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Quietly there is a lot to read today!
Hey there, D.C. United starts playing consequential soccer this month, and nothing at all happened yesterday!
D.C. United suffers 3-0 preseason defeat against New York Red Bulls (us): Womp womp I guess.
DC United’s Yamil Asad sidelined several weeks with groin injury (WaPo): When you haven’t played full speed in awhile, this is going to happen. Better now than in April.
USA 1-0 Costa Rica – A youthful squad takes the win (SSFC): Bill Hamid(!), Paul Arriola, Ulises Segura and Joseph Mora played and didn’t get hurt that we know of. The end.
Gregg Berhalter on Julian Gressel’s USMNT eligibility: “We’ll wait for him” (MLS): This seems good! Related to Gressel, this read from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Leaked photos show 2020 USA home and away kits (SSFC): This is OK, the retro Nike swoosh being OKer.
Black History Month: Jimmy Banks, Milwaukee’s son (SSFC): Donald’s rather excellent content resumed over the weekend.
Switching to former D.C. United players for a second:
Julian Buscher signs with German Regionalliga side TuS Haltern (after being a CPL Player of the Year nominee in 2019), and
Why leave Liga MX for MLS and vice versa? Money, quality of life and level of competition (ESPN): Tom Marshall’s piece relates to D.C. United on one side (Edison Flores) and the other (Luciano Acosta), the latter of whom gave a quote on this.
Speaking of, Luciano Acosta did this Friday night:
⚽️ ¡GOOOOL de Atlas! ⚽️
— TUDN USA (@TUDNUSA) February 1, 2020
With their first game with their new coach, Atlas drew 1-1 with Xolos, played behind closed doors because Atlas fans used THAT chant in their home opener.
Oh yeah, and Wayne Rooney did this Friday too!
Arsenal FINALLY found a suitor for Mesut Ozil… but the club then ‘blocked a deadline day move to the Middle East’ as they did not have time to find a replacement (Daily Mail): Well, this sounds appealing and not awkward!
West Ham £70K-a-wk-ace jets out for medical after agreeing terms of move (Football Insider): This said that defender Winston Reid had had talks with D.C. United before agreeing to a six month loan with Nashville SC which, OK I guess.
Ashley Williams: Bristol City’s Wales captain targeted by foreign clubs (BBC): Williams and D.C. United were mentioned nine months ago (when Williams was at Everton, before accepting a loan move down a level to Stoke City), and Williams turns 36 in August. So I take this to mean D.C. United’s name is being used as leverage, what a world.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got. Have fun today, it’s supposed to be warm!