Reign FC will be holding a media day this afternoon at Starfire, which will include interviews with players, GM/coach Laura Harvey and owner Bill Predmore. As a reminder, Seattle’s first game in the brand new NWSL is Sunday at Chicago.
One of the events planned today is the revealing of a jersey sponsor.
Team gear is available online. Also, here’s a nice feature on Megan Rapinoe, who will be joining the team in June after a loan spell with France’s Lyon, here’s a Q&A with defender Kate Deines (a local product), and here’s a regional breakdown of where NWSL players are from.
Let’s get to some links:
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— Want to know what Sounders’ players are tweeting about? Check out this site (you can actually set it to follow any team).
— Looks like on-loan forward Fredy Montero wasn’t available for Millonarios’ final Copa Libertadores game Wednesday. The Colombian champs were already eliminated from advancement, so it’s possible he just rested to focus on a tight league race. The team went 1-5 in group stage with just two goals scores (neither by Montero).
— Around MLS, Portland’s David Horst could be out for the year with a broken leg, here’s is a video of all the controversial plays from the last round of games, ratings weren’t good over the weekend, and here are some thoughts from the league’s CCL participation this week.
— The NBC Sports Network will be streaming MLS games online.
— The U.S. women earned a 3-1 win against the Netherlands on Tuesday behind two goals from Christen Press and two assists from Sydney Leroux.
— And with the U.S. men, coach Jurgen Klinsmann has expressed faith in forward Jozy Altidore, and here’s an update on Stuart Holden over at Bolton. Plus, the team jumped up five spots in the FIFA world rankings.
— Interesting stuff from The New York Times Goal! blog, including a Q&A with Cosmos executive Erik Stover and this piece on teams around the world sending special No. 26 jerseys to help a scholarship effort following the Sandy Hook tragedy.
— Be sure to check out this great story from SI’s Grant Wahl on a relationship you have to read to believe.
— The UEFA Champions League is down to four and will feature an two Spanish teams (Barcelona-Real Madrid) and two German teams (Bayern Munich-Borussia Dortmund). And you have to see this tifo from the Dortmund fans.
— Did you hear about the player hit by a pear? In other miscellaneous links, FIFA continues to pay its top guys well, a couple teams have declined participation in the U.S. Open Cup, here’s a trailer of a documentary on Bob Bradley with the Egyptian national team, and the EPL has picked a provider of goal-line technology.
— Lastly, you have to see this wild goal scored by Didier Drogba…