August 12, 2022

MLS

Three Thoughts: Moving Forward – Stumptown Footy
On finding “guys”, excuses and margins of error.

Midseason Notes: Progress Report for Western Conference Teams So Far | MLS Soccer.com
We’ve officially passed the midpoint of the season in terms of total games played in the 2022 regular season, and 27 of 28 MLS teams have played at least half of their schedule (come on, DC, carry on please). please), which means it’s time to hand out mid-season notes

Toronto FC maximize marketing opportunity Lorenzo Insigne – Waking The Red
As they should be.

Alejandro Pozuelo transferred to Inter Miami – Waking The Red
The Spaniard leaves Toronto FC with 100 appearances in all competitions to his name.

Power Ranking Averages – Weeks 17 & 18 (7/7/22) – RSL Soapbox
Double week for the MLS. Loons up, Dynamo down.

other male football clubs

Premier League push ahead with plans to launch first NFT collection despite market crash | iNews
An insider with knowledge of the situation said the collection would likely be released later in the year if all 20 clubs agree to a launch.

New rules bolster the firepower of ALM clubs in the hunt for top talent
That’s a lot of money for a marginal MLS rookie

Quarterly Report – How does your team stack up halfway through the season?
USL Championship leaders include classic powerhouses Lou City and Tampa Bay, joined by Sounders San Antonio

League One Player of the Month nominees – June
Irvin Parra, a former S2 player, is a candidate for Ligue 1 recognition.

Women’s club football

Birmingham City FC Women’s Marcus Bignot receives a seven-match touchline ban | AF
The coach has been charged by the FA with misconduct over a comment he made during an FA WSL game against Tottenham Hotspur Women FC.

United States national teams

Concacaf W Championship 2022: USA 5-0 Jamaica – strong performance seals Group A runners-up – Stars and Stripes FC
Nothing could stop the Americans in this one

USMNT midfielder Luca de la Torre set to sign for LaLiga’s Celta Vigo – sources
USA midfielder Luca de la Torre is set to move to La Liga side Celta de Vigo for a fee of around $2m, sources have told ESPN.

US Soccer suspends ex-Toledo coach’s license over sexual misconduct allegations – Reuters Sports News
Following a report by The Guardian into alleged sexual misconduct by former University of Toledo head coach Brad Evans, the USSF has confirmed it has taken a number of immediate actions.

other international soccer

WAFCON 2022: Zambian Barbra Banda ruled out over “gender eligibility” issues FR24 News English
Zambian captain Barbra Banda has been kicked out of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations after failing eligibility tests.

England 1-0 Austria: Lionesses race to win Euro 2022 – BBC Sport
A record crowd saw Beth Mead lead England against Austria to start Euro 2022.

England women discuss ditching white shorts due to period issues
Exclusive: Players spoke to Nike about the change because ‘white isn’t practical when it’s the time of the month’, says Beth Mead

2022 Concacaf F Championship Match Recap: Haiti 3, Mexico 0 – FMF State Of Mind
A second straight shutout all but ends Mexico’s hopes of making it to the 2023 World Cup.

On VAR’s rocky start to Concacaf qualifying and the need to stop dangerous plays – Equalizer Soccer
The Concacaf W Championship did not disappoint in its competition and action… however, that was not the case for VAR.

Puget Sound Football

Megan Rapinoe Pays Tribute to Brittney Griner in Sports Illustrated White House Outfit
Rapinoe showed her support for Brittney Griner when she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Wenatchee Boys’ Soccer Teams Create GoFundMes to Attend National Tournaments | Local News | wenatcheeworld.com
WENATCHEE — Three men’s soccer teams from Wenatchee have qualified for national tournaments. Now teams are fundraising to attend.

The Puget Sound stuff that Dave likes

The hottest new restaurants in the Seattle area, July 2022
Some of the best new restaurants in the Seattle area

Out: Hatback Bar & Grille and Steelheads Alley 07/07/22

The Social and Emotional Benefits of Online Gaming – Take This
Written before the pandemic, it’s no longer true now

Creating Narrative Characters in 5th Edition | full moon tale
Alter character creation to follow how they lived their lives before, and the story comes naturally.

There’s plenty of international women’s football to watch this weekend.

The Women’s Euros are on ESPN platforms. The Concacaf W Championship is on Paramount+/ViX/Facebook Live. The Women’s Africa Cup of Nations is on FuboTV. The Copa América Femenina is on FOX platforms.

Friday

5:00 p.m. PT — Racing Louisville FC vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC on Paramount+. This mid-table game is the best of the day’s two NWSL games, but both teams will be missing a number of key players.

7:00 p.m. PT — LAFC vs. LA Galaxy on ESPN/ESPN Deportes. El Traffico is a 1v4 head-to-head.

7:00 PM PT – Panama WNT vs. Canada WNT on Paramount+/ViX. Two other OL Reign players could help their country qualify for Australia/New Zealand 2023.

Saturday

10:00 a.m. PT — New York City FC vs. New England Revolution on UniMas/TUDN/Twitter. Someone has to win the East, even if one of those teams had already left their coach.

1:30 p.m. PT — Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers on FOX and FOX Deportes, if you can’t be in the stadium. Go ahead and #BeatPortland.

6:30 p.m. PT — El Paso Locomotive vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks on ESPN+. Massive game between teams that need wins to get the playoff ground.

7:00 p.m. PT — FC Tucson vs. Northern Colorado Hailstorm on ESPN+. With Kinzner moving to Tucson and Danny Robles starting for Hailstorm, you’ll be familiar with a few players.

7:30 p.m. PT — Angel City vs. San Diego Wave on Paramount+. It should be a solid atmosphere for two teams aiming for the playoffs in their expansion seasons.

Sunday

3:00 p.m. PT — OL Reign vs. Portland Thorns at Lumen Field or on Twitch. Go ahead and #BeatPortland.

7:00 p.m. PT — Portland Timbers II vs. Tacoma Defiance on MLSNextPro.com. This Game of the Week takes place at Hillsboro Stadium (that means they have more than 1 bad camera). It’s hard to put T2’s failures in perspective – they’re up 0.54 PPM with a -22 goal differential.