Australia and Qatar will not go to Copa América this summer because of COVID postponements pushing World Cup qualifying for Asia back to June. CONMEBOL is considering adding 2 more teams, but could keep the field at the 10 South American teams.
Danita Johnson is quite impressive in yet another article that discusses the goals she has for D.C. United. Also, you should listen to the interview I was able to do with her a couple weeks ago for more awesome insight.
USL is looking to boost its profile in the women’s game by creating a women’s league. Orange County SC is one of the teams that is interested in fielding a women’s team in that new league.
Speaking of the women, the Black Women’s Player Collective now has a GoFundMe to support their efforts. I highly encourage all to give if they can!
Did FC Cincinnati really beat a market that included Arsenal, PSG, and Real Madrid for Brenner? Jack Lang, Pablo Maurer and Jeff Rueter have the scoop.
More from The Athletic on how the USL and its players are figuring out how to return to play. Included in the request from the league was that players would be mandated to get the vaccine and could have their contracts terminated if they refuse vaccination and later test positive. More as this develops.
The Mashemeji Derby is one of the most ferocious in Africa, and it was fun to learn about Nairobi’s big rivalry in yesterday’s Black History Month story.
Finally, wanted to introduce you all to a new podcast I have started with 2 buddies from Nashville. It will focus on Concacaf nations, culture, food, and of course, the soccer in this interesting confederation we have here.
Introducing the WORLD OF CONCACAF Podcast!— World of Concacaf Podcast (@podcacaf) February 24, 2021
Join hosts Eric, Donald & Jonathan as we take you across the continent to discuss, appreciate and marvel at the soccer, countries and culture of world soccer's most interesting confederation.
Download here: https://t.co/BD5xJFLmoC pic.twitter.com/2RfpbxaOob
Take it easy, folks.