Happy Wednesday folks, the first one during Black History Month. The groundhog saw his shadow yesterday, which means 6 more weeks of winter. All of us merely had to look out the window yesterday to get our 6-week forecast, though. So, let’s recap the news.
MLS is reinstating the 3rd kit, but Atlanta United will be the only club that gets one in 2021. Why would MLS base it off metrics that are so high that only one team can reach it? And, why would they set up teams to fail by having teams be forced to field a Hanes white T collection every other game for the last 5 years? No wonder the count is off...make it make sense.
Former D.C. United legends Marco Etcheverry and Jaime Moreno make the Veteran Ballot, former player and assistant coach Josh Wolff makes the Player ballot, and longtime D.C. United executive Kevin Payne makes the Builder ballot.
The players in MLS need to take a stand and fight for what’s theirs. Plain and simple.
Anna Heilferty brings a local DMV flair to the Washington Spirit.
Also, France’s Ligue 1 could be in serious financial trouble:
Ominous headline in Tuesday’s L’Equipe: “48 hours to survive.” Emergency resale of French league’s TV rights didn’t generate minimum bids from 3 bidders (Amazon, Discovery + DAZN). Major players (Canal+ & BeIN Sport) sat out. French league faces collapse if no quick resolution. pic.twitter.com/Cdy1hcvZy8— Paul Kennedy (@pkedit) February 2, 2021
A recap of all the United States internationals who made moves during the winter transfer window, including our own Paul Arriola.
Former D.C. United technical director Dane Murphy was the man behind the plan to bring Daryl Dike to Barnsley FC on loan.
Short answer: Yes. Long answer: It’s being lost because the powers that be have declared it not a battle worth fighting. But, I assure you it is.
As mentioned, Black History Month is ongoing throughout the month of February, so here’s the story of one of the best celebrations in U.S. Soccer history, when Sydney Leroux popped her American collar at the Canadian crowd.
If you’re interested, over at Stars & Stripes FC, I’m bringing 28 stories on Black soccer history, one each day. It’s a series I started a few years ago, and it’s a great honor for me to bring these stories that are worth telling and need to be told. To catch up on all of the articles that have been a part of the series in the past, we have a hub set up where all of the stories are a click away.
Enjoy the day!