Good morning, friends! I’m settling into my chair with a nice cup of jasmine green tea and hoping that MLS owners don’t decide to blow up the league this evening. To the links!
The Filibuster crew talks with D.C. United’s new head coach about United’s homegrown players, his preferred style of play, and what he thinks the team still needs in the transfer market. Give it a listen whenever fine podcasts are found!
About 29 hours until latest MLS deadline in labor negotiations with players' association. Lockout looms. Says one person in player camp but not involved in talks: "Sadly, I think there are a number of owners who don’t want to play at all."— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) February 3, 2021
Based on the figures that are floating around, the owners want to save themselves a couple million bucks a year per team, and are willing to lockout the players because of it. That amount of money is a pittance in the grand scheme for any owner, and I stand with the players in their quest to get what they deserve.
If the lockout actually happens, we’ll see if it cuts off their nose to spite their face in terms of long-term damage to the league or not.
D.C. United and former Maryland star Donovan Pines got a taste of U.S. soccer. Now he wants more.https://t.co/7607is9Ajn— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) February 3, 2021
I would love to see this from Pines as well, because that would also mean that he’s one of the best center backs in the league. A great goal for a young player to have.
I want to say thank you to everyone in the @dcunited community for the past 3 and 1/2 years. You guys have been my second family and have always supported me through good and bad. Until we meet again! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/FrjV6DzoFn— Paul Arriola (@PaulArriola) February 3, 2021
...I wish that this was more of a “see you soon!” than it turned out to be. Though, as we all know from the Andy Najar loan a few years ago, even loans without purchase clauses often turn into purchases...
If you’re looking for some additional merch, here’s Paul Arriola’s official jersey and number.
Episode 12 is out right now, and right here! @torihuster joined the show to talk about the start of preseason, how the Spirit are looking to improve in 2021, coffee, & a lot more! #NWSLhttps://t.co/TtzRuslxsT— Plex Weather (@PlexWeather) February 3, 2021
Our own Jason Anderson talks to Tori Huster about the beginning of the NWSL preseason, so give this one a listen as well!
Speaking of the Washington Spirit:
Attentive instagram users may have already seen it, but the Spirit are doing at least a few early preseason training sessions at the Washington Football Team's indoor bubble in Ashburn. #NWSL— Jason Anderson (@JasonDCsoccer) February 2, 2021
And speaking of where the Washington Spirit are training:
That’s all I have this morning, what’s up?