We start the Friday soccer news with DC United getting to announce a groundbreaking for their new stadium. For those of you that assumed this already happened, the proposed stadium in the scenically named Buzzard Point has needed additional approval. That came from the District of Columbia earlier this week. The Washington Post's Steven Goff runs through the history of the Buzzard Pont stadium project.
DC United isn't planning on another season at RFK. Right now, they're talking about getting the new stadium finished at some point during the 2018 season. That means starting next season's schedule on the road. That's nothing we haven't seen before in MLS. Back loading home games at a nice new venue probably isn't going to upset a lot of people tired of RFK.
That's not to say RFK doesn't have its charms. The bouncing stands and the throwback environment are unique for a league that just turned 20. Overlooking the baseball revamp in the mid-2000s, RFK is what the league was like in its debut season.
1996 was a long time ago in pro sports standards. Four of the ten stadiums used by MLS in its first season are no longer standing. Everybody but DC ended up somewhere newer and arguably nicer. Ok, nicer. That takes away from RFK as one of the key sites for American soccer history, but it's also being honest.
It was time for DC United to move on during the original push for soccer-specificity. It was time when expansion teams entered the league with better stadium options. It was time when there were serious discussions about relocating the original MLS dynasty. With that in mind, it's almost appropriate that some members of the DC council weren't exactly thrilled with the plan while deciding to approve it. When it comes to getting a soccer stadium in the District, it was never going to be easy or straightforward.
Moving on to the Europa League, Fabian Johnson subbed out in the 77th minute for Gladbach in their 1-0 home loss to Fiorentina. Cameron Carter-Vickers wasn't involved in Spurs' 1-0 loss at Gent.
Reuters' Simon Evans talked to CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani about a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. The Salt Lake Tribune's Christopher Kamrani interviews Real Salt Lake and USMNT goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Goal.com's Seth Vertelney on what coach Jason Kreis is facing this season at Orlando City.
AP's Rob Harris has Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger showing no interest in retirement. ESPN's John Brewin explains the issues facing the FA Cup. Pro Soccer Talk's Kyle Bonn asks about one of those issues.
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