Good morning! The remnants of Tropical Storm Elsa are coming through today, so get all your Frozen, water has memory, I don’t even know a Samantha, etc. jokes ready, and hope that they are the most exciting part about today. D.C. United played a “match” last night, England sure played a game of soccer, and so much more.
To the links!
The first game of the Capital Cup saw the first minutes of the year for Steven Birnbaum, a bunch of reserves and Loudoun United players get to see the field, and a 1-0 win powered by Felipe.
With the summer transfer window opening, the summer rumor season is now officially underway.
[Successful Pressures] Tkls/ints are the sexy stats, but what matters is if a team wins the ball back. Here are how effective teams are in winning the ball after a pressure. No surprise the high pressing #NYRB are first but peep #DCU has the highest residual above the mean. #MLS pic.twitter.com/BLUOwZ0VHo— Mike Vermeland (@ikicknumbers) July 7, 2021
The advanced stats continue to show that Hernan Losada’s D.C. Unite is playing well, so I think that as the players get to know the system better the results will start to pour in. This could be a really exciting year.
Portland acquired this int'l spot this afternoon for $100k GAM from Cincy.... flipped it to Nashville tonight for $230k GAM https://t.co/cZtWz1X5qJ— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) July 7, 2021
Ahhh, some good ol’ fashioned MLS arbitrage, taking advantage of two of the newest teams in the league to fleece both of them.
Diana Matheson was always a favorite when she played for the Washington Spirit, and on the occasion of her retiring, RJ Allen looks back at her career.
The XFL today said they won’t attempt to field a season in '22, instead focusing on beginning play in '23. This comes after a statement confirming that strategic discussions with the #CFL -- announced in March -- had ceased (@BenFischerSBJ).— Sports Business Journal (@sbjsbd) July 7, 2021
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We’ll see if this version of the XFL ever comes back, but thankfully that does mean less wear and tear on the turf at Audi Field.
That’s all I have this morning; what’s up?