I will admit, I’ve been looking forward to this day for probably two months now. Even before the pandemic hit and caused so much change in our world, I was circling April 13 on my calendar. Primarily because it meant a day off from my day job but it also meant I could finally get a free moment or two to just relax and enjoy a beer (I stupidly gave that up for Lent this year).
Well, just like the pandemic changing the world, I don’t truly have an off day today from work. Still, we move on here. I hope to have some fun topics to discuss this week for us all. Until then, here are some links.
// FC Dallas //
On this day 2017: FC Dallas U-16s top Real Madrid at Generation Adidas Cup | MLSsoccer.com
Man, that game seems like ages ago now as FCD made some serious noise on the youth soccer front.
// MLS //
As pandemic continues, Galaxy GM says it will be challenging to play a full season | Pro Soccer USA
The logistics of just getting 22 players, four refs, 14 bench players (between the two sides), eight to ten coaches together in one place still seems like months away.
Armchair Analyst: Blue Sky daydreaming about the 2022 US men's national team | MLSsoccer.com
There is plenty of FC Dallas flavor on this projected (though rather daydreamed) roster. I'm choosing to ignore the fact that Doyle is thinking both Reggie Cannon and Paxton Pomykal will end up in Germany though.
FC Cincinnati narrows in on Jaap Stam, Dominic Kinnear in head coach search – The Athletic (Paywall)
Does Cincy play it safe for a change with someone like Kinnear or do they continue their Dutch outreach by going with Stam? Tough to say at this point.
2014 New England Revolution Eastern Conference Champion side reunited on Zoom call | MLSsoccer.com
I have to admit, even though I'm no New England fan here this was pretty cool to see happen. It is time to get that 2016 FCD team on Zoom.
Charlotte continues building out its scouting department with three European-based hires | MLSsoccer.com
The club announced three new hires in the club's scouting department under scouting director Thomas Schaling.
Old vs new thinking in MLS | US Soccer Players
Major League Soccer making it this far was never a sure thing, and the league can use a blend of old and new thinking as it moves forward.
// FIFA //
FIFA outlines three key priorities in coronavirus battle | ESPNFC
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has outlined his three immediate priorities to support football during the coronavirus crisis.