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 the USMNT’s 0-0 draw with Uruguay, milestones in the NWSL, and Memphis 901 FC’s dominance in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference.
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Snavely: Tim Weah was a bright spot for the U.S. in their 0-0 draw with Uruguay on Sunday
The USMNT is a fundamentally different team to play against when Tim Weah is on the field.
The U.S. men are a bit spoiled for options when it comes to attacking players that can change a game. Obviously, you’ve got Christian Pulisic. When Gio Reyna is healthy, he’s an incredible player. Brenden Aaronson is tireless. And while it’s difficult to get all of the U.S.’s “first choice” options on the field at the same time, you need all of these players and more, like Jordan Morris or Paul Arriola, in a tournament like the World Cup. Players will get injured, people will get tired, and if you don’t have a deep enough squad filled with difference makers, your tournament just sort of wilts, much like… [Subscribe]
Cascone: Milestones galore for NWSL players, teams this weekend
It was an exciting weekend of games in the NWSL, with 17 goals scored across the six games. The Houston Dash, Portland Thorns FC, Chicago Red Stars, NJ/NY Gotham FC, and North Carolina Courage all shut out their opponents and added to their win columns, while the Kansas City Current and San Diego Wave FC battled to a 2-2 draw that saw an Alex Morgan equalizer for San Diego in the 90th minute.
Perhaps the most entertaining part of the weekend’s slate of games, though, was that we witnessed several club and player-level milestones… [Subscribe]
Morrissey: Things looked bleak for Memphis 901 FC in December, but now they’re a dominant team out East in the USL Championship
Memphis 901 FC seemed doomed to mediocrity as Christmas approached this offseason. In a three-day stretch in December, USL Championship All-League Second Team striker Kyle Murphy and fullback Mark Segbers both decamped to Miami FC. New signings slowly rolled in throughout the winter, but most were USL journeymen that, frankly, didn’t inspire a ton of confidence. The league’s official preseason power ranking placed Memphis 9th in their conference and 19th overall.
Today, Memphis sits first in the Eastern Conference, solidly in the upper echelons of the league in terms of goal scoring, goal difference, and underlying expected goals data… [Subscribe]