Weekend Recap: MLS’s most improved teams, Orange County SC win the stadium battle, and more

Quick Hits
  • MLS: It’s time to dish out credit to the most improved teams in MLS
  • NWSL: Zooming out on a record-breaking NWSL weekend
  • USL: After doubts about their future, Orange County SC will be back at Championship Soccer Stadium in 2023

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 of the past weekend’s key storylines, including MLS teams pushing for credit, broken records in the NWSL, and a club keeping its home in the USL.

Before we get started, though, we wanted to share some exciting news: in a couple of weeks, we’re adding a newsletter to help you keep up with the best stories in American soccer. Don’t worry, you’ll be in on the action from day one. We’ll share more details about this new feature in the next Weekend Recap.

Now, let’s get to the soccer.

MLS

Lowery: It’s time to dish out credit to the most improved teams in MLS

People say that the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. But you know what? They’re wrong. Dead wrong. The most wonderful time of the year is when various MLS teams and their social media accounts start firing missiles at media members, myself included, for their inaccurate preseason predictions.

It’s incredible content, honestly. You’ve got Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff waving a piece of paper with predictions about how Austin would finish near the bottom of the West again this season. And then you’ve got FC Dallas combining predictions with…Pawn Stars? It really is the most wonderful time of the year. 

With all of the “we deserve more credit” in the air this weekend, I wanted to hand out credit where it’s due by giving some Most Improved awards to teams that really upgraded in 2022. Using the numbers as our guide, let’s get to it...[Subscribe]

NWSL

Cascone: Zooming out on a record-breaking NWSL weekend

The NWSL is heating up. 

Eight teams are in the midst of a tight playoff race and, even though most of them have just two games left to play, all six playoff spots are still up for grabs. With all that’s at stake this late in the season, this weekend’s slate of games in the NWSL did not disappoint. Records were broken and milestones were reached over the weekend, both for better and for worse. 

I’m a bad-news-first kind of person, so let’s start with the ‘for worse’. 

NJ/NY Gotham FC tied the longest single-season losing streak in the NWSL with their loss to the Washington Spirit. Ironically, Washington was the former lone record holder...[Subscribe]

USL

Morrissey: After doubts about their future, Orange County SC will be back at Championship Soccer Stadium in 2023

After a unanimous vote from the Irvine City Council last week, Orange County SC was granted the right to remain at Championship Soccer Stadium for the 2023 USL Championship season. The club’s tenancy had come into question in recent weeks after LA Galaxy submitted a competing proposal to secure the facility for their second team, LA Galaxy II.

City documents established that the Galaxy hoped to gain exclusive tenancy of the stadium, which is owned by the City of Irvine, at the expense of Orange County SC and any other professional organizations. The Galaxy, whose youth-focused second team plays at a closed facility in Carson, guaranteed to compensate the city for any lost revenue from the tenancy change. Beyond the desire to use Championship Soccer Stadium for LA Galaxy II, it seems the club hoped to expand their youth operations across the Los Angeles metropolitan area...[Subscribe]

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