Good morning! I am running around like a chicken with an espresso, so let’s just get straight into the links!
Washington Spirit striker Ashley Hatch took home the player of the week honors from the NWSL after scoring both goals in the statement win over the North Carolina Courage. Congrats, Ashley!
You could basically read this as “Loudoun United beats Alianza 1-0 in a friendly.” Congrats to all the young players!
D.C. United approached about staging El Salvador's World Cup home qualifier Sept 2 at Audi Field vs US, source says. DC area is ES hotbed. RFK Stadium (decommissioned) no longer available. ES seeking alternatives because of pandemic-related crowd restrictions at home. #dcu #usmnt— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) July 14, 2021
This makes a lot of sense, given the Salvadoran community in D.C., and lets the team show that the venue is being used for a bunch of different purposes. Make it happen!
Getting word City Football Group has taken interest in D.C. United winger Kevin Paredes, 18, while clubs in France and Belgium are eyeing DCU central MF Moses Nyeman, who turns 18 in November. Both were in USMNT camp last week as unrostered players.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) July 14, 2021
I will accept nothing less than Alphonso Davies money.
Philly's Jim Curtin on #DCU: "I like their team's commitment on the defensive side of the ball, how they really get after you ... they're very organized. One of the most powerful things is that is they have belief ... you can tell they're building something strong there"— Charles Boehm (@cboehm) July 14, 2021
Come on, Jim! Give us something to put up on the ol’ bulletin board.
Folks. Listen. I know I have to say this every time, but people are being wild out there on the internet about these numbers, so I have to say it again. THESE VALUATIONS ARE MADE UP AND MEAN NOTHING. Like literally nothing. A former Forbes staffer told a conference that I was at the, for example, the billionaire numbers are completely made up. So these are too.
The only way to have any valuation of a team is based on what someone pays for it, and most MLS teams haven’t been invested in recently (though D.C. United is an exception to that rule). Also, just because they have a certain “value” doesn’t mean anything about the quality of the league, the economic structures, or anything else.
Basically, don’t be like this. This isn’t how economics works.
There’s something out of whack when MLS has far less public demand than European club ⚽️ but MLS clubs are worth far more money. (And I realize there’s also plenty out of whack in Europe, including spending.)— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 14, 2021
That’s all I have today. What’s up?