Good episode of the Kickin’ Back podcast, talking to Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm about the expansion NWSL team they’re bringing to LA in ’22. Now we just need someone to bring @NWSL2Austin
Everyone’s got opinions about new logos, and here’s ours on Racing Louisville FC’s, the team joining NWSL next year: nice colors. 😎 (Sharp design, too.)
Interesting takeaways from this SportBusiness article. Hopeful this tournament can safely happen.
“There will also be enhanced visual effects, including increased aerial coverage via drones, goalpost cameras, and super slow-motion cameras behind the nets.”
Today’s the day: NWSL is back. Courage v Thorns at 11:30 on big CBS, Chicago v Washington tonight at 9PM.
The English Premier League resumes today! The opening games are Aston Villa v Sheffield United at noon and Man City v Arsenal at 2:15, both on NBCSN. And empty stadiums aren’t the only difference from regular matches:
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Players in the country’s top division, the Premier League, will have their names on their shirts replaced with the slogan Black Lives Matter for one round of games. London-based side Tottenham Hotspur just posted a picture of their squad taking the knee before
Not a surprise, but another small step forward anyway: U.S. Soccer repeals ‘anthem policy,’ apologizes to Black community.
The policy was put in place after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in solidarity with the peaceful protest inspired by Colin Kaepernick, who was protesting police brutality, and the systematic oppression of Black people and people of color in America. It has become clear that this policy was wrong and detracted from the important message of Black Lives Matter.
It’s official, and it’s called the “MLS is Back Tournament”. It will be held July 8 to August 11 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and here’s the structure:
- All 26 MLS clubs participating; all matches in Orlando
- Group stage followed by knockout rounds
- Group stage counts toward regular season
- Winner earns 2021 Concacaf Champions League spot
- Pre-tournament draw to assign groups
- Regular season continues after tournament
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Jeff Carlisle: U.S. Soccer to consider repealing ban on players kneeling
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The policy was adopted in response to U.S. women’s national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe’s kneeling for the national anthem before a 2016 match against Thailand. She did so in a bid to show solidarity with then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the anthem prior to NFL games to protest racial inequality. Rapinoe did the same several times with her club, the Seattle Reign, now