Weekend Recap: Concacaf W Championship explainer, players Vlatko should include, and San Antonio’s evolution

Quick
Hits
  • USWNT: The Concacaf W Championship kicks off in less than a month. We explain what the tournament is and what it means for the U.S.
  • USWNT: With the USWNT at something of a generational crossroads, this tournament could be a chance for Andonovski to rely on new different players
  • USL: San Antonio’s tactical and personnel changes help make them trophy contenders

We’re back with another edition of the Weekend Recap. Every Monday, we make it easier for you to keep up with the most interesting and important things in American soccer.

Today, we’re taking you through some key storylines, including the USWNT preliminary roster for the Concacaf W Championship, San Antonio’s evolution in the USL, and more.

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USWNT

Cascone: Explaining the Concacaf W Championship, players that Andonovski should include on his final roster

The U.S. women’s national team will try to qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics this summer during the 2022 Concacaf W Championship. That’s a lot of events and a lot of years, I know. But the tournament format isn’t all that complicated.

The W Championship, which includes eight teams from across North America, Central America, and the Caribbean, is set to kick off on July 4 and run through July 18. The tournament’s eight teams were drawn into two groups in April of this year. The USWNT was drawn into Group A with Mexico, Jamaica, and Haiti. Canada, Costa Rica, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago make up Group B… [Subscribe]

USL

Morrissey: San Antonio’s tactical and personnel changes help make them trophy contenders

You wouldn’t blame San Antonio FC for resting on their laurels. They’re tied for the league-lead in points in the USL Championship right now.

But they’re not resting on their laurels. Alen Marcina’s side has continued to experiment and improve. Coming off of a loss to the Sacramento Republic on June 4 – just their third in 13 games this year – the Texas side had a big week that could signal a new course for their season.

In the middle of last week, the team made waves by signing Samuel Adeniran on loan from the Seattle Sounders. Adeniran tallied double-digit goals last year with the Tacoma Defiance and he shines in transition. The forward doesn’t have the sharpest first touch, but he’s highly energetic and knows how to leverage great pace and a developed frame in the attack. There are deft moments on the ball, and his movement is impressive in the open field. That skillset was on full display on San Antonio’s opening goal against Monterey Bay FC this weekend in an away win[Subscribe]

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