Weekend Recap: USMNT’s Mihailovic on the move, Indy’s problems, and more

Quick Hits
  • USMNT, MLS: Djordje Mihailovic is reportedly headed to Europe
  • NWSL: The Chicago Red Stars need more, North Carolina Courage keep scoring
  • USL: What’s wrong with Indy Eleven? And what’s next for them?

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 Djordje Mihailovic’s reported move to Europe, the Red Stars’ issues in the NWSL, and the latest on Indy Eleven in the USL.

USMNT, MLS

Calabrese: Djordje Mihailovic is reportedly headed to Europe

“When they’re dominant, when MLS is no longer a challenge, then they can move on…”

Those were the words of U.S. men’s national team head coach Gregg Berhalter just two months ago, referring to some of the young Americans who made the leap to Europe too early. Few fit Berhalter’s description of a dominant player who is ready to move on to a new challenge better than CF Montréal’s Djordje Mihailovic – and he looks poised to be the next American to move across the Atlantic. 

According to several reports this weekend, the 23-year-old attacking midfielder is close to joining Dutch club AZ Alkmaar with a potential loan back to Montréal for the rest of the season. This could be a key move for one of America’s most under-appreciated talents. Let’s break it down[Subscribe] [Read]

NWSL

Cascone: The Chicago Red Stars need more, North Carolina Courage keep scoring

The NWSL schedule was lighter than usual over the weekend with the 2022 Women’s International Champions Cup happening in Portland and the 2022 Women’s Cup wrapping up in Louisville. The Portland Thorns, Racing Louisville, and OL Reign competed in those tournaments, and Washington Spirit had a bye week. That left just four NWSL games on the weekend slate. 

As the NWSL playoffs near, each of these games have some real stakes. Some teams have their work cut out for them and will need to get back to their winning ways if they want to see the postseason.

The Chicago Red Stars are one of those teams[Subscribe] [Read]

USL

Morrissey: What’s wrong with Indy Eleven? And what’s next for them?

As the clock ticked toward the 90th minute, Indy Eleven could hang their hats on a solid outing on the road in Tulsa. 

They edged the hosts for shots on target, and their diamond-shaped midfield looked disciplined for the first time in recent memory. But then, in the 90th minute, Indy conceded to lose 1-0. Their shape collapsed and there was a cartoonish sequence of defensive mistakes that led to FC Tulsa’s goal. 

Indy’s loss to Tulsa sums up the state of the Eleven.

Since their June 4 victory against the Charleston Battery, Indy Eleven haven’t won a single game. They’ve plummeted from playoff contention to a 17-point deficit for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. The Eleven have allowed 2.3 goals per match and scored just 0.7 goals per match over that stretch. Expectations were measured coming into Mark Lowry’s first season at the helm, but 2022 has been a huge disappointment in the Circle City[Subscribe] [Read]

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