In this weeks edition of R.I. Starting Xi we take a look at Americans in the Bundesliga, the latest on MLS and NWSL return, top flight European league return dates, and the new kit from Providence City FC that was delivered.
After announcing their 2020 Home Kit on Monday an order was placed for the Providence City FC’s “Good Night Light’s” kit which arrived on Friday afternoon at the Trifecta Sports HQ.
Americans in the Bundesliga:
FC Schalke 04 vs SV Werder Bremen ended up being the battle of USMNT’s Josh Sargent and Weston McKennie. Both started for their respective sides and left prior to the final whistle with McKennie departing in the 55th minute and Sargent in the 70th minute. Bremen won 1-nil picking up a critical three points as they fight to say in the Bundesliga. McKennie wore an armband with the words “Justice for George Floyd” during the match.
“Justice for George Floyd”El mensaje que lleva en el brazo Weston McKennie 🇺🇸@Bundesliga_ES | #S04 | #S04SVW | #Bundesliga | #GeorgeFloyd | #McKennie pic.twitter.com/9womI8tOXC— TUDN USA (@TUDNUSA) May 30, 2020
Alfredo Morales and Fortuna Dusseldorf fell 5-nil to FC Bayern Munchen. Morales was subbed off in the 57th minute. John Brooks started for VfL Wolfsburg against Eintracht Frankfurt and fell 1-2. Brooks played the full 90 minutesGio Reyna came on fro Dortmund in the 80th minute of a 6-1 win over SC Paderborn 07Timothy Chandler started for Eintracht Frankfurt and played a full 90 minutes in a 2-1 victory over VfL Wolfsburg
Overall it is nice to see the Bundesliga getting more attention during the COVID-19 shutdown. Personally I haven’t paid too much attention in the past, only tuning in for the premier match-ups and to watch U.S. internationals. Impressed with the style of play and overall entertainment value, it will be interesting to see how many new fans the Bundesliga will gain due to being the first major soccer league to return.
Latest on MLS/NWSL return:
MLS and the MLSPA are working out the details of a tournament that would take place in Orlando that would start in early July. Still a lot of negotiating to take place with various hurdles in the way. NWSL announced that they will be the first team sports league to return to action with a tournament located in Utah.
European Leagues Announce Returns:
The EPL announced that they would return for the completion of the 2019/20 season on June 17th. EPL will have one match on Friday’s, Monday’s, two on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and four matches on both Saturday and Sunday. East Coast-based fans will be able to watch matches starting at 7:30 am on Saturday’s and finishing with the final match at 3 pm. La Liga will return on June 11th and will have 32 straight days of matchesLiga Portugal will return on June 3rdSerie A will return on June 20th
For ESPN+ subscribers live soccer is back on the platform with the return of the Danish Superliga. Live at 10 am on Monday will be FC Midtjylland and AC Horsens. Only one match on ESPN+ which was the agreement prior to the COVID-19 shutdown. There are six Americans playing in the Danish Superliga including Emmanuel Sabbi who has six goals in 21 appearances this season for Hobro IK. In terms of Monday’s matchup, the loan American is goalkeeper Michal Lansing who has appeared in 14 matches for AC Horsens who is from Randolph, New Jersey.
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