Well it’s been another week and so much happened in American soccer. Seasons ended, tournaments came to a conclusion and there was a lot of news. Luckily, there’s a way to stay on top of it all - The Sunday Cup-o-American soccer. So get a big mug, eat a stack of pancakes, and be extra nice to each other in the comments section!
IN PULISIC NEWS...
Tom Brady says he should stop eating nightshade or something....
maybe he should try it?
Lampard reports that Pulisic and Azpilicueta's hamstring injuries are likely to keep them out for between three and six weeks, while the outgoing Pedro had an operation earlier in the week on his shoulder injury.#BAYCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 7, 2020
Former USWNT stars helping to close the gender gap in concussion research
Concussions have gotten much more serious treatment from players, leagues, and FIFA in recent years, but there’s a gap in the scientific research being used to inform that treatment. Leander Schaerlaeckens on Yahoo notes that the gap exists partly because of Title IX only taking effect recently and on the fact that researchers just don’t have enough brains of female athletes to learn about how concussions affect them. However, several high profile retired USWNT players are taking the lead in committing to donate them when they die. These players include Abby Wambach, Michelle Akers, Cindy Parlow Cone, and Brandi Chastain. The article has more about the research and how the gender gap can be narrowed.
Pulisic is hurt but we can still get hyped about a defender
The Guardian has a story about Chris Richards and goals. Goal setting to be more specific. The article is a great look into what makes Richards such an exciting talent and not just a player that a big team took a flier on, he seems poised to fight for a spot starting for Bayern Munich. His journey from Birmingham, Alabama to Bavaria may very well be the start of an American soccer success story.
Complete your WNT and Barbie doll collection with this Alex Morgan action figure
As ESPN reports, Alex Morgan has her own Barbie now, it is available exclusively at Target. According to the article, Morgan helped design the doll and is quite pleased with the result. It also mentions that Morgan is in good company as Barbie also released a Rosa Parks doll and one of Gabby Douglas.
MLS is BACK... Again
After a successful MLSisBACK tournament in a bubble, MLS is ready for its regular season. It will be complete with road trips, empty stadiums (on purpose this time), and lots of testing. Teams will play 18 more games and eighteen (EIGHTEEN - 18- ONE EIGHT) teams will qualify for the playoffs. Also of note, Canadian teams... well, they’re still working on how they will play due to travel restrictions. Good luck everyone, wear your masks and wash your hands.