Well, it’s not a happy Wednesday, because unfortunately we have to lead off with some tough news. A legend in the stands, Rob Gillespie, has entered hospice care after a long fight with several types of cancer.
Well I wanted to say some hard news to all of you. My treatment team has decided that this last chance chemo has failed so they feel I have one week or so to live. I'm sorry I let y'all down I honestly thought I could beat this bastard but my AML just was completely untreatable pic.twitter.com/Lk9yRwvAz8— Cancer Sucks (@nffc65) June 23, 2021
Allow me for a moment to give Big Rob his flowers. When I started going to D.C. United matches in 2007 and then 2008, I met a ton of people in Lot 8. Two of the people who always went out of their way to make me feel welcome were Chico Solares and Big Rob. They introduced me to people and looked out for me when I was trying to get my footing in the culture. As I came up into leadership, Big Rob was always there to give me advice, we could always talk about the team, and no doubt I always tried to find him at every tailgate. When he began his cancer fight, his strength and tenacity were an inspiration for all of us, but even while he was enduring that fight, he was still there.
When I was going through some of the verbal and online abuse back in 2018, he called me from across the country to talk it out and give me advice I needed. He supported me when a lot of people didn’t. When people needed to be there for him, he was instead there for me. I never forgot that, and ever so often, I would make sure I was there for him in any small way that I could.
Big Rob is the best of us, and I wanted to make sure he knew how much he was loved. Big Rob, your fight is inspirational. Your zeal to live is something we all can learn from and hope to emulate. But there’s only one Big Rob Gillespie, and I’m honored that you looked out for me and are someone that as a fan and as a person I can continue to look up to. We’re gonna keep fighting for you.
I love you Rob.
D.C. United looks like they will be hosting a an annual tournament beginning in about a week and a half. No word on which teams will be involved this year.
D.C. United close to finalizing annual intl tournament at Audi Field with rotating clubs, three sources say. This year's will take place during MLS's Gold Cup pause in July 4-16 window. DCU will play 2-3 matches. Opponents tba.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) June 22, 2021
Wembley Stadium will now have a capacity of 60K for the Euro 2020 semifinals and the final. The question will be whether the fans of the teams that make the final will be able to enter England with the various Covid restrictions.
As today is a United Day, here’s the injury report courtesy of our very own Jason Anderson:
#MTLvDC injury report— Jason Anderson (@JasonDCsoccer) June 22, 2021
Out - Tabla (groin), Hurtado (hip)
"évaluation quotidienne/DTD" - Quioto, Miller#DCU
Out - Sorga (quad), Birnbaum (ankle), Odoi-Atsem (lower body), Skundrich (knee), Flores (hamstring)
Also, speaking of Jason, after you listen to the latest Filibuster, Jason was also on the latest EQZ Podcast. Our mans is everywhere!
On the latest EQZ Podcast, @JasonDCsoccer joined @ScoutRipley to talk predictions for the #USWNT Olympic roster, Caprice Dydasco’s first #NWSL goal and more❗️— The Equalizer (@EqualizerSoccer) June 22, 2021
: https://t.co/SlxBfRAlsr pic.twitter.com/NmK4uYncwZ
D.C. United has some of the Juneteenth jerseys up for auction right now. It’s open for the next couple weeks, so someone please head on over and bid on a jersey to give me.
[ed. note: It’s Jason, it’s very late and after Donald scheduled this, but I am still an inveterate night owl, so I’m up and can add this tweet in which Kumi Yokoyama was recognized on Twitter by the actual US president]
Harpoon Brewery has a new beer, and it’s a collaboration with USWNT sisters Samantha and Kristie Mewis! Harpoon says they will not be shipping them to DC, so we’re gonna have to find someone in New England or North Carolina to get a 4 pack.
Introducing Team Mew-S-A! A session IPA made in collaboration with USWNT stars (and MA natives) @KristieMewie and @sammymewy! A portion of proceeds for every 4-pack sold will be donated to @BGCDorchester.— Harpoon Brewery (@harpoonbrewery) June 22, 2021
Learn More: https://t.co/UJS2dyAuam pic.twitter.com/mZXMGjGOyL
Bundesliga teams are joining forces to show support to Munich and Allianz Arena, who were denied the ability to light up the stadium’s outside in Pride colors by UEFA. They’re going to show support by displaying Pride flags in their own stadiums and cities when Germany take the field.
The USWNT match in Austin last week was amazing, and the city is hopeful that it can be the start of showing the NWSL that they can be the terrific home of a new franchise.
Finally, we end with Yaya Touré writing an article on the art of using your butt to get ahead in soccer. If you’re wondering on the technique, I leave it to E.U. to not only show you how to do it, but to also carry you into your Wednesday. Enjoy.