Happy Wednesday, folks. It’s a Champions League day both in Europe and North America, so while you get set for the day of soccer, let’s catch up on some news.
First, it looks like D.C. United could be signing another Homegrown Player. This time, it’s midfielder Jackson Hopkins.
#DCU roster news: DCU academy product/current @LoudounUnitedFC midfielder Jackson Hopkins is in the final stages of signing a homegrown contract with DC United. Could be finalized as early as this wk.— Pablo Iglesias Maurer (@MLSist) April 5, 2022
Hopkins had previously committed to UVA for the '22 season.
The youth movement is in full effect at Audi Field.
Russia has dropped its appeal of its ban by FIFA, and all eyes turn to whether they will be removed from UEFA Nations League in June.
The USMNT has a chance for up to 4 friendlies between now and the start of the World Cup. We examine some options for teams that could give the USMNT a good test.
Adrien Perez has reportedly suffered a setback in his recovery:
D.C. United forward Adrien Perez, who has missed the past two matches, refractured the foot that sidelined him three months last MLS season, sources say. #DCU still evaluating the injury, hopeful of him returning in possibly six weeks.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) April 5, 2022
Michel Platini has filed a criminal complaint against FIFA president Gianni Infantino, alleging that Infantino peddled influence using the weight of his office. We will see if anything actually happens.
Sebastian Salazar spoke with Madison Shanley, who wore a “You Knew” shirt while singing the national anthem before last weekend’s Portland Timbers match. A Timbers employee tried to coerce her not to wear the shirt, but she resisted and wore it anyway.
Before singing anthem Sunday, Madison Shanley was approached by a Timbers employee about her plan to wear a ‘You Knew’ shirt.— Sebastian Salazar (@SebiSalazarFUT) April 5, 2022
After that convo, Shanley told me she was convinced she’d never sing at another Portland game if she wore the shirt. She wore it anyway. #rctid pic.twitter.com/rF0uU7XOMT
Some MLS youth could be poised to make a leap onto the USMNT and Canada. MLS presents a short list of those players who could find themselves on Nations League rosters this summer.
Enjoy the soccer, everyone.