DC United

Arsenal and Chelsea women to play in DC, top-selling MLS jerseys, and more: Tuesday Freedom Kicks

Happy Tuesday, everyone! We’re getting some very pleasant weather early this week, so I hope you can all enjoy some time outside, in addition to chatting about soccer with us, and working I suppose. I might make some iced tea!

Spirit will host Arsenal in August friendly at Audi Field (The Washington Post)
As previously rumored, the Washington Spirit have arranged some summer games with WSL squads Arsenal and Chelsea. Arsenal will play the hometown team on August 18, and the two English teams will face off on August 25 in a double-header with Washington’s game against Kansas City.

MLS announces top 25 selling jerseys (MLS)
No surprise the #1 is Messi. I do find it a little surprising that only 13 teams have jerseys in the top 25.

Valencia fans who insulted Vinícius are first to be convicted for racism abuse in Spanish soccer (Associated Press)
Hearing the news, Vinicius Jr. said, “…I am not a victim of racism. I am a tormentor of racists.” Which is a pretty good line.

Press will return to Angel City training two years after ACL tear (Pro Soccer Wire)
I don’t even care if she comes back for the Spirit game and immediately scores on them; I just want to see Christen Press play again.

MLS and its weird history of raccoons: On the field, in the press box and ruining merchandise (The Athletic)
I thought this was delightful. It should surprise none of you that a fair proportion of this is devoted to the raccoons at RFK stadium.

Loons’ Zarek Valentin calls out Puerto Rico federation for low pay to players (Pioneer Press)
Valentin says he earned just $75 playing for Puerto Rico against El Salvador last weekend!

MLS midseason grades: How your team is doing halfway through 2024 (MLS)
D.C. United gets a B-minus from the writers at MLS. Do you agree?

Finally, we have just a couple of midweek game this week:

Grove Soccer United vs. VB City FCWed., June 12 at 6 p.m. ETRichmond, VA
Virginia Dream vs. Annapolis BluesWed., June 12 at 7:30 p.m. ETFalls Church, VA

Have a good week, everyone!

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