I’m running a little late here, so I won’t dally. We’ve got D.C. United and the Washington Spirit on our minds, of course, plus Segra Field construction and NWSL news both fun and, uh, let’s say dense and not really about soccer. Vamos!
Five things about D.C. United’s aggravating loss to the Philadelphia Union | Black and Red United
For those that dare to relive another very frustrating night where United didn’t quite get their just desserts.
And now, more bad news:
Pretty big blow to #DCU's training staff: Sources tell me that both Gab Manoel, the club's head of rehabilitation and sports science, and Ben Reinz, assistant trainer, have departed. Manoel has been a fixture at the club for years. One former player called him a "magician" today.— Pablo Iglesias Maurer (@MLSist) May 24, 2021
I’ve never heard anything even remotely bad about Gab Manoel, and have noticed over the years how many players have gone out of their way to bring him up or thank him after recovering from injuries. This one hurts more than the lost game, to be honest.
Alright, let’s get with a positive:
Getting word D.C. United has hired Atlanta United video analyst and scout Sean Howe. He was at the DCU match last night at Audi Field and accepted the job. He worked with GM Lucy Rushton in ATL. He'll become DC's director of scouting. #mls— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) May 24, 2021
Adding staff is welcome...and needed.
Four things about the Washington Spirit’s hard-luck loss to Racing Louisville | Black and Red United
It’s not often you take 29 shots and don’t get a goal, but the Washington Spirit will win often if they are just a tiny bit better in front of goal.
Looking ahead, the Spirit will officially add BBVA Compass Stadium to the list of places they’ve called home:
According to the Spirit, despite the game being moved to Houston, they are (for record-keeping purposes at least) the official "home" team on Wednesday. #NWSL— Jason Anderson (@JasonDCsoccer) May 24, 2021
A team with so many weird home game stories just added another one, I guess.
Meanwhile out at Segra Field, one potential cause for concern is being alleviated:
This contrasts with something I’d heard in the distant past of 2019, when I was told there was water in those showers. But either way, there should have been running water a while ago, even when you factor in the lost time from the pandemic.
When the NWSL stops being polite, and starts getting real | Equalizer Soccer
Megan Rapinoe played her wrestling heel role to a tee over the weekend, and it was honestly a lot of fun.
Judge grants Olivia Moultrie temporary restraining order on NWSL’s age rule | The Athletic
Love to always have to know about the law to write competently about American soccer.
Liga MX Femenil announces changes | FMF State of Mind
Liga MX Femenil announced some pretty important moves last night, including allowing foreign players, a Campeones Cup (sounds like they intend the other side of this to be NWSL), and a four-team international tournament that they would run.
USMNT 23-player Nations League roster revealed | Stars and Stripes FC
USMNT roster’s out. No DCU players, so that’s all I’ve gotta say about that.
ESPN Networks and ABC to Present All 51 Matches of UEFA European Football Championship 2020, June 11 – July 11 | ESPN Press Room
I had honestly almost forgotten that all these international tournaments were being played this summer, in part because my thoughts have been on the Olympics, which...
Alright, that’s it. Go have fun out there!