Hey there, sure feels good to have more soccer back!
What will a new coach mean for D.C. United? It might take some time to find out. (WaPo): You could say this for the organization! After all, with the front office shuffling, the training complex getting vertical next to two built stadia, this does feel like the start date.
With intense training and greater demands, D.C. United’s Hernán Losada is attempting a club culture change (Athletic, $): Nice read by Pabs.
Hires such as United’s Lucy Rushton are called progressive. Soon they will be recognized as smart. (WaPo): Hey, a Barry Svrluga piece, neat!
D.C. United & Dave Johnson – back at their original TV home (Baltimore Sports and Life): Thoughts from the TV voice.
Washington Football Team President Jason Wright Has a Passion for Soccer (City Paper): The other Jason was at Audi Field Thursday for the Washington Spirit game, and he has season tickets to DC United., so it’s nice to see this synergy at that level.
Meanwhile, this bit of since confirmed news sucks!
BREAKING: I'm being told the 2021 US Open Cup will be cancelled, with a chance of rescheduling later in the year.— Phillip Grooms ⚜️ (@phillgrooms) April 16, 2021
The 106 year tradition ended in 2020 due to COVID-19. In March, @ussoccer announced a 24 team format, which was then shortened to 16 teams last month. #USOC2021
Demolition of Daniel Island’s Blackbaud Stadium brings back nostalgic memories (Post-Courier): And in related Open Cup things, this also sucks!
European Super League: Premier League’s ‘big six’ agree to join new league (BBC): I don’t know what this means and I’m not sure if the Super League does either, so we’ll see I guess.
Finally, after stumbling across a ‘Where are they now?’ piece on the 80s BBC show “The Young Ones,” I went down a wormhole and fondly recalled their segment doing University Challenge piece where Emma Thompson was a debutante: