Atlanta United teammates become advisories tonight as Darlington Nagbe and America’s talented soccer kids take on Miguel Almiron in Cary, North Carolina. Yep, the USMNT is hosting a friendly in a 10,000 seat stadium. It should be an interesting game with chances for future USMNT stars to show that they deserve future call ups when the next international break rolls around when the US plays France before the World Cup.
Anyway, onto the Dirt...
There’s an entire cottage industry around explaining MLS rules, hell - DSS has a staff writer who covers it as a part of his beat. The simple explanation for this is that the league exists to protect the owners’ interests in just about everything that it does as is the way of American sports. The Guardian has a look at the complexity of MLS roster rules and player acquisition mechanisms, it turns out when you sit down and try to understand it, MLS isn’t a Ponzi scheme.
If one player isn’t concerned with taking a step back it’s Tim Weah. The son of the President of Liberia is looking forward to his first cap and is confident that the US is going to win tonight. He’s ready to trust The Process and after reading this I’m ready to buy into the hype even though I said all that nonsense to begin your morning.
Obviously, Miguel Almiron is a future star for Paraguay, but the team has a lot more to offer than just the Atlanta attacker. Here’s their scouting report from SSFC.
Somehow a team in the richest soccer league in the world has no more money. The Guardian reports that West Brom is checking their bank account balance like rent is due and it’s still two weeks till payday.
England is getting ready for their friendly against Italy with the most cutting edge soccer training techniques. The team that didn’t make it out of the group stage last World Cup is using Nerf balls to prepare for the match.
Remember Memphis? Well he and the Netherlands beat Portugal 3-0 even though they aren’t going to the World Cup.
Also, this is Memphis’ back tattoo:
“What am I missing to be the best in the world? Honestly, nothing in terms of quality, just consistency and that’s not arrogance.”— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) March 22, 2018
- Memphis Depay. pic.twitter.com/x7Dtu0UhM6
Your move Tito.
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