Good news, everybody - it’s Thursday, or according to the Republican Calendar 9 Germinal CCXXVI, liberté, égalité, football. Just today and tomorrow to get through until game day. I won’t keep you much longer so that we can get this wretched day behind us and Atlanta can get to doing what they do when they visit Minnesota. Oh and you’ll want to come back to DSS around 10:05AM, Sam’s got a real cooker this week.
Onto the Dirt...
DC United appears to be going through some things. Honestly, it could be worse for a team managed by Ben Olsen. Our friends over at Black and Red United have some thoughts about their current problems.
MLS is really authentic, the fans came up with an authentic, original and not made up by someone else or trademarked name for the Los Angeles Classico
The first-ever @LAGalaxy vs. @LAFC game is Saturday 3 pm ET on @FOXTV. This LA derby is being called "El Tráfico." @MLS says the fans came up with the name and the League has no plans to trademark it. #ElTrafico #LAvLAFC pic.twitter.com/KkJ5T5PRQd— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) March 28, 2018
This is cool, but it only has a small smacking of desperation to go out of the way to say that the league didn’t trademark it.
Not everyone is happy that people are having fun and enjoying soccer though.
This name is an unflattering caricature and lacks the dignity of a proper rivalry. I hate it.— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) March 28, 2018
A minority stake of Orlando City got bought that valued the team at $500 million. The happiest person about this is Tito Villalba who owns Orlando City Soccer Club.
Finally, ever wonder what everyone else thinks about some of the biggest names in soccer in the US - wonder no more:
I polled the internet on their thoughts on people in US Soccer.— Bill Reno (@letsallsoccer) March 29, 2018
("Disapprove+" = Disapprove, but optimistic they will do better) pic.twitter.com/taXbNFuQdZ
Not polar bears or frigid temperatures can stop the global game:
Carlos Tevez got injured playing soccer in jail and will miss four games for Boca Juniors. He was apparently visiting his brother who is locked up and got hurt when playing a match against other inmates.
Jamie Vardy is going to be in for a rude surprise this summer when he learns what VAR is.
This is from this date in history from yesterday, but who doesn’t love a cheeky goal?
On this day in 1998, Dean Saunders scores one of the cheekiest goals ever..... pic.twitter.com/S5XsdXhpbA— 90s Footballers (@90sPlayers) March 28, 2018
You should put on your MLS Fantasy team
After I made everyone join Fantasy MLS, I’ve left you alone dear readers with no guidance. What kind of blogger am I? Here’s some picks:
I’m running a keeperoo with Tim Howard and Richard Sanchez - if Sanchez gets a good score I’ll try to remember to bench Howard for a keeper who won’t play so he’ll be auto subbed in. Thinking of doing the same with Steve Birnbaum, but that might not happen.
Other picks I like are: Nemanja Nikolic; Ignacio Piatti; Sebastian Giovinco; Diego Rossi or Marco Urena; Johan Kappelhof, Drew Moor, and Alex Bono.